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Facebook's Copycat Tendencies: A Sign of Strength, not Weakness

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The tipping point for Facebook was back in Spring 2007. The site had only been open to the non-college/highschool world at large for less than a year, and was just finally overcoming the broader “isn’t that just a site for college kids?” stigma. That’s also about the time Facebook...
Facebook's Copycat Tendencies: A Sign of Strength, not Weakness

Friendster partners Pro 3 Games to bring role-playing game Starforce Delta to Southeast Asia

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Gaming fans in Southeast Asia are getting another game to add on to their repertoire. Friendster announced today that it has partnered with Austrian independent game developer Pro 3 Games to launch and host Starforce Delta FX across Southeast Asia. Starforce Delta (the site says it’s still in beta version) is...
Friendster partners Pro 3 Games to bring role-playing game Starforce Delta to Southeast Asia

Friendster's Email Newsletters are Running a Little Behind http://post.ly/PKON

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Friendster's Email Newsletters are Running a Little Behind http://post.ly/PKON

Google Buzz flies high, but won’t kill Twitter or Facebook

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With Google Buzz, Google has launched yet another product to compete in the social networking arena. It’s just one week new, and already Buzz has a significant user base and poses a viable threat to several existing players. Google, like Microsoft, keeps trying. In the social networking space, it has...
Google Buzz flies high, but won’t kill Twitter or Facebook

That Time When John Kerry Reached Out to Voters on Friendster

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That Time When John Kerry Reached Out to Voters on Friendster

Build it and they won't come: How and why growth hacking came to be

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The buzz on “growth hacking” has spread all across the world. Classes on growth hacking are being taught in Singapore. Companies from San Francisco to London are recruiting growth hackers. The first Growth Hacking Conference popped up a few weeks ago. This rapid craze beseeches an explanation. Why has growth...
Build it and they won't come: How and why growth hacking came to be

Instagram Wanted To Be "Instagram For Video" Before It Was Cool

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Calling Facebook a copycat isn’t particularly creative; not only did Myspace, Friendster and Makeoutclub have the whole social network thing down first, but Questions, Places, Poke, Messenger, Stickers and so on were all ideas stolen inspired by other startups. And there are so many more, countless. But while Zuckerberg is indeed...
Instagram Wanted To Be "Instagram For Video" Before It Was Cool

Facebook The Patent Buyer: Even Before IBM, The List Includes HP, Friendster, BT… And Halliburton

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Facebook, according to reports, is buying up a boatload of patents from IBM — 750 in all — that will help the company shore up against potential legal attacks from Yahoo and other companies claiming the huge social network infringes on their intellectual property. But for the past couple of...
Facebook The Patent Buyer: Even Before IBM, The List Includes HP, Friendster, BT… And Halliburton

Rather Than Pay Yahoo’s Troll Tax, Facebook Built A Patent Fortress

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Facebook had a choice to make: pay off Yahoo with gobs of money and remain vulnerable to other patent trolls, or make a long-term investment into a intellectual property portfolio it can protect itself with for years to come. Facebook wisely took the second path, as solidified by its $550...
Rather Than Pay Yahoo’s Troll Tax, Facebook Built A Patent Fortress

8 Significant Developments in Social Media You Should Watch

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stock.xchng by bigevil600 While I don’t have a crystal ball, here are some developments that I think are worthy of our attention and will affect how we do things in the social mediasphere over the next few years. Many of the things on this list will not be news to...
8 Significant Developments in Social Media You Should Watch

Digital Garage Launches New Context, A “Lean” Software Development House With Eric Ries As GP

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Tokyo’s Digital Garage, an incubation company which can call itself an early investor in both Path and Twitter and which helped usher the latter into Japan, has just announced the formation of a new software development consultancy called New Context. Eric Ries, pioneer of the Lean Startup movement, will...
Digital Garage Launches New Context, A “Lean” Software Development House With Eric Ries As GP

8 Significant Developments in Social Media You Should Watch

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stock.xchng by bigevil600 While I don’t have a crystal ball, here are some developments that I think are worthy of our attention and will affect how we do things in the social mediasphere over the next few years. Many of the things on this list will not be news to...
8 Significant Developments in Social Media You Should Watch
Bloomberg Hiring Social Media Director With Friendster Experience

Asian e-payment firm MOL continues its spending spree with acquisition of AyoPay in Indonesia

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Fresh from buying majority stakes in Turkish companies PaytoGo and Game Sultan, Malaysia-based e-payment firm MOL Global has continued to spend after acquiring payment distributor AyoPay in Indonesia in an undisclosed deal, as Tech In Asia reports. AyoPay is already a MOL partner in Indonesia, and it will continue to operate within its existing brand and...
Asian e-payment firm MOL continues its spending spree with acquisition of AyoPay in Indonesia

