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- Facebook Reaches 250 Million Users
Facebook was already a giant at 200 million users worldwide, by far the largest social network and one of the top ten visited web sites in the world. And seeing how it's been growing at a rapid pace for a few years now it wouldn't be too surprising to find that the growth is slowing down. However, this is actually not the case; in fact, it seems to be accelerating, as Facebook now boasts 250 million registered users worldwide, gaining 50 million in just three months. "From the beginning, Facebook hasn't been about building a website. Facebook is about all of the people using it and all of the things that are important to you. The 250 million of you on Facebook today are what gives Facebook life and makes the site meaningful to everyone using it, so we thank you," co-founder and CEO Mark ZUckerberg wrote. "Each person who joins makes Facebook better by adding a presence to the site that friends and family can connect with and feel closer to. For us, growing to 250 million users isn't just an impressive number; it is a mark of how many personal connections all of you have made, and how far we at Facebook have to go to extend the power of connection to the billions of people around the world." More surprising than the raw number is perhaps the rate at which Facebook is acquiring them, at 700,000 to 750,...
- GetJar Boasts 500 Million Downloads
GetJar, a mobile app store from before the term was even invented, is announcing more than half a billion downloads since it launched in 2004. That would be impressive in itself, if it wasn't for Apple's App Store already boasting 1.5 billion downloads two years after it launched. Still it's a nice number for arguably the largest independent app store, but, to help it get even better traction, the site is launching a resigned logo. “GetJar’s success to date is the product of the innovation, hard work, and loyalty of our developer community – from small, two man teams in India to large-scale developers in the US or Europe. Making sure these developers have an open, free and quick way to get their content distributed globally is essential to provide the widest offering of quality apps to consumers,” Ilja Laurs, GetJar’s CEO and founder, commented. The store boasts 50,000 applications for a variety of phones and platforms like Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Palm and Flash Lite. Available in over 200 countries, it is also one of the most widespread app stores. But, in the multitude of apps available from tens of thousands of developers, a few have stood out as the most popular, and the site has compiled a list of the most downloaded applications.
- Chat Provider Paltalk Buys Back Shares from Investor Softbank
Chat service provider Paltalk certainly isn't a representative example of Internet companies in this economic environment. Not only is the IM company profitable, a very rare occurrence for this type of services, but it is actually buying back shares, at a premium, from one of its investors, Softbank Capital Partners.The startup sold 20 percent of its shares to the Softbank venture investment company, raking in $6 million from the deal. Now Paltalk is buying its shares back but, unlike most recent deals of this type, it will not pay only the $6 million but also an undisclosed premium over the original sum. With most venture firms happy just to get rid of under-performing stock this is a welcomed change.Paltalk can afford to buy back its investment as it is actually making money and has been profitable since 2004, it claims. The company offers video chat and instant messaging and other related services and operates with a freemium model. It also offers premium services for enterprises like video conferencing and other features for which it also charges. While it hasn't disclosed any sum overall, it had to have made at least the $6 million plus it paid to get its shares back.While the basic service is free, certain advanced features come for a price, like the possibility to create ...
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