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Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid-Jan 2011 to mid-Feb 2011

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on March 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Material I bookmarked in the last month and that I thought worth sharing.

 

Apps

Apple’s App Store hits 10 billion downloads

Android Market growth rate outstrips Apple App Store

App Tells Your Friends What You’re Watching – iPhone app analyzes sound to determine what’s on your TV.

Websites and apps for bargain hunters

The Apps Are Here: World Bank Apps for Development Challenge Now Open For Voting The World Bank is giving its data away for free using a contest challenging developers to build apps on top of the data. Apps have come from 30 different countries and more were built in Africa than in Europe.

Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life – The Locker Project, an open source service will capture  data from users’ activities around the web and offline via sensors, put it firmly in their own possession and then allow them to run local apps that are built to leverage their data.

Mobile App Market: $25 Billion by 2015 – according to a new report from World Mobile Applications Market. The mobile app market was $6.8 billion this year, the report says, but will grow steadily over the next four years to reach $25 billion. Out of that $25 billion, Apple’s App Store will account for 20.5% of total revenues.

 

News and Journalism

Hands On with The Daily – report on the launch of Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad-only newspaper ‘The Daily’.

The Guardian Launches Its New Subscription-Based iPhone App

The Newsonomics of 2011 news metrics to watch » Nieman Journalism Lab »

Washington Post to Launch Free Personalized News Site  – The Washington Post Co. is to launch a free news-aggregation website, called Trove. It lets readers build their own news site based on topics they choose. By sifting through more than 10,000 news sources,  delivering articles to a personalised page using algorithms that take into account articles a person has read and personal interests. Trove apps for devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry are also in the pipeline.

Paper.li Raises $2.1 Million To Open Operations In The U.S. And Asia

 

America

FCC To Reshape Phone Subsidy Program to Help Boost Rural Broadband – Plan to convert the $8 billion fund that subsidizes rural telephone services into one that will help pay for broadband in underserved areas. The plan will involve reshaping the Universal Service Fund, a decade-old subsidy which is paid for by fees added onto most consumers’ phone bills. That money is then distributed among phone companies to help subsidize the costs of providing services to rural areas.

Vocus Releases Annual Study: State of the Media in 2011 – report sees the US media industry stabilizing; layoffs and closures slow, digital and mobile see growth, Patch.com sites pressure competitive local news

 

Developing World/Middle East

U.S. Military Can Restore a Country’s Internet – Whether It Likes It or Not – The U.S. military, it turns out, can force a country that has disconnected itself from the Internet back online.

Vodafone Forced to Send Pro-Government Text Messages in Egypt – Vodafone says it was forced to send pro-government messages to its subscribers in Egypt during the country’s recent protests.

Middle East unrest according to Glenn Beck and friends … – Guardian curated round up – with video clips – from US rightwing commentators on recent upheaval in the Middle East.

 

Advertising

Super Bowl 2011: Christina Aguilera and Groupon fluff their … “The history books will say that the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 2011’s Super Bowl XLV – but on the night the biggest losers were the pop star Christina Aguilera and the cut-price internet site Groupon.”

Why Groupon’s Super Bowl Ad Was So Offensive

Group-buying – does it deliver? | Money | The Guardian

Foursquare Launches Business Pages

 

Mobile

Smartphones Outsell PCs – According to IDC, smartphone manufacturers shipped 100.9 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2010, while PC manufacturers shipped 92.1 million units worldwide. Or, more simply put, smartphones just outsold PCs for the first time ever.

 

Social Networking

Social Media Marketing By The Numbers [Infographic]

Everything (almost) that you need to know about social networks -Infographic crib sheet with facts about Facebook and Twitter as well as social networking around the world.

Social Network Ad Outlook Is Modest And Unclear – Deloitte predicts that in 2011 social networks are likely to surpass the milestone of one billion unique members. They may deliver over 2 trillion advertisements.

A Question for Quora – Technology Review – “Quality of content and community is diametrically opposed to mass market success,” says Burbidge. “Having worked on Answers, I can tell that the level of quality is going to drop from the very high level it is at now as more people sign up.”

