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Weavly weaves its magic with a video-mashup tool for Tumblr GIFs and YouTube

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If you have a penchant for creating music-backed video mashups, you’ll probably like Weavly. The Berlin-based startup offers a Web app that helps you create video compilations simply by searching by keyword from sources such as YouTube and Vine, while pulling in background music from SoundCloud. Heck, it also lets...
Weavly weaves its magic with a video-mashup tool for Tumblr GIFs and YouTube

Instagram alternative Tadaa introduces edge detection to blur photo backgrounds

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It’s been some time since we first looked at photo-sharing app Tadaa, which we noted at the time builds on Instagram’s template with more Twitter-like features for social photographers. Instagram may have gone on to dominate the filter/sharing/social photo-app realm, and it even has that billion-dollar Facebook acquisition to boast,...
Instagram alternative Tadaa introduces edge detection to blur photo backgrounds
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Why Zappos Sees Sponsored Posts On Facebook As 'A Necessary Evil'

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Director of Zappos Labs Will Young just told Business Insider's Social Media Commerce Summit how his company got more than 400,000 "likes" on Facebook.(Zappos Labs is the experimental digital marketing arm of Zappos.) Not all of those likes are organic, he revealed. Many came from sponsored posts. But some were...
Why Zappos Sees Sponsored Posts On Facebook As 'A Necessary Evil'

Google+ is one year old today, here’s a look at how it’s done so far

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Has it really been a year already? Apparently so. Google launched its latest attempt at producing a successful social network on June 28, 2011. We were on hand at the time, as it happens, to bring you the complete video tour of the product at launch. The debates, predictions and...
Google+ is one year old today, here’s a look at how it’s done so far

TNW Pick of the Day: Lettrs turns your iPhone into a personal writing desk, transcriber and post office

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I don’t know about you, but I can count the number of times I pick up a pen each week on, maybe, 3 fingers. Birthday cards, signatures and perhaps the odd calendar reminder on the front of my fridge – that’s it. Everything else is keyboard-based. Handwriting is a dying...
TNW Pick of the Day: Lettrs turns your iPhone into a personal writing desk, transcriber and post office

Wendy’s Frosty Gets a Social Media Infusion

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With summer around the corner, the Wendy’s fast food chain is releasing a slew of social media promotions and incentives centered around its iconic Frosty desert treat.The company will roll out three distinct social media promotions over the course of the summer that involve Twitter and Foursquare. Each endeavor,...
Wendy’s Frosty Gets a Social Media Infusion

The BBC unveils iPlayer Radio, a new standalone service for PCs, smartphones and tablets

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At New Broadcasting House in central London today, the BBC unveiled the latest product from its digital conveyor belt – BBC iPlayer Radio, following a three-month beta period. As its name suggests, this latest launch siphons off the BBC’s audio broadcasts into a separate, standalone service. Kicking off at around...
The BBC unveils iPlayer Radio, a new standalone service for PCs, smartphones and tablets

Social Crawlytics: An easy way to see how often a Web page has been shared online

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While there’s a plethora of tools out there to help you delve deep into the performance of any given website, sometimes you just want to glean an overview of how well a site is faring. Social Crawlytics is a free tool that analyses URLs to establish how popular they have...
Social Crawlytics: An easy way to see how often a Web page has been shared online

DataSift opens New York office, and hires 2 veterans to bring social data to finance industry

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Three months after DataSift announced a $7.2m funding round, the social data company has announced the launch of its New York office, as well as two new key hires. DataSift is a real-time social-data mining platform developed by MediaSift Ltd, the same company behind TweetMeme. We reported on the launch...
DataSift opens New York office, and hires 2 veterans to bring social data to finance industry

Toyota, looking for positive spin, turns to Twitter

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If ever there were a company in need of positive spin it’s Toyota. With the relentless grind of safety recalls and suffering sales, the Japanese automaker has tapped Twitter to help repair its image. Toyota launched a branded channel on TweetMeme with help from Federated Media. Called Toyota Conversations, the...
Toyota, looking for positive spin, turns to Twitter

HootSuite releases its Engagement API and adds Digg, Trendspottr, and InboxQ apps

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Social media management dashboard HootSuite is continuing its push out into the social sphere, announcing the release of its Engagement API (application programming interface), which will be accompanied by a wave of new apps. Launched in 2008, HootSuite is a platform that lets users manage multiple social networks through a...
HootSuite releases its Engagement API and adds Digg, Trendspottr, and InboxQ apps

Spotify reveals the most streamed songs, albums and artists of 2012. Can you guess what they are?

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It may be a month premature, but Spotify has revealed its most played music of 2012. Topping the track-streaming polls is Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know, beating off Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit Call Me Maybe into second place. Gotye’s breakthrough hit was also the most-shared tune on Spotify...
Spotify reveals the most streamed songs, albums and artists of 2012. Can you guess what they are?

