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The Daily Slash: December 31 2010

The Daily Slash: December 31 2010

Happy New Year! What a final day it's been here on the R3 Network! Philip Berne whips up a column with what must be one of my favorite column titles of 2010: The Cat’s In the Cradle and the PS3. Rally with us as we try to click Google into fixing the Android SMS bug. Android Community wishes you a Happy New Year with a fun little story about streaming the Times Square ball drop, and finally, BEHOLD as Chris Davies does an epic final post of the year: SlashGear’s 2010 Wrap-Up! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash - HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US HERE ON THE R3 NETWORK!

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Myspace facing up to 50% workforce axe tip insiders

Myspace facing up to 50% workforce axe tip insiders

Myspace execs are reportedly considering axing up to 50-percent of the struggling social network's workforce, amid drastic cost-cutting measures intended to counter diminishing revenues and traffic growth. According to NetworkEffect's sources, as many as 550 employees could face redundancy should Myspace owner News Corp decide to go ahead with the plan; other strategies include selling on the social network, with both online game company Zynga and private equity buyers both tipped.

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Skyara Sells Experience

Skyara Sells Experience

As it is the holiday season when I write this post, I suggest thinking about something like this for the person who says they want nothing, couldn't possibly see the value in another gift, that person who you cannot possibly satisfy. How about tea with MC Hammer? You TOO can do wild and crazy things like a Trap and Skeet Shoot with the co-founder of MySpace! All of this is available (at a cost) via this fabulous new place by the name of Skyara. They've got the two experiences I just mentioned up for promoting this startup - other events cost anywhere from $10 to over $100.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 19 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 19 2010

Hooray! Mail came early today and we were given our Nook Color to grab and to open and to hold (aka unboxing and hands-on). Then we find out that the iPhone alone is worth more than almost every firm in the WORLD. Cox gives you money back for the minutes you don't use, and Google wipes away that StreetView data they were never supposed to have in the first place. Advent Vega offers up their budget Android tablet for sale and basically instantly sells out, and MySpace opens their doors to Facebook and signs the oncoming apocalypse.

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Myspace “mashup” opens door to Facebook invasion

Myspace “mashup” opens door to Facebook invasion

Myspace has capitulated to social network market pressures, and announced a partnership that will see integration with some Facebook content. Billed as a "mashup", the deal means that Myspace users can import their likes and interests from Facebook to their Myspace profile using Facebook Connect, shaping the social network's news stream by pairing that information with relevant Myspace pages. For instance, if you're interested in Lady Gaga on Facebook, Myspace might automatically start showing you information from her Myspace page.

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Social networking and the mobile context

Social networking and the mobile context

There's a growing call to deliver desktop experiences on mobile devices, and in general that's a good thing. I don't want to be limited to cut-down, plain-text "mobile" versions of websites when I have a large smartphone display and speedy 3G connection that could readily handle the full version, and the push for full-HTML browsers (and things like Flash support) has already trickled down from a must-have on smartphones to a common feature-phone element. What's lagging behind, it seems, is an understanding of how mobile device use differs from desktop use, and nowhere is that more evident than in social networking integration. Several devices promise to bring your online social life to the screen that's always with you, but the experience is patchy at best.

Pogoplug updated: Twitter & Facebook integration, more USB ports

Pogoplug updated: Twitter & Facebook integration, more USB ports

Pogoplug have announced their second-generation device, and it aims to build on the usability of the original multimedia sharing brick.  As well as a new hardware design, with four USB 2.0 ports versus the first-gen model's single port, there's also new software with better integration with social media and online galleries such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.  The core concept, however, remains the same: a sixty-second setup, basically amounting to plugging in at least one hard-drive, an ethernet connection and power, and registering the Pogoplug serial number to a free account online.

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Facebook Lite Trims the Features Starting Today

Facebook Lite Trims the Features Starting Today

While Facebook isn't nearly as overbearing as MySpace is on its best day, for users out there trying to connect with everyone they know on a slow Internet connection, Facebook could be pretty daunting. There's a lot of pictures that people like to share, after all, and those applications can be ridiculous at times. But Facebook has the answer for you: Lite. And just as the name has always alluded, we've got a fresh new look on an old friend.

Microsoft Windows Marketplace details, new dev policies, WM6.5 themes

Microsoft Windows Marketplace details, new dev policies, WM6.5 themes

Microsoft have been spilling more details on Windows Mobile 6.5, including screenshots of a newly-refreshed GUI and a long list of over 25 companies signed up to produce content, software and generally lend a hand.  Among the fray will be an official Facebook application - complete with direct photo and video uploads - launched in April, together with games from EA Mobile and Gameloft.  Microsoft have also tweaked the contentious developer policies making issuing updates less expensive.

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