Investment Firms Warned Off Facebook IPO In Advance While Small-Timers Lose Big Money
In the days leading up to last Friday’s initial public offering for Facebook stock, the company raised the IPO price by several dollars a share, leading many small-level and amateur investors to wonder if maybe there was something more to the company than a place to post photos of you and your friends waiting in line to see Men In Black III. But at the same time, large investment firms were reportedly bailing on sinking their money into the social media site.
The Wall Street Journal reports on how the folks at L…
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Interactive Atlas Puts the Whole World in Your Hand
The interactive atlas, based on the Barefoot Books atlas, features a colorful globe that children can spin to discover far-off places. The app is optimized to take advantage of the new iPad’s Retina display, though it will render fine with previous versions.
Kids can pinch and zoom their way through different countries. They learn about cultures, see 3D rotations of historical objects and find fun facts like how far away the country is or what the local weather is as they go…
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One Million E-Books Headed to Africa With FC Barcelona’s Help
Non-profit Worldreader kicked off a campaign Thursday aiming to put 1 million e-books in the hands of children across the planet, with a little help from players on one of the world’s most popular sports teams.
This may sound like a crazy goal, considering the widespread absence of books from African classrooms, but the organization is aleady well on its way. So far, Worldreader has donated 100,000 books to 1,000 students in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.
The non-profit now wants to expand its reach throughout sub-Saharan Africa and has enlisted some capable help — the world-renowned players on FC Barcelona (Barça)…
Yahoo’s Axis and Two Other Stories You Need to Know
Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories.
Yahoo Launches Web Browser Axis to Mixed Reviews
Yahoo has launched a search-oriented web browser called Axis. In our review, we’ve found it to be much more useful as an iPad app than on the desktop.
The launch, however, did not go without some controversy. According to a report from Nik Cubrilovic, Axis (more precisely, its Chrome extension) has some serious security issues…
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mCommerce Outpacing Ambitious Growth Projections
When it comes to mobile commerce, expectations have been high for quite some time. And yet despite the hype, the growth of mCommerce continues to outpace even the most ambitious projections.
According to the latest research results from eDigitalResearch and Portaltech, 64% of smartphone owners are now using their mobile devices to shop online. That number has quadrupled since June 2010…
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Social Media Requires Listening [Research]
Social media provides consumers with easy-to-use feedback platforms—from Facebook and Twitter to TripAdvisor and Yelp—on which to rant and rave about products, brands and companies. Despite this massive social media reservoir of user input, most marketers don’t pay attention to what consumers are saying.
“You’re not listening to me!” is a popular phrase among teenagers and spouses. Consumers could say the same thing since marketers aren’t much better. While just over three-quarters of consumers post about products on social media, only two out of five firms have any social media tracking in place at all, according to recent Satmetrix research…
Can Youth Change the World With Technology?
At least one thing is true of youth in every country: give them access to technology and a bit of guidance, and they’re capable of changing the world for the better. Helping young people do exactly that has been the job of the State Department’s Ronan Farrow for the past year.
Farrow has served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s special advisor on global youth issues since the middle of 2011. He firmly believes that technology is radically altering what it means to be a young person today, as social networks give them an unprecedented opportunity to have their voice heard and connect with other youth around the world to fix the problems they face…
Law Dropout With Asperger Syndrome Gets $339,361 In Student Loans Forgiven
College debt is one of the few debts that can’t be discharged in bankruptcy, unless you have a really, really good reason. You pretty much have to be dead or have a debilitating disability that keeps you from working. So it caught the attention of the National Law Journal when a 66-year-old Maryland woman had $339,361 in college debt discharged in bankruptcy court earlier this month.
Her journey into educational borrowing began after receiving her high school diploma at age 39…
Papa John’s Really, Really Cares That They Gave Me Wrong Pizza Crust
The complaint behind this story was not, at its core, a serious consumer problem. Chris ordered a pizza that was missing a few toppings and on the wrong type of crust. What’s notable is that the regional management of Papa John’s treated it like it was. Well, eventually. After the local store manager insisted that the error was Chris’s fault, he fired off a quick complaint on the website. And that’s when corporate solicitousness and free pizzas rained down upon him. Not literally…
John Malkovich and Siri Ponder Life in Latest iPhone Ad [VIDEO]
John Malkovich has joined Apple’s growing list of quirky actors promoting Siri with two new ads highlighting the app’s lighter side.
One of the ads, both are by TBWAMedia Arts Lab, shows Malkovich sitting at home and using Siri to plan his night. Realizing his schedule is open, he asks Siri to find a restaurant serving linguica. Then, apparently amused at Siri’s functionality, he asks for a joke. “Two iPhones walk into a bar,” says Siri. “I don’t remember the rest…
5 Excellent iOS Apps for Capturing and Editing Video
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Making a great video used to mean pulling out an expensive video camera and owning your own video editing suite. Now you can do many of the same things once exclusively reserved for a high-end equipment right on your iPhone without a ton of cash or a lot of training.
The iPhone is capable of recording high-definition video suitable for the giant plasma screen in your living room, and there are a number of video editing apps out there to help you polish your video and add opening credits, sound effects and even a soundtrack into the mix — without ever leaving your device…
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Bump Now Lets You Transfer Photos From Your Smartphone to Your Computer
The popular mobile app Bump — that shares contacts and photos between two phones when they’re tapped together — is now headed to your computer. The service announced Thursday an update that lets you bump your phone on your computer’s spacebar to transfer photos to your computer and share them places like Facebook and Twitter.
Bump has been particularly useful for sharing photos. In the past two years, Bump has been used to transfer more than 630 million pictures from device to device…
Men in Black 3 Puts Viral Blogger Inside the Movie [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]
It’s been more than ten years since the Men in Black 2 hit the big screen, so today’s youth may be a bit unfamiliar with the brand that once dominated July 4th weekend box office sales. To generate buzz in the online world, the film has been engaging in a series of initiatives to build momentum for its Memorial Day weekend release.
A 14-year-old blogger — known only “BugEyes126″ — has been posting blog entries and videos to TheMenInBlackSuitsAreReal…
Introducing Mashable’s Lifestyle Channel
Since 2005, Mashable has looked at the world as a digital experience. New products, technologies and ideas smashing together to create great new things. That’s still happening, but now that technology has grown legs and marched into every part of our society. It’s at work, on the road, in revolutions and at the forefront of modern innovation. It’s a part of our lives. We are living a digital lifestyle.
Lifestyle is about the parts of our lives that are, perhaps, maybe a little more personal than everything else…
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Starting Strong Is Almost As Important As Finishing First
If you played sports growing up, I’m betting you heard the phrase, “It doesn’t matter how you start, it only matters how you finish…
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Obama Wants Government Agencies to Focus on Mobile Apps
President Barack Obama has ordered all government agencies to offer more of their services in the form of mobile apps.
A new memo called “Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People” requires each agency to make at least two services, used by the public, available on mobile devices within 12 months.
“For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different government programs in order to find the services they need,” says the memo…