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Tom George Founder of Internet Billboards a media destination and marketing hub using curation to fuel business growth and learning. http://www.internetbillboards.net
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New York Merchants Dish About Working With Google Offers

New York Merchants Dish About Working With Google Offers | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
"Our special is only for $10.So, you know, we believe that people will spend more than that."...


This week marked the New York launch of Google Offers, the Internet megalith's contribution to the jam-packed realm of restaurant (and service) deals. "Huzzah!" shouted the coupon-wielding consumers who haven't paid full price for a meal since 2008, the year Groupon launched. But what, we wonder, are restaurant managers shouting? We checked in with a few Google Offers pioneers — AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar and Crif Dogs (Pommes Frites, Baci Gelato, and RBC NYC declined to comment) — to find out what it's like behind the scenes of the competitive coupon game.
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An Interview With Mark Cuban on Social Media and Entrepreneurship

An Interview With Mark Cuban on Social Media and Entrepreneurship | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
I had the chance to speak with Mark Cuban recently about his view on social media and entrepreneurship. Although he's currently a billionaire, he has been an entrepreneur since age 12 when he sold garbage bags door-to-door.


Today, Mark founded HDNet, Broadcast.com and MicroSolutions. He has also been an investor in startups, including Mahalo, JungleCents.com, motionloft.com, Filesanywhere.com, Naked Pizza and 140Fire.com. You can see him on ABC’s Shark Tank, as well as on a few episodes of Entourage on HBO. Mark may be best known for his purchase of the Dallas Mavericks on January 4, 2000.
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How Customer Engagement Fuels the Content Marketing Fire

How Customer Engagement Fuels the Content Marketing Fire | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
If you post something that no one engages with, does that content really matter? Not in the world of content marketing, where customer engagement is king.


Think for a second about the way you converse with your closest friends, family, and coworkers. You swap stories. You talk about the problems you’re having and exchange ideas that address them. You discuss big news, controversial topics, and relevant trends.
Now, as a marketer, think about the way you’re conversing with your customers through content marketing.
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Yelp Official Blog: Four Score and 20 Million Reviews Ago

Yelp Official Blog: Four Score and 20 Million Reviews Ago | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
When Russ Simmons and I first founded Yelp seven years ago, our goal was to become the most useful online review guide in San Francisco. If we achieved that and only that, then in our eyes, we had succeeded.


We could have never imagined that someday, not only would we be the most useful online review guide in San Francisco, but we’d have millions of users from all over the world relying on Yelp!

From day one we’ve remained vigilant on ensuring that the quality of content on Yelp is top notch and that very approach has led to 53 million unique users relying on us each month -- whether it’s to find a hot dog vendor in London, eyelash extensions in New York or The Bronze Fonz in Milwaukee.
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See New Curation Platform Percolate In Action | Video

See New Curation Platform Percolate In Action | Video | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Percolate founder Jame Gross takes us through his new blogging platform that eliminates the pressure of publishing by curating interesting things for users to comment on....
[read article and watch video http://j.mp/oepgsT]
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Anatomy of a Teacher [Infographic]

Anatomy of a Teacher [Infographic] | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Being a teacher definitely isn’t for everyone. The things I put teachers through while I was at school is enough for me not to pursue it as a career. This infographic highlights some interesting facts related to the profession. For example, the average salary of a teacher is $53,910 and 17% of all teachers have a second job. Check out the infographic below for more indepth data on being a teacher.
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Reality check: LinkedIn gets a downgrade from analyst | VentureBeat

Reality check: LinkedIn gets a downgrade from analyst | VentureBeat | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
An analyst with investment bank JP Morgan, which helped underwrite business social network LinkedIn's initial public offering, downgraded the stock today and set a price target of $85.


