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Archives: September 2010

PerBlue CEO Justin Beck Discusses Parallel Kingdom, A Location Based Virtual World [Interview]

Mobile and social gaming company PerBlue has just raised $800K in a round Series A financing led by Golden Angels out of Milwaukee as well as some investments from other groups on the west coast. Founded in 2008, PerBlue has grown to a team of 9 full time employees and achieved profitability. Their flagship title, Parallel Kingdom, is essentially a location based virtual world layered on top of a real world map. Interview is after the jump. Read more

Look, No Hands: New App Allows You to Text While You Drive

State laws banning texting and cell phone use while driving have not seemed to resonate with drivers still compelled to type away on their iPhones and Blackberry while behind the wheel. Well, now there’s an app for that. It’s StartTalking, the world’s first smartphone application that is voice-controlled all the way, letting drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while composing, sending and receiving text messages.

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The Boston Globe to Launch Subscription Site in Second Half of 2011

The Boston Globe announced that it will launch paid subscription site BostonGlobe.com in the second half of 2011, shifting over much of its content from Boston.com, which will continue to operate as a free site and offer daily local news, sports, weather, and guides to entertainment, travel, and restaurants.

BostonGlobe.com will contain news and feature stories, commentary, analysis, photos, and graphics from the daily and Sunday newspapers, and paid subscribers to the print publication will automatically receive subscriptions to the Web site.

The Boston Globe publisher and New England Media Group president Christopher Mayer said:

Our research shows that Boston.com currently attracts several different types of users. Some are readers whose main interest is breaking news and things to do, while others want access to the entirety of The Boston Globe. These two distinct sites will allow us to serve both types of readers with maximum effectiveness, while continuing to provide advertisers the large engaged audience they have come to expect from Boston.com.

Elizabeth Gilbert Dominates Most Highlighted Passages of All Time List

As of this writing, Elizabeth Gilbert‘s bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love scored a unique feat: holding the third, fourth, sixth, and tenth spots on Amazon’s Most Highlighted Passages of All Time list.

Our Popular Passages feature uses  list to track the most underlined parts of bestselling books.

A staggering 1, 626 readers underlined the most popular passage in the memoir: “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.”
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Pocket God Comics Top Apple’s Top Paid Apps In App Store

iVerse Media’s Pocket God Comics app is No. 1 today in the  Top Paid section of the “Books” category of Apple’s App Store today.

The $.99 comic app is followed by Spreadsong’s Free Audiobooks and its Free Books app, at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.

Oceanhouse Media’s Dr. Seuss title The Sneetches is No. 4. Earlier this month Oceanhouse Media’s Dr. Seuss apps dominated the Top Paid apps list because of a special sale. Today, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham remain in the Top 10 at No. 8 and No. 9.

Joe Kwon’s popular True Ghost Stories is No. 5, Genera Kids’ I want to be a Pirate app is No. 6 and Matthew King’s Optical Illusions 100+ is No. 10. Any of these might be good reading for the upcoming Halloween holiday.

The Bible rounds out the Top 10. DMBC’s The Holy Bible King James Version is No. 7.

The Entrepreneur Blog Lists The Top 50 Social Media Blogs of 2010

WebNewser now has a goal to strive for: inclusion on The Entrepreneur Blog‘s list of The Top 50 Social Media Blogs of 2011, as it didn’t crack the 2010 edition, compiled by Evan Carmichael.

Thumbs up to sister blog All Facebook, however, for coming in at No. 9.

Click here for the entire list, but here are the top 10:
1: Mashable
2: ReadWriteWeb
3: The Next Web
4: SmartBlog on Social Media
5: Online Social Media
6: Social Media SEO
7: Fastgush
8: TwiTip
9: All Facebook
10: chrisbrogan.com

Report: 71 Percent of Tweets Do Not Get a Single Reply or Retweet

Whether you use Twitter to spread your own messages or read the words of others, it’s always nice to know that someone is noticing your Twitter activity. However, a new study by marketwire company Sysomos, Inc. has revealed that 71 percent of tweets do not inspire a single reply or retweet. The study used 1.2 billion tweets — proof of just how many tweets there are out there — to find out this and some other interesting facts about Twitter responses. Read more

Are Kindle Covers Weighing Them Down?

With the light and airy design of the new Kindle and other eReaders entering the market, there is no reason that an eReader should be weighing you down. But adding a case to your Kindle can change all of this.

Today in a Kindle forum on Amazon, one Kindle user expressed discontent with covers.  TravelCat posted: “I really love my new Kindle and have a envelope style case for it. Has anyone noticed how heavy the Kindle becomes with some of the lovely leather cases (with or without lights)? The Kindle’s weight is just about perfect. . . . don’t want to add 14 ounces to it when I’m reading. Has anyone seen a lightweight Kindle cover? I’m starting to think that it’s just too early after the release for most places to have the covers. Maybe I need to wait closer to Christmas?”

It’s true many of the covers listed on Amazon weigh in at almost a pound, adding extra weight to the device. Have you found a light-weight cover that protects your eReader well?

WomensRadio Launches WR Music Channel

Internet radio outlet WomensRadio announced the launch of WR Music Channel, a 24/7 all-women’s, all-music channel available as a free widget for embedding on any Web site or blog.

WR Music Channel will feature six separate shows, each lasting four hours, showcasing independent female artists from the United States and the rest of the world.

The six shows are: RocketFuel (pop), Harmonium (singer-songwriters), The Flipside (alternative), Axeplosion (rock), GlobalVision (world sounds), and Afterhours (electronic).

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Kids Say They'd Read More with an E-Reader, But What do They Consider "Reading"?

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It probably comes as no surprise to learn that with the upswing in children’s use of technology comes a downswing in the time they spend reading books. However, a new study reveals that children might be enticed to read more if they were given access to books on an e-reader. The definition of “read” varies depending on who you ask though: parents have a more traditional view of reading, whether for enjoyment or entertainment, while a significant portion of the children surveyed consider getting texts and Facebook status updates to be time spent reading. Read below the jump for more from this nation-wide study and its implications.
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