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  • Warner Bro’s tries direct streaming movie rentals on Facebook

    Media giant Warner Brothers announced this week that it has partnered with Facebook to test whether the social network’s 600+ million users would be willing to pay to stream movies directly through the site. Warner Bros. has started the trial with the smash hit 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger. The movie is available for rent from the movie’s Facebook fan page using Facebook’s virtual currency (in the U.S. only at the moment), and users will have to pay 30 Facebook Credits (US$3) to watch it. The...

  • The benefits of Social CRM in your Business

    At its core, social CRM impacts every process of traditional CRM that interacts and faces with customers. Unlike traditional models which were originally developed to be customer-centered but quickly devolved into customer focused, company-centric strategies, Social CRM brings a whole new level of authenticity, accountability, immediacy, and builds upon trust and its foundations with customers in the relationship. Social networks have greatly amplified the voice of consumers in the marketplace and it is predicted they will continue to have profound and extensive effects on how companies manage their clients. Conversations that take place on these virtual communities are...

  • Cameroon bans Twitter in an effort to thwart Egypt-like uprising

    In a bid to insulate Cameroon against popular uprisings similar to those that have toppled regimes in Tunisia and Egypt in recent months, the government of Cameroon has forced mobile operator MTN to end its five-month old partnership with the microblogging giant Twitter, and to discontinue its Twitter short code service. This service allowed MTN subscribers to receive tweets for free and send tweets at the standard SMS rates. During his press conference of February 22 2010, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s Minister of Communications and regime spokesperson had lashed out at Cameroonians in the Diaspora who were using Facebook and Twitter...

  • Apple’s iPad 2 hits stores on Friday

    The new iPad goes on sale at Apple stores across the United States on Friday as the gadget-maker seeks to stay a step ahead of its rivals in the booming market for sleek touchscreen tablet computers. Apple will be taking online orders for the iPad 2, which was unveiled by chief executive Steve Jobs last week, the sales began at 9am GMT and the device will be available in the company’s 236 US stores starting at 10pm GMT. The iPad 2, which is one-third thinner, nearly 15 percent lighter and faster than the model released last April, will go on sale...

  • iFrames on Facebook: What you need to know

    Facebook recently rolled out some major changes for Facebook Pages. If you’re managing any Facebook Pages you should already be aware of the changes, which were forcibly implemented on March 9 across the board. One of the biggest announcements concerning the upgrade is that Facebook is deprecating FBML (Facebook Markup Language) and FBJS (Facebook Java Script) as a primary technology for building apps on Facebook. The Static FBML tab has been the industry standard for creating apps for Facebook for a while now and is extremely popular (112 829 378 Monthly Active Users). Before you get your knickers in a...

  • AOL cutting over 900 jobs in US, India

    Internet company AOL is cutting more than 900 jobs as it joins forces with world-famous blog The Huffington Post and seeks to reinvent itself as a major player in online news. AOL said Thursday it is laying off more than 200 employees in the United States and over 700 in India — nearly 20 percent of its 5,000-strong global workforce. The 200 employees losing their jobs in the United States were mostly employed in the AOL media and technology groups, the company said. Some 300 of the 700 AOL employees being laid off in India would transition to third-party companies providing services...

  • Android phones that will enhance your love life

    In August of 2010, OkCupid.com released some vital industry statistics: iPhone users were having more sex than users of any other smartphone brand. BlackBerry users were in second place, and then in third – or dead last if you prefer – were the fandroids. OkCupid extracted EXIF data from photographs to figure out which smartphones 9 785 of their 30-something members were using, and crossed it with all kinds of user behaviors and found data on the number of sexual partners for each major smartphone platform. At the time the research was conducted, male and female iPhone users had an average...

  • 10 ways to promote better conversation on your site

    Every site wants it but conversation can be costly. “We want to give our audience a platform but have you seen what they are using it for?” is the cry of online news editors everywhere. And what “they” are using the comments function for, includes hate speech, defamation, insults and just some really ugly personal stuff. And if it’s not legal liability that you’re concerned about there is the reputational damage of carrying all that “free speech” on your branded site. The most recent incident that made headlines involved comments made on the National Public Radio website after CBS...

  • Wallaby: Adobe’s new Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool

    Earlier this week, Adobe Labs released Wallaby, a new experimental Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool which will hopefully allow developers and designers to begin porting their Flash apps and games to devices that do not currently support the Flash runtimes such as the iPhone and iPad. Wallaby has a very straightforward UI which accepts an FLA file as input and exports the HTML and support files with an option to launch the default application assigned for the .html extension. Wallaby manages to convert graphical content along with the complex, timeline-based animation to HTML5 in a form that can be viewed...

  • Startups/apps all the rage in coffee shops and bars

    These days it’s difficult to go anywhere without hearing about startups and their apps. That’s natural in my job but when you start hearing “normal” people talking about apps all of a sudden then that’s an interesting trend to watch. Some say it is a result of the movie based on Facebook‘s beginning, The Social Network. This is an interesting trend to watch because it is not limited to San Francisco and its Silicon Valley neighbourhood. You see a big interest in startups and innovation occurring in many countries. London, for example, has its Silicon Roundabout, an area of London marked by...

  • Twitter making its way back to Africa

    More than two and a half years ago Twitter shut down all operations in Africa. Back then, in August of 2008, it really didn’t matter too much as the penetration rates for the service in Africa, and most of the world, were negligible. A lot has changed since then as Twitter has become a defacto communications too, and in many ways a new communications protocol, all over the globe. Now, they really hadn’t “shut down” as the service is accessible always via the internet. What they had shut down was text messaging – SMS, due to non-sustainable business relationships with...

  • Sick of Charlie Sheen? Block him

    Sick and tired of Charlie Sheen taking over your online space? Want to block him? There’s an app for that. The free art and technology lab, F.A.T, released an antidote for online Charlie Sheen overload — software that edits the celebrity out of your browser. “Tinted Sheen,” crafted by Greg Leuch, the creator of “Shaved Bieber” an app that allowed users to block mentions of Justin Bieber on their browser, has done the same for Charlie Sheen. According to the F.A.T site the app can block “most Charlie Sheen related text and images from your browsing experience.” The app...

  • Social media and brands — Tone is key

    It’s a truism that some clients are just easier to work with than others. I have enjoyed the difficult ones just as much as the easier ones although I have arguably learned more from the harder jobs. What I have observed, which defines what category clients fall into is often to do with the way the brand talks and what they consider themselves to be like. Many are realistically aware of the outside perception of the brand, but sing from a hymnbook that just isn’t quite written for the times we live in now… let alone in ten years...

  • Facebook cheating – it’s complicated

    Facebook activity is the primary source of tension for one in five couples, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), who have released the top reasons for divorce. A report by the AAML found that postings and photographs from the social network site provide more damning evidence of infidelity or lies about activities than any other source, according to mobiledia.com. Lawyers are increasingly demanding to see clients’ Facebook pages to use such evidence in divorce proceedings, suggesting that social media is becoming a way to gauge trust and truthfulness. “If you publicly post any contradictions to previously made...

  • Google-ITA deal pending due to resistance from online travel sites

    A few years ago Google and Yahoo! attempted an advertising partnership. Thomas Barnett who at the time headed the anti-trust division of the US Department of Justice, stepped in and stopped the deal. Today Barnett, now in private practice, again has Google in his sights. Barnett is serving as counsel for Expedia.com, which has joined with several other online travel websites in an effort to ground Google’s proposed US$700-million acquisition of flight information company ITA Software. Expedia and other members of the FairSearch.org coalition are urging the Justice Department to block the Google-ITA deal — just as it did in November 2008...