Most Promising Startups of 2011; 10 Billion Android Downloads

This week's tech news roundup has the latest developments at Mountain View companies.


Every week, Mountain View makes news with technology developments, discoveries and sometimes controversies.

Today, Mountain View Patch brings you “Bits and Bytes,” where we’ll relay the past week’s news highlights from our backyard giants, start-ups and small businesses alike.

How about a 10 cent app? Internet search giant, Google, announced 10 cents apps for 10 days to mark 10 billion app downloads on its Android Market Tuesday, Dec. 6.

People from 190 countries download apps every single day with Sunday, 9 p.m.  most popular time to download. Games are by far the most popular category; followed by entertainment and tools. South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan top the“Most App-Crazed Countries” list.

Business Insider has put together a list of 20 best startups of 2011. Mountain View-based Lytro, the light field camera that allows you to “shoot now and focus later,” featured in the top 20 along with online programming tutorial and Y Combinator graduate, Codecademy. Simple, Zaarly, Turntable.fm, Oink, Getaround and Fab were some of the others who made it to the list.

You may still vote for your favorite startup as TechCrunch partners with GigaOm and VentureBeat to bring to you the 5th Annual Crunchies Awards.

Provider of business and financial management solutions to SMBs, Intuit, brings e-commerce to Facebook with SimpleStore. Intuit SimpleStore for Facebook allows small businesses to find customers, and sell products via a professional-looking store as part of their Facebook page.

Its US Patent No. 25 for SST, Inc. Leader in wide-area acoustic surveillance and gunfire location and alert technology, and developer of ShotSpotter, announced the issuance of its 25th US Patent relating to a “gunshot detection sensor with display.”

A marketplace for work on the go, Gigwalk logs in 1.5 million completed tasks, since its launch seven months ago. The company connects individuals looking for flexible work with businesses who need access to a skilled mobile workforce.

Egnyte, provider of hybrid cloud file server technology, was named the “Most Promising Start-Up Cloud Provider” at Cloudcor’s UP 2011 Cloud Computing Conference.

Cloud computing platform developer, CiiNOW, raised $13 million in Series-A funding from Foundation Capital, Alcatel-Lucent and a third strategic investor.

randy albin February 07, 2012 at 09:01 PM
there are too many compllcated doo-dads floating around these days. just make devices where it is not necessary to have a master of science degree in order to know how to operate the dad-gum things


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