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Restaurants can attract Pokemon Go players for 99 cents by “dropping a lure.”

Restaurants and other businesses are loading the monster new mobile game Pokemon Go to find out if their location is part of the game or near a spot which is a goal for players to visit. There’s no way to pay to be a location, but you can purchase “lures” within the game that attract the virtual creatures that inhabit the game, and thus attract real players that could be customers.

Read about this crazy popular game and how businesses are making themselves part of it here.

Here’s more details on exactly how dropping a lure can work for stores near “Pokestops.” Courtesy of Restaurant News and @RonRuggless.

 

 

Here’s a ticketing idea that’s more fair to fans, #BlackhawksRally

Facebook or Twitter should develop ticket purchase validation technology that could be used for events like the Hawks rally tomorrow in Chicago, where scalpers scooped up so many of the free tickets and are selling them online for $100 or more.

There must be a way to help real fans get most of the tickets by authorizing purchases through matching with Facebook profiles and activity.

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#Blackhawks Rally #ChicagoBlackhawks #StanleyCup #SoldierField #Scalpers #Chicago

 

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Apple’s Spotify rival revealed: Meet Apple Music

Been following the Apple Music news all day. This past January in a routine iPod sync, iTunes wiped out all my playlists and purchased music from any service other than iTunes. A musical apocalypse in my case as I have over 15,000 tracks, all purchased or ripped from CDs or Vinyl, and hundreds of carefully constructed playlists. All in shambles now, with no notice. And Apple Store guys and online support don’t even want to talk about it. I have backups of all my tracks of course, and playlists that can be salvaged (I hope).  Put the rescue on hold to see how the new Apple Music will handle things. After June 30 I will give Apple 1 more try for music management, and if the company continues the disrespect for the iPod early adoptors such as myself, who saved the company 15 years ago, then it’s off to Google Music for good and just rebuild what I can. We’ll see. Regardless Apple blew a long relationship where I was a reliable evangelist.

BGR

As expected, Apple on Monday unveiled its major rival to Spotify called Apple Music. In unveiling the new streaming service, Apple is trying to regain its power over the music industry that it first seized with the release of the iPod and the iTunes Store. The service will be available through the iTunes app. Apple says Apple Music is three things: First, a “revolutionary” music service featuring playlists curated by professional DJs; a worldwide radio station that will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and a way for artists to connect with their fans.

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Google Accidentally Reveals Its Own Mobile Events App

Gooops! This could be good for bar/nightclub event promotion when it’s ready for prime time.

TechCrunch

Google has published a new mobile events application on Google Play called “Interactive Events,” but the app doesn’t appear to be ready for prime time. Instead, it looks like the app has been published early by accident, as it advises users who download it to their phones that it’s a “confidential” app being tested internally at the company, and warns users to not discuss the app with “non-Googlers.”

There isn’t much you can do with the mobile app at present, but screenshots on Google Play give an idea about how it works. In addition, if you dismiss the “Confidential” warning message and accept the agreement, you’re then taken to a screen where you have the option to scan a QR code or type in a confirmation code in order to access event information.

Obviously, you won’t be able to do this now, but that’s apparently how a new user…

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YouTube Gets A Built-In GIF Creator

Good idea!

TechCrunch

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Remember back in November of last year, when I wrote that YouTube needed to build their own tool for making GIFs from videos? Some called me crazy. Many, however, agreed completely.

It seems YouTube agreed, too. YouTube is now quietly rolling out its own GIF maker.

It doesn’t seem to be enabled on all videos just yet, but it’s definitely there for some. Take, for example, pretty much any video from PBS’ Idea Channel (as spotted first by Andy Baio). Click to one of their videos, hit the share button, and GIF away.

GIF creation through the tool is quite simple: tap the share button, set your start/end points, set any captions you might want, and create away. The tool is SUPER fast, and YouTube hosts the GIFs themselves.

The final look of the tool isn’t too unlike the mockup I did back with that first post

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