1. Groupon Kiosks Hit Chicago Wednesday, Selling Geo-Localized Deals Across The City

    SmartDIGITAL CEO George Burciaga, a lifelong Chicagoan, says the company plans to have 100 kiosks operating in heavily-trafficked areas within 90 days, some of which will be Groupon-exclusive, according to Crain’s Chicago. Current models also run CTA schedules and tracking applications, news content and interactive advertising.

    (Source: The Huffington Post)

     
  2. PayPal Launches Facebook App for Sending Money to Friends

    The app, simply titled Send Money, is just as straightforward as its name. You have the choice to send either an ecard with money or just money with no card. You select a card, choose a friend to send it to and then select how much money to send.

    (Source: Mashable)

     
  3. Hulu-Facebook integration returns. But will users connect?

    Beyond any initial concerns about their Hulu account data being shared, there’s also the issue of how visible Hulu viewers will want their private viewing data to be.

    (Source: gigaom.com)

     
  4. MyFarm- - a UK project where the real-life running of a farm has been handed over to a co-operative of 10,000 internet users- reconnects people to food through media.

    (Source: Guardian)

     
  5. 09:46 27th Jun 2011

    Notes: 2

    Tags: socialdata

    (Google data) basically offered a place to store data but our data shows that people don’t really want a place to store data per se, they want to do something fun and engaging. If it’s not fun and it’s not social, why would they do it? Yes they want to be healthy but they need more than that. They need the encouragement and even the pressure of friends.

    (Adam Bosworth- Google Health creator)

    (Source: psfk.com)

     
  6. Social Commerce: Pay with a Tweet is the first social payment system, where people pay with the value of their social network.

    (Source: knarre.com)

     
  7. Harry Potter goes location-based, social etc

    The final chapter of the Harry Potter series may have been closed, but it looks like fans of the boy wizard can look forward to new adventures as author JK Rowling turns her hand to an online game.

    It is thought Rowling’s new project, due to be officially launched on Thursday, will be a Potter-based treasure hunt entitled Pottermore, after an apparently secret memo emerged.

    The new project is reportedly an online game that gives users clues which will lead them to prizes hidden in the real world. Aspiring wizards the world over can hope to find an undisclosed number of magic wands stashed throughout the UK and US, and possibly other countries. It is not yet clear if the treasure hunt is Pottermore itself or a marketing drive for another product, and details about the game remain hazy.


    Source: the Guardian

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/22/harry-potter-internet-treasure-hunt-game

     
  8. Convergence-enabled collaborative consumption

    The notion of “collaborative consumption” is not, she notes, new – it has been around for centuries. But the arrival of internet-enabled social networking, coupled with “geo-located” smart phones, has super-charged a concept that was already rapidly gaining primacy owing to the twin pressures of our environmental and economic crises. Echoing the Japanese concept of muda – the relentless hunt for, and eradication of, inefficiencies in any system – collaborative consumption aims to exploit previously ignored or unnoticed value in all our assets by both eliminating waste and generating demand for goods and services that are otherwise “idling”.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jun/14/collaborative-consumption

     
  9. Convergent gaming - social and near-field

    So, as widely guessed in the media, the Sony NGP is now called PlayStation Vita and it’s launching this winter, with a Wi-Fi-only model at $249 (£151) and a 3G and Wi-Fi model at $299.

    The price announcement drew loud cheers from the 6,000-strong audience at Sony’s E3 press briefing on Monday – many pundits were predicting the console would debut at $349 or more.

    But it’s not just the lower-than-expected price that puts the console into very direct competition with the Nintendo 3DS – Sony was keen to highlight several functions of Vita that closely correspond to the rival machine.

    Social networking, for example, is a key functionality. The device will come with a service called Near, which lets you connect with other nearby Vita owners to compare trophies and socialise. It’s very similar to the 3DS StreetPass concept, which automatically swaps game data between consoles as players pass in the street

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/07/e3-2011-playstation-vita-3ds-sony

     
  10. Using FB likes to equalize pricing, supply, demand

    In a program that combines Like-gating and Groupon-like incentivizing, a product endorsed by Snoop Dogg will get cheaper as it garners Likes.

    Snoop, who has close to 10 million Facebook fans, began linking to a “Shop Snoop Now” site on Thursday. The F-commerce site features a line of FragranceRebel products from Parfums de Coeur. One product a day gets featured for the program.

    On Friday, that product was BOD Man Really Ripped Abs 8 oz. Fragrance Body Spray, which started out at $7.99, but went down to $7.20 (10% off) when it got 100 “Likes.” At press time, the product hadn’t yet gotten more than 200 “Likes,” which would have brought the cost down another 10%. The maximum discount is 30% off, at 300 “Likes.”

    A rep for dotbox, the company behind the Facebook promotion, says she believes the “Likes” discount is an industry first.

    http://mashable.com/2011/06/03/snoop-dogg-facebook-likes/