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By’s Social Networking Experiment

Microsoft, the software giant better known for enterprise productivity software and Excel spreadsheets, is forging into territory more commonly reserved for bootstrapping Silicon Valley startups: social media.

Microsoft’s two-month old, a hybrid social network and search engine, marks the company’s latest attempt to get cozy with consumers and move beyond the boardroom, an effort that has ensnared Microsoft in multiple battles with tech behemoths such as Apple and Google.

Microsoft is careful to cast as a research experiment, not a full-on assault against the likes of Facebook and Twitter.


Startup Lets You Unsubscribe to All Newsletter Mailing Lists at Once, which started as a simple hack for unsubscribing to emails, is the startup behind this improvement, and it’s launching a redesigned product on Monday. For the first time, users can compile the newsletters they do want to receive into a one-email-per-day digest.


LinkedIn Acquires Smart Email Startup Rapportive

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Rapportive, a startup that makes a Gmail add-on that displays social media info about contacts as you email them, confirmed on Wednesday that it had been purchased by LinkedIn.

Rahul Vohra, CEO of Rapportive, confirmed the acquisition on the company’s blog. “In business, partnership is dating — and we went on a lot of dates with LinkedIn. Slowly, but surely, we fell in love,” Vohra wrote. Vohra wrote that despite the new ownership, Rapportive will continue building its product. “At LinkedIn, we will support Rapportive, and we will continue to build beautiful products that make you brilliant with people.”


How Guest Posts Can Drive Traffic to Your Website

Tim Berners-Lee: The World Wide Web - Opportun...In today’s world consumed by the internet, nearly everyone with access to a computer and a passion for keystroking their every thought, idea and inspiration has a blog. So because of the influx of bloggers and with the phenomenon that is the blogosphere, there has also come an expansive platform for successfully promoting all types of online businesses.

Creating online articles as a guest poster can be a powerful promotional tool that any company or website owner can take advantage of for the purpose of branding a name and increasing the amount of traffic flow to a site. By contributing well written posts to various blogs and sites across the web, you are able to share valuable information with readers and promote your company by imbedding a link back to your site.

As the owner of a website, I’ve found that one of the best methods for encouraging internet users to visit my page is through guest posting. For those looking for new ways to market your company and drive cyber traffic your direction, learn about the process and gain some insight as to why more and more businesses are using guest posts as an opportunity for growth…


Amazon keeps investing in E-Commerce, this time in Turkey

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The company was founded in 2006, and differently from most generic e-commerce and classified ads (e.g. like India’s Sahipasand) the site has decided to focus entirely on gift items such asgourmet products, jewelry and toys, providing as same-day delivery as a special service. In other words, their goal has been to become the go-to online gift shop for the Turkish population.

Headquartered in Istanbul, CicekSepeti currently employs 160 people.

The exact amount of the investment from Amazon, which joins Himmingbird Ventures in the founders’ team, is unknown.

Turkey seems to be a hot market for investors this year, after Tiger Global and KPC & Byers invested heavily in Trendyol and Quants Financial Services (a Swedish fund) entered in Grupfoni. Looking at this list, it seems also onlien shopping is getting hot again: maybe the Internet won’t be seen as a place for loans and real estate business only any more?

  • Amazon Invests In Turkish E-Commerce Startup Ciceksepeti (
  • Why Turkey is the next raging e-commerce hotspot (


Rip Ilya Zhitomirskiy – Co-Founder of Diaspora

Late last night, one of Diaspora‘s four co-founders, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, had passed away. With much sadness, Techcrunch now confirmed this terrible news with the Diaspora team.

Ilya was just 22. To see any member of our community pass is sad, but for one so young to go is absolutely crushing. The cause of death is currently unconfirmed.

Our sincerest condolences to Ilya’s family, friends, and the entire Diaspora team.

As Per Chunch base Diaspora is a project begun by four students at NYU’s Courant Institute. They propose to build an open-source, distributed social network as an alternative to companies such as Facebook.