Marketing

AVOS YouTube Founders Site Acquires Delicious from Yahoo!

Apr 27th, 2011 | By

Yahoo! has sold its social bookmarking site Delicious to YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Hurley and Chen announced Wednesday. The Delicious service will become part of a new Internet company called AVOS. “We’re excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level,” said Hurley. “We see a tremendous
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Yahoo Closing Buzz Social News Site Thursday

Apr 20th, 2011 | By
Yahoo Closing Buzz Social News Site Thursday

Yahoo announced Tuesday that it will be discontinuing its Yahoo! Buzz news site Thursday. “Yahoo! Buzz will be discontinued as of April 21, 2011,” the statement read. “As of this date, you will be unable to access the Yahoo! Buzz site. This was a hard decision. However this will help us focus on our core
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Microsoft Bing Business Portal Challenges Google Places

Apr 12th, 2011 | By
Microsoft Bing Business Portal Challenges Google Places

Microsoft-owned search engine Bing launched Bing Business Portal (BBP) Monday, a new feature offering online business listings for local businesses and services. Industry analysts view the move as an effort to compete with Google Places, which offers similar features integrated with Google’s search engine. BBP allows businesses and services to claim their business listing so
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Chinese Video Site Youku Launches Miss Puff Online Series

Apr 6th, 2011 | By
Chinese Video Site Youku Launches Miss Puff Online Series

The leading Chinese Internet television site Youku announced last week that it will launch the animated web serial Miss Puff this month. The series will continue the popular animated short Miss Puff’s Goldfish Bowl that premiered last November and has been viewed more than five million times and linked in two million tweets. The trailer
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Google to Launch +1 Button Resembling Facebook’s Like Button

Apr 2nd, 2011 | By
Google to Launch +1 Button Resembling Facebook’s Like Button

On April 30 Google will launch the +1 Button to enable Google users to identify sites they approve or recommend, Google announced Wednesday. The button will be the Google equivalent of Facebook’s Like button, and represents an extension of Google’s presence in the social site market. Google says a +1 Button vote is shorthand for
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Escaped Bronx Cobra Tweets Way to Fame, Demands More Mice

Mar 31st, 2011 | By
Escaped Bronx Cobra Tweets Way to Fame, Demands More Mice

An Egyptian cobra that has been missing from the Bronx Zoo World of Reptiles since Friday has used its newfound freedom to tweet its way to over 150,000 followers so far on Twitter, becoming an overnight marketing sensation. Entrepreneurs have already started up lines of clothing and drinking mugs devoted to the celebrity serpent, and
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Twitter Brings Back Jack Dorsey to Help Catch Facebook

Mar 29th, 2011 | By
Twitter Brings Back Jack Dorsey to Help Catch Facebook

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey is assuming the role of Executive Chairman to reinvigorate the company’s product design, Twitter announced Monday. The move comes as Twitter strives to catch up with Facebook as an advertising platform. Dorsey, 35, is considered a game-changer in business circles. He originally conceived what became Twitter in the 1990s as an
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McDonald’s Offers Young Justice Happy Meal Toys

Mar 28th, 2011 | By
McDonald’s Offers Young Justice Happy Meal Toys

This month McDonald’s began offering Young Justice Happy Meal toys, featuring superhero action figures like Superboy, Robin, and Kid Flash. The promotion began March 11 and currently offers eight toys. Young Justice is a Cartoon Network adaptation of the DC Comics superhero teams Young Justice and the Teen Titans, composed of younger counterparts to the
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Google Books Virtual Library Plan Blocked by Federal Court

Mar 24th, 2011 | By
Google Books Virtual Library Plan Blocked by Federal Court

Since 2004, Google Books has scanned 12 million books in a quest to scan every book ever printed into an online digital library. But a New York federal district court has sided with plaintiffs objecting to the effort on copyright infringement and antitrust grounds, in a decision announced this week. The decision rejected a proposed
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Mobile Gaming Company SCVNGR Launches LevelUp Groupon Rival

Mar 16th, 2011 | By
Mobile Gaming Company SCVNGR Launches LevelUp Groupon Rival

Thursday the mobile social gaming company SCVNGR launched a group coupon service called LevelUp, conceived as a rival to Groupon. Where Groupon offers a single daily deal, LevelUp offers a sequence of deals where completing three daily deals unlocks another level of offers, like advancing levels in a video game. SCVNGR and LevelUp are creations
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