Facebook removes Google+ ad

By on July 18, 2011 at 8:25 PM.

Facebook removes Google+ ad

A developer named Michael Lee Johnson recently decided to advertise his Google+ profile on Facebook. Unfortunately, it might not have panned out as well as Johnson had hoped. Johnson’s self-made advertisement, which said “If you’re lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso” under the headline “Add Michael to Google+”  was pulled by Facebook shortly after he posted it. Worse, Facebook took the matter so seriously that the social network banned all of Johnson’s other advertising campaigns. According to CNET the message from Facebook said:

Your account has been disabled. All of your adverts have been stopped and should not be run again on the site under any circumstances. Generally, we disable an account if too many of its adverts violate our Terms of Use or Advertising guidelines. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with the specific violations that have been deemed abusive. Please review our Terms of Use and Advertising guidelines if you have any further questions.”

Johnson told CNET that he’s considering taking legal action against Facebook for damage to his reputation and emotional distress. Hit the jump for a screenshot of his Facebook ad. More →

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AT&T issuing update for Motorola Atrix 4G, HSUPA restrictor-plate removed

By on April 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM.

AT&T issuing update for Motorola Atrix 4G, HSUPA restrictor-plate removed

Here’s some good news on a Friday afternoon. Over the next few weeks, AT&T will begin pushing out an update for the Motorola Atrix 4G. The software bump — which was first spotted by Droid Matters earlier today — will, most notably, remove the uplink speed restrictions currently present on the dual-core handset. Here is AT&T’s official statement:

Today, AT&T began to deploy an update for the HTC Inspire™ 4G that provides, among other features, the addition of enhanced uplink speed technology. (HSUPA).

An update that adds HSUPA for the Motorola ATRIX 4G has cleared testing and will be deployed soon.

Both updates will roll out to customers of both phones over the coming weeks.  Users will get a message on their device notifying them of an update and to connect to Wi-Fi to download it.  After downloading it, the user needs to only allow the update to automatically install.

There you have it. The handcuffs are being taken off your Motorola Atrix 4G. Enjoy.

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Time Warner pulls channels from iPad app after network complaints

By on April 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM.

Time Warner pulls channels from iPad app after network complaints

We’ve just been tipped that Time Warner Cable has begun emailing users of its iPad application, informing them of a looming channel-lineup change. The app in question — TWCable TV App for iPad — was released on March 15th, and allows TWC subscribers to stream live television right to their tablet device. A very neat feature… for customers. It seems as though several major networks are not all that fond of this customer-centric feature. “While most TV network owners agree with us that this is a great convenience for our customers and their viewers, a few networks disagree,” reads the email. “Unfortunately, that means that channels from network groups Discovery Communications, Fox Cable, and Viacom will be removed from your iPad lineup, effective immediately.” Time Warner notes that Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC, FX, National Geographic, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, and VH1 will no longer be available. In response, TWC has added 17 national and 3 local “replacement channels.”  More →

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Twitter ditches controversial QuickBar from iOS client

By on March 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM.

Twitter ditches controversial QuickBar from iOS client

Oh QuickBar, we hardly knew ye. Just one month after its debut, Twitter has remove the controversial feature from its iOS client. “Rather than continue to make changes to the QuickBar as it exists, we removed the bar from the update appearing in the App Store today,” reads a post on the company’s official blog. “For now, we’re going back to the drawing board to explore the best possible experience for in-app notification and discovery.” If you’re just itching to get rid of the that pesky bar, the update is waiting for you in the App Store. More →

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GetJar fears competition, ousts Opera Mini from its app store

By on March 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM.

GetJar fears competition, ousts Opera Mini from its app store

The Opera Mini browser no longer has a home in GetJar’s app store. Following Opera’s announcement on Tuesday that it will now offer an app store accessible through its mobile browser software on Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Java-enabled handsets, GetJar has pulled Opera’s Opera Mini mobile Web browser from its catalog. In a strikingly candid note to users, GetJar’s chief marketing officer Patrick Mork cites a fear of competition as the cause for the removal. “The simple problem is that Opera mini decided to include a competing app store in its browser,” Mork wrote in a note to GetJar users. “Although we don’t have any issue with this in principle, in practice it means that consumers might start using this app store instead of visiting GetJar to get their favourite apps. This robs GetJar of traffic and therefore of the advertising necessary to keep our service free for the more than 25 million consumers that use GetJar. It also jeopardizes an ecosystem that has generated over 1.6 billion downloads for tens of thousands of developers who depend on us to make money from their apps.” Opera Mini was one the most popular apps in GetJar’s catalog. Hit the break for the full letter. More →

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