BSkyB has acquired a 10% stake in social TV startup Zeebox for a multi-million pound sum.
Zeebox, which only launched in October, brings a social element to watching TV by allowing users to see what their friends are viewing and then talk about it online.
It includes web functionality, as well as iPhone and iPad apps that combine a live TV guide with collections of tweets and status updates for each show.
MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, has released its 10 predictions for 2012.
Top of the list is NFC. MEF predicts that there will be increased investment with some spectacular trials, but that it will still fail to have a significant commercial impact.
Starbucks’ new mobile payment app went live in the UK today, giving users the ability to buy their coffee using an onscreen barcode.
The coffee chain’s iPhone app integrates its loyalty card, so users can manage their card balance and top-up direct from their mobiles.
Customers pay for their drink by swiping their barcode at the till.
Consumers prefer to receive promotions by text message rather than mobile web, according to new research by the Direct Marketing Association.
The study found that 38% of UK consumers prefer SMS promotions compared to just 15% that favour mobile web.
However, this is likely to be a reflection of the number of consumers who own smartphones - which currently stands at around 46% in the UK according to Ofcom.
Walmart has acquired mobile agency Small Society to join its growing @WalmartLabs mobile team.
Small Society has built several consumer iPhone apps for brands such as Starbucks and Whole Foods, and the team will now be set to work improving the retailer's mobile offering.
Yahoo has confirmed the appointment of PayPal president Scott Thompson as its new CEO.
Thompson’s decision to jump ship comes at a strange time, as PayPal is one of eBay’s fastest growing divisions and is in a strong position to take advantage of the growth in m-commerce.
Netflix has announced that its members have streamed 2bn hours of
TV shows and movies in Q4 2011.
With more than 20m global users, this equates to roughly
10 hours of content per person.
Netflix hit the headlines in October last year after losing
800,000 subscribers in the US following the decision to split its postal and
online streaming services, so the announcement is good news as it gears up for
expansion into the UK and Ireland in Q1 this year.
Roughly 1.2m Kindles were given as gifts this Christmas,
according to data from YouGov, meaning that one in every 40 British adults either gave or
received Amazon’s e-reader as a present.
In total 1.33m e-readers were given away, with Kindles
swallowing up 92% of the market share.
The most common hourly cost of SEO consultancy is $76-$200, according to a new survey by SEOmoz.
However, cost-per-project is the most common pricing model and is offered by 70% of the agencies and consultancies surveyed.
Citibank has launched a new Facebook app that allows users to 'pool' credit card reward points to save up for a group purchase or make a donation.
The ThankYou Point Sharing App, which is only available in the US, builds on a service introduced last year that lets customers transfer points to each other on the bank’s homepage.
Now, ThankYou members can combine their points on Facebook to make a charitable donation, or choose from a range of rewards on www.thankyou.com