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At a time when the concern over personal data is at odds with the urge to share our lives via social media, Dictionary.com announced its selection for the Word of the Year: Privacy.

With the rapid rise of Facebook and Twitter, where users routinely and instantly share intimate particulars or upload personal photographs, “privacy” became much less private. But a series of recent events that have led to a shift in social behavior have prompted a deeper look at the meaning of the word.

Consider:

  • In January 2013, vigorous complaints from airline passengers and privacy advocates led to the TSA scrapping airport body scanners that produce near-naked images of travelers.
  • In April, Google Glass, which generated criticism that the technology was invasive and could potentially infringe on people’s privacy, was made available through a public lottery.
  • In June, Edward Snowden revealed the widespread global spying program, PRISM, run by the National Security Agency.
  • In September, after the lobbying of such actresses as Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, California lawmakers passed legislation protecting the privacy of the children of celebrities.
  • In October, Google announced new privacy policy plans that allow the company to incorporate user data into advertisements.
  • In December, AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo! united to demand reform of surveillance laws in a petition to the federal government.

Privacy is defined as “the state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one’s private life and affairs.” The distinction between private and public goes back to ancient Rome when privatus and publicus were juxtaposed terms that distinguished what belonged to the state (publicus) from what belonged to the individual (privatus).

“The meaning of privacy is evolving, and just about any discussion of the subject is bound to elicit strong opinions,” said Michele Turner, CEO of Dictionary.com. “As everything from smart phones, wearables, and even smart refrigerators monitor our activities, the distinction between what’s private and what’s public has changed more than ever. Perhaps the current definition may need to be revised to address our freedom from intrusion by anyone, from governments to corporations to individuals. As we’ve considered how to update the definition of privacy, it became clear that it stands as the single word that had the biggest impact in 2013.”

The word “privacy” beat out such timely terms as “sequester,” “shutdown,” and “share,” as well as neologisms such as “cronut,” “Obamacare,” and “3D printing,” to become the Word of the Year.

About Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com, LLC, the world’s leading digital dictionary, helps people get smarter anytime, anywhere. Dictionary.com, an IAC (NASDAQ; IACI) company, offers its 65 million monthly users reliable access to millions of definitions, synonyms, spelling, audio pronunciations, example sentences, and translations from its properties at Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com, as well as through its suite of more than 24 apps across every major platform. For more information, please visit www.dictionary.com.

Sample Coverage:

Dictionary.com Chooses a 2013 Word of the Year with Gravitas
TIME Magazine

Dictionary Showdown:  What’s the real top word of 2013
PARADE Magazine

‘Privacy’ is Dictionary.com’s word of the year
The Verge

‘Privacy’ named Dictionary.com’s 2013 word of the year
Yahoo! News

Dictionary.com dubs ‘privacy’ their word of the year. 
Washington Post

Dictionary.com Names ‘Privacy’ Its Word of the Year, and Makes Far More Sense Than ‘Selfie’
Complex Tech

Privacy and Geek are dictionary words of the year
The Inquirer

Dictionary.com Chooses ‘Privacy’ as the 2013 Word of the Year
Social Times

#Selfie v. Privacy: Words of the Year for 2013 Define Who We Are
IVN

Our own April Mayrath has been busy racking up frequent flier miles as she flies to local TV stations to provide advice on the best tech gadgets and apps for the holidays.  We are proud to give some broadcast love to the companies we love, including FreedomPop, Gogobot, Azumio, LifeTrak, and Sleep Genius.

So far April has appeared on KUTV-CBS in Salt Lake City (you can watch by clicking below), and on KVVU-FOX in Las Vegas.  That’s just the start – more to come!

Happy Holidays!

HTC_EVO_4G_FP_shine.pngFreedomPop’s launch of the Freedom Phone in October, response was “off the hook” as demand flooded the company and they sold out of their inventory in 24 hours.  The team worked furiously to deliver more options to consumers who wanted to bring their cell phones to zero and today they announced a “bring your own phone” plan that allows owners of select Sprint phones to join the FreedomPop network to enjoy the benefits of free voice, data and text.

In addition, the company is now offering a $99 HTC Evo 4G which also comes with a lifetime of free voice, text and data.

Below is a snapshot of some of the coverage around the announcement this morning, with more stories expected to be coming soon.

Congratulations to the FreedomPop team!

FreedomPop Sample Coverage:

Forbes
FreedomPop Plans to bring Cheap Calling Service to the iPhone
By Parmy Olson
November 19, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/11/19/freedompop-plans-to-bring-cheap-calling-service-to-the-iphone/
 
Fast Company
These Smartphones can now get free talk, text and data thanks to FreedomPop
By Pranav Dixit
November 19, 2013
http://www.fastcompany.com/3021892/fast-feed/these-sprint-smartphones-can-now-get-free-talk-text-and-data-thanks-to-freedompop
 
GigaOm
Got an old Sprint phone? FreedomPop will activate it under its freemium plans
By Kevin Fitchard
November 19, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/11/19/got-an-old-sprint-phone-freedompop-will-activate-it-under-its-freemium-plans/
 
BusinessWeek
A New Use for old Sprint Phones
November 19, 2013
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-19/a-new-use-for-old-sprint-phones
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With Sprint Phones
By Sascha Segan
November 19, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427326,00.asp
 
Gizmodo
10 Old Sprint Phones Can Now Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data
By Eric Limer
November 19, 2013
http://gizmodo.com/10-old-sprint-phones-can-now-get-totally-free-voice-te-1467027252
 
TheNextWeb
FreedomPop now lets you use old Sprint phones on its free mobile service
By Josh Ong
November 19, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-bring-phone-free-mobile-service/
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop intros bring your own phone option
By Ben Munson
November 19, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/11/freedompop-intros-bring-your-own-phone-option
 
Engadget
FreedomPop now lets you bring your own phone, offers $99 HTC Evo 4G
By Jon Fingas
November 19, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-you-bring-your-own-phone/
 
9to5Mac
FreedomPop expanding free wireless plan to all Sprint smartphones, iPhones included
By Jordan Khan
November 19, 2013
http://9to5mac.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-expanding-free-wireless-plan-to-all-sprint-devices-iphones-included/
 
Mobile Magazine
How to Get Free Talk, Text and Data on Sprint Via FreedomPop BYOD
By Michael Kwan
November 19, 2013
http://www.mobilemag.com/2013/11/19/get-free-talk-text-data-sprint-via-freedompop-byod/
 
Android Police
FreedomPop Now Lets You Activate Some Sprint Devices On Its Free Phone Service
By Ryan Whitwam
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-you-activate-some-sprint-devices-on-its-free-phone-service/
 
Android Guys
FreedomPop Debuts Bring your own phone plan, now offering HTC Evo 4G
By Scott Webster
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidguys.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-debuts-bring-phone-plan-now-offering-htc-evo-4g/
 
Telecom Paper
FreedomPop launches “Bring your own phone” initiative
November 19, 2013
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-launches-bring-your-own-phone-initiative–980790
 
TechHive
Bring your own phone to FreedomPop, get free service
By Jared Newman
November 19, 2013
http://www.techhive.com/article/2064686/bring-your-own-phone-to-freedompop-get-free-service.html
 
Hot Hardware
FreedomPop Expands Free Smartphone Plan Offerings, Bring Your Own Sprint Phone
By Seth Colaner
November 19, 2013
http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPop-Expands-Free-Smartphone-Plan-Offerings-Bring-Your-Own-Sprint-Phone/
 
Android Authority
FreedomPop introduces new BYOD plan: gives you free voice, text and data
By Andrew Grush
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidauthority.com/freedompop-byod-318058/
 
Phone Dog
FreedomPop now supports old Sprint phones on free service plan, also selling HTC EVO 4G
Alex Wagner
November 19, 2013
http://www.phonedog.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-supports-old-sprint-phones-on-free-service-plan-also-selling-htc-evo-4g/
 
UpRoxx
FreedomPop Brings Free Calls, Text, And Data To Your Old Sprint Phone
By Dan Seitz
November 19, 2013
http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2013/11/freedompop-brings-free-calls-text-data-old-sprint-phone/
 
Liliputing
Use your old Sprint phone with FreedomPop’s free phone service
By Brad Linder
By November 19, 2013
http://liliputing.com/2013/11/use-old-sprint-phone-freedompops-free-phone-service.html
 
My Android Chief
FreedomPop Introduces New BYOD Plan: Gives You Free Voice, Text And Data
By November 19, 2013
http://myandroidchief.com/freedompop-introduces-new-byod-plan-gives-you-free-voice-text-and-data/
 
DSLReports
FreedomPop Starts Allowing Older Sprint Phones
By Karl Bode
November 19, 2013
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FreedomPop-Starts-Allowing-Older-Sprint-Phones-126721
 
 

Gogobot Tribes - MainWhen searching for the perfect hotel, destination or activity during a holiday, a five-star rating might look appealing – but how to know if those five stars were assigned by a luxury traveler or a budget traveler? Or was a destination lowly rated because penny-pinching backpackers repeatedly snubbed the same place that a business or luxury traveler loved?