Social networking under fresh attack …

Facebook ‘friends’ did not act on suicide note …

 

Social Media Tools

Training Handouts « Claire Wardle, PhD – Six terrific ‘slideshows’: Google Advanced Search, Delicious, Aggregators and RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Image & Audio tools: Flickr, Picfog and Audioboo

YouTube – First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy – fun video with a social media message

5 Ways to publish your social media messages – 10,000 Words

 

Twitter

Who are the top UK journalists on twitter?

100 Most Influential UK Journalists on Twitter

Twitter’s Advertising Revenue May Triple to $150 Million

 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn plans to float this year | Technology | guardian.co.ukLinkedIn plans to float this year – Private shares in the company changed hands at an implied valuation of $2.5bn (£1.6bn).

LinkedIn Said to Be Worth Almost $3 Billion in Secondary Sale …

5 things you didn’t know you could do with LinkedIn – 10,000 …

 

AOL

LEAKED: AOL’s Master Plan – Leaked slides and editorial summary of AOL’s vision for the next couple of years.

Huffington Post to be sold to AOL for $315m

Huffington Post sale: who gets the $315m?

 

Everything Else

Microsoft Ships 8 Million Kinect Devices, to Add Hulu

Google, Microsoft Added Internet-Search Market Share in December

10 per cent of users take 90 per cent of mobile data …

The State of the Blogosphere 2010 ” – Brian Solis

Chancellor crowdsources for budget ideas – No 11’s ‘online portal’ where the public can submit ideas for the March 23 budget.

Can We Crowdfund Our Lives? – “What do a chipped tooth, a world record and the relocation of a popular café in downtown Oakland all have in common? Each needed money to achieve a goal and, rather than going the usual routes of taking out loans or operating on credit, each found funding through crowd funding.”

7 Innovative online maps – 10,000 Words

MC Hammer Is Just Another Tech Geek – the 90’s rap icon MC Hammer made a fortune, lost it, and is now an investor in 8 different tech companies.

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Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid-November to mid-December 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on December 31, 2010 at 11:15 am

Stuff I bookmarked in the last month, and wanted to share lest it be useful. Comments, feedback and suggestions welcome. Like the Murphy’s, I’m not bitter.

 

General

The 101 most useful websites of the year 2010. –  a list which primarily highlights the lesser-known or undiscovered websites, so doesn’t include IMDB, Wikipedia or others you probably already know.

10 Predictions for the News Media in 2011 – the focus on mobile will continue, whilst the shift from searchable news to social and share-able news, as social media referrals close the gap on search traffic for more news organizations, will continue.

The 10 Hottest Private Companies in Tech

Internet Hijackings Prove Hard to Stop – “For 18 minutes in April, one-seventh of the Internet was routed through China— a major problem with no ready solution.”

The French government is to introduce a 1% tax on online ads from the beginning of next year.

Home Internet with Anonymity Built InA router that runs the Tor software prevents Web tracking.

Research from the US indicated the proportion of TV ads which are fast-forwarded is likely to plateau at 13% as the rate of DVR penetration slows. Meanwhile, fast-forwarded commercials still make a brand impact, as DVR users pay close attention to the screen to spot the end of ad breaks. 

Virgin Media’s new TiVo set-top box remote features ‘thumbs up/thumbs down’ ratings buttons, allowing the device to build up a picture of viewer preferences and automatically record content. 

 

Social Networking

17 Things You Didn’t Know About Twitter

http://yearinreview.Twitter.com/trends/  – great list of Twitter trends from 2010

Sources claim Twitter has raised $200m in a funding round that valued the micro-blogging site at $3.7bn, up sharply from the estimated $1bn last year.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge has ruled there is no statutory ban on the use of Twitter in courtrooms, but stressed courts “must be satisfied that its use does not pose a danger of interference to the proper administration of justice in the individual case”.

Twitter revealed it signed up 100m new users to the microblogging platform over the past year, doubling its user base.

YouTube users watched more than 700bn videos in 2010, up 50% on a year ago, with 13m hours of content uploaded to the site.

Facebook Soars To $59.4 Billion Valuation

2010 Memology: Top Status Trends of the Year

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was  named person of the year by Time magazine in the US.

South Korean regulators have given Facebook 30 days to submit details of plans to improve its privacy settings after officials said current arrangements are “inadequate”.

