A Clever way to track web sentiment

A new service lets you link to stories through domains like loath.es or iwantth.is. Bitly, the link-shortening service, has something small and good for you to play with. They call it Bitly for Feelings, and it adds a clever new capability to social media.

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Gumroad wants to make selling content easy

Sahil Lavingia, the CEO of Gumroad,  explained that his company makes it easy to sell things online, I didn’t immediately understand why that was a service people needed. After all, you can sell things in a lot of places: eBay, Etsy or Craigslist. You could accept money through Venmo or Paypal, sell on Facebook through Chirpify, or buy a Square dongle and let people swipe their credit cards.

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Quantum dynamics comes to Minecraft

Google has partnered with Mojang and a team of prolific Minecraftmodders to create a mod that adds quantum physics to Minecraft.

The qCraft mod doesn’t aim to replicate quantum physics exactly, but it brings principles of it to life in Minecraft‘s blocky world.

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Social Touch raises $10M

Last year, Salesforce acquired Buddy Media for $689 million to become a marketing powerhouse.

Social Touch hopes to emulate Buddy Media’s success in China — and just snagged a more than $10 million cash injection to help brands like Proctor & Gamble, Dell, and Coca-Cola get their message out on China’s social networks.

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6 Customer experience mistakes

Over the months, this blog has featured a lot of lists of best practices and tips. This post is going to be a bit different. There’s nothing better than learning from experience, and this time we’d like to learn from Netflix’ bad experience when it mishandled  attempts to change its offering and rates.

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The Connected Car

Since the launch of General Motors’ OnStar service in 1996, vehicles with embedded cellular connections have become part of the connected world — an era of smart, connected products and infrastructure. Now, vehicle manufacturers are preparing to significantly increase the prevalence of these connections in their new products, and — more importantly — to employ high-speed broadband in place of the narrowband modems of the past. The connected vehicle is now emerging as a unique computing environment, distinct from the office, home, and on-the-go not just because it’s in motion, but also because of its significant constraints and its composition of both user- and vehicle-driven elements.

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PayPal lets you pay with your face

UK consumers can now leave their wallets at home and pay using nothing more than their phones and faces thanks to PayPal’s “check in” app — at certain outlets.

The app works across iOS, Android and Windows Phone and highlights businesses nearby that let customers pay by PayPal. You can link your PayPal account to your bank account, debit or credit card, so that you don’t have to worry about being in credit in order to make payments.

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IFTTT launches iPhone app

Quietly, IFTTT has become an indispensable tool for a growing number of internet users, making connections between web services including Facebook, Gmail, Dropbox and a host of others. The name stands for If This Then That, a phrase that represents the way its “triggers” (this) and “actions” (that) are used for the different “channels”. If this happens in Facebook, do that in Dropbox. If this is posted on Instagram or SoundCloud, do that with it in my Gmail inbox. And so on.

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Open Data for Africa

 

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it has completed the last phase of deploying its Open Data for Africa platform across the continent following deployments in Benin, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Togo.

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Google App Engine just for your busy application: Dedicated memcache

If you’re a developer needing fast query performance for your applications, Google App Engine now has a deal for you. The just-released GAE 1.8.2 version includes a preview of dedicated memcache for just that sort of use case.

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