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The biggest social media platforms have been around for previous Olympics, including the Beijing Summer Games of 2008 and the Vancouver Winter Games of 2010. However, some are calling the London Summer Games of 2012 the "Socialympics."
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) even launched the Olympic Athletes' Hub, a site to connect fans with Olympic athletes, past and present, through Twitter and Facebook (FB) streams, for the Games.
The company has yet to prove the value of social media.
By Richard Saintvilus
The highly anticipated IPO of social networking giant Facebook (FB) forever changed the landscape of its market. But it became immediately legendary for the wrong reasons: the run-up was filled with hype and the IPO itself was mishandled by most of the involved parties, including Nasdaq ($COMPX), leaving small investors feeling shut-out and even ripped off.
The attempt will forever be a black eye for the stock, which continues to be one of the most polarizing tickers to follow as it attracts even more intrigue and controversy.
The company is looking to move away from its provocative advertising days and make its services the first reference of small-business owners.
When people think about Go Daddy, it wouldn't be a surprise if the first reference was race car driver Danica Patrick. After all, the Web domain services company used the sexy advertisements with Indy -- and more recently Nascar -- "it girl" Patrick in an effort it to get customers interested in what is, frankly, an unsexy business. Yet after a 2011 investment from private equity firms KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures, Go Daddy is looking to move away from its provocative advertising days and make its services the first reference of small business owners.
"We are all about making small businesses bigger," says Warren Adelman, CEO of Go Daddy. "We're enabling them with a variety of different services to build, launch [and] market their services."
Reports suggest that the company is switching from a 30-pin to a 19-pin setup -- rendering users' current accessories obsolete.
Apple's (AAPL) next iPhone is due for a radical redesign. Among the more controversial changes, the company will reportedly switch from a 30-pin dock connector to a smaller 19-pin design for its future iPhones and iPads, starting this year. According to Reuters, the move is certain to frustrate millions of Apple fans who will have to replace their existing accessories — such as iHomes or car chargers — to accomodate the new connector. The 30-pin system has been an Apple standard since the first iPod.
Is changing the design now an unnecessary annoyance, or actually an innovative step forward?
With a foolish Facebook update, CEO Reed Hastings repeats history and raises expectations too high.
By Michael Comeau
Netflix (NFLX) is partying like it's 2011, with shares trading down an astounding 20% to $64.50 after the company delivered ts second-quarter earnings results.
The quarter wasn't exactly a disaster. The company reported a profit of $0.11 per share, easily beating the consensus estimate of $0.05 per share. Revenue was in line at $889 million, as were subscriber numbers.
However, the company admitted that the back half of 2012 is looking pretty lousy.
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