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Japan is bringing social media influencers to the country to stimulate tourism

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The Japanese government has turned to social media to boost tourists visiting the country after spending $280,000 (Y21.5 million) to invite ten influential thought leaders from across the world to visit the country, according to a report from The Mainichi Daily News. The plan comes after the government opted against a...
Japan is bringing social media influencers to the country to stimulate tourism

Silicon Valley Entitlement Gets Political

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Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Frank Barbieri, a serial entrepreneur and occasional blogger. You can follow him @frankba. Taxes are for old businesses. That seems to be the sentiment coming from the oft-offended Silicon Valley sycophants. I’m not talking about the measured approach of Mayor Ed Lee and Ron...
Silicon Valley Entitlement Gets Political
Google discloses paid bloggers and journalists, says Stanford professor Mark Lemley is outside counsel

Sky News to its reporters: ‘check with us before you tweet breaking news’

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According to a report by The Guardian, Sky News has instituted new rules for its reporters when it comes to Tweeting news from their personal accounts. The report references an internal email sent to Sky News journalists about how to conduct themselves on the micro-messaging platform with a series of...
Sky News to its reporters: ‘check with us before you tweet breaking news’

Google to launch third-party commenting platform to rival Facebook

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Google is about to launch a new commenting system that will tie into the search giant’s Google+ platform, web services and web search. Tech-WD blogger Saud Al-Hawawi reported yesterday that several new Google features that have yet to be announced were discussed at the Google event G-Saudi Arabia, including the new...
Google to launch third-party commenting platform to rival Facebook

Would The US Extradite UK Blogger For Linking To Works In The Public Domain In Other Countries?

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James Firth has an interesting post, talking about some of the more ridiculous consequences of current US law enforcement interpretation of copyright law. Looking at the case of Richard O'Dwyer, the computer science student that the US is getting closer to extraditing to the US to face criminal copyright infringement...
Would The US Extradite UK Blogger For Linking To Works In The Public Domain In Other Countries?

Netshelter launches inPowered Stories that earn money for influential tech bloggers

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When you’re considering buying a new laptop or trading in your phone for a newer model, it is likely that you’ll look at pricing and offers with e-retailers, but you’re also probably going to check out the views of your favourite and trusted tech blogger. If they slam the latest...
Netshelter launches inPowered Stories that earn money for influential tech bloggers

Trampoline bridge could let you bounce across the Seine

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Parisian architects propose an inflatable doughnut structure over the river to rival London's wobbly bridgeWhen London had a wobbly bridge, we did everything in our power to tame it.The mildly thrilling sensation of the Millennium Bridge's metallic deck undulating beneath our feet was apparently too much to bear - it...
Trampoline bridge could let you bounce across the Seine

Spotify opens its music to the wider Web with new embeddable Play Button

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Spotify has gone from strength to strength since it launched in 2008, and last year its deep Facebook integration and US launch helped take the music-streaming service to the next level. From today, however, Spotify takes a pretty big step towards really establishing itself in the mainstream, as it rolls...
Spotify opens its music to the wider Web with new embeddable Play Button

The Management Team - Guest Post From Joel Spolsky

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Today's guest blogger needs no introduction. Joel Spolsky one of the best bloggers out there. He also runs one of our portfolio companies, Stack. And his approach to management is unorthodox at times but amazingly effective. I asked him to tell us a little about how he does it. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
The Management Team - Guest Post From Joel Spolsky

Cuban activist blogger forced to stay on the island

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Acclaimed Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez has repeatedly tried to travel internationally but local authorities refuse to let her leave--human rights organizations think it's because of the political views she writes about on her blog....
Cuban activist blogger forced to stay on the island

Top chefs unite against blogger's review

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It's an unedifying sight when big-name chefs gang up on a customer and amateur food blogger, but that's just what's been happeningThere was a spat last night on Twitter. Nothing new in that - spats on twitter are as ubiquitous as bones in herring. This one, however, stuck in my...
Top chefs unite against blogger's review

Samsung sends protesting flashmob to Sydney Apple Store, tells customers to ‘Wake Up’

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Samsung’s marketing machine appears to have gone into overdrive with reports that advertising agencies working on its behalf sent a bus full of protesters to the Apple Store in Sydney, Australia to tell customers to ‘Wake Up’. We know that Samsung is readying the launch of its ‘Next Galaxy’ smartphone,...
Samsung sends protesting flashmob to Sydney Apple Store, tells customers to ‘Wake Up’

5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again)

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We're witnessing another sea change in Web publishing. From Pinterest at the beginning of this year to the launch this week of a new product from two Twitter founders, Medium, 2012 has been a year where the norms of publishing are being challenged. It wasn't that long ago that Tumblr...
5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again)

Soundcloud revamps site as users hit 180 million

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The 'YouTube of audio' claims to now reach 8% of the world's internet population as mobile audio takes offIf the future of the internet is mobile, things are looking very good for Soundcloud, the Berlin-based sound-sharing site. Known as the "YouTube of audio", mobile will soon be the dominant platform...
Soundcloud revamps site as users hit 180 million

