Today at the LeWeb developer conference in Paris, Facebook released a heat map of developers working on Facebook apps all over Earth. While the map shows the social network’s significant adoption among developers in much of the world, it only hints at the ways the company is planning to expand its development community. advertisement advertisement The image marks the first time Facebook has released any numbers on its developers since its acquisition of Parse–a company that provides cloud-based backend services (or BAAS) for app developers–way back in April. Parse has also been relatively quiet about the size of the development community using its service. When it officially launched in the spring of 2012, the service had 10,000 developers on board. In one year’s time, it was bought by Facebook–which caused even more developers to flock to the service. How many, they wouldn’t say, but a June update revealed that 100,000 apps had been made … [Read more...] about How Much Of Facebook’s Footprint Is Thanks To Parse?
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advertisement advertisement Last month a new startup, Womply, launched to bring “effortless offers” schemes to local merchants–coming with an impressive pedigree because it’s cofounder Brandt Squires was formerly LivingSocial executive. Just weeks later, Womply has an additional offering–Loyalty Cloud–that promises the same sort of effortless experience but for customer loyalty schemes, rather than Groupon-style “special offers.” According to the new site, its simplicity rests on the fact that, “Merchants create offers that reward customers for repeat visits and Womply handles everything else, from marketing and remitting offers to customers, to providing analysis and insight on the amount of revenue generated as a result.” To this end, Womply’s new Loyalty Cloud is trying to be a complete one-stop shop for local business loyalty schemes: Simpler even than stamping a rubber stamp on a collector card, and … [Read more...] about Frictionless And Merchant-Friendly, Loyalty Cloud Borrows The Square Model To Keep Customers Coming Back
Good portrait paintings are often said to convey some sort of truth about their sitter. The problem, though, is that portraits are, as a rule, completely superficial. They capture a person’s exterior at a single moment in time, and only from the neck up. There’s a reason experts bicker endlessly over the meaning of the Mona Lisa. All they have to go on is her face. advertisement advertisement Spanish artist Sergio Albiac wants to dig deeper. So he recently created a “videorative portrait”–a dynamic painting in which the face of filmmaker Randall Okita is made up of tagged videos about the subject’s life and work. In doing so, Albiac hoped to “create a new type of portrait,” he says. “One that goes beyond physical appearances and is more realistic, as it renders the founding blocks of the intimate world: your memories, your relationships, and your emotions.” Albiac started out by collecting personal videos from Okita: … [Read more...] about Mind-Boggling Digital Portrait Uses Video Clips As Paint [Video]
Today, the Federal Trade Commission responded to an “open letter” from online advertisers that asked for the commission’s newly updated guidelines to be scrapped because they purportedly “muzzle social media” and, thus, inhibit the freeflow of ideas. advertisement advertisement “Although the [Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)] contends the FTC’s Endorsement Guides are unconstitutional, the Guides apply only to marketing and they attempt to illustrate some of the factors relevant to distinguishing advertising from editorial content,” says Mary Engle, the FTC’s director of the division of advertising practices, in an email statement released today. “If particular communications do not in fact constitute advertising, as the IAB appears to be suggesting, then the Guides do not apply. Where the message is advertising, however, disseminators have an obligation to ensure it is not misleading. This includes, when it is … [Read more...] about FTC Sticks to Its Regulations as Blogger Backlash Builds