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Has Live Video Arrived in the West?

By Amir Efrati · Apr 22, 2015 7:00 AM PDT · 1 comment

Visiting the live-video app or website of YouNow can quickly become a voyeuristic journey into the narcissism of American Millennials, or their counterparts in other parts of the world. At any moment, hundreds or thousands of them are cursing, crying, laughing, rapping, singing, playing guitar, gossiping or even sleeping. They use the front-facing camera of their iPhone as friends or strangers ...

What’s the Big Deal About Wi-Fi?

By Amir Efrati · Mar 04, 2015 10:01 AM PST · 1 comment

Wi-Fi is a hot topic these days, which is somewhat ironic. For years, we’ve been trumpeting how cellular can keep us connected everywhere. Now, companies ranging from Google to Comcast want to build wireless services that rely partially on technologies that are tethered to one spot. 

This could be a boon for companies like Cisco Systems or Hewlett-Packard, which said Monday it was buying ...

The Hottest Mobile App Startup in the World?

By Amir Efrati · Feb 18, 2015 10:01 AM PST · 5 comments

Few mobile app companies have seen faster or more mysterious growth than China-based Apus Group.

The company’s “launcher” app for Android phones allows people to customize their phones and search for apps. It received a million users within the first week of its launch last July and had more than 80 million monthly active users as of mid-January. Last month Apus raised a $100 million ...