Friday, July 30, 2010
  • Forbes Shutters True/Slant

    Social-driven news site True/Slant, which Forbes acquired in late May, is heading for the trash heap. In a blog post on Thursday, True/Slant writer and reporter Neal Ungerleider said "the site, unfortunately, is winding down operations at the end July." Effective June 1, True/Slant founder and CEO Lewis Dvorkin was expected to join Forbes to lead all editorial areas at Forbes as chief product officer. ...Read the whole story

  • Zynga Nets $150MM Investment, Is Turning Japanese

    Drawing further attention to the white-hot social gaming sector, Zynga on Thursday said it raised $150 million from Japanese wireless carrier Softbank. The partners also announced plans to develop and distribute social games in Japan via a new Zynga Japan joint venture. ...Read the whole story

  • Facebook Users Who Sued Over Privacy Setting Changes Drop Case

    A group of four Facebook users who sued the site earlier this year for allegedly violating their privacy have withdrawn their case. The consumers had filed suit against Facebook in February, alleging that new settings were "confusing and materially deceptive" and lessened their privacy. ...Read the whole story

  • Gawker Settles Case Over Eric Dane Sex Tape, Removes Clips

    Gawker Media has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit by Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart stemming from Gawker's posting of a sex tape made by the couple, according to court papers filed this week. ...Read the whole story

  • Report: Mobile Users Accessing Business Directories Jump, Represent Most Attractive Customers

    As one might assume, local business directories are benefiting greatly from the mobile boom. In March, the number of mobile subscribers accessing business directories via mobile phone increased 14% year-over-year to 17.3 million users, according to new research conducted by comScore and released on Thursday by the Yellow Pages Association. ...Read the whole story

  • Adobe Patent Talks To Search Engines

    Adobe Systems has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for technology that could make rich media applications (RMA) easier for search engines to find, index and rank. ...Read the whole story

  • Mobile Coupon Ties Apps Into PC Searches

    Deal seekers searching for money-saving offers through mobile coupon platform Shooger will soon have Blackberry as an option to clip and save. This week the company made it easier to search for deals on iPhone, handsets running Android, and the company's Web site, but the company has plans to ties in searches on PC, too. The clip-file-and-save coupon app geared toward local and national specials relies on Google Maps and other technology to pinpoint location and deliver the goods. ...Read the whole story

Screwing the Little Guy

Sooner or later, every small business in the marketing, advertising and media world gets screwed by one or more of their clients. The days of operating on a handshake backed by the full faith and credit ...More