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Posts Tagged ‘Skype’

Tools Round Up: Facebook and Skype; Radian6 and Twitter; JT and MySpace

Facebook has announced a partnership with Skype that will bring video calling to the social network’s 750 million users. Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion and has been a Facebook partner for some time. Today’s announcement also included a new chat design and the addition of group chats. More info is available on The Facebook Blog.

Perhaps you heard that the President hosted a Twitter Townhall today? Radian6 will be working with Twitter to analyze those tweets. Pre-townhall research conducted by Radian6 yielded a number of findings, like national security and financial security are two topics that drive tweets. Additional findings are available here.

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I Sold it on eBay!

Hat fanciers ’round the world, get your credit cards out. As of Monday morning, there will be just five days left to bid on Princess Beatrice’s horrifically famous hat of doom from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding last month. San Jose-based eBay has received a lot of positive publicity since the spoiled royal decided to place her pretzel-gone-wrong chapeau on the auction site, as a benefit for UNICEF and Children in Crisis. Sunday evening, the price of this “fascinator,” as high society calls them, was more than $17,000.

A high-profile charity auction from such a worldwide event (estimated audience of the royal wedding – hundreds of millions people) is a good thing for eBay. Although the sale of its former holding Skype raised its stock a little, lately, it has only been in the news lately with things like some guy’s Camaro recovered after being stolen in 1975.

Tools Round Up: MyMediaInfo, Cision, ContentAide, and Skype

MyMediaInfo has added an international media database to its offerings. The database includes information about journalists and other media contacts in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and Africa.

The CisionPoint Spring Release is here, and it includes new news sources, redesigned news distribution services, and additional choices to further personalize information.

Our San Francisco contributor Celeste Altus can breathe easy today. Facebook isn’t buying Skype, but Microsoft is. The $8.5 billion deal was announced this morning and should be finalized by the end of the year. In an email published on ZDNet, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer writes:

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Today, Skype. Tomorrow, Total World Domination

Not helping my paranoia that Mark Zuckerberg is taking over the world: This week’s news stories saying Facebook is about to buy Skype. It’s merely a rumor at this point, and FB’s official statement to Mashable is the snarkilicious “As a practical matter, we avoid commenting on rumor and speculation.” Huh. But it’s not an unreasonable suspicion.

Some tech publications are reporting that both Google and Facebook are interested in owning Skype, which had been purchased for $2.6 billion in 2005 by eBay but was never really integrated on the auction site.

So what does this mean from a public relations standpoint?

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That Winner Can Download A Lot More Apps

Apple announced this weekend it had reached 10 billion downloads and awarded the lucky 10 billionth  downloader a $10,000 iTunes card.

Did the company reach that milestone with a whole lot of Angry Birds? Not quite. In this list, Apple’s top app downloads are ranked and the selections are revealed to be extremely pedestrian: the Facebook app, Skype, Pandora, The Weather Channel, Shazam and Bump among them.  Notice, also, there are big differences between what iPhone and iPad users download: Facebook does not even appear on the iPad list.

What a Difference a Year Makes: Foursquare Hires PR Firm; Grows Up?

Last October, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley told PRNewser that his fast growing location-based service had no need for a PR agency — or much of a marketing team at all, for that matter — because “PR pretty much takes care of itself.” As recently as this past June, Crowley said having a publicist would be “overkill.”

Just this week, however, Foursquare hired Kaplow PR, a mid-sized firm known in technology circles mostly for their work as PR agency of record for Skype. It seems like a smart move, and could be the clearest sign yet that Foursquare has “grown up” and is more ready than ever to go mainstream.

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