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  • Not just killer apps, but online media properties are the new rage in Internet acquisitions. TechCrunch being sold for $25m to $60m to AOL.

    Read more: http://gigaom.com/2010/09/29/michael-arringtons-road-to-millions/
  • A Map of Online Communities
  • How Android, Blackberry and iPhone users see themselves and each other
  • Analysing the current situation of Daily Deal Services by Marco Giannini
  • Do Email Marketing Campaigns Still Work?
  • How important have apps become? via @Charles Nouÿrit
  • Facebook started out as a way for friends to connect and interact online. Yet, as the startup grew from a few thousand users at New England colleges to hundreds of millions around the world, it quickly became a place where businesses could interact more intimately with their customers.

    In the past few years, big brands have started taking social media seriously, and Facebook marketing is a big part of the plan for many companies. However, even big brands struggled to amass a Facebook following or extract value in the beginning. Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most recognizable brands, for example, had 800 Facebook fans in November 2007. It has 16.5 million now.

    In this infographic, we explore the timeline of brand-friendly updates to Facebook itself, as well as the brands that dominate in Facebook marketing today.

    via Mashable: http://mashable.com/2010/11/15/biggest-facebook-brands/
  • Yahoo has released its annual “Year in Review” report, a dive into the top searches and search trends on the world’s second largest search engine.The report, released every year by the Internet giant, determines what queries topped user interest based on search volume and search growth to figure out what was hot in 2010.
  • According to paint manufacturer Dupont, silver and black are always in a tight competition for the title of the “world’s most popular car color.”

    “Our annual global color analysis allows DuPont to share insights into global color trends with automakers as they’re planning future vehicle designs,” said Nancy Lockhart, DuPont color marketing manager. “The demand for fresh, high-quality information is more relevant today than ever before, as the industry continues to see increased consumer demand for innovative vehicle design and styling.”
  • The Economics of Holiday Gift Giving
  • A history of fashion told through silhouettes
  • Do you know what happens in one minute on the Internet? In just one minute, more than 204 million emails are sent. Amazon rings up about $83,000 in sales. Around 20 million photos are viewed and 3,000 uploaded on Flickr. At least 6 million Facebook pages are viewed around the world. And more than 61,000 hours of music are played on Pandora while more than 1.3 million video clips are watched on YouTube. Read more: http://scoop.intel.com/what-happens-in-an-internet-minute/
  • Twitter now generates the majority of its revenue from ads shown to mobile users, while other Internet companies like Facebook are struggling with mobile. Look at how well P.F. Chang's recent campaign went: http://on.wsj.com/LUDmzS
  • Where is the best place to be born in the world today? In a light-hearted ranking that we compiled in 1988, America came top. In 2013, the Economist Intelligence Unit more earnestly calculated where would be best to be born. It ranked America 16th. http://econ.st/W3oKJw
  • With the rise of digital devices that tell time, track your steps and even pay the dinner bill, it would seem that the demise of the mechanical watch would be fast approaching. But in fact, high-end timepieces are doing just fine. Last year, Switzerland exported a record $24.3 billion worth of them (which says nothing of the equally booming vintage business).

    And while the Apple watch, which launched in April and sold an estimated 2.5 million units in its first quarter, is likely to affect those numbers, most traditional producers are taking their smart competition in stride. After all, they survived the ravages of the 1970s, when quartz technology made 60,000 watchmakers obsolete.

    Indeed, the Swiss are in the midst of a horological renaissance in which dedicated collectors wait years — and pay millions — for timepieces that make up for their lack of digital functionality with analog elegance and a promise: Given regular servicing, they’ll run in perpetuity.
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