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Posts tagged with Social Media

Google shuts social search service

Google has announced it is shelving its social search tool Google Answers in a statement posted on its official blog.

The statement says users won’t be able to pose questions from later this week, and that Google will stop accepting answers by the end of the year.

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Digg uses moderators as users fail to police

Digg uses moderatorsPhilip Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped has an interesting / outrageous article about Digg’s use of moderators – it seems that Digg has them, but is rather coy about admitting it.

Contrary to the approach favoured by Jason Calcanis at Netscape, Digg has always prided itself on being entirely user-driven, claiming that everything on the site is submitted and managed by the community.

Yet this is not remotely accurate...

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Flickr launches new camera finder

Flickr has spotted a new revenue stream via the launch of its camera finder service, which displays the most popular cameras used on the photo sharing site.

Flickr is using the data from photos uploaded to the site to display the most popular makes of cameras and camera phones.

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YouTube views boost CBS ratings

US TV network CBS has attributed a boost in viewing figures to a content-sharing joint venture with YouTube.

The broadcaster announced its Late Show with David Letterman had added 200,000 new viewers (5%) and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson was up by 100,000 (7%) since it launched the CBS Brand Channel on the video website in mid-October.

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Gather.com raises $10m from VCs

Gather.com, the social network and journalism site, has secured $10m in funding from investors including Hearst Corporation, The McGraw-Hill Companies Pilot House Ventures.

The move brings its total VC investments to around $17m.

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MySpace sued for copyright by Universal

Universal Music has launched a legal challenge against MySpace, the first time  Rupert Murdoch’s social network site has been challenged for copyright infringement.

Universal is suing MySpace for unauthorised use of the music and music videos of its artists, citing the availability on the site of material from Jay-Z’s as yet unreleased album as an example of this.

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Yahoo internal memo calls for major shake up

According to a leaked internal memo written last month by senior vice president Brad Garlinghouse, Yahoo is in serious need of major organisational changes.

In the memo, published by the Wall Street Journal, Garlinghouse argues that Yahoo suffers from a lack of consistent leadership, business focus and a 'single cohesive strategy'. A Yahoo spokesman has confirmed the document’s authenticity.

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Yahoo buys online contests site Bix.com

Yahoo has announced the acquisition of Bix.com, a site which allows users to compete in online karaoke contests, and rate each other’s videos and photos.

Incredibly, Bix.com only launched in August, though in those three months it has acquired over 1 million users. The site allows companies to sponsor and give out prizes in its contests and competitions.

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London-based 3i invests in women's social network startup

Real Girls Media Network has secured VC funding of $6 million from 3i and WaldenVC for a series of three female-orientated sites which will launch next year.

The RGM network’s sites will allow women to submit articles, product reviews and related photos using an online publishing system developed for the site and intended to streamline the editorial process.

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Ross Levinsohn leaves Fox Interactive / Murdoch

Ross Levinsohn, who was instrumental in News Corp's acquisition of MySpace.com, has resigned from Fox Interactive Media to pursue other ventures.

He will be replaced in the position by his namesake Peter Levinsohn, who is a distant cousin. Peter is currently president of digital media for Fox Entertainment Group.

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Calacanis resigns after AOL moves to oust CEO

Wow… all change at AOL, where CEO Jonathan Miller was this week fired, as the news comes in that Weblogs Inc founder Jason Calacanis is also stepping down, seemingly in protest of Miller’s firing.

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Bebo introduces new mail system for its users

Social networking site Bebo today announced the launch of several new features in the site’s internal mail system, designed to enhance users’ ability to share content among their friends while reducing spam.

The new mail system now sorts incoming messages into two inboxes – one for personal one-to-one messages, the other for messages among groups of two or more users.

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