Knowing the context of a rating makes all the difference, which is why Gogobot (www.gogobot.com), the world leader in personalized trip planning, today announces the launch of Gogobot Tribes – an intelligent new way for travelers to discover experiences based on their personal tastes and interests, without the need to sift through piles of reviews that may or may not be relevant.

With Gogobot Tribes, a visitor to Gogobot.com or Gogobot’s mobile applications can define their own personal travel style (e.g. “I am a Family Traveler, love Art & Design, and am traveling on a Budget”) and then instantly explore any destination through that lens, allowing them to cut through the clutter to find the places most recommended by travelers like them. For example, Gogobot users planning a family trip to Paris could set their lens to skip over the advice of nightlife lovers and find recommendations on hotels, attractions and restaurants from other parents. A student traveler heading to New York City can get ideas for accommodations, bars, and restaurants from other budget travelers without the distraction of luxury recommendations from vacationers accustomed to breaking the bank. Likewise, outdoor enthusiasts heading to San Francisco can filter for the advice of fellow nature lovers to skip the bustle and find the best hiking trails and pastoral vistas inSan Francisco. With Tribes, users benefit from the authentic voices of real people who share their passions, from a Portlandlocal and Foodie like Francis Nguyen to credible experts, such Food Network icon Giada de Laurentiis or Los Angeles ChefSascha Lyon for Foodies.

Tribes factors in your numerous interests, so if you are a budget traveler, a family traveler, and a foodie interested in spending Christmas in Miami, Gogobot Tribes takes into account your various self-selected Tribes styles to provide recommendations that will please your kids, palate and pocketbook.

“Most travelers are multi-faceted individuals, with varied tastes and interests, but traditional travel sites treat us like we are all the same,” said Gogobot CEO and co-founder Travis Katz. “Gogobot Tribes embraces this diversity and uses it to help travelers zero in on the things that matter most to them. Unlike other sites, Gogobot doesn’t let varied reviews cancel each other out, which often results in a meaningless list of the obvious. More than a year and a half in the making, Gogobot Tribes now changes the way travelers can conduct a search, delivering relevant and trusted results that are as broad or as niche as a traveler requires.”

When users log in, they can define themselves as part of any combination of the following Tribe categories:  Adventure Travelers, Art and Design Lovers, Backpackers, Budget Travelers, Business Travelers, Family Travelers, Foodies, Green Travelers, History Buffs, LGBT, Local Culture, Luxury Travelers, Nightlife Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Spiritual Seekers, Students, Trendsters, Vegetarian and Wellness. Gogobot will continue to add with more specific Tribes to address even more specialized interests.

With more than 580,000 reviews, Gogobot recently overtook Travelocity to become one of the largest providers of travel reviews online, and has seen its traffic more than quintuple over the past 12 months, according to the most recent comScore figures.

Gogobot for iPhone and iPod Touch is available for free from the App Store at:http://itunes.apple.com/app/gogobot/id459590827.

And for Android at Google Play at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gogobot.gogodroid

For more information, go to http://www.gogobot.com.

About Gogobot
Gogobot is where people who love to travel share their insider tips and access the travel advice of friends and others to discover, plan and book the perfect trip. By connecting via Facebook and/or Twitter, users receive a personalized list of travel recommendations and can share their experiences across their social networks. Users can book a hotel, vacation rental or restaurant directly through the site via partners including Expedia, Homeaway, Booking.com, Kayak, Priceline and OpenTable.

Founded in November 2010 by Travis Katz and Ori Zaltzman, Gogobot has raised $19 million from leading venture investors, including Battery Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Innovation Endeavors. Gogobot is headquartered in Silicon Valley,California, and also has an office in London.

KGO Lifetrak giveawayMichael Finney of San Francisco ABC-affiliate KGO News has a special segment on Friday where he features a cool product that viewers can receive for free.  Here he’s talking about the LifeTrak activity monitor, which is paired with Azumio‘s Argus health and wellness app.  The offer sold out within minutes, highlighting the demand for a quality, easy-to-use activity monitor with rich, actionable data that can be analyzed and easily viewed on your smartphone.  (This is the same activity monitor that Coach Harbaugh of the 49ers loves.)

While you can no longer get LifeTrak through this offer, you can still obtain it through their website, and as always, you can download Azumio’s Argus for free, anytime, at www.azumio.com/argus.

Ellen is already a fan of Candy Crush, but the game became even more endearing when a sweet kid came on her show dressed as a candy – not just any candy, though – a Candy Crush Saga candy.  No trick, all treat!

Ellen CCS

htc-evo-design_FredomPopSometimes, you just have to let the coverage speak for itself…  Yep, we blew it out.

FREEDOM PHONE COVERAGE – 10/1/13

Wall Street Journal
If You Want Free Cellphone Service, It’s Now Available
By Thomas Gryta
October 1, 2013
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/10/01/if-you-want-free-cellphone-service-its-now-available/
 
Forbes
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With HTC EVO Design
By Tomio Geron
October 1, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-phone-service-with-htc-evo-design/
 
USA Today
Heard of free smartphones? How about free service?
By John Shinal
October 1, 2013
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2013/10/01/free-smartphone-service-freedompop-verizon-wireless-sprint-att/2898609/
 
Fast Company
On its first birthday, FreedomPop debutes free phone plan
By Alice Truong
October 1, 2013
http://www.fastcompany.com/3018690/tech-forecast/on-its-first-birthday-freedompop-debuts-free-phone-plan
 
All Things Digital
FreedomPop Makes Its Move Into the Phone Business With Free and Low-Cost Options
By Ina Fried
October 1, 2013
http://allthingsd.com/20131001/freedompop-makes-its-move-into-the-phone-business-with-free-and-low-cost-options/
 
Buzzfeed
By Matthew Lynley
FreedomPop, Unlike Apple, Sees An Opportunity In Cheap Smartphones
October 1, 2013
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattlynley/freedompop-unlike-apple-sees-an-opportunity-in-cheap-smartph?s=mobile
 
GigaOm
FreedomPop launches its smartphone VoIP service, giving away 200 minutes each month
By Kevin Fitchard
October 1, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-its-smartphone-voip-service-giving-away-500-minutes-each-month/
 
The Huffington Post
FreedomPop Launches Plan With Free Calling And Text
By Betsy Isaacson
October 1, 2013
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-plan-free_n_4024623.html
 
Mashable
New Mobile Service Offers Data and Minutes for Free — for Life
By Emily Price
October 1, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-free-phone/
 
TechCrunch
FreedomPop Takes Aim At Carriers With Its New, Free Phone Plan
By Chris Velazco
October 1, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-takes-aim-at-carriers-with-its-new-free-phone-plan/
 
Engadget
FreedomPop intros a free plan: includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data per month
Joseph Volpe
October 1, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-wireless-service/
 
Fierce Wireless
FreedomPop intros $99 smartphone, $11/month unlimited talking, texting plan
By Mike Dano
October 1, 2013
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-intros-99-smartphone-11month-unlimited-talking-texting-plan/2013-10-01
 
CNET
FreedomPop launches free mobile plan with 200 minutes
By Don Reisinger
October 1, 2013
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605465-94/freedompop-launches-free-mobile-plan-with-200-minutes/
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With HTC EVO Design
By Stephanie Mlot
October 1, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2425079,00.asp
 
eWeek
FreedomPop Phone Is First ‘100 Percent Free Mobile Phone Service’
By Michelle Maisto
October 1, 2013
http://www.eweek.com/networking/freedompop-phone-is-first-100-percent-free-mobile-phone-service.html
 
VentureBeat
More than free data: FreedomPop launches carrier-killing mobile service with free calls and texts
By Devindra Hardawar
October 1, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/01/more-than-free-data-freedompop-offers-free-calls-and-texts-with-new-mobile-service/
 
IntoMobile
FreedomPop Launches Free Mobile Service, Affordable Plans For Heavy Users
By Ian Kersey
October 1, 2013
http://www.intomobile.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-mobile-service-affordable-plans-heavy-users/
 
Ars Technica
No contract, no fee: Free (500MB) smartphone plan offered by FreedomPop
By Jon Brodkin
October 1, 2013
http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/no-contract-no-fee-free-500mb-smartphone-plan-offered-by-freedompop/
 
Light Reading
FreedomPop Phones It In (for Free)
By Dan Jones
October 1, 2013
http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=705892&f_src=lightreading_gnews
 
Gizmodo
Heck Yes! The First Free Wireless Plan Is Finally Here
By Eric Limer
October 1, 2013
http://gizmodo.com/heck-yes-the-first-free-wireless-plan-is-finally-here-1429566597
 
TheNextWeb
FreedomPop is hitting US carriers where it hurts with its new free mobile phone service
By Josh Ong
October 1, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/10/01/freedompop-is-hitting-us-carriers-where-it-hurts-with-its-new-free-mobile-phone-service/
 
Digital Trends
FreedomPop launches free smartphone talk and data service (and a $100 HTC Evo)
By Jeffrey Van Camp
October 1, 2013
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/freedompop-phone-launch/
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop’s Freemium Phone Service Finally Gets its Phone
By Ben Munson
October 1, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/10/freedompop%E2%80%99s-freemium-phone-service-finally-gets-its-phone
 
TheStreet.com
FreedomPop: Giving Away Free 4G Connections
By Gary Krakow
October 1, 2013
http://www.thestreet.com/story/11723801/1/freedompop-giving-away-free-4g-connections.html
 
Multichannel News
FreedomPop Uncorks ‘Free’ Mobile Service
By Jeff Baumgartner
October 1, 2013
http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/freedompop-uncorks-%E2%80%98free%E2%80%99-mobile-service/145829
 
Pando Daily
Can FreedomPop become a sustainable business with a cheap smartphone and free services?
By Nathaniel Mott
October 1, 2013
http://pandodaily.com/2013/10/01/can-freedompop-become-a-sustainable-business-with-a-cheap-smartphone-and-free-services/
 
Lifehacker
FreedomPop Now Offers Completely Free Mobile Phone Service
By Melanie Pinola
October 1, 2013
http://lifehacker.com/freedompop-now-offers-completely-free-mobile-phone-serv-1434225783
 
Hot Hardware
FreedomPop’s Free Smartphone Service Launches Today
By Seth Colaner
By October 1, 2013
http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPops-Free-Smartphone-Service-Launches-Today/
 
Maximum PC
FreedomPop Kicks Off Free Mobile Phone Service, Sells $99 HTC Evo Design
By Paul Lilly
October 1, 2013
http://www.maximumpc.com/freedompop_kicks_free_mobile_phone_service_sells_99_htc_evo_design2013
 
Telecompetitor
FreedomPop CEO Details Free Mobile Voice, Text and Data Service
By Joan Engebretson
October 1, 2013
http://www.telecompetitor.com/freedompop-ceo-details-free-mobile-voice-text-data-service/
 
DSL Reports
FreedomPop Starts Selling Phones, Mobile VoIP
By Karl Bode
October 1, 2013
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FreedomPop-Starts-Selling-Phones-Mobile-VoIP-126046
 
The Droid Guys
FreedomPop now offering fully free smartphone service
By Valerie Richardson
October 1, 2013
http://thedroidguy.com/2013/10/freedompop-now-offering-fully-free-smartphone-service/
 
Ubergizmo
FreedomPop Launches Free Cell Phone Service
By Daniel Perez               
October 1, 2013
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/10/freedompop-launches-free-cell-phone-service/
 
SoCalTech
FreedomPop Launches Its Free Mobile Phone Service
By Ben Kuo
October 1, 2013
http://www.socaltech.com/freedompop_launches_its_free_mobile_phone_service/s-0051680.html
 
SlashGear
FreedomPop adds free monthly calls and texts on top of data
By Brittany Hillen
October 1, 2013
http://www.slashgear.com/freedompop-adds-free-monthly-calls-and-texts-on-top-of-data-01299965/
 
TechSpot
FreedomPop launches free mobile phone service on Sprint’s network
By Shawn Knight
October 1, 2013
http://www.techspot.com/news/54184-freedompop-launches-free-mobile-phone-service-on-sprints-network.html
 
RCR Wireless
FreedomPop enters smartphone space with ‘free’ service
By Dan Meyer
October 1, 2013
http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20131001/carriers/freedompop-enters-smartphone-space-with-free-service/
 
Android Police
FreedomPop Begins Offering Completely Free Mobile Phone Service With 200 Minutes, 500 Texts, And 500MB of Data
By Ryan Whitwam
October 1, 2013
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-begins-offering-completely-free-mobile-phone-service-with-200-minutes-500-texts-and-500mb-of-data/
 
Android Community
FreedomPop Phone service launches with HTC EVO Design
By Robert Nelson
October 1, 2013
http://androidcommunity.com/freedompop-phone-service-launches-with-htc-evo-design-20131001/
 
Android Authority
FreedomPop officially launches free phone service, offers $99 HTC EVO Design as first compatible handset
By Andrew Grush
October 1, 2013
http://www.androidauthority.com/freedompop-phone-evo-design-278646/
 
PhoneDog
FreedomPop Phone launches with HTC EVO Design, free monthly service plan
By Alex Wagner
October 1, 2013
http://www.phonedog.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-phone-launches-with-htc-evo-design-free-monthly-service-plan/
 
IDG
FreedomPop offers free cellphone service–with a small catch
By Armando Rodriguez
October 1, 2013
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=980B600A-FBB9-9FF0-905AF294EA1748D7
 
Liliputing
FreedomPop offers freemium smartphone service
By Brad Linder
October 1, 2013
http://liliputing.com/2013/10/freedompop-offers-freemium-smartphone-service.html
 
CIO Today
FreedomPop Steps Into Phone Biz with HTC EVO Design
By Nancy Owano
October 1, 2013
http://www.cio-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=001000001XAM
 
Gotta Be Mobile
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service
By Craig Lloyd
October 1, 2013
http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-phone-service/
 
PhoneNews
FreedomPop Launches Phone Service With HTC EVO Design 4G
By Humberto Saabedra
October 1, 2013
http://www.phonenews.com/freedompop-launches-phone-service-with-htc-evo-design-4g-24053/
 
News for Shoppers
FreedomPop Launches Free Cell Phone Plan – 200 Minutes For $0
By Chris Andrews
October 1, 2013
http://www.newsforshoppers.com/freedompop-launches-free-cell-phone-plan-200-minutes-for-0/36715877/
 
Blouin News
Inching closer to “free” wireless in the U.S
By Juliana Kenny
October 1, 2013
http://blogs.blouinnews.com/blouinbeattechnology/2013/10/01/inching-closer-to-free-wireless-in-the-u-s/
 
Technology Guide
FreedomPop Offers First Free Wireless Plan Including Data, Voice, and Text
By Sarah White
October 1, 2013
http://www.technologyguide.com/news/freedompop-offers-first-free-wireless-plan-including-data-voice-and-text/
 
Mind of the Geek
FreedomPop launches free smartphone plans
By Brett Watz
October 1, 2013
http://mindofthegeek.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-smartphone-plans/
 
 

Check out Coach Harbaugh modeling the LifeTrak C300 smartwatch with Azumio’s Argus.  This seriously made our day, week, month, year.  Forever Faithful Niners!photo 1photo 2

Have you seen America’s new (and hottest) free Internet provider in the news?   They’ve had a great month of coverage, spanning broadcast to broadsheets.

Check out a sampling here.

FreedomPop August 2013 image

Coach Harbaugh of the #49ers says thanks to AP reporter Janie McCauly for giving him a Lifetrak C300 courtesy of Azumio and Salutron

 

0604_technology-freedompop-stokols_650x455Today heralds the expansion of the FreedomPop network onto LTE using Sprint’s footprint across the nation.  With this move, FreedomPop paves the way for their upcoming Freedom Phone launch, providing free voice, data, and text, as well as any other upcoming LTE-enabled devices.

Below is a snapshot of some of the press covering the announcement today.  Congrats Team FreedomPop.

LTE ANNOUNCEMENT MEDIA COVERAGE – 8/6

CNET
FreedomPop mobile hotspot now supports Sprint’s 4G LTE
By Lance Whitney
August 6, 2013
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57597187-94/freedompop-mobile-hotspot-now-supports-sprints-4g-lte/
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop LTE Hotspot Now Available on Sprint
By Stepanie Mlot
August 6, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422758,00.asp
 
Forbes
FreedomPop Rolls Out LTE Hotspot, Expands To Sprint LTE Network
By Tomio Geron
August 6, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/08/06/freedompop-rolls-out-lte-hotspot-expands-to-sprint-lte-network/
 
VentureBeat
FreedomPop brings free mobile service to Sprint’s LTE network, amid overwhelming demand
By Devindra Hardawar
August 6, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/08/06/freedompop-finally-heads-to-sprints-lte-network-amid-overwhelming-demand/
 
GigaOM
FreedomPop racks up 100K users, adds Sprint LTE to its mobile data arsenal
By Kevin Fitchard
August 6, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/08/06/freedompop-racks-up-100k-users-adds-sprint-lte-to-its-mobile-data-arsenal/
 
TechCrunch
Freemium Wireless Startup FreedomPop Embraces Sprint’s LTE Network With New Hardware
By Chris Velazco
August 6, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/06/freemium-wireless-startup-freedompop-embraces-sprints-lte-network-with-new-hardware/
 
All Things Digital
FreedomPop, TextNow Plan New Services Atop Sprint’s Network
By Ina Fried
August 6, 2013
http://allthingsd.com/20130806/freedompop-textnow-plan-new-services-atop-sprints-network/?refcat=news
 
Pando Daily
“Data is a true commodity that users want to commoditize even further”
By Nathaniel Mott
August 6, 2013
http://pandodaily.com/2013/08/06/data-is-a-true-commodity-that-users-want-to-commoditize-even-further/
 
Engadget
FreedomPop jumps to LTE, lets you run out of free data faster than ever
By Jon Fingas
August 6, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/06/freedompop-jumps-to-lte/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget
 
Ars Technica
FreedomPop: Buy a hotspot, get 500MB of free Sprint LTE each month
By John Brodkin
August 6, 2013
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/08/freedompop-buy-a-hotspot-get-500mb-of-free-sprint-lte-each-month/
 
