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Posts tagged “Social Media”

13 minutes ago

Social media gains in satisfaction index, news sites fall

Facebook Customers are more satisfied with social media as news sites fall behind, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Only a year ago, social media ranked among the worst industries in the Index, but now overtakes Internet news and opinion websites.

6:04 a.m. today

Google detaches YouTube from Google+

Google+ Google is taking another step back from its aggressive promotion of Google+, the ambitious social network it launched four years ago. In a blog post, Google said it is eliminating the need to have a Google+ account to create a YouTube channel or to share content.

Updated 11:41 a.m. yesterday

Facebook can have a positive or negative effect on womens' body image

Stephanie Zerwas, PH.D, assistant professor of psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine College women who are more emotionally invested in Facebook and have lots of Facebook friends are less concerned with body size and shape and less likely to engage in risky dieting behaviors. But that's only if they aren't using Facebook to compare their bodies to their friends' bodies, according to the authors of a surprising new study at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

July 24

Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack?

Twitter Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

Updated July 22

San Francisco firm acquires Raleigh-based social marketer Expion

Raleigh-based Expion, a five-year-old social marketing firm with a high-profile list of clients and offices in the U.K. as well as China, has been acquired by San Francisco-based Sysomos. In an exclusive interview, Expion founder and CEO Peter Heffring discusses the deal.

A sample of Expion's work A sample of Expion's work

July 22

Apple stock slides; Microsoft's $8.4B write-down; GSK suit; Yahoo's loss; Facebook loses warrant fight

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Apple stock tumbles as it stays coy on watch sales; Microsoft takes a huge write-down; GSK sues a software developer; Yahoo reports a quarterly bummer; and Facebook loses in warrant battle.

July 21

Premium Lock Salute! With $200,000, it's time to go to work for Toast Mobile's social app

Toast Mobile is going to work - officially - with its Toast Together app. The Cary-based startup co-founded by two former UNC football players has raised $200,000 and is moving from a soft kickoff to real business.

Are you ready to "Toast"? Are you ready to "Toast"?

Updated July 20

How to follow WTW across major social media: Like, track, link to us

WRAL TechWire is social media friendly. From its launch 13 years ago, Local Tech Wire as it was known then has offered a daily email blast. Adding a news feed on Twitter brought on more readers. We've recently added a PM email blast, too. With Facebook, readers have a new channel to follow our news. Now there is LinkedIn as well.

WRALTechWire's LinkedIn page WRALTechWire's LinkedIn page

Updated July 17

Amazon says Prime Day broke records, exceeded Black Friday sales

Amazon shipping boxes Amazon reports that it sold more units on Prime Day Wednesday than on its biggest Black Friday ever. Triangle-based ChannelAdvisor said the Seattle retailer's sales soared 93 percent, although some customers were less than impressed with the event.

July 14

More Americans grab news from Twitter and Facebook

More Americans go to Twitter and Facebook for news The number of Americans who get news from Twitter and Facebook continues to rise - primarily because more of the users of the social networks are encountering it there rather than user base increases, says a new survey from the Pew Research Center.

July 14

Android owners know security is critical but few act

Android Most consumers understand their Android smartphones may be vulnerable to security breaches, yet few take steps to protect them, says 360 Mobile Security Limited, which develops mobile antivirus applications. In its survey, conducted via social media channels, it found that while 90 percent of Android users rated security very important, nearly half don't even know if they're using a security app.

Updated July 13

Premium Lock Broncos kicker backs Cary app firm

Denver Broncos kicker Connor Barth, a Wrightsville Beach resident, wants to boot a new company through the goal posts and rack up an entrepreneurial win in the social media space. Barth and Ryan Watts launched the Toast Together app in Wilmington and will be test marketing it in other NC cities, including in the Triangle.

Denver Broncos kicker Conner Barth, who backed Cary app ToastTogether as an angel investor. Denver Broncos kicker Conner Barth, who backed Cary app ToastTogether as an angel investor.

Updated July 8

Premium Lock Flippze offers students a safer way to buy and sell online

Flippze, a platform to make buying and selling items online safer for college students, begins a tour of Triangle universities today. Created by a UNCW student, Flippze has already garnered some national attention.

Geoffrey Fox, founder of Flippze Geoffrey Fox, founder of Flippze

Updated July 6

Premium Lock Chapel Hill marketing firm nabs $230K

iValu8 Chapel Hill-based iValu8, a marketing firm that helps companies run engaging marketing campaigns, has raised $230,000 in equity and nearly $60,000 in debt financing according to regulatory filings.

July 2

Facebook rainbows: Stars, leaders add LGBT advocacy colors to photos

More than 26 million Facebook profile photos have taken on a rainbow hue in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a right guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of a person's sexual orientation. They are using a Facebook-supplied overlay that adds the best-known symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement: the rainbow.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'rainbow' Facebook photo Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'rainbow' Facebook photo

Updated July 1

Zuckerberg backs AI; Dubai's 3-D printed building; fuel cell boost in Japan; your face on espresso; frothy beer at home

Bulldog Bulletin In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Mark Zuckerberg backs AI investments; Dubai is 3-D printing a building; automakers boost fuel cells in Japan; your face on an espresso as you fly; and frothy beer made at home.

Updated June 30

AT&T extends DirecTV deal date; IBM chip plant sale OK'd; France detains Uber managers; Foursquare's 'mayorships;' a Novartis buy

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: AT&T extends its deal deadline for DirecTV; IBM receives final OK to sell chip plant; two Uber managers detained for questioning in France; Foursquare's "mayorships" are back; and Novartis buys a U.S. pharma firm.

Updated June 29

Airbnb raising $1.5B as rival gets $40M; SapceX rocket explodes; Office goes Android; Facebook, Instagram updates

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Airbnb is raising $1.5 billion; a rival to Airbnb is raising $40 million; SpaceX rocket explodes; Microsoft takes Office to Android; and updates from Facebook as well as Instagram.

June 29

Follow WTW across major social media: Like, track, link to us

WRAL TechWire is social media friendly. From its launch 13 years ago, Local Tech Wire as it was known then has offered a daily email blast. Adding a news feed on Twitter brought on more readers. We've recently added a PM email blast, too. With Facebook, readers have a new channel to follow our news. Now there is LinkedIn as well.

WRALTechWire's LinkedIn page WRALTechWire's LinkedIn page

June 25

Premium Lock UN: Internet companies should respond to extremist exploitation

U.N. A U.N. panel is calling for Internet and social media companies to respond to the exploitation of their services by al-Qaida and other extremist groups who use the web to recruit fighters and spout "increasingly horrific propaganda."

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