Chances are you have heard of the popular photo-sharing iOS app called Instagram. What makes the app so appealing is its broad range of filters and effects the average photog can apply to photos to make them, in some cases, look amazing. … Read more
The father of the iPod creates a cool home thermostat, the Obama campaign joins Tumblr, and Netflix reports its first drop in customers in nearly two years--and it's a doozy.
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:Big loss for Netflix Is this the iPhone of thermostats? Zaarly gets $14 million and Whitman Walmart selling Square Obama joins Tumblr Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (HD) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS HD
President Barack Obama's campaign yesterday opened up its first Tumblr account to help get the word out about their candidate.
"We'd like this Tumblr to be a huge collaborative storytelling effort--a place for people across the country to share what's going on in our respective corners of it and how we're getting involved in this campaign to keep making it better," the campaign wrote its first post on the page.
Currently, the Tumblr page has three posts, including an image of the campaign's Ohio offices and an excerpt from the President's address … Read more
Everyone's talking to the iPhone 4S' personal assistant Siri and posting their favorite exchanges. From witty banter to borderline insults, Siri has us fascinated.
Musician Jonathan Mann, for example, managed to sing a hilarious duet with Siri, which is posted below. Mann uses some of the most popular questions people have been asking Siri, like "will you marry me?" and "what is the meaning of life?"
You'll have to watch the video to see Siri's snarky answers. … Read more
It can be a giddy experience when, on a first date, the lady you met on Match.com turns out to have a tongue saltier than than your Cobb Salad.
You never know, though, whether this is merely a function of nerves, Pimm's or Tourette's.
So it's the second date that truly reveals. This has proved to be the case with Apple's highly intelligent concierge and general factotum Siri.
Earlier this week, one had the impression that here was a woman who was just a little smarter and worldly wily than the rest of us.
But … Read more
Microblogging provider Tumblr has raised $85 million in a new round of financing.
Greylock Partners and Insight Venture Partners led the financing round, according to a statement sent to CNET today. Virgin Group chief Richard Branson, along with Spark Capital and Sequoia Capital, also contributed to the round. Tumblr did not disclose its valuation, but the company said that it plans to use the cash to "continue to scale our business and give real focus to the further development of Tumblr."
The New York Times earlier reported on the story.
Tumblr's $85 million in new cash is … Read more
Google News adds tags for exclusive or investigative content, Amazon and Netflix add more streaming video content from Fox and DreamWorks, respectively, and Amazon is set to make a big product announcement in two days.
Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:Amazon launching a new device Amazon adds FOX movies and TV shows Netflix gets DreamWorks movies ...in 2013 Google adding featured stories Tumblr gets $85 million in funding Free Facebook ads for small businesses Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (HD) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS HD
The folks at Nielsen have confirmed what we've long suspected--we waste more time on Facebook than anywhere else. The famed media metrics and ratings company says in its latest social-media report that Americans spend more time on Facebook than any other destination on the Web--about 53 billion total minutes in the month of May 2011 alone.
That's even more time than we spend streaming Pandora, which last quarter ate up 1.8 billion hours of listening time, an activity that requires much less interaction, or even being in the room. The Facebook tally is also just short of the amount of total hours spent by gamers playing on XBox Live, which at one point last year Microsoft estimated to be a total of a billion hours a month. That's a global number though, so take away all those overseas game junkies, and odds are that Facebook is still bigger here in the land of the free and the home of the Liked.… Read more
For the past few days users of microblogging site Tumblr have been targeted with phishing scams that require people to type in their login credentials to see adult content, GFI Labs warned today.
"The data we saw contained 8,200 lines of text stretched across 304 pages of Microsoft Word, and even accounting for the inevitable duplicates and fake data that's still quite the goldmine of pilfered login credentials," the post says.
The attack displays pages of Tumblr users whose accounts have been compromised and converted into fake login pages and the Web addresses are redistributed, the … Read more
After experiencing an outage that started on Sunday afternoon and stretched through most of the day yesterday, Tumblr has explained what happened.
"Yesterday afternoon, during planned maintenance that was not intended to interrupt service, an issue arose that took down a critical database cluster," Tumblr founder David Karp said on the company's blog last night. "This brought down our entire network while our engineers worked feverishly to restore these databases and bring your blogs back online."
Karp also acknowledged that the site has been experiencing some "errors" as of late, and admitted that … Read more