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IDOART. Apple Said to Fire Maps Manager After Flaws Hurt IPhone 5. Apple Inc.

Apple Said to Fire Maps Manager After Flaws Hurt IPhone 5

(AAPL)’s Eddy Cue, who took charge of map software last month, is racing to turn around the troubled service, firing a senior manager and urging partners to improve data amid an escalating rivalry with Google Inc. (GOOG) Cue, 48, senior vice president overseeing Apple’s online services, pushed out maps supervisor Richard Williamson in a management shakeup soon after taking over the program, said people familiar with the situation, who asked not to be named because the information isn’t public. Apple iPad Art Exhibition in London.

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Curation. Klout raises ~ $30 million at $200 million valuation. Klout, the startup that calculates how socially influential you are on the web, has raised a heaping pile of capital -- or so we hear from multiple sources.

Klout raises ~ $30 million at $200 million valuation

We hear from a source with 90% certainty that Klout has raised ~ $30 million at a $200 million valuation. Kleiner Perkins led the round with participation from IVP. Four other involved sources gave no comment. Klout was founded in 2008 by Joe Fernandez and Binh Tran. Square Processing $2B In Payments Per Year, Has Signed Up 800K Merchants. Disruptive mobile payments company Square is making a number of announcements today relating to growth and new user features.

Square Processing $2B In Payments Per Year, Has Signed Up 800K Merchants

First, the company is dropping its new user limits. For background, Square offers an iPhone, Android and iPad app which allows merchants to process and manage credit card transactions with a handy little credit card swiping device that plugs into the headset/microphone jack. Facebook releases its official iPad app. 10 October '11, 10:20pm Follow Facebook has finally revealed its official iPad app.

Facebook releases its official iPad app

Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster. 7:19 p.m. | Updated The New Coke experiment lasted less than three months.

Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster

Qwikster did not even make it out of the bottle. How Groupon Uses the Cloud to Scale its Business. The Scaling Startups Series is supported by Brother International.

How Groupon Uses the Cloud to Scale its Business

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Facebook. Levchin and Gurley Say That Next Big Company Will Capture The Interest Graph. Yesterday, at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, Googler and PayPal founder Max Levchin and Benchmark GP Bill Gurley discussed “game-changing technology” and the future of the Web.

Levchin and Gurley Say That Next Big Company Will Capture The Interest Graph

Emblematic of today’s mindset, they attacked this rather large topic by comparing the strengths and objectives of Google and Facebook, using the latter’s jaw-dropping stats (500+ million users, 1 in every 13 people on Earth logs into Facebook each day) and its promotion of the social graph as a measure of what’s to come. Levchin said that Facebook is fast becoming the new social white pages, i.e. when you don’t know where someone is on the Web, you go to Facebook to find and connect with them.

But, in addition to that, he says, the social networking giant is really “the rich white pages,” where you not only locate someone but have the added benefit of finding out what they like, what they read, what their favorite movies are, and so on. Google Boost, le modèle publicitaire d’Adresses s’étend à l’ensemble des Etats-Unis. Un taux de rebond qui excède 50% est mauvais signe - taux de rebond. La croissance de l'e-commerce français dépasse 26 % en 2010. Awards: The Full List of Finalists.

The Mashable Awards, our annual contest highlighting the very best the web has to offer, is entering its final round.

Awards: The Full List of Finalists

After receiving 700,000 nominations, we've narrowed down the 40,000+ nominees to just five finalists per category. You have from now until December 15 to pick the winners. If you have questions about the Mashable Awards and the list of finalists, please post them to our GetSatisfaction page. Here is the full list of the finalists in each category. 10 Business Models That Rocked 2010. I’ve caught on to this SlideShare presentation fairly late, so there’s a chance you’ve already seen it (it’s garnered nearly 50,000 views so far), but it’s definitely worth sharing here.

10 Business Models That Rocked 2010

The presentation was made by Nick De Mey from Board of Innovation, which does a phenomenal job analyzing and visualizing business models in a wide range of industries. For an example, check their recent look at Newsgrape, a startup I’m personally very curious about. Emailvision acquis par Francisco Partners - Principales acquisitions de l'e-business en 2010.

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Itunes.apple. Mobile. Infographie : les marques les plus virales en 2010. The Real Reason Groupon Is Selling: They’re Nervous About Publishers. I’ll start by saying that, yes, $6 billion is a lot of money.

The Real Reason Groupon Is Selling: They’re Nervous About Publishers

It would be Google’s largest acquisition ever and a complete grand slam for Groupon, its employees and its investors. Why Sell Now? On the other hand, why would they sell now? La quasi-totalité des jeunes est connectée à Internet - Usages Internet des jeunes. Facebook Acquires a Startup That Knows You Like a Friend(.ly) Two-year-old social network enhancing service Friend.ly has been acquired by Facebook, announced the Friend.ly blog earlier today. Friend.ly is a place where people can get to know each other based on random questions you might have in common. Answer a question posed by the service, and you'll be able to see how other people have answered that question. You can also search for a question by typing it into the site's search bar. So, are you ready to get even more friend.ly with Facebook? For example, I typed in the phrase "how many," and the following questions popped up: