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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, and tablet data safe from loss and damage, backing up and protecting your investment in music, video, books, photos, contacts and more. TouchCopy transfers data from your iOS...

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), the world’s smoothest, most precise stylus for iPads, touchscreen tablets, smart phones and other devices. The GoSmart Freedom Stylus (without magnets) is based on the...

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. According to the complaint filed by PB, which is the basis for its successful restraining order granted Wednesday and preventing Twitter from kicking it out of access...

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, Usan Bolt, and Gabrielle Douglas, and in order of the “most talked about” athletes. (You mean Hope Solo wasn’t in the top three?) Meanwhile, the most talked...

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 for you. You may well be extremely interested to discover how along with means in which you are able to flip this kind of interest into a income source to suit your needs. We’re...

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, it was the emergence and growth of social media that fueled the spread of Cyber Monday as a true day and a habit. For all practical purposes, Cyber Monday’s level of...

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 Things D, in July of 2011. In total, Maker Studios, the producers of the Epic Rap Battles In History YouTube video series, has gathered $44 million in total funding. Here’s...

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 – 15 times the money the industry made just three years before in 1982. Nintendo “made video games cool again.” Nintendo launched characters like The Mario...

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,” so I returned the greeting with a vlog-on-the-spot! YouTube! A fun place to be! Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/haloedg Oh, here’s a sample video from...

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 surprise. ...

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 earned a lot more than $93 – $350 and from activity over the last three years. In the score of things, it’s not a lot, but then I have not contributed to Examiner.com...

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 The Examiner strictly because of its’ access to Google News, and my knowledge of how to design a blog post that reaches high rank in that system. Google News should have...

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 protective case features the patent-pending Diamond Air Cushion™, a raised textured design with multiple shock-absorbent layers. The Airmax boasts the slimmer profile and...

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 that this program’s going to be expanded dramatically over the next year. Maybe for Zennie62? Stay tuned. ...

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 be given by Shiva Rajaraman, Director Product Management at Google and for YouTube. Being a YouTube Partner, you can bet I’m quite interested in what he has to say. ...

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 video: Reddit Founder Steve Huffman described Reddit simply: “Reddit. Well, if you don’t know, it’s a top 40 site. It’s like a top 40 list of...

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 until the next year, 2005. Since then, Social Media has given us a giant social mirror that, for the first time, allows us to evaluate events in our society and via exchange...

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 gets the occasional testy Twitter tweet from some couch potato conservative (defined as a person who has no concrete reason for being conservative other than what they hear...

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.” This one: It has been seen over 100,000 times as of this writing. “BMVEntertainment” was not the person on the bus, and parts of the video have been...

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 (@MileyCyrus) October 15, 2012 and joined Pheed. What’s Pheed? Pheed is best described as a social network with a central timeline – which reads like any other...

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. There, he does the following, or can do: - Write point-of-sale and back-end accounting applications for financial services company using Perl and MS-SQL – Experience...

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 members representing over 100 tech companies in San Francisco, and is primarily represented by Jack Dorsey, Co-founder of Twitter; Founder of Square,Biz Stone, Co-founder of...

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 much like the Apple iPhone. In fact, it looks enough like the Apple iPhone for it to be called an iPhone-clone in this space. In fact, that observation should give Apple pause...

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 about the history of blogs and blogging, check out Scott Rosenberg’s classic book called Say Everything. Here’s my video interview with Scott:) Indeed, this is a...

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 if it’s delayed and you’ve gone through struggles and defeatsto get it…….. #REFOCUSING #COWBOYNATION — D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) October 3, 2012 It...

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 he unfairly blasts Nevada Senator Harry Reid for not making a Senate Budget, and makes wild claims about the advantages of a Republican-led Senate, saying it would make tough...

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 media websites, in a blatant effort to promote a few organizations (is this a cartel?) and allow them to shape the news for the rest of us. About the only good thing Google...

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? ...

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 this blog post is being written – Chicago. Meanwhile TechCrunch Disrupt is underway, and here’s to a great several days. The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon produced...

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 Media platform large and small, and from Friend Feed to Tellen.me and The People Aggregator. In my time, I’m pretty sure I’ve tried 90 percent of them. But for...

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 as the real iPhone 5 did was provided by an unnamed source they met on an airplane. But, the iPhone, if it is the Apple iPhone 5, is longer than the iPhone 4. Well,...

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 SouthPark Hotel. The show, which this blogger has been a frequent guest on many times, focuses on what Tonya calls “The Power of Social Media” and how it can be...

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 in a few minutes,” which means everyone wants to ask the POTUS a question. But it also means President Obama is reaching out to America in ways his GOP challenger Mitt...

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...