W3C (the Worldwide Web Consortium) has announced a plan to “recommend” (see: declare as ready) the HTML5 spec. Further updates (5.1 and onward) are expected to be given the okay every two years after that.
Microsoft revealed that it’s including SmartGlass technology in its latest gaming console, the XBox One. SmartGlass is a second-screen addition that includes companion information about the content. [Source: The Verge]
At its event today, Microsoft unveiled its new gaming console: the XBox One. Calling it a “new generation” Microsoft displayed the black box, as well as showed off its new features like voice activation. [Source: AllThingsD]
Once a smartphone heavyweight, BlackBerry is now shifting its focus from hardware to service. At the company’s annual conference, it became apparent the emphasis BlackBerry was putting on services like its BlackBerry Enterprise Service, as opposed to its new handset. [Source: Reuters]
Open-plan offices are the latest fad in interior design, what with their promises of increased serendipity and total transparency and other kinda-cute notions that make employers feel better about having workers come in beyond the supposed 40-hour work week. Now Quartz has compiled a list of ways open-plan offices are actually kinda shitty, from increased distractions to the cesspools of disease and frustration that they really are.
The Onion has published a cartoon depicting ride-sharing services as a communistic Grim Reaper threatening the darling baby representing our “precious way of life.” Looks like you’ve finally made it, UberX, Lyft, SideCar, GetTaxi, Zipcar, and every other ride-sharing startup!
Pandora has announced new “Pandora Premieres” stations that will allow users to listen to full albums up to one week before their official release in the US, the company has announced. The service actually sounds less like Pandora and more like Spotify in that it allows users to listen to tracks in whatever order they would like, for as often as they would like, without restrictions.
Sports team management platform TeamSnap has acquired athlete social network WePlay, and its 2.25 million users, for an undisclosed sum. TeamSnap is backed by $4.3 million in venture funding, but WePay took in $15 million over its five years. [Source: SoCalTech]
Online petition site Change.org has raised $15 million from Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam’s firm Omidyar Network. The six-year-old company has not taken on outside capital before and is not a non-profit, though Omidyar says his minority stake does not anticipate an exit. [Source: All Things D]
Portland, Ore.-based Orchestrate.io has raised $3 million in seed funding led by True Ventures with contributions from Frontline Ventures and Resonant Venture Partners. The company’s software provides an API that customers can use to send data from multiple databases. [Source: GigaOm]
HasOffers, mobile advertising attribution tool, has raised $9.4M in a round of funding led by Accel Partners, with participation by Rob Glaser, founder of RealNetworks, and Chris DeVore of Founder’s Co-op. The company has bootstrapped itself to 79 employees to this point. [Source: HasOffers]
Brightpearl a provider of cloud for integrating orders, inventory and customer data for retailers, raised an $8 million Series B financing, co-led by Eden Ventures and Notion Capital. [Source: Brightpearl]
Adaptive Planning, a business analytics software company, has raised $45 million in a new round of VC funds led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from existing backers ONSET Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, RBC Venture Partners, Cardinal Venture Capital, and Monitor Ventures. [Source: Adaptive Planning]
Google will soon unveil a Chrome OS Web app launcher for the Mac, according to a Google+ post from engineer François Beaufort. Users can try the app launcher in beta by installing Chromium. [Source: The Verge]
London-based edtech company Edxus Group has said it will spend up to $77 million over the next year and a half to develop and buy e-learning businesses in Europe that will give it to scale to compete against American edtech players. Edxus’s move mirrors similar strategies from US edtech companeis Pearson, Blackboard, Macmillan, Kaplan, and McGraw-Hill. [Source: TechCrunch]
ConsultingMD, which launched last year to help patients get second opinions from specialists via the Web, has announced today that it has raised $10 million Series B funding from Venrock. The startup was founded by Reputation.com co-founder Owen Tripp and Dr Lawrence Hofmann, chief of interventional radiology at Stanford Hospital. [Source: TechCrunch]