Flipboard Changes Face of Social Media

July 22, 2010 – Today’s most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment:

Twitter & Facebook are currently a buzz over a new iPad app called Flipboard. Flipboard is a free app that turns your digital life into a magazine by combing through links your friends post on Facebook and Twitter. Are individualized, social-network based digital magazines the future of mobile browsing? Just might be.

Skype for iPhone is now even better. The popular iPhone app is now capable of running in the background on the new iOS, a major victory for users looking to make Skype calls without having to always have the application open. In other Skype-iPhone news, Skype has decided to drop their plan to make users pay for Skype-to-Skype calls over the 3G network. Better living through smart phone technology.

Reports are coming out that T-Mobile may be the second mobile provider in the US to carry the iPhone. Cult of Mac is reporting that there is an “80% chance” the iPhone could land on T-Mobile’s wireless network before the holiday season. If T-Mobile starts carrying the iPhone, you can bet every other wireless provider in the country will have it shortly there after. That means you Verizon.

Verizon is stepping up its data plan game. The mobile provider is set to offer a new pre-paid 5GB/month option for $80, a major increase over the 100MB to 1GB they currently offer. Verizon’s new offering will give users, especially those constantly on the go, more accessibility, as the 1GB data plan is minuscule, especially for those who like to watch Netflix in the airport.

A new wireless broadband network is about to shake things up. LightSquared, a wireless provider funded by Harbinger Capital Partners, will launch around this time next year, with plans to cover 92% of America by 2015. Initially the company will not sell mobile phone plans, instead it will rely on data plans, which will give mobile broadband consumers more options when selecting an LTE carrier.

Today’s Video — Shelly chats with Jack Myers about Google TV.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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