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Nov 3rd 2011

TechCrunch Wraps Up First International Conference


The TechCrunch Disrupt series of conferences held its first international event this week in China, bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and Beijing. The event brought together leading technology innovators and investors and hundreds of new startups. TechCrunch Disrupt follows a format that combines thought leading discussions with new product and company launches.

TechCrunch recapped the event:

"After many months of planning and countless flights to the other side of the world, our first ever international TechCrunch Disrupt event has come to a close. 15 companies have launched new products to the world for the very first time in our Startup Battlefield, an on-stage, high stress battle for riches (50 grand!), glory (press coverage!), the much coveted Disrupt Cup, and all the open doors you could ever desire."

In a very competitive Battlefield competition, the winner was revealed:

"Without further ado, the winner is... OrderWithMe!

OrderWithMe is a group buying system meant to help Western small business owners by drastically simplifying the process of acquiring Chinese-made goods in bulk. By splitting orders (and simultaneously removing a vast majority of the middle men involved), OrderWithMe allows shops to acquire any size shipment of these lower-priced goods, as opposed to the usual minimum order of 100+."

To learn more about the event, please visit the official TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing site.

Oct 28th 2011

A chat with Internet pioneer Charley Kline

On Wednesday, October 29th 1969, a UCLA graduate student named Charley Kline sent the first ever transmissions over the ARPANET – the research network that evolved into the Internet. Ahead of the 42nd anniversary of that momentous day, the AOL Mail Blog spoke to Charley (who is an AOL Mail user) about the origins of the internet, the role of email and the future of online communication".

We asked him a few questions around the future and past of the Internet and here's a small sample of what he said:


What is the future of online communication?

I've been talking about online video chatting for years. You had picture phones in the 60s but they were really expensive and pretty much didn't work. Now you have Skype and AV by AOL, but I think the next step is video mail where you can record a message and send it as an email.

In a world of social networking, is email still relevant?

On social networks everybody sees what you post. Unless it becomes more convenient to change this each time you post a message, email will remain useful when you want to talk directly to people.

Official messages like statements from your bank will still come via email especially as improved security and DomainKeys Identified Mail lets you know that it is a genuine message.

Then there are commercial services like daily deals newsletters. People won't want them cluttering up their Facebook page but email lets you filter them into folders until you're ready to read them.

To read the full interview, check out the AOL Mail Blog.

Oct 26th 2011

Winamp for Android Gets an Update

Here's a reason for music lovers to celebrate, Winamp, the #1 free third-party music management app on android*, has now launched an enhanced version, Android 1.2. The latest version of Winamp for Android offers lots of new core features, a premium paid package with enriched audio, features and customization, and for the first time, Mac support, which is launching in beta.

Users can download Winamp for Android 1.2 for free and then upgrade inside the app to the Pro Bundle for $4.99. Since its debut a year ago, Winamp for Android has topped nine million downloads and is now the No. 2 music management application worldwide with more than 45 million monthly users and is the No. 1 free, third-party mobile music management App on Android OS.

To learn more about Android 1.2's exciting new features, visit the Winamp blog.

*source: Android Marketplace

Oct 24th 2011

Launching Le Huffington Post Québec

A French-language edition of The Huffington Post will launch in Quebec early next year, following the successful debut of our Canadian edition just six months ago.

Le Huffington Post Québec, based in Montreal, will begin publishing in 2012.

The announcement was made by Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of HPMG, at the International Women in Digital Media Summit in Stratford, Ont.

The Huffington Post Canada has seen double-digit growth since it launched in May, with more than 1.8 million unique visitors a month, according to comScore. More than 200,000 unique visitors from Quebec frequent the Canadian site, up 26 per cent since it launched.

Le Huffington Post Québec is the second French-language edition to be announced, following the recent launch of Le Huffington Post France, slated to go live by year's end.

HPMG has more 20,000 bloggers. Notable Canadian contributors include David Suzuki, Romeo Saganash, Conrad Black, Kevin O'Leary, Jessica Stam, Elizabeth May, Craig and Marc Kielburger, Peter Worthington and Maude Barlow.

(This post was originally posted on The Huffington Post Canada)

Oct 19th 2011

HuffPost Celebrates Its 2011 Game Changers with Andrew Cuomo, Brian Williams, Kim Kardashian and More


Last night, The Huffington Post celebrated its annual Game Changers event at Skylight Studios in Soho. Politicos, industry leaders, Hollywood stars, media personalities and more turned out to honor the bold visionaries, leaders and role models changing how we look at the world, and live in it.

Here's a great snapshot of the evening, and be sure to visit the Game Changers site later today and tomorrow as we'll be posting more videos of the event.

The Huffington Post honored 100 Game Changers in 12 categories: Politics, Media, Entertainment, Culture, Style, Green, Business and Technology, Sports, World, Food and Travel, Impact and Education, and Healthy Living.

The evening got off to a poignant and powerful start with the presentation of "Game Changer of the Year" to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. On hand to present the honors was former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, appearing with his son in public for the first time since his inauguration. The current Governor Cuomo was honored for his work to bring marriage equality to the state of New York, and he boldly predicted that the New York law would jump start the movement to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.

Tom Freston was honored in the World category for his activist efforts with Bono's ONE campaign, and his role with Tolo TV, which is bringing television to war-torn Afghanistan. His award was presented by Rolling Stone founder, Jann Wenner.


Introduced by NBC Nightly News anchor and Rock Center host Brian Williams, Kelly Meyer received the Game Changer award in Food & Travel for her efforts to fight childhood obesity through her Teaching Garden nonprofit.


Glamour magazine Editor in Chief, Cindi Leive, introduced Kim Kardashian who was honored for her brand building prowess.

Headmaster of The Gateway Schools in New York City, Bob Cunningham, was honored for taking a unique approach to teaching students with learning disabilities. His award was presented by Grace Hightower, actress, philanthropist and wife of actor Robert De Niro.

Honored for her work as National Chair of Communities in Schools, Wynn Resorts Director Elaine Wynn was honored as an Impact Game Changer by author and Huffington Post Divorce editor-at-large Nora Ephron.

Topping off an evening was the presentation of a Style Game Changer award to the Versailles Models of 1973, who took part in a historic fashion show that shook up the then all-white world of fashion, while introducing emerging designers like Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass to the world. Billie Blair, Alva Chinn, Pat Cleveland, Norma Jean Darden, Charlene Dash, and Bethann Hardison were there to represent, with Gayle King doing the honors.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and the winners!

(Images courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency)

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