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Starbucks Earns Instagram Bragging Rights

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What brands do you Instagram? Do you snap pictures of your favorite foods? Your favorite stores? How about your morning coffee? According to GazeMetrix, an early stage image-recognition startup, helps brands track where their logos are being photographed across social media, Starbucks earns bragging rights for bring the most-Instagrammed brand that the company tracks.

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iPad MiniNew iPad Mini Means More Screens in Front of TVs (Lost Remote)
To date, 100 million iPads have been sold in just over two years, accounting for 91 percent of all tablet Web traffic, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook in his presentation on Tuesday. And now Apple has taken the wraps off a 7.9-inch iPad Mini and a new slate of fourth generation iPads, which means more screens in more places. USA Today The iPad Mini will be priced at $329, and the new screen has resolution of 1024 x 768. But it doesn’t sport the sterling retina display that’s on the latest generations of its larger sibling. AP Customers can begin ordering the new model on Friday. Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs once ridiculed a small tablet from a competitor as a “tweener” that was too big and too small to compete with either smartphones or tablets. AllThingsD Before revealing its much-anticipated tablet, the company showed off a 13-inch Macbook Pro with a Retina display, refreshed Mac mini and next-generation iMac. The new iMac is the thinnest desktop computer Apple has made to date, measuring just 5 mm at the edges — 80 percent thinner than the previous model, if you’re counting. Macworld Cook presented the updated iBooks Author as part of an “iPad in education” segment during the introduction of the latest versions of Apple’s tablet. New in iBooks Author are new templates and portrait-only iBooks. Read more

Starbucks To Accept Square App Payments & To Add Digital Tipping Next Year

Starbucks and mobile payments company Square will allow coffee customers to pay with their Square Wallet app beginning next month. In addition, Starbucks will enable digital tipping on its existing mobile payment apps, as well as on Square Wallet in U.S. stores in summer 2013.

The new features are just the next step in Starbucks’ and Square’s partnership in mobile payments. This past August, Starbucks and Square announced plans to process credit and debit card transactions. Starbucks first launched a Square-powered mobile payment app in 2011. Since then, Starbucks has processed more than 70 million mobile transactions. Starbucks also recently began accepting mobile payments through Apple’s iOS 6 Passbook, a mobile wallet tool.

But you don’t have to be Starbucks to accept mobile payments. Square works with many small businesses. If you are interested in accepting mobile payments, check out our how-to post on the subject. And if you are new to mobile payments, check out this list of apps for making mobile payments.

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Should Facebook ‘Likes’ Be Protected by the First Amendment? (PC Magazine)
The Declaration of Independence proclaims the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of … liking friends’ Facebook statuses? That’s what the American Civil Liberties Union is proposing in its appeal of an April ruling that said the social network’s “Like” button is not protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment right to free speech. Politico District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson ruled this spring that several employees of the Hampton Virginia Sheriff’s Office, who were allegedly fired because they “liked” the Facebook page of Sheriff B.J. Roberts’ opponent in the 2009 election, didn’t do enough to warrant constitutional protection. “It is the Court’s conclusion that merely ‘liking’ a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection,” Jackson wrote in his opinion. The Verge Facebook this week filed a briefing in support of former deputy sheriff Daniel Ray Carter. The company “has a vital interest in ensuring that speech on Facebook and in other online communities is afforded the same constitutional protection as speech in newspapers, on television, and in the town square,” according to the document. The Wall Street Journal The social network is testing a new mobile ad product for app developers, the company said in a blog post Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported in July on the new ad product and the technology that will power it, which lets Facebook target consumers based on the apps they use. Bloomberg The service helps game makers and other software developers encourage users to install applications on their mobile devices, Facebook said yesterday in a blog. The mobile-ad service is also designed to help app developers measure the effectiveness of their ads. Read more

Black Friday Tip: Starbucks Cup Magic iPhone App Can Send eGifts


The free Starbucks Cup Magic for iPhone app gained attention for its entertaining Augmented Reality interaction with Red Cup beverages at Starbucks. You can see what I found for the latte I bought in the video embeddded below. However, if you are in the U.S., there is one more feature you might find useful: eGifting.

There are a variety of card designs to choose from. A message of up to 160 characters can be added to the card. Starbucks eGift Cards can be given in any amount you choose. However, the app provides preset options amounts too. eGifts are delivered via email and can be scheduled.

If you do not have an iPhone, you can use this web page to send Starbucks eGift cards.


Starbucks Pick of the Week Adding Book Excerpts & TV Episodes to the Free Songs & Apps


Social Times’ Bilal Hameed picked up on iPhone apps being added to Starbucks’ Pick of the Week last week. Previously, the program provided a free song from iTunes every week. However, it seems Starbucks wasn’t quite done with making changes to the Pick of the Week program. This week Starbucks announced that in addition to a free song and free app, the Pick of the Week program would also provide free chapters from books from the iBookstore as well as free TV episodes andn “other media types” (presumably music videos).
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