mainstream Gamification is becoming. This and more in today's Daily Wrap.David Strom posted an infographic that showed us just how
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Gamification is becoming so mainstream these days that they have a conference dedicated to the subject. Companies like Dell, AOL and even my local newspaper, the Savannah Morning News, are employing gamification to encourage priority activities.
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I'm thrilled to announce that ReadWriteWeb has been acquired by SAY Media, a digital publishing company headquartered in San Francisco. ReadWriteWeb will anchor SAY Media's growing Technology channel, which reaches more than 75 million global consumers each month. (more)
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Comedian Louis C.K. was tired of seeing his fans pay marked-up prices to enjoy his work. The bloated costs of show tickets and add-on fees for myriad middlemen had become "f---ing brutal" for consumers, C.K. told Rolling Stone recently. Thankfully, we're no longer trapped in the 20th century with its top-heavy, restricted, one-way model of content distribution. So C.K. took to the Web. (more)
Google just announced a range of updates to Google+ video hangouts, declaring its intention to move social networking "beyond the status update." Any conversation on Google+ can now "go live," with a "Hangout" button underneath every post. Clicking 'Hangout' starts a video chat with everyone involved in the thread. This feature will work through Google+ Messenger in upcoming versions of the native Android and iPhone apps. (more)
This year, Facebook unleashed frictionless sharing. As with most things Facebook, it stirred up controversy among everyone from the casual Facebook user to tech industry insiders. Here's how it works: Anytime you're reading news from a social news app or listening to music from a social music app, Facebook automatically shares it to your Facebook profile (soon to be Timeline). (more)
Gmail has updated its fraught iOS app with some new features. It now supports custom signatures for mobile messages and a vacation responder. It also improves the display of nested labels. For users of Apple's newest iOS 5 operating system, the push notification sound has changed to make it distinct from other notifications. (more)
In the fast-changing digital music streaming space, it's hard to know which service is best for you. Spotify gets the most hype, but lots of people love Rdio, which has solid backing and a huge library of music. There are also beloved underdogs like MOG and Grooveshark. (more)
Today Chicago-based Belly, formerly known as BellyFlop, launched a new digital loyalty program that aims to help small- and medium-sized businesses better customize their loyalty/rewards programs, both to the merchant and the customer. Belly uses a single universal loyalty card, and is also available as an iPhone or Android app, which uses a QR code to scan. Merchants who sign up for Belly immediately receive an iPad (yes, that's part of the package). (more)
Social media-fueled personalized magazine app Flipboard announced today that they've seen 1 million new users as a result of launching their iPhone app last week. (more)