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It's not just Tumblr -- most social networks don't understand original content

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The recent shuttering of Tumblr’s Storyboard highlighted the discrepancy between online communities and companies’ efforts to produce valuable original content for them. The problem isn’t that “Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter are sharing networks, not publishing companies,” as one writer suggested. The problem instead lies in substance and delivery. Community-inspired initiatives, much like journalism,...
It's not just Tumblr -- most social networks don't understand original content

Ron Johnson Is Bringing Back The Word 'Sale' So That People Will Return To JCPenney (JCP)

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Months ago, JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson and his team decided to take the word "sale" out of the company's lexicon and replaced it with "month-long value." It didn't work at all, and now Johnson and his team are backtracking. "We're moving away from the word 'month-long value' because no one...
Ron Johnson Is Bringing Back The Word 'Sale' So That People Will Return To JCPenney (JCP)

Watch Your Language! (In China, They Really Do)

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Mild, silly and inoffensive words are part of the subversive lexicon being used by Chinese bloggers to ridicule the government, poke fun at Communist Party leaders and circumvent the heavily censored Internet in China....
Watch Your Language! (In China, They Really Do)

The troubling lexicon of texting love

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While some are blaming technology for an increase in one night stands, perhaps it's simply the brevity with which people communicate by phone that suggests swift progress to sexual congress....
The troubling lexicon of texting love

Culture shift: moving from user to client

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The media industry should learn from French railway SNCF's decision to change its terminology over customersFifteen years ago, Louis Gallois, the SNCF (French Railways) chairman decided to change the company's lexicon: passengers were to be referred to as "customers" instead of the old bureaucratese "users" (in French: "clients" v "usagers")....
Culture shift: moving from user to client

The New York Times Covers Rage Comics; Goodbye, Rage Comics

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The Times has published a definitive Internet Culture Piece a Year Too Late. The victim: Reddit's infamous Rage Comic meme. Though you can still find Rage Comics posted daily on Reddit, the joke was probably on the downswing popularity-wise a year ago. The following is the paper of record unwittingly...
The New York Times Covers Rage Comics; Goodbye, Rage Comics
"To Facebook" enters the dictionary, along with "Bing it" and "Twitterer"
French government replaces 'hashtag' Twitter term with 'mot-dièse'
Oldtweets: a search engine for the first year of Twitter
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Social media analytics firm Simply Measured has picked up an $8M Series-B led by Bessemer

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When a duo of Seattle-based genial blokes raised $250,000 to launch a company called ‘Untitled Startup,’ the future of the firm was all but plain; the company’s generic name wasn’t a lark – the team didn’t have much of a plan for their firm. Local Founder’s Co-op obviously knew what it was doing...
Social media analytics firm Simply Measured has picked up an $8M Series-B led by Bessemer

SwiftKey Flow Beta available now, we tap our screens less (hands-on)

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As promised, the latest update for one of our favorite Android keyboard has arrived. This time, there's a new input method that feels a little familiar, with text entry done by dragging your finger across the on-screen keys. SwiftKey's still trying to keep your spacebar interaction to a minimum,...
SwiftKey Flow Beta available now, we tap our screens less (hands-on)

Pac-Mania, alive and well

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As Pac-Man celebrated its 33rd birthday this week, the hit game has etched a place in the global lexicon as a cross-cultural icon. [Read more]...
Pac-Mania, alive and well

La La La La La: The Internet Routes Around Copyright Censorship To Restore Daria

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One of the things I've never liked about copyright is its potential to be the functional equivalent of censorship. Sometimes this censorship comes about because an author didn't get permission to create his work in the first place (see: Richard Prince, JD California). While this unfortunately turns judges into cultural...
La La La La La: The Internet Routes Around Copyright Censorship To Restore Daria
Courts are increasingly turning to Urban Dictionary to clarify modern slang language
We're witnessing the rise of the graph in big data

I want to do donuts in this DeLorean hovercraft

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The DeLorean has held a special place in the lexicon of pop culture since its appearance in the Back To The Future series, but its real history is even more nuts. Engineer John DeLorean, who produced lovely and iconic designs outside of cars, also tried to save his motor company...
I want to do donuts in this DeLorean hovercraft

If you fuse booze and an Apple store together, you get this video

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Apple’s stores are now a member of our standard experiential lexicon. So too are buzzword-choked sales pitches. And so is booze. What happens when you throw the three together? You end up with a sarcastic video clip hocking a hard cider, inside of a faux-Apple store, complete with enough puns to fill...
If you fuse booze and an Apple store together, you get this video
Box partners with GoodData to provide productivity and security solutions for enterprise
Desperately Seeking Startup Skills: Where Highly Sought-After Folks Hang Out

“Think Profit.”

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When Steve Jobs took the stage at Macworld in 1998, he did something unusual. For the first time in any presentation he had ever given, he ended with a slide reading, “Oh, and one more thing…” This phase would of course enter the Apple lexicon in the subsequent years. But...
“Think Profit.”
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson calls it like he sees it, 'unlike the biologists or the chemists'
'The Hacker Digest': 2600's first year is now on sale in ebook form

The rise of the iPaddy | Media Monkey

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It's time to add yet another phrase to the ever-burgeoning technology lexicon, according to the Daily Mail: an iPaddy. With children now becoming increasingly fixated on the array of gadgets that parents are now wont to shower on their offspring, taking away iPads, smartphones and games consoles is a popular...
The rise of the iPaddy | Media Monkey

Boot up: Google's other killing, fresh LulzSec mystery, malware in Google Play and more

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Plus S4 features (or are they gimmicks?), the Google graveyard, important lessons for startups, and moreA burst of 13 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamGimmick watch: which Galaxy S4 features are actually useful? >> TechRadarBy their count, not that many. (Thanks @beardyweirdy666 for the...
Boot up: Google's other killing, fresh LulzSec mystery, malware in Google Play and more
Twitter granted pull-to-refresh patent that everyone already uses (and sort of gives it away)

"Twitterverse" cracks list of most annoying words -- just sayin'

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Better break it gently to the, um, people on Twitter: the word “Twitterverse” has joined perennial bugbears “you know” and “like” on a list of words most likely to annoy people in conversation. The finding comes via an annual Marist Poll in which 9% percent of adults (and 17% of...
"Twitterverse" cracks list of most annoying words -- just sayin'
Hustle and flow: Why RIM believes BlackBerry 10 can beat the competition

Google and Sweden in war of words over ogooglebar

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Term meaning 'ungoogleable' was to be added to Swedish lexicon, but has been pulled after Google tried to alter definitionThere's now officially no word for "ungoogleable", meaning "impossible to find via web search" in Swedish - although there was a term until this week.The Language Council of Sweden, which oversees...
Google and Sweden in war of words over ogooglebar

Ratchet, My Dear Watson: Urban Dictionary Gives IBM's Supercomputer a Filthy Mouth

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(Photo: The Morton Report) In order to pass the Turing Test, a computer must display both emotional and intellectual behavior that’s almost indistinguishable from that of humans. IBM’s most famous supercomputer, Watson, is close, but first he must emulate one of humanity’s finer inventions: crazy Internet slang. YOLO! According to Fortune,...
Ratchet, My Dear Watson: Urban Dictionary Gives IBM's Supercomputer a Filthy Mouth
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