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10 Nov 2016 

World’s Leading 3D Social Network – IMVU®– Now Available for Mobile

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IMVU, Inc. today announced that its avatar-based, 3D social network IMVU

is now available for mobile devices. IMVU Mobile provides mobile

users with instant access to more than 130M IMVU registrants and

thousands of customized chat rooms. IMVU Mobile is available FREE

for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on the App

Store, for Android users on Google

Play, and on the mobile web at

"We're excited that our customers are now able to stay connected to Bota Zatz Coturno Marrom our

community at any time, from any place," said Brett Durrett, CEO, IMVU,

Inc. "Expanding the IMVU experience to mobile devices both opens

the door to a huge audience of new users, and provides our current,

vibrant user base with an opportunity for increased engagement by being

able to access a number of their favorite features via the app or mobile

web version. We now look forward to more and more users discovering IMVU

- the avatar-based, 3D social network that encourages users to be

exactly who they want to be while making real connections from around

the world."

IMVU and IMVU Mobile combine customizable avatars, chat,

backdrops for conversations, community, content creation, commerce and

anonymity into a single experience. Through the use of avatars, users

are empowered to be exactly who they aspire to be: clothes,

interests, relationships and places they may not be able to access in

real-life are now well within their reach. Whether they choose to reveal

their true identity or remain anonymous, IMVU users can create

meaningful, emotional relationships within a global community where chat

room conversations happen in real-time. Complete integration on all

devices means IMVU Mobile synchs automatically to IMVUdesktop.

Friendships, favorite places and avatar customizations transfer


To learn more about IMVU, visit

or follow us here:,

or here:

About IMVU, Inc:

Founded in 2004, IMVU, Inc. is the creator of IMVU, the world's

leading 3D social network. Connecting users through 3D avatar-based

experiences, IMVU encourages all forms of self-expression,

inviting its 130 million, global registered users to date to "be the

real you". IMVU, Inc. also boasts the world's largest user-generated

virtual goods catalog of more than 16 million items. IMVU is

available for FREE as a download for personal computers from,

and on mobile devices via IMVU Mobile from the App

Store, Google

Play, and on the mobile web at

IMVU, Inc. is located in Mountain View, California, and is backed by

venture investors Menlo Ventures, Allegis Capital, Bridgescale Partners

and Best Buy Capital.
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09 Nov 2016 

Social Networking: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

I'm Fred Raillard, Creative CEO, Co-founder and Creative Chief Officer with Farid Mokart of FRED & FARID, a social, content, tech solutions for brands...

Fred Raillard

CEO and Co-founder of FRED & FARID, Host of 'Fred in China' on BFM Business radio

I'm Fred Raillard, Creative CEO, Co-founder and Creative Chief Officer with Farid Mokart of FRED & FARID, a social, content, tech solutions for brands...

Fred Raillard

CEO and Co-founder of FRED & FARID, Host of 'Fred in China' on BFM Business radio

In the world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other social media networks, we have learned to connect with people from all walks of life. Whi...

The value of a professional network is undeniable. And lack of access to informal networks has been cited as one of the primary barriers to the advancement of women in business.

Kristy Wallace

President at Ellevate Network, a global women's network

This is the first of a two part article titled:

"Conference Stars: How to Get the Most Out of Conferences"

Smart people use conferences as an oppo...

Jessica Lui

CEO @ Global Professionals Practicum; UN International Youth Council member; U.S. Dept of State Alumni; Leading young professional in management consulting

I'm talking about the tried and true human interactions that build relationships that deliver opportunities. Meeting people with like goals or sim...

Scott Yancey

TV personality, businessman, real estate investor, world class entrepreneur and author.

Religious communities seeking to win back millennials may have to wait a little longer.

Even as young adults increasingly put off marriage, the tra...

In the illustrious, aloof and evasive marketing world promoting your brand, product, name or all of the above can seem like a daunting task. And if yo...

Being a full time writer is one of those careers that's way harder to pull of than it looks.

In the old days, you had to be lucky to succeed. Some wr...

Ayodeji Awosika

Lifelong learner and wannabe philosopher. Best selling author of The Destiny Formula. For my of my work visit

Last June, I had the honour of being invited to the 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), hosted by President Barack Obama at Stanford University, California.

Jessica Lui

CEO @ Global Professionals Practicum; UN International Youth Council member; U.S. Dept of State Alumni; Leading young professional in management consulting

I've spent years researching and studying social skills and I can't wait to share some of the most effective social influence strategies with you toda...

Max DuBowy

Best-selling author & change maker at at

It may not be natural for some of us to smile, but a smile is one of the most attractive things that someone can display when they're meeting new people.

Max DuBowy

Best-selling author & change maker at at

Whether or not one committed the crime, when one is released from prison the community often fosters their own reality of that person. It goes without...

Ari Nessel

Founder and President, The Pollination Project

It's no longer a secret that many social media outlets -- Facebook in particular -- contribute to depression. Even if you're not familiar with "Facebo...

Today more than ever, your own network is the key to successfully funding your business.

You may be reading that statement and think, "Well, what ...

Jennifer Love

Entrepreneur of award-winning products. Speaker. Advisor. Advocate of social entrepreneurship.

Hearing the words "I need you to attend this networking event tonight on our behalf" can trigger a series of extreme reactions in an otherwise rational person. The range of discomfort can vary ZIG ZAG SAIA LONGA from apathy and weariness to aversion, distress and even a rising tidal wave of nausea, at the thought of forced social interaction.

Susan OBrien

Founder and CEO, Smigin. Co-chair, IIBN. An ardent polyglot and avid traveler living in New York City.
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08 Nov 2016 

'The Social Network' Movie Review: Film About Facebook Thrills With Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake

I'll admit it: I initially scoffed at the idea of a Facebook movie. How riveting could a film about a Web site whose features include a nagging "People You May Know" window and a game based on buying fake farm animals be?

Incredibly, it turns out. "The Social Network," which premieres tonight at the New York Film Festival and opens nationwide Oct. 1, is an epic tour de force about the people behind the site that defines our time. There's backstabbing and betrayal, there's tragedy and triumph. There are heroes, there are villains. "The Social Network" is not simply a movie about a Web site. It is a movie about people and the great lengths to which they go in their quest for power.

Justin Timberlake stars in The Social Network

Anyone who has Googled Facebook knows the story: High achieving Harvard undergrad Mark Zuckerberg founds a game-changing social networking site, gets absurdly rich, gets sued. But as James Cameron did with "Titanic," director David Fincher ("Fight Club") and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing") make the movie riveting despite the fact that most people know what happens in the end. Unlike that ocean liner, this ship sails on strong.


As Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg offers up a must-see performance. A dead ringer for the mop-haired mogul, Eisenberg inhabits the role of a status-hungry geek-turned-larger-than-life billionaire to perfection. Sorkin's swift hand gives Eisenberg the sniveling, slightly sinister tone of a genius who speaks faster than he thinks and thinks at the speed of light. He's not a run-of-the-mill bookworm. He's an aggressive nerd bent on world domination.

The real-life Zuckerberg has dismissed "The Social Network," based on the book, "The Accidental Billionaires," as a work of fiction. It's no wonder. According to the movie, he's an obsessive workaholic with a borderline personality disorder.

Movie clip from "The Social Network"

At the beginning of the movie, Erica Albright, Zuckerberg's soon-to-be ex-girlfriend, played by "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" star Rooney Mara, laments that "dating you is like dating a Stairmaster." Undeterred, Zuckerberg charges on, belittling Albright's Boston University education until she breaks down and breaks up with him.

"You're going to go through life thinking girls won't like you because you're a nerd, and I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that's not true," Albright says. "Girls won't like you because you're an a**hole."

Clips from The Social Network

Indeed, for much of "The Social Network," that's exactly what Zuckerberg is. After Albright dumps him, he flames her on his blog, then muses about making a site that compares girls to farm animals. (Ironic that Farmville is one of Facebook's most popular applications, isn't it?)

Later, demanding that his programmers shut out the outside world to further the future of Facebook, he verges on dictatorial, a Machiavelli for the Internet age. In Zuckerberg's mind, the ends justify the means: Losing his girlfriend, enraging his classmates and alienating his best friend turned Facebook co-founder are all necessary steps to gaining power, the prize that Zuckerberg craves.

"The Social Network" isn't all computers and coding. From a production standpoint, it's sumptuous. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor teamed with composer Atticus Ross to create a throbbing soundtrack that infuses drama into sequences that might otherwise be mundane.

The making of The Social Network

Attention to detail abounds. While Harvard's campus might seem slightly more attractive in the film than in real life, "The Social Network" stays true to the tone of the school, down to a "Beat Cornell" proclamation written in snow on the back of a car.

Fincher has made sure there are plenty of pleasing characters to take in, like Justin Timberlake, who exudes sexy arrogance in his portrayal of Napster founder Sean Parker. The first time Timberlake comes on screen, he's shirtless with a girl on top of him (of course).

But he's more than meets the eye: Conniving and cloying, at times, Timberlake's Parker is downright evil, willing to do and say anything to get on Facebook's payroll.

"Look at my face and tell me I don't know what I'm talking about," Parker tells Zuckerberg at a nightclub, multi-colored lights contorting his face like a monster's.

Then there's Andrew Garfield, the soon-to-be Spider-Man who plays Eduardo Saverin, Facebook's co-founder and Zuckerberg's only friend. Garfield's Saverin is a smart, sweet heartthrob, a could've-been, would've-been household name who gets steamrolled by Zuckerberg when his plans for Facebook outpace Saverin's conceptions of what a social network can be. Garfield proves he can play a loyal confidant as well as he can a stabbed-in-the-back best friend: His fits of rage prompt the sort of fist-clenching usually reserved for thrillers.