Doug Anmuth of JP Morgan said the company’s fundamentals were sound, but it was a little worrisome that it already had a then-valuation of nearly $12 billion. That’s close to Netflix’s $15 billion valuation, a movie rental company that generates $2.4 billion in quarterly revenue — compared to nearly $300 million in revenue for LinkedIn — he said.
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Google + and The First $20 Billion Thought Leadership Bonus

Google + and The First $20 Billion Thought Leadership Bonus | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
In the immediate aftermath of the Google Plus launch, TechCrunch reported a surge in value in Google's market capitalization of $20 billion. Clearly nobody could judge on the back of a closed beta what Google + might be, could be or should be worth.
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Twitter's Biz Stone on an awkward meeting with Mark Zuckerberg

Twitter's Biz Stone on an awkward meeting with Mark Zuckerberg | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
You would think that a meeting between the founders of the world's most popular social networks would be a fun affair, with conversation revolving around funding, investments and who ...
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Internet Billboards

Internet Billboards | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
A newspaper created by Tom George - built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos shared on Twitter.
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Microsoft Accidentally Reveals Secret Social Project 'Tulalip'

Microsoft Accidentally Reveals Secret Social Project 'Tulalip' | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Is Microsoft working on launching a social networking service to compete with Facebook and Google Plus?

Writers for Fusible, who were the first to report it, seem to think so after a team from Microsoft accidentally published the splash page shown below to the doman name Socl.com. Members of the Google+ network were among those to take notice.

The project, entitled Tulalip, advertised itself in the splash as a service that lets users "find what you need and share what you know easier than ever" and there appear to be the options to connect via Facebook or Twitter. Also shown were non-working links for "See how it works," "Privacy Statement," and "Terms of Service."
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Bryan "Birdman" Williams buys Maybach Exelero for $8 million

Bryan "Birdman" Williams buys Maybach Exelero for $8 million | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Back in 2008, we reported that the Maybach Exelero was available for custom order for chump change just under $8 million. The original prototype was developed by Daimler's ultra-high-end division as a high-speed test vehicle for Fulda Tires, and packed a 700-horsepower version of Maybach's twin-turbo V12 to drive it to speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 miles per hour). But who on earth has that kind of cash to blow, and the motivation to do so?
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TechCrunch | A Groupon For Solar? Solar@Work Offers Buildings Discounts For Going Green Together

TechCrunch | A Groupon For Solar? Solar@Work Offers Buildings Discounts For Going Green Together | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Group buying is moving into the commercial clean energy space thanks to Solar@Work, a program designed by San Francisco's Department of the Environment to make solar panels more affordable for business owners. Businesses have three options for acquiring solar panels through the program: Purchasing, leasing, and securing a loan. A federal grant covering 30% of installation costs is also on offer.
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5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 years

5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 years | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
We're seeing more and more recruiters use the web as a place to search for talent and conduct employment background searches.

This trend is set to increase year over year and I’ve been predicting that an “online presence search” will become as common as a drug test since 2007. Your online presence should consist of your own website at yourfullname.com (a domain can be purchased at GoDaddy.com using promo code FAN3). This website is the core of your online presence and if you optimize it effectively, it will rank number one for your name in major search engines such as Google.
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3 Ways To Use Google Plus In Your Content Marketing Efforts

3 Ways To Use Google Plus In Your Content Marketing Efforts | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Content Marketing Institute: CMI contributor Nate Riggs shares 3 ideas on how to use Google Plus for content marketing...


If you’ve been on the web in the last few weeks, you are well aware of the buzz surrounding Google’s new social network: Google Plus. Forward-thinking efforts of companies like Ford and Mashable jumped into early company adoption and use of the network. Though Google has announced brand pages are coming soon, it’s discouraging the use of personal Google+ profiles as branded company pages.
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Facebook Seems Worried About Google+. Should it Be?

Facebook Seems Worried About Google+. Should it Be? | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
In a recent article, we looked at some obstacles Google+ would have to overcome. We also looked at how Google+ might maim (as opposed to kill) Twitter.


I don’t think Twitter’s going to die anytime soon, but Google+ is already taking away a lot of people’s Twitter time. Something’s got to give somewhere, and more people simply just have more invested in Facebook – their network of real friends, their photos, games, etc. Robert Scoble says Google+ is already making Twitter more boring. Could it do the same to Facebook?
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News From The Future: Make Your Own Pet Mammoth – Synthetic Biology

News From The Future: Make Your Own Pet Mammoth – Synthetic Biology | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
News From The Future: Make Your Own Pet Mammoth - Synthetic Biology... Synthetic Biologists Report Hijacking E. Coli Genome @ NYTimes.com...

