Nokia’s years-long experimentation with the short-range wireless communication technology NFC (near field communication) finally appears ready to pay off.
Starting this summer, the Finnish giant will become a leading provider of NFC devices when it begins updating its Symbian phones with NFC-compatible software. Over the next 18 months, Nokia is tipped to ship more than 100 million NFC-enabled smartphones globally. Poken's new mobile app scans NFC tags for data. It's shown here on Nokia's C7 smartphone. The move will pit Nokia against other handset makers that are racing to incorporate NFC so they can offer unique mobile commerce, social networking and marketing services to their users. Google built NFC into its latest flagship phone, the Samsung-made Nexus S, and rolled out a corresponding mobile.
A new page on T-Mobile USA's website makes some fairly bold claims about the carrier's premier Honeycomb tablet, the LG G-Slate.
In comparing the sleek device to its steepest competition at AT&T and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile says the G-Slate is “more than two times faster than the Apple iPad 2 on AT&T and Verizon, and three times faster than the Motorola XOOM on Verizon — and it’s less expensive, too!” At $399.99 with a 2-year data contract or $599.99 off contract, there is no question that the G-Slate is cheaper. Apple’s 3G iPad 2 is $729 with the same 32GB of storage and the Motorola XOOM is $599.99 on contract or $799.99 contract-free.
We scanned through intern blog posts from a slew of companies to see if we could glean any lessons. What makes an intern diary more interesting--a company culture more appealing? And vice-versa?
On-campus recruitment is a highly competitive process, and success reeling in students with hat-size GPAs and pristine resumes can depend on a brand's ranking and reputation. As the summer winds down, you'll likely begin seeing much more of an oft-used recruitment tool: the corporate blog post written by a summer intern. They've already started to pop up all over--the so-called "diary of an intern," in which a young recruit must carefully walk the fine line of describing their experience in a "fun" and "challenging" light, while not coming off as too much of a company shill. And of course, the intern blog has the potential to lure in or scare off future talent. We scanned through intern blog posts from a slew of companies to see if we could glean any lessons. Our journey begins at Google. The search giant has made summer internship diaries a fixture of its corporate blog. They all strike a similar tone: Google is hard work, but you'll get hands-on experience and the opportunity to meet interesting people. Why, just last week Remo, a YouTube online media sales intern, was rubbing shoulders with Eric Schmidt and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Travel is another intriguing and recurring theme of Google's posts. Remo did his stint in Dublin; another intern, Erika, lived in Tokyo; while others described their time living in Munich.
Dell is the latest tech titan to make a portfolio-broadening acquisition.
Yet another tech acquisition proves that the older, established tech companies are moving away from traditional core offerings and diversifying at a record pace. Dell just purchased Force 10 Networks, an enterprise networking company. Dell is synonymous with hardware. We got real insight into how keen traditional hardware companies are to broaden their products lines with the ferocious bidding war between Dell and HP for storage vendor 3Par. There's been a tidal wave of acquisitions of late: Dell purchased Compellent, another storage company, after it lost the bid for 3Par end of last year, and Microsoft acquired Skype. HP got not only 3Par, but Vertica Systems, a real-time analytics company, earlier this year.
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Reputation.com is an online privacy start-up company that has raised $41 million in funding. The new round of funding was led by August Capital. Insight Capital, Jafco Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and Bessemer Venture Partners also participated in this round. This brings the company revenues to over $65 million. This is the company’s fourth round of funding. Reputation.com is raising additional money because they are getting into a new business. Reputation.com’s new business is to collect data on individuals and place layers of their own technology on that data. Then the company creates assessments on those individuals that consumers can license. Consumers would also be able to claim their online profile.
(Deborah L. Cohen) - Perry Chen was working in the New Orleans' music industry when he faced a cash-crunch during the city's JazzFest. He wanted to bring a European musician to perform at the festival but couldn't raise the money.
A decade later, other artists are now reaping the benefits of Chen's brainstorm: online fundraising site Kickstarter.It worked for filmmaker Gary Hustwit, who turned to the popular site to help fund his latest documentary film, betting the promise of a new movie was powerful enough to attract financial support from a broad range of online backers.
Enter the digital curation tools. There is a very special breed of web users out there that we call 'the curators.' In a sense, curators are a little like their counterparts in museums, because they tend to trade in very specialised, focused content.
