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Apple Acquired 24 Companies In The Last 18 Months

techcrunch.com — Apple's pace of acquisition has seemed to be picking up lately, and Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed just how many the company has been making of late. Cupertino has nabbed 24 companies over the course of the past year and a half, which is a pace that observers recently noticed actually outpaces the recent acquisition habits of Google.
RT @mims: Apple is acquiring companies faster than Google: 24 in the last year and a half. techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/app…
RT @mims: Apple is acquiring companies faster than Google: 24 in the last year and a half. techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/app…
RT @mims: Apple is acquiring companies faster than Google: 24 in the last year and a half. techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/app…
Apple is acquiring companies faster than Google: 24 in the last year and a half. techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/app…

Instagram Diverges From Vine By Personalizing Explore Tab

techcrunch.com — Rather than just sunsets from foreign countries and selfies by fashion models, Instagram's Explore page is now also personalized with top photos and videos Liked by people you follow. Personalization highlights Instagram's focus on your own social graph and a subjective vision of beauty, to contrast with Vine, which centers around re-sharing and globally popular expert content creators.
this is interesting. Instagram doing its own personalized take on Discovery, sorta like Twitter’s “Discover” tab techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/ama…
Instagram Explore just got a whole lot more relevant. Now shows top photos/videos Liked by people you follow tcrn.ch/1f4yyvU
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Facebook’s Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize

techcrunch.com — Facebook plans to launch more standalone apps, and today on its Q1 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg laid out a blueprint for picking which ones to throw the company's weight behind. First, its Creative Labs initiative will build apps with specific purposes. If they resonate with users, Facebook will push to grow them to 100 million users.
RT @TechCrunch: Facebook's Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize tcrn.ch/1gRURjs by @joshconstine
Zuck says services that hit 1 billion users are very valuable, so focus is on standalone app growth, not monetization tcrn.ch/1gRURjs
RT @JoshConstine: Facebook's Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize tcrn.ch/1gRURjs Grow til network effects
Facebook's Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize tcrn.ch/1gRURjs Grow til network effects
RT @TechCrunch: Facebook's Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize tcrn.ch/1gRURjs by @joshconstine

Will Facebook Dodge The Teen Usage Question Again?

techcrunch.com — When Facebook mentioned a slight drop in young US teen engagement during Q3 2013 earnings, its share price fell 18%, disintegrating well over $10 billion in value. So last quarter it said "in terms of teens we don't have any new data to report" and $FB climbed 13% the next day on strong mobile ad performance.
@samfbiddle techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/fac… asking if teens are fleeing, which burned $10B+ in value when last answered, sounds like a real softball
RT @JoshConstine: Will Facebook Dodge The Teen Usage Question Again? They Are Right Now tcrn.ch/1iMCUXB Can some analyst please ask about this?
Will Facebook Dodge The Teen Usage Question Again? They Are Right Now tcrn.ch/1iMCUXB Can some analyst please ask about this?
Facebook CFO David Ebersman is out. He was the one who mentioned a drop in teen usage and cratered $FB's share price techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/fac…
Will Facebook Dodge The Teen Usage Question Again? Earnings out within the house. techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/fac… via @techcrunch
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier

techcrunch.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook took time to answer a question about Microsoft Office for iPad arriving this past month, and his answer was surprisingly long. "I do see that Office is a very key franchise," he said, and also added that he "wholeheartedly welcome[s] Microsoft to the App Store."

Facebook Beats In Q1 With $2.B In Revenue, 59% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.28B Users

techcrunch.com — Facebook's Q1 2014 earnings show it beat expectations, earning $ in revenue with an $0.34 EPS. It now has 1.28 billion total monthly users, 802 million daily users, and 609 million daily mobile users. Facebook continued its march to become a mobile ad company with 59% of ad revenue coming from small screens.
RT @TechCrunch: Facebook Beats In Q1 With $2․5B In Revenue, 59% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.28B Users tcrn.ch/1mF4CZB by @joshconstine
Facebook's mobile-only user count jumped to 349 million, up from 296M last quarter, and 181M a year ago techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/fac… #DitchDesktop
How's FB doing on mobile? YOY up 34% to 1.01B mobiles, up 43% to 609M dailies, from 30% to 57% ad rev from mobile tcrn.ch/1mF4CZB
Facebook Beats In Q1 With $2․5B In Revenue, 59% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.28B Users tcrn.ch/1mF4CZB Strong quarter overall
RT @TechCrunch: Facebook Beats In Q1 With $2․5B In Revenue, 59% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.28B Users tcrn.ch/1mF4CZB by @joshconstine

Facebook Passes 1B Mobile Monthly Active Users, Over 200M Each On Messenger And Instagram Apps

techcrunch.com — Another mobile milestone for Facebook: the company reported in its Q1 earnings that it has now passed the 1 billion mark for monthly active users on phones and tablets. 1.01 billion to be exact. That is a sign of how mobile is approaching near-parity with desktop for Facebook: overall MAUs across both desktop and mobile totalled 1.28 billion.
Facebook Passes 1B Mobile Users, 200M Messenger Users In Q1 tcrn.ch/1iMTerh tip @techmeme What a difference a year makes
Facebook Passes 1B Mobile Users, Over 200M Messenger Users In Q1 tcrn.ch/1iMTerh Mobile is apparoaching parity w/ overall usage

Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

techcrunch.com — Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time? (I hope so, because then I'd feel a lot less alone). Despite their rugged individuality, indoor cats need to satisfy their stalking instinct, keep stimulated, and get enough exercise, according to the Humane Society.

Apple Announces 7 For 1 Stock Split, Boosts Its Dividend 8%, Adds $30B To Its Buyback Program

techcrunch.com — As part of its earnings cycle today, Apple announced that it will increase its dividend 8%, add $30 billion to its share buyback program current to a total of $90 billion, and split its stock 7 for 1 in June. The company's dividend will also now rise yearly.
Apple Announces 7 For 1 Stock Split, Boosts Its Dividend 8%, Adds $30B To Its Buyback Program tcrn.ch/RMw8aP
RT @TechCrunch: Apple Announces 7 For 1 Stock Split, Boosts Its Dividend 8%, Adds $30B To Its Buyback Program tcrn.ch/RMw8aP by @alex

Duet Takes On Tile With A Small, Square Lost Item Finder That Also Lets Your Replace The Battery

techcrunch.com — Early backers of the Bluetooth-powered lost item finder called Tile, backed by $2.7 million in crowdfunding, have been patiently waiting for the device to begin shipping (which it finally is, they say). But in the meantime, a number of similar tags have stepped in to fill the void, including TrackR, StickNFind, Lapa, and others.
RT @TechCrunch: Duet Takes On Tile With A Small, Square Lost Item Finder That Also Lets Your Replace The Battery tcrn.ch/RLIYpW by @sarahintampa
RT @sarahintampa: Duet Takes On Tile With A Small, Square Lost Item Finder That Also Lets Your Replace The Battery: ift.tt/1f6gUI1
Duet Takes On Tile With A Small, Square Lost Item Finder That Also Lets Your Replace The Battery: ift.tt/1f6gUI1

Etsy Acquires Gadget Marketplace Grand St.

techcrunch.com — Grand St., a service once described as an Etsy for electronics, is now actually a part of Etsy, the companies confirm. The deal was announced today on Grand St.'s official blog and on Etsy's site (via Fortune) where the craft marketplace explained the two companies' overlapping vision, saying they both were focused on the way "making was changing," in a time when shoppers are more interested in "unique and innovative goods."

Codecademy Moves To Be A One-Stop-Shop For Programming Education

techcrunch.com — Since its launch two years ago Codecademy has become synonymous with online education for basic computer programming. In that time, the company says it's learned a few things itself and today launched a newly redesigned website with an enhanced framework for teaching more than just the nuts and bolts of programming.
Tech Crunch: Codecademy Moves To Be A One-Stop-Shop For Programming Education owl.li/2FXz1a

The Start Menu May Return To Windows In August

techcrunch.com — Remember the Start Menu? Microsoft is bringing it back. That much is clear enough, as the company announced the forthcoming resurrection at Build earlier this year. But here's something new: The Start Menu is now expected to return in August.
An end to the pain and suffering is nigh -- and it doesn't look too bad techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/the…

Vevo Releases New iOS App With A Real-Time Feed And Live Vevo TV Streams

techcrunch.com — Music video distributor Vevo just launched an update to its iOS app today, providing users with a new, regularly updated home page, as well as access to the company's live, programmed music channels. The new version of the app, which the company showed to some reporters at SXSW, follows a major redesign to its website that Vevo launched last fall.
Vevo Releases New iOS App With A Real-Time Feed And Live Vevo TV Streams techcrunch.com/2014/04/23/vev… via @techcrunch

The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Will Brutalize The Internet

techcrunch.com — The FCC will propose new net neutrality rules that at once protect content from discrimination, but also allow content companies to pay for preferential treatment.
RT @TechCrunch: The FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Will Brutalize The Internet tcrn.ch/1iauFVN by @alex
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