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Crystal Coleman is the Director of Community at Townsquared. This post originally appeared on CMX Hub. Negotiation certainly wasn’t something I learned when I started out as a community manager in 2006. Back then, I was just excited to get paid to talk about the TV show LOST in an online forum for 10 or 15 hours per week. However, as Community Management shifted from a fun side-gig to the career I pursued, I knew I had to get more serious about my work and my value. I had to learn to negotiate. I have learned a lot since 2006 as my career... This story continues at The Next Web The post Don’t leave money on the table: How to negotiate your next community job offer appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter has announced its first mobile developer conference. Called Twitter Flight, the event takes place on October 22 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Tickets are priced at $140. Twitter says Flight is “built by developers, for developers.” The goal is to help mobile app creators build the best mobile apps with the social platform, regardless of whether they are using Java, Objective-C or Swift. Excited to announce @Flight: Twitter's conference for developers. Join us October 22nd: http://t.co/gWOf5ZBEKf pic.twitter.com/Sj8cc6jy3I — Twitter Flight (@Flight) September 10, 2014 The day will start off with a keynote from Twitter CEO... This story continues at The Next Web The post Flight is Twitter’s first mobile developer conference, costs $140, takes place October 22 in San Francisco appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google has announced the acquisition of Lift Labs, a research group that created tremor-canceling technology for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Lift Labs will join the Google X lab and continue to sell its Liftware spoon gadget, which makes it easier for patients to eat. “We’re also going to explore how their technology could be used in other ways to improve the understanding and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor,” Google said in a statement. Liftware uses a neat trick of repurposing the image stabilization technology found in cameras to cancel out the tremors caused by... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google acquires Lift Labs, the maker of a self-stabilizing spoon for Parkinson’s patients appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’re a heavy Twitter user, you may well have noticed a shortcoming in the platform – it’s really hard to search for tweets according to where they originated. And that’s exactly the problem that Castround for Android has been designed to fix. Why might you want to do this? Well, perhaps you just want to see what people are tweeting about at a specific spot in town, or perhaps you just landed in a new city on vacation, or maybe you just want to see what people in Scotland are tweeting about this week ahead of the independence referendum. Castround’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post Castround for Android lets you view tweets by location appeared first on The Next Web.

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Earlier today, Google started offering Google Voice users the option to migrate their accounts to Hangouts. Now, we know the full extent of the update: As well as integrating Google Voice accounts, all Hangouts users (iOS, Android and Web) can now make voice-only calls to one another, as well as free calls to regular numbers in the US and Canada. In addition, Google is promising “really low” rates for international numbers. The updated Android app, version 2.3, will be rolled out over the next few days, however iOS and Web users should be able to access these features by simply relaunching... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google Hangouts now offers free voice calls to numbers in the US and Canada appeared first on The Next Web.

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Approximately 4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum on Tuesday, as first reported by Russian website CNews. That’s the bad news. The good news is that this leak doesn’t seem as massive upon further inspection. First off, we got in touch with Google regarding the issue. The company does not believe this is the result of any sort of security breach on its end. “The security of our users’ information is a top priority for us,” a Google spokesperson told TNW. “We have no evidence that our systems have been compromised, but whenever we... This story continues at The Next Web The post 4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords published, Google says ‘no evidence’ its systems were compromised appeared first on The Next Web.

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Seven months after Apple acquired Burstly, creator of popular app beta-testing service TestFlight, the Cupertino company has officially unveiled the first official native version of the TestFlight app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and opened it to a small number of in-house testers. In the wake of the acquisition back in February, it was revealed that TestFlight would drop its support for Android apps, but in the iOS realm the move meant that developers would soon be better equipped for testing and debugging apps before pushing them live in the App Store, letting them work with up to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple launches native TestFlight beta-testing app globally, open for in-house testers only initially appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook is trialing a new feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance. A handful of users noticed the feature in the Facebook iOS app earlier this week, and we reached out to Facebook to seek clarification. A spokesperson said: “We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.” Facebook is no stranger to new features, and the social networking giant regularly introduces fresh facets to the service on a restricted basis, to garner feedback and assess user reaction. Based on the screenshots... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook is testing a feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance appeared first on The Next Web.

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Skype today updated its Windows Phone app with three new features. You can download the new version now directly from the Windows Phone Store. First up, you can now share your location with the people in your conversation, a new feature that is landing on Windows Phone first. To turn on Location Sharing, tap the plus icon in a chat and select “share location.” Next, you can now save images that have been shared in chat: tap the image to enlarge it, then tap for more menu options and select “save photo.” Also in the more options section, you can... This story continues at The Next Web The post Skype for Windows Phone gets location sharing, picture saving, and notification controls for each conversation appeared first on The Next Web.

