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Flickr Co-Founder Launches Glitch Game

Flickr Co-Founder Launches Glitch Game

Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield has launched Glitch, a massively multi-player online game that he created with his company TinySpeck.

The game is an imaginative journey through the minds of 11 giants that is somewhat fun to play, but will probably require a little explanation. We spoke with Butterfield about Glitch.

How To Avoid Hypochondria with Real-Time Mobile Doctor Q&A

How To Avoid Hypochondria with Real-Time Mobile Doctor Q&A

In a sign that healthcare is moving to the mobile, a company called HealthTap is launching an app that offers a Quora-like experience from the cloud.

HealthTap Express allows the 89% of patients who turn to search engines instead of their local doctors for health information to do so in an objective and relatively “clinical” environment on…

Users Spend More Time on Facebook than Google

Users Spend More Time on Facebook than Google

It’s official. People are spending more time on Facebook than on Google – a total of 41.4 billion minutes – making it the first time the social network has surpassed the search engine in this category.

A report released by Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney does not take into account last week’s sharing changes, or the Thursday Timeline…

Facebook Gives $10 Million in Free Ads to Small Businesses

Facebook Gives $10 Million in Free Ads to Small Businesses

Facebook is offering up to $10 million in free advertising to small businesses in the middle of slight changes to how the social networking site allows brands and consumers to interact on its Pages.

The social networking site will give at least $50 to up to 200,000 small business in a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National…

Amazon Announces FOX Streaming Deal Before Tablet Launch

Amazon Announces FOX Streaming Deal Before Tablet Launch

Amazon.com added FOX movie and TV titles through its Prime Membership platform today in a deal that will roughly double the number of available titles to 11,000 by this Fall.

The announcement comes two days before Amazon is expected to launch one of two Kindle tablets to compete with the iPad.

Amazon Teases With Possible Tablet Release

Amazon Teases With Possible Tablet Release

Amazon issued a press release moments ago that may put to rest rumors of a tablet thought to be forthcoming from the e-retailing giant.

The company is holding an invite-only event in New York on September 28 but they are not saying what the event is about.

Facebook Timeline Wrap-Up: Everything Today Was About Sharing Content

Facebook Timeline Wrap-Up: Everything Today Was About Sharing Content

So, what just happened at F8, the Facebook developer’s conference? In a word, Facebook has promised a re-imagined content and personalization platform for the Web.

If you believe the F8 conference hype, on Sept. 29 when Timeline opens to the public, Facebook is the place where every single inch of your life can be displayed, from the time you…

iOS Health & Fitness Apps Will Grow to 13K by 2012

iOS Health & Fitness Apps Will Grow to 13K by 2012

The iTunes app store will contain just over 13,000 healthcare-related apps by 2012, a sign that the caring and treatment for the sick – or even those fearing they are sick – is moving to the mobile device.

Analysts also say that these apps are increasing in price during a period of rising healthcare costs and a significant rise in the number of…

Facebook to Developers: Get to Know Every User, All 800 Million

Facebook to Developers: Get to Know Every User, All 800 Million

Facebook developer George Lee threw down the guantlet at F8 today by saying that he wants each of its 800 million users to have a relationship with at least one developer and that relationship should be focused on content.

“Every single user who is on Facebook should have some relationship with some developer that creates distribution,” said Lee…

Zuckerberg To Give Teachers $10k Each In Two Year Grant Program

Zuckerberg To Give Teachers $10k Each In Two Year Grant Program

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be giving $10,000 grants to Newark teachers who come up with innovative programs as a part of the $100 million fund he set up with the City of Newark last year.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced the grants on his Facebook page this morning, signaling what the city hopes is beginning of a long-running process…

China Obey: American Web Companies Bow to Internet Policing

China Obey: American Web Companies Bow to Internet Policing

American Web tech companies trying to gain a share of the massive Chinese market bend too easily to government authorities, who demand tighter censorship and self-policing on the Internet, say analysts in a new report.

Voluntary attempts to conform to government demands while maintaining the freedom of speech found in their originating culture…

Amazon Turns Your Local Library into Retail Book Chain

Amazon Turns Your Local Library into Retail Book Chain

Amazon threw down the gauntlet against terrestrial competitors today by announcing that Kindle and Kindle app customers can borrow and purchase Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States.

In essence, these first 11,000 local libraries just became a chain of local bookstores for Amazon’s catalog of virtual books.

Facebook Estimated Global Ad Revenue Doubles in 2011

Facebook Estimated Global Ad Revenue Doubles in 2011

Facebook estimated global ad revenues will jump to $3.8 billion, more than double the social networking giant’s 2010 total.

Ad revenue for the site, which has over 750 million registered users, will miss the expected $4.05 billion mark, according to analysts, but the slowdown in growth is explained as a diversification into other revenue…

Infographic: 40% of Facebook Users Ditch Brand Pages

Infographic: 40% of Facebook Users Ditch Brand Pages

Over 40% of a brand’s Facebook page fans “unlike” the page as soon as a campaign ends, suggesting that a lot of follower activity on the social network is driven by agency interaction, not a real loyalty to the brand, according to a new study.

The study by DDB reveals that two in five brand followers surveyed are not interested in engaging with…

Disqus Rolling Out Plug-n-Play Commenter Rankings

Disqus Rolling Out Plug-n-Play Commenter Rankings

Disqus is quietly testing an interface that allows site owners to rank and give credentials and labels to their commenters. The feature takes advantage of a trend towards being able to find experts through social search.

The project is called Disqus Ranks, and it should be rolling out shortly. Disqus did not return a request for information about…

Facebook Apps Ecosystem Gives Economy $15.7B Boost

Facebook Apps Ecosystem Gives Economy $15.7B Boost

App developers who launch their projects on the Facebook platform have created 235,644 jobs and contributed $15.7 billion to the economy, says a study released by the University of Maryland.

Using statistical evidence provided by Facebook and apps developers, researchers at the Smith School Center for Digital Innovation, Technology and Strategy…

Pearson Acquisition Brings Online Learning Pressure to States

Pearson Acquisition Brings Online Learning Pressure to States

Pearson, the world’s largest education publisher, acquired Connections Education, one of the country’s largest online learning providers, last night for $400 million in cash.

The bid for Connections, which has been growing at 30% year-over-year, shows that online learning is being driven by the private sector.