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Until now, you’ve had to track your free storage on Google products separately. It was just another thing that Google hadn’t brought together to make it easier on users. Today, the company announced that you’ll now have 15GB of free storage to share between Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. Google Apps customers are getting a bump for Drive and Gmail to the tune of 30GB.
This falls in line with what Google has been pushing along with its Chromebook laptops — one huge cloud to manage all of your stuff. The company says that with this change in approach you’ll no longer be limited to a 25GB upgrade for Gmail, meaning if you grab more space for your Google products, it’s shared everywhere.
Also, it’s a push for unification and a nice shove for the “Drive” brand, which now serves as your online hard drive for everything…not just documents. It’s easier for consumers to get their heads around thinking of their email being stored on their “Google Drive.”
Here’s a look at the updated dashboard to check in on how much space you have left, which should be rolling out soon:
Here’s a look at the existing dashboard, which doesn’t push the 200GB option like the new one does, and still lists the 25GB upgrade, which also bumped your Gmail storage up. Confusing, right?
This approach will help Google onboard new Android users as well, as it’s much easier to grasp one number that applies to storage, much in the same way that Apple’s iCloud works. For example, when a new Chromebook user opens their laptop for the first time, they’re given free Drive storage, but that approach isn’t complementary to the rest of Google’s services.
The storage will be important to those uploading photos on Google+ though, which wants you to share your full-sized images, specifically if you’re a photographer. It’s easy to run out of space after sharing a few hundred of those. For Google, this makes upselling storage much easier, especially if someone is heavy on uploading photos and not so much filling up their allotted email storage.
The sweet spot for Google would be to get as many users to invest in $9.99 for 200GB a month as possible. This is more space than most will ever need, but the comfort that comes along with not worrying about running out of space is worth the 10 bucks for most. As Google continues to unify all of its products, that extra space might come in handy. For enterprise App customers, it’s one less thing to worry about when managing an entire team’s worth of accounts.
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Ecomom, the Las Vegas-based e-commerce site for eco-friendly kids’ products founded by the late Jody Sherman, wound down its operations due to financial insolvency soon after Sherman’s death at the age of 47 in January 2013.
But there is a silver lining of sorts: Today it was announced that Ecomom’s assets have been acquired has been acquired by GreenCupboards, a Spokane, Washington-based online retailer. Also, GreenCupboards has rebranded itself as Etailz, which will be an umbrella under which GreenCuboards.com and Ecomom operate. The Ecomom.com site, which was shut down a couple months ago, will reopen for business in early summer.
In a phone interview today, Etailz’ CEO Josh Neblett declined to discuss exactly how much his company paid for Ecomom, but he did disclose that the deal includes about $1 million worth of inventory in addition to intellectual property, trademarks, domain names, and the like. Ecomom’s staff had already been laid off prior to the deal, so no talent is included in the acquisition, but Neblett did not rule out bringing some of them on-board if they were interested in moving from Vegas to Spokane.
He added that the consolidation is a natural fit in many ways. “Ecomom launched around the same time that we launched back in 2008, and it was a company we had always tracked closely. With the sudden and tragic demise of the company, I decided to get in touch with Ecomom’s investors and employees. I found out that they were going through this ABC, or Assignment for the Benefit of the Creditors, process, and fortunately we ended up working something out.”
With just under $300,000 in seed funding which was raised just before its 2008 launch, GreenCupboards has grown organically over the past 4.5 years to a staff of 60. Neblett says that should increase by a third within the next few months, as Etailz is actively hiring more employees. The company, which made $13 million last year and expects sales to double this year, is profitable.
Here is the press release announcing the sale.
GreenCupboards acquires ecomom
SPOKANE, Wash., April 24, 2013 – GreenCupboards, an online retailer of more than 25,000 environmentally friendly products for homes and businesses, today announced it has acquired the assets of ecomom, an online eco-friendly retailer serving the rapidly growing niche of baby, kids and moms. Today, GreenCupboards also announced that it has changed its corporate name to etailz, Inc. etailz will serve as the parent company of GreenCupboards and ecomom.
“While etailz has long admired the vision and mission of ecomom and was saddened by the series of events that led to the close of ecomom, we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue the work conceived and inspired by ecomom’s dedicated founders and employees,” said etailz Co-founder and CEO Josh Neblett. “Innovation and long-term success are central to etailz’s strategy. Changing our corporate name to etailz allows us to operate individual businesses, such as GreenCupboards and ecomom, as well as grow our etailz family of brands over time.”
Upon the acquisition, etailz owns all ecomom IP including trademarks, domain names, social media, customer lists and inventory. etailz will re-open ecomom at http://www.ecomom.com in early summer of 2013. Financial terms of the acquisition are not disclosed.
and here is the announcement as it appears on the Ecomom website:
“Today I am delighted to share with you the exciting news that ecomom will be reopening in early summer of 2013. In late March, ecomom was acquiried by etailz, Inc., operator of GreenCupboards.com, a website dedicated to offering the widest array of thoroughly vetted eco-friendly products for you and your home.
