Auction site eBay announced it has acquired Hunch, for an undisclosed price. Founders Chris Dixon, Tom Pinckney and Matt Gattis, will stay on at eBay and remain based in New York
Hunch is an online recommendation platform launched in 2009. It uses web data to create “Hunches” and map them so it can start to predict the products, services, websites, or just about anything. The program can then focus your searches to popular items, or items tailored on your history.
“We are engaging consumers in innovative ways and attracting top technologists to shape the future of commerce,” said Mark Carges, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Products, Marketplaces. “With Hunch, we’re adding new capabilities to personalizing the shopping experience on eBay to the individual relevant tastes and interests of our customers. We expect Hunch’s technologies to benefit eBay shoppers as they browse and buy, and to bring sellers on eBay new ways to connect the right products with the right customers.”
The staff at Hunch believe this will be a great integration to eBay. They will be able to integrate into search, advertising and more. For instance, Hunch has a Netflix engine, in which you sign in to your Netflix site, then it will search for movies you might want to watch.
Hunch Netflix Engine
Netflix is finally coming to Android devices, albeit slowly, to specific devices at a time. So far, the free Netflix app will show up in the Android Marketplace on the HTC Evo 4G, the HTC Incredible, the HTC Nexus One, the HTC G2, and the Samsung Nexus S.
I have (and still love) a Sprint HTC Evo 4G, so upon discovering that Netflix was available I immediately installed it. The app appears to have a design very similar to the iPod/iPad/iPhone/iOS version, which I also have installed on my iPod Touch 4.
Check the Android Marketplace on your device as well as the Netflix.Com website for additional Android devices as they are added.
Grooveshark has become one of my favorite web apps. If you’re a music fan then this is THE destination for checking out songs and deciding what you want to buy and what isn’t as good, upon second listen, as you thought. Recently it entered the Android Marketplace…and then exited it just as quickly. Grooveshark is a controversial program, but tobody, to date, has challenged it’s legality. In fact, Grooveshark is adamant about their right to operate.
Well, now they are back bypassing the Marketplace and getting back on Android devices. If you browse to the Grooveshark website on your mobile device you will be greeted with an option to download the app.
Once you click the “download” button at the bottom the above screen the app will automatically install. Click your completed download and you will receive the same scary screen that greets many app installs on Android.
You will need to have a Grooveshark account (its free) to use the mobile app. Eventually you will also have to sign up for a Grooveshark Anywhere account to continue using the app, which will run you $9 per month.
Android’s open nature allows apps to bypass the Marketplace in this way. That can be good and bad for users, since it can also lead to bad apps being installed. In the long run, though, I think open is best for everyone. I’m glad Grooveshark has taken this step and I hope that the differences will be worked out and they will be available again in the Marketplace.
Adam Curry is a clever guy. Back in 2004 he was working on the concept of podcasting. Now he is pioneering smartphone apps.
About 6 months ago, Adam Curry came out with a free iPhone application called “The Big App Show.” Each day, day in and day out, Curry records a new video of himself demonstrating an iPhone app.
The Big App Show is now available for Android. The concept is the same, except with the Android app the apps Curry demonstrates are obviously for Android and are available in the Android Marketplace.
The Big App Show is a very witty app that really takes advantage of the power of Android and iPhones. Curry is adding value by demonstrating the apps right on the screen as he talks rather than giving dry descriptions. He puts out a new app video on both the Android and iPhone platforms every day of the year.
Bravo Adam! I think you are on to something!!!