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How would a PSP phone affect mobile gaming?

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The rumour mill has lately been talking about an Android-based PSP phone from Sony Ericsson. While the jury’s still out on whether this magical device is real or not, I’ve been thinking about what it means for phone-based games.

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Business cards are a great way to invite users to your service, aren't they?

A few months ago, I got the idea to use my Taskerrificbusiness cards as a way to invite people to use the service while still in private beta. It was pretty simple... Set up an invite code for an event, prepare a bunch of label stickers with the invite code on them, and then put those labels on the back of the cards I'd hand out at the event. Pretty simple.

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Facebook buys FriendFeed – is this the end of a good thing?


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Bret Taylor of FriendFeed broke the news today that the social aggregator service has been purchased by none other than Facebook. In the short term, things will remain the same as they've always been. But Bret's post on the company blog suggests that plans are already afoot to integrate FriendFeed into the current black hole of social networking.

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Just when I thought Blip.fm could solve my music woes, it too starts to hate non-Americans

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I was recently introduced to Blip.fm, a service TechCrunch proclaimed a "Twitter for music" – find songs you want to hear, and play them with a short message. After Last.fm decided to hate on anyone not in the US, UK, or Germany, I thought that Blip.fm would be a better way to find new music to enjoy. But nope!

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Twitter and Telus, friends again?

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So, I just found out that my mobile service provider, Telus, is now on Twitter! Not only that, but they're asking Telus users on Twitter if they want full SMS support again, like Bell customers have. The only problem is that if you want to say yes, you need to be followed by Telus. Why? Because they want responses via direct message.

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Will Oracle embrace or extinguish MySQL?

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By now you've certainly heard the news about Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems. But what does this mean for MySQL, which Sun has owned since 2008?

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Do any of us really know what we're doing?

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Who here actually has a real clue about what they're doing in social media? I'm not talking about that ado from months ago about people claiming to be social media experts when they were no such thing. I'm talking about us folk who are starting social media ventures, the people who fund us, etc. Who knows where this crazy ride is leading us?

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The business plan and social media

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Where are the business plans for social networking & social media ventures? Do any exist? Really? Because I keep hearing how they're needed, but never any evidence that they exist.

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Speed bumps on the road to Taskerrific's success

Since the beginning of the week, I've been part of a small business startup program. It's got a five week in-class portion, which began Monday, where the people in the program learn how to assemble a business plan. The program is really geared towards local, home based businesses such as housepainters and furniture refinishers. Taskerrific is their first view of a social media service.

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Will social media survive the global recession?

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Sorry to be such a downer, but with even my own optimism about the markets beginning to flag, I've begun to ask this question. As funding dries up and businesses close, what will happen to the world of social media?

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