Toshiba has announced that it plans to cut about 10 billion yen ($104 million) in TV business costs by the end of this fiscal year. This comes after the company lost almost 50 billion yen in the last business year. [Source: Reuters]
Blekko has released a new iOS and Android version of its Izik search app. The Izik app makes use of Blekko’s “Dynamic Inference Graph.” [Source: TheNextWeb]
June 18, 2013
“I feel we’re moving into a world that was described pretty accurately by one of the founders of Google… Some reporter asked Eric Schmidt if this was an invasion of privacy … and he said ‘If you’re doing anything that you don’t want to be on the internet, you shouldn’t be doing it.’”
Dish today issued a response to Sprint’s lawsuit against Dish claiming its bid to buyout Clearwire is illegal. According to Dish, the lawsuit is a “transparent attempt to divert attention from its failure to deal fairly with Clearwire’s shareholders.” [Source: GigaOm]
It looks like Amazon will not be taking a cue from Netflix in terms of episode release. According to the Verge, when it released its new program “Alpha House,” it will not release every episode all at once. [Source: The Verge]
GE, in a presentation today, announced it will be building new Hadoop-based appliances and software. This is to go towards GE’s new goal of connecting devices to the “industrial internet.” [Source: GigaOm]
A few months back Google added a new visualization for its Local Searches on tablets: a top results carousel bar. Today, Google introduced this feature to the desktop Local Search as well. [Source: TechCrunch]
Today Carl Icahn published a letter to Dell shareholders stating that a bank has agreed to help fund his buyout offer of the computer company. According to the letter, a major investment bank is willing to make $1.6 billion available. [Source: Reuters]
Today web browser Torch announced it surpassed 10 million monthly active users after over 10 years on the market. It also launched its new version with a new download accelerator and music service. [Source: TechCrunch]
Simple, an online banking startup with apps available for iOS and Android, has today announced an update to its iPhone app meant to make it easier to save money. The feature, dubbed “Goals,” allows users to input certain items they would like to purchase and have Simple automatically work the cost of the item into their budget.
Do you want to send your friends a gift? Would you prefer to do it with minimal effort, or without doing so much as finding a gift card and throwing it into a small bag in between Walmart and Taco Bell? Amazon, like a dozen other startups over the last few years, has today announced Amazon Birthday Gifts to help you, then! It’s exactly what it sounds like.
GeekWire has reported on the debut of BookVibe, a book recommendations service that pores through your Twitter feed to help you find the next thing worth reading. (Or: It’s a totally Twitter-based company that tears through tweets to find tomes.)
Microsoft has updated Socl, its oft-forgotten take-a-wild-guess network for creatives, with animated GIFs and a new meme generator. Users will be able to create animated GIFs via Blink, a standalone application for Windows devices.