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Google DMCA Notices Reach Record High With 7.8 Million Link Removal Requests Filed In One Week

Going on Google’s recent takedown notice numbers, it looks as if the site may be spending as much time on link removal requests as it is algorithm updates. According to TorrentFreak, Google is now processing an average of more than a million takedown requests a day, an enormous increase from…

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Samsung Buys Smart-Home Outfit SmartThings, Reportedly For $200 Million

Alex Hawkinson, founder of SmartThings

It’s official: Samsung’s long-rumored acquisition bid for smart-home company SmartThings is now a reality. Neither company announced terms of the deal, although Recode reports that the sale price was $200 million. If that’s true, Samsung got quite a steal, considering Google blew $3.2 billion on Nest, maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors. 

Unlike those gadgets, SmartThings isn’t a standalone product, but a developer-friendly platform that’s compatible with many devices from other companies. That makes this deal a shortcut for Samsung, which now doesn’t have to grow its own smart home initiative from scratch. 

See also: Why Samsung Buying SmartThings Should Have Us Worried

On the SmartThings blog, founder and CEO Alex Hawkinson wrote, “We believe that there is an enormous opportunity to leverage Samsung’s global scale to help us realize our long-term vision.” Ideally, in other words, Samsung’s worldwide reach in product areas ranging from smart TVs to smartphones to kitchen appliances could rocket SmartThings devices into homes around the globe.

Perhaps. But the SmartThings crew may want to brace itself anyway. Samsung loves throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. Hopefully SmartThings’ carefully nurtured developer relationships and evolving ecosystem won’t be among them. Because no one ever wants to see a smart home loaded down with confusion and bloatware.

Hawkinson said that SmartThings, which will technically become part of the Samsung Open Innovation Center (OIC) in San Francisco, will continue to run as an independent operation under his leadership.

Lead image courtesy of SmartThings

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Contextual Search Engine Vurb Receives $8 Million In Funding by @mattsouthern

Redpoint Ventures has announced they’ve led an $8 million Series A round in Vurb, which has a unique, multi-functional search app in private beta. Vurb organizes information across multiple web apps to help you find what you need without having to sort through a bunch of app windows or browser tabs. Redpoint describes the potential they see in Vurb: Vurb’s enormous potential rests on a breakthrough technology that will make searching the Internet smarter, more consistent, and even seamless across desktop and mobile devices. Imagine being able to plan an evening out without having to jump in and out of apps or […]

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Flipboard Users Have Created More Than 10 Million Magazines

Less than a year and a half after it started letting anyone build digital magazines, Flipboard’s efforts to turn us all into magazine makers have hit critical mass.

Mike McCue, the mobile app-maker’s CEO, recently told me that the company now has 10 million digital magazines created by approximately 7 million users.

Flipping Out Over Magazines

That’s quadruple the number of magazines the company had just a year ago, three months after it launched user-created magazines, and the pace of creation is accelerating: It’s adding roughly 1 million magazines a month.

Flipboard has more than 100 million “activated users”—the company’s term for those who have downloaded its mobile apps and use them to read links and entire articles from a variety of online sources.

Flipboard stories are now as likely to come from other users as staff editors.

I’ll be interviewing McCue about how these millions of user magazines have transformed the way users consume content on Flipboard—and how this shift is emblematic of other changes in the media landscape—at our next ReadWriteMix on August 13 in San Francisco. There are still some seats left—you can reserve your seat now with a donation to Girls Who Code.

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When Flipboard launched in 2010, the online news reader called itself a “personal magazine,” using a mix of social feeds and editors to choose articles for you. Either you’d see links your friends were sharing on Facebook or Twitter, or you’d see headlines picked by hand by a small team of Flipboard employees and contractors.

Flipboard’s magazines have their roots in tools built for its in-house editors, which turned them into what McCue calls “bionic curators,” able to very quickly pull together news from various sources. To this day, Flipboard’s News and Tech channels are run by Flipboard’s editorial teams.

But unleashing users’ creativity with those same tools has proven far more productive. McCue credited the introduction of magazines, which cover a far broader range of topics than Flipboard’s editors can, with goosing Flipboard’s user numbers from 50 million users in March 2013 to more than double that now.

It’s also notable that about 7% of Flipboard’s users are creating magazines. That’s a healthy balance of creation and consumption.

Adding Up

Magzines also have commercial potential for Flipboard, which has been making an increasingly large push into selling its own advertisements to place in its digital magazines. 

Notably, the most-followed magazine, aside from those created in-house, is by Dole, the food brand, with 712,000 readers. Flipboard has been encouraging advertisers to create magazines which they then pay to promote inside other magazines, with the goal of creating more lasting connections with Flipboard users. Flipboard also carries glossy, magazine-style ads from luxury brands like Breitling, a watchmaker, and Van Cleef & Arpels, a jeweler.

Other popular magazines include Tech Tips, with 618,000 readers, and The Cute, with 333,000 readers.

