Foursquare is looking for advertisers to participate in its efforts to retarget ads to Web users based on their check-ins and to serve up interstitial ads in its mobile apps, according to a leaked pitch deck for advertisers.
Google Powers Up Google+ Social Sign-in (SocialTimes)
Google will now allow users to sign in to third-party apps using their Google+ log-in, the company on Tuesday. Once logged in this way, users will be prompted to specify with which Google+ circles they want to share content.
Foursquare is expanded the offers program it debuted with American Express in June 2011 to all major credit cards, the company said today.
Editor in chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, stars in a parody of the well-known MasterCard commercials, which has gone viral over the last few days, in order to single out MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Paypal and Western Union for blocking donations to WikiLeaks.
This year (2011) was suppposed to be the year NFC (Near Field Communications) was rolled out in smartphones and retailers. And yet, here we are half-way through 2011 with nothing more than relatively small test rollouts and NFC embedded in Google Places signs. The NFC movement fragmented in the first half of 2011.
Engadget reported that MasterCard and CSI Enterprises are planning some non-NFC mobile payment apps.
Summer 2011 – CSI MasterCard innovative mobile device-smartphone application release for virtual MasterCard access on the go.
Engadget says that this “summer” rollout starts next month (July).
In light of the number of attacks that WikiLeaks has undergone in the past week an organization known as Anonymous has begun Operation: Payback to bring retribution down on the companies that would, in their words, censor WikiLeaks’ information.
While major online financing services such as PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa have shut down their dealings with the embattled WikiLeaks, one microfinancing startup is still hanging on. Flattr, a micropayment startup created by Peter Sunde, co-founder of the infamous BitTorrent sharing site The Pirate Bay, still accepts donations on behalf of the document-leaking non-profit.
WikiLeaks, which has come under intense international pressure after publishing leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, has seen its most of its major funding sources dry up (the big ones are U.S.-based). PayPal, owned by online auction giant eBay, restricted WikiLeaks’ account on Saturday, saying the organization violated its policy on facilitating illegal activity. MasterCard began denying donations to WikiLeaks on Monday, followed by Visa a day later.
PostFinance, the financial arm of the Swiss postal system also shut down a bank account owned by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was using it to collect donations. Assange was arrested in London on unrelated criminal allegations Tuesday.
Sunde has been a public advocate for Assange and WikiLeaks. He has also proposed a peer-to-peer DNS system that would prevent domain name registrations from being revoked, as was done with the WikiLeaks.org domain.
His company Flattr, based in Sweden, allows users to vote on content they like, much like Digg or CondÃ© Nast’s Reddit, except each vote is actually a micro amount of cash. Users pay a monthly donation to Flattr (minimum â‚¬2). At the end of the month, that fee is split between all the content providers that user has Flattr’d.
Sunde started Flattr in March along with Linus Olsson. WikiLeaks, which has experienced funding problems in 2009, was among its first financing partners, although any company can now sign up to accept Flattr payments. At the time, he told TechCrunch that Flattr was “prepared for the controversy.”