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iFlow Reader Closes Shop, Says Apple “Screwed Us”

iFlow Reader Closes Shop, Says Apple “Screwed Us”

In February, Apple announced a new subscription service for all publishers of content-based apps. This system took a 30% cut of subscription fees for Apple. The announcement had bloggers, publishers and mainstream media alike calling Apple everything from greedy to anti-competitive and wondering what effect it would have on subscription reliant…

Google Opens Places API to the Public

Google Opens Places API to the Public

Today at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google announced the opening up and general availability of the Google Places API.

The API, which has been in a closed beta testing and only available for a select number of companies for the past year, gives developers access to Google’s database of restaurants, bars, hotels and…

Virtually Walk the World With an Android-Enabled Treadmill

Virtually Walk the World With an Android-Enabled Treadmill

This morning at the Google I/O developer conference, Google announced a number of initiatives that look to increase the connection between its Android devices and the objects in the world around us. ReadWriteWeb’s Audrey Watters took a look at how Google’s Open Accessory initiative will bring Android-controlled robots to the world in the near…

A Sneak Peek of Evernote for Android Tablets [Video]

A Sneak Peek of Evernote for Android Tablets [Video]

Today at the Google I/O developer conference one of the big topics is tablets. All attendees have been provided with new tablets and everywhere you look, there’s another company demonstrating their new tablet app. One of those companies is Evernote, one of our favorite cloud-based note taking apps.

We caught up with Evernote on the trade show…

Move Over Netflix, Android Gets Google Movies

Move Over Netflix, Android Gets Google Movies

While Netflix has been seen in the wild on Android devices, the last we’ve heard from Netflix itself was last November, when the company explained that digital rights management was holding back an Android version of the beloved streaming movie service.

If you’re a Google fan, this has left you largely lacking in the streaming movie…

Disqus Adds @mentions To Bring The Users Back

Disqus Adds @mentions To Bring The Users Back

If you’re familiar with Twitter (or even Facebook these days), then you might recognize the new feature just released by real-time comment system Disqus: @mentions.

Originally started on Twitter, the @ symbol has quickly become the character of choice for directing comments toward a certain recipient. Now, the symbol has made its way to the…

Hackapalooza: Lollapalooza Launches an API

Hackapalooza: Lollapalooza Launches an API

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “Lollapalooza,” I think about beer, grunge rock and application programming interfaces. Wait, what?

Okay, so maybe an API isn’t exactly what comes to mind, but this year, the rock festival that once helped propel bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam is looking to launch…

GroupMe Buys Sensobi: Elastic Groups on the Horizon?

GroupMe Buys Sensobi: Elastic Groups on the Horizon?

You know a company is all grown up and ready to take on the world when it makes its first acquisition. Well, fine, maybe raising $10.6 million last January counts too, but today leading group messaging app GroupMe announced that it had acquired small application developer Sensobi for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition will bring Sensobi’s…

Google Street View Goes Inside Businesses With Google Business Photos

Google Street View Goes Inside Businesses With Google Business Photos

Today at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco, Google VP of Product Marisa Mayer announced the newest addition to Google Places and Street View – Google Business Photos.

With Google Business Photos, Google Street View no longer stops at the front stoop of that French bistro you’ve been wondering about but not yet ventured to – it goes…

XYDO Feels Like It’s Taking The Pageviews Out of Publishers’ Mouths

XYDO Feels Like It’s Taking The Pageviews Out of Publishers’ Mouths

Yesterday XYDO, the service that curates users’ Twitter and Facebook streams and adds a layer of social bookmarking a la Reddit or Digg, opened up to the public. After trying it out for a little while today, I realized that something felt wrong, and then it came to me – when I click on a title, I don’t get taken to the website hosting that content…

Justin.tv’s Socialcam Gets a Website

Justin.tv’s Socialcam Gets a Website

Socialcam, the mobile social video-sharing app by Justin.tv, hit the App Store two months ago and quickly became a favorite (for me, at least) for quick mobile video sharing. Like Instagram, however, it lacked just one thing – a website.

Today, Socialcam got just that and it makes it easy to go beyond just watching a single video. Now you can…

Disqus Raises $10 Million, Doubles in Size Despite Facebook Comments

Disqus Raises $10 Million, Doubles in Size Despite Facebook Comments

Real-time commenting system Disqus came out this morning with a bunch of numbers, including “10 million” (how many dollars it just secured). The battle for commenting solutions on the Web has clearly not died just because Facebook jumped in the ring.

As a matter of fact, Disqus co-founder and CEO Daniel Ha says the company has grown immensely…

Knock Knock. Who’s There? Pandora! (Pandora Got Comedy, Get It?)

Knock Knock. Who’s There? Pandora! (Pandora Got Comedy, Get It?)

Pandora has been one of our favorite online destinations for streaming music recommendations for years now, but today, the site has gone one step further – stand up comedy.

The site, which lets you create stations according to genre or artist, has taken this same time-tested formula and applied it to the realm of stand-up comedy, bringing the…

Bank of America App Comes to Windows Phone 7

Bank of America App Comes to Windows Phone 7

Being able to do whatever I need with my bank account is one of my favorite parts of having a smartphone. Well, that and the 10,000 other things made simple by the tiny pocket super computer that I carry around everywhere I go, but today we’re talking about mobile banking.

Never mind envelopes and trips to the post office for stamps, I pay my…

Business Card App Cardcloud Links Up With LinkedIn, Adds Events

Business Card App Cardcloud Links Up With LinkedIn, Adds Events

If I had my way, I’d never carry a business card again. I’d never accept one either. They’re artifacts, relics of a different era and, more than anything, inevitably end up lost and tucked away in a drawer full of other business cards never to be seen again.

Cardcloud, the app that promises to replace your business cards, has taken a logical…