Minds raises $10M for decentralized and encrypted social network and messaging app

Venture Beast

Minds, a crypto social network, has raised $10 million from the tech freedom group Futo for its decentralized communications. GamesBeat Mobile Social category-/News cryptocurrency DeanBeat Mobile and Social encryption instant messaging Minds social network

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How the pandemic jump-started mobile gaming’s social evolution

Venture Beast

We are now entering a new phase in the mobile gaming era where games are increasingly becoming social networks. Read More.

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Singular: TikTok and Apple Search Ads are hooking mobile users

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TikTok and Apple Search Ads are rising stars among mobile ad networks, according to measurement firm Singular's 2021 ROI Index. Read More.

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Black Eyed Peas and Zynga send holiday social-distancing message for #PlayApartTogether campaign

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The next big social network trend? Shortform audio

The Verge

This, to multiple founders and investors, is the future of audio: shortform recordings that are social, shareable, and thought-provoking, or, at a bare minimum, make you want to listen and say something. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

The Social Dilemma: How digital platforms pose an existential threat to society

Venture Beast

The Social Dilemma is a new Netflix documentary that explores the negative impact social networks are having on society and humanity. Read More.

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Niantic makes AR demo game Codename: Urban Legends for 5G networks

Venture Beast

Niantic has launched an augmented reality (AR) demo game called Codename: Urban Legends for 5G wireless networks. AR/VR GamesBeat Mobile augmented reality category-/Games/Computer & Video Games/Strategy Games Codename: Urban Legends DeanBeat Mobile and Social Mobile gaming Niantic

MWC 2017: Global mobile operators to use big data for social good

Computer Weekly

The GSMA has launched the Big Data For Social Good initiative, drawing together the big data capabilities of mobile network operators to address humanitarian crises around the world

Detailed stats: Social networks dominate Internet usage, Australia still #1

Trends in the Living Networks

Research company Nielsen has just released detailed statistics on online activity , focusing on social networks and blogging, which at 22.5% Facebook completely dominates the social networking and blogging space, with over 70 times the next most prominent social networking site. However Nielsen’s methodologies look only at website visits and don’t the majority of time spent on Twitter, which is on web and mobile clients.

Loot is a viral social network that looks like nothing you’ve ever seen

The Verge

Hofmann is best known as the co-creator of Vine, which helped to establish the short-form video format on mobile devices and became an incredible engine of meme culture along the way. Image: @supergremplin.

T-Mobile’s network is down and it’s affecting calls from Verizon and AT&T too

The Verge

T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T customers are experiencing issues placing calls across the US, according to user reports on Downdetector and on social media , with reports spiking around 2:20 PM ET. Multiple Verge staffers were unable to place calls on T-Mobile.

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Many T-Mobile customers report they can’t call Verizon, AT&T, or other T-Mobile numbers

The Verge

T-Mobile customers have been reporting issues making and receiving calls all afternoon, with problems frequently linked to Verizon numbers. Downdetector map showing T-Mobile outage concentrated along the East Coast and Midwest. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

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Don’t Let Your iPhone Even Get Near This Cursed Wifi Network

GizModo VR

Based on his experience, we now know about yet another cursed wifi network that we must avoid. But this time, your iPhone doesn’t even have to connect to the network to mess up.

Scenarios for the downfall of Facebook and a new landscape for social networks

Trends in the Living Networks

Today I gave the keynote on Social Media and the Future at Marcus Evans’ CIO Summit. In question time after my keynote I was asked whether Facebook will still be the dominant social network in 5 years. In this case, we need to tell a credible story on how Facebook loses its predominant position in social networks. It seems very unlikely that Twitter will seek to become a broad-based social network.

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Facebook Gaming app debuts amid fight with Apple over instant games

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5 Emotions Used in Social Engineering Attacks [with Examples]

SecureWorld News

Famed hacker Kevin Mitnick learned early on to use emotion to manipulate and socially engineer his targets. At the time, his targets were typically sysadmins, and the social engineering started with a phone call. Hackers Network Security Original Content Phishing

Zynga pledges $100,000 for Girls Who Code for International Women’s Day

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Zynga has pledged $100,000 from its Social Impact Fund to support Girls Who Code on International Women's Day 2021. GamesBeat Mobile category-/Online Communities/Social Networks div Girls Who Code Mobile gaming Zynga

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Creating a better world through apps: the power of mobile in catalyzing networks for good

Trends in the Living Networks

App Aid selected 10 charities who saw the need for a mobile app. This is fundamentally a network issue – how do we create the right connections to bring resources and needs together? The rise of mobile networks and apps provides us with extraordinarily enhanced capabilities in doing this. In both cases, and in almost all the apps showcased, mobile apps are an amazingly powerful tool for bridging the network connections that create the most value.

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Fantastic international comparative data on media, social media, and mobile

Trends in the Living Networks

Mobile phones are most used for social networking in UK and Australia, in both cases at the expense of desktops. Overall UK and Australia lead in mobile use of social networking. British lead in accessing newspaper sites on mobile, even ahead of Japan. India ranks a very strong fifth, showing how strong mobile data uptake is in the country. Japan of course is the leader in 3G uptake, covering almost all mobile phones.