Debunking the “original sin” of online newspapers

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Whenever newspaper executives get together to bemoan the fate of their industry, someone inevitably brings up the so-called “original sin” of the online news business — namely, a failure to charge for content when the web was new. One of the latest manifestations of this idea appears in an...
Debunking the “original sin” of online newspapers

The Girl Who Cried Sexism

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A long time ago a friend of mine and I were discussing another female tech blogger. “You know what?” he said. “The truth is — please don’t kill me — the truth is that men just don’t care what women think about tech.” Hmmm… Whether or not you or I...
The Girl Who Cried Sexism

Now you can share your phone’s home screen across the Web with MyColorscreen

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A mobile phone is an inherently personal device. Given the hours that we spend using them each day, most of us have gone to the trouble to personalise our phone to some degree; not just in terms of apps, and layout, but often also design too. MyColorscreen is a website-cum-social-network...
Now you can share your phone’s home screen across the Web with MyColorscreen

Twitter founders launch two new websites, Medium and Branch

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Ev Williams and Biz Stone launch two new sites - Medium and Branch - which they hope will launch an eveolutionary leap in online sharingThey inspired a boom in self-publishing with Blogger, then turned the world to 140 characters with Twitter. Now Ev Williams and Biz Stone have launched two...
Twitter founders launch two new websites, Medium and Branch

Who’d have thought? ‘Tumblr’ to soon overtake ‘blog’ on Google searches

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Tumblr is on the cusp of doing something quite incredible. Google searches mentioning the service are poised to surpass searches for ‘blog’ by the end of the year, showing that the New York-based company has truly established itself as the Web’s most popular blogging platform. Comparing the two terms, ‘blog’ is...
Who’d have thought? ‘Tumblr’ to soon overtake ‘blog’ on Google searches

Google brings Google+ to Blogger users with two new social gadgets

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As Google continues to roll out new social features across its portfolio of websites, today the company has announced that it has launched two new widgets for Blogger account owners, allowing them to place a +1 button and a Google+ badge directly on their website. The widgets have been added...
Google brings Google+ to Blogger users with two new social gadgets

Times editor apologises to high court judge for not disclosing email hacking

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James Harding tells Leveson inquiry he 'sorely regrets' paper did not reveal that reporter hacked police blogger's emailThe editor of the Times has apologised to a high court judge over the paper's failure to declare that a reporter had hacked into the email of an anonymous police blogger when it...
Times editor apologises to high court judge for not disclosing email hacking

First Person In The UK To Buy The New iPad In Store Is A Startup Guy

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A startup entrepreneur has become the first person in the UK to buy the new iPad in store, two of them in fact. Chris Leydon, of Chartbeat competitor GoSquared (realtime web site analytics), stood in line outside PC World on Tottenham Court Road which opened at midnight. Down the road...
First Person In The UK To Buy The New iPad In Store Is A Startup Guy

Samsung Hired A Bunch Of Protesters To Chant Outside An Apple Store (AAPL)

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In an odd marketing move, Samsung hired a street team of marketers to protest outside an Australian Apple Store.  The protesters pulled up next to the store in a black bus and poured out chanting "Wake up!"  It's weird. There's also an Australian site called Wake Up, with a massive...
Samsung Hired A Bunch Of Protesters To Chant Outside An Apple Store (AAPL)

Google+ integration arrives for Blogger, with more new features on the way

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Google’s integration with its own products has become slightly deeper again today with the introduction of Google+ sharing through the Blogger dashboard. It makes sense to streamline the process of sharing for bloggers who distribute their posts on the Google network. According to a post on the Blogger Buzz blog,...
Google+ integration arrives for Blogger, with more new features on the way

Path's Loudest Investor Just Publicly Told It To Delete Its User Data

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Mike Arrington, an investor in Path, just called out the company and Dave Morin after it was revealed that Path is storing address book data. He told Morin and his company that it should just delete all the stored address books on its servers on his personal blog, Uncrunched....
Path's Loudest Investor Just Publicly Told It To Delete Its User Data
How Microsoft plans to teach the world to use Windows 8
Nokia teases September 5th Windows Phone event, claims 'things are about to change'

Good call: Path apologizes, erases all lifted address book data from servers

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Path CEO Dave Morin Path, the mobile app for cataloging your daily activities and sharing them with a relatively small circle of contacts, came under serious fire on Tuesday when it was discovered that Path’s iPhone app imports all of its users’ address book data onto Path’s own servers without...
Good call: Path apologizes, erases all lifted address book data from servers

RIM admits it is responsible for the anti-Apple ‘Wake Up’ campaign in Australia

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There’s been much speculation about which company is behind the controversial ‘Wake Up’ campaign currently going on in Australia. We previously reported that Samsung might be culpable but RIM has now stepped up and acknowledged that the creation is its. The Canadian mobile maker issued a statement this morning, via its...
RIM admits it is responsible for the anti-Apple ‘Wake Up’ campaign in Australia
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