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Mashable: Latest 7 News Updates - including “42 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed”

Mashable: Latest 7 News Updates - including “42 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed”

42 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 02 Jul 2011 03:02 PM PDT

No doubt your summer celebrations this weekend will leave you little time to catch up on reading. To help you out, we’ve compiled a handy roundup of this week’s most helpful, informative and inspiring stories.

We’ve celebrated iPhone’s birthday, we’ve pondered celebrity impact on social good, and we’ve laughed over geeky gadgets. This week Mashable overflowed with engaging content. Find out what you missed!

Editors’ Picks

Social Media

What MySpace’s Tom Anderson Thinks of Google+

Posted: 02 Jul 2011 01:54 PM PDT

Google+, the search giant’s social network, has just received a strong endorsement from one of the pioneers of social networking: MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson.

Tom Anderson, best known as the default friend on MySpace during its early years, co-founded MySpace with Chris DeWolfe in 2003. For years, it was the world’s most-visited social network. In 2005, News Corp. acquired the hot Internet property for $580 million.

MySpace would thrive for another year or two, but it wasn’t long until trouble hit the social network. Facebook beat MySpace as the #1 social network in early 2009 (just two-and-half years ago) and soon the site’s traffic fell off a cliff. After several layoffs and failed attempts to save MySpace, it was eventually sold for just $35 million to Specific Media and Justin Timberlake.

Tom Anderson, who never has to work again, rarely speaks out about the decline of the company he founded, but earlier today he broke his silence on a Google+ thread, explaining not only his thoughts on Google+, but on the failed vision of MySpace.


“My original vision for [MySpace] was that everything got better when it was social — so I tried to build all the super popular things used on the web (blogs, music, classifieds, events, photos) on top of MySpace’s social layer,” Anderson explained in his post. He then reveals that, after years of success, he “choked” and Facebook seized on his vision.

But Anderson thinks Google has the opportunity to truly realize his original vision. “Google+ really seems to be primed to make good on that original premise — that everything gets better when it’s social. And unlike [Facebook], Twitter, or anyone else, Google already has the most advanced set of products. And if I can clearly see where this is headed, then I think what we are getting is a much better Google.”

We’ve included Anderson’s Google+ message in its entirety. Let us know if you agree with him in the comments.

“Google+ seems like a “reaction” to Twitter/Facebook. But are you starting to see the ways that Google+ just makes Google a better, more integrated set of services? Google already has top-notch products in key categories–photos, videos, office productivity, blogs, Chrome, Android, maps and (duh) search. Can you start to see/imagine what Google+ does for Gmail? Picassa? Youtube? Not to mention search? The +1 system that Google now has control of (unlike Facebook Likes) can really influence and change the nature of their search.

My original vision for MS was that everything got better when it was social–so I tried to build all the super popular things used on the web (blogs, music, classifieds, events, photos) on top of MySpace’s social layer. When Yahoo launched 360, MSN launched Spaces, and Google launched Okrut, I was shakin in my boots. But quickly I saw that it’s really hard to layer in social to features after the fact. At MySpace we had the luxury of having social first, and building the products on top of that layer. Then I choked and Facebook realized that vision. ;-)

But Google+ really seems to be primed to make good on that original premise–that everything gets better when its social. And unlike FB, Twitter, or anyone else, Google already has the most advanced set of products. And if I can clearly see where this is headed, then I think what we are getting is a much better Google. Does that kill FB/Twitter? Who cares? I’d use all 3, but more importantly, I’ll be using Google products I never used, or use them in new, better ways I never used them before.

Oh yah and I love my Google TV :)”

More About: facebook, Google, Google Plus, myspace, social media, social networking, tom anderson, trending

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Texting Teens: Typing Replaces Talking [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 02 Jul 2011 01:04 PM PDT

After a close encounter with a texting teen at a busy intersection recently, we wondered: Has texting taken over as the primary form of communication for today’s teens?

We found our answer with this Infographic from Lab 42, which polled 500 social-networking Americans aged 13 to 21.

The headline stat: 71% of the respondents preferred texting to phone calling. But we have our doubts about that self-reported 2% who admit texting while driving, a suspiciously low number.

An additional statistic not included here: An infographic we created last year showed that adults 18 and older text an average of 10 texts per day, and guys 14 to 17 text 30 times per day — but girls 14 to 17 are the biggest texters of all, sending an average of 100 per day.

In some surveys, the overall number is even higher. For instance, according to MSN Money, each American teen sends an average of 3,339 texts per month.