Fierce Wireless
FreedomPop crosses 100K subs, adds support for Sprint’s LTE network
By Phil Goldstein
August 6, 2013
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-crosses-100k-subs-adds-support-sprints-lte-network/2013-08-06
 
MultiChannel News
FreedomPop Launches LTE Hotspot
By Jeff Baumgartner
August 6, 2013
http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/freedompop-launches-lte-hotspot/144821
 
TheNextWeb
Free Internet provider FreedomPop begins offering LTE mobile hotspots with 500MB of monthly data
By Josh Ong
August 6, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/08/06/free-internet-provider-freedompop-begins-offering-lte-mobile-hotspots/
 
TechHive
FreedomPop’s freemium wireless service embraces Sprint’s LTE network
By Jared Newman
August 6, 2013
http://www.techhive.com/article/2046027/freedompops-freemium-wireless-service-embraces-sprints-lte-network.html
 
The Verge
FreedomPop offers 500MB of free LTE a month, upgrades to Sprint’s faster 4G network
By Sean Hollister
August 6, 2013
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/6/4592698/freedompop-lte-upgrade-via-sprint-agreement
 
Light Reading
FreedomPop Jumps on Sprint LTE
By Sarah Reedy
August 6, 2013
http://www.lightreading.com/smartphones-handsets/freedompop-jumps-on-sprint-lte/240159521
 
TWICE
FreedomPop Launches Its First LTE Device
By Joseph Palenchar
August 6, 2013
http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/freedompop-launches-its-first-lte-device/107870
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop Goes LTE, Releases New LTE Hotspot
By Ben Munson
August 6, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/08/freedompop-goes-lte-releases-new-lte-hotspot
 
SoCalTECH
FreedomPop Expands Free Wireless Broadband On Sprint LTE
By Ben Kuo
August 6, 2013
http://www.socaltech.com/freedompop_expands_free_wireless_broadband_on_sprint_lte/s-0050720.html
 
Sci-Tech Today
FreedomPop To Offer ‘Free’ 4G LTE Data Using Sprint
By Seth Fitzgerald
August 6, 2013
http://www.sci-tech-today.com/news/FreedomPop-To-Offer–Free–LTE-Data-/story.xhtml?story_id=012001GT2JGC
 
Sacramento Bee
FreedomPop Expands Network To Include Nationwide LTE Wireless Internet Service
August 6, 2013
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/06/5626843/freedompop-expands-network-to.html
 
Mind of the Geek
Want free 4G LTE? FreedomPop now has you covered
By Brett Watz
August 6, 2013
http://mindofthegeek.com/2013/08/06/want-free-4g-lte-freedompop-now-has-you-covered/
 
Phone Dog
FreedomPop now using Sprint’s 4G LTE network, launches LTE hotspot with 500MB of free data per month
By Alex Wagner
August 6, 2013
http://www.phonedog.com/2013/08/06/freedompop-now-using-sprint-s-4g-lte-network-launches-lte-hotspot-with-500mb-of-free-data-per-month/
 
Hot Hardware
FreedomPop Expands to Sprint’s 4G LTE Network, Adds A Mobile Hotspot to Product Lineup
By Seth Colaner
August 6, 2013
http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPop-Expands-to-Sprints-4G-LTE-Network-Adds-A-Mobile-Hotspot-to-Product-Lineup-/
 
DSLReports.com
FreedomPop Offers LTE Service Via New Hotspot
By Karl Bode
August 6, 2013
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FreedomPop-Offers-LTE-Service-Via-New-Hotspot-125272?nocomment=1
 
Telecom Paper
FreedomPop expands into the Sprint LTE network
August 6, 2013
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-expands-into-the-sprint-lte-network–959670
 
Liliputing
FreedomPop gets faster, offers free 4G LTE service
August 6, 2013
http://liliputing.com/2013/08/freedompop-gets-faster-offers-free-4g-lte-service.html
 
EVDOinfo.com
FreedomPop offers Sprint 4G LTE MVNO package
August 6, 2013
http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/4574/64/
 
Phone News
FreedomPop Launches LTE Service, Confirms Mobile VoIP Service Timeline
By Humberto Saabedra
August 6, 2013
http://www.phonenews.com/freedompop-launches-lte-service-confirms-mobile-voip-service-timeline-23209/

Jimmy Fallon used Candy Crush in his opening monologue.  You have to admit, it’s pretty funny… Read below or watch it here.

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Lumi MARTIN STIKSEL and FELIX MILLER image 01Two co-founders of Last.fm, Martin Stiksel and Felix Miller, were in San Francisco this week to launch their new startup called Lumi.

Lumi is approaching web discovery in a new way: People can use their browsing history to effortlessly find news, information, entertainment and products that interest them. They receive a real-time feed with individual suggestions of relevant and popular web pages that automatically adapt to what they browse.

Lumi requires little effort: simply spend a few moments signing up and installing the Chrome, Firefox or Safari extension. Straightaway, Lumi delivers individual suggestions based on interests derived from your browsing history. There is no need to select categories, tick boxes, or subscribe to feeds. To keep Lumi working, just keep on browsing.

Check out some of the coverage on the launch below.

Last.fm Founders Throw The Lights On Lumi, A Site That Uses Your Browsing History To Recommend New Content
TechCrunch
Ingrid Lunden
July 11, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/11/last-fm-founders-throw-the-lights-on-lumi-a-site-that-uses-your-browsing-history-to-recommend-new-content/

Last.fm Founders Launch Lumi to Change Your Online Content Discovery
Mashable
Seth Fiegerman
July 11, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/07/11/last-fm-founders-lumi/

Lumi is looking to build a smart news reader — that requires no work on your part
GigaOM
Eliza Kern
July 11, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/07/11/lumi-is-looking-to-build-a-smart-news-reader-that-requires-no-work-on-your-part/

Your Startup Sold For Hundreds Of Millions–Now Do It Again
Fast Company
Ciara Byrne
July 11, 2013
http://www.fastcolabs.com/3014150/your-startup-sold-for-hundreds-of-millions-now-do-it-again

With Lumi, Last.fm founders tune into entire Web
CBS Interactive/CNET
July 11, 2013
http://news.cnet.com/1606-2_3-50150696.html

Last.fm founders to use your browser history to conquer the Web
CNET
Donna Tam
July 11, 2013
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57593213-93/last.fm-founders-to-use-your-browser-history-to-conquer-the-web/

Last.fm Founders Launch Lumi to Change Your Online Content Discovery
Motherboard
Tatiana Baez
July 11, 2013
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/how-to-immerse-yourself-in-good-internet-tracking

With Lumi, Last.fm founders tune into entire Web
Yahoo! News
July 11, 2013
http://news.yahoo.com/video/lumi-last-fm-founders-tune-210951834-cbs.html

With Lumi, Last.fm founders tune into entire Web
Yahoo! Screen
July 11, 2013
http://screen.yahoo.com/lumi-last-fm-founders-tune-210951834-cbs.html

With Lumi, Last.fm founders tune into entire Web
CNET TV
July 11, 2013
http://cnettv.cnet.com/lumi-last-fm-founders-tune-entire-web/9742-1_53-50150696.html

From the Founders of Last.fm Comes Lumi Effortless Web Discovery; Real-Time Suggestion Feed
Broadway World
July 11, 2013
http://geeks.broadwayworld.com/article/From-the-Founders-of-Lastfm-Comes-Lumi-Effortless-Web-Discovery-Real-Time-Suggestion-Feed-20130711

Last.fm Founders Throw The Lights On Lumi, A Site That Uses Your Browsing History To Recommend New Content
Marketing Gum
July 11, 2013
http://www.marketinggum.com/news/last-fm-founders-throw-the-lights-on-lumi-a-site-that-uses-your-browsing-history-to-recommend-new-content/

Last.fm Founders Throw The Lights On Lumi, A Site That Uses Your Browsing History To Recommend New Content
Cisco Dot TV
July 11, 2013
http://www.cisco.tv/news/lastfm-founders-throw-the-lights-on-lumi-a-site-that-uses-your-browsing-history-to-recommend-new-content

Last.fm Founders Launch Lumi to Change Your Online Content Discovery
Tech News Now
July 11, 2013
http://www.technewsnow.com/news/last-fm-founders-launch-lumi-to-change-your-online-content-discovery

Last.fm Founders Launch Lumi to Change Your Online Content Discovery
News Hour 24
July 11, 2013
http://www.newshour24.com/latest/world/2/world/74vx5xo56/Lastfm-Founders-Launch-Lumi-Change-Your-Online-Content-Discovery.htm

Last.fm Founders Launch Lumi to Change Your Online Content Discovery
One News Page
July 11, 2013
http://www.onenewspage.com/n/Internet/74vxqb1y2/Last-fm-Founders-Launch-Lumi-to-Change-Your.htm

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Today the FreedomPop team announced an additional $5M A.1 round, bringing their total Series A up to $16M.  Existing investors DCM and Mangrove participated, helping the company address the extraordinary demand seen for their products, especially the upcoming Freedom Phone slated for launch later this summer.

The image above is a poster in one of FreedomPop’s offices signed by notable visitors, including their VCs, and heck, even me.