 

Convergence

Searching for the Future of Television  – “ Google and the geeks from Silicon Valley aim to revolutionize the 70-year-old TV industry. Conquering the Internet was easy in comparison.”

iPlayer stats for Nov continue to amaze – up 32% over year – 13% watch live – http://bbc.in/gr55U6

The BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service received more than 1.3bn programme requests during 2010,  with Doctor Who attracting the biggest VoD audience. The service also reported a record high of 141m programme streams during November.

STV and 4oD have added their catch-up service to Sony’s PlayStation 3, in the past month.

Apple said it expects sales of its Apple TV platform in the US to pass the 1m mark this week. iTunes users are currently buying or renting more than 400,000 TV shows per day.

The Sun published an iPad-only edition on Christmas Day, with editor Dominic Mohan saying: “Throughout the Sun’s 41-year history we have always respected the agreement amongst newspaper publishers in not publishing a Christmas Day edition of the Sun. However, this year we have seen dramatic innovations in the way that we deliver news to our readers and couldn’t resist the opportunity to break with tradition and produce this dazzling digital edition of the paper – direct to readers’ sofas on Christmas Day.”
 

 

Mobile

Microsoft said more than 1.5m mobiles running Windows Phone 7 have been sold in the six weeks since the operating system’s launch.

Users of Google Android handsets consume more data services than other smartphone subscribers.

 

 
Music

Sony has launched its cloud-based Music Unlimited streaming service in the UK and Ireland, offering access to 6m songs through the company’s internet-linked TVs, Blu-ray players, PS3 consoles and Vaio computers for either £3.99 or £9.99 per month.

A Spotify spokesman told the Telegraph that it “can’t commit to a specific date” for its launch in the US.

BSkyB’s music-streaming service Sky Songs is to close down after little more than a year, with the company admitting it had failed to establish a “large enough customer base”.

Industry body the BPI said three out of every four music tracks downloaded in the UK this year was done illegally, equating to 1.2bn tracks. The BPI estimated the total cost to the industry was £984m in lost retail sales.

Last.fm has dramatically narrowed its pre-tax loss, announcing a £2.8m loss for last year, compared to a £17m loss the previous year. Revenues climbed 74% year-on-year to £7.3m, although net liabilities climbed from £19m to £22.2m. £5.4m was earned in advertising and £1.3m from subscriptions. It makes 55% of its revenue from the UK, and 33% from the US.

 

Companies

Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz has said the group’s “greatest competitor probably is Facebook, more so than Google”, arguing social features are becoming more important to web users than search.

A Yahoo! spokeswoman said the group is “cutting our investment in underperforming or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation”, confirming the AltaVista search site has been earmarked for closure.
  
 
Meanwhile, in a blog posting, social bookmarking site Delicious confirmed rumours that it is seeking a new owner, but denied claims that Yahoo!, which acquired it in 2005, plans to close it down.

Japanese regulators have given the green light to Yahoo! Japan’s search tie-up with Google, despite complaints by Microsoft and domestic online retailer Rakuten that the deal would be uncompetitive.

AOL has acquired US start-up About.me, which allows users to create an online profile linking their various social networking sites, for an undisclosed amount.
  
 
 
Emerging Markets 

Youku founder Victor Koo told the Telegraph that the Chinese online video site, which is valued at close to $5bn following its US IPO last week, has been able to achieve rapid growth by exploiting the country’s “hugely fragmented market”. He added: “In the US, search engines are king. That is because everyone already knows what they are looking for. Brands have been around for a long time. But in China that is not the case. This is the first generation of people buying cars and fridges. Video is much more important. You cannot transmit the branding through text banners and pictures. On our site, we show one minute of advertising per hour, compared with the 12 minutes shown on Chinese TV. Imagine how we can scale that up.” 

Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid-October to mid-November 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on December 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Useful stuff I bookmarked in the last month, and wanted to share. As ever, comments, feedback and suggestions welcome. Like the Murphy’s, I’m not bitter.

 General

2bn Internet users worldwide by the end of the year (a/c to the International Telecommunications Union).

