Keep hate alive: Chinese TV CEO compares Apple to Hitler

Just when you thought nothing in advertising could ever shock you again, along comes this little gem from a Chinese executive. Jia Yueting, the CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV, is preparing to launch his company’s first smartphone. And how does one make a big statement about your ambitions? Naturally, you target Apple. Ok, fair enough. But Yueting’s ... Read More »

Why businesses can’t ignore SMS (Hint: 90% of people read a text message within the first 3 minutes)

SPONSORED: This sponsored post is produced in association with Nexmo. Who doesn’t text these days? SMS has become a ubiquitous form of communication. Your friends and family text you. Your colleagues text you. And now, think of the texts you’re getting from businesses. A bank texts you to confirm a deposit. An accommodations company texts you to let you know ... Read More »

Martech, meet salestech: HubSpot’s acquisition of Rekindle pushes marketing automation out to sales

VB INSIGHT: HubSpot recently announced the acquisition of Rekindle, a startup that helps sales intelligently leverage the “contact graph” to find relevant business contacts. This move is indicative of yet another level of integration between marketing and sales, between martech and salestech. And for HubSpot, it’s an extension of its value from the top of the funnel right down to the bottom. ... Read More »

You can now buy HTC’s new flagship smartphone online — if you live in the U.S.

HTC’s One M9 is now available online unlocked and from a handful of carriers in the U.S. The launch arrives two weeks earlier than we originally expected. As Samsung’s Galaxy S6 made headlines yesterday, HTC jumped in to announce an early (unlocked-only) release for its long-hyped M9. The unlocked device will set you back $649. Then Sprint said it will also let customers order the device today online ... Read More »

Talk of biotech bubble rattles Wall Street

NEW YORK (AFP) — The biotech sector is at the top of Wall Street’s worry list as analysts debate whether high-flying pharma stocks are a bubble that is about to burst. Trade in biotech stocks was mixed Thursday as U.S. stocks clawed back near even after early losses. Biotech was a key factor in the market’s rout Wednesday, which included ... Read More »

Facebook announces Nuclide, an open-source IDE based on GitHub’s Atom text editor

Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only — apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd! Facebook today announced that it’s built Nuclide, its own integrated development environment (IDE) built on top of Atom, the text editor that code-repository software company GitHub first released last year. ... Read More »

Pebble’s new smartwatch hits $20M in Kickstarter preorders

Pebble just surpassed $20 million in Kickstarter preorders for its upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch. The campaign’s initial goal was $500,000. Pebble’s now raised more than 40 times that amount, and the campaign still has hours to go. When it launched on Kickstarter last month, the campaign surpassed $1 million in preorders in just 34 minutes. At the time, Kickstarter claimed that “Pebble is the fastest project to ever raise $1 ... Read More »