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Tout.com, the 15-second video cross between Twitter and YouTube, is enjoying a very rapid growth phase fueled by its partnership with WWE Entertainment, the producers of the wildly popular wrestling shows and television programs. WWE put $5 million of the current total of $15 million invested in Tout and uses it to help fans directly connect with its vast universe of stars. Indeed, Tout’s growth of up to 150 million Tout updates and at a rate of 20 percent to 30 percent per month has caught the attention of CNBC, who asked Michael...

Just in time for CES 2013 (and Zennie62 will be in Las Vegas for CES International) Wide Angle Software http://www.wideanglesoftware.com, a leading developer of media management and back-up software, announced today the new TouchCopy 12, the essential back-up, protection, and recovery software for iPods, iPhones and iPads. TouchCopy keeps your smartphone, iPod,...

GoSmart, the leading maker of Stylus devices, has a new product press release that is posted here, below. I expect to see them at CES Las Vegas. And on that note, Zennie62 blog has been credentialed to cover the 2013 International CES from January 8th to the 12th. GoSmart, Inc. www.justgosmart.com announced today the “GoSmart Freedom Stylus” (without magnets),...

PeopleBrowsr, the company behind such products as Kred, is fighting for its life after Twitter, it’s main source of data that drives its business, suddenly (sighting the end of a one-year contract) elected to do an about face and try to turn off access to its “firehose” of tweet-based information that PeopleBrowsr spent $1 million annually to obtain....

The 2012 London Olympics is history, but not so much that we can’t look back and gain a better understanding of who was tops in social media during the event. An infographic developed by Banyan Branch.com provides what just may be the definitive breakdown of social media stars at the UK presentation of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The stars were Michael Phelps,...

Mobile iphone app developers are acknowledged to earn money making use of their skills so we can name three ways they might do so. Here, we’re going to go through the 3 methods which they used in to make money from their expertise. If you are attracted to finding out how to develop mobile programs, this specific conversation might be of a number of awareness...

Today’s Cyber Monday and at 4:18 EDT, it’s well underway and, unlike Black Friday, held last Friday, doesn’t have the limit of a closing time. But the question is, will Cyber Monday 2012 be better than Cyber Monday 2011? In 2011, this blogger wrote: While Cyber Monday was spreading thanks to a great PR campaign featuring mentions on local television,...

Maker Studios and Awesomeness TV are two of a very small, but growing, group of YouTube Partners that are securing millions in venture funding for their video production efforts. According to CrunchBase, Maker Studios has secured $40 million from Time Warner Investments last week, after getting $2.5 million from Greycoft Partners and GRP Partners, according to All...

Think Ninento’s just a bit player in the giant video game industry? Think again. According to this infographic from MBA Online, Nintendo single-handedly saved the video game industry from a certain death. In the 1980′s video game industry revenue plunged 97 percent. But then Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System and made $1.5 billion...

Heloed Griot, or Dwayne, started on YouTube six years ago, but just recently really ramped-up his activity. Now, he’s a YouTube Partner, and can make money from the traffic his videos generate. Welcome to the club! Dwayne and I just ran into each other Thursday at San Francisco’s Westfield Village Shopping Center. He spotted me and said “hello,”...

The scene was a simple visit to The Apple Store on Chestnut near Market in San Francisco, when the Apple staffers broke out in applause. It’s called “The Clapout” and is done whenever an employee is leaving. I didn’t get to talk to the employee because, well, she left. I did manage to catch the event as it unfolded, but it caught me by...

After some pressure, the Examiner.com did respond to my concern over having not been paid for blog work, and said it would send what was accrued. UPDATE: EXAMINER.COM RESPONDS, WILL PAY ZENNIE62 They said that they did not have the right email adress for me, even as I did install the correct one some time ago. But what’s more interesting is that I’d...

If you’re thinking about blogging at Examiner.com, the local-news-focused series of websites that calls writers in various subject areas “Examiners,” think twice. You may not get paid for your work. UPDATE: EXAMINER.COM RESPONDS, WILL PAY ZENNIE62 This blogger’s normal place of content creation is here at Zennie62.com. But I have posted at...

