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Startup Stackdriver snags StyleFeeder founder


Stackdriver, a small Boston startup that’s taking on the giant problem of managing applications that run across public cloud infrastructure, has a new key technology exec in Philip Jacob.

Jacob founded StyleFeeder in 2003 to help people sift through millions of online items to find and buy stuff they want.

“In today’s terms, it’s like Pinterest with a Netflix(s nflx)-style recommendation-style algorithm on top, ” Jacob told me in an interview. The service, in the pre-Twitter, pre-Facebook (s fb) era, grew to one million registered users, mostly women, and competed with and Shopstyle, he said.

Magazines like Elle — seeking to augment ad revenue — partnered with the service and Elle’s owner, Time Inc. (s twx), ended up buying StyleFeeder in early 2010 for a reported “eight figures.”

Dan Belcher, co-founder of Stackdriver, is thrilled to have Jacob aboard. “He’s a well-known mentor in the Boston area and…

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Skyfire Horizon toolbar puts carriers into the mobile browser


Ever since the iPhone came around, carriers have taken a back seat to Apple (s aapl) and Google (s goog) with their old portals and decks no longer central to the user experience. But Skyfire is trying to give them a chance to get in front of consumers again with a new mobile browser extension and toolbar called Skyfire Horizon, which is starting to roll out on select AT&T (s t) Android devices like the LG Escape.

Horizon is somewhat interesting from a technical standpoint since browser extensions are something we don’t see in mobile. And it provides some usefulness in the browsing experience. But the way it’s implemented can come off as bloatware.

SkyfireHorizon will come pre-installed in the stock browser but can be turned off by users. It will sit along the bottom of the browser offering up third-party services, such as sharing buttons for Twitter and Facebook (s…

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