18 Oct. 2011 | iPhone Falls Short, Hashtags to Avoid, and Bejing Flirts with Iceland

New iPhone Misses Wall Street Expectations

Sales of the iPhone 4S, released Monday, fell short of analyst expectations. Apple Inc. reported a rare miss in quarterly results after sales of its flagship iPhone fell well short of Wall Street expectations, hammering its shares. Shares of the world’s most valuable technology corporation dived more than 5 per cent to below $400 (U.S.) after it said it sold 17.07 million iPhones – well short of the roughly 20 million expected by analysts.

Source: Globe and Mail



Canadian Newspaper Finds Success with Downtown News Cafe

The Winnipeg Free Press’s cafe has increased reader engagement, helped social media efforts, and apparently made some fine sandwiches. The Free Press was the first newspaper in Canada to launch a news cafe. The Free Press, Winnipeg’s largest daily, has a Monday to Friday circulation of 115,827. The experience highlights the challenges and rewards of the paper’s effort to host live events online and in-person at its news cafe & – increasingly in tandem.

Source: Nieman Journalism Lab


The Dos and Don’ts of Twitter Hashtags

It’s difficult to express how annoying the misuse of hashtags on Twitter is. While there are definitely some upsides to using the popular conversation-tracking feature, there are many of us on Twitter who either simply don’t understand how to use them appropriately, or think it’s funny to overuse them.

Inspired by recent hashtag fatigue, we’ve decided to help out our readers with this helpful do-and-don’t guide on the proper use of hashtags via Twitter.

Source: The Next Web


The Freelance Surge Is a Job Market Revolution 

Everywhere we look, we can see the U.S. workforce undergoing a massive change. Today, careers consist of piecing together various types of work, juggling multiple clients, learning to be marketing and accounting experts, and creating offices in bedrooms/coffee shops/coworking spaces. Independent workers abound. We call them freelancers, contractors, sole proprietors, consultants, temps, and the self-employed.

And, perhaps most surprisingly, many of them love it.

Source: The Atlantic

China Looking to Buy a Big Piece of Iceland

A Chinese amateur poet and business tycoon wants to invest about $200 million in a 300 square kilometre “paradise tourist destination” in Iceland, but is coming up against what many islanders consider the unpleasant after-taste of their dealings with Vancouver company Magma Energy Corp.

China and Iceland are known to already be discussing cooperation in Arctic merchant shipping. And while the land involved does not include coastline, it is close to a deepwater port.

Source: The Vancouver Sun