Poll Finds 34 Percent of Facebook Users Spend Less Time on the Site
Of the 34 percent that said they spend less time on Facebook the number one reason for their decline in usage is the website is “boring,” “not relevant,” or “not useful…
Viacom to Give Pepsi a Digital Boost With #LiveForNow Campaign [EXCLUSIVE]
Viacom’s Twitter accounts for MTV, VH1, CMT and Comedy Central will aid in the campaign’s mission of “inviting and inspiring” people to live in the moment — and sharing those moments on social networks with relevant hashtags.
The summer partnership runs until September and builds on Pepsi’s existing Live for Now hub, Pepsi Pulse, a social media-driven interactive dashboard that curates trending pop culture and entertainment news…
Analyst Predicts Facebook Will Disappear in Eight Years
“In five to eight years they are going to disappear in the way that Yahoo has disappeared,” says Ironfire Capital founder Eric Jackson. “Yahoo is still making money, it’s still profitable, still has 13,000 employees working for it, but it’s 10% of the value that it was at the height of 2000,” Jackson added. “For all intents and purposes, it’s disappeared.”
Jackson predicts that Facebook’s power will erode with the emergence of mobile web—currently, a stumbling block for Facebook…
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6.5 Million Encrypted LinkedIn Passwords Leaked Online [REPORT]
A Russian forum user claims he has hacked LinkedIn, uploading 6,458,020 encrypted passwords (without usernames) as proof.
The passwords are encrypted with the SHA-1 cryptographic hash function, used in SSL and TLS and generally considered to be relatively secure, but not foolproof…
Report: American Food Industry Workers Aren’t Treated So Great
If you work anywhere in the American food industry — from farming to fast food, slaughterhouse to warehouse – a new report seems to indicate you’re not being treat that well. The Food Chain Workers Alliance interviewed around 700 workers and employers in production, processing, distribution, retail and services and came up with some startling conclusions.
Researchers found that food sector workers outnumber other big industries like healthcare, education and manufacturing, and that they produce $1…
4 Reasons Your Small Business Should Be on Etsy
Many startups use Etsy as a launching pad, but what if you’re interested in doing it the other way around? As a small business owner, you might find an advantage in expanding your existing business onto Etsy.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Etsy is an expansive ecommerce platform that hosts small business online storefronts. Etsy shop owners primarily sell handmade and vintage items, such as cross-stitch patterns and ‘70s biker jackets, but the site has plans to welcome wholesale operations, too…
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Kansas City Royals Use Groupon to Boost Ticket Sales
The Royals aim to offer additional games against the Brewers and Cardinals for half off at the end of June. They claim the discount isn’t because of their 23-29 losing record and poor attendance during home games. Average attendance has actually increased by about 2,000 since the 2011 season.
With around 17,000 empty seats per game, the Royals say they’re open to trying new methods to fill the house…
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Citizens Bank Manages To Make Debit Card Number Breach Even More Unpleasant
Mobile apps that can pay for things are pretty neat, but lead to a huge headache if your phone is lost or stolen. Especially if you don’t have a credit card, and use your debit card number instead. When Megan’s iPhone was stolen, she was ready to deal with the annoyance of getting a new debit card and changing her information on each app. She didn’t expect a cascade of incompetence and obnoxiousness from Citizens Bank.