Eric Ries-backed Neo Innovation launches new fund focused on lean startups

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Neo Innovation, a product design and web development company built on the ‘Lean Startup’ principles promoted by serial entrepreneur and author Eric Ries, is launching a new fund focused on investing in companies committed to the same philosophy. On Saturday at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, the company is set...
Eric Ries-backed Neo Innovation launches new fund focused on lean startups

Gina Bianchini Replaced As Ning CEO By COO Jason Rosenthal

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Ning CEO Gina Bianchini is being replaced as the CEO of Ning by COO Jason Rosenthal. Bianchini founded the DIY network of social networks with Marc Andreessen. But after five and half years at the helm, she is ready to try something new. She will transition to an entrepreneur...
Gina Bianchini Replaced As Ning CEO By COO Jason Rosenthal

This week's 10 best data stories (so far)

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It has been a busy week for data news already, so here are 10 of the big and/or interesting items you might have missed if you blinked: EMC Greenplum lays down the SQL-on-Hadoop gauntlet: The company’s new Pivotal HD Hadoop distribution fuses its analytic database technology with Hadoop to create a...
This week's 10 best data stories (so far)
While Twitter and Facebook spar, Path, Foursquare, Tumblr, Quora and Nextdoor should Voltron it up

Instagram Was Facebook's Biggest Threat

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Before today, the biggest threat to Facebook wasn't Google or Twitter. It's was an out-of-nowhere startup that allows people to do what they like to do on Facebook easier and faster. That's Instagram, which Facebook acquired today for $1 billion. What people like to do on Facebook is share and view photos...
Instagram Was Facebook's Biggest Threat

As Apple cans Ping, five other notable deaths in the social media world

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Ping heads off to the great social network in the sky, and we look back at once-buzzed-about startups that suddenly stoppedLast week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the end of Ping, a move that attracted about 1% as much attention as the iPhone 5 announcement. Ping, as you've likely forgotten,...
As Apple cans Ping, five other notable deaths in the social media world

Mark Zuckerberg's AngelFire profile sleuthed out

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Could this be a 15-year-old Zuck showing off his web prowess? At 15, we all made foolish decisions when it came to the internet. Whether that meant Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, or whatever social network was most popular at the time. For Mark Zuckerberg, it seems his awkward niche of...
Mark Zuckerberg's AngelFire profile sleuthed out
Friendster's founder pulls in $1.7M for social news startup Nuzzel
Old media's problems are the costs not the lack of paywalls

Here's The Biggest Threat To Facebook, And What Facebook Is Doing About It

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The biggest threat to Facebook isn't Google or Twitter. It's the out-of-nowhere startup that allows people to do what they like to do on Facebook easier and faster. What people like to do on Facebook is share and view photos of friends and family. Facebook is popular because it is...
Here's The Biggest Threat To Facebook, And What Facebook Is Doing About It

Google explains how celebs and politics are driving Google+ growth in Asia

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Google+ is now up to 90 million users worldwide and while the spotlight shines on its battle with Facebook and Twitter, and the ongoing enhancements it makes to its platform, Google says that the social network is making strong progress in Asia. Asia is a regional that is largely dominated by...
Google explains how celebs and politics are driving Google+ growth in Asia

Friendster reborn as a gaming site, wishes Facebook cared

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Friendster's as good as dead to the western world (it hasn't really crossed our radar since 2005), but Forbes reports that the site is still huge in Southeast Asia -- though not for the reasons you might think. It was the original social network when in launched in 2002,...
Friendster reborn as a gaming site, wishes Facebook cared

If You Think Monitoring Your Kids On Facebook Is Enough To Keep Them Safe Online, You Have No Clue

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Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That's so 2009. Explosion in social media gives kids options WASHINGTON (AP) -- After Friendster came MySpace. By the time Facebook dominated social media, parents had joined the party, too. But the online scene has changed -- dramatically, as it turns out -- and these...
If You Think Monitoring Your Kids On Facebook Is Enough To Keep Them Safe Online, You Have No Clue
Dalton Caldwell on App.net: Six months later, more people are starting to 'get it'
Rixty, The Cash-Based Payment Platform For Games, Takes Majority Investment From Friendster Owner MOL

Is Facebook Down? Yes. Outage Has Lasted An Hour And Counting

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“Let me tell you the difference between Facebook and everyone else, we don’t crash EVER!” – ‘Mark Zuckerberg’, The Social Network. Not quite. Facebook has been offline or slow to load for some users around the world for an hour now. Reports started flooding in to Twitter at roughly 4:26pm...
Is Facebook Down? Yes. Outage Has Lasted An Hour And Counting
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