Buys Corporate 'perks' Software Vendor ChoicePass | Facebook Adds Subscription Billing For App Developers, Backs Away From Credits As Primary Currency | Microsoft Surface: the full keynote (video) | Enterprise CIOs: Have you met your ?shadow IT? department yet? | Microsoft Surface Tablet: 5 Questions Buys Corporate 'perks' Software Vendor ChoicePass

Posted by PCWorld has acquired ChoicePass, a Web company that offers companies services for providing employees with perks and discounts at local businesses.
"Since launching our Perks product, we've found that there is massive demand from businesses for innovative ways to manage employee engagement, rewards and incentives," ChoicePass said on its official blog this week. ChoicePass and "share the same vision and passion for employee recognition, as well as our entrepreneurial spirit," it added.
ChoicePass will shutter its operations and close down its website on June 30, according to the post. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
It's not clear what will become of ChoicePass' t[...]
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Facebook Adds Subscription Billing For App Developers, Backs Away From Credits As Primary Currency

Posted by TechCrunch
Facebook is adding subscription billing for app developers, in what should help gaming and media companies earn more revenue from their most loyal users. Starting next month, developers will be able to offer premium plans or special content from a monthly fee.Facebook is keeping the same 30-70 percent revenue share that it has with in-app purchases. The company hinted in its road show video that it might lower its 30 percent take for other verticals, but it hasn’t officially announced plans to do so. The lowest price point a developer can set for a monthly subscription is $1. The other thing that Facebook is changing is that it’s backing away from having Facebook Credits be the p[...]
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Microsoft Surface: the full keynote (video)

Posted by VentureBeat
Well this is a new one: must-see-Microsoft TV!
We haven’t seen excitement like we saw yesterday anywhere but Apple’s big announcement events. And it was completely warranted — check out our live coverage, hands-on mini-review, and an early peek at specs: Surface versus iPad.
Here’s the entire Microsoft Surface keynote from yesterday in LA, where Microsoft�unveiled its new Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets:
Hat tip: The Verge[...]
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Enterprise CIOs: Have you met your ?shadow IT? department yet?

Posted by Gigaom
Enterprise CIOs may not think their company is making use of the public cloud. But, little do they know, their business colleagues may already be leaning on a ?shadow IT? department supplied by outside service providers.
At GigaOM Structure Thursday in San Francisco, Thomas Roloff, COO of EMC Corporation, said that when he asks enterprise CIOs how much of the public cloud they think they have today, too many will say they don?t have any. But Lisa Larson, VP of enterprise technical sales for Rackspace, added that the business units in those companies are likely working with companies such Rackspace to get the services they need through ?rogue? or ?shadow? IT support.
?The public cloud is the[...]
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Microsoft Surface Tablet: 5 Questions

Posted by PCWorld
Microsoft's new Surface tablet looked good at its introduction, but questions about pricing, arrival, connectivity, and more remain unanswered[...]
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