Archive for February, 2011

Meet The Newest Founders Den Tenant: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

February 28th, 2011 02:29 admin View Comments

Last month, we first wrote about Founders Den, a new “private clubhouse” for entrepreneurs in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa district. In that short amount of time, they’ve grown quickly and are now just about filled to the brim with young entrepreneurs working on a wide range of new startups. But their newest tenant is one they could have never anticipated: Gavin Newsom.

Yes, the Lieutenant Governor of California (and former San Francisco Mayor) has decided to forgo space in the stodgy old government buildings in the city and instead will call the Founders Den his home when he’s working out of the city (where he still lives).

This is both a refreshing move by the Lieutenant Governor and a huge get for the Founders Den, obviously. Why is Newsom doing it? “To bring innovation back to our state government,” as he puts it. “Founders Den provides the kind of collaborative and creative atmosphere to foster new ideas not only for emerging new businesses, but government as well,” he notes.

While he was still mayor, Newsom was often in the spotlight (during events like TechCrunch Disrupt) championing startups like Twitter for bringing jobs and excitement to San Francisco. He also had some progressive ideas in terms of opening up city data, which he outlined in a guest post for us in 2009.

I had the chance to stop by Founders Den earlier today to meet up with the Lieutenant Governor and to see how he’s working out of his new office. It’s pretty interesting. The place was abuzz with excitement with him in it, as he was taking a meeting on behalf of the state. I also had a chance to sit down with him to talk a bit about the idea, the space, and the state of the tech scene in the city — including yes, the state of Twitter and its status as a city tenant. Watch our chat below.

Source: Meet The Newest Founders Den Tenant: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

The Net Delusion: A Review

February 28th, 2011 02:00 admin View Comments
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The Oscars, On Twitter: Over 1.2 Million Tweets, 388K Users Tweeting

February 28th, 2011 02:59 admin View Comments

Twitter has changed the way we watch television. Say what you will about the 83rd Annual Oscars (and thus far the consensus is “meh”), you’ve probably already said it on Twitter.  Mass Relevance and TweetReach, a Twitter analytics service with commercial access to the Twitter API, have teamed up to make a data map of yesterday’s mass conversation.

Over 20 Oscar-related terms like “Oscars,” “#Oscars,” “Academy” (but no specific names of celebrities or movies) were tracked between the hours of 5:30 and 8:45 PST during the show’s live airing. Total damage? 1,269,970 tweets, 1,663,458,778 potential impressions, and 388,717 users tweeting.

The Onion@TheOnion
The Onion

How rude — not a single character from Toy Story 3 bothered to show up. #oscars

about 20 hours ago via HootSuiteRetweetReply

The honor of most retweeted tweet of the night went to The Onion with the above zinger (sorry @parislemon). And the highest tweet peak was shortly after the internet friendly Auto-Tune montage at 7:20 pm PST, clocking in 11,780.

And while that 1.6 billion impressions number may seem high, TweetReach CEO Jenn Davis tells me that the volume was actually lower than she expected, “We were prepared for big spikes, and we just didn’t see those.” Davis told me that the event paled in comparison to the Super Bowl and The Grammy, where TweetReach saw 17,000 tweets in a single minute. In contrast, the spikes topped out at 12,000 at the Oscars.

Davis guesses that this is because the movie industry has not yet found its Twitter groove, “All of the celebrities that generate a lot of the converasation on Twitter are musicians like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, so I don’t know if [The Oscars] appeals to a Twitter audience in the same way The Grammys or The Superbowl does. “

Thanks: TweetReach

Source: The Oscars, On Twitter: Over 1.2 Million Tweets, 388K Users Tweeting

Intel Closes $7.68 Billion McAfee Acquisition

February 28th, 2011 02:47 admin View Comments

Intel has officially completed its acquisition of security giant McAfee, according to a release issued today. Intel announced the $7.68 billion, all-cash deal last August.

According to the release, McAfee will continue developing and selling security products and services under its own brand and “first fruits of their strategic partnership” will be brought to market later in 2011. McAfee will report into Intel’s Software and Services Group, which is led by Intel’s Renée James.

The Intel-McAfee deal was cleared by the EU in January, and approved by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in late December.

McAfee is one of the largest security technology companies in the world and saw $2 billion in revenue in 2009. Cyber security, whether it be on computers or mobile devices, is a lucrative business as internet use is on the rise. And McAfee also offers smartphone security software, through the <a href=”” acquisitions of Trust Digital and TenCube. At the time of the acquisition, Intel’s president and CEO Paul Otellin called security the “third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences,” behind energy-efficient performance and connectivity.

