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January 15, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Viddy, once a rising star in L.A.'s tech scene, has been sold. The mobile video start-up, which late last year changed its name to Supernova, announced Wednesday afternoon that it had been acquired by Fullscreen Inc., a new media company in Culver City. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Re/code estimated that it was in the $15-million range and noted that all 12 of Supernova's employees would join Fullscreen. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 In a statement, Supernova CEO and co-founder JJ Aguhob said the company's mission "continues to be helping people create and share amazing content using elegant technology.
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January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's iPhone is owned by more than 40% of smartphone users in the U.S., giving the Cupertino tech company a larger share of the national smartphone market than any of its rivals, according to a report Thursday. Apple's U.S. iPhone ownership grew from 35% during the fourth quarter of 2012 to 42% during the same period in 2013, according to a study by NPD Group. The study found that Samsung came in second place, with 26% of smartphone users reporting they own a device by the South Korean tech giant -- up from 22% during the fourth quarter of 2012.
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December 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, the Los Angeles-based social network that has been described as the Instagram of videos, has released an Android version of its app. For more than a year and a half, Viddy had been exclusive to Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. On those devices alone, Viddy has amassed 42 million users. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 Viddy now hopes to keep growing its user numbers by making its service available to mobile devices that run on Google's Android operating system.
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January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has announced a new feature called Trending that shows users the most popular topics being discussed on the social network. The new feature is set to roll out to users in a few countries, including the U.S., on the Web version of Facebook. Users can find the Trending section toward the top right corner of the screen. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 Trending on Facebook is very similar to a feature that's been around on Twitter for years, but Facebook managed to make its version of it slightly different than Twitter's in two ways.
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February 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, a Los Angeles startup that has been described as the Instagram of video, has fired chief executive Brett O'Brien and is now looking for his replacement. The 42-million-member mobile video social network said O'Brien, who co-founded the company and helped raise $30 million in financing last April, will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations. He'll remain on the company's board, however. "He was great for the first phase of the company, but companies grow and needs change," a Viddy spokesperson told the Times Tuesday.
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February 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, a Venice, Calif., developer of the namesake short-video sharing app, has redesigned the app for the iPhone, adding several new features that users may enjoy. The updated app, also available for iPod Touch and available for download now from the Apple App Store, is the latest effort by the struggling Silicon Beach startup to boost users. In early February, amid a drop in user traffic, Viddy fired its co-founder Brett O'Brien. That was followed last week with Viddy's board announcing it had laid off about a third of the staff.
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February 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, a Venice, Calif., start-up that has been described as the Instagram of video, has laid off a dozen employees, or about a third of its staff. The company's board issued a statement Monday saying it had slashed the workforce to cut costs. "As the board continues to review Viddy's business, we've identified specific ways to streamline costs which include eliminating some positions," the board's statement said. "These changes will allow the Viddy team to be focused on bringing the most innovative and engaging social mobile video product to market.
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January 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter has announced Vine, a new video app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that could spell trouble for other apps that describe themselves as the "Twitter of video. " Vine allows users to create six-second videos that play in an endless loop similar to GIFs. You can see examples on Twitter's blog . "Like tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity," Twitter said. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 Users can download the Vine app from the Apple App Store . It's not necessary to have a Twitter account in order to use Vine, but Twitter says having one speeds up the process of signing up. While Vine gives Twitters users a cool new toy to play with, it puts other companies in jeopardy.
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January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's iPhone is owned by more than 40% of smartphone users in the U.S., giving the Cupertino tech company a larger share of the national smartphone market than any of its rivals, according to a report Thursday. Apple's U.S. iPhone ownership grew from 35% during the fourth quarter of 2012 to 42% during the same period in 2013, according to a study by NPD Group. The study found that Samsung came in second place, with 26% of smartphone users reporting they own a device by the South Korean tech giant -- up from 22% during the fourth quarter of 2012.
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January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has come under fire in the tech world this week for the security measures -- or lack thereof -- that it uses to protect user information stored within its mobile payment app. Security researcher Daniel Wood published a report Monday that says Starbucks stores user passwords, email addresses, user names and GPS location files in plain text in its mobile payment app -- a claim that has been confirmed by the coffee company. Potentially, this put users at risk should anyone steal their smartphone.