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Some of the most prolific technology companies are banding together today to rally support for net neutrality and challenge proposals that many fear will create a two-tiered system on the internet. Netflix, Mozilla, Foursquare, Vimeo, Kickstarter, Etsy and Dropbox, among others, have thrown their support behind the ‘Day of Action‘ on September 10. The campaign is spearheaded by Battle for the Net, a site backed by Freepress, Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Engine. It offers banner images, widgets and profile pictures of the classic loading symbol that anyone can display prominently on their site, social media or forum accounts. They highlight... This story continues at The Next Web The post Mozilla, Netflix, Kickstarter and others join ‘Day of Action’ campaign to promote net neutrality appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today released the public previews of Live Streaming and Content Protection offerings part of Azure Media Service. At the same time, the company announced Azure Media Services Indexer is now generally available. Microsoft touts that it is now only provider that offers live streaming as part of an end-to-end workflow. Live Streaming enables its customers to stream their own HD quality live events, and create live linear and live to video on demand (VOD) experiences. More to follow. The post Microsoft previews Azure’s Live Streaming and Content Protection, makes Media Indexer generally available appeared first on The Next Web.

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File and presentation-hosting platform SlideShare launched way back in 2006, letting users upload PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument files to share publicly or privately, and was acquired by LinkedIn in a $119 million deal back in 2012. Indeed, SlideShare remains a popular tool for sharing presentations with others, but a new tool called GifDeck brings an interesting new feature into the mix by letting you switfly transform your decks into easy-to-share animated GIFs. Here’s how it works. Simply grab a SlideShare URL, I used this one, and paste it into GifDeck. Click the ‘Settings’ icon to alter the interval between the... This story continues at The Next Web The post GifDeck is a super easy way of transforming SlideShares into animated GIFs appeared first on The Next Web.

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Deezer, the second-largest streaming music service in terms of paid subscribers, has announced its US debut with the upcoming launch of a new high-resolution subscription. Dubbed Deezer Elite,  the premium offering works exclusively on Sonos systems and offers audio quality on par with CDs. US customers will have access to the Deezer Elite beta starting September 15 through a partnership with Sonos and its professional installers. The service will then roll out globally at a later date. At launch, Deezer Elite will offer a promotional price of $14.99 a month or $120 for the year, but the monthly fee will... This story continues at The Next Web The post Deezer announces US launch with new high-quality music streaming service appeared first on The Next Web.

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Israeli startup Magisto has introduced a neat new feature to its Android app, geared towards short-form video enthusiasts. In a nutshell, the uber-popular app lets users upload video clips and have them automatically transformed into a slick home movie, with Magisto choosing the most compelling moments. Now, Magisto for Android is helping its users share movies directly into Instagram. By selecting ‘Instagram Ready’ from within the ‘Movie Length’ feature, it will automatically assemble videos into 15-second-long edits ready for sharing.     Earlier this week, Magisto for iOS received a new feature called ‘Surprise Me’, which uses AI to create original videos... This story continues at The Next Web The post Magisto for Android now lets you assemble 15-second videos to share on Instagram appeared first on The Next Web.

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In economics and business, a network effect (also called network externality or demand-side economies of scale) is the effect that one user of a good or service has on the value of that product to other people. When a network effect is present, the value of a product or service is dependent on the number of others using it. The Apple Watch (check “Here it is: The Apple Watch” for all the details) is an amazing gadget, no matter what all the Android fanboys are saying about it in the many comments you’ll find all over the Web. It would... This story continues at The Next Web The post The Apple Watch will be the most viral Apple product ever appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google’s Street View has long since expanded its reach beyond your local avenues and thoroufares into seemingly every nook and cranny around the world. And today, the internet giant has announced a slew of new Street View imagery on Google Maps, covering the monuments and history of Ancient Egypt. Naturally, this includes the Pyramids of Giza and the Giza Necropolis, as well as the human-lion hybrid – the Great Sphinx. Elsewhere, you’ll find the Abu Mena, Cairo Citadel and the Citadel of Qaitbay. ➤ Walk like an Egyptian with Street View in Google Maps The post Google Street View now transports you into Ancient Egypt appeared first on The Next Web.

