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Sprint Will Wait To Launch Windows Phone 8 Until 2013

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Windows Phone 8 is hitting Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile this year. But Sprint customers will have to wait until 2013. For unknown reasons, the carrier is not getting any versions of the Nokia or HTC WinPhone 8 handsets at launch. Perhaps Sprint’s hesitance has something to do with the lackluster...
Sprint Will Wait To Launch Windows Phone 8 Until 2013
Spotify May Need To Be More 'Asian' To Dominate Region

Linstapaper and Linstagrams: Popular Web Apps Now Rife with Linsanity

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Jeremy Lin may be the most popular athlete in history whose physical skills are equally proportional to his consummate nerdiness. One example: The Landry Fields/Jeremy Lin "Nerdshake." For another, just look to his fanbase, which apparently includes coders and the tech-savvy users they cater to, both of whom are...
Linstapaper and Linstagrams: Popular Web Apps Now Rife with Linsanity
Y Combinator-Backed Prizeo Helps Celebrities Tap Their Fans For Charity Fundraising

Yet Another Musician Discovers That Free, Implemented Well, Can Increase Fans & Make You More Money

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I almost didn't post this story, because we've seen nearly the same thing so many times -- but seeing the surprise that some have expressed about musician Andy Othling's post about giving away his music for free for a day (with a pay what you want campaign via his Bandcamp...
Yet Another Musician Discovers That Free, Implemented Well, Can Increase Fans & Make You More Money

ChefHangout is a genius use of Google+ Hangouts and could actually make money

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In what’s probably the first attempt that I’ve seen to monetize Google+, a site called ChefHangout has a unique approach to cooking lessons utilizing the powerful Google+ Hangouts video conference feature. While Google+ has been somewhat methodical slow in rolling out public APIs for its social network, the Hangout API...
ChefHangout is a genius use of Google+ Hangouts and could actually make money

Halo 4: the film of the game

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A web-only film based on the Halo series (previewed below) is the start of something specialGiven that both are such strong visual mediums, video games and films have endured a surprisingly fractious relationship. Yet it is one that neither seems willing to walk away from - the symbiotic allure at its...
Halo 4: the film of the game

This Diagram Shows Facebook's Plan To Keep Advertisers Locked In For Years (FB)

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Have you ever wondered why Facebook spends so much time encouraging marketers to take advantage of its free Brand Pages? The effort seems counter-intuitive: It costs Facebook money to provide, maintain and serve Brand Pages, and the company gets no revenue from them. If a company can create a fun,...
This Diagram Shows Facebook's Plan To Keep Advertisers Locked In For Years (FB)

A platform of one's own: Video Game High School takes control

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For a few years now, creators have relied on portals like YouTube and Blip for both hosting and discovery — but third-party hosting means ceding some amount of control over your content. And as the space evolves, other strategies are beginning to emerge. When the web series Video Game High...
A platform of one's own: Video Game High School takes control
Adobe Lightroom 5 beta: hands-on with Smart Previews, radial gradients, and easy straightening

Entering the free-to-play MechWarrior Tactics closed beta will cost you

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Roadhouse Interactive and Infinite Game Publishing announced the launch of the MechWarrior Tactics closed beta today, and they’re encouraging players to provide feedback on the game’s development by buying their way in. The new Founder’s Program offers players three packages to choose from, and each comes with exclusive benefits...
Entering the free-to-play MechWarrior Tactics closed beta will cost you

Syndicate reboot builds on dystopian themes of original, says author

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Author Richard Morgan on how he tried to keep the the fans happy when updating classic cyberpunk thriller SyndicateRebooting any much-loved fiction can be a poisoned chalice. How to differentiate form and evolve the source material while maintaining consistency, coherency and respect? Certainly, you can count on a fanbase that...
Syndicate reboot builds on dystopian themes of original, says author

Nokia sells just 100,000 N900s after first five months: so?

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Look, the N900 might be sitting at the top of Nokia's handset pyramid in terms of capabilities, but as we've said all along, the N900 is not a mass-market device. Nokia's been very clear that the N900 was launched as a means to strengthen its Maemo development community (on...
Nokia sells just 100,000 N900s after first five months: so?
Ticketfly unveils 'first of its kind' products to identify and reward top fans

A Look at George Takei’s Tactics in Engaging a Social Media Following

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George Takei, of original Star Trek fame, has most recently taken the social media world by storm with outstanding engagement numbers from a dedicated fanbase. Originally created in March 2011, Takei’s page now reaches more than 2 million fans. Impressively, Takei receives engagement numbers similar to that of Eminem and...
A Look at George Takei’s Tactics in Engaging a Social Media Following

Who's getting crowded out of crowdfunding?