If you have an Apple iPhone 5, read this: The Joy Factory, a leading producer of Apple iPhone cases, has a new one for you. It’s an extended offering of its Airmax™ family of protective cases for the Apple® iPhone®5. The original military-inspired Airmax line has now been expanded to include the Airmax Clear. For maximum protection and a secure grip, the...

Just a quick follow up to the last post featuring Shiva Rajaraman, Director, Product Management at Google YouTube. Shiva reports that YouTube is working on expanding the current active system of funding partners via the YouTube Creator program. The idea is to give more “deserving partners” about $10,000 to jump-start their channel. Rajaraman reports...

The >play 2012 Digital Media Conference is today at the UC Berkeley Haas Business School, and it promises to be an excellent presentation. The event is entirely student-run, and concerns the latest developments in digital media and social media (really, the same) with respect to mobile devices and video. And on the note of video, the second keynote speech will...

It was 2007 and I was invited to a party for Reddit, thanks to Cathy Brooks, currently of Other Than That Studios, and then working with Loc Lemur on the Le Web series in Paris. But this was in San Francisco, and a party held at Galaxy bar during the then-hot annual Web 2.0 Summit, and to celebrate Reddit’s relocation to SF from New York City. Here’s...

The Growth of Social Media is considered one of the most amazing developments of the 21st Century, if not the most incredible one. Consider that in 2004, just eight years ago, there was no Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blip.tv, or any of the social media platforms we use today, and blogs were just becoming known – Michael Arrington would not establish TechCrunch...

Social Media has exploded, no doubt, but Pew Research gives us a great idea of just how much it’s become a part of our daily lives. According to its newly released study called Social Media and Political Engagement, 60 percent of adults uses social media, and of that, 66 percent use it to express political ideology in some way. That explains why this blogger...

If you’re a YouTube Partner, or even just a person uploading a video to YouTube, you may find yourself the victim of firms like the so-called “BMVEntertainment.” This blogger did, but is fighting back. “BMVEntertainment” just today filed a copyright claim against my video called “Cleveland RTA Bus Driver Hits Girl, Gets Suspended.”...

That’s what happened. Famed actress and singer Miley Cyrus was tweeting about Pheed (a new Los Angeles-based social network started by China-based internet entrepreneur O.D. Kobo) she joined, so this blogger followed the link from one of her tweets. This one… I just opened my Pheed channel, check it out pheed.com/MileyCyrus1 — Miley Ray Cyrus...

Gawker’s Adrian Chen’s outed a man considered one of the most insidious trolls on the Internet. His name’s Violentacrez, and is really Michael Brutsch. Mr. Michael Brutsch, according to his real profile, lives in Arlington, TX, has an extensive programming background, and currently works for First Cash Financial Services as an application developer....

Can technology make a better San Francisco? Well-known tech leaders who live in San Francisco (last time I checked) think so. To so this, they’ve come together with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to form SFCITI. SFCITI is described as “Leveraging the collective power of the tech sector as a force for civic action in San Francisco,” and includes...

The new Blackberry L-Series SmartPhone was leaked via a demonstration at BB10 demo. According to WIRED, the person in the video was making the intro of the new product in Mexico while cameras by Hola Telcel were running. What’s interesting about the L-Series is that it looks nothing like any other Blackberry this blogger has ever seen, and it looks very...

For some reason, many new to Social Media act as though blogs don’t exist. While the number of blogs has not diminished, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that the vast majority of people who “do” social media, don’t have a blog of their own or contribute to a blog. (As an aside, if you’re interested in learning...

Demarcus Ware, the Dallas Cowboys Defensive End, hubby, and daddy, is certainly known to NFL Football fans and certainly Cowboys faithful, but now he’s known to social media enthusiasts. Ware has held the third position on Twitter Top Trends for 12 hours now, and counting. Why? This perfectly worded and hashtagged Twitter Tweet: Success is sweet but it issweeter...

Senator Chuck Grassley on VYou.com? VYou.com is a video social media site designed, from first glance, as a cross between Quora and YouTube, with a little Tout.com thrown in. In an effort to grown an audience, the new site has drawn the enthusiastic use of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who’s craggy rocked visage can be seen on 116 videos. Including one where...

