Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

Tweet a graphic image relating to a video allegedly showing the beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley and risk having your account suspended. The word comes from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo who announced the company’s actions in a tweet on Wednesday morning, several hours after the shocking video appeared on YouTube and suddenly went viral. Costolo also noted that[…]

Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital

Thumbtack, a company that connects customers with local service providers, just announced that it has raised $100 million in new funding. The round was led by Google Capital (the search giant’s later-stage investment fund), with additional investment from past backers Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, and Javelin Venture Partners. Thumbtack has now raised a total of $150[…]

Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

  Convincing users to join in new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse of how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners. The fact is that most of the so-called sharing[…]

Pivotal Expands Its Enterprise Cloud Platform To Mobile

Pivotal, the enterprise cloud platform that raised a $105 million private equity round last year, today announced a large expansion of its product portfolio today. The update introduces new services for mobile development to the company’s Pivotal CF platform-as-a-service offering that are designed to work side-by-side with the company’s previously announced data services. The company argues that these new services will[…]

Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

Not to be left behind in the growing feud between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others, Hailo has launched a public API for its taxi hailing service, on the very same day Uber announced its own. The startup, which launched in 2011 in London but has since expanded to various cities across the UK, London and Canada, originally dealt[…]

Vine Finally Lets Users Import Video From Their Camera

With more than 100 million people watching Vines across the web each month, and over 1 billion loops played every day, Vine has just released an update to the app that finally lets users import video from their camera. Twitter’s video sharing app has always required users to film new content directly within the app, using Vine’s once-unique hold-to-record feature. Now,[…]