June 9, 2013 |
A new report from Nielsen examines a fast-evolving segment of the media landscape: viewing on smartphones and tablets. Consumers are taking advantage of their portable devices to watch videos, access news and information, check sports, engage in social networking and shop. The time devoted to social networking dwarfs that of streaming video or accessing sports, Nielsen found in its cross-platform report for June. Smartphone users spent 9 hours and 6 minutes a month on social networks -- say, posting status updates on Facebook, tweeting their thoughts to followers on Twitter or checking-in on Foursquare. Apple iPad users devoted 3 hours and 41 minutes a month to social networks.
May 31, 2013 |
Looking to become a destination that people visit more regularly, LinkedIn has begun rolling out a new feature that lets individuals and companies post photos, documents and presentations in status updates. "Whether it's a thought provoking presentation about the future of big data or it's a picture of an inspirational quote, or perhaps it's an infographic showing the top trends impacting your industry, the possibilities are endless for what you can share on LinkedIn to add a richer and more visual component to your professional discussions," LinkedIn's Itamar Orgad said in a blog post.
May 30, 2013 |
LinkedIn's quest to be a vibrant platform for business content and discussions will face a new challenge. News Corp., which owns Dow Jones & Co. and the Wall Street Journal, wants its forthcoming WSJ Profile product to be a home for conversations among those in the financial industry. “You'll be able to load your research, load papers, load information about yourself, show people your job (and have a) nice photograph of yourself,” Dow Jones CEO Lex Fenwick told investors this week.
May 23, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nextdoor, which wants to be the go-to social network for neighborhoods, is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nextdoor co-founder and Chief Executive Nirav Tolia said he expects the mobile app to fuel growth and increase the amount of activity in neighborhoods. Nextdoor is being used by more than 12,600 neighborhoods in 50 states, he said. Some 30% of visits to the Nextdoor website come from mobile browsers. Nextdoor is like Facebook but for neighbors: a private network to find a baby sitter, borrow a cup of sugar, organize a block party or spread word of a break-in.
May 20, 2013 |
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Tumblr CEO David Karp both took to Tumblr Monday morning to confirm what we all suspected : Yahoo is buying Tumblr. Mayer's Yahoo will be paying $1.1 billion for Tumblr, most of it in cash, but the social network will continue to run independently. Live video chat: Join us at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Both Karp and Mayer used their blogs to assure users that Tumblr will continue to function the same, with Karp staying as CEO and continuing to lead the company.
May 19, 2013 |
Where My Dogs At is a new social networking app angled at dog lovers and their four-legged friends looking for local dog-friendly places to go and people to meet. Think Facebook for Fido, with a "Yelp for dogs" approach, built around a location-based search and rating of dog-friendly businesses, restaurants, parks and apartments with detailed listings and user reviews. Rather than "checking in," users "mark their territory" at their favorite locations, interact with fellow dog lovers and let their friends know which places and businesses have earned their "paw of approval.
May 14, 2013 |
Fox and Twitter have entered into a partnership to promote the broadcaster's programs and help advertisers reach TV audiences as they discuss shows on the social network. Twitter Inc., which has established itself as the water cooler where America dissects the latest developments on NBC's "The Voice" or AMC's "Mad Men," is expected to strike more deals with broadcasters. On Tuesday, ESPN and Twitter plan to announce they are expanding their partnership. Last year the sports network, majority owned by Walt Disney Co., incorporated video highlights directly into Twitter feeds related to its coverage of the BCS championship game.
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May 2, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Social network sites such as Facebook would be required to remove personal information about minors when asked to do so by their parents under a measure approved by state senators Thursday. Separately, the lawmakers voted to allow misdemeanor rather than felony charges in cases of simple possession of heroin, cocaine and other hard drugs. The two bills were among several sent to the Assembly for consideration. The Internet measure was approved despite opposition from firms including Google, Facebook, Zynga and Tumblr, which called the proposed rules unnecessary, unworkable and in violation of teenagers' free-speech rights.
April 30, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress on Tuesday defended a controversial decision to allow the broadcast on television of a video of an unsmiling Nelson Mandela, looking frail, pallid and uncomfortable, as people snapped flash photos of him when President Jacob Zuma and other ANC luminaries visited him at his house. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and is recovering at home under medical supervision.
April 26, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Good grief, Charlie Brown! The "Peanuts" character and his pals are joining the social network Path. The San Francisco start-up has struck its first brand partnership with the "Peanuts" gang, still one of the most powerful brands in entertainment marketing which, like beloved global icons such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, has remained relevant to new generations. Starting Friday, Path users can attach virtual stickers of Linus, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy and, of course, Charlie Brown, to messages they send friends on Path to convey thoughts and feelings more expressively than with a few typed words.