Keeping up with social networking sites: How much is enough? “The academic in me feels like, ‘Oh, this will be interesting,’ ” says Zeynep Tufekci, a professor of sociology at University of Maryland Baltimore County who studies social networks. “The user in me goes, ‘Oh nooo, another one!’ “

MIT’s 10 Emerging Technologies 2010: “The question that we ask is simple: is the technology likely to change the world? Some of these changes are on the largest scale possible: better biofuels, more efficient solar cells, and green concrete all aim at tackling global warming in the years ahead. Other changes will be more local and involve how we use technology: for example, 3-D screens on mobile devices, new applications for cloud computing, and social television. And new ways to implant medical electronics and develop drugs for diseases will affect us on the most intimate level of all, with the promise of making our lives healthier.”

Chris Gibson on the LSE blog on the links between digital literacy and functional literacy:“…putting people online may also be affected by problems of illiteracy and innumeracy that are closely related to digital and social exclusion. Research by the then Department for Education and Skills in 2003 suggested that 5.2 million people lacked functional literacy and 6.8 million people lacked functional numeracy. More recent research suggests that around 20 per cent of 16-19 year olds are functionally illiterate and innumerate.”

Google

Google has announced a donation of $5 million for innovation in digital journalism — $2 million will go to the Knight Foundation and $3 million will go toward international news efforts

Google has agreed to pay $8.5m to settle a US class action lawsuit over alleged privacy breaches linked to its Buzz social networking service. In a statement, the group said: “The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users’ concerns. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz.”

Google has launched Place Search, a new feature which returns location-specific results to search queries. In a blog posting, product manager Jackie Bavaro described it as a “new kind of local search result that organises the world’s information around places. We’ve clustered search results around specific locations so you can more easily make comparisons and decide where to go”.

Google third-quarter profits climbed 32% to $2.2bn. Their mobile ads business is on track to generate $1bn in annual revenue.

Location Based Services

US users of Facebook Places will be able to access instant discount vouchers when they check in to shops. Businesses will use a self-service interface to publish their offers, and Facebook will not take a cut from the deals. There is also a charitable component. Starbucks will donate $1 for each presented check-in to Conservation International, and McDonald’s will donate $1 for each presented check-in to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The BBC reported that Gap plans to run a campaign offering a free pair of jeans to the first 10,000 users who check in to their local Gap store using Facebook’s mobile application.

A Pew Research Centre report has identified small and apparently static user numbers for location-based internet services, such as Foursquare and Gowalla, added that does not preclude rapid growth in the future. The New York Times highlights that in August 2008, for example, 6 percent of adults used status-updating services like Twitter. By September 2010 that proportion had quadrupled.

Starbucks and L’Oreal have become the first major brands to launch mobile marketing campaigns via O2 in which texts are sent to users when they are in the proximity of stores stocking their goods.

Smartphones

YouTube accounts for 13 percent of mobile data report The Register with video streaming from all providers making up 35 per cent of data carried over the mobile networks.

An Analysis Mason study forecast more than 16bn devices will be web-connected by 2020, with smartphones expected to act as a portal to the so-called ‘internet of things’, such as remotely controlled domestic appliances.

  Newspapers

ABCes for September showed Mail Online enjoyed its ninth consecutive month as the most-visited UK newspaper website. It had a total of 46,910,754 browsers during the month, an average of 2,670,371 per-day. This was a 3% rise on August’s total. Guardian.co.uk retained second spot, up 5% month-on-month with a record 2,038,493 average daily browsers – a 16.2% year-on-year rise. Independent.co.uk, had the biggest month-on-month rise in average daily browsers, up 12.9% from August to 553,593.

 Australian ‘futurist’ Ross Dawson has created a newspaper extinction timeline, claiming they will die out in the UK by 2019 while hanging on in France for a further decade in part due to state support. He forecast there will be “a transition of what newspapers currently do to other channels of various kinds”, adding “(The) big overlay in all of this is we’ll get digital paper that combines all the qualities of print and the benefits of digital within the next decade”.

News Corp plans to launch The Daily, a tablet-only US digital newspaper, by the end of the year. in six weeks, It will charge $1 a week for the service.

Microsoft

Microsoft has launched a fully cloud-based version of its Office applications suite, initially as a test in 13 countries, before being offered worldwide on a subscription basis next year.

Microsoft said it anticipates selling 5m units of its new Kinect video games motion-controller over the holiday season. The NY Post reckons this could provide a $750m boost to revenues.

Social Networking

10 things about Facebook that aren’t in the movie – some useful stats c/o Experian Hitwise.

