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German Pirate Party Provokes With 'Pirated' Big Brand Poster Campaign

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Founded in 2006, the German Pirate Party has enjoyed several successes in its relatively short life. Most notable was its win in the Berlin state parliament elections in 2011 where Pirates picked up 9% of the vote. In April 2012 the Pirate Party polled at 13%, elevating them to the...
German Pirate Party Provokes With 'Pirated' Big Brand Poster Campaign

Ignition's John Connors on Nike's FuelBand, Enterprise Software and Investing (Video)

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John Connors was Microsoft’s chief finance guy for five years, responsible for managing one of the largest tech company’s books. For the past seven years, however, he’s been contributing his fiscal know-how and diversity of opinions to the venture business, joining Bellevue’s Ignition Partners in 2005. As a member of Nike’s board, the...
Ignition's John Connors on Nike's FuelBand, Enterprise Software and Investing (Video)
Sony’s $380 Million Gaikai Acquisition Shows LA’s Technical Talent

nFluence scores $1.6M to help brands figure out what consumers really want

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nFluence Media, a Seattle and London startup that allows big consumer brands to collect data on users, has raised an additional $1.6 million in venture funding from existing investors such as Voyager Capital and others. Total funding in the startup now stands at about $4.6 million, with venture capitalist Tom...
nFluence scores $1.6M to help brands figure out what consumers really want

Saban Brands buys kid-safe online content company Zui

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Saban Brands has acquired kid-safe online content platform Zui to strengthen its position in the kids entertainment segment across all media, the company announced today. The amount of the deal wasn’t disclosed. The startup is best known for Zui.com, which lets children access a curated library of videos and online games as part of a...
Saban Brands buys kid-safe online content company Zui

T-Mobile, MetroPCS merge to take on the big carriers

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Flickr user Fuzzytek T-Mobile and MetroPCS, the fourth- and fifth-largest wireless carriers in the United States respectively, will merge with the goal of beating the bigger carriers on value. The combined company will be known as T-Mobile, but the two consumer brands will operate separately. That presumably means T-Mobile...
T-Mobile, MetroPCS merge to take on the big carriers

Urban Airship starts filling Apple's digital wallet with Tello buy

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In-app message pusher Urban Airship has acquired Tello (see disclosure below), a specialist in digital wallet cards for Apple’s new Passbook platform. As with its purchase of SimplyGeo last year, Airship plans to use its platform to expand its appeal to marketers and consumer brands beyond mobile app messaging. Tello...
Urban Airship starts filling Apple's digital wallet with Tello buy
Taking a Cue from Social, Jivox and Music Interactive Partner to Bring Music Downloads to Online Ads

Marissa Mayer makes major hire, entrepreneur Kathy Savitt is named CMO

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Marissa Mayer made her first major hire today since stepping up as Yahoo’s CEO. This afternoon, the media company announced that Kathy Savitt will come on board as chief marketing officer on September 14th, and will report to Mayer. Savitt has a rare combination of operations and entrepreneurial experience. For almost...
Marissa Mayer makes major hire, entrepreneur Kathy Savitt is named CMO
Google dominates 'most inDemand employer' list globally, considered desirable by students, software engineers, and more

Apple jumps 10 places to No.1 Consumer Brand in Japan, displacing Google

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Apple is usually at the top of customer satisfaction surveys in the U.S., taking home its seventh consecutive J.D Power and Associates award for smartphones earlier this month. The same can’t be said for the company among consumers in all countries abroad, but for the first time Apple has ranked...
Apple jumps 10 places to No.1 Consumer Brand in Japan, displacing Google

Microsoft offers $100 giveaway to line up for Surface

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There's plenty of interest in Microsoft's new Surface tablets and Windows 8 so it's a little surprising that the company is making a lucrative offer to get people to line up at stores on their big launch day. The company's offering a $100 credit toward a full year of Xbox...
Microsoft offers $100 giveaway to line up for Surface

Dell Finally Does An All-In-One PC Right (By Cloning The iMac)

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Dell has sold various all-in-one computers for years. These systems were mostly insipid, humdrum computers not fit for anything other than being a family’s portal to Facebook. Even with touchscreens, Dell’s all-in-one systems failed to be serious contenders in the space. Enter the XPS One 27. Announced today and detailed...
Dell Finally Does An All-In-One PC Right (By Cloning The iMac)

