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Mobile opens up new opportunities for Facebook and Google

Now Available At Your Local Flea Market: Safe Harbors

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Online marketplaces like eBay have a bit of protection from liability if their platforms are used to sell counterfeit or copyrighted goods. However, in the offline world, flea markets have historically not been granted the same type of protection, as seen in Fonovisa v. Cherry Auctions (1996), where flea markets...
Now Available At Your Local Flea Market: Safe Harbors
Why shoes have dominated fashion ecommerce
Big Data in the offline world: How data from brick-and-mortar stores trumps online analytics

In Yogurtistan, creating a currency that’s valuable online and off

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Cemil Turun is, without a doubt, one of the most ambitious entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed so far. He wants to create a currency that works in both the online and offline worlds. Facing my obvious journalistic skepticism, he hurries to add that his company, Yogurt Technologies, is one of the first six...
In Yogurtistan, creating a currency that’s valuable online and off

The End of The Offline World as We Know it?

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A column about learning to balance the demands of an always-connected lifestyle elicited a broad range of responses, from the amused to sympathetic and exasperated....
The End of The Offline World as We Know it?

TechStars grad Bizible lands $1.7M to help businesses measure whether ads work

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The rub on the advertising has long been that companies couldn’t really tell what was working and what wasn’t, best symbolized by John Wanamaker’s famous quote: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” Bizible, a Seattle startup that recently graduated from the...
TechStars grad Bizible lands $1.7M to help businesses measure whether ads work

Why The Daily Failed, And What Rupert Murdoch Should Have Launched Instead

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The reason News Corp. has shut down The Daily, its iPad-only newspaper, is due to a simple math problem: not enough subscribers to cover the cost of production and distribution. The Daily had reportedly 100,000 subscribers at $40 per year which, by my math is only $4 million annually. The...
Why The Daily Failed, And What Rupert Murdoch Should Have Launched Instead

Google: 25% of smartphone users in top markets have made a purchase on their handset

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Google has published some new research today, looking at mobile consumer behaviour in six top markets: the USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. The results show that a quarter of smartphone Internet users in these markets have made a purchase from their phone. Japan is the most savvy when...
Google: 25% of smartphone users in top markets have made a purchase on their handset

How to Make a Musical Instrument out of Bananas

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What if your pencil drawings could become your video-game controller? Or, weirder yet, your bananas could become a musical instrument? Such conversions from physical objects to digital interfaces are possible with MaKey MaKey, a kit designed by two MIT Media Lab students, one of whom, Eric Rosenbaum, discusses how it...
How to Make a Musical Instrument out of Bananas

Here's A Socially Acceptable Way To Stalk People Around You

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Paul Davison built an iPhone app that knows if people in your social circle are near you.  The app is called Highlight and it launched a few weeks ago. The app allows you to see photos of people around you and see who you know in common -- before...
Here's A Socially Acceptable Way To Stalk People Around You

We Dare You To Fund Us: Venista Ventures, Eierfabrik Invest In Mobile Challenge App Klash

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Klash, the mobile app that lets you challenge and dare friends to do things for the fun of it, has raised a “lower 6 digits” seed round from Cologne, Germany-based incubator Venista Ventures, and ‘pre-seed’ fund Eierfabrik. The funding also coincides with Klash rolling out a new version of its...
We Dare You To Fund Us: Venista Ventures, Eierfabrik Invest In Mobile Challenge App Klash

Playing the Mystery Startup Guessing Game: Which New York App Wants to ‘End Loneliness’?

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Mr. Waxman. (Photo: Twitter) Would you answer this mysteriously vague job listing? “Hackers seek hackers in NYC for absurdly fun + challenging startup” is the title of this ad for a Y Combinator startup that claims to already be funded by “some of the best investors in the world” and...
Playing the Mystery Startup Guessing Game: Which New York App Wants to ‘End Loneliness’?

Airline Routes Are a Pretty Good Predictor of Twitter Connections

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A study finds that -- surprise! -- the Twitter world mirrors patterns in our offline world.You know the maps that show the criss-crossing lines of global air routes? Well, if you could make a map of Twitter, with arched lines tracing the connections among the places that tweeters and their...
Airline Routes Are a Pretty Good Predictor of Twitter Connections
Shopular's New App Alerts You To Nearby Deals, No Coupon Clipping Required
TabbedOut Scores Deal With Point-Of-Sale Maker, Will Allow Customers To Pay Their Restaurant Or Bar Tab Via Their Phone At 10,000 Locations

With rollout of new version next month, Klout CEO wants to ‘get it right’

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The last time Klout changed its social influence algorithms, the Internet erupted with criticism. But with the upcoming rollout of its next version, it seems the company is planning to tread more carefully. CEO Joe Fernandez told me that starting early July, some groups might start seeing the latest version...
With rollout of new version next month, Klout CEO wants to ‘get it right’

Reorganizing the media industry will be messy, but solutions remain unclear

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The recent spat between the French government and Google demonstrates that traditional media will not give in to the powers of disruption without a fight. The result, whatever it may be, is highly unlikely to be in anyone’s interest. If, for example, the French media companies are successful in convincing...
Reorganizing the media industry will be messy, but solutions remain unclear

Social Couponing Site Reclip.It Comes Out Of Private Beta To Help Users Discover And Share Deals Online

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If there’s one industry that hasn’t really gone social yet, it’s probably e-commerce and the general deals space. With that in mind, Reclip.It is re-imagining the social deals and couponing space, by providing its users with deals they might not have known about, before they try to buy. In an...
Social Couponing Site Reclip.It Comes Out Of Private Beta To Help Users Discover And Share Deals Online

Curation Firm Has Pushed 25 Billion Social Updates Off Of Devices & Onto To Digital Displays Near You

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If social curation & integration firm Mass Relevance has its way, you’ll have social content surrounding you in the offline world. As of today they’ve reached a new milestone as they’ve  integrated more than 25 billion pieces of social content on digital displays around the... Please visit Marketing Land for the...
Curation Firm Has Pushed 25 Billion Social Updates Off Of Devices & Onto To Digital Displays Near You

Coinstar Expands Rollout Of Its PayPal-Powered, Coin-Counting Kiosks

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PayPal is today announcing an expanded relationship with Coinstar, which you know as the maker of those coin-counting machines that you dump your collected pocket change into, in return for actual dollar bills. Starting with a limited rollout in Texas, Northern California, and Ohio, customers will now be able to...
Coinstar Expands Rollout Of Its PayPal-Powered, Coin-Counting Kiosks

Plyfe Raises $1M to Make Facebook Pages Actually Interesting

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Plyfe has raised $1 million from a handful of angels, Initial Capital, General Catalyst and Brad Harrison Ventures. On the surface, it sounds like just the kind of company I would hate. It offers rewards for gamifying your life. I don’t know who that sentence will piss off more: Me...
Plyfe Raises $1M to Make Facebook Pages Actually Interesting

Web-like analytics are coming to brick-and-mortar stores

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A company called Placed is applying some of the methods used online to the real world. FORTUNE -- Foot traffic at bookstores rose by 27% in the first quarter of this year, according to a report issued this week by Placed, a Seattle-based company that aims to bring Internet-like marketing...
Web-like analytics are coming to brick-and-mortar stores

PayPal introduces mobile card reader: it's like Square, but with way more frozen accounts

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Hear that? That's the sound of coins hitting the mental floor at a breakneck pace, and if PayPal's meteoric success is any indication of how it'll do in mobile... well, stockholders should be pleased. Nearly three years after first hearing of Jack Dorsey's Square (formerly 'Squirrel') project, the most...
PayPal introduces mobile card reader: it's like Square, but with way more frozen accounts

Young people need guidance to cope with the threats posed by social media

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Professionals must be trained to deal with the social problems young people can come up against when using today's technologyThis week marks the first anniversary of the summer riots, where mobile devices played such an important part in connecting rioters with each other and were used to capture much of...
Young people need guidance to cope with the threats posed by social media

Iran's Latest Move To Stifle Dissent: Requiring ID Cards To Go Online

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For a while, Techdirt has been tracking Iran's continuing efforts to throttle its citizens' access to troublesome materials online. These have included blocking all audio and video files, and even shutting down Gmail, albeit temporarily. But stopping people accessing sites in this way is not the only approach. Here's another,...
Iran's Latest Move To Stifle Dissent: Requiring ID Cards To Go Online

Placed Insights reveals where people shop most; McDonald's, Walmart, Subway lead the way

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After two years of hard work, a name-change and an incredible amount of data crunching, Placed has become the first company to offer a ratings service to help understand where people are going in the physical world.  “This is everything that Placed has been working on these past two years,” CEO David Shim...
Placed Insights reveals where people shop most; McDonald's, Walmart, Subway lead the way

The future of e-commerce is both online and offline

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While the web opened up all kinds of selling opportunities, the future of commerce will be a blend of online and offline channels, said Dave Gilboa, the co-founder and co-CEO of eyeglass brand Warby Parker. Gilboa, who spoke at the GigaOM RoadMap conference, said less than 10 percent of the...
The future of e-commerce is both online and offline

Law Professor Eric Goldman: The CFAA Is A Failed Experiment; It's Time To Gut It

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We've been talking a lot about CFAA reform lately, but law professor Eric Goldman is taking it a step further. He's written a fantastic piece for Forbes that explains why the whole concept underlying the CFAA is a failure and should be almost entirely done away with. The key part...
Law Professor Eric Goldman: The CFAA Is A Failed Experiment; It's Time To Gut It

Tomorrow is No Email Day: Ignore your inbox and do something more useful instead

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Looking at your ever-growing inbox and looking for a reason to ignore it? Tomorrow you have that excuse, as it will be the second annual No Email Day. A year ago, UK-based Paul Lancaster declared a No Email Day and managed to get coverage for it everywhere from The Next...
Tomorrow is No Email Day: Ignore your inbox and do something more useful instead
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