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6 Facts that emerged from Facebook’s massive IPO

Mark Zuckerberg The echo-chamber has flooded the web with all the details following the filing of Facebook’s IPO. It will raise $5 billion in the listing. It will be valued somewhere between US$75-billion and US$100-billion. We even know that the graffiti artist who took stock instead of cash for painting the walls at Facebook’s first HQ is now worth US$200 million. But what’s behind the numbers and how do they compare? 1. We're all going mobile Out of 825-million monthly users on Facebook, more ...

Facebook, Google

What a post IPO Facebook could learn from Google

The media had been speculating on Facebook's IPO for months. On the day the social giant announced it would be going public, there was a veritable frenzy of reports. The tech world has only seen that kind of frenzy for an IPO once before: Google's back in 2004. I remember vividly the day Google filed its "red herring" with the SEC in preparation for its IPO. I was out at lunch when our bureau chief Richard Waters, called me, "They've ...

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Amazon makes Indian eCommerce play

Online retail giant Amazon is taking its first tentative steps into the Indian market, with the official launch of Junglee -- an online shopping aggregator. According to Amazopia (which bills itself as "the unofficial Amazon blog"), federal regulations stopped Amazon from entering the Indian market under its own branding. The laws are reportedly designed to "restrict foreign companies on multi-brand retail in the country". So while the site looks like Amazon and feels like Amazon, the only mention of the ...

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If SOPA was an aircraft carrier, ACTA and TPP are nuclear submarines

nuclear_sub SOPA is on ice for now -- some say dead -- but we need to remain vigilant. It’s difficult however, when governments create new laws that threaten internet freedom of speech and privacy, in secret under the guise of trade agreements. There’s a lot of discussion around the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). While some hail it as the next SOPA, others see it as less insidious. Much of the anti ACTA histrionics are actually ripple effects from the interpretation of earlier ...

Advertising & Marketing, Augmented Reality

Even teenagers don’t care about AR apps and QR codes

AR App Usage Last year, it looked like augmented reality apps were on the cusp of becoming mainstream as numerous ad campaigns and mobile apps started to use the technology. The same goes for QR codes. For the most part though, neither has been able to go beyond being a gimmick yet and, according to a new study by youth marketing and research firm Ypulse, even the members of the tech-savvy Millennial generation either have no idea what QR codes and augmented reality ...

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Facebook’s $5-billion IPO has finally landed

facebook banner Facebook's much anticipated IPO is here. After months of waiting and speculating, the social media giant finally filed. The documents filed with regulators say the social network is hoping to raise US$5-billion, making it the biggest tech IPO in history. The company will be trading stocks using the FB symbol. "Facebook was not originally created to be a company," wrote CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his S-1 letter. "It was built to accomplish a social mission -- to make the world more ...

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Facebook’s IPO — Uncharted waters

facebook banner Facebook is growing up. As soon as today or tomorrow, Facebook will become a public company with grown up things like quarterly earnings reports and analysts poring over its fiscal growth (or decline). By now you know the numbers being tossed around. A US$5-billion IPO. A US$80-billion+ valuation. US$500-million in fees to be collected by securities firms for arranging the IPO. But all the details will be released really soon. Many in the technology industry have been debating over whether or ...

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Google+ hits 100-million users, watch out Facebook

Google Plus Black Following the anticipation around Facebook's imminent IPO, analysts report that Google's social play, Google+, will hit the 100-million users mark on Wednesday evening. Paul Allen, a Google+ analyst and founder of Ancestry.com, believes the social network later comer will hit "100.8-million users by the end of the day". The most recent Google+ figures have it sitting 90-million, which Larry Page announced earlier this month while presenting Google's quarterly report. Page noted in his report that Google+ was "growing tremendously" and ...

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First American-Chinese startup incubator launches in Silicon Valley

A brand new incubator has opened up in Silicon Valley with the aim of fostering cross-border US-China startups. The facility will reportedly cover a “broad range of technologies” including mobile, software, health, and renewables. The incubator claims to be the first operation of its kind "to focus on nurturing American and Chinese start-ups to expand beyond their home countries". It believes that this focus "will increase technology development, commercialization, investment and job creation in both countries". The incubator, which is ...

Advertising & Marketing

3 Stages of the web as a storytelling medium for brands

DarkKnightViral The best brands are built on stories. No-one huddles around the proverbial water cooler and talks about Product XYZ's incredible new feature. But they will talk about Nando's "The Last Dictator" ad, or Coca-Cola's "Reasons to Believe" campaign. For decades, there's been an assumption in advertising that if you want to tell a grand story for a brand, then you do it in a TV commercial. But all indications are that this could be changing, and the web might be ...

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