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Snapguide brings its how-to guides to iPad

Snapguide has been a certified hit as an iPhone app. But now that the content is there — guides on practically everything from the quirky to the dreadfully practical — the team at Heavy Bits, which makes Snapguide, wants to broaden its user base.

Palo Alto: The city as open digital platform

Palo Alto unveiled a new tool that gives citizens unprecedented views of how the city spends and collects their money. It’s the latest example of how towns can draw on their rich troves of data to redefine relationships between people and government.

Evening Edition, an afternoon paper for a mobile world

With most of our reading habits shifting to the mobile devices, it is time for mobile-first reading experiences and services. Designer Mike Monteiro has created Evening Edition, an afternoon paper that wraps up important stories of the day in a easy to read on commute package.

Live Nation Labs buys Rexly, opens S.F. office

Live Nation Labs has acquired the social mobile music start-up Rexly, and will use team Rexly to open up an office in San Francisco. The new office will be used primarily for mobile development – but the Rexly app also isn’t going to disappear.

“50 Shades” knock-offs climb Amazon’s Kindle charts

For better or worse, the self-published erotic trilogy ’50 Shades’ is now a bona fide smash, attracting a seven figure deal from Random House and plans for a movie. No surprise then, it’s also spawning a spate of imitations and borderline rip-offs.

ABC News applies two years of use to new iPad strategy

The distinctive three-dimensional globe is giving way to a new three-edition iPad app strategy for ABC News. The new version relies not on ideas about what iPad users might want — as was the case when it first launched in July 2010 — but on nearly two years of usage.

State Department speaks out on Amazon Kindle deal

On Monday, I reported that the U.S. State Department was considering a $16.5 million deal with Amazon Kindle. Yesterday I was able to interview State spokesman Philippe Reines about the program. But I still have a few questions.

Hollywood agency ICM revamps digital unit, focuses on startups

The agency hires away Warner Bros. executive Keyvan Peymani to lead its newly christened digital strategy team. The firm is looking to diversify from just representing YouTube stars and transition into the more profitable area of incubating tech-media start-ups. Former digital head George Ruiz exits.

Video: Why Richard Russo says Amazon is a predator

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo frets that Amazon’s approach is holding new authors back, while its “predatory” behavior on various fronts is damaging bookstores like the one his daughter Emily owns and publishing overall. That and more in this video of his interview with Jeff Roberts at paidContent 2012.

Blame it on Mars: Rich Ross done as Disney studio chief

Rich Ross was hired by Disney’s film studio 30 months ago to transition over the multi-platform digital-marketing success he’d experienced at the Disney Channel with programs like High School Musical. But he couldn’t overcome mega-flops like Mars Needs Moms and John Carter From Mars.

Should Apple buy Twitter?

Now that Apple has showed it plans to spend some of its massive $100 billion cash holdings, some argue it should acquire Twitter as a way of bulking up its social features. But just because it could buy Twitter, does that mean it should?

As tech booms, the doors to the Wealthfront open

Palo Alto company KaChing has reinvented itself as Wealthfront, an Internet-based service that is gunning for financial advisors and financial advisor fees. Their initial target — the growing hordes of newly rich employees of tech companies that are either going public or being sold.

11 YouTube Tips From YouTube Experts

Last night, representatives from The Fine Bros., Reckless Tortuga and Next New Networks (not to mention George Strompolos) dropped a whole lot of knowledge valuable to aspiring YouTube stars, including the importance of building a brand and the most effective ways to promote content.

Branson’s iPad Magazine App — Flashy and Confusing

Virgin billionaire Sir Richard Branson has jumped into the iPad magazine sweepstakes with a new entry called Project, which takes advantage of video, motion, interactivity and plenty of other features that the Apple device allows, but mostly winds up being flashy and confusing to navigate.

Less Is More Philosophy Makes Writer for iPad a Hit

Writer for iPad is a simple text editing app for those who write for a living. Since launch earlier this fall, Writer for iPad has been selling briskly and will end 2010 with 50,000 copies sold. Additionally, the app-maker has a surprise in store for you

Google’s Real Problem – GTD?

In past week or so, Google has lost some high profile executives, including AdMob co-founder Omar Hamoui and YouTube CEO Chad Hurley. Google Maps/Google Wave co-creator Lars Rasmussen also quit and is joining Facebook, lamenting inability to get anything done at the lumbering web giant.

Links: Not Just the Currency of the Web, but the Soul

Author Nicholas Carr has argued that hyperlinks in online content impose a “cognitive load” on readers that distracts them and makes them less capable of understanding what they are reading. But Salon founder Scott Rosenberg says that links are the heart and soul of the web.

Video: Red vs. Blue at Comic-Con 2010

This year in San Diego, we got some face time with Red vs. Blue creators Geoff Ramsey and Gustavo Sorola, who were attending for their seventh straight year, manning a booth stocked with DVDs and merchandise for their ground-breaking machinima comedy series.

Mahalo Hires Former IAC Exec Rapp As President

Jason Rapp, the former IAC (NSDQ: IACI) SVP of M&A who left the company a year-and-a-half ago, is joining Jason Calacanis’ Mahalo as preside…

Should Open Web Advocates Stay Independent?

When open web champion Tantek Celik announced he was joining the Mozilla Foundation, not everyone was happy about the news, since he marked the third open web proponent who has joined a large corporate entity. Can open web advocates still be effective if they aren’t independent?

Star Wait Strikes Back From 2002

Director Mike Rotman celebrated Star Wars Day this year by uploading his documentary feature Star Wait as a series. Filmed in 2002, the show consists mostly of interviews filmed with Star Wars enthusiasts waiting in line to see Episode II.

What's Slowing Down Verizon's LTE Speeds?

Verizon expects its 4G mobile broadband will deliver speeds between 5-12 Mbps. So how does LTE –a technology that can deliver 150 Mbps — get whittled down to less than a tenth of that? We explain how physics, regulations, investment and users take their toll.

My Bow Wow Pow Wow with Dogster CEO

Ted Rheingold, founder and CEO of Dogster, a niche social network, dropped by in our office recently to give us an update on his company. He talked dollars and sense along with offering me tips on what dog I should get. Highlights from our video interview.

Twitter Names Pixar’s Rowghani CFO

Twitter has hired Ali Rowghani, the CFO of Pixar Animation Studios, as its new CFO. This is the site’s second big outside executive hire. In…

DealBook’s Payday, Sort Of

In a much-anticipated (only by us media insiders) NY Mag profile of NYT wunderkind Andrew Ross Sorkin, timed with his first book “Too Big To…

RIP, Tim Russert

Sundays will never be the same. Earlier today, Tim Russert, the man who hosted “Meet The PressNation” on NBC, passed away. He…

Broadcom to buy Agere

Our friends at Light Reading are reporting that Broadcom, the chip-upstart is looking to buy Agere Systems. Those who don’t know the…