Here are a few coverage highlights on today’s news:

Multichannel News
Lands $5 Million Round As it Prepares to Launch ‘Freedom Phone’
By Jeff Baumgartner
July 11, 2013
http://www.multichannel.com/technology/freedompop-stacks-more-cash/144355
 
TechCrunch
FreedomPop Raises Another $5 Million To Help Launch Its Freemium Mobile Phone Service
By Chris Velazco
July 11, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/11/freedompop-raises-another-5-5m-to-help-launch-its-freemium-mobile-phone-service/
 
All Things Digital
FreedomPop Rakes In Another $5 Million to Fund Free Mobile Service
By Ina Fried
July 11, 2013
http://allthingsd.com/20130711/freedompop-rakes-in-another-5-million-to-fund-free-mobile-service/
 
TheNextWeb
FreedomPop raises $5 million to meet strong demand for upcoming free phone service
By Josh Ong
July 11, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/07/11/freedompop-raises-5-million-to-meet-strong-demand-for-upcoming-free-phone-service/
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop Raises Another $5 Million for Free Wireless Service
By Ben Munson
July 11, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/07/freedompop-raises-another-5-million-free-wireless-service
 
GigaOM
Gearing up to launch its VoIP service, FreedomPop raises another $5M
By Kevin Fitchard
July 11, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/07/11/gearing-up-to-launch-its-voip-service-freedompop-raises-another-5m/
 
Light Reading
FreedomPop Grabs $5M to Support Android Push
By Dan Jones
July 11, 2013
http://www.lightreading.com/smartphones-handsets/freedompop-grabs-5m-to-support-android-push/240158083  
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop Nabs $5M Ahead of Free Phone Service Launch
By Stephanie Mlot
July 11, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421665,00.asp
 
SoCalTECH
FreedomPop Gets $5M In New Funding For Free Phone, Wireless Service
By Ben Kuo
July 11, 2013
http://www.socaltech.com/freedompop_gets__m_in_new_funding_for_free_phone_wireless_service/s-0050246.html
 
HNGN
Free SmartPhone Service From FreedomPop Gets $5 Million Toward Project
By Tyler McCarthy
July 11, 2013
http://www.hngn.com/articles/7484/20130711/free-smartphone-service-freedompop-gets-5-million-toward-project.htm
 
Pulse 2.0
FreedomPop Raises $5 Million From Existing Investors
By Annie Baker
July 11, 2013
http://pulse2.com/2013/07/11/freedompop-raises-5-million-from-existing-investors-89522/
 
International Venture Capitalist Post
FreedomPop raises additional US $5 million
By IVCPost Staff Reporter
July 11, 2013
http://www.ivcpost.com/articles/10877/20130711/freedompop-raises-additional-5-million.htm
 
TelecomPaper
FreedomPop raises additional USD 5 mln in funding
July 11, 2013
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-raises-additional-usd-5-mln-in-funding–954839

Welcome back from the Independence Day holidays!  If you were like the rest of us, you probably enjoyed a fireworks show, a hot dog or corn dog, and maybe even enjoyed playing a bit of Candy Crush Saga from King.

Here are a few broadcast TV highlights that appeared over the long weekend.

July 4th weekend broadcast clippings 2013

King broadcast highlights Monday July 8 2013

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Have you had too much coffee today?  Drank enough water?  How about exercise?  Lifting a mug to your lips doesn’t count.  Maybe you need some peer pressure to have your friends support you into better habits.  All of these aspects and more are part of Azumio’s new Argus app for the iPhone, which brings together so many different components of your health and wellness into one easy-to-use view.

I’m a user and have noticed that I am indeed drinking more water and trying to eat fewer snack bars and cookies for breakfast now.  Argus also reveals the correlation between consumption, hydration, heart rate, exercise and other factors so you can see that perhaps all fat you ate yesterday is the reason your heart is beating faster today.  Now if it would only prepare healthy meals for me on demand…

Reuters
Apps aim to help people get fit and stay fit
By Natasha Baker
July 9, 2013
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/09/us-apps-fitness-idUSBRE9680YM20130709
 
GigaOM
The meta-quantified self: Argus app for iOS tracks all your health-tracking apps
By Erica Ogg
July 5, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/07/03/the-meta-quantified-self-argus-app-for-ios-tracks-all-your-health-tracking-apps/
 
Greatist
New All-in-One Fitness Tracker App Proves Simple is Best
By Zachary Sniderman
July 5, 2013
http://greatist.com/fitness/argus-azumio-app-fitness
 
TechCrunch
Health App Maker Azumio Launches Argus, A Comprehensive Food And Activity Tracker
By Kim Mai Cutler
July 5, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/03/azumio-argus/
 
VentureBeat
New health and wellness application Argus goes beyond your workout
By Selena Larson
July 5, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/07/03/new-health-and-wellness-application-argus-goes-beyond-your-workout/
 
The Next Web
Argus for iOS is a unified health app tracking your daily exercise, diet, sleeping pattern and more
By Nick Summers
July 3, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/07/03/argus-is-a-unified-health-and-fitness-ios-app-tracking-your-exercise-diet-sleeping-pattern-and-more/
 
GeeksWorld.com
Azumio Introduces Argus Fitness App
July 5, 2013
http://geeks.broadwayworld.com/article/Azumio-Introduces-Argus-Fitness-App-20130703
 
MedCity News
Argus app brings all your health and fitness information into one place
July 5, 2013
http://medcitynews.com/2013/07/argus-app-brings-all-your-health-and-fitness-information-into-one-place/
 
Yahoo! Finance
Azumio Introduces Argus
July 5, 2013
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/azumio-introduces-argus-130000823.html
 
CNN Money
The meta-quantified self: Argus app for iOS tracks all your health-tracking apps
July 5, 2013
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2013_07_03_the_meta_quantified_self_argus_app_for_ios_tracks_all_your_health_tracking_apps.html
 
Sacramento Bee
Azumio Introduces Argus
July 5, 2013
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/03/5542260/azumio-introduces-argus.html
eWeek
iPhone App From Azumio Combines Data on Diet, Fitness, Sleep – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/mobile/iphone-app-from-azumio-combines-data-on-diet-fitness-sleep/#sthash.9PTl94OC.dpuf
By Brian T. Horowitz
July 9, 2013
http://www.eweek.com/mobile/iphone-app-from-azumio-combines-data-on-diet-fitness-sleep/
 
MobiHealthNews
Azumio integrates its apps into Argus, an all-day tracker
By Jonah Comstock
July 10, 2013
http://mobihealthnews.com/23596/azumio-integrates-its-apps-into-argus-an-all-day-tracker/
 
Lifehacker
Argus By Azumio Tracks All Your Health Data In One Place
By Thorin Klosowski
July 9, 2013
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/07/argus-by-azumio-tracks-all-your-health-data-in-one-place/
 
Appolicious
New iPhone apps worth downloading: PRX Remix, Argus by Azumio, Miseria
By Phil Hornshaw
July 10, 2013
http://www.appolicious.com/tech/articles/13578-new-iphone-apps-worth-downloading-prx-remix-argus-by-azumio-miseria
 
Health24
Free app a guide to healthier living
July 11, 2013
http://www.health24.com/Fitness/News/Free-app-a-guide-to-healthier-living-20130711
 
AppPicker
Argus by Azumio
http://www.apppicker.com/apps/624329444/argus-by-azumio
 
AppShopper
Argus by Azumio
http://appshopper.com/healthcare-fitness/argus-by-azumio
 
Digital Trends
Azumio’s Argus turns your phone into a health and fitness data base, turns you into a hot lady
By Lee Crane
July 4, 2013
http://www.digitaltrends.com/sports/azumios-argus-turns-your-phone-into-a-health-and-fitness-data-base-turns-you-into-a-hot-lady/
 
Med Gadget
Argus App for iOS Turns Your Own Phone Into the Ultimate Fitness Device (Review)
By Scott Jung
July 8, 2013
http://www.medgadget.com/2013/07/argus-ios-app-review.html
 
AppAdvice
Argus By Azumio Aims To Be Your All-Seeing Activity And Nutrition Tracker
By Aldrin Calimlim
July 5, 2013
http://appadvice.com/post/437662
 
Free App
ARGUS BY AZUMIO – AZUMIO INC.
July 6, 2013
http://www.appfree.org/iphone/argus-by-azumio-azumio-inc/
 
Teknoids
Health App Maker Azumio Launches Argus, A Comprehensive Food And Activity Tracker
July 5, 2013
http://www.teknoids.net/content/health-app-maker-azumio-launches-argus-comprehensive-food-and-activity-tracker

How sweet it is to be in the news.  Here are a few press highlights about King in Q2’13.  Tasty!

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Q213 page 2

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Pet Rescue Saga was launched on mobile devices June 14th, allowing users to have the same great cross-platform experience they’ve come to enjoy with Candy Crush.

Tommy Palm, Games Guru of King, was at E3 along with Consort’s own Paul Brady, meeting with media to brief them on the news.  What follows are a few of the stories that appeared from their hard work in LA.

Congrats team!

