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Washingtonpost.com and Newsweek to host live Super Tuesday election coverage

In an unprecedented endeavor on Super Tuesday (February 5th), washingtonpost.com and Newsweek, national leaders in political news, will offer six hours of continuous live video coverage of the election returns alongside the most comprehensive online reporting from every primary state. washingtonpost.com and Newsweek are combining the best of video and political journalism to create a unique interactive experience.

Enhancing the video experience, users will be able to interact in a live discussion forum that the video hosts will draw upon for questions. In-depth, comprehensive analysis and continuously updated blog posts from Washington Post reporters on “The Trail” will be available on the Post Politics page, in addition to interactive U.S. maps with polls, results and delegate counts. washingtonpost.com will also offer mobile alerts for people to receive immediate updates on individual primaries and candidates on their phones.

The live video will be available between 6:00 pm – Midnight ET on washingtonpost.com/postpoliticstv and through washingtonpost.com and Newsweek.com’s homepages.

meebo releases rooms API

meebo released the meebo rooms API and meebo Network, as well as five launch partners for the new programs – Piczo, Revision3, RockYou, Social Project, and Tagged. The meebo rooms API enable large-scale implementations of meebo rooms for bigger community sites. The API is geared towards social networks, as well as large media and entertainment sites to enable live community on their sites in an automated fashion. To monetize these new partnerships, as well as dozens of existing relationships, meebo announced the formation of the meebo Network, a network of premium community, media and entertainment partners with whom meebo will be sharing 50% of the ad revenue derived from meebo rooms. For partners in the meebo Network that prefer an ad-free integration of meebo rooms, a yearly licensing fee option is also available.

EA, Gigamedia agree to operate MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in Taiwan

Electronic Arts Inc. and GigaMedia Ltd have entered into an agreement to launch and operate Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Based on Games Workshop’s Warhammer fantasy universe, the online game features next generation Realm vs. Realm (RvR) game play that will immerse players in a world of perpetual conflict.

The agreement between EA and GigaMedia also aims to provide the ultimate MMORPG gaming experience for players in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Working closely with the EA Mythic development team, GigaMedia will provide marketing, community management, technical support, and customer service functions. Further details concerning the release schedule will be announced in the coming months.

warhammer EA, Gigamedia agree to operate MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in Taiwan

LiveDeal approved for listing on NASDAQ

livedeal LiveDeal approved for listing on NASDAQLiveDeal, Inc. has been approved for listing on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. It is expected that as of the opening of trading tomorrow, February 1, 2008, LiveDeal Inc. will begin trading under the symbol LIVE on the Nasdaq stock market.

“The NASDAQ listing is an exciting milestone for us,” said Daniel L. Coury, Sr., Chief Executive Officer, “and we hope that this listing will improve the liquidity of our shares, as many institutional investors who are restricted from buying stock in bulletin board companies are now able to invest in our company.”

Break.com announces winner of Writers’ Strike Contest

Break.com has named the winner of its Writers Guild of America (WGA) online video strike contest. Bob Kushell, a WGA striking writer, was awarded $5000 for his comedic short video titled, “The Strike, Your Marriage & You.” His humorous video features well-known celebrity, Christina Applegate.

Bob Kushell has written for such comedy smash hits as “The Simpsons,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Samantha Who” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”

“Winning this monetary award proves the WGA’s point about how much money there is to be made on the internet. Especially if you win monetary awards,” said Kushell. “If you don’t win monetary awards, there’s probably still money to be made on the internet. But that would mean getting advertising. And that’s a lot of work.”


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American Express to launch online fashion network bringing access to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

American Express is launching tomorrow the “American Express Fashion Network,” which will provide exclusive, never-before-seen, live access to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Visitors to the American Express Fashion Network will see one of the most exciting industry-only events unfold before their eyes with multi-dimensional views from the runways and throughout the tents, as well as interviews and insights from designers and other industry insiders before and after the shows. The American Express Fashion Network will be the only place to watch shows live with views from around the tent along with insights from designers and other industry insiders before and after the shows through live in-depth interviews.

Robert Verdi, acclaimed fashion stylist and notable media personality, will be the official host of the Network. Broadcast personality and model Roshumba Williams will join Verdi on-site as a correspondent. The American Express booth in the lobby of the Bryant Park tents will be the broadcast center for the Network. Verdi and Williams will be on-site for the duration of the event interviewing designers, models and other industry experts, creating an exciting multi-faceted experience for those viewing from home.

Political contest plays out on mobile phones with Gameloft’s ‘Battle for the White House’

gameloft Political contest plays out on mobile phones with Gamelofts ‘Battle for the White House’

Political in-fighting goes mobile as Gameloft introduced ‘Battle for the White House’, a new mobile game that spoofs the current 2008 presidential elections.

‘Battle for the White House’ allows players to assume the roles of the leading candidates: Democrats Hillary Clinton; Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Republicans Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney, as they square off against one another in completely re-imagined ways.

2008’s presidential hopefuls face such daunting challenges as: Boxing, Debate, Sabotage, Parade, Ballot Ball, Sneak In, Touch the Sky, and Crow Breaker.

‘Battle for the White House’ will be available on all major mobile carrier decks in February 2008. To check the game’s availability with your carrier, text “WHITE” to 82174 on your mobile phone.

KickApps releases version 3.0

kickapps KickApps releases version 3.0KickApps announced the release of version 3.0 of its SaaS application suite. This version makes it easier for web publishers and developers of all levels and experience to deploy Social Networking, User Generated Content (UGC), Programmable Video Players and Widgets. In addition, the new release extends a web publisher’s ability to manage media, members and reporting— essential elements to growing a successful online community.

KickApps 3.0 opens community creation to a wide range of non-technical web publishers. A powerful new WYSIWYG site creation and deployment interface allows web publishers with minimal technical knowledge the ability to build and customize social media websites and widgets with just a few clicks. These point-and-click features also help experienced web developers achieve rapid prototyping and fast deployment.

KickApps 3.0 also includes an array of community experiences that focus on driving member engagement and viral growth: community news feeds, social graphs, one-click media syndication, media-enabled message boards and customized group features.

One of the most powerful enhancements is the KickApps 3.0 Affiliate Center. The KickApps Affiliate Center is where web developers deploy, customize, manage, monetize and moderate their online communities. Version 3.0 transforms the KickApps Affiliate Center into a dynamic control panel that provides real-time data essential to growing audience and engagement. The KickApps Advertising Manager in the Affiliate Center enables ad insertion from all major ad networks for optimal monetization.

Cable breakdown slows down Net connection in West Asia

net cabl Cable breakdown slows down Net connection in West AsiaInternet users in India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt and UAE must be going crazy these days due to slow or even no Internet connection caused by the breakdown of 2 cables in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to Techtree, an anchoring ship caused this accident that crippled 60% of normal Internet services in India and 70% in Egypt. Even though the problem is already identified, repairs will take a week or two to achieve full restoration.

Fortunately, the lucrative BPO in India is not affected but Internet cafes and regular online users are extremely distressed. Internet service providers cannot do anything but downgrade its service.

Amazon acquires Audible for $300 million

Amazon has acquired Audible.com, provider of audio books and other spoken word audio content, for $300 million in cash and short-term investments.

“This deal brings together two pioneering companies that share a long history of ceaseless focus on improving the customer experience,” said Donald Katz, founder and chief executive of Audible.com. “We are very excited to be joining a company as innovative as Amazon.com.”