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May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mailbox is coming to the iPad. The new app will be available starting Thursday and reflects the accelerating shift to tablets from laptops, especially among younger people, said Mailbox Chief Executive Gentry Underwood. An iPad app was one of the top requests from Mailbox users, and it's the first new product from Mailbox since it was bought by Dropbox in March. "It's so hard for people like us who spend a lot of time in front of laptops to realize how many people use the iPad as a full-time computer," Underwood said.
April 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook, citing efforts to make it easier for app developers to integrate their services with the social network, said it is acquiring Parse, an app-support software company. Facebook did not disclose how much it paid for Parse, but a report by the Wall Street Journal says the Menlo Park, Calif., company paid $85 million. Facebook said it was not disclosing the terms of the deal. The company said it is not doing an "acqui-hire" and intends to have Parse keep operating and serving its existing customers.
April 11, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
How much egg can one face take? I really never thought I would say these words, but poor Mark Zuckerberg.  Facebook's public launch was a disaster,  and just when he's trying to develop some real political muscle, someone leaked his plan to Politico. He came off looking like a fumbling neophyte with grandiose aspirations and ulterior motives.  According to Politico's Reid Epstein, Zuckerberg was planning to launch an advocacy group called Human Capital, whose founding members would be a laundry list of Silicon Valley elite, plus political operators like Republican Dan Senor, of the Iraq War and the Paul Ryan vice presidential campaign, and Democrat Joe Lockhart of the Clinton White House.
March 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
PALO ALTO -- How frustrated are people with trying to use email on their mobile devices? The overnight success of iPhone app Mailbox suggests very. Some 1.3 million people have signed up just to wait in line to get it. Some 750,000 people are managing their Gmail with it right now. One company won't have to wait for Mailbox. On Friday online storage company Dropbox bought Mailbox for a reported $100 million . "Dropbox and Mailbox share the same focus: Making things we do every day easier," Mailbox Chief Executive and co-founder Gentry Underwood said.
March 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
PALO ALTO - Gentry Underwood's tiny start-up rolled out a mobile app last month that promised to tame the unruly email inbox, the bane of the digital age. Not surprisingly, the iPhone app became an overnight sensation as more than 1.3 million signed up just to be on the wait list. Dropbox apparently couldn't wait, and on Friday the online storage company bought Orchestra, the company that makes Mailbox. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We want to give Mailbox to everyone who wants it, and there are a lot of people who want it. We could raise more money and hire a bigger team but joining Dropbox gives us the opportunity to scale more quickly," said Underwood, chief executive and co-founder of the Palo Alto company.
October 31, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In what may be an industry first, a cloud services firm is offering unlimited storage for less than $5 a month. Cloud Engines, a San Francisco-based company, has begun offering a new plan through its Pogoplug cloud service that lets users store unlimited files, and any type, on the company's servers for $4.95 a month. The new Pogoplug plan went live last week and lets users save files to the cloud that they can then access from any device. Cloud Engines CEO Dan Putterman said there is no limit to the devices on which you can access or save files.
September 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook Inc. and Dropbox are teaming up to create a feature that will be helpful for study, work and productivity groups on the popular social network. The two tech companies announced Wednesday that Facebook users can now quickly upload files from their personal Dropbox accounts to their Facebook Groups and easily share the files with group members. The group's file will also be automatically updated each time the user edits it. Picture Gallery: Fresh Facebook Features Dropbox said the new feature will roll out starting Wednesday.
September 16, 2012 | By Tim Bradshaw
When history comes to assess the present era of Silicon Valley, several chapters will be dedicated to Y Combinator. A start-up investment and training program masterminded by former entrepreneur Paul Graham, Y Combinator appeared at just the right moment: in 2005, when social media were emerging, the cost of launching an Internet company was falling and investors' appetite for risk was returning. In 2000, Randall Stross, a New York Times columnist and business professor at San Jose State University, published "eBoys," an account of Benchmark Capital, one of the first signature investments firms of the dot-com boom.
July 10, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Dropbox, the cloud storage company, announced it is doubling the size of its Pro users accounts as well as adding a new 500 gigabyte option. The San Francisco-based start-up made the announcement on its blog  Tuesday, saying its users have been asking for more space. With Dropbox having recently added a feature that makes it easy to upload pictures , the company said it was time to accommodate its users. "As people add more stuff to Dropbox, we want to make sure they don't have to worry about space," the company said in its blog post.
June 19, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Business-focused cloud service Box is taking the company international, with a new headquarters in London. "We've seen some pretty significant traction there in the past couple of years," Box founder and Chief Executive Aaron Levie told The Times. The company plans to hire 20 employees by the end of the year and 100 employees across Europe by the end of 2013. The office, which is up and running, will first be populated with four or five Box employees from the U.S., a sort of "DNA-injection team to build out the environment, to ensure the culture remains a cohesive" part of the Box family, Levie said.
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