Sirius XM – Unlimited Lives
E3 Day 2 Recap
By Mary Iampietro
June 14, 2013
http://unlimitedlivesxm.tumblr.com/
 
Mashable
Hands-On With Our Favorite Apps From E3
By Emily Price
June 17, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/06/17/apps-e3-hands-on/
 
Examiner
Candy Crush Saga on Kindle Fire HD? Game on top free apps for Android, Apple
By Matt Couden
June 17, 2013
http://www.examiner.com/article/candy-crush-saga-on-kindle-fire-hd-game-on-top-free-apps-for-android-apple
 
Laptop Magazine
Hands-on with Pet Rescue Sage: Your Next Mobile Addiction
By Sherri Smith
June 14, 2013
http://blog.laptopmag.com/pet-rescue-saga
 
GameInformer
Puppies, Dungeons, And Siberia – This Week’s Mobile Roundup
By Matt Aker
June 14, 2013
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/06/13/puppies-dungeons-and-siberia-this-week-s-mobile-roundup.aspx
 
Consumer Electronics Daily News
“Pet Rescue Saga” Game Now Available for Mobile Play
June 14, 2013
http://www.cedailynews.com/2013/06/-pet-rescue-saga-game-now-available-for-mobile-play.html
 
AppleNApps (Article and Video)
E3 2013: ‘N Action Video: Pet Rescue Saga – From Makers Of Candy Crush
By Trevor Sheridan
June 14, 2013
http://applenapps.com/special-event/e3-2013-n-action-video-pet-rescue-saga-from-makers-of-candy-crush.html
 
AppAdvice
King’s Social Gaming Saga Continues On iOS With Block-Blasting Pet Rescue Saga
By Aldrin Calimlim
June 14, 2013
http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/06/kings-social-gaming-saga-continues-on-ios-with-block-blasting-pet-rescue-saga
 
JayIsGames
Pet Rescue Saga
By John Bardinelli
June 13, 2013
http://jayisgames.com/archives/2013/06/pet_rescue_saga.php
 
AndroidPolice
Mega-Popular Game Pet Rescue Saga Scurries Into The Play Store
By Ryan Whitwam
June 12, 2013
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/06/12/new-app-mega-popular-game-pet-rescue-saga-scurries-into-the-play-store/
 
Game Vortex
Pet Rescue Saga Goes Mobile
By Robert Perkins
June 14, 2013
http://www.gamevortex.com/gamevortex/news.php/1607
 
San Francisco Chronicle
Hoping for Another Saga
By Benny Evangelista
June 13, 2013
 
USA Today
King.com unleashes ‘Pet Rescue Saga’ onto mobile devices
By Mike Snider
June 13, 2013
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/06/13/kingcom-pet-rescue-saga-mobile/2418019/
 
BusinessWeek
King games hopes for a 2nd big ‘Saga’
June 13, 2013
http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201306131555KRTRIB__BUSNEWS_19109_26456-1&params=timestamp%7C%7C06/13/2013%203:55%20PM%20ET%7C%7Cheadline%7C%7CKing%20games%20hopes%20for%20a%202nd%20big%20’Saga’%20%5BSan%20Francisco%20Chronicle%5D%7C%7CdocSource%7C%7CMcClatchy-Tribune%7C%7Cprovider%7C%7CACQUIREMEDIA%7C%7Cbridgesymbol%7C%7CUS;MSFT&ticker=MSFT
 
Mashable
King’s ‘Pet Rescue Saga’ Launches on Mobile
By Emily Price
June 13, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/06/13/kings-pet-rescue-saga/
 
VentureBeat
Pet Rescue Saga Goes Mobile
By Evan Killham
June 13, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/13/pet-rescue-saga-goes-mobile/
 
TheNextWeb
Candy Crush maker King expands its 190M-user gaming kingdom with Pet Rescue Saga for iOS and Android
By Josh Ong
June 13, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/06/13/candy-crush-maker-king-expands-its-190m-user-gaming-kingdom-with-pet-rescue-saga-for-ios-and-android/
 
The Drum
Popular Facebook game Pet Rescue Saga launches on mobile and table
By Angela Haggerty
June 13, 2013
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/06/13/popular-facebook-game-pet-rescue-saga-launches-mobile-and-tablet
 
The Guardian
King hopes Pet Rescue Saga will be a Candy Crush Saga-sized mobile hit
By Stuart Dredge
June 13, 2013
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2013/jun/13/pet-rescue-saga
 
Pocket-Lint
Pet Rescue Saga unveiled by Candy Crush Saga maker: hands-on preview
By Mike Lowe
June 13, 2013
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/121669-pet-rescue-saga-unveiled-by-candy-crush-saga-maker-hands-on-preview
 
UberGizmo
Candy Crush Developer Releases Pet Rescue Saga On iOS, Android
By Daniel Perez               
June 13, 2013
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/candy-crush-developer-releases-pet-rescue-saga-on-ios-android/
 
AndroidGuys
King releases latest highly addictive game in Pet Rescue Saga
By SCOTT WEBSTER
June 13, 2013
http://www.androidguys.com/2013/06/13/king-releases-latest-highly-addictive-game-in-pet-rescue-saga/
 
Android Rundown
Pet Rescue Saga, King’s Newest Addictive Puzzle Game, Launches on Android
By Carter Dotson
June 13, 2013
http://www.androidrundown.com/blog/pet-rescue-saga-kings-game-launches-android/
 
Pulse 2.0
Candy Crush Developer King Launching Pet Rescue Saga Mobile
June 13, 2013
http://pulse2.com/2013/06/13/candy-crush-developer-king-launching-pet-rescue-saga-mobile-87897/

 

WSJ Europe RZ June 14 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riccardo Zacconi, CEO and c0-founder of King, maker of the smash hit Candy Crush Saga, shared his plans with the Wall Street Journal.

SF Chronicle Sprint cell tower photoEver wondered what a cell tower looks like?  Sprint provided a rare peek at one of their LTE towers in the heart of San Francisco this week, resulting in several stories appearing in the press.

The Inner Workings of a Sprint 4GLTE Cell Site
Lynn La
CNET
June 12, 2013
http://reviews.cnet.com/2300-6452_7-10017161.html

On site at a Sprint cell: Gear shrinks while coverage grows
Stephen Lawson
PC World
June 12, 2013
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2041624/on-site-at-a-sprint-cell-gear-shrinks-while-coverage-grows.html

On site at a Sprint cell: Gear shrinks while coverage grows
Stephen Lawson
Tech Hive
June 12, 2013
http://www.techhive.com/article/2041624/on-site-at-a-sprint-cell-gear-shrinks-while-coverage-grows.html

On site at a Sprint cell: Gear shrinks while coverage grows
Stephen Lawson
Computer World
June 12, 2013
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9240017/On_site_at_a_Sprint_cell_Gear_shrinks_while_coverage_grows

This is How Your Phone Connects to a Cell Tower: Sprint Shows Off Its Network Vision
Chuong Nguyen
GottaBeMobile
June 13, 2013
http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/06/13/this-is-how-your-phone-connects-to-a-cell-tower-sprint-shows-off-its-network-vision/

A rare look inside an LTE cell site, operated by Sprint in San Francisco
Sebastian Anthony
Extreme Tech
June 12, 2013
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/158342-a-rare-look-inside-an-lte-cell-site-operated-by-sprint-in-san-francisco

A View to a Cell: San Francisco Mobile Towers Get Prime Real Estate
Ina Fried
All Things Digital
June 12, 2013
http://allthingsd.com/20130612/a-view-to-a-cell-san-francisco-mobile-towers-get-prime-real-estate/?refcat=news <http://allthingsd.com/20130612/a-view-to-a-cell-san-francisco-mobile-towers-get-prime-real-estate/?refcat=news>

Sprint testing LTE cell sites in San Francisco, we pay one a visit
Myriam Joire
Engadget
June 12, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/12/sprint-testing-lte-cell-sites-in-san-francisco-we-go-hands-on/

Working on a clear connection
Katie Meek
San Francisco Chronicle
June 12, 2013
http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Working-on-a-clear-connection-4595079.php

Sprint Beefs Up 4G Network in the Bay Area
Robert Mullins
Examiner.com
June 12, 2013
http://www.examiner.com/article/sprint-beefs-up-4g-network-the-bay-area

FreedomPop on CBS SavannahFreedomPop announced their upcoming new free phone service yesterday, with a blanket of media coverage.  Here is a selection of the stories that appeared yesterday.

Lots more have appeared since the time we did this round up.

Congratulations to the FreedomPop team!

FreedomPhone Phone Media Coverage

Forbes
Data For Nothing, Calls For Free: How FreedomPop Will Offer Free Phone Service
By Tomio Geron
June 5, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/06/05/data-for-nothing-calls-for-free-how-freedompop-will-offer-free-phone-service/
 
All Things Digital
FreedomPop Expands Its Free Service to Voice
By Ina Fried
June 5, 2013
http://allthingsd.com/20130605/freedompop-expands-its-free-service-to-voice/

Fast Company
FreedomPop to Disrupt Cell Phone Industry by Making Calling Free
By Kit Eaton
June 5, 2013
http://www.fastcompany.com/3012449/fast-feed/freedompop-to-disrupt-cell-phone-industry-by-making-calling-free

Bloomberg Businessweek
Startup Aims to Beat Verizon and AT&T With Free Mobile Phone Service
By Olga Kharif
June 5, 2013
http://go.bloomberg.com/tech-deals/2013-06-05-startup-aims-to-beat-verizon-and-att-with-free-mobile-phone-service/
 
Business Insider
How To Turn Your iPod Into An iPhone And Pay Nothing For Calls
By Kyle Russell
June 5, 2013
http://www.businessinsider.com/turn-your-ipod-into-an-iphone-2013-6
 
TechCrunch
FreedomPop Will Take On Carriers This Summer By Offering Smartphones And A New Freemium Phone Plan
By Chris Velasco
June 5, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/05/freedompop-free-phone-plan/

Mashable
FreedomPop Announces Free Mobile Service
By Adam Popescu
June 5, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/06/05/freedompop-free/

PC Magazine
FreedomPop Announces Completely Free Smartphone Service
By Alex Colon
June 5, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2419922,00.asp

CNET (Video)
How FreedomPop’s free mobile plan will work
By Bridget Carey
June 5, 2013
http://news.cnet.com/8301-33692_3-57587874-305/how-freedompops-free-mobile-plan-will-work/

CNET
FreedomPop goes freebie with new mobile service
By Charlie Osborne
June 5, 2013
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57587715-94/freedompop-goes-freebie-with-new-mobile-service/
 
VentureBeat
FreedomPop wants to kill carriers with a completely free mobile phone service
By Devindra Hardawar
June 5, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/05/beyond-free-data-freedompop-wants-to-kill-carriers-with-a-free-mobile-phone-service/

Wireless Week
FreedomPop to Sell Phones, Offer Free Data, Voice and Messaging
By Ben Munson
June 5, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/06/freedompop-sell-phones-offer-free-data-voice-and-messaging

TheVerge
FreedomPop launching freemium phone service through Sprint this summer
By Adi Robertson
June 5, 2013
http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/5/4398326/freedompop-launching-freemium-phone-service-through-sprint

TechSpot
FreedomPop to debut free voice, data, unlimited texts on Sprint Network
By Rick Burgess
June 5, 2013
http://www.techspot.com/news/52803-freedompop-to-debut-free-voice-data-unlimited-texts-on-sprint-network.html

Engadget
FreedomPop teases free phone service over Sprint’s network, due this summer
By Zachary Lutz
June 5, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/05/freedompop-phone-service/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget

Telecompetitor
FreedomPop to Offer Smartphones for Free Wireless Voice & Data Service
By Joan Engebretson
June 5, 2013
http://www.telecompetitor.com/freedompop-to-offer-smartphones-for-free-wireless-voice-data-service/

TWICE
FreedomPop Readies Free Cellphone Voice Service
By Joseph Palenchar
June 5, 2013
http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/freedompop-readies-free-cellphone-voice-service/107262

Light Reading
Next Up: FreedomPop Vox
By Dan Jones
June 5, 2013
http://www.lightreading.com/sprint/next-up-freedompop-vox/240156062

Laptop Magazine
FreedomPop Announces ’100 Percent Free’ Smartphone Service
By Joe Osborne
June 5, 2013
http://blog.laptopmag.com/freedompop-free-smartphone-service

Ubergizmo
FreedomPop Introduces 100% Free Smartphone Service
By Edwin Kee
June 5, 2013
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/freedompop-introduces-100-free-smartphone-service/

BGR
Emerging carrier to offer smartphone service with data and unlimited SMS for free
By Dan Graziano
June 5, 2013
http://bgr.com/2013/06/05/freedompop-free-mobile-plans/

Liliputing
FreedomPop launching free smartphone plans this summer
June 5, 2013
http://liliputing.com/2013/06/freedompop-launching-free-smartphone-plans-this-summer.html

Mobile Magazine
FreedomPop Prepares Free Phone Service with Voice, Text and Data
By Michael Kwan
June 5, 2013
http://www.mobilemag.com/2013/06/05/freedompop-phone-service/

TUAW
FreedomPop expands service to include free voice — but not for iOS yet
By Steven Sande
June 5, 2013
http://www.tuaw.com/2013/06/05/freedompop-expands-service-to-include-free-voice-but-not-for/

FierceWireless
FreedomPop goes OTT: gives away unlimited texting, 200 voice minutes per month
By Mike Dano
June 5, 2013
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-goes-ott-gives-away-unlimited-texting-200-voice-minutes-month/2013-06-05?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

IntoMobile
FreedomPop adds voice to its free smartphone data plan
By Kelly Hodgkins
June 5, 2013
http://www.intomobile.com/2013/06/05/freedompop-adds-voice-its-free-smartphone-data-plan/

Gizmodo
Holy Crap, This Crazy New Wireless Plan Is Totally Free
By Eric Limer
June 5, 2013
http://gizmodo.com/holy-crap-this-crazy-new-wireless-plan-is-totally-free-511301241

Hot Hardware
FreedomPop to Launch Free Smarpthone Plan
By Paul Lilly
June 5, 2013
http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPop-to-Launch-Free-Smarpthone-Plan/

Silicon Beat (San Jose Mercury News blog)
Startup Pitches Free Smartphone Service
By Troy Wolverton
June 5, 2013
http://www.siliconbeat.com/2013/06/05/startup-pitches-free-smartphone-service/

Slashgear
FreedomPop reveals zero-cost phone plan; Resurrects refurbed phones
By Chris Davies
June 5, 2013
http://www.slashgear.com/freedompop-reveals-zero-cost-phone-plan-resurrects-refurbed-phones-05285058/

TechHive
FreedomPop to roll out free mobile voice service
John P. Mello, Jr.
By June 5, 2013
http://www.techhive.com/article/2040861/freedompop-to-roll-out-free-mobile-voice-service.html

The Droid Guy
New Free Wireless Plan Revealed
By Giancarlo Perlas
June 5, 2013
http://thedroidguy.com/2013/06/new-free-wireless-plan-revealed/

SoCalTECH.com
FreedomPop Offers Up Free Voice, Text, Data Service
By Ben Kuo
June 5, 2013
http://www.socaltech.com/freedompop_offers_up_free_voice_text_data_service/s-0049651.html

Silicon Angle
FreedomPop’s “Free” Mobile Service: It Probably Isn’t That Good…
By Mike Wheatley
June 5, 2013
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/06/05/freedompops-free-mobile-service-it-probably-isnt-that-good/

Geekosystem
FreedomPop’s Free Wireless Service Sounds Too Good to Be True, Might Not Be
By Jonah Feldman
June 5, 2013
http://www.geekosystem.com/freedompop-free-service/

The Full Signal
FreedomPop offers free smartphone service this summer
By Marin Perez
June 5, 2013
http://www.thefullsignal.com/sprint/14819/freedompop-offers-free-smartphone-service-summer

DSLReports.com
FreedomPop Starts Offering Free Voice
By Karl Bode
June 5, 2013
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FreedomPop-Starts-Offering-Free-Voice-124502?nocomment=1

Android Authority
FreedomPop will soon offer free wireless phone service, starting later this summer
By Andrew Grush
June 5, 2013
http://www.androidauthority.com/freedompop-wireless-phone-222134/

InvestorPlace.com
Meet the First-Ever Completely Free Cellphone Service
By Christopher Freeburn
June 5, 2013
http://investorplace.com/2013/06/meet-the-first-ever-completely-free-cellphone-service/
 
Geeky Gadgets
FreedomPop Launches Free Mobile Voice Service (video)
By Julian Horsey
June 5, 2013
http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/freedompop-launches-free-voice-service-video-05-06-2013/

The Register
FreedomPop aims to gut US wireless oligopoly with free smartphone
By Iain Thomson
June 5, 2013
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/05/freedompop_freemium_smartphone_calls/

GigaOM
FreedomPop to start selling smartphones and launch yet another VoIP service
By Kevin Fitchard
June 5, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/06/05/freedompop-to-start-selling-smartphones-and-launch-yet-another-voip-service/

PhoneScoop
FreedomPop Debuts Free Smartphone Plans
June 5, 2013
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=12476

 

I’m a big fan of The Ellen Show as I enjoy her refreshing style and humor, so imagine my delight in seeing her open her show yesterday with a segment featuring her playing King’s smash hit Candy Crush Saga on her iPad.  She showed the audience how to play the game and even presented a leaderboard of her office team’s standing in their Candy Crush scores.  So sweet.

The Ellen Show with CCS June 3 2013

Wow, we were excited when we saw FreedomPop in the New York Times this morning, and now we have King featured in a six-minute segment on CNBC this afternoon.  You can watch the coverage here:  How Does Candy Crush Make Money?

CNBC TV segment May 16

Getting featured in the New York Times is always a joy.  This morning, we had the pleasure of seeing our client FreedomPop featured in this massive story on free wifi options:  Keeping Wi-Fi Always Within Range.

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I wrote the following article which appeared in the May edition of the Tamalpa Gazette print magazine.

