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LinkedIn Launches iPad App With Bells and Whistles (SocialTimes)
Professional social network LinkedIn has finally launched an app for iPad. The social network obviously has a lot on its plate, having gone public and serving 150 million users per month, but it’s great to see that they took time to reach out to iPad users with a native app. The Washington Post LinkedIn says users often log on to the site through their iPads in the early morning to prepare for meetings and in the evening, on the couch. The iPad app targets these people with a calendar function and other features optimized for the device. Before, they had to use iPad’s Web browser or use an iPhone app that doesn’t take advantage of the iPad’s screen size. VentureBeat Typically, LinkedIn’s most avid users are a relatively affluent crowd, and they’re in their early 30s to 50s, which lines up nicely with tablet ownership demographics (college grads under 65 years of age who earn $75,000 or more per year). PCMag The new iPad app is available for free in Apple’s App Store. In addition to the app, LinkedIn also rolled out a new mobile website for the Safari browser on the iPad.
Spotify Said To Be Developing Pandora-Like Online Radio Service (Bloomberg)
The new service would start by year-end and be supported by advertising, said sources, who weren’t authorized to talk publicly. The company has begun notifying some content partners of its plans, they said. paidContent In the most recent figures released, Spotify said it has 10 million registered users worldwide and three million paying subscribers. Pandora has 150 million registered users. Spotify already offers a radio feature on its desktop app, but it is not mobile yet. SocialTimes The company could be having difficulties working out arrangements with the record companies. Spotify currently has licensing agreements with Sony Music, Universal Music, EMI Group and Warner Music Group for a lot of artists, but is missing some major players like The Beatles as well as new releases from artists like Adele and The Black Keys.
Facebook Hacker Tells All (The Daily Dot)
Glenn Mangham, 26, of York, England, did it for the challenge, he said. He works as a white-hat security specialist, hacking sites at their owners’ behest to determine their vulnerabilities. Mangham said we would have been happy to give Facebook a free report. ZDNet Mangham admitted to the crime and pleaded guilty to breaching the social network’s security systems between April 27 and May 9 of last year. He was arrested on June 2 and released from prison on bail after spending two months behind bars. Computerworld “When you consider that the only thing that stood between Facebook and potential annihilation were my ethics then I think the fact that it’s all still in good working order should serve as some proof that I’m really not one of the bad guys,” Mangham wrote.
mon.ki Snags $400k To Bring Social Conversations To Your Web Browsing (The Next Web)
The wisdom of the crowd. Sometimes it’s given more weight than it probably should be, but there’s a lot to be said for relying on information from your friends. With the ever-increasing amount of networks, feeds and information that inundates us daily, mon.ki is aiming to be a filter. Starting today as a Chrome extension, mon.ki brings you a real-time feed from Twitter, but limits the feed to only the page you’re browsing. TechCrunch For example, a TechCrunch article would point you to the author’s profile, as well as Twitter profiles related to that writer. And Twitter integration is just the beginning. The company is adding support for Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, too. In addition to today’s launch, mon.ki has also closed a round of $400,000 in seed funding.
Zynga Reports Highest Ever Bookings For Q1 At $329M (Inside Social Games)
Daily active users are up 6 percent year-on-year from 62 million to 65 million. Monthly unique users are up 25 percent to 182 million from 146 million. Zynga also says it increased monthly unique paying users from 2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 3.5 million.
Prometheus Trailer To Be Part Of First-Ever Live Tweet Commercial (AllTwitter)
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is garnering a lot of buzz online, and it’s about to hit new heights. The UK TV network Channel 4 will air the world premiere of the official trailer this weekend, followed by the first-ever commercial chock-full of live Twitter reactions. Media Week The trailer will be broadcast at around 9:10 p.m. on Sunday. Viewers will be asked to share their thoughts about the film on Twitter using the hashtag #areyouseeingthis.
Providence Said To Be Selling Hulu Stake at $2 Billion Value (Bloomberg)
Hulu.com owners Walt Disney Co., Comcast Corp. and News Corp. are close to buying out Providence Equity Partners Inc.’s stake at a price that values the company at $2 billion, said two people with knowledge of the matter. Mashable Less than a year ago, Hulu’s owners were considering selling the over-the-top (OTT) and subscription streaming service. The fact that the three majority owners are now going to invest more in the company underscores just how much the online video and streaming space has changed over the last six to eight months.
Kristofize: Social Birthday Present for Nick Kristof Aims To Do Good (Cnet)
New York Times columnist Nick Kristof’s birthday is today, April 27, and those of us who are his fans and readers can use social media to do what Kristof would do: use his birthday as an occasion to get some attention to the causes he cares about. Except, in this case, he has no idea ahead of time that we are doing this.
Snapguide For iPhone Is The First iOS App To Get Official Pinterest Integration (The Verge)
Snapguide, the addictive how-to app for iPhone, was recently updated with the ability to let users share, or “pin,” their favorite guides to Pinterest. So long as you’ve also got the official Pinterest app installed on your phone, you’ll see it pop up in the sharing menu alongside the previous options of Facebook and Twitter.