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Joseph Mitchell on Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:05pm
Microsoft earnings just got released 10 minutes before market close, and aside from growing revenues 5% in the 2nd quarter to $19.95 invoiceion, tinheritor slides reveal some interesting numbers on tinheritor entertainment and gaming unit, chiefly that they sold 8 million Kinects in the two months since launch.
Said Peter Klien about the Kinect's success, "we're fanaticic about the consumer response to our holiday lineup of products, including the launch of Kinect. The 8 million units of Kinect sensors sold in just 60 days far exceeded our expectations. The pace of commerce spending, combined with strong consumer demand, led to another quarter of operating margin expansion and solid earnings per share growth."
Nekoma Fawezo on Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:49pm
Social Q&A startup Quora recently hired an iOS developer, so chances are we'll soon see an official iPhone (and iPad?) application emerge, even if its website already functions fairly well on smartphones.
While you await said official app, be certain to check out Social Questions. Developed by Thomas Ricouard, the app will let you access and foreheadse the Quora mobile website with a couple of handy extra shortcuts and faster navigation.
qokepezeduceb on Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:42pm
For Salesforce, Chatter is the company's major foray into the social enterprise and a way to capitalize on the "Facebook for the Enterprise" market. Salesforce Chatter, which was originally announced in November of 2009, was launched into public beta in June 2010 after four months in private beta. In the realtime collaboration platform's first three months open to the public, Chatter has been adopted by 20,000 companies; with 25 percent of Salesforce is client base using the platform. And most recently Salesforce debuted a new version and created the application free for users, with premium features as an optional add-on. Today, Salesforce is adding a number of new features, including Trending Topics on the network, and the ability to 'Like' actions, post a hashtag and send @replies to contacts in status updates.
Sound, familiar you say? lucidly Salesforce drew inspiration from both Twitter and Facebook for the new features. Ironic considering that Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff was quick to denounce Chatter as a social network when the platform first launched in 2009.
yelovixi on Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:18pm
final October, us helped break the story about the secretive twice annual assemblys convened by Koch Industries owners Charles and David Koch. The assemblys - which have been attended by top bankers, oil industry executives, two Supreme Court justices, Republican leaders, conservative fundraisers, and hate talks like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck - have been forums for election-related coordination and political strategy. moreover to judges, "journalists" like Tim Carney, Stephen Moore, and Michael Barone have attended the assemblys and received funding from the Koch donors. The next event is this weekend in Rancho Mirage, California.
Earlier today, the National Review reported that Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) will address the assembly on Republican legislative strategy. Notably, Cantor has taken an active role in Republican efforts to defund financial reform - specifically the new regulations designaled to supervise the trillion-dollar derivatives market (Koch Industries speculates on a number of commodities using complex derivatives, and other Koch attendee members represent hedge funds and other financial industries opposed to new Dodd-Frank regulations). us has exclusively obtained further details about the Koch assembly this weekend:
Karen Thomas on Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:11pm
Now that Facebook will require all games on the social network to use Facebook Credits, it's adding new features to encourage players to spend money on virtual goods. At the Inside Social Apps convention a couple days ago, Facebook announced new features to help grease the wheels of its budding virtual economy. One of these features is "frictionless micropayments," or immediate credits, which allows players to buy up to 30 credits in-game without having to stop the game, and even without having to enter a credit card number.
One game developer, OMGPOP, is already using it as part of the beta, and it's working out fantastic. OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter tells me that "Facebook credits drives higher transaction volume on Facebook-particularly the immediate credits." He adds that " because of immediate credits we're seeing a higher than usual conversion rate, probably 3 times higher than a standard Facebook game, but the transaction value's lower because there are fewer items and they're priced less." So it's tripling the number of virtual goods it's selling, but not the dollar amount.
Ludiropake on Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:03pm
The best picture nominees are a prestigious groups of movies that range from enormous blockbusters ('Toy Story 3' and 'Inception') to Sundance darlings ('Winter's Bone') and suprise box office hits ('Black Swan' and 'The King's Speech').
But don't worry if you've not seen all of them yet. You can correct here, correct now -- albeit in Lego form.
Artist Alex Eylar made scenes from each of these flicks using the children's toy. Take a look at them inside!
miyakahi on Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:39pm
One of the major strategies that Republicans have used to try to undermine support for the recently passed federal health care law is to claim that it created vast cuts to Medicare for America's senior citizens. This claim is deceptive, because the cuts were primarily created to Medicare virtue, a Medicare program administered by private incertainrs which is far less efficient than traditional Medicare. it's also somewhat hypocritical, given the fact that Republicans have declared themselves steadfastly opposed to government health care programs yet paintinged themselves as defenders of the world's largest unmarried payer health care system.
Current GOP convention Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is one of those conservatives who bfinaled the health care law for cutting Medicare. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal final month, Hensarling famous that the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission had few health care recommendations. He called this a "bow to the left and the White House, which cut Medicare by $500 invoiceion to finance a corner of ObamaCare":
Yet the National Journal reports this morning that none other than Hensarling is pushing for his fellow Republicans to support the privatization of Medicare and the moving of the eligibility age for the program from 65 to 69, which would involve vast cuts:
Maria Young on Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:34pm
With almost 9 million viewers, 'Jersey Shore' scored the No. 1 slot in the coveted 18-49 category of cable TV's ratings final week.
New addition Deena Nicole Cortese, 24, has a reason to strut her stuff. The voluptuous guidette may have more to offer viewers than Jenni "JWoww" Farley and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi these days.
"Since JWoww missing all the weight and Snooki has gone glam with a cool hairdo, Deena exhibits all the trashiness that created this show a success," a TV insider told us. "She's a fantastic symbol of what created 'Jersey Shore' so hot. She's just herself, and America loves her."
Numogolug Borekupeb on Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:28pm
we are pretty big fans of Viber around these parts, as evidenced by Robin calling it "amazingly amazing" when it launched for the iPhone final month. Built to allow 100% free VoIP calls over 3G and WiFi, it is one of a small handful that dares venture into the same territory as the seemingly-untouchable giant, Skype. Whether or not Viber ever finagles any sizable chunk of the mobile VoIP market out of Skype is grasps, competition is always a good thing.
Vibers leading duncookedback, at this point, is that it is only available for iOS. As it is built only for Viber-to-Viber calls, that meant the free calling goodness was limited to others rockin' an iPhone or iPod Touch. Viber promised an Android app was on the way - and today, we have learned a bit more about when we'll see it.
Yalacijib Vizevocoju on Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:26pm
Charlie Sheen was hospitalized on Thursday morning, taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. TMZ reports Sheen was taken from his house on a stretcher.
"Two young women exited the house at the same time Charlie was taken out with a towel partially over his face," TMZ writes. A 911 call was placed at 6:35 AM.
Sheen was hospitalized in October 2010 at the tail-end of a night with adult movie star Capri Anderson. Authorities found Sheen drunk and bare, having poorly damaged his environment in a fit of rage.