Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey may live in San Francisco, the tech hub where he started Twitter and Square, but he’s an avowed St. Louis Cardinals fan. The Cardinals are currently squaring off with the San Francisco Giants for a World Series berth, and Dorsey recently tweeted a pro-Cardinals photo from AT&T Park in S.F.
Cardinals reliever Jason Motte sent some love back Dorsey’s way on Wednesday, by tweeting the tech luminary an electronic autograph and voice message via Egraphs.com, a service that lets fans and athletes connect digitally. Motte’s tweet is embedded here, and click the link to check out his full autograph and voice message:
Hey @jack – Got this @egraphs for you. Thanks…
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You’ve probably never felt pressure to fill out your About Me section on Facebook - that may change.
Recently some users began noticing a percentage meter that encouraged them to complete their profiles. Filling out their current city, where they work and where they’re from yielded a higher percentage. Once at 100% the profile is considered complete.
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This is one way to potentially improve ad-targeting options. Added personal data will give advertisers more information to target specific locations, demographics and ages. Earlier this month, Facebook launched a feature akin to Pinterest that …
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Mozilla just launched the latest Aurora version of Firefox for Android and with this, the organization is also opening the Firefox Marketplace to early adopters and testers. The Firefox Marketplace is similar to the Google’s Web Store for Chrome. Users can browse the store to find mobile web apps and developers can showcase their web apps. These apps run in full-screen mode and can also be pinned to the home screen. Distant Orbit, Jauntly, Soundcloud and Twitter are among the first apps in the store, where all the apps are currently available for free.
As Firefox engineering manager Bill Walker notes in the announcement today, the goal behind this early release is to “collect as much real-life feedback as possible about the Marketplace’s design, usability, performance, reliability, and content.” He also stresses that this is meant to be an open ecosystem, where “users have choices and developers have control over their content, functionality and distribution.” In order to facilitate this open ecosystem, Firefox offers developers number of APIs for app submissions, payments and app discovery.
After this early release, the Marketplace will slowly make its way through Firefox’s Aurora and Beta releases. In addition, it will also become a cornerstone of Firefox OS, Mozilla’s budding operating system for mobile devices.
What happens if Google boycotts an entire country’s news content? We might get to witness such a trade war if Google excludes French news from its search results because of a proposed law that requires search engines to pay for displaying snippets of content. Google believes the law “would threaten its very existence.” France complains that Google is raking in advertising revenue off of others’ work, while Google counters that they’ve sent over 4 billion clicks to French sites each month.
This isn’t Google’s first fight. News Corp head, Rupert Murdoch, once threatened to pull his media empire from Google News. Google called his bluff, designed an easy way to “de-index” from Google News, and hasn’t seen any action since.
France might be more stubborn than Murdoch however, as the policy has the support of French Culture Minister, Aurelie Filippetti, and leading French newspapers. Newspapers have seen plummeting profits since the rise of the Internet. Indeed, the once-mighty Newsweek announced plans today to cease its print publication at the end the year.
Pew estimates that Google drives 30% of traffic to top news sites, though that number could vary widely for local news sites and the increasing importance of social media. Whatever the actual number, a Google boycott could be a costly protest, especially if they face it alone.