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A Kickstarter campaign to fund a movie based Veronica Mars made its $2 million goal in 11 hours. What happens to entrepreneurs who don't already have a rabid fanbase? By Kurt Wagner FORTUNE -- Veronica Mars is back to solve a mystery: can she raise enough money to fund her own...
Who's getting crowded out of crowdfunding?
After LucasArts closure, Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy go open source

MLG's esports events now attract more young male viewers than the Rose Bowl

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Competitive gaming, often referred to as esports, has been on a tear in the last year. Long a sideshow, two blockbuster titles, Starcraft 2 and League of Legends, each of which sport a rapid fanbase and a harshly competitive upper talent echelon, have grown esports into an industry. Even more, powerful and...
MLG's esports events now attract more young male viewers than the Rose Bowl
Wasteland 2 is coming, but only with your help

Dropify: Embed any file on Facebook for friends and fans to download directly

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If you’re a musician, designer or anyone who regularly offers free downloads, here’s one app you may find useful to promote your wares on Facebook. Dropify comes courtesy of Germany-based Hike Social Apps, and integrates with Facebook to “make file downloads more social”, as it puts it. “Dropify changes the game...
Dropify: Embed any file on Facebook for friends and fans to download directly

How the cloud helped social gaming firm Wooga prepare for its Android invasion

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Berlin’s Wooga has evolved into one of the top social games companies out there, initially just on Facebook but then, very successfully, on iOS as well. Now’s it’s moving into Android, with the first release, out today, being a new version of Diamond Dash. There are a lot of interesting...
How the cloud helped social gaming firm Wooga prepare for its Android invasion
Dan Bull Auctioning Off Another Custom Song On eBay

10 Ways to Leverage Facebook for Startups: Part II, On-Site

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This is a guest post by Ryan Spoon (@ryanspoon), a principal at Polaris Ventures. Read more about Ryan on his blog at ryanspoon.com. Yesterday I discussed how to improve user acquisition, activation and activity by building Facebook directly into your web experience. There is of course another half to the equation: leveraging...
10 Ways to Leverage Facebook for Startups: Part II, On-Site

First look: OneNote 2013

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Microsoft's note-taking application OneNote has long been the company's attempt to build a "killer app" for the tablet PC. Over the years, OneNote has acquired a small but devoted fanbase of users who adore its rich multimedia scrapbooking and stylus/pen integration. Yet somehow, OneNote never won mainstream appeal. The application...
First look: OneNote 2013
Against all odds, 'Community' returns for a fourth season tonight

Facebook introduces option for SMBs to create ads directly from their pages

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Facebook today introduced a new way for small business owners to create ads to build their fanbase without going through the more complex Facebook ad tool, a company spokesperson tells us. Similar to Promoted Posts, these ads are created directly from a business’ Facebook page. But whereas Promoted Posts are...
Facebook introduces option for SMBs to create ads directly from their pages

The great sci-fi hunt: help us find the best independently published books

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The search is on for the best sci-fi, fantasy, horror - or just plain weird - books that might otherwise go unseen and unlovedA year ago I set out on a quest to find the best weird stories on the internet. I looked at more than 500 independently published ebooks,...
The great sci-fi hunt: help us find the best independently published books

SwiftKey updates Android keyboard alternative to add multiple-word swiping and new languages

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Today SwiftKey released the fourth iteration of its predictive text keyboard replacement for Android, adding a Swype-esque Flow Through Space feature that processes multiple words in a single swipe. In short, once you settle into the new SwiftKey, your typing speed will go up. SwiftKey has had its continuous typing...
SwiftKey updates Android keyboard alternative to add multiple-word swiping and new languages

Facebook ends Reach Generator program in favor of Promoted Posts product

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Facebook has ended the Reach Generator program for premium advertisers less than seven months since it was announced at fMC, a company spokesperson confirms. Reach Generator allowed advertisers to pay Facebook on an ongoing basis, as opposed to a CPC or CPM basis, to sponsor their page posts and guarantee...
Facebook ends Reach Generator program in favor of Promoted Posts product
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