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Facebook Smacks Back at Yahoo With Patent Claims in Counter-Lawsuit (AllThingsD)
In its counter-claim filing, involving 10 patents held by Facebook, the social networking giant said that Yahoo is infringing via a wide range of its offerings, including its homepage, content optimization, relevance engine, Flickr photo-sharing service and advertising throughout its huge site. AllFacebook The timing is dangerous for both companies, as Facebook is nearing its initial public offering, while Yahoo is poised to announce massive layoffs in the thousands. paidContent Facebook’s rapid response suggests the company is spoiling for a fight. Ordinarily, a defendant in major litigation will use procedural tactics to delay filing its defense or counterclaim. PandoDaily This fight is about so much more than Yahoo and Facebook – it’s keying off of years of anger over software patent trolling that have long been coming to an ugly head.
Instagram for Android — Available Now (Instagram Blog)
The Android app offers an extremely familiar Instagram experience when compared to the iOS app. You’ll find all the same exact filters and community as our iOS version. WebProNews Instagram for Android is live in Google Play right now. The app is getting very good reviews, though a few are critical of its design. Gizmodo The app will work with Android devices running versions 2.2 and higher that support OpenGL ES 2. The Verge According to the numbers listed on Google’s Play Store, Instagram has already hit a million downloads in its first day of availability, meaning the download was about as popular on opening day as Microsoft’s Consumer Preview for Windows 8.
Amazon Tests In-App Purchases to Challenge Apple, Google (Bloomberg)
The service being tested allows both subscriptions and purchases of individual items within apps, according to Maria Ly, co-founder of Skimble Inc., a seller of physical fitness programs that has been involved in Amazon’s pilot for about a month. VentureBeat The biggest benefit of an Amazon app store would be in boosting media sales from owners of its Kindle Fire tablet. At $199, the Kindle Fire is a loss-leader and relies on purchases being made via the tablet to generate a profit. PCMag In-app purchases are expected to generate $5.6 billion in revenue by 2015, up from $970 last year, according to January stats from IHS iSuppli.
9 Ways to Add LinkedIn to Your Company Website (Mashable)
Adding LinkedIn’s social features to your company website is a great way to tap into both a large-scale recruitment platform and a targeted network of business contacts. If you’re ready to get started, here are nine key plugins and examples.
The Story of Skout: From Deadpool’s Door to $22M Led By Andreessen Horowitz (TechCrunch)
Andreessen Horowitz is betting on Skout as a play in the mobile dating space, an area that is only just starting to be cracked, though there are other mobile dating apps out there from sites like OKCupid, Flirtomatic and Badoo.
New Digital Magazine App Launches Today (The Wall Street Journal / Digits)
The Next Issue Media app provides a way for readers to create their own library of magazines and house them in a single digital storefront, with new issues automatically appearing when they’re published. Adweek The offering will start with just 35 titles, albeit big-circulation ones, like Better Homes and Gardens, People and Vanity Fair. The titles will only be available on Android-powered tablets, not on the iPad, although Next Issue is applying to Apple to get the newsstand on the dominant device. Forbes Among the virtues of this approach: Users don’t need to learn separate navigational rules for each magazine they want to read. They can also benefit from buying in bulk: An all-access subscription to all of NIM’s titles costs $14.99, while a subscription that only covers monthly titles is only $9.99.
Google+ Profiles Get Personal, Now Includes Address Book Information From Google Contacts (The Next Web)
The Google Contacts team announced Monday night that address book information will start being displayed on your friends’ Google+ profiles, if you have them stored. This is a pretty handy update and doesn’t require you to add or remove any information on your end, since the details are completely populated from the visitor’s Google Contact account.
Twitter Beefs Up European Presence, Seeks 12 New Hires In Dublin, London (AllTwitter)
The company is looking for sales managers and account executives. They’re specifically looking for account executives able to break into the Netherlands, Spain and UK/Ireland markets. And, of course, to let interested sales folk know about these new positions, the company sent out a tweet from its UK Twitter account.
On Facebook, Some Friendly Energy Rivalry (The New York Times / Green)
Teaming with Facebook, energy conservation advocates and the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, Opower released a new app on Tuesday that will allow interested parties in 20 million households served by 16 utilities to post their energy use on their Facebook pages and invite friends to do so as well.
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