Archives: April 2013

Stalked On LinkedIn: Victim Is Not Alone in Her Fight to Block Abusive Members

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Anna Rihtar quit her job after her boss allegedly sexually assaulted her, but her struggle to rebuild her career was just beginning. Shortly after she left her job, Rihtar’s boss started stalking her on social media. In a petition on Change.org, she is now urging LinkedIn executives to make it easier for members to block other people on the professional networking site. Her story is not unique, and SocialTimes has learned that LinkedIn engineers may already have a solution in the works.

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Less than 40% of Fab’s Revenue Comes From Flash Sales

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After two years, the creators of the social shopping site Fab have announced a five-part plan to transition the company from a flash-sale retailer to its own unique brand. One reason, explained founder and CEO Jason Goldberg, is that less than 40 percent of the company’s revenue comes from flash sales. In 2012, Fab’s inventory grew from 2,000 products to 15,000 products from more than 10,000 designers.

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New Documentary Explores the Sad Future of Reading and eBooks

We haven’t seen the death of paper books yet, but there’s already a documentary about its impending demise. EBooks are not as tactile, aromatic, or spatial as traditional forms of reading, but they are helping to spread the joys of reading to places where transportation is problematic. The works of philanthropic organizations like Worldreader and The  Information Heritage Initiative would be impossible without digital books.

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William Morrow To Launch Witness, a Mystery eBook Series

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has introduced a new line of eBook original mystery, suspense and thriller novels called Witness.

The series, which launches in October, will feature original straight-to-digital content, as well as backlist short stories from  Agatha Christie. The imprint has already acquired more than 100 full-length books, 10 of which will be published with the October debut. Witness will also publish digital versions of Agatha Christie’s short stories, including digital singles of the “Hercule Poirot” series and a single edition of the detective series with a foreword by Charles Todd.

“Our starting lineup gives an indication of the editorial scope of the imprint,” stated Dan Mallory, executive editor at William Morrow who is heading up Witness.  ”It’s an exciting collection of brand-new content, international bestsellers not previously available in the U.S., and newly digitized backlist classics. It runs the gamut from police procedurals to literary suspense; historical mysteries to action thrillers.”

The World is My Tablet and This Paper is My Touchscreen

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Engineers at Fujitso Laboratories have developed motion and graphics sensors that can detect texts and images on paper surfaces with 1 pixel accuracy. The technology means that gesture interface systems can leave your digital tablets for the real world.

Until now, gesturing has often been used to operate PCs and other devices. But with this interface, we’re not operating a PC, but touching actual objects directly, and combining them with ICT equipment.

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