Ex-Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is joining Zenterio, a Swedish software company looking to de-fragment the operating systems powering set-top boxes. Kallasvuo, who left Nokia in 2010, will become the company’s chairman.
Michael Gartenberg has left his job as a tech analyst at Gartner Inc for a job at Apple. According to sources, Gartenberg will be working on Apple’s marketing team under global marketing chief Phil Schiller. [Source: Forbes]
Runscope, a startup that offers tools to monitor API traffic and address the problems with broken APIs, announced today that it has $1.1 million in seed funding. Funding came from True Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. [Source: TechCrunch]
Photo sharing app Piictu announced today that it is joining forces with betaworks company Kandu. While the Piictu app will be shutting down on May 31, the company claims the two will work to make new products in the future. [Source: TechCrunch]
Tipbit is a startup working to make “everyday business tasks faster and easier.” The company is backed by Ignition Partners and Andreessen Horowitz and according to an SEC filing has already raised $1.95 million in debt financing. [Source: GeekWire]
Swivl, an iPhone accessory designed for teleconferencing amongst friends, family, and in the classroom, has raised $500,000 from Grishin Robotics, the company has announced. The funding will be put towards the development of Swivl’s second-generation product; the company is said to have shipped over 100,000 of the original device.
Boost (a prepaid carrier owned and operated by Sprint) recently announced its Mobile Wallet, a tool that allows customers to build a “virtual bank” of sorts, and GigaOM reports that the wallet may soon be coming to Virgin Mobile (another prepaid carrier) and Sprint’s own network in the future.
Google has updated its Chrome browser for Android, bringing fullscreen browsing, better search, and (on tablets) the ability to view tab history with a long press of the “back” button to the mobile operating system.
Foursquare has updated its iOS and Android apps with what it is calling “super-specific searches” meant to allow users to search for places based on their cost, proximity, whether or not they or their friends have checked in there before, and more.
Pearson-owned Penguin has agreed to a $75 million settlement with the US Department of Justice over its — and other companies, including Apple — involvement with an alleged attempt at ebook price-fixing, Reuters reports.
Music labels continue to block Apple’s iRadio steaming product in the hope of getting a better deal, the Verge reports. The labels are said to be fighting the shift towards streaming music products and the impact that’s having on their CD sales and music downloads.
Mac and iOS development studio the Omni Group has launched its OmniPresence syncing service meant to keep files and documents in sync across devices. The tool is based on open Web technologies and is available in the OmniGraffle, OmniGraphSketcher, and OmniOutliner products.
Facebook Gifts, the e-commerce effort meant to reduce Facebook’s reliance on advertising, has introduced a new scheduling feature that will allow users to decide when gift recipients should be notified of their present, Inside Facebook reports.
Samsung has purchased a 10 percent stake in Pantech, the third largest Korean handset maker, for $48 million (53 billion won). To offset any regulatory concerns, Samsung will a passive investor. [Source: TNW]