Anyone can be a digital curator. As a part of the great collective, curators choose a topic they are interested in, and then search and display dynamic content related to this topic, using one or more digital curation tools.
They are collectors of the virtual and ephemeral and they have some great tools. Scoop.it is a very useful and attractive curation tool, enabling summaries and snapshots of related content from blogs, media sharing sites and other social media to be displayed, usually in two columns. Storify is another style of curation tool.... [read full article http://j.mp/pkleoa]
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
We tend to think of social media as a property of CRM, and it is, but the story hardly stops there. Social media is changing the world beyond CRM too, and that's what makes it valuable.
Now that we have social media and analytics to turn it into information, the next logical step is curation -- organizing the information to do useful work. We're not that far along in social media, but curation is making a bid for importance, and there are some tools on the market that begin to make the process approachable.
One of the greatest sources of consternation in the social world is the vast quantity of information (data, really) that social media generates. For news people the challenges are sifting out the truth then aggregating information in ways that make sense. These are the same challenges faced by a modern front office team intent on developing value from all the miscellaneous data streams.
We take very different approaches to finding truth though. In the front office we’re more automated because in many cases the truth of any situation is a mathematical quantity and the ideas that get the most votes, or their rational equivalents, win. That’s not so true in the news biz. There truth is truth regardless of what any group might wish it to be.
Whether its news or customer facing business, we might use the same or similar tools to sift the load. One area where there is commonality is in the need for editors in news and curators in social media circles. In either case someone has to be ultimately responsible for making sense of the stream of information and presenting it. Ironically, editing is something that the Web and citizen journalists pushed to the side but lately it has seen elevated importance. I think curation is on the same upswing... [read full article http://j.mp/n4aafu]
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
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Giant jacket beats budget airline fees July 20 - A small British company has produced a lightweight jacket with several pockets which can be stuffed with luggage, helping travelers avoid the hefty cost of carrying extra baggage on budget airlines. Joanna Partridge reports. ( Transcript )
“Engagement” is a word in near overuse these days I found.
Yet it remains to be the word describing the power of Twitter best. Creating a certain buzz around your account given that there are close to 500,000 new users on Twitter each day isn’t always easy. A few tools have been emerging recently which boast features that allow you to be more creative on Twitter. Using them can help a great deal to stand out from the noise and be noticed for adding value instead of clutter to your followers timeline. Making your tweets into unique content[/b] A great tool to make my tweets stand out and more personal is one called Buffer. It allows you to stack up your Buffer with tweets. You can do this with browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome or Safari from anywhere you are.
There's a new social media sheriff in town huh? Big deal, what else is new? It seems like we hear about the next big thing almost every day. So what makes Google+ any more important? Well, it's simple. Google made it. And whenever the word "Google" is attached, it's worth paying attention to. It seems like Google took its time to get this release right as well. Because Google+ includes nearly any avenue through which you would want to communicate with someone, right down to a "Hangout" application that allows users to virtually connect to watch videos, play games, etc. Google+ has also already eclipsed the 10 million user mark in the very short timeframe it has been live (Including me; you can see a snapshot of my basic profile to the left.) And there is no reason to believe that this exponential growth won't continue. I spoke with a good friend of mine, personal branding expert Dan Schawbel, who explained why he thinks Google+ may prove a sizable competitor to the big players in the social media space, such as Linkedin, Facebook, and namely, Twitter.
Dubset raises $500K for DJ mixing site.Like Turntable.fm, except more focused on single DJs curating their own complete mixes by Ronny Kerr on July 21, 2011...
While the hype over social DJ site Turntable.fm has mellowed a bit, the fuel behind that original hype remains. The Web is ripe for new and innovative music services to change how musicians and listeners interact beyond the simple provisions of subscription services like Spotify or radio like Pandora.
Dubset, a new website for curated music mixes, announced Thursday that it has raised $500,000 in funding from Governing Dynamics Venture Capital and a team of angel investors. A haven for music makers and listeners in love with sharing and discovering new tracks, Dubset, at its heart, provides a platform for DJs to publish mixes. Here, for example, is the DJ page for Felix Da Housecat, complete with mixes, bio, contact information and more.
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
For another look at the Spotify launch, see "Why I'm Not Going Near Spotify (and Why You Shouldn't Either)." iTunes as we know it is over. It is walking, talking, and continuing to pretend it's alive, but Spotify, Europe's outrageously successful streaming music product, has just shown us the future.
