Stories for May. 30, 2012

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With around 18 percent of its audience consuming its programs on digital platforms, the CW has emerged as broadcast TV’s most innovative network in terms of tracking and monetizing digital viewers. But without that billion dollars from Netflix, where would it be? Read more »

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It took Spotify seemingly forever to launch in the U.S. after making its debut in Europe, and while the licensing discussions were complicated, Apple played a role in holding up Spotify’s U.S. entrance, according to company backer Sean Parker. Read more at GigaOM »

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kickstarter

After a recent story highlighted how Kickstarter made it harder to find failed projects, Kickstarter’s co-founder Yancey Strickler explains. It’s about showcasing current projects that can be funded. Also, creators were asking for their projects to get de-indexed from web searches because they ranked high. Read more at GigaOM »

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Flipboard for Android launched exclusively on Samsung’s Galaxy S III. The reading app is an iOS fave due to its intuitive page flipping interface, many news sources and connectivity to social networking sites. Here’s how to register and get Flipboard for Android beta on your phone. Read more at GigaOM »

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Amazon’s European subsidiary now has exclusive second pay-TV window rights locked up for three of Hollywood’s six major studios, leaving precious little premium content left over for rival Netflix to acquire when it expands into Western Europe later this year. Read more »

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Google+ Local

Since Google bought Zagat last September for a reported $125 million, the company hasn’t done much with Zagat’s local content. That changes today with the rollout of Google+ Local, which incorporates Zagat scores and summaries into its listings — and makes Zagat free. Read more »

Pinterest Facebook Boticca

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare .. these were hot destinations for job seekers. Pinterest, is the latest to join the elite club, except that it is sucking up talent from Facebook in droves and others such as Quora and Twitter employees are not immune to its allure. Read more at GigaOM »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Netflix agrees to delete data on ex-customers (paidContent) …
How Twitter Beat Facebook At Its Own Story (BuzzFeed) Read more »

Stories for May. 29, 2012

salesforce

Salesforce is reportedly close to buying social media marketing platform Buddy Media for $800 million. If true, it shows how Salesforce is adapting to the changing face of customer relationship management, which is increasingly about managing branding, social media interactions and marketing for customers. Read more at GigaOM »

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As part of its settlement of a class-action privacy suit, Netflix will “de-couple” information about which movies its former customers rented from their basic identification profiles no more than one year after they leave the service. Read more »

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While growth of flat-screen TV sales seems to have plateaued in mature markets like the U.S. and UK, research NPD DisplaySearch finds that there are still plenty of cathode ray-tube TV sets to be replaced in countries like China, Russia, Brazil and Mexico Read more »

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Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-only imprint Momentum will remove DRM from all its titles by August, the company announced today. Last month, Macmillan sci-fi/fantasy imprint Tor/Forge announced it will drop DRM by early July. Read more »

Stories for May. 28, 2012

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In his post yesterday, David Galbraith shared lessons from his experience launching Wists, a visual bookmarking website that predated Pinterest. Today, Galbraith looks at the general history of visual bookmarks and grid sites that paved the way for Pinterest’s $1.5 billion valuation. Read more at GigaOM »

Stories for May. 27, 2012

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David Galbraith may get too much credit for developing RSS, but the one thing that he unashamedly claims to have invented is visual bookmarking. The creator of the visual bookmarking website Wists reflects on why Pinterest took off and Wists was left in the dust. Read more at GigaOM »

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