Google has done it again. In an obvious ongoing effort to prove it hates bloggers, Google has altered Google Trends such that not even the order of the top 10-15 most popular search trends are listed. Now, Google has reduced Google Trends to a landing page that has an input field, and a rolling list of just nine “Hot Searches” with links to mainstream...

Ok, a person with the YouTube Channel “New World Apple” decided to conduct a “drop test” of the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung S3. The result is the Apple iPhone 5 won because there was no obvious shattering of glass, whereas the Samsung sustained significant damage. Folks, don’t do that to your phone, OK? Share this:StumbleUponLinkedInRedditTumblrPocketDiggTwitterFacebookGooglePinterestEmailPrint...

Congrats to Livebolt, The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon winner. The original plan for this blogger didn’t include TechCrunch Disrupt SF because of family obligations after the Democratic National Convention. But all of that took even greater importance after my Mother and Stepfather were robbed at gunpoint last Wednesday Night in Chicago. So, here is where...

There’s a cool infographic by the web development firm Go-Gulf.com that shows the patterns of use of the top social media platforms. Note that I highlighted top social media platforms because there’s a tendency for some to refer to Facebook and Twitter as if they were the entire Social Media landscape. That’s wrong. There are thousands of Social...

A number of American tech bloggers have pointed to the French blog Nowhereelse.fr, as having true photos of the Apple iPhone 5. But it’s obvious some bloggers over here in the USA failed to read the translated version of what was written at Nowhereelse.fr by Steve Hemmerstoffer. It’s is presented in a careful away, as the iPhone presented to Nowhereelse.fr...

Zennie Abraham, known as Zennie62, was invited to host the Tonya Hall Radio Show on KRCN Radio Colorado Network in Denver Boulder and Fort Collins on Wednesday, September 5th, at 11 AM EST – 8 AM PST. And since this blogger was credentialed to cover the Democratic National Convention, the show will be produced from Charlotte, and at the Marriott Reinanance...

President Barack Obama, as this is being written, is participating in what’s called an “Ask me anything,” chat via Reddit, the Internet link forum that calls itself “The Front Page Of The Internet.” And the result is a heavily overloaded Reddit. This is so because the note “reddit is under heavy load right now, sorry. Try again...

Say you have an idea for a tech startup, but because its an app for risque photos, or a website comparing the legs of women in your dorm, Kickstarter kicked you out? Well, now, you have a place to go: Offbeatr. Offbeatr.com Offbeatr, a site started by the Walnut, California-based ExtraLunchMoney.com, is a place where project creators raise money & community support for adult movies, games, toys, and any other creative projects that may be seen as NSFW. I just read a blog post about how Camille Crimson started a new web company...

Twitter is down as of 9:05 AM Pacific Daylight Time. This was confirmed at the Twitter Status Webpage with this note: Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue. So if you’re experiencing a slowly spinning refresh circle, it’s not your Internet connection, it’s Twitter. I don’t know why it’s down, but I’ll keep working to find out what happened. Stay tuned. Share this:StumbleUponLinkedInRedditTumblrPocketDiggTwitterFacebookGooglePinterestEmailPrint...

If YouTube wants to be the dominant player in providing livestream service over USTREAM.tv, it’s got to get its act together with respect to embedding its livestream video – something that USTREAM.tv has down. UPDATE: You have to select the embed option that is not https for the embed to work. I experienced the YouTube livestream problem just moments ago,...

(YouTube Livestream embed isn’t always reliable.) At Le Web, Tech Blogger Robert Scoble talks about the advantages of a ‘public life’ or so called because he shares a lot of what he does online – as do I. He posts photos of when he was drunk at a party, for example, calling this going over what he calls ‘the freaky line.’ Above...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Founder and CEO Steve Jobs’ pick to replace him prior to his passing (both shown above), can look back and laugh at Victoria Murphy (now Victoria Murphy Barrett) an Associate Editor with Forbes Magazine to this day, who, in 2004 let loose with a character assassination that basically said he wasn’t executive material, as if she...

