1. Amazon secretly working on New Platform for Inventors.
It appears that Amazon wants to be the place where the next generation of gadget and consumer electronics companies can build their brands from the ground up. Over the last few months, the company has been hiring for a new venture with the goal of creating the “best end-to-end platform for startups.
2. Facebook buys video tech startup QuickFire Networks.
Facebook is acquiring QuickFire Networks, a video processing and transcoding company that should help the social network deliver video more efficiently to its users as more of it shows up in their feeds.
3. LinkedIn Publishing Platform now accessible to 230 million members.
Previously, access to the blogging platform had been limited to a small, editorially selected group of “Influencers” like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Barack Obama. Today, the company says that it has reached one million posts, and now, it’s expanding access to all members in English-speaking countries.
4. Startup thundR: new personalized mobile shopping platform.
Microsoft and Daily Deal industry experts launches thundR, a personalized mobile shopping platform aiming to reinvent flash online deals. thundR app is set to provide consumers with an unparalleled shopping experience by combining Personalization, Contextual, and screaming daily deals.
5. Retail giant Tesco offloads TV and movie on-demand service Blinkbox to Telco TalkTalk.
So much for aping Amazon’s digital strategy. The U.K. retail giant (and supermarket) Tesco has offloaded Blinkbox Movies, its movie and TV on-demand service, to local telco TalkTalk.