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Zynga creates $25 million fund for promoting diversity education and charities

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Another T-Mobile cyberattack reportedly exposed customer info and SIMs

The Verge

T-Mobile has suffered another cyberattack after being rocked by a massive data breach in August. The person who took credit for the summer hack called T-Mobile’s security “awful”. KenStone — T-Mobile Help (@TMobileHelp) December 28, 2021. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

Q&A with Zynga and GSN Games: Accelerating growth with app bidding

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Zynga and Will.i.am will help raise $5 million for education

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Insuring Your VoIP Network

IT Toolbox

The latest Digital Global Overview report from We Are Social and Hootsuite notes that there are over five billion unique mobile numbers and some 2.7 billion mobile social users. Save $700 Billion with Incident Management-as-a-Service. Over half the world’s population now uses the Internet, and digital communication and connectivity is changing the way

Nintendo is shutting down its Dr. Mario mobile game

The Verge

Nintendo has announced that Dr. Mario World , a mobile take on the puzzle game series, will go out of service on November 1st, with sales of its in-app “diamond” currency ending today. percent of its revenue to “mobile and IP related income,” which includes licensing deals.

Leaders in social networks usage: Australia by time, Brazil by reach

Trends in the Living Networks

In January I looked at the just-released Nielsen data on global social media usage, and wrote Australians are #1 globally in usage of social media: Why? New data from Nielsen shows an updated picture from April 2010, including the proportion of people online in each country who are using social networks. Global economy Social media Social networks Web 2.0

The past, present, and future of location-based mobile social networking

Trends in the Living Networks

I have long believed that location-based mobile social networking is central to how technology will connect us. The advent of next generation phones including the iPhone combined with people’s familiarity and engagement with social networks means that the space is – finally – ready to take off. Since high bandwidth mobile technology is now available in Japan, the system can also allow you to see each other on your mobile videophone before you meet.

5G laps 4G milestones, sets stage for massive enterprise data growth

Venture Beast

The 5G cellular standard has become the fastest growing mobile technology in history, enabling a new era of data transfers and processing. Read More.

Facebook is killing Oculus accounts, starting in October

Venture Beast

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A Network of Twitter Bots Reportedly Launched a Smear Campaign on Belgium's Huawei 5G Ban

GizModo VR

A small cluster of pro-Huawei Twitter bots reportedly launched a smear campaign attacking the Belgian government’s plan to box out “high-risk” suppliers like Huawei from building the country’s 5G network, according to the latest report from social media research firm Graphika.

Instagram Is Bringing Back the Chronological Feed

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Online Troll Convinced Instagram That Its Top Executive Was Dead

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Five Amusing Mobile Things You Missed

CIO Musings

Mobile technology is one of my favorite topics. I just recently ran across five interesting mobile technology tidbits you probably missed. The service that uses a WiFi network preferentially over a cellular network for calls and data, and uses the Sprint network when no WiFi is available. In the ever expanding quest to get noticed, T Mobile has announced that coming soon you will be able to enjoy unlimited data and text internationally without surcharges.

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What ‘The Social Dilemma’ misunderstands about social networks

The Verge

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, The Social Dilemma explores the effect of smartphones and social networks on human behavior. If someone asked me to reimagine this newsletter as a drag show, I would start where The Social Dilemma leaves off. A dilemma.

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Clubhouse Is Creating an Accelerator Program for Influencers

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What accelerates – and slows – the development of social networking mobile platforms - Trends in the Living Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

I’m happy that the journalist used what I felt were my most important comments in my interview for the article: But while initiatives in the US, Japan and Switzerland are flying thick and fast, Australias slow entry into the third-generation mobile market, and the prohibitive cost of mobile data downloads has meant that comparable services here remain thin on the ground, said Ross Dawson, the chairman of technology consultancy, Future Exploration Network.

Latest data: Retailers shift to social media and online

Trends in the Living Networks

This includes a survey of the use of social media by retailers, showing: - 34% monitor conversations on social media. - 29% use social media to promote their store. - 17% use social media to publicize special offers or discounts. - 16% provide services to customers on social media. Other interesting data from the study includes: - 33% have mobile/ tablet apps or mobile websites. - Australia Future of business Social media Social networks

Identity Theft via Social Media – Are you At Risk?


Thanks to the advancement of technology and the appearance of social media, identity theft can be relatively easy to do thanks to social networks. The main problem nowadays is that people often overlook the dangers of sharing so much information on social media. The sad truth is that identity thefts are happening more often nowadays thanks to social media and the unwillingness of people to protect their private information and their lives.

Driving Game Growth: A day-one roundup of the all-digital GamesBeat event

Venture Beast

From privacy changes to evolutions in mobile game monetization, and more, here’s a taste of each of all the sessions at Driving Game Growth. Read More.

U.S. Schools on High Alert for Violence Over TikTok Meme That Might Not Even Exist

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Tech Moves: Expedia and F5 Networks add board members; Madrona principal departs; and more


F5 Networks appointed Elizabeth Buse to its board of directors. Buse previously served as co-CEO and CEO of Monitise, a global mobile banking and payments company, from 2014 to 2015. Beverly Anderson. Expedia Group Photo).

Why the New Big Tech Anti-Algorithm Bill Is Doomed Even If It Succeeds

GizModo VR

On Tuesday morning, we got the latest update from key lawmakers’ ongoing tirade against Big Tech: a new bill that would force social media giants to offer versions of their platforms that are free from the obscure, black-boxy algorithms that curate content in a customized way.

Twitter Is Letting Some iOS Users Start to Sell Tickets to Their Live Audio Rooms

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