Facebook drives 10-times more video-shares than Twitter, as online TV-viewing rises sharply

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New figures reveal that video-viewing across connected TVs and mobile devices is rising sharply, and could pave the way for online video viewing to hit new heights in 2012. Digital video technology company Ooyala has published its Q4 2011 Video Index report, which indicates that between Q3 and Q4 in...
Facebook drives 10-times more video-shares than Twitter, as online TV-viewing rises sharply

LifeKraze launches its high-fiving, accomplishment-sharing social network on Android

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We last caught up with good folks at LifeKraze way back in November 2011, noting that it was a little like Twitter with heart and high-fives. And today it finally launches on Android. In real terms, LifeKraze was always about taking a different angle with information streams. While Twitter, Facebook...
LifeKraze launches its high-fiving, accomplishment-sharing social network on Android

PicLab lets you easily add text and masks to photos, and it had 100K downloads in its first 13 days

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There’s no shortage of mobile apps geared towards helping amateur snappers shoot and share the world around them. Besides the obvious ones such as Instagram, there’s PowerSketch which we covered last year, which transforms your iOS snaps and videos into artwork. Then there’s PIP Camera, which serves up photo-in-photo effects....
PicLab lets you easily add text and masks to photos, and it had 100K downloads in its first 13 days

Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Arielle Now Works For Google

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Google's acquisition of Wildfire Interactive, one of Facebook's top marketing partners, is awkward for the social network on a business level. But it's even more awkward on a personal level. That's because one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's sister, Arielle, works for Wildfire as a junior product manager. So she's...
Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Arielle Now Works For Google

YouTell lets you solicit honest opinions from friends, family and co-workers...anonymously

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There are social networks for just about everything – from the all-encompassing Facebook, through to the retro photo-filters of Instagram and on to the photo-grouping pinboards of Pinterest. And that really is just the tip of the iceberg. But the common strand shared by most friend-based social networks is that...
YouTell lets you solicit honest opinions from friends, family and co-workers...anonymously

Swably: A Twitter-style social network connecting Android developers with users

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Beyond the relatively small-percentage of well-known cross-platform apps also available on Android, it can be difficult to sift through the rubble to unearth those little gems. Moreover, how do you go about communicating with the people responsible for building an app? With that in mind, Swably is the latest service...
Swably: A Twitter-style social network connecting Android developers with users

Buddy Media acquisition of Brighter Option results in new BuyBuddy ad platform

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Buddy Media today announced its new BuyBuddy platform for managing Facebook advertising campaigns. BuyBuddy is the result of the social media management software company’s acquisition of Facebook Ads API partner Brighter Option in February. Buddy Media has integrated the advertising product with its page management tools to create the type...
Buddy Media acquisition of Brighter Option results in new BuyBuddy ad platform

Hey, E-Commerce Entrepreneurs! Aren't You Forgetting Someone?

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Guest author Rudy DeFelice is CEO of Bizinate.com, a consulting firm that helps young firms get their social-media sea legs. Over 20,000 e-commerce stores are opened every week in the United States. Most of them will fail. And most of those that crash will have one thing in common -...
Hey, E-Commerce Entrepreneurs! Aren't You Forgetting Someone?
How the Nexus 7 will revitalize Google+

Pulse 3.0 launches with a new design, unlimited pages, infinite scrolling and more

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Just one week after Pulse announced it had passed twenty million users, the digital news aggregation magazine has rolled out Pulse 3.0, a wholly redesigned app with new features and a new design. We’re big fans of Pulse here at The Next Web, the mobile platform that takes your favorite...
Pulse 3.0 launches with a new design, unlimited pages, infinite scrolling and more

DeadSoci.al lets you feed your Facebook addiction long after you’re gone

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The somewhat well-worn cliché ‘there’s an app for that’ is typically voiced with a derisory tone these days, and for good reason. There really is an app for everything, and the afterlife is no different. Last year we reported on a new Facebook app that allows you to record a...
DeadSoci.al lets you feed your Facebook addiction long after you’re gone

Adzuna launches ‘Friend Map’, letting you ask your Facebook friends where you should live

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Classifieds ads search engine Adzuna is extending its reach into the property sphere as of today, pulling in half a million live properties for sale and rent from across the UK. Its new Friend Map feature is particularly interesting, and is one that company co-founder Andrew Hunter believes will “fundamentally...
Adzuna launches ‘Friend Map’, letting you ask your Facebook friends where you should live

Limelight for iPhone lets you create and share lists of films you've watched and want to watch

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With the likes of TodoMovies, Recall, and Flickd Movies already in the App Store, there’s no shortage of to-do list apps designed to help you remember what movies you’ve seen, and remember which ones you’d like to see. But another app has hit our radar that brings enough to the...
Limelight for iPhone lets you create and share lists of films you've watched and want to watch

Who's Going to the Secret Path Party Tonight?!

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Path, the intimate San Francisco-based social networking app for your actual friends (no scare quotes necessary), is cozying up to its East Coast counterparts this week. On Wednesday, the startup is hosting a shindig at Macao Trading Post in Tribeca, presumably to celebrate last week’s release of Version 2.5 and smooth...
Who's Going to the Secret Path Party Tonight?!

No, Google does not own everything that you upload to Drive

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There’s a bit of a hubbub going on right now across the social sphere when it comes to the terms of service for Google’s recently-released file locker called Google Drive. It all seems to surround this one section of text, where Google says that it has “a worldwide license to...
No, Google does not own everything that you upload to Drive

TNW Pick of the Day: PowerSketch transforms your iPhone snaps and videos into artwork

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve just about had my fill of so-called Instagram alternatives, though I do still occasionally bust out Instagram itself if I’m looking to taint some snaps with a pseudo 1960s feel. But what about apps that transform snaps into sketches? Well, PowerSketch for iOS has...
TNW Pick of the Day: PowerSketch transforms your iPhone snaps and videos into artwork

Are You A Social Media Power User? Please Take Our Short Survey

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Do you Tweet, Pin, and Tumble before your morning coffee? Compulsively check your wall and your Klout score throughout the day? We have a sneaking suspicion that you do. We'd like to find out just how addicted to social media you are as well as your level of influence in...
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