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Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, has been named Time magazine's 2010 Person of the Year.

Every year Time magazine gives its accolade "to the person or thing judged to have most influenced the culture and the news during the past year, for good or for ill," the Guardian reported. The Guardian quoted Time journalist Lev Grossman, who said that Zuckerberg was honoured "for connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives."

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-16 17:38

From 2005 to 2010, the top-ranking websites have changed considerably, with only Yahoo, Google and MSN on the top 10 list from five years prior, according to Alexa. Google took the No. 1 ranking from Yahoo, which has dropped to No. 4. Meanwhile, relative newcomers Facebook,YouTube,Windows Live,Wikipedia, Blogger, Baidu and QQ are among the most popular sites on the Web detailed in World Digital Media Trends 2010, released by the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Nielsen categorises the top 10 global websites differently from Alexa, by organising the list by parent companies, some of which have a dozen or more websites included in the grouping. Google remains in the No. 1 position, and in this group, includes YouTube.

Microsoft, which includes Bing and MSN, takes the No. 2 spot, followed by Yahoo! sites, Facebook, Ebay,Wikipedia, Amazon, AOL, News Corp. Online (including MySpace) and Interactive Corp. The top 10 list represents between 27.3 percent and 83.9 percent of active reach on the Internet in December 2009, according to Nielsen.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-12-14 20:41

TigerLogic Corporation is taking the concept of a personalised newspaper and applying it to the social networking world.

The data management and application solutions company announced today it is launching PostPost, a "real-time personal social newspaper that collects and curates posts shared by your Facebook friends into a familiar, easy-to-read tabloid layout," the company explained in a press release. The newspaper hopes to improve upon the Facebook News Feed, which it says "can quickly become cluttered and unmanageable."

"PostPost is a news aggregator for the social generation, and collates the articles, videos, and photos your friends have found interesting enough to post. It features advanced search technology powered by yolink where users can search deeply within all of their news articles across disparate sources," the PostPost website explained.

PostPost is similar to paper.li, which recently launched Facebook support for its product. However, with paper.il, there is more of an ability to customise news sources, Mashable's Christina Warren pointed out. It also is similar to the mobile app Pulse and the Flipboard iPad app; however, PostPost is accessible through Web browsers, she explained.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-07 22:04

Eight press outlets in France have teamed up to launch a digital kiosk (dubbed E-Presse Premium) equipped with their respective publications' content, by early 2011, Agence France-Presse reported this week. According to L'Expansion, the kiosk will allow users to access either individual articles or to obtain a subscription for extra features, while utilising a single account to surf a variety of titles like with Amazon's "one-click shopping" technique.

The newly established partnership intends to weaken the impact of companies like Google, Apple and Facebook in the digital era, Le Figaro suggested. Without this union, the titles don't have much say and have to adhere to conditions imposed by the tech giants. However, the deal will now permit them to set their own rules in the industry.

Image: CS Monitor

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-12-01 18:06

In a joint announcement today, Facebook and MySpace announced they are coordinating efforts, and the News Corp.-owned MySpace is adding more features from Facebook Inc., Bloomberg reported.

Users will now be able to coordinate their accounts using a "Mash Up with Facebook" service that allows MySpace to use information, such as entertainment preferences, from its users' Facebook accounts, PCWorld explained. MySpace will then be able to better offer more targeted content and also suggest related content the user might like.

Image: MySpace is increasingly focusing on social entertainment

The companies have said there are no financial terms of the agreement, but MySpace will benefit by using information supplied by Facebook. To return the favour, MySpace will soon add Facebook "Like" buttons across its site, and when a user clicks on one, the data will go back to Facebook's treasure trove of user data, according to PCWorld.

"MySpace has already acknowledged Facebook as the winner in the battle for social networking supremacy and has been redesigning itself as a social entertainment destination targeted at a younger Gen Y audience," SeattlePI.com Blogs writer Benny Evangelista pointed out.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-18 23:27

It would be tempting to assume, especially given the unsurprising fact that The New York Times website ranks number one in terms of worldwide usage, that all of today's most viewed news websites have sprouted from prestigious, well-established, internationally-known print newspapers. Not necessarily the case. In fact, the second most viewed newspaper website worldwide is the UK Daily Mail's online counterpart, Mail Online.

