September 21, 2014

Those Getting Feet Wet in Online Marketing May Find Visa Business Network Helpful

You may or may not be aware of the Visa Business Network. This is a site the company recently launched as a way to connect small business owners with one another, providing resources like goal toolkits, mentors, content-ranked information and more.  We think some of our readers may find this valuable, so we spoke with Michael Lee of the Visa Business Network Outreach Team. He talked about how it helps businesses get started with building … [Read more...]

MySpace Gets Synced with YouTube

MySpace has introduced a new Sync with YouTube feature. This enables YouTube users to automatically distribute YouTube video content through Myspace.  The company tells WebProNews, "Whenever a synced user uploads a video on YouTube, the video appears in the Myspace activity stream. Similarly, whenever a synced user comments on, likes, or favorites a YouTube video, or subscribes to a YouTube video channel, that user's Myspace friends … [Read more...]

Hotmail Gets a New Round of Feature Upgrades

Microsoft announced that it is rolling out some new features to Hotmail. These include: the ability to track packages referenced in your email from Hotmail itself, chat with Facebook friends, sharing photos more easily with expanded coverage and new features, viewing more videos from inside Hotmail, and organizing and finding important email with subfolders. "Emails that include a package tracking number will now light up in Hotmail thanks … [Read more...]

LinkedIn to Acquire B2B Ratings Provider ChoiceVendor

LinkedIn announced that it ┬áhas agreed to acquire ChoiceVendor, which is a company that provides ratings and reviews of B2B service providers in more than 70 categories across the United States. ChoiceVendor is based in San Francisco and was founded by CEO Yan-David Erlich and VP of engineering Rama Ranganath. "Our acquisition of ChoiceVendor is right in line with our top priority to build a world-class team at LinkedIn, says LinkedIn CEO … [Read more...]

Zuckerberg 35th Richest Person in America, and Facebook Credits/Phones Just Getting Started

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reached number 35 on the Forbes 400 List of Wealthiest Americans. Forbes has him estimated at $6.9 billion, ahead of even Steve Jobs, who is valued at $6.1 billion.  Steve Bertoni at Forbes writes, "While the new wealth rankings mean little more than Silicon Valley bragging rights, the two tycoons might soon be trespassing on each other’s business turf. On September 1st,  Apple entered the … [Read more...]

Salesforce Announces Chatter 2 with Chatter Desktop From Adobe

Salesforce has just announced Chatter 2, the next generation of its Chatter product, which has often been referred to as "Facebook for the enterprise". The new version includes a number of new features, including a desktop app from Adobe.  Chatter Desktop is powered by Adobe AIR, and lets employees  post updates, comments, files and links without opening a web browser, and displays pop-up alerts to instantly notify employees … [Read more...]

The Missing Credit of "The Social Network"

Last year, Facebook settled a trademark dispute with Aaron Greenspan, CEO of Think Computer Corporation and Harvard classmate of Mark Zuckerberg, who built houseSYSTEM, a section of which was called "The Universal Facebook". Now, Greenspan has written a lengthy piece for the Huffington Post, essentially complaining about the upcoming film, The Social Network, and how it completely ignores his alleged role in the founding of … [Read more...]

Facebook Should Now Be Less Annoying to Those Who Don’t Play Games

Facebook has launched some new features related to controlling game updates seen in the news feed. Before, Facebook users could hide an application story or block it completely, but now game stories will only post to the news feed if you're actually playing the game.  "This means people who play games can post stories to their Wall without worrying about overwhelming their friends who aren't playing, and people who don't play games … [Read more...]

Facebook Users May Have People Following Them They Aren’t Aware Of

Facebook has a somewhat hidden feature that lets people follow your updates when you're not actually friends with them. Before you freak out, this is only applicable for updates that are shared publicly.  The social network recently changed its friend confirmation functionality (at least for some users). Before, when someone requested to be your friend, you could either confirm them or ignore them. Now, "ignore" has been replaced … [Read more...]

Major Security Flaw Discovered (and Exploited) on Twitter

Update: Twitter has addressed the issue on the main company blog: The short story: This morning at 2:54 am PDT Twitter was notified of a security exploit that surfaced about a half hour before that, and we immediately went to work on fixing it. By 7:00 am PDT, the primary issue was solved. And, by 9:15 am PDT, a more minor but related issue tied to hovercards was also fixed.  The longer version of the story can be read on the … [Read more...]