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  • DeployGate: Simple, Over-The-Air, Real-Time App Beta Testing Comes To Android

    DeployGate: Simple, Over-The-Air, Real-Time App Beta Testing Comes To Android

    It’s no secret that developing and testing Android applications can be difficult, but a newly launched solution called DeployGate intends to take the pain out of part of the process. In a nutshell, DeployGate makes it possible for companies to distribute Android apps that are currently in development to team members over the air and monitor the performance. Read More

  • Partner, Investor: Japan’s Top Social Network Mixi Backs Video Startup ShortForm

    Partner, Investor: Japan’s Top Social Network Mixi Backs Video Startup ShortForm

    Back in March of last year, we wrote about how video curation seemed to be growing up, or at least taking some strides forward. Its progress being evidenced in part by a young startup called ShortForm, a social network for video jockeys. Or, better said, ShortForm is attempting to let all those video enthusiasts out there create and curate their own personalized channels of web video, pulling… Read More

  • Via NFC: Japanese Social Network Mixi First To Let Users "Share" Real-World Items

    Japan has always been the land of mobile. As such, it’s no big surprise that the country’s biggest social network, Mixi (JP, 23 million members), sees 25 of its 29 billion monthly page views coming from cell phones. And according to Mixi, it’s now the first social network that lets users share information with friends through NFC technology on Android handsets. Read More

  • Via NFC: Japanese Social Network Mixi First To Let Users "Share" Real-World Items

    Via NFC: Japanese Social Network Mixi First To Let Users "Share" Real-World Items

    Japan has always been the land of mobile. As such, it’s no big surprise that the country’s biggest social network, Mixi (JP, 23 million members), sees 25 of its 29 billion monthly page views coming from cell phones. And according to Mixi, it’s now the first social network that lets users share information with friends through NFC technology on Android handsets. Read More

  • Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

    Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

    Every year at the Web 2.0 Summit, Mary Meeker gives a ten-minute slideshow packed with great data showing the monetum and direction of different Internet trends. This year, a big focus of her presentation was on mobile. Specifically, she put up the slide above showing a Morgan Stanley estimate that global smartphone shipments will eclipse PC shipments in 2012, with more than 400 million… Read More

  • A Map Of Social (Network) Dominance

    A Map Of Social (Network) Dominance

    Even on the Web, world dominance must be achieved one country at a time. While Facebook has long been the largest social network in the world, and should soon pass MySpace in the U.S., it is not the largest social network in every country. The map above created by Vincenzo Cosenza resembles more a game of Risk, with Facebook sweeping across the globe from the West. Using Alexa and Google… Read More

  • Modeling The True Value Of Social Networks: 2009 Edition

    Modeling The True Value Of Social Networks: 2009 Edition

    A year ago we modeled out the true value of various social networks based on the idea that users in high-value online advertising markets like Japan, the UK and the U.S. were worth more (financially speaking) than those in lower value online advertising markets. Facebook had recently become the largest worldwide social network in terms of users, but based on our model MySpace was still by far… Read More

  • Mobile Social Network GREE Lands a Big IPO, In Japan

    Mobile Social Network GREE Lands a Big IPO, In Japan

    The tech IPO is not completely dead. Last Wednesday, Japan’s third largest social network GREE, launched in 2004 by the company of the same name, listed its IPO shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Mothers market for start-ups. GREE caused a sensation in this year’s lackluster Japanese IPO market with shares rising a whopping 52% from $37 to $56 on the first trading… Read More

  • Japan's Mixi: A Social Network As A Purely Local Phenomenon

    Japan's Mixi: A Social Network As A Purely Local Phenomenon

    Japan’s biggest social network is called Mixi, launched in February 2004 by the company of the same name. Drawing in one in five web users in the country, Mixi now boasts over 15 million members. The site ranks sixth on Alexa Japan and racks up over 14 billion page views monthly. Google Trends for Websites shows the Japan-focused service attracts more visitors than Bebo on a worldwide… Read More

  • Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks

    Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks

    Is MySpace worth $3 billion, or $20 billion? It depends on how you value a user. It’s time to start comparing the big global social networks on something other than unique visitors and page views. I believe an effective way to value a particular user is based on the average Internet advertising spend per person in the country they live in. The higher the spend, the more value the… Read More