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Did you like last night's episode? Facebook wants to help media companies find out

PARIS -- People who use Facebook to rant or rave about the latest TV show might soon have more of an audience than their social-network contacts.

For companies that produce entertainment content or that have brands to promote, the conversations people have about them on Facebook are mostly invisible today, said business development vice president Chris Daniels said at the LeWeb conference here. Now the company is working to give brands and media companies a better way find those conversations so they can engage.

"We know people are talking about TV, movies, and media on Facebook. We know it'… Read more

Ubuntu Touch OS wins its first smartphone partner

PARIS -- Ubuntu Touch has its first customer, CNET has learned.

Canonical has just signed its first deal to supply a smartphone with its mobile operating system, Canonical founder and product strategy leader Mark Shuttleworth revealed in an interview here at the LeWeb conference. He wouldn't say which company has agreed to use the Linux-based OS, but said it will be offered on high-end phones in 2014.

"We have concluded our first set of agreements to ship Ubuntu on mobile phones," Shuttleworth said. "We've shifted gears from 'making a concept' to 'it's going to … Read more

Shocker! Yahoo whiz kid likes Snapchat

Nick D'Aloisio sounds like every other 18-year-old when singing the praises of Snapchat.

Of course, not a lot of other teenagers have created their own startup and sold it to Yahoo. Or have participated in a Q&A session at the LeWeb technology conference.

D'Aloisio, who sold his summary app, Summly, to Yahoo for reportedly $30 million, was on stage on Tuesday at LeWeb in Paris to talk about his experiences at Yahoo and being an entrepreneur. The presentation was available via a live stream.

Amid a potpourri of topics at LeWeb, D'Aloisio talked a bit … Read more

Twitter VP: employees don't care that the IPO made them rich

PARIS -- What was it like at Twitter the day it went public, producing an office full of millionaires? Ho-hum, according to Michael Sippey, vice president of the company's products.

"People don't care about it. I don't care," he said, speaking at the LeWeb conference here. The day of the initial public offering, the San Francisco staff showed up at 6 a.m., watched the stock begin public trading, and, at 7:30 a.m., got back to work.

He insisted Twitter's core mission is what gets people to show up at the office.… Read more

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PayPal president David Marcus: Bitcoin is good, NFC is bad

PARIS -- Online payments will look completely different in the next decade, and Bitcoin has a better chance at revolutionizing commerce than the NFC tap-to-pay technology, PayPal President David Marcus predicted Tuesday.

"I really like Bitcoin. I own bitcoins," Marcus said at the LeWeb conference here. However, he believes people today don't correctly understand what bitcoins actually are, and he's not yet ready to let people link their bitcoin wallets with their PayPal accounts.

People are confused. They think because it's called cryptocurrency it's a currency. I don't think it is a currency. … Read more

Get ready for Uber to hit overdrive with delivery biz

PARIS -- Uber's network of cars today transports people with a taxi-like service, but in the future, it'll carry more than that, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick said Tuesday.

"We need to stamp out an urban logistics fabric in every city in the world, then it's figuring out other things we can do with that fabric," he said at the LeWeb show here. "It's going to be interesting for us in 2014."

Uber, with 500 employees, recently raised $260 million in funding with a valuation of $3.45 billion. It's now concentrating … Read more

Evernote Market hits $1 million revenue in its first month

PARIS -- Evernote's online marketplace, for products like Fujitsu document scanners and Moleskine notebooks, reached $1 million in sales in its first month and now accounts for 30 percent of the company's revenue, Chief Executive Phil Libin said Tuesday.

That's a lot faster than Evernote's two earlier businesses, which specialize in storing notes and other documents online for people who have a lot of information to manage, Libin said at the LeWeb conference here.

Premium subscriptions, the first product Evernote offered, took 16 months to pull in $1 million in revenue. Evernote Business, which launched a … Read more

Guy Kawasaki's social-media advice: repeat your tweet

PARIS -- It may be gauche, but Guy Kawasaki tweets the same tweet four times a day and thinks you should, too.

Sending out the same tweet multiple times simply ensures that your message is more likely to be received, even if it ruffles feathers, he said at the LeWeb conference here.

"You will piss some people off from this, I grant you that," said Kawasaki, the consultant, investor, and former Apple evangelist. "But on social media, if you're not pissing people off, you're probably not using it hard enough."

And he has a … Read more

VC Fred Wilson: Google Glass is like Apple's Newton

PARIS -- Google Glass is like the Apple Newton, the influential but famously premature mobile organizer, according to the high-profile investor Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures.

Speaking at the LeWeb conference here on Tuesday, Wilson said he believes the technology eventually will catch on, but likely built more unobtrusively into regular glasses. For now, he indicated, it's too primitive and awkward.

Apple's Newton was a commercial failure, famous for its handwriting recognition failures. But it turned out to pave the way for a mobile era, first the personal digital assistants (PDAs) popularized by Palm and then the … Read more