Synthetic biology, the quest to hijack living systems and convert them to human-directed goals, is on the march. Last year biologists synthesized the entire genome of a small bacterium and showed how it could successfully infect a second bacterium. Now, in what may be a more significant advance, biologists have shown they can radically change a genome, not just copy it.
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Getting It: Curation vs plagiarism: keeping your nose clean

Getting It: Curation vs plagiarism: keeping your nose clean | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
This Close Up gaffe is a great example of what happens when organisations don't quite connect with the way the world is changing. The show recreated a segment from American show ABC, at times verbatim, with no acknowledgement of the...
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Percolate aims to filter the flood of social media information | VentureBeat

Percolate aims to filter the flood of social media information | VentureBeat | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
As social networks multiply, merely staying on top of all the updates is turning into a full-time job. Now a startup, Percolate, aims to distill your personal information flood into a more concentrated brew.


New York-based Percolate aggregates your Google Reader and Twitter feeds, highlighting the links that are most likely to be relevant to you. Its interface makes it easy to add short comments or add tags to articles as they appear. In addition, Percolate is its own social network, so you can follow people on Percolate and see the tags and comments they’re posting.
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User Generated Content As Part Of A Content Marketing Strategy | Business 2 Community

User Generated Content As Part Of A Content Marketing Strategy | Business 2 Community | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
A great content marketing strategy needs to attack from all angles.
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» Microsoft puts up $250,000 for new information on Rustock botnet » Microsoft

» Microsoft puts up $250,000 for new information on Rustock botnet  » Microsoft | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
In the middle of March this year, Microsoft effectively killed the Rustock botnet. But the company is not content with that, and wants to dig deeper into how it came about.
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Content is King, Creative is Queen: How to Keep the King and Queen in the Whole Game

Content is King, Creative is Queen: How to Keep the King and Queen in the Whole Game | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
How do you break through the deluge of constant texting, e-mailing, Tweeting, ”Facebooking,” and online gaming to reach your audience in a meaningful way?

One answer: It’s not only what you deliver (content) but also how you deliver it (creative). Even when you have solid product messaging and a good story line, how you deliver your content can make the difference between standing out among the message flood or getting lost in it.

The problem is that creative often happens after a team has completed the marketing strategy and product messaging, which leaves little time for creative development. So how do we keep focused on creative throughout the whole process of product development and launching?...
[read full article http://j.mp/qXS4Ho]
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50 Fascinating Facebook Facts And Figures

50 Fascinating Facebook Facts And Figures | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The rise and rise of Facebook is producing a scramble by marketers and companies to leverage its huge global database and traffic. 50 Fascinating Facebook Facts And Figures

Google is looking over its shoulder as Facebook grows at over 10 million users a month and sits currently at number two on web traffic rankings according to Alexa.com.

Last year Facebook surpassed Google for the top ranking for total time spent online.

Google is even being forced to continually adjust its search engine algorithms to cater for the a social web that provides more prominence for social channels in its search results. Facebook has also become the 3rd largest video website with 46.6 million viewers sitting behind number one ranked video content property provider Google with its YouTube site and Yahoo at second ranking.
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Beligian Newspapers Claim Retaliation By Google After Copyright Victory

Beligian Newspapers Claim Retaliation By Google After Copyright Victory | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Perhaps the lesson is: be careful what you sue for. The French and German-language Belgian newspaper consortium that successfully sued Google for copyright infringement got more than it bargained for this week.

The newspapers’ content has been removed not only from Google News (as desired) but the entire Google index. Now the newspapers are crying foul, saying that Google is “retaliating” against them for their legal victory.
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Batmobile replica powered by real jet engine

Batmobile replica powered by real jet engine | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
An auto restorer and designer has built a replica Batmobile, that is powered by an actual jet engine. Last October, we told you about the full-scale working Batmobile replica built by movie prop-maker Bob Dullam. The version of the iconic superhero vehicle that Dullam chose to recreate was the rugged, Hummer-esque beauty from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, known as the Tumbler. Well, that car now has some company on the road, in the form of a street-legal copy of the smoother, slinkier Batmobile that first appeared in 1989's Batman.
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