Skype has integrated Facebook‘s news feed and phone book into its service. Skype users can video-call Facebook friends who are also Skype users for free, while users can make a voice call to Facebook friends who are not Skype members via its paid-for service. Skype director of product management Mike Bartlett said “Rather than create social functions ourselves, it made much more sense to partner with Facebook. It’s a natural marriage.”

Electronics Arts announced it has agreed a five-year strategic relationship with Facebook, adopting Facebook Credits as its exclusive payments option under a 70:30 revenue split.

LinkedIn has added a product reviews and recommendation service as a way of increasing revenues. CEO Jeff Weiner said: “A big part of what we’re working to do is becoming the essential source of information for our membership.”

Internet Security Firm AVG has published a study which claims 5% of babies under 2 have social media profiles, 7% have an email address, and 81% of two-year-olds have a digital footprint. This is shown in a neat graphic here.

links for 2010-09-09

In Daily Links on September 10, 2010 at 2:03 am
  • Facebook recently passed an incredible milestone, 500 million active users. And it keeps growing… If Facebook were a country, it’d be second only to China and India.
  • What happened with the Internet in 2009?
    How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many more. Prepare for information overload, but in a good way. 😉
  • # Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.
    # Do the hardest work first.
    # Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break.
    # Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses.
    # Take regular renewal breaks.
    # Ritualize practice
    (tags: li)
  • 1. Meet People's Needs.
    2. Teach Creativity Systematically.
    3. Nurture Passion.
    4. Make the Work Matter.
    5. Provide the Time.
    6. Value Renewal.
  • A recent survey done by the Red Cross Organization in the US revealed that social media is becoming increasingly important when crisis hit home.
    * 16% uses social media to get news of an emergency
    * About half the respondents are willing to sign up for email, text alerts to receive news regarding emergency
    * About half of the respondents would mention a particular emergency on their social media channel
    * 75% choose Facebook as the most used platform for respondents to post eyewitness information to. Blog comes in 22% while Twitter 21%
    * Vast majority will choose Facebook as the platform of choice when it comes to posting about their safety
    * Most than two third agree that response agencies should regularly monitor social media
    * Younger users age 18 – 34 (33%) make use of social media to get use of an event or emergency compared to only 9% of those age 35 and older
    * In the survey, 3 out of 4 respondents expect help to arrive within one hour
  • …focus on the 20% that will bring you 80% of the results.

    By doing an 80-20 optimization of your website — whittling your pages down to the 20% of things that produces 80% of the results — you’ll not only have a simpler site that’ll convert better, but you’ll have less work in developing and managing it since there’ll be fewer elements to think about.

  • Searching is one of the core utilities of the internet. Most websites today have a search function, and we all spend a lot of time searching. On Google, for example, 34,000 searches occur each second. For many internet users, Google has become the default search engine in web browsers and mobile devices; however, Google isn’t always the best search engine for the job. When Google isn’t getting the job done, give one of these other search engines a chance.
  • An online business news outlet, TheBusinessDesk.com, has reached a readership milestone by securing more than 50,000 registered subscribers.

    The free-to-use service has three regional hubs: Yorkshire, the North West and the West Midlands.

  • Industrial areas in the North East and Midlands are least resilient to economic shocks, BBC-commissioned research suggests.

    Middlesbrough is ranked as the most vulnerable, followed by Mansfield, in Nottinghamshire, and Stoke-on-Trent.

    The Experian research suggests how England's regions may cope with further public sector cuts.

    The study looks at the ability of each local authority area to withstand sudden changes in the economy.

    A clear north-south divide is evident in the research.

    Elmbridge in Surrey is the most resilient area in England, followed by St Albans in Hertfordshire and then Waverley in Surrey, the information suggests.

    The research, commissioned by BBC English Regions, looks at four key themes; business, community, people and place.

    (tags: cuts experian)
  • Local authorities have embraced new mobile phone, satellite and “location based” technology to better inform residents about a variety of council services such as meals on wheels, schools, busses, refuse collections and planning applications.

    The new technology has helped increase council “productivity” by £230 million, the Local Government Association research found, as local authorities struggle to plug budget black holes.

links for 2010-09-06

In Daily Links on September 7, 2010 at 2:04 am