LinkedIn Corp (LNKD) News: Acquisition of Maybe, New Navigation Bar, Free Class & More

LinkedIn Has Definitely Acqui-Hired Maybe, Omar Hamoui’s Polling Startup, Minus Hamoui Himself (TechCrunch)
Fresh from closing its purchase of newsreading app Pulse, LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) has made another acquisition to dive deeper into the mobile space. TechCrunch has found out, and confirmed, that the social network has aqui-hired Maybe, the social polling startup founded by Omar Hamoui — the man who set up, ran and then sold mobile ad company AdMob to Google for $750 million. All staff from Maybe, except for Hamoui himself, are now at LinkedIn and working in its mobile division. That includes four engineers and one designer, LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) has told us. Meanwhile, Maybe itself has now shut down. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)LinkedIn revamps navigation as part of efforts to simplify mobile and desktop experience (The Next Web)
Following changes to its homepage design, profile layout, and recently a mobile app revamp, LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) is rolling out another new change to its service today – a new navigation bar. The professional social network has been stepping up efforts to simplify its desktop and mobile experience, and the new navigation bar is aimed at helping its users with productivity, according to a blog post on LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD). The menu of tabs has been simplified to only display links that are of most value to users, while the search bar has been moved front and center. Settings and account options are in the upper right-hand corner – hover over your profile picture to get a drop down menu.

Habari Media wins prestigious LinkedIn award and global sales rights (
South African born and bred Habari Media recently earned its global stripes with the announcement that it had not only won LinkedIn Champion 2013, an international award that recognises the best of the best sales partners on the massive LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) platform, but also the right to sell global advertising space on this incredibly popular medium to its local clients. Habari Media has represented LinkedIn in Africa since 2009, during which time it has grown exponentially to the point that it currently boasts 7.2 million members across the African continent and over 2.5 million from South Africa alone.

LinkedIn Instructor Offers Free Class May 29 at Brookfield Public Library (Sussex Sun)
Local LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) instructor Rick Moon, owner of Lunar Communications Public Relations and Writing Services, will offer a free LinkedIn training class May 29 at the Brookfield Public Library. The 90-minute session begins at 6:30 p.m. The class will cover the basics of developing a LinkedIn network, using LinkedIn for business development or job searching, and the elements of a strong LinkedIn personal profile. “Everybody seems to be on LinkedIn, but few people grasp how to actually use this powerful medium for building business and strengthening relationships,” said Moon, a communications professional with more than 25 years experience in writing, public relations, journalism and marketing.

LinkedIn’s star rising past Facebook (ITWeb)
Based on the one-year forward price-to-earnings ratios for both the stocks, it looks like investors are betting on LinkedIn, while enthusiasm is waning for Facebook, which has seen its share price halve in the year since its listing. Although LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) is currently a fraction of the size of Facebook, with lower revenue and fewer users, its per share profit is higher. The forward price-to-earnings ratios show that shares in Facebook will become cheaper, while LinkedIn is expected to become more expensive, showing the interest the financial community has in the business networking site.