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You Know What's Cool? A Billion Snapchats: App Sees Over 20 Million Photos Shared Per Day, Releases On Android

Best Practices For Writing For Online Readers

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I have less than 30 seconds to capture your attention with this post, so here goes: if you read some, most or all of the next 750 words or so, you will know how to write Web copy that is more useful to readers of your blog or Web site....
Best Practices For Writing For Online Readers

Twitter’s Greatest Gift

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Everyone often talks about the great gift that Twitter has given people. No it’s not world peace but it gives us an opportunity to stay connected like never before. It also gives marketers and PR folks a chance to connect on a level not previously thought of. Don’t get me...
Twitter’s Greatest Gift

What You Need To Know About Facebook's New Privacy Policy

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Perhaps the first thing you need to know is that after Friday, Facebook will no longer be calling it a privacy policy. The name is being changed to "Data Use Policy." And most importantly, if you "use or access" Facebook on or after Friday, you are agreeing to that name...
What You Need To Know About Facebook's New Privacy Policy

Hipstamatic expands Snap, its iPad Magazine, to the iPhone and Web in search of more readers

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Since debuting on the iPad back in May, Snap, a mobile photography magazine created by Instagram competitor Hipstamatic, is launching on the iPhone and Web to expand its potential readership. As we previously explained, Snap isn’t just a giant gallery of vintage-inspired images; it’s a monthly culture and lifestyle magazine that explores artists,...
Hipstamatic expands Snap, its iPad Magazine, to the iPhone and Web in search of more readers

A lesson from the blogging elite: there are many ways to the top

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The really surprising thing about a conversation with some of the blogging world’s most celebrated names is how little they actually have in common — in terms of their motivations, strategies and business models. At paidContent Live on Wednesday, Brain Picking’s Maria Popova, New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin,...
A lesson from the blogging elite: there are many ways to the top

Startup Takes Aim at Credit Card Companies by Eliminating Transaction Fees

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One of the basic tenets of the modern financial system is that it takes money to move money. In its most basic form, that means that when you make a transaction with your debit or credit card, the processing companies, such as MasterCard, Visa or American Express, are taking some...
Startup Takes Aim at Credit Card Companies by Eliminating Transaction Fees

Conde Nast Creative Director Scott Dadich Named Wired Editor in Chief

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Well that was fast. Not more than two weeks after Chris Anderson announced he was leaving tech publication Wired after an eleven-year tenure as editor-in-chief, Conde Nast has named a successor. Conde Nast creative director Scott Dadich will assume the position, returning to the tech publication at which he formerly...
Conde Nast Creative Director Scott Dadich Named Wired Editor in Chief

Microsoft’s aggressive new Windows Phone ad approach: Bring It On

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Microsoft is taking its ‘smoked by Windows Phone’ project to new mediums by baking its races into an ad, featuring its ever-present public face, Ben The PC Guy. That Ben is now part of the Windows Phone team aside, we want to know how his parents named him so presciently....
Microsoft’s aggressive new Windows Phone ad approach: Bring It On

Japan's political parties flock to Line after ban on Internet election campaigns is lifted

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There’s more evidence of the rising importance of messaging apps in Asia after Line announced (Google Translate) that ten political parties in Japan have opened official accounts on its service in a bid to increase their engagement and communication with voting members of the public. Line recently passed 150 million registered users,...
Japan's political parties flock to Line after ban on Internet election campaigns is lifted

6 Key Considerations For Preparing A B2B Mobile Strategy

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For B2B marketers, a common challenge is targeting the key platforms and mediums where users are most likely to consume information. In today’s digital landscape, this now includes mobile marketing. According to a recent eMarketer article, nearly one-quarter of B2B ecommerce professionals said that... Please visit Search Engine Land for the...
6 Key Considerations For Preparing A B2B Mobile Strategy

Bitly releases social data API giving developers direct access to content shared across different networks

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URL shortener Bitly has opened its social data API allowing developers to gain access to its analytics showing what content has been shared on its service across social networks. Its API comes with three new services: realtime search, attention spikes, and metadata about URLs. The release of this new feature is the...
Bitly releases social data API giving developers direct access to content shared across different networks
BioShock Infinite's last 'Heavy Hitter' is the séance-holding Siren
Teens flock to YouTube for music consumption over iTunes and other mediums
Pandora to be ranked against broadcast radio with Nielsen-Arbitron merger

Is Our Addiction To Tragedy On Social Media Inspiring Violence?

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If terrorism requires an audience, then the recent mainstream adoption of social media may be giving violent actors a bigger stage than ever before. There are many reasons people lash out at the world, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest that becoming the center of the attention could...
Is Our Addiction To Tragedy On Social Media Inspiring Violence?

Facebook Leans In

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Facebook Leans In: An extensive look at the future of Facebook's business by Kurt Eichenwald for Vanity Fair. As he notes: Then came the miracle of television. And once again, advertisers were flummoxed. Photographs and drawings on signs and in newspapers--sure. Ad copy read over the radio airwaves--got it. But television,...
Facebook Leans In

Samsung Ventures invests $5m in TV e-commerce platform Delivery Agent in Smart TV push

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Samsung Ventures — the investment arm of the Korean electronics giant — has invested $5 million in TV e-commerce platform Delivery Agent, helping the company to expand and manage the roll out of its commerce and entertainment apps for Smart TVs and mobile devices. Delivery Agent, which already works with...
Samsung Ventures invests $5m in TV e-commerce platform Delivery Agent in Smart TV push

Instagram’s race to become the #1 App, period.

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It’s no shock that one of our favorite things to do with our smartphone is to take pictures. What is is surprising, however, is that one app is quickly becoming the “default” applications for this picture taking. The iPhone, Apple’s leap into telephony that changed the mobile world as we...
Instagram’s race to become the #1 App, period.

Now Newspapers Can Count Their Mobile Audiences, Too

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One of the world’s leading newspaper auditors has added mobile phones to the list of mediums that it tracks, providing validation to the wireless industry, while also potentially giving publications a shot of new readers as traditional print audiences decline. To do so, the interactive unit of the Audit...
Now Newspapers Can Count Their Mobile Audiences, Too

Valve working with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on game and movie collaborations

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Filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield, Star Trek) and game creator Gabe Newell (Half-Life, Portal) just announced they'll be working together on creating movies and games, via their respective companies, Bad Robot Productions and Valve Software. "We sort of reached the point where we decided that we needed to do more...
Valve working with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on game and movie collaborations
Here's A Terrifying Chart For Those Hoping For Lots More Growth In Online Advertising (GOOG, YHOO, AOL, FB, LNKD)

OneSpot raises $1.5 million to redefine Web banner advertising using rich-media and social

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The world of advertising is constantly searching for new ways to reach consumers. One of the well-used mediums has been banner advertising — you know, those things that pop up every once in a while that people often ignore? Some have called them the “brand awareness Black Hole” and advertisers...
OneSpot raises $1.5 million to redefine Web banner advertising using rich-media and social

Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Be an Early Adopter Brand

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It has become standard practice for big brands and businesses to setup shop on Twitter and Facebook and use the social mediums to connect with customers.That’s all yesterday’s news now. But the early adopter brands who paved the way for the rest to follow suit have become the success...
Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Be an Early Adopter Brand
Twitter Launches Twitter Amplify For Real-Time Videos In Stream, Partnering With BBC, Fox, Fuse And Weather Channel

Thanks to Google, Any Jerk Can Be a Psychic

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(flickr.com/gammaman) Once upon a time, posing as a psychic required a certain charisma, a flair for the dramatic, a few props, and a killer wardrobe. Victorian mediums got really sophisticated, deploying technology rather like that Tupac hologram to simulate the appearance of the dearly departed. At the very least, the...
Thanks to Google, Any Jerk Can Be a Psychic

Integrate Has Raised $11 Million to Change the Ad Game

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We are finally seeing the time when advertisers are beginning to realize that placing a banner ad into someone’s line of vision isn’t getting results. Every year companies pump money into different advertising company, hoping that a targeted approach will help them bring in some new customers. This causes them...
Integrate Has Raised $11 Million to Change the Ad Game

Just 75 days after launch, MessageMe says it now has 5 million users

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale While messaging app MessageMe just raised $10 million in funding, that announcement was missing key info about the app’s growth. Now the company has come forth with some new stats that are impressive including that the service now...
Just 75 days after launch, MessageMe says it now has 5 million users

Ask.fm Claims It’s Overtaken Q&A Giant Formspring – What’s Going On Here?

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After Formspring’s recent pivot away from the personal end of the social Q&A space, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s little growth left in this narcissistic of all mediums. But if European competitor Ask.fm‘s numbers are to believed that may not be the case. The Latvia-based Formspring competitor says...
Ask.fm Claims It’s Overtaken Q&A Giant Formspring – What’s Going On Here?
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