Kari Lipschutz

WhaleShark Acquires U.K. Coupon Company

Deals company continues to expand

WhaleShark Media, owners of RetailMeNot,, and, will acquire eConversions, the U.K.-based company that owns and in Germany. TechCrunch reports that the sale will likely be worth…

Obama on Foursquare

The White House checks in

Where in the world is President Barack Obama? Just ask Foursquare. The White House blog announced that the president is now on the location-based social networking site. The president’s latest social…

Buddy Media Cozies Up to Investors

Facebook advertising software valued at $500 million

Facebook’s power as an advertising tool has not gone unnoticed. Buddy Media, a firm that assists advertisers in managing their Facebook presence, is now valued at $500 million. The half-billion-dollar…

Relativity Media Teams Up With Chinese Partners

SkyLand and Huaxia offer an in to elusive market

Relativity Media, the film studio responsible for producing Bridesmaids and The Social Network, is entering a partnership with Huaxia Film Distribution and SkyLand Film-Television Development, both Chinese companies. The move…

BART in San Francisco Cuts Cell Service to Avoid Protest

Technology control challenges freedom of speech

The past year has been monumental in showing the power of social media and cell phones as mobilization tools. From Facebook’s central role in the Arab Spring, to the more…

Google+ Adds Games

Better deal for developers threatens Facebook

"When you're ready to play, the Games page is waiting," announced Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president of engineering. Google+ has now given Facebook a whole new reason to be…

Cameron Tries to Lock Down Social Media

U.K. riots and social media: help or hindrance?

The dust is beginning to settle in England after days of rioting that have left behind casualties, more than a thousand arrested, and many local businesses in tatters. Yesterday, British…

Moms Drive Growth for Daily Deal Site

Zulily valued at more than $700 million

Yet another daily deals site has curried favor with investors. Baby- and children-oriented deal site Zulily has raised $43 million in venture capital. Meritech Capital Partners, the same group that…

London Fights Back With Social Media

Citizens organize to battle crime and clean up

Last night, unrest in London continued. A massive police presence in the city was still unable to keep rioters and looters at bay. Trouble is also spreading, with rioting reported…

London Riots Fueled by BBM

Social media takes backseat to private messaging

Over the past three days, riots have engulfed the streets of East London, with looting and violence creeping westward. The unrest began after a peaceful protest over the fatal shooting of…