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One-time Flipboard rival Flud prepares to close its doors

In an email which was sent out to its users, Flud CEO Bobby Ghoshal confirmed that the firm will look to sell its technology and intellectual property, but didn’t detail the reason behind its exit from the marketplace. “Flud managed to capture the hearts of millions of you all around the world and we thank you for giving us the opportunity to work for you, every day, for the past three years,” wrote Ghoshal. “We also want to thank our investors and advisors for believing in our team and our vision, they were instrumental in giving the Flud team a shot.” Despite being one of the first news aggregators to launch, Flud remained niche [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 31, 20130 comments

3 in 4 physicians are using tablets; some are even prescribing apps

Surveying 2,950 physicians for its annual “Taking the Pulse” survey, Manhattan Research claimed that 72% of physicians now own a tablet, a figure which represents a 10% rise from 2012. The figure also shows just how quickly adoption has risen – the same study revealed that just 30% of physicians had a tablet back in 2011. The researchers behind the study asked doctors on how they used their smartphones and tablets, and seemed to concur that tablet usage was hard to define. “The smartphone continues to be a quick hit device, many times per day being accessed, but for, of course, a much shorter burst,” said Manhattan Research president [...]
avatarby Tab TimesApril 19, 20130 comments

LinkedIn has its finger on buying Pulse newsreader

Pulse is a product of San Francisco-based Alphonso Labs. If the purchase goes through, Pulse would join SlideShare as LinkedIn's other notable social media acquisition. LinkedIn also earlier bought Cardmunch, an iPhone app that transcribes pictures of business cards you’ve collected and adds them to iPhone's contact list.  According to a report in AllThingsD, LinkedIn will pay between $50 million to $100 million for Pulse. Pulse says it has 20 million users who read more than 10 million stories a day. Last November the company reported that over 4 billion stories have been read using Pulse since the app was released in May, [...]
avatarby Tab TimesMarch 11, 20130 comments

Pulse takes on Flipboard, signs content deal with the Wall Street Journal

Announcing the new via a blog post, Pulse maker Alphonso Labs confirmed that the Pulse apps will contain a new ‘premium sources’ service, which will enable Pulse readers to subscribe to certain sections of the Wall Street Journal through their Pulse smartphone or tablet apps. Packages for the WSJ start at under a dollar a month, with the $0.99 WSJ Water Cooler section providing a small selection of editors’ pick across a number of different sections. Political and government news is available in the form of the WSJ Political Report for $3.99 a month, while the WSJ Technology Digest offers up tech news and gadget reviews for the same price. This news [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJune 26, 20120 comments

Rakuten buys Kobo for $315 million

Toronto-based Indigo Books & Music founded Kobo in 2009, and the company remains Kobo's majority shareholder. Two weeks ago, Kobo announced the release of its new Kobo Vox tablet and Pulse social reading service. Indigo estimates it will receive between $140 million and $150 million on the sale. With headquarters in the Shinagawa region Tokyo, Rakuten is an Internet services and e-commerce company that is the biggest online shopping mall operator in Japan, with over 72 million registered users. Update: On Tuesday afternoon, Kobo and Rakuten Inc released a joint statement confirming the acquisition. The two companies announced that they have "entered into a [...]
avatarby Tab TimesNovember 9, 20110 comments
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