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Archives: November 2012

Kred’s Parent Company Takes Twitter to Court

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PeopleBrowsr, the parent company of social influence scoring site Kred, has won a restraining order against Twitter to prevent the microblogging site from blocking access to its Firehose of tweets. Both parties appeared at the San Francisco Superior Court on November 28, 2012. A hearing for a preliminary injunction has been set for January 8th, 2013.

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Spreecast CEO Tells Some Users ‘Video Files Were Mistakenly Deleted’

Spreecast CEO Jeff Fluhr has written to a number of users of the video chat service, explaining that “Recently, Spreecast made an internal error and your video files were mistakenly deleted. You will not be able to play your Spreecasts created before November 22, 2012.”

On Twitter, Avin Kline shared a PDF copy of the Spreecast email. Follow this link to read the PDF.

Literary blogger Edward Champion alerted us to the incident.  UPDATE: Champion has published a longer report about the incident. We’ve collected more Twitter responses in a Storify post embedded below–any AppNewser readers affected?

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Media App Summit Starts on Monday

Media App Summit is this Monday in New York City and the insight and contacts you’ll get from attending are unparalleled.

While other events focus entirely on one aspect of social media or the media app ecosystem, our events explore the full spectrum of technical and business opportunities both within and beyond the realm of publishing, media, and the mobile-first world.

Prices increase onsite, so hurry and purchase your pass before Monday, December 3.

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‘Homecoming, a Wisconsin Reunion Romance’ Is Free eBook Today

Homecoming, a Wisconsin Reunion Romance by Janet Wellington is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The romance novel has 4.5 stars on Amazon. Here is an excerpt from the description: “Jake is caught between a rock and a hard place. Well, between his party-hearty, successful big city life in Chicago and the sleepy hometown he was glad to see in his rear-view mirror at the tender age of 18. He plans to fulfill his promise to Tillie and help restore her house to get it ready to sell, then return to his comfortable life in Chicago. But how is he supposed to get any work done with pretty little Cory around doing her best to drive him crazy? Being in Faythe rekindles all those long forgotten memories, some bad and some good–including his desire for Cory, the one girl he couldn’t have.”

Amazon has the eBook available as a free download until Saturday.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day archive.

Old Spice Releases 8-Bit Video Game Featuring Dikembe Mutombo

In a clever advertising campaign, Old Spice has created an 8-bit video game featuring basketball star Dikembe Mutombo.

The video embedded above introduces the game–we’d love to see more interactive gaming like this instead of banner ads. Here’s more from AgencySpy:

Yes, this is the basis of a real-time, online 8-bit gaming experience from W+K for Old Spice dubbed “4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World,” which will have our hero embark on weekly globe-trotting missions based on current event and help prolong our lives on this planet. So far, from visiting the game play site alone, we gather that this week, Mutombo must stop Gangnam Style and encourage people to vote–might be a little late on that one–but hell, we’re 100 percent behind this mission. Along the way, we’ve met a Cosby sweater-adorning, intelligent talking bear and other odd characters all while trying to figure how the hell get out of level 1.

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Nook Earns $160 Million In Revenue In Q2, Up 6%

Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, which includes devices, digital content and accessories, had revenues of $160 million for the second quarter in 2012, up 6% as compared to a year ago. Overall Barnes & Noble’s second quarter consolidated revenues were $1.9 billion, down 0.4% over the same time period last year.

According to the company’s quarterly earnings report, digital content sales, which includes eBooks, digital newsstand content and apps, increased 38 percent as compared to the same quarter last year. The quarter’s sales figures do not include sales of the latest Nook devices, as Barnes & Noble pointed out that the company began shipping these products after the close of the company’s fiscal second quarter.

Barnes & Noble executives expect digital sales to continue to grow. William Lynch, the company’s CEO stated, “We expect our two highly acclaimed new NOOK products, and our Microsoft partnership on Windows 8 to further fuel the growth of our digital business, and are encouraged by the promising start to the holidays in our retail and digital businesses.”

Infographic: The Top 9 Googlers on Google+

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Who’s on Google+? Google, of course. There’s a Google+ page for every Google product you can think of, from the video-sharing site YouTube to the Chrome web browser. Google executives also use the forum to make announcements and share pictures and videos with the public. Which ones have the most followers? Check our infographic to find out.

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Etsy Launches An iPad App

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Etsy, the DIY shopping site for crafty and vintage-minded small businesses, has launched an iPad app. The new iPad app brings the big design-oriented photos of Etsy to the tablet world, creating an enriched mobile shopping experience. The app  includes rich photography, access to the Etsy blog, gift guides, as well as watch how-to videos and mini-documentaries. Users can shop for and favorite products using the app.

The launch comes a year after the company first got into the app business. Last November, Etsy released its iPhone app. According to TechCrunch, the app passed a million downloads in four months. According to WebProNews, the Etsy iPhone app has been downloaded 2.5 million times since then.

Laura Hood, product marketing manager at Etsy, told WebProNews, “Early on at Etsy, we saw our number of visitors from mobile devices growing, so we began optimizing our pages to make them faster, easier, and prettier from any phone. Our community was into it, as evidenced by one member in particular: ‘Awesome Awesomeness.’”