Source: Intel Closes $7.68 Billion McAfee Acquisition

HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr Steps Down

February 28th, 2011 02:46 admin View Comments


Gunkerty Jeb writes “Embattled CEO Aaron Barr says he is stepping down from his post at HBGary Federal to allow the company to move on after members of the online mischief making group Anonymous hacked into HBGary Federal’s computer network and published tens of thousands of company e-mail messages on the Internet. In an interview with Threatpost, Barr said that he is stepping down to allow himself and the company he ran to move on in the wake of the high profile hack.”

Source: HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr Steps Down

iPhone Application Development for Dummies

February 28th, 2011 02:44 admin View Comments

DummiesSay what you want about the Dummies brand, but when you’re brand-spanking-new to a task, topic, software program or anything else, those simplified, easy-to-read books and online tutorials are a good way to start getting your feet wet.

With that in mind, when we stumbled across this “iPhone Application Development for Dummies” cheat sheet posted on, it seemed like it was worth a quick share.

The entire cheat sheet is available here on where it joins another sheet called iPhone for Dummies – which is helpful if you’re not just new to iPhone development, but new to the iPhone platform as a whole.

Iphone dummies

We spotted this sheet thanks to the iPhoneness blog which also pointed out other online resources which developers, both new and experienced, might like to have on hand. This includes an iPhone distribution build cheat sheet, this Xcode Objective-C Text Macro cheat sheet and a list of Xcode shortcuts.

Source: iPhone Application Development for Dummies

Here Come the Geo-Targeted Coupons: AT&T Launches Location-Based Ads Service

February 28th, 2011 02:25 admin View Comments

AT&T has announced ShopAlerts, a new location-based service featuring ads and coupons from major retailers which are sent directly to subscribers’ mobile phones. Initially, the service will be available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco with sponsors including HP, Kmart, JetBlue, SC Johnson, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Nature’s Recipe and the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign.

What makes this new, opt-in service unique is that the alerts are only sent to users’ devices when they are near a participating store or brand.


These geo-targeted ads are made possible thanks to something called “geo-fencing” – an emerging technology which sets a virtual perimeter around a particular geographic region.

With ShopAlerts, which launched last August from Placecast, location provider Location Labs, handles the geo-fencing aspects to the service.

Not Another Check-in App

The difference between ShopAlerts and so-called “checkin” apps like Foursquare and Shopkick, is that you don’t have to launch an app on your smartphone and take any action in order to receive the coupons a retailer or brand wants you to see. Instead, you opt in one time – in this case, via AT&T’s website – and then the coupons come directly to your phone when you’re in the vicinity of a store offering the deal or discount.

While this sort of “set it and forget service” may not have the geek chic appeal of a location-based checkin app like Foursqure, it has a larger potential customer base – all phones that accept SMS text messages, not just phones capable of running apps.

Placecast’s ShopAlerts service has previously powered campaigns for U.S. retailers American Eagle Outfitters and the North Face and it has licensed its technology to European carrier O2 in a deal similar to AT&T’s. However, this is the first time a carrier in the U.S. has offered a large-scale geo-targeted service such as this.

According to AT&T’s website, the carrier expects to add more brands in the coming months, but there’s no word yet on how long before the service expands beyond the initial pilot cities.

Source: Here Come the Geo-Targeted Coupons: AT&T Launches Location-Based Ads Service

iOS 4.3: Update On Unlocking iPhone

February 28th, 2011 02:23 admin View Comments

Unlock iPhone 4

MuscleNerd, member of the iPhone Dev Team has revealed that baseband – 04.10.01 that comes bundled with iOS 4.3 for iPhone 4 is vulnerable, which indicates that it can be unlocked if Apple does not update it in the final version.

MuscleNerd revealed this news via the following tweet:

Current i4 unlock goal includes til 04.10.01 (4.3b3). Very weird situation…vuln cmds are there, trying to invoke them!

In January, iPhone Dev Team had announced that the unlock for iPhone 4 will be released after iOS 4.3 is released, which is widely speculated to be released this week.

So based on today’s tweet, it means that the new version of Ultrasn0w that will be released after iOS 4.3 is released will initially unlock baseband 02.10.04 (that came bundled with iOS 4.1) and baseband 03.10.01 (that came bundled with iOS 4.2.1) for iPhone 4.

iPhone hacking expert Sherif Hasim also indicated this possibility yesterday while reply to one of his followers on Twitter:

VaMpYrE7: @sherif_hashim Hi Sherif, I dont wanna ask about an ETA but I just wanna know if uve found an exploit for bb 03.10.01 or not, w8ng patiently Sherif_Hashim: @VaMpYrE7 the one I found is working for both

Though both could mean baseband 03.10.01 and 04.10.01 or 02.10.04 and 03.10.01.

