Internet & Gaming

Facebook will release a one button solution to disable third party data access to user data.

MasterCard to release payments API for developers to compete with Visa, Paypal and Square. 

Fox launches BitBop with 25 content partners, a mobile video application that is free to download but requires $10 monthly subscription for access to the full catalog. The content is nearly identifical to Hulu.

Zynga signs distribution deal with Yahoo to put games on Yahoo home page.

Comscore’s pixel tracking service is now free for startups with fewer than 1M uniques. For sites with 1-2M uniques, the service will cost $799 per month. 

Google releases an open source enterprise learning application developed internally, called CloudCourse. Also, Google opened Wave to all users. Lastly, Google Latittude released an individualized dashboard of user locations over time. 

Yext announced a realtime reputation management system for SMBs which aggregates ratings across Yelp, CitySearch, Twitter, Facebook and others. 

OfferPal announces 0.5M users in 3 weeks for GamePoints.com, a destination site for completing tasks and filling out offers in exchange for virtual currency.

Yahoo is prioritizing social:

  • integrates Facebook into Yahoo Mail and has plans to integrate Facebook into mobile
  • buys Indonesian FourSquare clone Koprol.

Self book publishing service Blurb announced $45M in annual revenues up 50% from 2008.

Twitter’s Search Director, Doug Cook, has left the company. Alex Payne, designer of the search API, left earlier this month.

TRA raises $18M from Intel Capital in their Series B.

Peter Pham leaves BillShrink to pursue EIR role at Trinity.


Apple announced 2M iPads sold generating $1B in revenue. There are 5,000 new iPad dedicated apps. Apple’s market capitalization surpassed Microsoft, making it the largest US technology public company.

AT&T announced that 40% of iPhones are sold to enterprise users.

Qik announces launch of 2 way video chat, costing $5 per month. Skype announces video calling Android app to be released by EOY. Fring also launches video chat on Skype’s platform.

Skype announces VOIP for iPhone over AT&T. The service will be paid but price point has not been announced yet.

Verizon CEO alludes to tiered data plan pricing for 4G data. 

Google/AdMob is approved by the FTC.

McAfee acquires Trust Digital, a mobile security provider, for an undisclosed amount.