TWITTER ACQUIRES MADBITS

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Facebook rival Twitter is looking to expand even more from it’s 140 character messages.  They recently acquired Madbits, a startup only a year old, and although the amount of money for which it was gained remains a mystery, their reasoning is immense and evident.  While Twitter has focused mostly on text, Facebook was able to expand upon the use of … Read More

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INSTAGRAM INTRODUCES BOLT

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Instagram is causing a buzz with their new messaging application, Instagram Bolt. Bolt is an ephemeral messaging application imbedded in Instagram designed to send pictures and short videos with text overlay to small groups or single friends. It is reminiscent of Snapchat, or the original pioneer which just never gained the same amount of steam, Taptalk. But it targets a … Read More

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LEANPLUM RELEASES MARKETING AUTOMATION IN IT’S MOBILE OPTIMIZATION

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Mobile application analytics will push competition between applications which follow the same consumer veins. Companies like Leanplum provide solutions that help applications understand the numbers side of their product. They empower developers, product managers, and marketers with the data to learn about their users and how to optimize their services and advertising strategies. The end goal is increased retention, better … Read More

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CELEBRITIES ON FACEBOOK GET MENTIONS APP

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Facebook has launched a brand new application only for an elite set of users.  Celebrities will now have the ability to see who mentions them on Facebook, and then interact with fans in a way never seen before.  The application is geared towards actors, musicians, athletes, and the like., so long as they have a professional fan page  When users … Read More

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NEW FEATURES IN DROPBOX FOR BUSINESS

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Dropbox for Business has been available since November of last year and gathered over 80,000 businesses.  About seventy percent of those businesses are international, and a third of those are European.  With such a spread out market and an opportunity to make a global impact, Dropbox is expanding to London where they will set up a new international headquarters, and … Read More

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ANOTHER GOOGLE ACQUISITION: DRAWELEMENTS

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Google is making another acquisition this summer.  After striking a deal with Nest they’ve moved on to DrawElements, a Helsinki, Finland based company who focuses on product quality.  The management team of DrawElements will be moving stateside, but operations will still run out of Finland, a great opportunity for Google to stretch it’s reach just a little further DrawElements is … Read More

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AMAZON WALLET BETA TO COMPETE WITH UPDATED GOOGLE WALLET

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Last May, Google introduced the idea of instant buy with their Google Wallet application. The convenience of Google’s streamlined mobile commerce experience was reserved for Android users until this June.  Now, Amazon has jumped on the bandwagon and has released a beta version of Amazon Wallet. The logic behind a virtual wallet is simple.  When Google Wallet users can be … Read More

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YAHOO TO PURCHASE FLURRY

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Rumors have been circulating that Yahoo was looking to purchase Flurry. It has now been confirmed that a deal has been in the works for months, and Yahoo will be acquiring the mobile application analytics provider for a purported more than $200 million dollars. Of the thirty or so acquisitions made by CEO Marissa Mayer since 2012, this would be … Read More

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BLACKBERRY – VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

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Blackberry plans to launch their new Passport smartphone in September, which will also mark another unveiling for the company.  They will be releasing their first virtual assistant, appropriately named Blackberry Assistant with the new 10.3 operating system.  Phones which upgrade to the 10.3 operating system may be able to have Blackberry Assistant as well, a privilege not given to iOS … Read More

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