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Tumblr Hires Sistani As First Director Of Media
Tumblr has hired its first director of media in a bid to tap the deep pockets of Hollywood's marketers.
Sima Sistani, who recently led the mobile growth division at Yahoo, has been appointed to the newly created position at Tumblr in hopes that the blogging platform can attract entertainment dollars, which have proven surprisingly difficult to do in the digital realm.
Sistani will not be the only fresh face representing a social network to entertainment marketers. Facebook recently hired a head of entertainment partnerships, and Twitter hired away a Google employee to take on the role of director of entertainment industry sales. Full Story @ Mashable
Google, Microsoft, etc. Release NSA Request Data
Tens of thousands of accounts associated with customers of Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo have their data turned over to US government authorities every six months as the result of secret court orders, the tech giants disclosed for the first time on Monday.
As part of a transparency deal reached last week with the Justice Department, four of the tech firms that participate in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Prism effort, which collects largely overseas internet communications, released more information about the volume of data the US demands they provide than they have ever previously been permitted to disclose.
But the terms of the deal prevent the companies from itemising the collection, beyond bands of thousands of data requests served on them by a secret surveillance court. The companies must also delay by six months disclosing information on the most recent requests – terms the Justice Department negotiated to end a transparency lawsuit before the so-called Fisa court that was brought by the companies.
In announcing the updated data figures, the companies appeared concerned by the lack of precision over the depth of their compelled participation in government surveillance. Full story @ The Guardian
Apple Confirms Black Friday 2013 Event
Apple has confirmed that it will be offering Black Friday deals in the online store as well as in retail stores on the 29th of November. The special pricing will be available from midnight to midnight in the online Apple Store. Shipping will be free without a minimum purchase price.
There is no word from Apple as to what savings will be offered. The last Black Friday event offered by Apple, they savings included $100 off MacBooks and several smaller discounts off products including iPods, iPads, etc.
Apple's Plan To Integrate iBeacon In Retail Stores
Apple has a new "iBeacons" feature present in iOS 7′s software development kit (SDK), and according to a recent report, the Cupertino, Calif. company is planning on integrating the technology within its Apple Retail Stores in the near future.
The feature uses Bluetooth low energy (LE) to provide a detailed "indoor GPS" system, and it’s thought that Apple's technology, referred to as iBeacons, will particularly help with customer sales and other services in the retail industry.
Now, however, 9to5mac is claiming that Apple Retail Stores will be the first to take advantage of iBeacons, and that customers will be able to access the technology using a compatible iDevice running an updated version of the Apple Store app. Read more @ Appadvice
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