The Social 6: Key Stories of The Last 24 hours, 8/17/12

August 17, 2012jeremygoldmanEcommerce, Facebook, Going Social, Social 6 Daily RecapsNo Comments
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iPhone Twenty12 | 57 (Photo credit: esharkj)

#6 A $12-Million-A-Month iOS Game? NaturalMotion Has It With CSR Racing

Benchmark Capital-backed NaturalMotion has announced that its high-profile game, CSR Racing, is now surpassing $12 million in monthly revenue. If that’s the case, that would be the most any iOS game has hit to date, and illustrates the potential market opportunity here.

#5 Case Study: Salon Keeps Customers Coming Back With Wacky Rewards

Stephanie Miles tells why salon customers that go to Red 7 Salon keep coming back for more after they receive rewards. Really useful Street Fight article if you run a brick & mortar location.

#4 The Hulu Dilemma: How Private is Your Video Playlist?

While I’m very far from a privacy advocate, in that I personally tend to make things public by default online whenever possible, this article outlines the challenges associated with considering anything private online when it’s stored on a third party’s server. Nancy Scola writes a strong ReadWriteWeb article on how Hulu is dealing with a class action suit relating to privacy, and how your private playlist may be private to your friends, but not to data miners.

#3 HTML5 Gaming Gets Another Contender With Goko’s New Platform

Another gaming piece today! HTML5 gaming gets a new cohort of startup contenders. Kim-Mai Cutler delivers a great article on TechCrunch explaining about Goko, a Redwood City-based company that may make it easier for game developers to publish HTML5 games. This looks like a pretty strong platform; I’d recommend keeping an eye on Goko.

#2 Little Black Bag Stows Away $8 Million in Funding for Social Shopping

Another social commerce company, Little Black Bag, has raised $8 million dollars to fund. Tricia Duryee writes for All Things D saying the inspiration came from a Japanese New Year’s Day tradition. Yet another sign that social shopping startups are red-hot.

#1 Meet the Guys Who Started Stanford’s Facebook in 1999

Jesse Draper posts a video on Mashable from back in the day. Believe it or not, Stanford shut down “The Facebook” in 1999 because of safety precautions. Interesting piece to check out, and wonder if the founders ever think “what if?” I can related: I created smithfacebook.com for my business school, the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, back in 2005/2006 or so – so I can completely empathize and wonder what might have been!

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