Given the tremendous volume of texting going on, we’re hoping the parents paying for all this ponied up for an unlimited plan. Beyond teen texting, we’re certain we text a lot more than phone calling these days, too. How about you?

Infographic courtesy Lab 42

More About: infographic, Lab 42, teens, texting, trends

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3 New Apps For Self Improvement

Posted: 02 Jul 2011 11:41 AM PDT

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Each weekend, Mashable handpicks startups we think are building interesting, unique or niche products.

Since Americans have some extra time this weekend for the Fourth of July, we’ve highlighted three startups with products that could help you improve your finances, dating conundrums or skills.

If you can make time between barbecue, beer and fireworks this weekend, that is.

Meet Your Financial Goals: is something like a goal-oriented, with the addition of social features and badges that are geared toward helping you save money.

At signup, you declare your primary and future goals, such as “pay off all credit cards.” Then you hook up your accounts (Payoff insists the process is secure) so that you can track your spending and Payoff can reward you for progress with badges and cash prizes.

Unlike most financial sites, Payoff thinks users can benefit from a little publicity. Users can share their goals and the badges they win with their friends using social media. It makes money by suggesting “tools” from financial institutions such as checking accounts and prepaid checking accounts for helping you save.

The goal is to make financial health more like a game. Whether or not this will be as effective as creating a budget (a feature Payoff skips) remains to be seen from the six-months-old site. But Payoff has earned $3.5 million in capital investment led by FirstMark Capita to put the hypothesis to the test.

Go On More Interesting Dates: Datevitation

In my personal experience, it’s easy to come up with about five good, creative date ideas. Should a budding romance make it past the fifth date, the rate of movie rentals and Chinese takeout significantly increases.

Datevitation allows you to solve this problem and knock out a low-cost birthday or anniversary present at the same time. Customers search through the site’s library of more than 200 illustrated date selections and put together a customizable coupon booklet of dates.

Prices for start at $5 for a printed book of five date coupons. More coupons can be added for $1 each.

Get Skills: Coursehorse

Whether you want to improve your cooking or your stunt trampoline skills, CourseHorse will help you track down a class that works for you (as long as you’re located in New York City). The search engine lets you search by subject, date and time, price, age or neighborhood.

When you find one you like, you can enroll directly on the site.

More About: bizspark, CourseHorse, datevitation,, Startup Weekend Roundup

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GoDaddy Sold for $2.25 Billion

Posted: 02 Jul 2011 10:48 AM PDT

GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain registrar, has been sold to three private equity firms in a deal valued at $2.25 billion, the company announced late Friday.

As a report predicted a week ago, private equity firms KKR & Co., Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures sealed the deal, where they agreed to take on GoDaddy’s debt (update: which the Wall Street Journal says amounts to roughly half the value of the deal). That earlier report indicated the company would be sold for between $2 billion and $2.5 billion.

Company founder and CEO Bob Parsons predicted further growth of GoDaddy under its new ownership. He said to the Los Angeles Times, “What these guys see is a company with a lot more potential internationally and more potential to make partnerships and acquisitions. They’ll help us finance and they’ll help us recruit talent.”

GoDaddy, known for its sexy Super Bowl ads and controversial CEO with a penchant for elephant killing, has seen significant growth over the past three years, with sales rising by 25% to $947 million from 2009 to 2010. The company projected growth for 2011 to continue that trend, quoting a figure of $1.1 billion for the year.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Memorable GoDaddy Ads [VIDEOS]

More About: deals, godaddy, KKR, Silver Lake Partners, sold, Technology Crossover Ventures, trending

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Tiny Camcorder Takes Wild Rides Aboard Exploding Fireworks [VIDEO]

Posted: 02 Jul 2011 09:43 AM PDT

You’ll probably be seeing lots of fireworks this weekend, but you won’t be experiencing them from this perspective, shot with a tiny spy camera strapped onto the fireworks themselves.

Videographer Jeremiah Warren used an 808 #11 spy camera similar to the one pictured below. Despite its small stature (it’s a mere 2.6 inches long and 1.4 inches wide), the $120 camcorder can shoot and record HD in 720p:

The 19-year-old Jeremiah’s only regret? “I was going to mount fins on the [rockets] to stabilize them, but by the time I got the idea I already shot through my supply, and when I went to get more they had put a ban on fireworks sales,” he says.

This is not all Jeremiah does with his video and special effects talent. Check out his YouTube channel here.