London's black cabs to get free high-speed WiFi hotspots from early 2013

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London’s ever-expanding network of free WiFi access points could soon be extended to the city’s fleet of iconic black cabs, after Tech City based startup Eyetease received approval by Transport for London to roll out its high-speed service over the course of next year. Working on its bid for over...
London's black cabs to get free high-speed WiFi hotspots from early 2013
Codecademy expands API lessons with Twitter, Gilt Groupe, 23andme, Box

Microsoft Reboots Webmail Efforts With a Familiar Name

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One of the earliest online consumer brands, Hotmail, is headed for retirement. Hotmail's owner, Microsoft, introduced a preview of a new Web-based e-mail service called Outlook, based on the name of the Microsoft application that millions of professionals use to send emails, manage contacts and organize their calendars....
Microsoft Reboots Webmail Efforts With a Familiar Name
Mobile ad startup Kiip hires Zynga’s advertising chief as COO

JOB OF THE WEEK: Director, Digital Advertising Sales & Partnerships

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Check out the Business Insider Jobs section >> As part of our new partnership with SimplyHired.com, each week we'll feature one of the awesome jobs advertised on the Business Insider jobs board. Director, Digital Advertising Sales & Partnerships Care2 New York, NY Why it’s cool: Care2 is a large healthy living, lifestyle...
JOB OF THE WEEK: Director, Digital Advertising Sales & Partnerships

Kathy Savitt goes to Yahoo, Lockerz names new CEO

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Kathy Savitt Marissa Mayer continues to put her mark on Yahoo, announcing today that Seattle public relations veteran Kathy Savitt has joined the company as chief marketing officer. Savitt previously served as CEO of Lockerz, a heavily-funded social commerce startup backed by the likes of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers...
Kathy Savitt goes to Yahoo, Lockerz names new CEO
5 things game developers need to know about mobile advertising in China

Ford’s Focus on Social Media: Scott Monty Interview

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When you think of successful consumer brands in the social media space, names like Dell, Zappos and Pepsi come to mind. Another is Ford. Last year the Ford Fiesta movement generated tremendous amount of awareness (and pre-orders) for a vehicle that wasn’t available to the public yet. At the...
Ford’s Focus on Social Media: Scott Monty Interview

Watch Steve Jobs' ad man Ken Segal talk for over an hour about the simplicity of Apple [video]

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Ken Segal, author of  Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple’s Success talks with Techland’s Harry McCracken at a Computer History Museum event. From the Computer History Museum: Many people consider Apple the most powerful brand in the world — an accolade that’s hard to dispute when its product line...
Watch Steve Jobs' ad man Ken Segal talk for over an hour about the simplicity of Apple [video]
Two-factor authentication is a false sense of security
FixYa's New FixBoard Allows Companies To Track Customer Support Trends

Nimbuzz Hits 150M Emerging Market Users, Puts The Heat On Facebook In Asia

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Free messaging apps are a dime a dozen these days. There’s everything from Viber, to Skype, to WhatsApp to GroupMe. But while these startups concentrated on smartphone apps, it has been in the emerging markets that messaging over data has made a huge impression, and that has required paying attention...
Nimbuzz Hits 150M Emerging Market Users, Puts The Heat On Facebook In Asia
Microsoft's help in going private may not be in Dell's best interests

Tongal Raises $15M For Platform That Lets Anyone Compete To Make Branded Video Campaigns

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Tongal has raised $15 million for its video content and social platform, which rewards people for making video advertisements for consumer brands. With the investment, which was led by Insight Venture Partners, Tongal plans to build out its global creative community. Tongal, founded in 2008 and based out of Los Angeles, has...
Tongal Raises $15M For Platform That Lets Anyone Compete To Make Branded Video Campaigns
Social Media Gurus Push Conversations Over Kudos, And Fail
Facebook's Growing Silent-Majority Problem

QuantiaMD raises $12M for online community for doctors

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Social networking for doctors is heating up.  This summer, Sermo, which had raised $40 million for its online physician community, was acquired by health insights company WorldOne.  Last month, Doximity, a LinkedIn-like network for doctors, raised an additional $17 million. And on Tuesday, QuantiaMD, a Waltham, Mass.-based company providing an...
QuantiaMD raises $12M for online community for doctors
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