Facebook’s Finch stickers put livelier face on messaging (CNET)
Facebook is rolling out a new animated sticker pack created by illustrator Matt Jones as part of a much larger effort to make messaging more human.
Stickers, which are essentially a character-driven interpretation on emoticons, made their first appearance in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s iOS application in mid April. The social network has since added its warm-and-fuzzy, and sometimes kooky, digital machinations to the Messenger application for Android. Facebook will eventually bring the characters to its other messaging apps as well. Facebook announced Friday the release of a new sticker pack based on a character Jones created called Finch. The pack features 16 facial expressions such as surprise, sympathy, sadness, and cheerfulness. It’s available as a free download in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s Sticker Store.
LinkedIn Bundles a Personal Assistant Into New Contacts App (E-Commerce Times)
LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) unveiled a new contacts application for Web and mobile users this week with the goal of helping members manage the relationships they build on the professional social network. The company is billing LinkedIn Contacts as a digital personal assistant. It will pull information from user address books, calendars, emails and previous LinkedIn activity to create a single virtual Rolodex. To simplify the information, users can access it through filters such as recently added contacts, or those that have been out of touch for a while. LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) determines all that by accessing data from user e-mails, phone conversations and calendar events.
Zynga’s downward spiral continues as it shutters four more games (Digital Trends)
Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) COO David Ko confirmed during Wednesday’s earnings call that it was closing down four social games that were at one time pillars of the company’s business. These include Facebook titles The Ville, Empires & Allies, and Dream Zoo as well as the company’s foray into China, Zynga City, on the Tencent gaming platform. It also confirmed the cancellation of two unreleased games that were meant to be a big part of its future. CEO Mark Pincus said those games would have brought “better short-term performance” but they wouldn’t have provided long term stability.
Gotham Cigars Partners with Groupon to Offer 2 Great Deals! (PR Web)
Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) launched a new Gotham Cigar offer this morning through their Groupon Goods promotional channel. The is the second Groupon that Gotham Cigars has run within the last 6 months, and this time there are two different deal options. There is an unbelievable Spring Sampler which includes 7 cigars and a cigar cutter for only $24.99 (retails at $51.40). This offer is the perfect assortment for any cigar lover. The second Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) offer is five sticks of Gurkha Legend Toro Maduro Cigars and a custom Gotham Cigars lighter with Lifetime Warranty and a can of butane for only $49.99 (retails at $110.00).
Facebook Inc (FB): This Underrated Metric Is Screaming ‘Buy, Buy, Buy’ (Insider Monkey)
Is Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) undervalued? Prominent investors are in a bullish mood. The number of long hedge fund positions inched up by 19 lately. Heading into 2013, a total of 67 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 40% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably. When looking at the hedgies we track, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital had the biggest position in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), worth close to $290.9 million, comprising 1.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, with a $226.2 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company.
match2blue presents new radar app for LinkedIn at the start-up alley of TechCrunch Disrupt in New York (The Herald)
For users of the world’s largest business network, LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD), there is now a new app that makes networking more mobile and more effective. As the first app of its kind, mapp2link (http://www.mapp2link.com) sends users a push message on their smartphone whenever relevant LinkedIn contacts are…