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Interesting to see Amazon playing catch up in the streaming space with a recently launched campaign Amazon Pilot Season asking you to pick the best of 5 potential series to kick off a full season of episodes. Apparently this is the 3rd wave of such activity, although the first 2 passed me by.

You’ll find more details on Twitter @AmazonVideoUK and ironically they’ve also been pushing this pilot season through conventional TV platforms!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Robert McCarthy has designed, developed, researched and evangelized mobile products and technologies, with a focus on mobile and emerging payment eco-systems, for more than 15 years. At Mobiquity, Robert advises clients in areas including mobile communications, network and mobile security, and cloud infrastructure design.

A song lyric from “All That Jazz” comes to mind following Apple’s big announcement about mobile payments on Tuesday: “Everything old is new again.” Amid rumors and leaks surrounding the new Apple phone, operating system and peripherals, Apple clearly saw – and took advantage of – the looming perfect storm in mobile payments that’s been swirling and growling on the horizon for the last few years.

It is now clear: Apple is taking advantage of partnerships more than technology in order to innovate in this burgeoning space.

Apple has been focused on delivering some intriguing solutions to problems on the periphery of…

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Originally posted on Emerging Media & the Market:

During last week’s IMC discussion, I came across this interesting infographic titled “5 1/2 Best Twitter Practices” created by an interactive media agency called NJI Media.

NJI_twitter_infographicIt got me thinking… what makes a good tweet? How can individuals,  small businesses and corporations craft tweets that are more likely to be retweeted, favorited and talked about? Here’s what I came up with, and I’m interested to read what others are thinking.

5 Qualities of a Good Tweet

1. Include a link.

Many accounts with a high number of followers frequently include links in their tweets, and there’s a reason why. People on Twitter LOVE to click on links. According to the infographic above (and many other sources), 57% of all retweets include a link.

2. Utilize real time and user-generated content.

The same infographic says that because Twitter is a fast news-gathering tool, tweets are more likely to resonate with followers…

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‘Tis herself: A search for “english major who taught herself calculus” returned The Calculus Diaries by Jennifer Oulette. Plus one viral tweet.

When I googled “english major who taught herself calculus,” Google gave me the result I wanted — plus a most unhelpful suggestion. I wondered why.

Last Thursday morning, I was following up on a book recommendation from sometime-TED-blogger Ben Lillie. A writer he knows, an English major, taught herself calculus and wrote a book about it. Don’t you want to read that book? I do. I couldn’t remember the writer’s name that morning, but I remembered the plot of the book. So I searched for “english major who taught herself calculus.”

And Google asked:

Did you mean: “english major who taught himself calculus”?

It was just so weird, I took a screengrab and tweeted it. What was there to say in comment besides: “No Google, no I didn’t.”

Then I…

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