Over the past 5 years, etailz has worked hard to create a place where families can shop knowing that the products we offer will be safe for their home and the environment. GreenCupboards.com and ecomom shared a similar vision and etailz has long admired the mission of ecomom. We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue the work inspired by ecomom’s dedicated founders and employees.
Our enthusiasm for this news is matched by our commitment to continue growing the ecomom brand. Over the coming weeks, the team at etailz will be working hard to get ecomom back online. While you wait for the reopening of ecomom, our other website, GreenCupboards.com, is ready to help meet your need for high-quality, eco-friendly products. GreenCupboards.com offers over 25,000 products from the best eco-friendly brands and our support team is available to help answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to being able to serve you and continue the mission of ecomom.
CEO of etailz, Inc.”
Yahoo just released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2013, with better-than-expected (non-GAAP) earnings of $420 million, or 38 cents per share. Revenue (excluding traffic acquisition costs) was flat compared to last year, at $1.07 billion.
Analysts has predicted that the company would report revenue of $1.1 billion and 24 cents EPS. Wall Street normally evaluates Yahoo on an ex-TAC basis — including traffic acquisition costs, revenue was $1.14 billion, down 7 percent from last year.
This is Marissa Mayer’s third quarter as CEO of the company — her leadership is seen as crucial for turning the company around. During the last earnings call, Mayer said her big goals for Yahoo included a better user interface, improved international reach, and broader demographics.
“I’m pleased with Yahoo!’s performance in the first quarter,” Mayer said in the earnings release. “We saw continued stability in our business, strengthened our team, and started the year with fast execution against our products and partnerships. We are moving quickly to roll out beautifully designed, more intuitive experiences for our users. I’m confident that the improvements we’re making to our products will set up the Company for long-term growth.”
Yahoo had a pretty active quarter. It unveiled a more personal, interactive version of its homepage in February. On the advertising front, it announced a non-exclusive display partnership with Google. And it acquired Snip.it, Alike, Jybe, and made its biggest splash by announcing the acquisition of mobile news startup Summly for a reported $30 million.
Originally posted here: Yahoo Q1 Beats Analysts With Earnings Per Share Of 38 Cents, (Ex-TAC) Revenue Flat At $1.07B
Creative Market, the online store for creative digital assets, including graphics, themes, templates and fonts, this week introduced a new Photoshop extension that’s designed to preview the power of its upcoming API. Creative Market already offers a central web-based store that acts almost like an Amazon for digital creative professionals, but its ultimate vision is much broader – it hopes to give pros the opportunity to buy and sell their wares right where they’re already doing their work, which is what the API is all about.
With the Photoshop extension, people can browse and buy assets within the application itself, making them available instantly for use in their creative work. Installation takes only a single click, and regardless of whether users buy the assets within Photoshop or from the web-based marketplace, they’re instantly available to users within the extension itself once they’re logged in. It dramatically simplifies the process of starting on a new machine, or of wiping your hard drive for a fresh install, by making sure that your fonts, graphics and more are easily available on your fresh install without having to physically copy files over.
“The Photoshop extension was kind of the easiest way for us to paint the picture of how obvious this problem is, and yet it’s overlooked a lot,” Creative Market co-founder and CEO Darius “Bubs” Monsef explained in an interview. “Software that we use doesn’t actually have the assets that we use in the software, in the software. That’s something that we’ve wanted to do ever since we pivoted COLOURlovers to become Creative Market.”
Photoshop was a logical place to start, Monsef says, because Creative Suite alone represents a massive potential market. Creative Market recently conducted a survey of over 1,000 creative pros, and found that on average they spend around $150 a year, which, multiplied by Adobe’s reported paying user base of 40 million customers, adds up to a potential $6 billion in annual sales.
Of course, Creative Market isn’t without competition in its efforts to bring asset management and marketplaces direct to creative products. Adobe recently said that it will formally introduce and explain its own asset marketplace, Adobe Exchange, at its upcoming Adobe MAX conference. The timing isn’t ideal for Creative Market, but Monsef still thinks the approach his company is taking it better for both sellers and buyers.
“Adobe has released their Adobe Exchange in-app as an extension, too, finally allowing people to buy assets inside of Photoshop,” he said. “Unfortunately, like products built by large teams focused on other problems, it doesn’t work as well as I think it could. I’ve tried using it and it’s very confusing and I think not nearly as elegant as what we’ve built.”
The other big advantage for Creative Market is that once it starts working with the makers of other creative software products, assets purchased through its API and its web-based store will be instantly available within a wide range of apps, not just those from Adobe. Not being locked to a vendor in terms of where your assets are kept is a considerable competitive advantage. Plus, Creative Market plans to share its take of royalties with API partners, the first batch of which it’s in the process of selecting now.
Managing creative assets is not something everyone things about all the time, but it’s a necessary element of any creative professional’s job, and the way it’s handled online is largely unchanged in recent years. Creative Market offers creators a bigger percentage of the cut than they get elsewhere, and presents media and usage rights in a simpler way that’s easier to both use and understand. If it can pull of the feat of becoming the integrated creative media library where most professionals do most of their work, it’ll make a big dent in a strong and growing market.