Plancess Partners with LurnQ taking the $2 Billion Engineering Test Preparation Market Online

lurnqLurnQ, a social online learning and teaching platform, has partnered with Plancess, India’s first company to provide study material for Engineering entrance examinations prepared by top hundred IIT-JEE rankers. The partnership will give Plancess LurnQ’s technology for running engineering test preparation courses online. This will enable Plancess to make the process of learning collaborative and engaging which could potentially bring about a transformation in the engineering test preparation industry, currently estimated to $2 Bn in revenues and growing at 15 – 20% CAGR (CLSA analyst report on Indian Education Sector).

LurnQ’s partnership with Plancess enables learning to be a meaningful two-way process in an increasingly digitally networked society. For today’s learner, internet is the preferred option to learn and according to experts, 50% of education will move online in the next ten years. India’s rapid adoption to the online medium is evident from the fact that it is the second largest country participating in online courses offered by the likes of Coursera.

“LurnQ offers a ubiquitous learning platform for a consistent and real-time learning experience”, said Tarun Mitra, CEO and founder, LurnQ. “Our social functionality helps in engaging the users with multiple options to learn collaboratively as one would experience in a classroom. The more powerful your network, the better your learning experience.”

“Using only videos to teach can be boring to both the teacher and learner and therefore LurnQ’s platform allows us to integrate different media types like text, videos, documents, images etc. into a single platform. This gives our learners a unified experience by offering learning in a personalized and structured format,” said Nitesh Salvi, Director and co-founder, Plancess.


[Source: Business Wire India]

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Yahoo Incorporates Twitter Into Its Home Page News Stream

yahooOn Thursday, Yahoo announced that it has incorporated Twitter into its home page “news stream.” Now Yahoo news pages will have real-time comments fired off at the globally popular messaging service Twitter.

Announcing this,  Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! chief executive, said in a blog post,”Updates direct from politicians, celebrities, media outlets, and other publishers have become an important source of real-time news and information. 140 characters can connect athletes with their fans, capture live chatter from the red carpet, and inspire global debate. Tweets have become an important information source for many of our users, so we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Twitter to bring tweets directly into the Yahoo! newsfeed.”

Yahoo visitors can now see Twitter content on Yahoo sites, as well as quickly share Yahoo content with their Twitter contacts, in an attempt to create a virtuous circle. With this, Yahoo aims to provide users with an easy way to discover relevant and interesting people and publishers to follow on Twitter, personalized to their interests and preferences.

The feature is rolling out in the United States this week.

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Twitter Now Available On Google Glass

twitterMicroblogging network Twitter is now available on Google Glass. Announcing this, the Twitter blog stated,”Today we’re bringing Twitter to Google Glass, making it easy for you to share photos and connect with people.”

With Twitter for Google Glass, users can share photos to Twitter. The Tweet will automatically include the text, “Just shared a photo #throughglass”. Apart from sharing photos, users can also keep up with the people they follow on Twitter through notifications — for mentions, DMs and Tweets from users for whom they’ve turned on notifications. Users have the option to reply to, retweet or favorite these Tweets.

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Finding Jobs Through Facebook Friends Made Easy with MyParichay’s Connected Jobs

myparichaySocial recruitment platform MyParichay has announced the launch of Connected Jobs that connects to both LinkedIn and Facebook; intelligently utilizing personal contacts in Facebook who are professionals and LinkedIn connections to give job seekers a complete overview of their professional reach through these two networks.

The job listings are pulled from all job boards and corporate career sites across the web in India. MyParichay takes job search to a new level as it finds relevant jobs that are available at companies where you have first and second level Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections currently working or have worked at in the past. Job Seekers can utilize their contacts in those networks to directly “Send a Resume” or use “Start a Conversation” feature to privately start exploring the job with a trusted insider.

For people who are not actively seeking a job, there are also “Job Alerts” that automatically deliver “Connected” job opportunities to the person’s inbox along with the right connections. It’s not unlike the “jobs you may be interested in” feature on LinkedIn, but again, MyParichay Job Alert includes Facebook opportunities as well.

Commenting on the launch, Ranjan Sinha, Co-founder and Chairman of MyParichay said,”Our Vision is to eliminate the need to Apply for a job and get your resume lost in a pile on a web or job site. MyParichay™ is committed to make job search better, easier reliable process for young professionals by utilizing the power and trust of their social network to develop fulfilling careers.”

MyParichay offers talent sourcing and employee referral management solutions to recruiters and hiring companies. There are over 15 million profiles available for referral and talent search.


[Source: Business Wire India]

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Twitter Announces Updates For Mac Users

twitterYesterday Twitter announced a few updates on Twitter for Mac. These updates can be downloaded from Mac App Store.

After this update, Mac users can now easily share photos. They can simply click the camera icon in the lower-left corner of the Tweet compose box, and choose a photo to share. Users can still drag and drop photos from the desktop. With the Retina display support, Tweets will be clearer and sharper, creating a more vivid experience.

Besides English, Twitter for Mac now supports Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish.

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Twitter Launches #music Service For Music Lovers

twitterPopular microblogging network Twitter has launched Twitter #music, a new service that aims to change the way people find music, based on Twitter. It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists. It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and center: go to their profiles to see which music artists they follow and listen to songs by those artists. And, of course, you can tweet songs right from the app.

