MicroSkype: Mobile and Local Implications

You've probably heard by now that Microsoft has acquired Skype in an all cash deal for a whopping $8.5 billion. It's Microsoft's largest acquisition to date, and a killer exit for Andreessen Horowitz and others who made a then-controversial late…

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xAD: 2 Billion Served (Ads, That Is)

xAD is becoming quite the contender in the emerging crop of mobile local ad networks. Loosely in the same category as WHERE and CityGrid, the company works with mobile publishers and advertisers to place ads that have local relevance and…

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Lots of Data, Lots of Apps: Part II

Following posts over the past week (here and here) about app development and adoption, Germany-based research2guidance is out with fresh data showing that Android will overtake iOS in app volume by August 2011. The intersection will happen around 425,000 apps,…

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