Maura McGowan

Twitter Wants to Be Social Epicenter for Live Events

CEO discusses filtering noise, increasing user-friendliness

Twitter has long been a virtual water cooler, simulating a communal viewing experience during prime-time TV moments. During a panel at Brookings' Center for Technology Innovation, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo outlined…


Barnes & Noble will halt production of tablets amid low sales, heavy competition

Barnes & Noble will cease manufacturing its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets, bowing out of a tablet market dominated by Apple, Amazon and Google. In the last fiscal year, Barnes…

Demand Media Acquires Online Retailer

Company looking to diversify as Web traffic slides

In its first foray into e-commerce, Demand Media, owner of eHow, Livestrong and Cracked, has acquired online retailer Society6 for $94 million. Society6 is a community of 300,000 artists who sell…

GE Partners With BuzzFeed for B-to-B Native Ads

Promotes company's presence at Paris Air Show

BuzzFeed debuted a new ad campaign over the weekend in an effort to promote GE's presence at the Paris Air Show, Tech Crunch reported. The campaign includes sponsored posts such as…

TubeMogul Nabs Google Exec

Chip Scovic named chief revenue officer

TubeMogul, the online video ad-buying service, has appointed a new chief revenue officer: Chip Scovic, the former head of Google's Media Platforms. Originally an analytics service for video distributors, TubeMogul has…

Apple TV Adds HBO Go and WatchESPN

Company announces additional content partnerships

Apple TV scored a major content win today, with the addition of HBO Go and WatchESPN to its subscriber package. Apple also announced partnerships with Sky News, the anime site…

Facebook Now Has 1 Million Advertisers

Ads make up 85% of company's total revenue

Facebook now has 1 million companies and brands advertising on its platform, according to Reuters. This figure represents active advertisers, meaning those who have advertised on the site in the…

Google Buys Waze for More Than $1 Billion

Strategic move to stay ahead in smartphone maps race

Google has purchased Israeli mapping startup Waze to the tune of $1.03 billion, in a strategic move to maintain its lead in mapping, one of the most vital smartphone features. Waze is…

Softbank Raises Sprint Nextel Bid

Competing bidder Dish also trying to buy Clearwire Corp.

Softbank has raised its offer for Sprint Nextel to $21.6 billion, under growing pressure from rival Dish Network. The Japanese tech company's revised offer has won the support of hedge fund…

Fast Company Declares Upworthy Fastest Growing Media Site of All Time

Focuses on making emotional content go viral

Upworthy, the social sharing site for emotionally resonant videos and links, is the "fastest growing media site of all time," according to Fast Company. Upworthy, which plucks content from social media…