The songs on Twitter #music currently come from three sources: iTunes, Spotify or Rdio. By default, users will hear previews from iTunes when exploring music in the app. Subscribers to Rdio and Spotify can log in to their accounts to enjoy full tracks that are available in those respective catalogs. The company said that it will continue to explore and add other music service providers.

Users can navigate to #NowPlaying to view and listen to songs that have been tweeted by the artists and people they follow on Twitter.

While scrolling through a chart if users want to learn more about a band, they can can tap their avatar to see their top song, follow them right from the chart, or tap their Twitter username to go to their profile. Users can search for artists using the search icon in the top right corner. They can tap one of the artists they’re interested in and hit the play button to begin listening, or press play on the player to listen to all the artists.

To share music with followers, users can simply tap the spinning disc in the lower left corner. This opens the player, and users can tweet from there using the Tweet icon in the top right corner.

Users can enjoy the twitter #music web version or download it from the App Store. Currently the service is available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Over time, the company plans to bring the service to Android as well as to more countries.

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CCAvenue Launches S.N.I.P- India's first Social Network In-stream Payment Collection Service

ccavenueLeading payment gateway provider CCAvenue has introduced CCAvenue S.N.I.P. (Social Network In-Stream Payments) Collection Service, which harnesses the power of social media to increase the business potential of its merchants. CCAvenue S.N.I.P. enables businesses to sell and collect payments in-stream and real-time on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Whatsapp, Google+ and many more. When customers click the CCAvenue S.N.I.P.  link on the page, they are immediately redirected to the CCAvenue mobile-friendly payment page where the transaction is completed.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Mohan Nair, Chief Marketing Officer of Avenues India, said, “With CCAvenue S.N.I.P., there aren’t any shopping carts or lengthy forms to fill. There aren’t any tedious processes for checking out either. You just snip right through the entire process instantly!! Get on-board the Social Network, widen your customer net and enhance opportunities for your business!”

Merchants can manage their S.N.I.P. campaign directly from their CCAvenue M.A.R.S. Account. They can CREATE the campaign, PUBLISH it on social media and COLLECT payments instantly.

CCAvenue S.N.I.P. also generates a mobile-friendly QR code that can be printed in all offline media like newspapers, magazines and posters. Customers simply need to click and capture the code on their mobile phones and proceed to the CCAvenue mobile-friendly payment page.

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US National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Teams Facebook To Launch Online Safety Campaign

facebookThe US National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has teamed up with popular social networking site Facebook to launch a new consumer education programme designed to provide teens and their parents with tools and tips to manage their privacy and visibility both on Facebook and more broadly on the internet.

Announcing this, AAG president and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said,”Teenagers and adults should know there are tools to help protect their online privacy when they go on Facebook and other digital platforms. We hope this campaign will encourage consumers to closely manage their privacy and these tools and tips will help provide a safer online experience. Of course, attorneys general will continue to actively protect consumers’ online privacy as well.”

Commenting on this,Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said, “At Facebook, we work hard to make sure people understand how to control their information and stay safe online. We’re always looking for new partners in that endeavor – that’s why we’re thrilled to collaborate with the National Association of Attorneys General. We’re grateful for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s leadership on this issue, and we look forward to working with him and attorneys general around the country. Together, we hope to ensure that young people make safe, smart, and responsible choices online.”

Under this programme, State-specific public service announcements (PSA) with 19 attorneys general and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg are being distributed. “What you Can Do to Control Your Information” introduces an Internet safety video answering top questions about privacy, bullying prevention and overall Internet safety. The PSA, video and a privacy tip sheet will be shared with consumers on Facebook, and on participating attorneys general Facebook pages and office websites.

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LinkedIn Introduces Revamped Mobile App With New Dsign & Features

linkedin logoOn Wednesday, LinkedIn introduced its revamped mobile app that aims to make it easier for its members to quickly discover and engage with the stream of information being shared across the website.

Announcing this, the blog stated,”Today, we’re excited to unveil a brand new mobile phone experience, completely revamped with the general professional and everyday use case in mind. We want to make it easier for our members to quickly discover and engage with the rich professional insights being shared across LinkedIn to help them make smarter decisions from wherever they may be working. We’ve designed the new LinkedIn mobile phone app for every professional, with a richer and more engaging stream and more personalization features.”

The LinkedIn mobile app has been completely redesigned to create more interactions throughout the app. It will provide users with relevant and timely professional insights, a brand new navigation page, and expanded language offerings. The LinkedIn Mobile app now includes Dutch and Norwegian for iPhone, and Turkish, Dutch and Norwegian for Android. This brings the total count to 15 available languages for both apps, including Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, English, German, Spanish, French, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified), Turkish, Dutch and Norwegian.


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Facebook Introduces 'Chat Heads' Feature In iOS Update

facebookFacebook has introduced a new feature called ‘Chat Heads’ with its update to the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad. With the Chat Head feature, users can keep chatting even when they’re doing other stuff on Facebook, like checking their News Feed. Users can tap chat heads to reply, drag them around, or flick them down to close.

Users can tap the smiley to add stickers to their messages. Users have to just tap the basket to get more stickers in the Sticker Store.

Chat heads is part of a broader integration that Facebook is doing with a new Home app on some phones running Google’s Android operating system.

The company stated:”This update to Facebook for iOS will be available later today in the App Store. Chat heads and stickers on the Facebook app for iPhone will roll out fully over the next few weeks.”

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