R.I.P. Hotmail – Death By Being Old and Sh*tty

Hotmail no longer exists, and we love the move. The brand is one of the most outdated and boring brands in the history of brands, except Juno. Microsoft announced today that they are rebranding the service under the Outlook umbrella and now relocating the service to Outlook.com. You can check out the new service HERE.

According to Mashable:

The Hotmail site will still be there, and users won’t be forced to make the switch — yet — but the message is clear: Going forward, Microsoft email is called Outlook. You’ll still be able to keep your Hotmail address, and even use it as the one all your friends and family reply to, but your account will be an Outlook.com account.

Other than the fancy new name and design overhaul there are newly social integrated features.

That being one of Hotm… er, Outlook’s most interesting new features: social integration. For whomever you’re conversing with, Outlook imports their most recent tweets and Facebook updates, along with links to profile pages. You can even Like, comment, retweet and @reply straight from the pane. Of course, it’ll only do this if you enable Outlook to scan for public content on either service, something you can disable later.

Can this revive an outdated e-mail service? We aren;t sure, but it was definitely the smart move by Microsoft.

Gold

Tape-delays and instant (but apparently completely horrible) availability online hasn’t hurt ratings of NBC’s Olympics coverage.

According to the network, the opening night broadcast of competition was the highest ever, with 28.7M average viewers. That’s 5M more than Beijing and 2M more than Atlanta in ‘96. Press release here. Online, day 1, they delivered 7M live streams and 13.2M total streams on Saturday, 943K for swimming alone. Day 1 in Beijing served 1.6M live streams and 5.2M total streams.

UPDATE: Also announced, through the first three nights, NBC is averaging 35.8M viewers, another best through the first weekend for any Summer Olympics in history.

Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO are About to Have the Fastest, Cheapest Internet on the Planet

The folks at Mountain View based Google have taken another step in complete world domination by announcing Google Fiber earlier this week. So now Google is also a TV and Internet service provider. The new service claims to be 100 times faster than current services at 1 gigabit speeds. The services is initially available in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS for $70/month. Residents in the Kansas City’s can pre-register for the service for $10 between now and September 9th. A certain number of residents need to pre-register before Google unlocks the new service.

I, for one, can’t wait until this arrives in my area. Check out the intro video below. Learn more about Google Fiber.

Facebook Releases First Ever Earnings Report, Shows $1.18 Billion in Revenue and 995 Million Active Users

Facebook just had their first ever earnings call (Q2) since the company went public in May. Here are the topline results worth noting:

Q2 total revenue was $1.184 billion, up from $895 million in Q2 2011. They also posted a non-GAAP profit of $0.12 a share. You would think that the stock shouldn’t be affected too much as it nearly mirrored Wall Street’s expectations, however it is taking a nose dive in after hours trading (down 8.5% shortly after the earnings call).

“Our goal is to help every person stay connected and every product they use be a great social experience,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “That’s why we’re so focused on investing in our priorities of mobile, platform and social ads to help people have these experiences with their friends.”

Facebook announced that they have a staggering 955 million monthly active users, as well as 552 million daily active users. 543 million of the users are accessing Facebook from mobile devices.

Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling Get the Lego Treatment

If there is a company to learn from, it’s Pixar. They’re creative; they’re innovative and their success record is mind boggling.

Last year the many admirers of Pixar were treated to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling via the twitter feed of Emma Coats, a story artist at the company. Well, now we get great visuals from Alex Eylar, aka ICanLegoThat. Alex took 12 of the rules and gave them the lego treatment.

(via Slackstory)

Your Morning Donuts – July 25, 2012

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LinkedIn Launches Redesigned Homepage

Mountain View, CA based social network for professionals, LinkedIn launched a redesigned website this evening. Linkedin announced 3 reasons/goals for the redesign:

1. Simpler design
2. All of the important updates at the top
3. Less clicks to get to the info you need.

Screen grab below. What are your thoughts? Do you like the new design.

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Google Wants You To Stop Being A Sexist, Racist Asshole on YouTube

We all know that YouTube is the spot on the Internet where all the trolls go to play. It’s like a cyber Klu Klux Klan rally. If you want to feel good about the society we live in, go to the YouTube comments section and that will be impossible. Google is trying to combat that. Their strategy for making the YouTube world a friendlier place is make users shed that protective veil of anonymity.

Google is now pushing people to use their real name when commenting on YouTube. See screen grab below.

So now if you’re a sexist, racist asshole, people can hunt you down and challenge you to say the same thing to their face. I say, kudos Google.

Real Names on YouTube

(viaBetaBeat)