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Street fashion network, StyleMob, goes public

style mob Street fashion network, StyleMob, goes publicStyleMob, a web2.0 community for street fashion inspiration, officially launches on Thursday after several months of beta testing.

A social network of sorts, StyleMob works around the idea of creating a place for real people to have a say about fashion, allowing users to upload photos of their fashion statements and clothing, while other members rate them. Users also get to have their own profile page, as well as leave messages and comments to other members of the community. StyleMob is a community that’s comprised of “fashionable people who do their own thing, plus independent designers, t-shirt surgeons, thrifting addicts, boutique owners, fashion bloggers, photographers, and students, and all who celebrate the DIY fashion spirit.”

In a nutshell, StyleMob, they say, is not after runway looks, but is more focused on the creativity and individual style of ordinary people.

AT&T blue room to feature exclusive webcast of Lollapalooza acts

att1 AT&T blue room to feature exclusive webcast of Lollapalooza actsMusic fans unable to make it to the Windy City for this year’s Lollapalooza festival can still enjoy front-row access to one of this year’s hottest events through the AT&T blue room. AT&T Inc. has announced the hosting of an exclusive live webcast of the 2007 Lollapalooza concert on AT&T blue room music.

From Aug. 3 through Aug. 5, 2007, the AT&T blue room will feature exclusive performances from some of the more than 130 bands taking part in this year’s Lollapalooza music festival. The final schedule of performances will be available tomorrow. Webcasts start at 12:30 p.m. each day and run through 10 p.m. CT.

Rugby World Cup Plus goes live with video on demand service

rugby Rugby World Cup Plus goes live with video on demand serviceLeading global online broadcaster MediaZone and the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) today launched RWC Plus, the official and exclusive broadband video On Demand service for Rugby World Cup 2007. RWC Plus is produced in association with MediaZone Rugby and will be streamed through the official tournament website.

RWC Plus provides rugby fans worldwide with delayed coverage of all 48 matches from the Rugby World Cup 2007, as well as LIVE audio feeds, match previews, halftime and fulltime highlights and interviews for USD 49.99.

Fotolog becoming extremely popular

fotologcom Fotolog becoming extremely popularFotolog, which recently announced a multi-year search agreement with Google, showcased a variety of numbers today showing how it is becoming one of the most popular social media networks. This data is drawn from a variety of sources.

Fotolog said that, according to comScore, it now has 4.6 million daily visitors, more than 15 million monthly uniques, 25.4 minutes average minutes per usage day and more than 21 average monthly visits per visitor. These measures rank Fotolog 19th worldwide in average minutes and 11th in average visits. It also now has 10 million members, over 100 million photos and is getting daily around 700,000 photo uploads.

“Fotolog is on a tear – we’re adding 30,000 members a day and have welcomed 5 million so far this year as we continue to make our user experience even more interesting and compelling through our partnerships with Google and AOL,” said John Borthwick, Fotolog’s Chief Executive Officer. “Just 14 days after we launched AOL’s chat service, one-third of all the people who ever signed up to Fotolog enabled Fotolog Messenger.”

Quincy Jones premieres video podcast series

quincy jones Quincy Jones premieres video podcast seriesLegendary entertainment industry figure Quincy Jones debuted today a new video podcast series through a partnership with podcast distributor Wizzard Media. The video podcast offering is part of a plan by Jones to go more digital as he launches an enhanced personal Web site to host the podcasts and other content.

The new Quincy Jones video podcast series will comprise at least 26 episodes in the first year. It will include “footage of him at work in the studio with some of today’s biggest stars and at exclusive events around the globe. Also featured in upcoming video podcast episodes will be Quincy on film, popular culture, politics and events on the national and international stage.”

The first video podcast shows Jones “in the studio producing Celine Dion’s version of I Knew I Loved You, recorded for the tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone and slated for inclusion on Dion’s upcoming Greatest Hits album…it allows viewers to experience the recording and production process with Quincy and Celine and hear Quincy sharing candid and personal thoughts on the project.”

New filtering software blocks MySpace, Facebook

myspace blocker New filtering software blocks MySpace, FacebookSolid Oak Software, a company which provides Internet filtering products for parents and others, announced today a new program designed to block access to select popular social networking sites. CyberSitter Social Networking Blocker is available now for free personal usage.

CyberSitter Social Networking Blocker, said Solid Oak, is designed to block unauthorized access to MySpace and FaceBook. It also blocks access to several hundred known Web proxies that can be used to bypass filtering programs.

“We have been doing this longer than anyone else out there,” says Brian Milburn, president of Solid Oak Software. “We have the expertise, we know the web sites, and we know the dangers, and we are stepping up and giving away a tool we hope will help keep kids a little safer and help parents sleep a little better.”

Social networking becomes global

comScore released the results of a study on the expansion of social networking across the globe, revealing that several major social networking sites have experienced dramatic growth during the past year.

Social networking giant MySpace.com attracted more than 114 million global visitors age 15 and older in June 2007, representing a 72-percent increase versus year ago. Facebook.com experienced even stronger growth during that same time frame, jumping 270 percent to 52.2 million visitors. Bebo.com (up 172 percent to 18.2 million visitors) and Tagged.com (up 774 percent to 13.2 million visitors) also increased by orders of magnitude.

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Boo-box gets $300K funding

boo box Boo box gets $300K fundingContextual marketing startup Boo-Box raised a round of funding worth $300K through Monashees Capital.

Boo-Box aims at developing efficient tools and procedures that allow publishers to control what is marketed within his site’s content. Just like similiar ad networks, Boo-box provides advertisers a way to promote their products and services, while pulishers are rewarded when referrals complete a purchase.

Based in Brazil and launched recently in the US, Boo-box will use the raised funds for the development and expansion of their services.

Eyespot launches Media Campaign Platform to empower advertisers and brands

eyespot Eyespot launches Media Campaign Platform to empower advertisers and brandsEyespot announced the launch of its Media Campaign Platform, a powerful new addition to the Eyespot application suite, which enables brand managers and advertising firms to directly harness the energy of social networks and user-generated content. The system allows for the creation of interactive video campaigns that will associate brands with both Hollywood and other professionally produced content.

In the rapidly evolving Internet economy, Eyespot’s Media Campaign Manager is a market first that empowers the creative industry and communities to initiate their own interactive video sharing campaigns directly with consumers. The unmitigated appeal of UGC is available alongside a significant array of premium content supplied by producers, networks, studios, and record labels to engage with new customers, increase brand recognition, and further exploit existing brand loyalty.

The Media Campaign Manager’s robust campaign creation system is specially suited to the needs of advertising and marketing firms. This online suite requires no technical expertise and is an easy-to-use administrative content management system that only requires the oversight, leadership, and decision making of a brand manager or marketing director.

iTunes Store tops 3 billion songs

itunes iTunes Store tops 3 billion songsApple today announced that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store. iTunes is the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store featuring a catalog of over five million songs, 550 television shows and 500 movies. iTunes recently surpassed Amazon and Target to become the third largest music retailer in the U.S.

“We’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milestone,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes.