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Online Trends Social Media Startups

Finance is going social

This week wasn’t only about the IPO of LinkedIn and people fearing another dotcom bubble. It was also about Derwent Capital getting the green light for its social media based hedge fund from the FSA, the regulator of financial services in the UK. A first of its kind, the fund will monitor threads on Twitter to feel […]

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Mobile Startups User Experience

Simply Tap: how the Mobile Money Network aims to make mobile shopping easier

Mobile Money Network sounds like a great name to me. I had started envisioning a new rap group and crazy videos but then found out that it has everything to do with payment transactions conducted through mobile phones. The Mobile Money Network (MMN) is a new UK retail alliance, created by Monetise, Best Buy Europe […]

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Digital Strategy Mobile Music Social Media Startups Technology

From music discovery to music sharing

Tools like Shazam and Soundhound are great for discovering music. Call me geeky, but I do enjoy sitting in a coffeeshop finding out through using my phone what song is playing in the  background. Now that music search and discovery seem to have been nailed, the likes of Shazam and Soundhound have started exploring new […]

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Social Media Startups

It’s all (Social) GO for building personalised networks

Today I learned about SocialGO a tool that enables users to build their own personal social networking sites. I found great examples of Cheryl Cole fans and the Bible Baptist Church of Marilao who used SocialGO to create their own networking sites. What triggered my attention was the news that UK-based SocialGO has swung into […]

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Digital Strategy Music Startups

Rdio creates API and launches affiliate program

It all seems to be happening in the world of online music services; in January I blogged about the linkup between music stream service Spotify and mobile music discovery service Shazam and last week I learned about on-demand social music service Rdio opening its API to developers and starting an affiliate program. Rdio is the […]