Tamalpa Gazette front page

Last year, Gayle Shimokaji and Michelle Hermiston told me about a challenge they did called B2B – Boston to Big Sur:  2 marathons, on 2 coasts, in 13 days.  Finishers received a cool jacket and medal upon completion.  I love bling, so I was ready to sign up.  Problem was, I had never qualified for Boston.   With the help of Kees Tuinzing and others, I BQ’d at the Santa Rosa Marathon with 10 minutes to spare.

Fast forward to April 15th.  I was already sweating before the race began – the combination of a cold and a bad stomach.  This was on top of a shin splint that had severely compromised my training for the last three weeks.  I thought I still might be able to push myself through to a PR, but my body said otherwise.

Starting from mile 2, things didn’t feel right but I tried to keep at it.  By mile 7, the wheels were falling off and by mile 8, the engine, exhaust and steering wheel were gone as well.

The good thing about this was that I got to experience the crowds at Boston up close and personal.

A fit guy in front of me slowed down to walk then the crowd lovingly yelled – “Suck it up dude!  Keep running!”  Well then, guess I won’t walk here.  I slowed to a snail’s pace and decided to walk through the aid stations.  At least then I wouldn’t look too conspicuous.

My legs repeatedly cramped up, causing me to pull over to the sidelines to stretch.  I confess that at this point, I was completely self-absorbed in my own personal disappointment.  I realize now how selfish that sounds given what happened at Boston.

The crowds were compassionate and supportive when I winced in pain.  People asked if I was okay.  They offered me encouragement – “You’re almost there!  You’re looking good!”  Even though I wasn’t.  A kid reached out to give me a high five.  And then, another.  There were at least 15 others in front of me, all with their arms stretched out – cheering, smiling, waiting for their high-five.  They were treating me like I was somebody special – their mom, their friend, Shalane Flanagan.  But it was just me, hobbling along on at 4+ hour pace.

The closer I got to the finish, the louder the crowds became.  My ears were buzzing from the noise.  People were squeezing in to get a view – six to ten deep, on the sidewalks, on the houses, on the roofs.

I was just about to make the last turn to enter Boylston Street for the final stretch when I heard a loud explosion.  My gut filled with dread.

Somebody in the crowd yelled, “Hey, they’re shooting off cannons for you guys!”  A runner behind me said, “Why would they be shooting off cannons for us slow people?”  I agreed.  There was a group of police in front of me.  I studied their faces – if they looked concerned, then I would be too, as I knew I was running towards whatever the sound was.  Then the second explosion.  The crowd that had seconds ago been deafening was now silent.

The police pressed their fingers to their ears, listening to their earphones.  Then they ran in front of us and stopped us.  I had been in a mall shooting before and the same feeling welled up – please don’t let this end in tragedy; please let everything be okay.

I immediately reached for my phone and called my husband Dominic who was waiting in our hotel.  I will never forget the sound of his voice as he said, “Thank God you are okay.”   We agreed he would wait for me in the hotel.  I then shot a quick email to my fellow runners back home which said, “…we have just been stopped on the course by police. Two explosions. Police everywhere. Doesn’t look good. I’m waiting at mile 25.5. Will let u know.”

Then the police told us, “The race is cancelled.  You need to leave.  Now.”

A woman next to me burst into tears.  She told me she was worried about her two kids as they were at the finish line and she couldn’t reach them.  The cell phone network was now overloaded and no one could make calls.  Many others began to cry.

The streets were filling with police – on foot, on bikes, in cars – rushing to Boylston Street.  Spectators and runners walked the opposite direction.

A finisher with a mylar blanket saw me and another non-finisher and handed us her blanket and told us to share it.  We cuddled up like sisters, bonded in this moment of vulnerability.  We walked together until we found the gear buses, then separated.  I don’t remember her name.

When I finally made it to the hotel, I fell into my husband’s arms.  Not a minute later, there was a knock on the door – we were being evacuated.

We found a cafe and I was relieved to finally sit down, still hungry and thirsty.  Dominic was paying the cashier when a policeman rushed in and told us everyone needed to leave immediately.

Adrenaline surged again.  We found a bar in a residential area and waited there for three hours until it was safe to return.  But it didn’t feel very safe when we were told we needed a police escort to enter the hotel.   We passed FBI agents with big briefcases, people in HazMat suits, lots of unmarked black SUVs, and armored trucks.  Not exactly a comforting sight in front of your hotel.

At the airport the next morning, many travelers wore the distinctive blue and yellow Boston Marathon jacket.  Security asked us if we had seen anything unusual;  anything out of the ordinary.  The conversation was very serious, but at the end, the agent gently smiled and said, “I hope you come back to Boston.  We’d love to have you here again.”

I feel a sense of guilt that the spectators that were injured or died were out cheering for anonymous runners like me.  We were all treated the same by the crowd – fast or slow, family or stranger – they lifted us with their goodwill.

I qualified again for Boston when I ran Big Sur on April 28th, completing the Boston to Big Sur Challenge.  I ran Big Sur with the memories of Boston in my heart.  It propelled me through the nearly 2000 foot total elevation gain, the pounding of the down hills, and the fierce headwinds that pummeled us in sections.   Just as I was about to cross the finish line, my husband yelled to me, “Dig deep!”  I hurt so much, but the pain was my redemption.  I crossed in 3:43:29, almost 40 minutes faster than what I would have done if I would have finished Boston 13 days earlier.  My pain was nothing compared to those who lost a loved one, or those who were harmed physically or emotionally.  But I needed the hurt to help me heal.

There is a group of us already planning for our trip to Boston next year.  No matter how fast or slow I run, when I reach mile 25.5 again, my heart will be bursting with gratitude.  And when I officially finish my first Boston, it will be a memory to last a lifetime.

 

 

IMG_0604[1]Last week, I participated in my first ever Boston Marathon.  I was thrilled to toe the line, even though I was sporting a cranky shin splint and a wicked cold.  As it turned out, it wasn’t my day for running as stomach issues quickly took hold, followed by cramps and more.  My pace went from a nice 8 minute mile, to 8:15, then 8:30… Once I slipped into 9 minute pace I knew my dreams of hitting a PR (personal record) were over.  I wanted to quit at mile 8 (it’s not good when you’re already battling your inner demons before the half-way mark).  I knew I had to go on.  I had signed up for the Boston to Big Sur Challenge which meant that I had to complete two marathons, on two coasts, in two weeks, otherwise, I wouldn’t earn my prize – a special finishers medal and jacket.  Only 400 people are accepted into the challenge (by contrast, there are over 25,000 Boston marathon runners and 2,500 Big Sur marathon runners) so I was part of a select few and I wasn’t going to give that up.

Due to my cramps and illness, I was able to interact with the crowds more than I usually do.  They waved and cheered – whatever they could to keep us runners going.  Around mile 22, I had severe cramps and had to pull over to stretch out.  I grabbed onto the fence that separates runners from spectators.  Immediately, some of the viewers rushed over to see if I was okay.  When I finally hobbled away, a kid stuck his hand out for a high-five.  Then another.  Next thing I knew, there were about 15 outstretched hands in front of me, all giving me energy.  Gives me chills just thinking about it again now.

I have never experienced support like that given in Boston.  It was one of the most incredible experiences in my life.  Which makes it even more shocking and heartbreaking that anyone could ever think of harming these selfless individuals who come out to cheer on strangers, treating mortal runners like we’re special for that moment in time.

I will never forget that sinking feeling when the first bomb went off and the dread when the second went off.  I will never forget the concerned look on the policemen’s faces as they gathered together before they stopped us from proceeding any further.  I was just about to enter Boylston Street, around the corner from the second bomb.  I was quickly redirected so I did not witness the aftermath of the explosions.  I am so sad and sorry for all those who were injured, both physically and emotionally.  And I am especially saddened by the family who have lost their loved ones.

Runners are a hearty lot who face aches and pains frequently and, as Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, the bombers “messed with the wrong demographic.”

Runner Strong.  Boston Strong.

Related articles:

Endurance runners know how to face fears (San Francisco Chronicle)

Marin residents in the middle of Boston Marathon bombing (Marin Independent Journal)

Marin Run to Remember Boston broadcast segment (KTVU Channel 2 Ten O’Clock News)

Marin’s Boston Marathon Runners Reflect on Tragic Bombing (San Anselmo Patch)

Kathy Johnson by Hans Roenau (San Rafael Patch)

 

 

 

IMG_0525If you’re in San Francisco for the Games Developer Conference, you’ve probably seen King’s new branding in the JCDecaux kiosks and have seen the King candy mascots handing out Candy Crush Saga branded candy around the Moscone Center.  You probably have noticed King in the press lately too.

Last October, we threw a party at Bluxome Winery in San Francisco to celebrate the upcoming launch of Candy Crush Saga on mobile.  By November, the game was available on iOS, followed by Android a few days later.  Four months later, Candy Crush Saga is the Top Grossing App on iTunes.  Not only that, it is also the #1 app on Facebook – which means it’s not only the biggest game but it also is more popular than Spotify, Skype, etc.

King dropped the “dot.com” from their name as they are now a multi-platform company, not solely reliant on the web for usage.  Indeed, they now have more than 108 million monthly players on all platforms – desktop and mobile – and 50 million daily players.  With this growth, they are closing the gap on Zynga and people are noticing.

Check this sample of the huge amount of press they received: