The NASDAQ stock exchange just posted a record week for initial public offerings, with companies including Zillow and Skullcandy roughly half a billion dollars in three days.
Next week, the stock market will see seven separate IPOs.Taking the weeks of July 18 and July 25 together, the NASDAQ expects these IPOs will raise a cumulative $1.43 billion.… Read the rest
DoubleClick cofounder Kevin O’Connor has a new startup, FindTheBest, aimed at helping you compare everything from air purifiers to venture capitalists.
Now, with a $6 million funding round from Kleiner Perkins that closed Tuesday, FindTheBest should be in a good position to build out its “data driven content platform,” which combines computer-driven semantic analysis with human-powered tagging to build data sets quickly and efficiently.… Read the rest
To upgrade its Android keyboard, TouchType Ltd. drew on the combined linguistic intelligence of the entire online universe.
“We made a copy of the internet,” chief marketing officer Joe Braidwood told VentureBeat.
SwiftKey X, the latest version of the company’s keyboard for Android handsets and tablets, is just an app.… Read the rest
The new nation of South Sudan celebrated its birth with flag-waving, street celebrations and an official liveblog.
“FREE at last!” proclaims the website, goss.org, which states it is the official website of the South Sudanese government.
Scroll down, and you find regular updates from the streets of Juba, where the blog notes that jubilant citizens are gathering to celebrate the creation of the new South Sudanese state. … Read the rest
The last American space shuttle, STS-135, lifted off this morning, bringing to a close a remarkable era in U.S. technological dominance.
I stayed home and watched the launch on TV, just as I watched the very first shuttle launch on TV in 1981.… Read the rest