Pownce V. Twitter. What’s Pownce you ask? What’s fun about 2012 and the emergence of Social Media as both a term and an industry (remember when “New Media” was the preferred term about three years ago?) is the assumed permanence of some platforms and because so many people have entered the space that are in it because it’s popular to be here. But there was a time, in this Galaxy, not too many years ago, when that wasn’t the case. It was 2007, and Twitter was a one-year-old company started by Evan...

Social Media has officially replaced traditional journalism and Old Media as the first news source of choice. Or so says a cool infographic created and distributed by Schools.com. The infographic, which you can see below, reports that over 50 percent of people surveyed get their breaking news via social media rather than traditional news sources, and that 46 percent...

Don’t look now, but TechCrunch – the blog founded by Michael Arrington, who in 2010 then sold it to the Tim Armstrong and Arriana Huffington-ran AOL, and the same Huffington who Michael recently called a “touchy psychopath” for her then-heavy-handed role at the tech blog, chasing off Arrington, and bloggers Sarah Lacy, Paul Carr, and MG Sigler, as well as CEO Heather Harde and eventually nuke-blasting Erick Shoenfeld right out of his job as editor – is showing a traffic rebound after months and months of performance...

PicPlz, the San Francisco-and-Seattle-based mobile photo-sharing platform founded by Dalton Caldwell, who is now founder of Mixed Media Labs, and this blogger is on (along with a number of others including Instagram) just sent an email an hour ago announcing that it was shutting down “permanently” July 3rd 2012. Here’s the email: Hi zennie, picplz Shutting Down Permanently On July 3, 2012, picplz will shut down permanently and all photos and data will be deleted. Until then, you can log in and download your photos by...

Martin Lewis Sells MoneySavingExpert.com For £87 Million? If you’re reading this and in America, you’re wondering first, who is Martin Lewis, second why is his website worth £87 Million, and third, what does that convert to in American dollars? Well, Martin Lewis is an Englishman who’s work on the area of personal finance is such that when the...

Facebook stock has dropped from a high of $42.05 on the first day of trading to Tuesday’s new closing low of $28.80, losing $35 billion in value in the process, dropping from $115.227 billion to $78.912 billion. While observers point to a new round of trading on the options market, and others speculate that the stock price will fall even more, but fail to...

Is TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington losing his memory? Earlier today, this blogger noted the drop in buzz for TechCrunch Disrupt New York, and pointed as the reason, in part, the absence of Michael Arrington’s direct control over the proceedings, and particularly his genius for making up news stories that created attention, and just happened to involve...

Tap Tank is a New York City-based company started by Alisha Outridge, who I met along with her business partner Yael Tamar, at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2011. The three of us have kept in touch both personally and professionally, so Alisha looked me up via Twitter last weekend when she was in San Francisco, and we met at The Balboa Cafe to talk about Tap Tank’s...

TechCrunch Disrupt is into its third day of activities in New York City, and while this blogger’s not there for the second year (I’ll opt for San Francisco because I’ve jumped times zones 15 times this year already), I follow it via online accounts. In searching for “TechCrunch” on Google Search, it was not hard to notice one thing...

Facebook’s friend algorithm is poorly designed, and to a degree that this blogger finds consistently annoying. Really, it’s not just the algorithm that tells you that you’re “friending” people you don’t know, when you do know them, it’s the very website which prompts you to ‘friend’ the same people the system...

“Social Media Ad Trust Grows; Old Media Ad Trust Shrinks?” That’s right. According to a number of sources, as more and more people go online trust in social media ads, generally presented in the framework of frank conversations about the companies and people they’re about, are more trusted than their print and television counterparts. Moreover, activity on social media sites about television is now a common measure with some TV execs, like CW President Mark Pedowitz, who told The Hollywood Reporter “I had...

Twitter. I love it, and combined with Tout it’s a powerful tool. But Twitter’s one main issue has been revenue generation. The problem is Twitter’s basic design is not, for all practical purposes, revenue-generation-friendly. I’m not going to explain why that is, just that it is. But give credit to Twitter for trying to fit a square-peg...

Tango is not just a dance, but an app that allows you to make video calls via your cell phone. It’s Face Time for those who don’t have an Apple iPhone, even though you can download it for your iPhone. Here’s the video: Tango’s simplicity, coupled with the desire of millions to share their faces and perhaps other parts of their bodies to...