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Zynga to launch real-money gambling apps on Facebook

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Zynga Social MediaSpeculators say that Zynga—the online gaming site—intends to bring real-money gambling apps to Facebook.

Reports indicate that ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino apps will soon be available in the United Kingdom. Initially, these apps will only be available to desktop computers with mobile access to follow.

“This is just business as usual for them,” said a Facebook representative to CNET. “What you’re likely hearing about are additional games Zynga is adding to their existing real money gaming ecosystem in the U.K.”

In April, Zynga launched its gambling sites in the UK. It currently has 160 games where players can gamble with real money. They were designed by Zynga with the help of Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment.

Zynga plans to bring the same gambling games available to people in the United States.

Source: CNET


Why did Kobe unfollow Dwight on Twitter?

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Kobe Bryant and Dwight HowardAfter All-Star center Dwight Howard signed with the Houston Rockets on Friday, former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant proceeded to unfollowing Howard on Twitter. Critics say that it was a bit extreme even for Bryant, who’s popular for his killer instinct on the court.

A couple days ago, the five-time NBA champion took to Twitter to explain the incident:

Bryant tweeted: “I wish d12 the best honestly. I just find it hard to follow players that wanna kick my teams ass #thatsjustme”

Howard leaves a tremendous void in Los Angeles. The team is short on personnel and they have serious salary cap problems. It remains to be seen if the Lakers can return to championship contention with Bryant set for a recovery year along with prevailing roster problems.

Bryant follows more than 800 people on Twitter and only a few of them are current NBA players.

Source: USAToday Sports


Why are people addicted to social media?

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Social Media AddictsWhy are people so fond of social media? Some social media users can even be classified as addicts to the online platform. Based on a new study from MyLife.com, the main reason for constant social media use is the fear of missing out.

According to the research, nearly 60% of people are afraid of missing events, news, and other status updates when they aren’t logged in to their social media profiles.

Twenty-six percent of the survey participants even said that they would trade other habits, like smoking and watching television, for access to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The study also indicated that majority of social media subscribers have increased their login frequencies in the past two years. And most of these logins also take place in the morning.

Also, people are beginning to setup more than just one social media account. More than 40% of the participants say that they have multiple accounts. Most of the multiple account holders are in the 18-34 age demographic.

Source: Mashable


Ethan Lipton to rock The Music Hall

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Ethan LiptonEthan Lipton and his band will be performing at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on July 20, 2013.

The United News Service describes Lipton’s music as a fusion of Frank Sinatra and Tom Waits.

Lipton and his band have released four albums. In New York, the band has played in the most hip and happening bars—making them even more popular in the city’s local music scene.

Ticket prices are $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

Participating sponsors in the event include Jumpin’ Jays Fish Café, Raka, 92.5 the river, and Clear Eye Photo.

For more information, please visit The Music Hall.


Fans tweet, Jay-Z answers

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JayZ Magna Carta Holy GrailWhile not usually active on social media, Jay-Z logged in to Twitter on Monday to answer random tweets from fans. The hip-hop mogul answered a full range of questions, from inquiries about Tom Ford to what was his favorite pasta.

On Monday, Jay-Z released his latest album (Magna Carta Holy Grail) to Samsung customers. The general release of the album will be on Tuesday.

In the few hours that he was active on Twitter, the award-winning artist spoke about Magna Carta Holy Grail and how it stacked up to his other albums.

The album has been well received. Steve Jones, a critic from USA Today, wrote: “The breadth of his subject matter—which also touches on family, loyalty, spirituality and fame—is matched by his lyrical acuity. His perspective is that of someone who has achieved much but hasn’t lost sight of what brought him to this point.”

Source: USAToday


Most Common Mistakes People Make on LinkedIn

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LinkedInLinkedIn is a great place to find jobs, to find potential business partners, to connect with associates, and to build an entrepreneur’s network. However, some users are still not getting the results they ought to be getting. This is not necessarily because LinkedIn is the platform for them but rather because they are doing something wrong. Below are some of the most common mistakes that people make in LinkedIn:

Having an Incomplete Profile. A user’s profile is the heart of a successful experience on LinkedIn. Users must optimize their profile so that they can be easily found when other people search for their expertise. Users also need to have a specific headline so that profile viewers will be able to get the information they need from its owner.

Not Having a Photo. Simply put, missing photos lead to missed connections with other LinkedIn users. People are most likely to view a profile if it has a simple, friendly, and professional snapshot.