More About: bottle rocket, fireworks, july 4, spy camera, trending, video

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This Week in Politics & Digital: Twitter Town Halls & Gay Marriage

Posted: 02 Jul 2011 08:28 AM PDT

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The Republican field is starting to settle despite one giant question mark over Sarah Palin’s potentially presidential head. This week shifted away from the GOP to focus on some serious democratic victories and announcements. And another sexting politician surfaced, just when you thought Weinergate was behind us.

Take a look through this week’s big news, including President Barack Obama’s first-of-its-kind Twitter town hall meeting and the passing of a gay marriage bill in New York. Want even more? This weekly series picks out the week’s top stories in the intersection of digital technology and politics. Check it out and let us know what you think of this week’s stories.

President Obama Runs Twitter Town Hall

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On July 6, Obama will take to Twitter to hold a digital town hall. The White House has set up a website ( where people can ask questions and a dedicated Twitter account, @Townhall, where the event will take place. Moreover, Twitter is dropping its 140-character limit for Obama, allowing him to respond to questions in whatever length he desires. All other users will still be bound by the 140-character limit, Death and Taxes reported.

Gay in New York

This week the New York State Senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and the Twitterverse unsurprisingly jumped to the occasion. The controversial bill spent a lot of time circulating the Senate as Democrats needed a couple of key Republicans to commit to voting yes.

One senator even asked constituents over social networks for their input, and then voted no anyway. The Twitter response was generally positive with state senators and celebrities registering their support.

Another Politician Found Sexting

City Councilman Joe StagniOur first week without a sexting scandal? What a relief! Oh, never mind — there’s another one. City Councilman Joe Stagni from Kenner, Louisiana was literally caught with his pants down thanks to an errant photo posted to the city’s computer server. The image was sent in 2009 from Stagni’s BlackBerry to the city’s female internal auditor. When she forwarded the image to city’s information technology director, the image was put on the server where it could be requested through a public records request. While the image may not be as scandalous as New York State Senator Anthony Wiener’s series of barely-there shots, it’s perhaps another fair warning that if you are a politician, you should not be taking pictures of yourself in various stages of undress.

Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, Pgiam, image courtesy of City of Kenner

More About: barack obama, gary ball, gay marriage, new york, politics, President, president obama, same-sex marriage, social media, twitter, week in digital politics

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Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

Posted: 02 Jul 2011 07:33 AM PDT

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It was a strange week in the Twitterverse as measured by the top trending topics, with random viral memes out in force.

The top three trends are less surprising — soccer, an awards show and a celebrity death. Justin Bieber remains on the chart because, well — he went to the dentist. But that’s where the chart starts getting weird.

To see the full list, check out the chart below. Because this is a topical list, hashtag memes and games have been omitted from the chart. The aggregate is based on Twitter’s own trending algorithm, and does not necessarily reflect raw tweet volume.

You can check Twitter trends from the past in our Top Twitter Topics section.

Top Twitter Trends This Week: 6/24 – 6/30

This week football fans talked about Lionel Messi, Raúl González Blanco, Paolo Cesare Maldini, Paolo Maldini, Sammy Lee along with the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup occurring in nine host cities in Germany.
BET Awards
The BET Awards program prompted a high number of individual trends but most discussed were Tiffany Green (who won a contest to be a viewer presenter), Chris Brown, Kevin Hart & Tracee Ellis Ross along with a skit called Real Husbands of Hollywood.
Peter Falk
Actor Peter Falk, well-known for his portrayal of detective Lieutenant Columbo, passed away on June 23rd at the age of 83.
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber went to the dentist this week. This event was enough to cause him to trend. Also, fans in Spain are desperate to get their hands on his celebrity fragrance, Someday.
The Wild Thornberrys
It’s not clear what caused Nigel Thornberry, the father on the Nickelodeon show “The Wild Thornberrys” (voiced by Tim Curry) to reach Twitter’s Top 10 but it continued to trend for hours because of nostalgia for childhood TV shows.
Bruno Mars
Singer Bruno Mars is touring France and sent out Tweets about French kissing and other topics that had his fans retweeting him.
Nicki Minaj
Some “haters” started the trend RIP Nicki Minaj which was repeated both by those who don’t care for the singer as well as by her fans who were outraged. But pro-Nicki Minaj or con-, Twitter counts both as trend mentions.
Michael Jackson
June 25, 2011 marked the two year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson and his fans remembered both the singer and his music.
This trend is the result of a viral video on YouTube of a drunken man explaining how “FUAAA!” is the sound you make when you release your strength. He proceeded to yell it repeatedly and a meme (including 5 separate trends) was born. FUAAAAA!
Marriage Equality
The New York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act, a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, on June 24, 2011. New York will be the most populous state to allow same-sex marriage when it takes effect later in July.

Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render

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