On 5/20, my iPhone was stolen while I was on a business trip…
Nintendo Announces The Next Generation of Mario, Super Mario Brothers U
Headed for the Wii U, Super Mario Brothers U is a new side-scrolling game featuring Mario and Luigi, Toad, and your own Mii as a character in the game. As the game progresses Mario is transformed into Flying Squirrel Mario, and soars through the air in some levels hanging on to Tiny Balloon Yoshi…
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LinkedIn Reacts to iOS App Privacy Issues
After Skycure Security discovered that LinkedIn sends detailed user calendar entries to its servers — including subject, location, time of meeting and meeting notes — the company responded, claiming the feature is opt-in, the info is sent securely over SSL and never stored or shared with a third party…
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Quemulus Wants to Make Money Transfers Easy
It seems like somewhat of a “David and Goliath” story but Elizabeth Willett, the founder of Quemulus, believes her company can take on mobile payment big-wigs, such as Paypal and Dwolla. It’s quite a feat, but Willett is hoping that her company can harness the power of social networking by integrating with those networks…
Google Replicates AdWords for YouTube Video
Google AdWords for Video, announced April 22, allows advertisers to bid for ad positioning on YouTube, and advertisers are only charged when a viewer chooses, or clicks, to view the ad (Cost-Per-Click). This differs from the original model, where advertisers were charged on a Cost-Per-thousand impressions (CPM).
Those who manage search engine campaigns in Google AdWords will be familiar with the AdWords for Video interface, because they will be able to create and manage video campaigns from the same platform as their search and display ads…
Slay ‘Vampire Power’ With These Eco-Friendly Chargers
With all that Facebooking, Twittering, emailing and web browsing, your phone and computer are probably down to 5% battery by sunset. And odds are, when bedtime rolls around, you plug in your phone, tablet and laptop to let them recharge overnight…
Chargebacks: Protecting You From Scammy Online Sellers
Ashley ordered a special occasion dress from the website of a manufacturer in China. She didn’t realize that the company was in China, despite the “About Us” on their site saying so, and the deeply mangled English on display on many of the pages. But no matter–sometimes shopping direct on Chinese sites can be a pleasant money-saving experience. This wasn’t. Her dress looked nothing like the photo of what she ordered, and the company will only refund her if she ships the fluffy dress back to China…
PickMeApp moves just about all your applications from one PC to another
You could avoid most of this hassle by using the appropriate Laplink package to relocate the programs for you, of course, but that can be a little expensive…
Samsung Introduces Series 5 Laptops With Ivy Bridge, Updates Series 9
At 5 and 5.5 pounds respectively, these don’t fall into the Ultrabook category, as they weigh a tad too much to qualify, but Samsung says they will yield six-plus hours of battery life.
The heftier weight does help in lowering the cost. These won’t run as much as the thinner, sleeker and much lighter Ultrabooks coming on the market…
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Tim Tebow: I’m Too Busy to Google Myself
“Let’s be honest, I’m not the first athlete to get on a knee and pray,” Tebow told Shira Lazar. “For some reason, it just caught on this year.”
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Lazar asked Tebow if he’s conscious of what the Internet says about him…
Social Media Fans Invited To Mars Landing Affair
Anyone affiliated with NASA through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other forms of social network will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the agency’s JPL, participate in news and media conferences, and have the chance to engage with scientists, researchers, space enthusiasts, and members of NASA’s social media team…
My Employer Will Only Pay Me By Prepaid Debit Card. Is That OK?
Everyone (except consumer advocates like us) seems to love prepaid debit cards. You can get student loan fundage on them, unemployment benefits, and even federal and state tax refunds. And now they’re handling your paycheck. Christopher just took a job as a pizza delivery driver for a major chain, and he has only one option for receiving his pay (other than tips): a prepaid debit card. He doesn’t like it.
I just started my first day on the job as a delivery driver for a major food delivery chain…
Apple to Ditch Google Maps in next iOS version
According to both current and former Apple employees who have spoken with the Wall Street Journal, Apple has, “quietly acquired at least three cutting-edge map companies, melding their technology with its own” and begun developing its own proprietary mapping service…
Copywriting Rates: Preparing for the Price War A SPN Exclusive
This article focuses on copywriting rates from a copywriter’s point of view – largely because they’re the ones who set the rates, even though clients have the ultimate veto! As with any marketplace, there’s a constant battle between buyers and sellers, each wanting to maximize the benefit they gain from the transaction.
Any experienced copywriter reading this will be all too familiar with some of the situations that arise when negotiating copywriting rates…