QOTD: Fresh-Squeezed Creativity

I’m a giant vat of creative juices.

David Pogue on why he’s joining Yahoo

With a Fresh $3 Million, ActionX Looks to Help Retailers Turn App Downloads Into Mobile Commerce Dollars

The most challenging part about the mobile app ecosystem is not getting people to download an app; it’s convincing them to come back time and time again.
ActionX CEO Evan Schwartz

Home Security

I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them.

— Forbes reporter Kashmir Hill, to the owner of a “smart home,” whose system was accessible to her due to a vulnerability in a now-discontinued product

News Byte

Battery Ventures Hires a Top Comms Exec: Former WSJ Reporter Rebecca Buckman

Like many venture firms in Silicon Valley, Battery Ventures has hired a top communications and content exec — former Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Buckman. She will be a VP at Battery, in charge of a number of media areas, including developing original content about its portfolio of investments. Buckman has also written for Forbes and, most recently, has been doing some PR work. Adding top execs to focus on media and content at VC firms has been increasing, including the recent hiring of former WSJ reporter Ben Worthen by Sequoia Capital and Wired’s Michael Copeland at Andreessen Horowitz, among others.

The CIA Invests in Narrative Science and Its Automated Writers

Robots + spies!

Accel’s Breyer Leads Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors Again, While Kleiner’s Doerr Leads in Media Scrutiny

It’s hard being — and staying — king of the VCs.


The Natives Are Getting Restless

Everyone is rushing to redefine what it means to be native when it comes to online advertising.

HP Negotiating Early End to San Jose Arena Naming Rights Deal

The deal to call it the HP Pavilion could end as soon as this summer. SAP is interested.

Now Here’s Something You Don’t Hear Every Day: Tumblr Expects to Be Profitable This Year

For Tumblr, it might not be all about the eyeballs anymore. That is, if it makes huge gains in 2013.