Though you might not even be aware of the competitor that is attacking the music titan of the past decade, that iTunes business model is about to be blown up completely and swiftly. And it could even be thought of as fitting; iTunes accomplished the exact same thing during its early-2000s attack on the bricks-and-mortar retail music industry. Apple set the stage to decimate Tower Records and Sam Goody
Tablet gaming could be a huge market, disrupting traditional game hardware markets. With more than 25 million units sold, the iPad has become much larger than a number of other historic game platforms (the Sega Dreamcast sold about 8 million units).
As such, it’s helping Apple to swing developers back into its fold, according to a recent survey by Flurry. Android tablets are expected to catch on at some point as well.“I think this is going to be incredibly disruptive,” said Giancarlo Mori, chief creative officer at mobile game publisher Glu Mobile, speaking on a panel at VentureBeat’s GamesBeat 2011 conference last week. ”It’s fueled by the desire to have your gaming device with you at all times.”
British monthly Tomorrow’s Technology Today, better known as T3, which specializes in gadgets, gizmos and other technology, is out today with its shortlist of technology products, brands and personalities for 2011. T3 Gadget Awards, one of the biggest tech awards in the UK informally recognized as the “technology Oscars”, already has over 350,000 user votes. A strong Apple showing is evident, with some interesting Apple vs. Google battles shaping up. The Cupertino, California-based consumer electronics powerhouse has fifteen nominations, only trumped by eighteen nods for Google and its Android operating system. Samsung comes in third with eight spots on the shortlist, while Sony picks up six. Kieran Alger, editor of T3.com, comments for 9to5Mac:
Last Monday Scoop.it was invited by pariSoma to partake in a panel discussing: “is curation the future of the Social Web?” With Burt Herman from Storify and Chris McCann from StartupDigest, Guillaume Decugis our CEO, discussed the new social behavior that curation represents online. The debate was moderated by Ben Parr, Mashable’s editor-at-large.
The first question from Ben Parr was legitimate. ”What’s the hell is curation?”
Of course, we feel that curation has become quite a hot topic in recent months, especially with amount of information on almost any particular topic seems to keep growing exponentially. The debate around the need of filters, and how to be sure to find the “right” information theorized by authors such as Clay Shirky or Eli Pariser collide with the need to know what you share with who to make the web social again according to social media specialist such as Brian Solis.... [read full article http://j.mp/r4UM7q]
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
We know that Google+ is growing like a weed, with more than 10 million registered users (some say close to 20 million now).
Experian Hitwise takes a stab at estimating the early growth of Google+. For the week that ended July 16, the Google+ domain (plus.google.com) was still tiny with 1.8 million total estimated visits. However, that number was up 283 percent from the previous week, and up 821 percent from the week before. On a daily basis, estimated visits peaked last Thursday on July 14 with 317,000 estimated daily visits. That number settled down to 226,000 by July 18th, the last day of the data set.
Technologist Paul Allen, who uses statistical methods to track the growth of Google+, says it's going to pass 18 million users today. That's an impressive milestone for a still-technically-invite-only service that only recently launched.
Apple is the most borrowed-from company in technology right now. But Apple should — and does – borrow back from others. Google+ is the biggest culture-changing product to emerge from Google since Google Search itself. And Apple can learn from it.
Via The New Company
Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt believes the company should have focused more on connecting its users, to compete with market-leading Facebook before it became the world’s most popular social network, he revealed in aninterview with CNN. Schmidt said that Facebook has succeeded because it had “worked out who people are” and that the system was fundamentally missing from the Internet.
Via The New Company
After less than 24 hours of being live, the Google+ iPhone app has hit the number one free spot in the Apple app store, beating out "Draw 'n' Go: Awesomeness!" for the top slot.
This is quite impressive considering that the app, which started out buggy and continued to be buggy after the “fastest update to an iPhone app” Erick has ever seen, is currently only pertinent to about 18 million people in the field test AND that Google has its own mobile operating system to focus on, Android. What makes this milestone important is the fact that Google+ competitor Facebook currently has the top downloaded free iOS app of all time — So Google+ is in good company. Of course Google does have a lot of marketing leverage for whatever it needs to push, namely its highly trafficked homepage.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.