4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

Image Credit: HBO Recently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses. We often end up debating what the biggest threats to the industry are, and there are four notable threats I wanted to share. Readers ... Read More »

WP Engine adds disaster recovery to keep your blog alive during natural disasters & zombie uprisings

Above: The WP Engine team Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat WP Engine, a Texas startup that hosts websites based on the open-source WordPress content-management system, is closing out quarter after quarter with new business. Now it’s introducing a feature that big businesses should dig. Today WP Engine is telling customers about a new disaster-recovery option for automatically sending web traffic to ... Read More »

Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

 In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More Read More »

Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

 In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More Read More »

Even with $5.5M in funding, Ello’s future looks unclear

Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat So the Ello saga continues, and this time with $5.5 million more in the bank, and a new kumbaya-esque charter and legal status that’s leaving us with more questions than answers. Yesterday, the hip alternative — and ad-free! — social network announced that it has raised a lot of new funding, and that in the name ... Read More »

Google CEO Larry Page appoints Sundar Pichai to lead nearly every product at the company

Image Credit: Jolie O’Dell/VentureBeat Google chief executive Larry Page is stepping back at the giant technology company, while senior vice president Sundar Pichai will be assuming more responsibility, according to a new report. Pichai, head of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, will become head of core Google products according to a report today from Re/code, citing unnamed sources. Google ... Read More »

Apple Pay has landed, but its effects on mobile marketing are still up in the air

Image Credit: Apple Now that it’s out, how will Apple Pay change the dynamics of mobile marketing? The consensus of the experts we consulted is that it will have an impact — but there are wide differences of opinion about the size of that impact and Apple Pay’s advantages vis-à-vis credit cards. The payment process itself is speedy and straightforward. As VentureBeat’s Devindra ... Read More »

Ebola panic is a symptom of a broken health care system. Here’s how techies can help fix it

Above: Bryan Sivak, the CTO of HHS, addresses the crowd at HealthBeat 2013. Image Credit: Michael O’Donnell/VentureBeat   As I wrote last year, health care in the U.S. is one of the least transparent markets imaginable. It’s getting slightly less opaque — but only slightly. Maybe the urgency of responding to the threat of Ebola will help. Now that an Ebola ... Read More »

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