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Apple Kills Chomp for Android (GigaOM)
Apple acquired app discovery service Chomp earlier this year, betting that it would help make app discovery easier and better on its iTunes App Store. The casualty of that acquisition is the Chomp for Android app which seems to have been discontinued. Ars Technica Chomp’s app allows users to search the App Store using a proprietary algorithm to figure out what apps actually do (instead of just using keywords or app names). The app also allows users to see which apps their Facebook or Twitter friends have reviewed, adding a social networking element to the service. MacRumors Apple reportedly paid about $50 million for Chomp, which also had a deal with Verizon to power its Android app search tools. That agreement will presumably be ending as Chomp completes its integration into Apple and focuses all of its attention on iOS. SlashGear Still, beyond the annoyance factor for Android users previously relying on Chomp to ferret out new software, the real interest should come when Apple better integrates the engine into its own store. According to sources speaking when the deal was first revealed, Apple intends to use the technology to dramatically improve the discoverability of new and interesting apps in its increasingly crowded store.
Klouchebag Delivers Stinging Rebuke to Klout, Social Media Obsessives (PCMag)
Klouchebag.com, a hilarious rating system launched on Friday that turns the Klout algorithm on its head, issuing stinging rebukes to social media obsessives for such crimes as mangling the English language, begging Twitter followers for retweets and “every useless check-in on Foursquare or its horrible brethren.” AllTwitter It appears, Tom Scott, an apparently all around talented individual (with a funny bone) got annoyed “with the fuss around Klout, the horrible social-game that assigns you a score based on how ‘influential’ you are online.” Betabeat Self-promoter extraordinaire and sex tape starlet Kim Kardashian earns a 75, “Quite Horrible,” guilty on all charges but anger. Investor and Butterfly Effect headliner Ashton Kutcher escapes with a 45, “Mostly Noise,” for abuse of both retweets and English. Oh, and creator Tom Scott’s score? 100, or “Prat of the year.” Someone isn’t happy with the amount of time he wastes on Twitter.
Yahoo Adds Two Patents To Facebook Suit (AllFacebook)
The latest volley in the unpopular patent-infringement lawsuit Yahoo filed against Facebook last month was fired by Yahoo, which claimed in a court filing Friday that it is not infringing on any of Facebook’s patents, along with adding two more of its own patents to the list of those allegedly being violated by the social network. Cnet The two patents that Yahoo added to the suit include one that covers a “system and method to determine the validity of and interaction on a network” and another for a “system and method allowing advertisers to manage search listings in a pay for placement search system using grouping.” The Next Web A Facebook spokesperson gave us the following comment regarding Yahoo’s latest move: “We remain perplexed by Yahoo’s erratic actions. We disagree with these latest claims and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously.”
Two Angry Birds Leaders Leave The Nest To Start Boomlagoon (Exclusive) (VentureBeat)
Antti Stén, the lead server architect for the original Angry Birds, and Tuomas Erikoinen, lead artist, have left Rovio to create a new game studio called Boomlagoon. Gamasutra The pair, based in Helsinki, Finland, is aiming to create “convivial and intriguing games,” although the studio has not yet divulged details of games it is working on.
3 Ways to Visualize Text with Infomous (SocialTimes)
Now that artsy sites like Pinterest and Instagram are reaching critical mass, even writers need a way to make their stories pop. Recently, publishers like The Economist, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly have turned to a text visualization tool called Infomous to give readers a fresh perspective on current events.
Victims Of Cyberbullying Fight Back In Lawsuits (The Associated Press)
When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there was not much they could do because the harassment occurred off campus. So the 14-year-old girl, Alex Boston, is using a somewhat novel strategy to fight back: She’s slapping her two classmates with a libel lawsuit. The Daily Dot U.S. federal courts are struggling with the issue of whether taking action against teens who cyberbully others off campus is a healthy step forward, or if taking such measures violates the bullies’ First Amendment rights.
Tumblr President John Maloney Leaves (AllThingsD)
John Maloney, who has steered day-to-day operations at Tumblr for nearly four years, is stepping down. The company hasn’t announced a replacement for Maloney’s president slot. The Next Web It sounds as if Maloney will maintain an advisory role with the company, or at least making himself available to the team he helped build over the years.
Social Networking And Gaming Mobile Apps Are Now Neck-And-Neck For Time Spent On Android, iOS (TechCrunch)
Mobile analytics provider Flurry has found that consumers are spending as much time in social networking apps as they are in mobile games. You can actually visually see the changes on the charts compared to a year ago. Today apps like Viddy, Socialcam and Instagram are in the Top 5 free in the U.S. on iOS. These are all apps for sharing content like videos and friends. A year ago, these would have probably been mostly games.
NBA Playoff Teams’ Seasons in Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]
Pro basketball had the Internet a-twitter. Men and women — okay, mostly men — took to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms to follow the action, offer opinions and debate which team looked most primed for a championship run, according to this infographic.