CloudFlare – another $1 billion valuation?

With the recent purchase of Instagram by Facebook for a cool $1 billion dollars, the tech world has once again proven that despite any recessions, there is still money in the tech/smart economy.  

‘CloudFlare’ – which is a San Francisco based startup is also reported to be in talks to raise funding which would increase their valuation to a cool $1 billion dollars.  This is being reported by multiple sources close to the discussions.  

Cloudflare itself provides protection for websites from threats to their security along with increasing how quickly their websites loads.  

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Google – 1980’s style

For anyone who grew up before the invent of Facebook, Bing, or even MySpace, the image above will be quite familiar.  Old ASCII style interface. 

But this is actually a proper Google search – it’s called the Google BBS Terminal – developed by Masswerk and it’s an amazing and retro version of the search engine. 

The home page even returns the latest news stories, accessible by pressing…yes, pressing a key – no clicks allowed!

You can check it out for yourself by visiting the Masswerk site, or else, have a look at the video below.  

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Celebrity iPhone 4s advertising!

Apple have now turned to Hollywood stars Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel to demo their iPhone 4S Siri voice recognition technology.  

They have also ensured that they keep all of the carriers happy so depending on which one advert you see, AT&T, Verizon or Sprint will show up in the left corner.  

So what are the ads like? Well…in typical Apple fashion they’ve got a nice quirky way about them.  Samuel L. Jackson’s one for example sees him asking Siri for the location of organic mushrooms and also converting measurements – this all in time for ‘date night.’

Zooey Deschanel on the other hand uses Siri to check the weather outside – while she’s looking out of the window.  She also asks for the closest place which delivers tomato soup – mainly so that she won’t have to put on shoes.

Apple have always been known for their ‘different’ type of advertising – in recent years using ‘cool’ advertising to describe the Mac, and ‘business like’ advertising to describe Windows.  

Here’s Samuel L. Jackson…

Here’s Zooey Deschanel… 

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Facebook acquires Instagram for $1 billion

In what was really a surprise move, Facebook announced on Monday (9th April) that they had acquired the photo-sharing app ‘Instagram’ for…wait for it – $1 billion dollars.  

It was announced on Mark Zuckerburg’s Timeline, before being released as a press release by the company. 

The company says that they Instagram will remain independent but within minutes, users took to twitter to voice their concerns in terms of privacy with many stating that they would be deleting their Instagram apps straight away.  

 

 

Instagram itself is a relatively new company only having been launched 551 days ago.  An interesting tweet suggested that Instagram made $1.8 million dollars each day since they started.  Wow!  

Instagram recently launched a new Android app to compliment it’s iPhone app.  It has a base (so far) of 8 million users but with Facebook coming on board, this is likely to increase significantly.  

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Fancy a Google 360 tour of The White House?

We all use Google Maps – it’s a fantastic tool. The introduction on Streetview a few years ago was an equally impressive step forward.  You could visit anywhere you wanted – at any time. 

However, the latest idea now is to move in from the street inside.  Go to Google Maps, type in ‘White House’ and then click on the Streetview person – drag them onto the White House – and go exploring!

Google Maps have partnered with The White House in order to let the world take the tour – from the comfort of their own computer screens.  

The White House YouTube explains…

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