Twitter’s Search and Discover are now even faster
Twitter updates the Android and iOS apps, as well as its mobile web app. It provides a single stream of content in each tab, so users can better find what’s most important and when on the go. This update covers several aspects, including Discover, Search, Connect and Links. Search results now surface the most relevant mix of Tweets, photos, and accounts, all in one stream (similar to the stream in Discover). Twitter team also add a new search button to Twitter for iPhone, letting user search from anywhere within the app. New update already available in App Store and Google Play.
Yahoo! teams up with Google for contextual advertising
Marissa Mayer’s influence in Google, before her departure to Yahoo, begins to show up. Yahoo is excited to announce that it recently signed a global, non-exclusive agreement with Google to display ads on various Yahoo! properties and certain co-branded sites using Google’s AdSense for Content and Google’s AdMob services. For users, there won’t be a noticeable difference in how or where ads appear.
Google and Twitter (ex)-execs setup new VC fund
Hunter Walk from Google and Satya Patel from Twitter (used to work in Google too) setup new VC fund named Homebrew. Homebrew has already raised $25 million for its debut fund. The investment strategy would be to back technology startups that “enable the people-based economy” for both consumers and enterprises. The portfolio would be fairly concentrated, with around half being incubations and the other half being seed-stage financings. Homebrew would offer a variety of services — co-location space, recruiting, etc. — and also would provide a small slice of carried interest to entrepreneurs.
Ubuntu Phone will be available on October
Smartphones running the open source Ubuntu operating system will be available to customers beginning in October 2013, according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd. Canonical provides services for corporate customers using Ubuntu open source software. Application developers will have access to the smartphone operating system, which is optimized for the Galaxy Nexus handset. Shuttleworth said the new phone operating system will be available in two large geographic markets in October.
500 Startups will open new office in China.
500 Startups will open new office in China. The firm just hired a venture partner to focus on that region. Rui Ma will be joining 500 Startups as its first venture partner in Beijing, where she will be investing and sourcing deal flow in China. Other than China, 500 Startups with its 21 employees have already scattered everywhere in the world. Previously 500 Startups actually look very spacious and fancy.