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Twitter Is Getting Serious About Growing Money Tweets

posted Sunday Jul 10, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Twitter Is Getting Serious About Growing Money Tweets

With Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams largely out of the picture, CEO Dick Costolo is looking to expand their current ad platform to start bringing in some more money as they look to raise another round of investor capital. Who and how much are still unanswered questions but in the past Twitter has averaged around $200-$300 million per round so we could probably expect to see a similar amount this time as well. The reason for the new capital is simple, they need to buy time so they can actually try to find a way to legitimize their service. This is a problem that goes back well before March of last year when Biz Stone announced they really weren't sure how to make money and also weren't really worried about it, at all.

What does Costolo have in mind to help try and put this issue to bed? Hit the break to read on and find out.

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Google Adds to Its Offerings

posted Saturday Jul 9, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google Adds to Its Offerings

In the wake of myspace's sale last week, Google has decided that it needs to fill the power vacuum by filling the position vacated by myspace. There are, apparently not enough second-tier, poorly thought out social networking sites, so Google is stepping in with Google+, since second-tier and poorly thought out are right in their wheel house. Google+ is both of these.

Some of our regular readers might have thought I changed teams last week when I wrote about Google's Pride shirts and their HTML5 creator, Swiffy, but I assure you I am still here to tell you the truth. In this case, the truth is, Google+ is exactly what I expected.

What does that mean? Hit the break to find out.

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Facebook Upgrades Its Messaging, Again

posted Saturday Jul 9, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Facebook Upgrades Its Messaging, Again

Facebook, in an attempt to mitigate the damage done by Google+, made a big integration announcement this week. Starting now, if you install Skype version 5.0 for Windows, you will be able to use Skype from within Facebook.

Most of the "usefulness" is hokum, such as being able to read your news feed from within the Skype client, but there are some legitimate features as well. The integration of video chatting into Facebook is something that is needed, if for no other reason than Google Chat already includes video, and Google Chat is integrated into Google+.

What else has Facebook got planned for new features? Hit the break to find out.

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Zune Video Pass Coming Soon to Xbox LIVE?

posted Saturday Jul 9, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Zune Video Pass Coming Soon to Xbox LIVE?

We know Xbox LIVE has been very much into the video scene. No matter where you live and what you like to stream, there's options for you. You have Netflix, Hulu Plus, AT&T U-Verse and even Sky Player for my people in UK, and that's just the third-party stuff. There's a whole catalog of video goodness within LIVE's Video Marketplace, too. However, if you are like most people, we blow by the Video Marketplace on our way to Netflix or Hulu Plus, knowing our options are a little more extensive over there. There's that, and the fact that we've already paid a monthly subscription for one if not both of those services and don't want to shell out another 400-800 Microsoft Points to rent out an HD movie.

Wouldn't it be nice if just like the beloved and awesome Zune Music Pass there was a Zune Video Pass that allowed an all-you-can-stream package for a low monthly option? I know I would be onboard for that, and Microsoft knows that people have been asking for it. So this week, rumors have been flying around about a video streaming service to launch, complete with Zune branding. It makes sense, too, as they'd make more money if they kept the video streaming inside their own services and didn't have to link out to a third-party. Don't fret, though, I'm sure Microsoft will keep all of their external options on LIVE, too, as they do still want the Xbox to be the center of all of your entertainment, no matter where you may want it to come from.

We have more on what this package might be after the break.

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Hulu's Facebook Connect Quickly Disconnected

posted Saturday Jul 9, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Hulu's Facebook Connect Quickly Disconnected

So any notion that Hulu might be finally moving in the right direction, even after they put themselves up for sale can just be tossed out the window. The video-streaming service hit another roadblock this week, as their Facebook integration launch ended in failure, at least for now. Logging into your Facebook account to connect your Hulu account to it would sometimes result in you seeing some other users' information, like profile photo and email address. I guess if you're into the whole live someone else's life kind of thing, it's not such a bad feature, but for everyone else, we'd prefer to see our own information.

The good news here is that Hulu says it was not the doing of a hack attempt, instead it was simply a coding error.

Richard Tom, VP of platform technology spoke on this in a blog post this week.

When we launched our Facebook Connect feature early this morning, we discovered that a small number of users weren't seeing their own Hulu account information upon login. We're still drilling down on the precise nature of the issue, but we know that it was a coding and configuration error on Hulu's side, and not the result of hacking, or other third party actions, or a vulnerability in Facebook Connect.

For more on what happens now for Hulu and to see if the problem has been resolved, click the break.

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Web DVR Allows You to PlayLater

posted Sunday Jul 3, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Web DVR Allows You to PlayLater

A service called PlayLater has recently been brought to my attention and while it's not the first service to act like a web DVR, it is the first one I've seen to encompass such a wide array of content and function fairly well.

As anyone who consumes video content from several different places is aware of, navigating several websites and then locating and playing video content can be annoying when repeated consistently. I mean, your goal is to watch the content not waste time tracking down the contents of your desire right? Right. Let's say you want to keep up with the extended interviews Jon Stewart posts on The Daily Show website, some of the Syfy web series and online original movies as well as Aqua Teen Hunger Force on adult swim. PlayLater seems like a viable solution so hit the break to get the good and the bad.

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