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January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has come under fire in the tech world this week for the security measures -- or lack thereof -- that it uses to protect user information stored within its mobile payment app. Security researcher Daniel Wood published a report Monday that says Starbucks stores user passwords, email addresses, user names and GPS location files in plain text in its mobile payment app -- a claim that has been confirmed by the coffee company. Potentially, this put users at risk should anyone steal their smartphone.
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January 15, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Viddy, once a rising star in L.A.'s tech scene, has been sold. The mobile video start-up, which late last year changed its name to Supernova, announced Wednesday afternoon that it had been acquired by Fullscreen Inc., a new media company in Culver City. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Re/code estimated that it was in the $15-million range and noted that all 12 of Supernova's employees would join Fullscreen. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 In a statement, Supernova CEO and co-founder JJ Aguhob said the company's mission "continues to be helping people create and share amazing content using elegant technology.
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August 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In a very nonchalant tweet Tuesday, Vine announced that it has now surpassed 40 million users. How much growth is that? A whopping 207% since it hit 13 million just two months ago. Though Vine has only been around since January, it has quickly become a leader in the short-video market, and a big reason for that is its users, whom are passionate about making six-second videos with the iPhone and Android app. Vine has had to compete with...
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June 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Keek, a popular video social network, announced Thursday that it now has 45 million users, more than doubling its base in the last four months. The service gives users the ability to share with friends personal video snippets of up to 36 seconds in length. They can also share their Keek videos on other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Isaac Raichyk, founder and chief executive of Toronto-based Keek, attributed the company's growth to keeping things simple and making it easy for users to create a lot of content.  PHOTOS: Top music subscription services “We have managed to solve one of the issues facing social video platforms, and that is getting users to create video,” he said. "It's easy, it's fast, no video editing, no gimmicks, no filtering tools.
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May 23, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Even as hospitals struggle with keeping patient information secure in the digital world, more and more are finding that some patients are willing to publicly share intimate moments. UCLA's Health System became the latest healthcare provider to turn to social media to invite the public into an operating room. Since 6:24 a.m. Thursday, the @UCLAHealth Twitter account has been using Vine and Instagram to chronicle the implant of a brain pacemaker. The device counteracts Parkinson's disease, according to UCLA Health's Facebook page . In one Vine , Dr. Nader Pouratian said it's the 500th time that the operation has been done at UCLA.
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February 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, a Venice, Calif., developer of the namesake short-video sharing app, has redesigned the app for the iPhone, adding several new features that users may enjoy. The updated app, also available for iPod Touch and available for download now from the Apple App Store, is the latest effort by the struggling Silicon Beach startup to boost users. In early February, amid a drop in user traffic, Viddy fired its co-founder Brett O'Brien. That was followed last week with Viddy's board announcing it had laid off about a third of the staff.
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August 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In a very nonchalant tweet Tuesday, Vine announced that it has now surpassed 40 million users. How much growth is that? A whopping 207% since it hit 13 million just two months ago. Though Vine has only been around since January, it has quickly become a leader in the short-video market, and a big reason for that is its users, whom are passionate about making six-second videos with the iPhone and Android app. Vine has had to compete with...
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has announced a new feature called Trending that shows users the most popular topics being discussed on the social network. The new feature is set to roll out to users in a few countries, including the U.S., on the Web version of Facebook. Users can find the Trending section toward the top right corner of the screen. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 Trending on Facebook is very similar to a feature that's been around on Twitter for years, but Facebook managed to make its version of it slightly different than Twitter's in two ways.
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February 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, a Venice, Calif., start-up that has been described as the Instagram of video, has laid off a dozen employees, or about a third of its staff. The company's board issued a statement Monday saying it had slashed the workforce to cut costs. "As the board continues to review Viddy's business, we've identified specific ways to streamline costs which include eliminating some positions," the board's statement said. "These changes will allow the Viddy team to be focused on bringing the most innovative and engaging social mobile video product to market.
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February 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, a Los Angeles startup that has been described as the Instagram of video, has fired chief executive Brett O'Brien and is now looking for his replacement. The 42-million-member mobile video social network said O'Brien, who co-founded the company and helped raise $30 million in financing last April, will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations. He'll remain on the company's board, however. "He was great for the first phase of the company, but companies grow and needs change," a Viddy spokesperson told the Times Tuesday.
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