This means that iPhone Dev Team will probably release PwnageTool for Mac and iH8sn0w will also release Sn0wbreeze for Windows to allow users to jailbreak and preserve their iPhone’s baseband so that it can be unlocked using Ultrasn0w.

Currently, Ultrasn0w can only unlock iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G on iOS 4.0.2 (baseband 05.13.04) or earlier and iOS 4.2.1 by upgrading the baseband to 06.15.00.

It remains to be seen if the new version of Ultrasn0w will unlock baseband 05.14.02 (bundled with iOS 4.1), baseband 05.15.04 (bundled with iOS 4.2.1) and baseband 05.16.00 (bundled with iOS 4.3) for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G and if the Dev team will release a method that will allow users to downgrade from 06.15.00.

We will let you know as soon as we get any more information so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.

Note: You can find your iPhone’s baseband by going to Settings –> About –> Modem Firmware

[via Twitter]

Source: iOS 4.3: Update On Unlocking iPhone

DEMO 2011: It’s All About Social

February 28th, 2011 02:23 admin View Comments


DEMO, the conference where companies get six minutes on stage to present their product, kicked off this morning with VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall talking social. “It’s all about social,” said Marshall, explaining that social media companies like Facebook have grown at an unprecedented pace. It took half a century for IBM to hit $1 billion, whereas it only took Facebook a handful of years, he said.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at three companies that presented this morning at DEMO and hope to latch on to the ever-expanding social web.


AboutOne describes itself as a “location to manage memories and household information.” In short, it looks almost like a Facebook for the familial unit, but with much more utility in mind. It serves as a place to not only store family-related documents (like instructions for the babysitter) but also information like car insurance and other useful documents. The site connects with other services via API, so that you don’t even need to enter all of this information manually. Key in your car’s VIN number and AboutOne can automatically import the model, make, year and everything else into the system.

The service also serves as an online location to store all sorts of other family-related documents, such as pictures and scans of your children’s artwork. From this data, users can create newsletters for friends and family and even create online baby books, which they can then order hard copies of.


PhotoRocket jumps in the try to handle a key space in the social web – photo sharing. Facebook’s photo sharing feature is one of its most popular, but photo sharing doesn’t end there, with a plethora of other popular services. Where does PhotoRocket come in? It attempts to help users “share photos instantly in one step” to multiple destinations from a variety of platforms. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an app attempt this, but it’s all in the execution. Just last week, we saw Chute display a similar product, but PhotoRocket tries to edge out competition with an important feature – integration.

PhotoRocket is available on Windows, Mac and iOS (What? No Android?) and shares content to Facebook, Twitter and a host of other sites. According to the company, it steps beyond competition by integrating directly into the operating system and letting users right-click on files, use a browser button or an app to share.

Social Eyes

Social Eyes, an ambitious app that lists among its competition some big hitters like Skype, is a “social video service that instantly connects you to your friends and groups of people who share your interests.” So how does this differ from Skype? Social Eyes is a video and text chatting service that is centered on your existing social graph. You sign in using your Facebook login and it automatically populates your list of contacts according to your Facebook friends that have also signed up.

Social Eyes also does something Skype doesn’t do – it organizes other users around interests, so you can join groups like “Current Events” or create your own group based on your interests. Beyond that, you can also record and send video messages to other users, so not everything has to be live. What keeps Social Eyes potentially a bit more above board than other live video chat services like Tiny Chat or Chat Roulette is its authenticated identity by way of Facebook Connect. Using Facebook Connect leads to greater accountability, and wearing of pants, than purely anonymous systems.


Source: DEMO 2011: It’s All About Social

Comcast-NBC Deal Accidentally Protects Internet?

February 28th, 2011 02:00 admin View Comments


jfruhlinger writes “Details of the conditions that the Department of Justice required to approve Comcast’s purchase of NBC have emerged today. Blogger Kevin Fogarty looks at the details — Comcast is forbidden from blocking Netflix over its pipes, and must sell NBC shows via iTunes and other similar services — and concludes that Internet access for everybody, including business users, has been protected, more or less by accident.”

Source: Comcast-NBC Deal Accidentally Protects Internet?