Archive for February, 2012

Pirate Bay switches to tougher tech

February 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Technology News: Illegal content hub moves from torrents to magnet links

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After Five Years, Draw Something Is an Overnight Hit for OMGPOP. Now What?

February 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

OMGPOP is a gaming company that has been plugging away at it for some 5 years, backed by $16 million in venture funding.  It’s had OK but not overwhelming results. Until this month, when it released Draw Something . The game is essentially a mobile version of Pictionary, and for whatever reason it’s a huge hit. Maybe it touches on some of the same things that Words with Friends mines, except it doesn’t require spelling. In any case, it’s currently atop both the free and paid charts at the iTunes App store. And because it’s the kind of game that gets better as more people play it, it’s probably going to stay there for a while. CEO Dan Porter says Draw Something, which didn’t exist a month ago, is now averaging 2 million active users a day. So how does a startup ride that kind of rocket growth? Bigger question: Now what? I asked Porter to jot down some thoughts about what he’s learned the last few weeks, and what he thinks happens next. This is an edited version of his email replies: All Hands On Deck Two weeks ago there were five people working on the game. Now there are 40 people. We redeployed resources from a ton of other projects, and with the growth even those people are maxed out. If we were a 10-person company now instead of a 40-person company we would be dead. It causes disruptions when people are quickly moved from one thing to another, but everyone likes being associated with a winner. Self-Reliance We started out heavily reliant on Facebook and Amazon S3. We started making too many calls to S3, and almost took down one of their data centers

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Lionsgate TV inks deal with R.J. Cutler

February 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Producer already working on drama pilot 'Nashville'

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Moonves predicts boost at CBS upfront

February 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: CBS' topper forsees double digital increases

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NewsFailure

February 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The way I see it, If I can spend 20 minutes in the morning and have a 90 percent chance of knowing anything important that someone might mention that day, I’m informed. A person mentioning news that I didn’t know about, that is relevant to me, is a failure in my newsreading methods. – Chris Dixon , talking to News.me about how he gets his news

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Twitter: More Ads on Your Phone

Twitter: More Ads on Your Phone

February 29, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

While the marketing world awaits Facebook's announcement on mobile ads, Twitter just beat 'em to it. The microblogging platform announced today that it's rolling out mobile ads on its iPhone and Android apps. The move is key to boosting reach for Twitter's ads, which are now mostly confined to its website. Promoted tweets will start appearing in users' timelines on iPhones and Android-powered smartphones this week; promoted accounts start appearing in the app's "who to follow" section. (Promoted trends and promoted tweets in search have been appearing on the apps since the fall.) Twitter users may visit Twitter.com. Some use third-party apps to access

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M&A angle seen in Yahoo patent demand on Facebook

M&A angle seen in Yahoo patent demand on Facebook

February 29, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo could be trying to boost its acquisition value by demanding licensing fees from Facebook for the use of its technology, as the one time Web-pioneer considers strategic M&A options, according to patent experts. Representatives from the two companies met on Monday with Yahoo asserting claims on 10 to 20 of Yahoo's patents, according to a source briefed on the matter. Yahoo has asserted claims involving technical mechanisms in Facebook's ads, privacy controls, news feeds and messaging service, said the source, who was not aware of what specific dollar demands Yahoo may have made for licenses. Yahoo did not

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MTV Introduces On-Demand TV App in Europe

MTV Introduces On-Demand TV App in Europe

February 29, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

MTV has introduced a mobile app in Europe that fits somewhere between HBO Go and social TV platforms, letting users watch the network's shows on demand and invite friends along to chat. But the motivation for the app, available for iPhones and Android phones, is unique to MTV in Europe. It's less about distributing content directly to consumers and more about snagging mobile subscribers for Europe's MTV-branded wireless phone service. The app, called "Under The Thumb," was designed by digital agency AKQA and described Tuesday at the mobile industry's biggest to-do of the year, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Without any MTV-branded

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Users Spend Less Time on Google+ Than MySpace, Pinterest

Users Spend Less Time on Google+ Than MySpace, Pinterest

February 29, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

While users are signing up for Google’s social network Google+, they aren’t really spending much time on the site, new data from research firm comScore shows. Users visiting from home or work computers spent an average of just three to four minutes a month on Google+ between September and January, according to comScore. In comparison, social networkers spent six to seven hours clicking around on Facebook each month during the same period. Users also spent less time on Google+ during that period than they did on Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Tumblr, and even Pinterest, according to comScore. While they spent an average of

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It's a NASCAR social media meet-up!

It’s a NASCAR social media meet-up!

February 29, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Among the greatest moments in social media history, we have Shaq's first tweet, the Hollywood conversation between Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) when Parker advised the Facebook founder to "drop the 'The,'" and Monday night's Daytona 500 -- specifically this photo tweeted by Brad Keselowski. The photo blew up on Twitter following the jet dryer truck that blew up after it was rammed by Juan Pablo Montoya. The race, which finished at about 1 a.m. EST, was red-flagged for two hours as NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway officials worked to extinguish burning jet fuel and clean up the charred asphalt

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