But then, "The Social Network" is a thriller in its own way. It's mind boggling to think that a Web site that was launched seven years ago now occupies the kind of status in society usually set aside for life staples like cars and microwaves. To some, Facebook is as essential as those necessities, if not more so.

In reality, the fake Mark Zuckerberg got his wish: power. And the movie that tells the story of how he obtained it is no less awe-inspiring.

Go to for Oscar coverage before, during and after the awards.
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04 Oct 2016 

Windows 10: A Horror Story


If you work on a PC that's been around since last summer or longer, you know the relentless, obnoxious, uninvited pop-up boxes urging you to upgrade to Windows 10. Its hype has been such that you'd think Windows 10 includes an app for getting the Israelis talking to the Palestinians.

The upgrade message assures you that all of your files will be just where you left them. It's easy, convenient, and free for a limited time! Plus, if you don't like it, Windows 10 creates recovery files that allow you to roll back to your previous operating system any time within 30 days. Don't believe it.

I wonder what in the world is in this good free deal for Microsoft? Could it perhaps translate into big bucks for Microsoft; i.e. Bill Gates and a few key employees and investors?

Windows 10 has its fans. Three of them are smart, computer-literate friends of mine who (along with several others) convinced me it would be wise to upgrade. Because, they argued, Microsoft will be discontinuing support for my old familiar Windows 7, and unless I upgrade I will miss out on ongoing security measures, etc.

Here is my experience. It is admittedly anecdotal, but throughout the past hellish week nearly a dozen friends have shared their own Windows 10 horror stories, including two who said it was downloaded without their request or consent. (Occasional pop-ups say Windows 10 will be installed in X-number of hours, and unless you catch it and specifically decline by checking three different boxes, it's a done deal.) I admit to voluntarily signing on.

So at 2 AM on a recent Tuesday morning Windows 10 was downloaded onto my beloved four-year-old Lenovo ThinkPad laptop. At approximately 8 AM I entered digital purgatory.

For a few brief moments I enjoyed the crisp new look. Then I realized I could not access the two critical elements of computerdom on which my day depends: email, and Word documents. Not to worry. I'm only a few minutes away from the charming and super-capable Geek Squad folks at a nearby electronics place. I hereby salute & applaud my local Geek Squad. It took several exhausting hours - mainly because I tried to work with someone in Bangladesh who couldn't restore my email - but the Geeks found my Word documents and a way I could send & receive email, even if files, address book etc were lost in cyberspace.

Two hours later it was all gone. Windows 10 was back in control, and denying access to anything. The next two days were essentially devoted to repeated trips to the Microsoft Store, where assorted other charming and super-capable geek types attempted to get Windows 10 the heck off of my weary laptop and roll things back to Windows 7. They could not. The only thing that eventually saved my life and laptop was a long ago purchase (and thank heavens for the auto-renew!) of Carbonite, which kept a copy of everything on my computer somewhere in its mysterious cloud. It took two straight days, but eventually I was back to where I was before the nightmare started.

Here is what Microsoft doesn't tell you:

Your computer may NOT be compatible with Windows 10.

If you attempt site de compras to upgrade using the link furnished with the ubiquitous pop-up, the installation may not be "clean." (This is what happened with my laptop; Windows 10 was sort-of installed, but not properly.) And you cannot simply re-install - or simply anything for that matter. So if you want to join the ranks of the Windows 10 fans, find a safe way to as melhores ofertas do so. Probably going to a Microsoft Store makes the best sense. The people at my local Microsoft Store were courteous and competent. They also kept bringing me bottles of cold water; I think they feared having a little old lady suffering a heart attack on their hands.

Your files may indeed be exactly where you left them (as you are repeatedly told,) but you may not be able to access them.

If you have a good anti-virus protection, you can get along just fine without whatever new security features my friends feared I would need.

And as for those "recovery files that allow you to roll back to your previous system within 30 days," don't count on it. I invested $149 in a package deal at the Microsoft Store so this could be done, but after two agonizing days of repeated trips we all conceded that the only hope was in the Carbonite cloud. If you really want to preserve the option of rolling back to your previous system, put every single piece of it into a cloud or onto a few flash drives.

Or buy a new PC and start from scratch. This I am doing with the nifty little Asus tablet the Microsoft Store folks set me up with so I could work during Hell Week. Of course by the end of the week I was loving it, so am spending the $300 to keep it for traveling. But I don't expect to be able to do anything but the most rudimentary tasks on it for a very, very long time.

In the meantime I will be studying my brand new, 325-page Windows 10 for Seniors For Dummies. And I'm adding my Asus to my Carbonite account.

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03 Oct 2016 

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Live Blog - Live Blogs & Updates

And now there is some jazzy South Korean piano and a guy in a white suite with glitter.

It's time for the speech portion of the evening with the president of the mix de vendas marketplace Russian Organizing Olympic Committee at the podium.

Giant mirrors lead Russian kids through stadium to close the games.

Are the mascots going to put out the flame? This may be a fire hazard.

He blew out the flame and sheds a single tear!
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