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DailyDeals.com: Do We Really Need Another Daily Deals Site?

DailyDeals.com: Do We Really Need Another Daily Deals Site?

DailyDeals.com offers a slightly new twist on the increasingly played out daily deals concept, offering consumers discounts from online-only vendors like Zazzle.com and Novica.com. DailyDeals.com’s CEO Steve Schaffer wants to take advantage of online-only daily deals by integrating them with social commerce. Just because a consumer’s friends online…

Groupon IPO Prices Shares at $20

Groupon IPO Prices Shares at $20

Daily deals website Groupon has priced its IPO at $20 a share, a few dollars above the anticipated range of $16 to $18, in a heavily oversubscribed offering. Groupon added five million additional shares to its offering, bringing the total to 35 million shares sold. That still only accounts for 5.5 percent of the company. Groupon will be valued at…

LinkedIn Users Grow by 60%, Premium Subscriptions Double

LinkedIn Users Grow by 60%, Premium Subscriptions Double

Today LinkedIn shared its Q3 financials in its second-ever earnings statement as a public company. Its user base has increased by over 60% this year, and unique visitors grew substantially as well. Revenue has more than doubled. For the first time, hiring solutions comprised more than half of LinkedIn’s quarterly revenue. That became the…

Google Offers Launches Android App

Google Offers Launches Android App

Today Google announced an Android app for Google Offers, its daily deal site. This new app notifies you of offers that match your interests. You can purchase them quickly from your Android phone.

This is another step forward in the mobile daily deals space for Google Offers, which debuted in June of this year. It brings Google Offers into…

With Square’s Card Case, Pay By Saying Your Name

With Square’s Card Case, Pay By Saying Your Name

Today Square updated its Card Case digital wallet app. If you leave Square’s “auto open” tabs feature on and walk to your favorite merchant, you can place your order just by saying your name. Merchants who have signed up for Square will be able to see users who are within 100 meters of a location. Just say “put it on [insert name here],” and the…

Google Now Indexing Facebook Comments

Google Now Indexing Facebook Comments

Google is now indexing Facebook comments on websites, reports labnol.org. The only Facebook comments indexed by Google are the ones from the add-on commenting system. These comments are being crawled (and ranked) in Google’s SERPs.

Where In The World People Do Not Use Facebook

Where In The World People Do Not Use Facebook

Way back in December of last year, Facebook released its connections map. FlowingData.com recently released an inverse of the Facebook friendship map, showing where in the world people don’t use the social network. Facebook has not been able to adequately penetrate the non-Western markets of China, Russia, South Korea and Japan.

Gmail’s New Layout Is Easier On The Fingers & The Eyes

Gmail’s New Layout Is Easier On The Fingers & The Eyes

Today the Official Gmail Blog posted a video and screengrabs of the new Gmail look, which will be rolling out soon. If you’re jonesing to update now, click on the “switch to the new look” link in the bottom-right of your Gmail, which will appear in the next few days. News of the updated Gmail interface first hit the Web on October 20, after…

Timestamp Your Facebook Timeline

Timestamp Your Facebook Timeline

Each Facebook Timeline profile now has a tiny clock icon in the status window update, allowing you to place items on your wall in the past. This is a pretty significant Facebook update considering that, initially, Timeline defaulted to publishing posts in the present only. Now the decision to travel back in time is yours. This new feature mimics…

Group Messaging Startup Beluga Completely Shuts Down Dec. 15

Group Messaging Startup Beluga Completely Shuts Down Dec. 15

It was only a matter of time. Baby Beluga is swimming away… well, sort of.

In a blog post earlier today, Beluga announced that, as of Nov. 11, you won’t be able to send messages with its service. If you want to hang on to your Beluga messages, download an archive before Dec. 15, when the service shuts down for good.

Beluga was acquired by…

600,000 Facebook Logins Compromised Every 24 Hours

600,000 Facebook Logins Compromised Every 24 Hours

Yesterday Facebook announced two new forthcoming security updates that attempt to make you feel safer on the world’s biggest social network. It also released a handy infographic that made its way around the world of tech news.

From that infographic, one seemingly small number sticks out: 0.06% of all Facebook logins are compromised each day…

Is The Tablet E-Commerce Revolution Coming? [Infographic]

Is The Tablet E-Commerce Revolution Coming? [Infographic]

A new infographic published by Monetate pinpoints a key finding: Conversion rates are higher for tablet buyers than desktop buyers.

Is this surprising? Not in the least.

In September 2011 alone, nearly half of tablet owners made purchases on their devices. Already 12% of the Internet-using U.S. owns a tablet and, according to Forrester, “tablet…

Storify Update Feels Like a Cleaner Social News Experience

Storify Update Feels Like a Cleaner Social News Experience

Today Storify launched its new editor interface, featuring slicker, easier-to-use tools for fast content curation.

The new foundation flip-flops the search and editor sides of the interface, and places a higher priority on each content curator writing their own text for the story. Photo searches are big and bright, and the results are displayed…

Do You Know Your Neighbor? Nextdoor Wants to Make Sure You Do

Do You Know Your Neighbor? Nextdoor Wants to Make Sure You Do

Every good social network has a focus and a purpose. Facebook helps you keep up with friends you more or less know in real-life. Twitter is perfect for following news feeds and celebrities. LinkedIn connects you to the folks you’d rather only know professionally.

But what about the people in your real-life, honest-to-goodness neighborhood…

Your Klout Score Probably Just Dropped – Do You Care?

Your Klout Score Probably Just Dropped – Do You Care?

Today Klout released a new scoring model for its social media influence service. According to a blog post, this project “represents the biggest step forward in accuracy, transparency and our technology in Klout’s history.”

Klout Score is based on the PeopleRank algorithm, which gathers information about how many people you influence, how much…

Mint.com’s New iPad App Offers Better Engagement

Mint.com’s New iPad App Offers Better Engagement

Personal finance manager Mint.com just released their long-awaited iPad app. It is now available in the iOS App Store.

The Mint iPad app offers a more engaging way to view your finances than the browser-based service can. The app’s home screen lets users move through their finances at a glance; the charts module at the top shows graphs of spending…

Amazon Third Quarter Profits Drop 73%

Amazon Third Quarter Profits Drop 73%

Amazon just released its third quarter sales, indicating that net income is at $63 million, or $0.14 a share, down from $231 million, or $0.51 a share a year ago. This is a 73% drop in quarterly profit from the third quarter of 2010. Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S reports that analysts expected Amazon’s third-quarter earnings to land at 24 cents per share…

Facebook Experimenting With Credits For Outside Websites

Facebook Experimenting With Credits For Outside Websites

On October 21, the Facebook Developer blog announced that it had started working with “a few developers to test the ability to offer Facebook Credits on websites, with the goal of helping them offer a more unified app experience to users beyond apps on Facebook.” Their preliminary Facebook Credits test uses the games UNO Boost and Collapse! Blast…

Findings.com Turns Marginalia into Discovery Engines

Findings.com Turns Marginalia into Discovery Engines

Findings.com is a new service that gives users a way to highlight and save quotes from digital texts and e-books, and send that information into a central, socially oriented news feed. The idea came about four years ago, when writer Steven Johnson wondered what it would be like to capture what someone was reading. Finding and capturing quotes is…