Archives: February 2010

February 27, 2010 – This Week in Social Games

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The Social Games industry had a flurry of news this week. A report indicated Zynga could be worth more than $3 billion, Playfish announced that players sent 60 million valentine’s day virtual goods across Pet Society, Zynga confirmed that there will be no subscription for Farmville, WildTangent entered the advertising game with BrandBoost, we talked with Manu Rekhi at Lolapps about their Dante’s Inferno game and more! Read on for more.
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GalleyCat Reviews Launches Print(out) Edition

It’s been a whole month since our older sibling GalleyCat launched its online book review, GalleyCat Reviews, and to celebrate the occasion, they’ve put together the first in a monthly series of print editions, rounding up the previous month’s reviews using Scribd. In this first issue, you get 31 pages of fresh book coverage.

Here’s what GalleyCat has to say about it: “With this special monthly edition, you can read GCR, print GCR, or download GCR to your favorite reading device. If you enjoy reading GalleyCat Reviews in this new format, please leave us a comment–how can we make this printed copy better for you?”

This is a very cool idea, and GalleyCat is helping to fill a yawning gap in book coverage. So, this weekend, instead of doing anything else, read GalleyCat Reviews, and we’ll see you Monday.

20 Impressive Internet Statistics

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Internet StatisticsThe team over at JESS3, the company which originally designed Social Times, have released a new video with statistics about the internet. Whether it’s the 400 million Facebook users, or the billions of youtube videos streamed every day, the internet is a global phenomenon. As the internet grows, so too do the spectacular statistics about the size of the network. Check out a video of the stats below.
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Associated Press Embraces Social Media For 2010 Winter Olympics

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AP LogoThe 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics ends Sun Feb 28th, but if you’ve missed the televised events, you can keep up on results, photos and video clips through social media. One such source is The Associated Press, who has covered every Summer and Winter Olympic Games since the revival in 1896. They’re offering premium multimedia coverage, through local media partnerships, of special events through a new venture that includes social media channels.
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Nick Ascheim Leaving NYTimes.com for AP

APLogo.jpgNick Ascheim, who was promoted at the end of January to the newly created post of vice president, new ventures at NYTimes.com, didn’t stay in his new post for long, as Silicon Alley Insider reports that he will join Associated Press as general manager at AP Gateway, AP’s new business unit focused on mobile and electronic-reader applications.

Ascheim, who had been with The New York Times since June 2004, will report to AP chief revenue officer Jane Seagrave, according to Silicon Alley Insider.

Seesmic to Debut New BlackBerry App

SeesmicLogo.jpgSeesmic will debut an updated BlackBerry app that adds features including multiple-account support, Ping.fm integration and the option of choosing between different photo-uploading sizes, TechCrunch reports.

The new BlackBerry app allows users to easily switch between Twitter accounts, cross-post messages between different accounts, and choose a default account to be featured each time the app is opened, and it supports up to 10 accounts, according to TechCrunch.

Users with Ping.fm accounts can post updates to 50 social networks simultaneously, and users can choose between Tweetphoto, which is the default, and yFrog for photo uploads, TechCrunch reported.

Another Look at the enTourage eDGe

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Wired posted a glowing writeup of the enTourage eDGe, the dual-screen eReader that begins shipping next week, packet with useful information, including the fact that the oddly capitalized “DG” in the product’s name stands for “digital generation.” It’s like Debbie Gibson’s all-but-forgotten “Electric Youth.”

More than anything else, Wired is excited by the interaction between the two screens: “You can drag a grayscale image from the E-Ink screen and view it in full color on the LCD one, or attach video (on the right screen) to a passage from an e-book (on the left screen),” writes Gadget Lab’s Miran Pavic.

And here is the link to enTourage’s new eBook store, as if we need another one of those. It’s got all the usual stuff, including books from Google.

Wired also reports that pre-orders received by 1/12 will start shipping like today, and later orders will ship “in March.”

Canadian Politicians See Varied Success While Using Twitter

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house of tweetsThis week was abuzz with social networking news from Canada. Several Canadian politicians appear to have embraced the simple, direct communication found in Tweets as part of their plans for engaging citizens in politics. A recent study examining Canadian Members of Parliament use of Twitter comes on the heels of the announcement that the budget speech on March 4th will be Tweeted from the office of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty – news that displays the potential as well as the limitations of Twitter as a political tool.
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What’s Topping the Books Category in Apple’s App Store?

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It’s a slow, snowy day and not much is doing, so we thought it’d be fun to check in on the bestselling book apps in Apple’s app store, just to see what folks are downloading.

Kindle’s on top on the free side, and for paid apps, it’s 3D Bookshelf–Classics, a kind of snappier version of the much-beloved Classics app, which is at position seven on the paid side.

Also, there are no fewer than five Bible apps between the top 20 paid and free lists of apps, foremost among them on the paid side is The Holy Bible: King James Version from DMBC. On the opposite pole, is Sex Quotes Free, holding down position 14 on the free side. So, sinners and saints, there’s an app for that!

Early Details on Twitter Ad Platform

TwitterLogo.jpgThe much-discussed upcoming ads on Twitter will conform to the microblogging service’s limit of 140 characters or fewer, and they will be served via third-party software and services using Twitter’s application-programming interface, sources told AllThingsD.

The ads will function similar to ads on Google, AllThingsD added: They will only show up during searches, and a search for “laptop” may result in an ad from Dell.

Twitter will work with ad agencies and buyers, but its goal is to create a self-serve model, again, like Google, according to AllThingsD.