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Recently, Kenneth Cole took a bit of criticism in the social media space for making what many considered an insensitive tweet. I’m going to disagree with the social media guru’s here and say it’s ok to offend people. In fact, it’s probably something you should do on a regular basis. In case you missed it, here’s the tweet in question

Why It

Recently, Kenneth Cole took a bit of criticism in the social media space for making what many considered an insensitive tweet. I’m going to disagree with the social media guru’s here and say it’s ok to offend people. In fact, it’s probably something you should do on a regular basis. In case you missed it, here’s the tweet in question

Why It

Recently, Kenneth Cole took a bit of criticism in the social media space for making what many considered an insensitive tweet. I’m going to disagree with the social media guru’s here and say it’s ok to offend people. In fact, it’s probably something you should do on a regular basis. In case you missed it, here’s the tweet in question

Oreo Sets Guinness Record For Likes On Facebook
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Oreo said today it set a Guinness World Records with the most “likes” for a brand on a Facebook post in 24 hours.

The record attempt began on Tuesday, February 15 at 9 a.m. EST, when the Oreo Facebook community of 16 million fans from around the world was invited to "like" the following post:  "’Like’ this post to join other Oreo fans around the world in setting a Guinness World Record for most ‘likes’ to a post in 24 hours.”

 

Could Full Article-Copying Be Ruled as Fair Use?
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We’ve written about Righthaven a couple times. This is a company with a business model based on suing publishers and bloggers on behalf of newspaper clients like the Las Vegas Review-Journal, bringing lots of fair use questions into the forefront. 

Google Launches Own Subscription Service
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Google has introduced a new subscription service aimed at allowing publishers to offer their content to people on a wide range of devices.

The new service called Google One Pass allows publishers to control how and when they charge for content. Users who buy One Pass can access content on tablets, smartphones and websites using a single sign-in with an email and password.

 

 

Who Will Survive In The New Networked Media Oceans?

Media companies used to exist in their own separate waters.  The newspaper industry was the newspaper industry.  TV was TV and so on and so forth.  Each of these unconnected territories had a few super-predators that were top of their respective food chains, untroubled by the small fry.

Local Deals Company DealOn Acquired by ReachLocal

Local marketing firm ReachLocal announced that it has acquired New York-based Deals company DealOn, as company’s everywhere try to get in on the hot local deals goldrush. ReachLocal is paying $10 million for the acquisition. 

"This will allow ReachLocal to enable other deal sites and publishers to supply and/or resell deals, as well as greatly improve Deals sourcing, syndication and personalization for the industry as a whole," a representative for ReachLocal tells WebProNews.

Doxo Looks to Disrupt Payments Industry, Gets New $10 Million in Funding
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Doxo, a startup looking to overhaul the payments industry, has raised a new $10 million round of funding from new and existing investors like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions.

What Doxo does is enable consumers to securely receive, manage, store and now PAY their bills and other documents from multiple service providers from one place with one password, online. CEO Steve Shivers told WebProNews how he plans to disrupt the payments industry. He gave us four points:

Apple Subscriptions Raise Antitrust Questions

This week, Apple launched a subscription service for the app store. It enables all publishers of content-based apps (including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc.) to follow the model of the recently launched The Daily from New Corp. 

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the service has raised concerns about antitrust, though neither Apple nor the Justice Department has commented on the matter. 

MapQuest Android App Launched

MapQuest has unveiled a new Android app that comes with voice-guided/turn-by-turn Navigation, voice search, a map toolbar (making it easily find restaurants, gas stations, etc. with one click), walking/driving directions, recommendations for the best routes, rotating maps, and live traffic flow/incidents.

VEVO Second Only To YouTube In January

A total of 171 million U.S. Internet users watched online video in January for an average of 14.5 hours per viewer, according to the latest report from comScore.

eBay, Telefonica Agree To Major App Deal

Mobile purchases – which were already becoming much more common – may soon really increase in frequency in the UK.  eBay and Telefonica have struck a two-year deal that will see eBay apps and/or links preloaded on most of the phones O2 sells in the region.

This move’s rather significant.  For starters, eBay’s already one of the first sites many people visit when shopping for something online, and with 22 million customers, O2 is the second-largest mobile telecommunications provider in the UK.

HTC ChaCha and Salsa Help Cement Facebook’s Future As Social Leader

Facebook is now officially a hard key on phones, thanks to HTC, which announced two new Android devices with such a feature: the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa. 

Like most smartphones have a button for search, these two phones have a button for sharing. The concept is simple, whatever app you’re in or whatever content you’re viewing, you can instantly share that to Facebook with a quick press of a button. The button pulsates with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content, so it even goes out of its way to encourage sharing. 

Connecticut AG Asks Facebook About Security

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Facebook for information about its security measures for detecting and disabling fraudulent accounts following a complaint by a state legislator that her identity was used in a scam that asked her friends for money.

HP Finds Twitter Trending Topics Often Dictated by Mainstream Media

HP has released an interesting report looking at where Trending Topics come from on Twitter. It claims that mainstream media are responsible for a lot of them. 

MerchantCircle Study: Small Businesses Favor Facebook

Facebook, with its 500 million active users and (unofficial) movie and books, is also quite the hit with small businesses, according to a new report.  MerchantCircle found that Facebook is the favorite online marketing service of small businesses, and Facebook Places is doing quite well, too.

To sort of set the stage: the Merchant Confidence Index survey involved 8,456 U.S. local business owners, and was conducted between January 22nd and February 3rd.  So the results aren’t especially subjective or dated.

Oreo Aims To set Guinness Record For Likes On Facebook
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Oreo is asking people to help it set the Guinness World Records for the most “likes” on a Facebook post in 24 hours.

How IntoNow Plans to Monetize Your Conversations About the Shows You’re Watching
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A new startup called IntoNow has been generating some buzz with a social TV app for the iPhone/iPad. Founder and CEO Adam Cahan told WebProNews about how it works, and why users will find it useful for entertainment content discovery based on what you have in common with your friends’ viewing habits. 

YouTube Details Processing Speed Improvements
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No one could have expected that YouTube’s decision to allow lengthier, higher-quality video clips would come without a price.  Specifically, it only made sense that it would take longer for the clips to go live.  But YouTube’s made great strides in improving the processing and publishing speed for videos.

Amazon And Netflix Tops In Customer Satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with ecommerce websites is down 2.6 percent to 79.3 on a 100-point scale, it lowest score since 2004, according to a new report from The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) and ForeSee Results.

“Satisfaction with e-commerce and retail is off from a year ago overall, but the individual company results are mixed, and some organizations manage to find ways and resources to improve the customer experience,” said ACSI Founder Claes Fornell, professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Criterion Collection Comes To Hulu Plus

Film students, movie buffs, and people who are simply budget-minded now have more reason than ever to join Hulu Plus.  A new deal will see hundreds of Criterion Collection movies become available through the service without commercial interruption and at no extra charge.

The Criterion Collection is legendary in some circles.  Since 1984, it’s specialized in high-quality editions of rare, critically acclaimed films.  Prices can top $100 per movie, and sometimes just hundreds of copies are sold.

Apple Introduces Subscription Service On The App Store

Apple has introduced a new subscription service on its App Store for magazines, newspapers, video and music.

Groupon Launches as Stardeals in Australia
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Groupon has officially launched in Australia, under the brand Stardeals. Why not Groupon? Because A company previously known as "Scoopon" has the rights to that name in Australia at the moment.