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Rocket Internet, the European incubator-cum-global-super-cloner, has confirmed rumors that it will list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange before the end of the year. The Berlin-based company plans to raise €750 million, around $970 million, by offering primary-only capital — that means no existing shareholders will cash out. The company — which says it wants to become “the largest Internet platform outside of the United States and China” — has been busy on the investment front in recent weeks. Over the past month it sold a 10 percent stake to PLTD, and a 10.7 percent share to United Internet, while long-time investor Holtzbrinck swapped its investment in seven... This story continues at The Next Web The post It’s official: Rocket Internet is going public with a $970m IPO in Germany this year appeared first on The Next Web.

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Back in June, Apple announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and OS X, and the reaction in the developer community was generally positive. Now, in the wake of Apple unveiling a slew of new products and services, the Cupertino company has announced that Swift has now reached ‘GM’ (Gold Master). A GM build basically means it’s almost good to go and, as such, Apple is now accepting submissions for Swift-coded iOS apps in the App Store. Though the plan is for Swift to eventually replace Objective-C, the coding vernacular used by Apple for two decades, both languages can... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple’s now accepting Swift-coded iOS apps for the App Store appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple has finally showed its hand. After months of (largely accurate) speculation, the Cupertino-based company unveiled its newest products on Tuesday: the iPhone 6, the larger iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch, its first foray into wearables. Your take on the new devices will come down to a number of personal factors — Android fans will feel like they have reason to be snarky, as per below — but, overall, gadget geeks and the media who tested the hardware have been largely impressed. And that’s despite many frustrations with the livestream coverage of the event which was laden with technical glitches. I couldn’t... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple’s premium pricing is under more pressure than ever before in Asia appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google appears to have finally hit the button to integrate Google Voice into Hangouts messaging service. Android Police first noted that users are being given the option to migrate their Google Voice accounts in order to receive calls and text messages via the Hangouts mobile app. The blog notes that the services are integrated on desktops too The consolidation makes absolute sense, and has been speculated for some time. The move puts Android on a par with Apple’s iPhones, which offer internet-based calls and text messages via its iMessage and FaceTimes services and are integrated into the core messaging and call apps within iOS.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google finally begins allowing its Google Voice service to be integrated with Hangouts appeared first on The Next Web.

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U2 made a big appearance at Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event on Tuesday, releasing its new album for free to iTunes customers. It looks like we’ll be seeing even more of them at Apple events. In a blog post about the album launch, the band revealed that it will continue to work with Apple to change music consumption. “We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed,” frontman Bono wrote. Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned during the keynote that the company... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple and U2 have an ongoing partnership to ‘transform the way music is listened to and viewed’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note showed smartphone makers that the world really wanted a larger computer in its pocket. Today Apple complied with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Apple’s going big. The edges of the larger iPhones remind me of the iPhone 3GS. I like the contours of the iPhone 3GS. It’s like a pebble in your hand while the iPhone 4 and later felt more like a slab of metal. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are a happy medium between those designs with curved edges and a flat back. Even with a larger footprint, it’s a softer... This story continues at The Next Web The post Hands-on with the larger iPhone 6 and much larger iPhone 6 Plus appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft is reportedly in “serious discussions” to acquire Mojang, the independent game studio behind the popular Minecraft game, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. A source told the paper that the deal could top $2 billion and close “as early as this week.” Minecraft has developed a passionate following, especially among kids. A $2 billion valuation would be a huge win for the Swedish developer, which has largely taken an anti-establishment stance. The deal could, however, be a huge blow to fans if Microsoft decides to turn the game into a Windows/Xbox exclusive. Microsoft declined to comment... This story continues at The Next Web The post WSJ: Microsoft is in talks to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2 billion+ appeared first on The Next Web.

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The Apple Watch is real and thank heavens it’s not called the iWatch. But it is entering a very crowded market, and during my very short time with it in demo mode, it seemed to have the same issue as watches from LG and Samsung. Too thick. The watch comes in two sizes. I tried out the larger one. Apple only had the regular and Sport version available for “testing.” The more expensive Edition version was nowhere to be seen. Once on my wrist, it was déjà vu. The thickness of the watch is a reminder that you’re strapping a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Hands-on with the Apple Watch, sort of appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. When I first set foot in Disneyland, I race to the most famous rides first—Splash Mountain, the Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, all the biggest and best. Little do I know there are just as many hidden gems and overlooked attractions that I’ve likely missed in my sprint for the headliners. Social networks are a little like Disneyland in this regard. There’s so much to see and so much to do that some of the fun stuff is bound to slip through the cracks. Which features of Facebook, Twitter, and the other major social... This story continues at The Next Web The post 30 little-known features of popular social media sites appeared first on The Next Web.

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