The life of a Latino startup founder in Silicon Valley

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Alex Murillo leans forward in his seat, sipping coffee from a shot glass and waving his hands as he talks. He points to the screen of his MacBook Pro, explaining the genius behind Audive, the mobile application he is developing that allows users to record cover songs and mix tracks with music enthusiasts around the world. "This is the secret sauce," says Murillo, hitting a key on his computer that fills the air with the sound of a man singing in Italian. "You can bring in vocals from a guy in Italy or you can bring in the flamenco guitar from Spain." Murillo has made this pitch about three times to potential investors in Silicon Valley since launching his startup this summer. He came up with the idea and polished his pitch with the help of Manos Accelerator, a tech incubator focused on growing Latino-owned startups in America's high-tech capital. He was one of six entrepreneurs chosen from a pool of 83 applicants to take part in Manos's second accelerator program, which ended in August Read more »

Apple could be ditching Google as its default search engine, report says

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News broke last week that Yahoo would replace Google as the default search engine on Firefox browsers. Now another — more powerful — company might also be ditching Google. Apple 's contract with Google is almost up, and in 2015 the Cupertino tech giant will be free to nix another connection with perhaps it greatest competitor in favor of another option, according to The Information See also: Your 10 Biggest Fears, According to Yahoo Yahoo and Microsoft are already vying for the tech giant's attention in hopes of replacing Google, the report said. This isn't exactly a surprise: Stories circulated earlier this year that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wanted "very badly" for Apple to abandon its use of Google Read more... More about Yahoo , Google , Apple , Ipad , and Tech Read more »

Yahoo Earnings: Time for Plan B?

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Now more than two years into Marissa Mayer's tenure as CEO of Yahoo, the company remains in about the same place as it was before her arrival Mayer will need to address that stagnancy Tuesday, as Yahoo reports third-quarter earnings. Yahoo is still a giant in the Internet world when it comes to traffic, but its core business — display advertising — is quickly becoming a relic compared to other avenues like online video, native ads and data-driven social advertising. After Alibaba's IPO left Yahoo flush with cash, analysts and investors have grown restless hearing promises of change but seeing few results. That is not projected to change with this quarter's earnings, but Mayer's performance during Tuesday's earnings call could prove crucial in convincing critics that she can reposition the company. Read more... Read more »

Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M

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 Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game. The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll, the cross-platform digital video advertising service. TechCrunch has heard that term sheets have been signed, and that the price, if the deal is completed, could be anywhere from… Read More Read more »

Your 10 Biggest Fears, According to Yahoo

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Warning: This post contains potentially disturbing or triggering images and video. The Internet is quite literally a fear factory. Yahoo shared the top 10 phobias its users searched for over the past month, just in time for Halloween . (Which reminds us, there is such a thing as fear of Halloween, called "samhainophobia." So that's fun.) See also: 25 Kickass Costumes for Girls Who Aren't Into Princesses Topping the list is agoraphobia, which is an anxiety disorder in which people fear being trapped in situations or places that cause panic. So maybe work up to haunted houses another year... Read more.. Read more »

Snapchat Wanted MessageMe Before Yahoo Bought It For Up To $30-$40M

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 Earlier today we reported that messaging app MessageMe was getting acquired by Yahoo — which MessageMe has now confirmed on its site, along with the inevitable news that the app is shutting down, effective November 7. Now we’ve also learned some more details. MessageMe had also been courted by Snapchat as well as an app maker out of Europe, Truecaller. And, after… Read More Read more »

Flush With Alibaba Cash, Yahoo Reportedly Looks to Invest in Snapchat

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Yahoo is reportedly investing in Snapchat , its first major move since the web giant received an influx of cash from the Alibaba IPO. The investment will value Snapchat at $10 billion, according to the The Wall Street Journal , although no details are currently available as to how much of the messaging company Yahoo is buying. See also: Twitter CEO Says Snapchat's $10 Billion Valuation Is 'Not Absurd' That valuation backs up another story from late August that stated Snapchat was in talks for a funding round that would value it at $10 billion. It is the unclear if the two funding stories are related. Yahoo and Snapchat spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Read more... More about Yahoo , Business , Media , Startups , and Snapchat Read more »

Say Goodbye to the Original Yahoo Directory

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Yahoo has announced it will finally, officially shut down the Yahoo Directory on December 31, 2014 No, we didn't know the Yahoo Directory was still a thing either. For those of you not familiar with the world before Google, the Yahoo Directory is the product that made Yahoo a big deal in the first place. In the early days of the web, it was also one of the most important search and discovery engines. See also: RIP Google Reader and Winamp: 10 Tech Products We Lost in 2013 The Yahoo Directory (which ironically, seems to be down because of the wave of interest surrounding the product) was a human-edited directory of websites, organized into various tiers. If you wanted to look for sites about video games, you would go to the Yahoo Directory, click on "Computers and Internet," then "Games", then "Video Games." Read more... Read more »

AdStage Raises $6.25M To Bring Its Cross-Network Ad Platform To The Masses

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 AdStage, a startup whose co-founder and CEO Sahil Jain said he plans on “bringing a real SaaS model to the ad tech space,” is announcing that it has raised a $6.25 million Series A. The company debuted at last year’s Launch conference, promising customers an easy way to create ads that run across Google, Bing, Facebook and LinkedIn. Later that year, AdStage announced a… Read More Read more »

Yahoo Makes One of Its Biggest Acquisitions Under Marissa Mayer: Flurry

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This story has been updated. Yahoo has agreed to buy Flurry, a mobile app analytics service, the two companies announced late Monday Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but an earlier report in Re/code said the price tag would likely be in the "hundreds of millions" of dollars. If true, that would make this one of Yahoo's biggest acquisitions under CEO Marissa Mayer See also: Marissa Mayer's 2-Year Report Card at Yahoo: C- Flurry was founded in 2005 and works with developers and marketers to "optimize the mobile experience through better apps and more personalized ads." It has received more than $60 million in funding to date and works with more than 500,000 apps Read more... More about Yahoo Read more »