Learn more about Flipboard at ReadWriteMix: Rebooting The Future Of Media in San Francisco on August 13.

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e-Commerce SEO: How to Avoid eBay’s $200 Million Panda Mistake – Business 2 Community

e-Commerce SEO: How to Avoid eBay's $200 Million Panda Mistake
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You think you've got e-Commerce SEO problems? Well, did you hear how Google's Panda update is going to cost eBay about $200 million in revenue this year? While $200 million is, ahem, only about 1% of eBay's annual revenues, it still represents–if you

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What Yo’s $1.5 Million Buys: Legal Huffing Against Yo Parodies

Yo is a parody of a chat app in its own right. But the one-click messaging app isn’t amused by parodies of Yo.

Yo founder Or Arbel has sent complaints to Apple petitioning to have Yo clones YOLO, Yo, Hodor!, Oi, and others removed from the App Store. The letter, from Yo’s sorta-fake corporation, Life Before Us LLC, reads in part: “This is a direct clone of our app Yo and based on the terms of agreement in the iTunes app store, it should be removed.”

It’s true that most Yo parodies are near-exact clones of the original. But if Yo is so easy to build that anyone can duplicate the concept in 20 minutes, is it really worth $1.5 million?

See also: Friday Fun: Create Your Own Obnoxiously Simple Messaging App Just Like Yo

Along the same lines, you might reasonably wonder if it’s really Apple’s responsibility to protect the integrity of an app so simple that dozens of people have effortlessly made their own copies?

Despite receiving a notice from Apple, YOLO is still active in the Apple Store, and the team told TechCrunch they don’t plan on removing it. Betty Xi, a member on the YOLO team, said the app only took three days to make and was designed to be a parody of Yo.

“With a product as fragile as Yo and the app being so easily duplicated, how can people claim this product is worth $10 million?” Xi asked TechCrunch.

Fortunately, if you’ve followed ReadWrite’s tutorial for making your own app, you’re not in trouble at all. Arbel said in a statement that he wants to encourage Yo parodies so long as they don’t look and act exactly like Yo does:

We value creativity and we are in a free market. Improving upon our concept is welcomed, copying us bit-by-bit isn’t.

Lead image by Helen A.S. Popkin for ReadWrite

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LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform Now Open To 15 Million People

LinkedIn’s publishing platform, which started as a small experiment available to just the “influencers” the professional network deemed worthy, is now available to millions of its members.

See also: LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A “Follow” Button To Millions Of Users

Roughly 15 million people now have access to LinkedIn’s publishing tools, the company stated in its second-quarter earnings press release on Thursday.

With LinkedIn’s publishing platform, anyone can share their professional expertise in a long-form post, and anyone can follow you and read it. The publishing platform generates over 30,000 weekly long-form posts, according to LinkedIn. Basically, it opens up a wider audience for LinkedIn members—mutual following is not required. (As ReadWrite reported earlier today, LinkedIn has quietly but dramatically expanded the option to follow other members.)

When LinkedIn opened up the publishing platform to just 25,000 members in February, it stressed the importance of building a professional brand, and that publishing is one way to do it.

When a member publishes a post on LinkedIn, their original content becomes part of their professional profile, is shared with their trusted network and has the ability to reach the largest group of professionals ever assembled.

To publish a post on LinkedIn, simply click the status bar the way you would if you were writing an update. In the right corner—if you’ve been granted publishing privileges—there’s a pencil icon to create a post. When you click on it, it will push you into a composer, and you can start writing.

If you don’t have access to the publishing platform yet, you will soon. LinkedIn is slowly rolling it out to more members. 

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Top Luxury Brands Spent $22 Million On Google Text Ads In The U.S. Last Year [Study]

Paid search research firm, AdGooroo, has analyzed the paid search activity by luxury brands and retailers in the U.S. across five categories: apparel, beauty & cosmetics, shoes, handbags and watches. According to the study, five of the top personal luxury companies spent nearly $22 million on…

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Google Penalty Hits eBay’s Bottom Line, May Cost Up To $200 Million In Revenue

Earlier this year, eBay was hit with a search penalty by Google. The loss of traffic resulting from that has been noticeable enough that eBay acknowledged it in a financial call this week, suggesting it may have cost up to $200 million in revenue. eBay also said it plans to improve its efforts in…

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WordStream Raises $12 Million In VC Funding, What’s Next For Them by @mattsouthern

PPC software company, WordStream, announced today that they have raised $12 million in led by Baird Capital of Chicago. “This is the biggest fundraising round WordStream has ever done!” said WordStream CEO Ralph Folz, “As exciting as things have been in the past few years, our team is pumped about what the future holds.” WordStream detailed what they intend to do with the $12M funding. Innovation: WordStream is using customer feedback to drive the new ideas they will be bringing to their product offerings. Examples of those ideas include their Landing Pages and Leads offerings, released at the end of last […]

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