Having the Wrong Photo. There are people who may have a photo attached to their profile but is not the right kind of picture. LinkedIn is a place for professionals so photos of pets, children, or friends are highly discouraged.

Blindly Connecting with People. A business owner can benefit from LinkedIn if he builds relationships with other users who present potential opportunities for growth.

Not Communicating with One’s Network. Communication is important when it comes to LinkedIn. Without interaction, business owners are missing opportunities to be more visible. Comment on posts, share resources, or answer questions to build relationships with other users online.


Instagram Videos for Businesses

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InstagramWith over 130 million users, Instagram is definitely a great place to promote a brand and Video for Instagram has proven that it is a marketing game changer in just a short span. Unlike its competitor Vine, this feature lets users post up to 15 second of videos which is equal to the length of typical TV advertisements. Below are some tips for business owners to make the most out of Instagram’s video feature:

  • Know what the audience likes. Brands can only make an impact to their target market if they know how to cater to their wants and needs. Most Instagram users are young and they value clean and simple aesthetics paired with unique but sensible content.
  • Use the tools that Instagram provides to make videos look good. Brands can either use a continuous stream or short snapshots, use one of the 13 available filters, choose a cover image, and even stabilize video via the Cinema feature.
  • Make it a point to capture the audience’s attention through using original and enterprising content.
  • Strive to be relevant. Brands can make the most out of the latest trends through incorporating them in their videos. This adds to the appeal of a brand’s content since users soak up anything that is new, hip, and fresh.

Democrats compete for fans, followers, and subscribers in the House of Democrats’ Online All-Star Competition

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House of Democrats Online All-Star CompetitionDemocrats are using social media to interact with their constituents.

On Monday, the House of Democrats’ Online All-Star Competition kicked off. The competition encourages online engagement between Democrats and their constituents.

During the three-week period, Democrats will slug it out to find followers on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The winner is determined by the total number of Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and YouTube subscribers that were acquired by the competitors during the contest.

The top 50 competitors will be named Online All-Stars, while the top spot will be crowned MVP. Winners will be given a virtual badge for their website.

Each competitor will launch various types of social media campaigns to gain followers, fans, and subscribers. They will be posting content, videos, and many more to attract new contacts.

Source: www.usnews.com


Non-profit group uses social media for anti-bullying campaign

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Anti CyberbullyingAccording to research, one in every four children in the United States is a victim of bullying. These kids are taunted, teased, and physically abused in school. In fact, more than 100,000 students skip school due to fear on a daily basis. And the internet has opened new avenues, like social media, where cyberbullying can thrive.

Be More Heroic, a non-profit group based in Los Angeles, is looking to address the problem of cyberbullying. The organization uses social media to educate and empower students.

The company recently partnered with Dubbler—a social media site that lets users record 60-second audio pieces. The site lets you add voice filters, background music, and images. The format is a platform where advocates can raise bullying awareness in a safe and secure environment. Not to mention, bully victims can upload media without revealing their identities.

Be More Heroic has extended its presence in schools and universities across the United States. Currently, more than 15,000 students and teachers from 12 schools actively participate in the organization’s efforts.

The program organizes assemblies and creates public service announcements. They also provide venues where children can openly discuss problems. It also has projects to help bullies themselves.

The partnership between Be More Heroic and Dubbler will officially begin in October, which is anti-bullying month. The two have already started promoting hashtags for their anti-bullying campaign: #BeMoreHeroic, #PassItOn, and #SayNoToBullying.

“There’s no way a school can individually take care of every child,” said Sierra Dowd, co-founder of Be More Heroic. “With apps like this, we’re really able to connect educators, teacher and parents with students to get them talking about what’s going on.”

Source: Mashable


Filter Fakers catch photo fakes on Instagram

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Filter FakersWith today’s photo-editing technologies, smartphone users can easily pose as professional photographers. Moreover, some fakers take it to the next level—captioning their pictures with the hashtag “nofilter” (despite being filtered) on Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr. But their days are numbered.

The website FilterFakers.com aims to catch Instagram users in the fraudulent #nofilter act.

A project of Oskar Sundberg and Per Stenius, Filter Fakers catalogs #nofilter photos and determines whether the images are genuine or not. The site will then identify the type of filter that was used and provide a link to the uploader’s profile.

Filter Fakers also encourages people to report posts that they find suspicious despite being tagged #nofilter. Currently, the site can only track filters on Instagram and a limited number of other photo apps.

Lesson: don’t tag a picture with #nofilter when you actually used one. That’s simple enough.

Source: ABCNews