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Is the Story of Flickr Foreshadowing the Future of Tumblr?

May 29th, 2013

By: Kaitlin Pondolfino

In recent news, Tumblr was purchased by Yahoo for a whopping $1.1 billion, making it CEO Marissa Mayer’s biggest deal to date. Per agreement, Tumblr’s founder David Karp won’t be leaving his position as the head of the website. According to Mayer, in order for Tumblr to continue to see success, Yahoo plans to “allow them to run fast and stay true to their user base and community.” This provides comfort while comparing the future of Tumblr to the not so distant past of Flickr.

Yahoo seemed to have a very different approach and opinion of the popular photo sharing site Flickr when they bought it from founders Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake in 2005. Flickr, previously tag lined as “almost certainly the best online photo sharing app in the world,” has now been lost in the shuffle in the midst of Facebook, Instagram, and other similar social media sites. When Flickr was purchased, Yahoo promised nothing but greatness for its users but the innovative start-up quickly plummeted when commonly shared values did not line up. Yahoo’s main focus was simply the database its users had built and tagged. There was a disconnect when it came to Yahoo caring about the community that had created Flickr – it did not continue to grow and there wasn’t an effort to introduce new features. In addition, Flickr was not profitable due to lack of resources, and they seemed to miss the boat on local, real time, mobile, and social factors that other related social media sites had in their favor.

The web in general has become a much more social direction in recent times. Although Flickr was at the forefront of that movement, their success did not pan out the way it was intended to. This made me question – will Tumblr remain the successful blogging site it’s been or could it potentially face the same struggles Flickr did after being purchased by Yahoo?

Posted in Current Events, News, Talener Blog

WIT NYC's May Meeting Postponed

May 29th, 2013

Due to the holidays, WIT NYC for the month of May is postponed. Please look for information on our June meeting in the coming months. Thank you.

Posted in Company News, Events

Google Play Music All Access

May 23rd, 2013

BY: Brady Kain

Google has recently developed a new service that expands its consumer appeal even more. It has recently introduced Google Play Music All Access to rival the commonly used services of Spotify and Pandora. This new service will basically combine the best features of all similar services. With a subscription, a user can stream unlimited songs from Google’s server. Users can also merge their personal library with their music catalogs online. This service works both on the web and on mobile devices. You can also download playlists similar to Pandora, only you can see the playlist prior to playing it and rearrange and delete any songs if you desire. Google Play Music All Access rivals services such as Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody and it will be interesting to see how it does in comparison to these services that are already in place.

The cost for a subscription to Google’s service is 10 dollars a month; however, if you join before June 30th it is only 8 dollars a month. I am curious to see if this pricing will affect the number of subscribers because it is more costly than most of the competitors such as Pandora and Spotify, but on the other hand it does offer a more convenient service. Also, will this service increase Google’s stronghold on the technology environment given the massive amount of Android subscribers that already exist?

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

What’s Really Happening to your Snapchats?

May 15th, 2013

By: Max Neumeyer
In the wake of Facebook, the overexposing social media site, rose the popular photo sharing app Snapchat. It seems that with Facebook and similar social sites, everything you put online will be there for good. Hence the popular iPhone and Android app, which deletes your pictures after you send them, gives people the privacy that just doesn’t seem to exist anymore. But is Snapchat really deleting all of your photos? Digital forensic examiner Richard Hickman says otherwise. According to Hickman, all it takes is a few hours (5 or 6 to be exact) and knowing the right places to look. Contrary to popular belief, Snapchats are not being deleted and are merely renamed and hidden in users’ phones. Although finding the snaps is no easy task, Hickman has published his methods online and offers his services for $500. At the moment he has only found out how to uncover snaps on Android phones; however he is currently working on the iPhone. Snapchat has recently released a statement saying that they never meant for snaps to be deleted off of phones, they merely delete all snaps from their internal servers. They also cited their privacy policy which claims that users send all snaps at their own risk.

It will be interesting to see how people react to the news in the next few weeks. Part of the novelty of Snapchat was that a user could send any photo (no matter how racy) and not have to worry about that photo becoming public. This new development sends any solace of privacy to the wayside, basically eliminating the sole purpose of the Snapchat application.

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

Israeli Technology Spreading Worldwide

May 14th, 2013

Israel’s Briefcam 

“When two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, the police and security officials in charge of investigating the attack turned immediately to the many video security cameras posted in the area.”

Combing such vast amounts of material would have taken months, or even years in the past, but with new video analytic technologies developed by Israel’s BriefCam according to publication, IsraelDefense, it took them just a few days to identify and track Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarneav, the two main suspects in the attack which killed three, and wounded 183. Within five days one of the terrorists was dead, the other arrested after a 22-hour manhunt.” israel21c.org states.

Israel’s surveillance equipment has been spreading worldwide. The BriefCam is one of the many tools that has been used by the US to benefit from. Technology is huge in Tel Aviv. Artsonearth.com says, “Considered the cultural capital of Israel, Tel Aviv has a young population and a 24-hour scene. These are two big ingredients why the city has so much venture capital and start-ups are so well-funded. With a population that spends more time online per capita than any other country, it appears the city is in a good spot to experience even more growth in the future.”

One thing to look out for is tech-based companies starting up in Israel and the one’s specifically opening offices all over America. NYC and LA are two big US tech hubs. Here are some of the Israeli companies with NYC offices to look out for: http://www.meetup.com/TechAvivNY/pages/List_of_Israeli_Companies_in_NY/

 

 

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