Just how did this middle-range tabloid's website rise from relative obscurity to become the second most popular newspaper site in the world, and the most popular news site in the UK?

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-17 16:36

In a move that could threaten Google, Yahoo and AOL, social networking giant Facebook is planning to launch a webmail service on Monday, Slate reported today.

"Facebook has the world's most popular photos product, the most popular events product, and soon will have a very popular local deals product as well," TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid wrote.

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The initiative (termed "Project Titan") is believed to have e-mail features that analyse events, photos and friends from a user's page and use the data to then analyse e-mail and short messages, The Inquirer reported. Users will have facebook.com e-mail addresses, the Financial Times informed.

"The big unknown, though, is what Facebook e-mail could supply beyond an inbox and address book. Gmail genuinely innovated with storage capacity, the ability to archive e-mail, secure communications by default, and customisation through labs features. What might Facebook accomplish, especially given its quantitative knowledge of who is most important to whom in the social realm?" pondered CNet's Stephen Shankland.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-12 17:59

Facebook dominated 23 percent of the display ad impression market during the third quarter of 2010, compared to 9 percent the same time last year, a comScore report has revealed, the Washington Post and Information Week wrote yesterday.

"Just one year ago we were still in the midst of an advertising recession, but several growth drivers have contributed to sustained improvements over the past few quarters," said comScore Senior Vice President Jeff Hackett, CNet informed. "The ability to buy specific audiences is enabling a greater number of display ads to be delivered on target, display formats are improving at a rapid rate, and the quality of creative is getting better every day. As publishers prove the value of online display ad campaigns, digital should continue to carve out a bigger piece of the advertising pie."

Image: MasterNewMedia

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-10 19:45

Russian Facebook investor Mail.ru Group saw a 30 percent climb on the London Stock Exchange last Friday, gathering US$912 milllion, Bloomberg reported. The Initial Public Offering valued Mail.ru at $5.71 billion, which was the largest in the UK since July.

The Internet firm and its current stakeholders sold 32.9 million global depositary receipts for $27.70 each, Bloomberg revealed. However, on Friday the figures experienced a boost as they reached $37 per share, AFP informed.

Mail.ru operates Russian-language e-mail, gaming sites as well social networks, such as Odnoklassniki and VKontakte. The Wall Street Journal outlined that the company appealed to investors because they saw a chance to bet on the possible development within the country's economy as well as Mail.ru's significant market shares in strategic areas.

"This is the first issue in 2010 that has been able to place at the top of the indicated price range," said Chris Weafer, chief strategist at financial group Uralsib. "While most other IPOs have struggled in tough market conditions, Mail.Ru has certainly hit a sweet spot."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-08 21:45

Russia's telephone operator Vimpelkom announced today that its Beeline network provider is teaming up with the country's largest social site, VKontakte, to offer free access to the mobile edition of the site, GZT.ru reported. According to Oksana Belyaeva, Vimpelkom director of marketing for new business tools, almost half of Beeline subscribers with mobile Web access use the Internet for social networking.

O.vkontakte.ru is a text-only site, as opposed to other mobile versions of the social network, meaning that pages are loaded much faster, GZT.ru reported. Extra material can be downloaded by users and the cost varies depending on the subscription package each user has. Vimpelkom's commercial interest lies in this factor, RIA Novosti informed.

Russian mobile operators are branching out into social networking features because there is a surging interest amongst the population, RIA Novosti explained. Another prominent provider, MTS, launched a mobile Facebook site (O.facebook.com) simultaneously alongside Vimpelkom during the summer. A third large operator, MegaFon, has ventures with VKontakte, but hasn't initiated free mobile access to either Facebook or its Russian counterpart yet.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-27 22:09

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