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Below is a selection of stories that we came across online recently and thought they may be of interest to you. The stories take in the latest digital media hot topics, trends, interesting comment and food for thought. Click on Read More to jump directly to the full stories.

A must read for business is The Edelman Trust Barometer – an annual survey of trust levels in over 20 countries, including Ireland. The barometer measures trust in four sectors – government, business, media and non-governmental organisations – and one of the highlights is that companies using online channels have great greater trust and consumer engagement. Read more

Ernst & Young’s Globalization Index measures the world’s 60 largest economies according to their degree of globalization relative to their GDP. The 2010 Index sees Ireland moves up the ranks and overtakes Singapore. Read more

A report, commissioned by Microsoft Ireland and compiled by Goodbody Economic Consultants, has said that Ireland has the potential to establish itself as a global cloud computing centre of excellence and could create 8,600 Irish jobs.  Read more

“Your professional universe…visualized,” is the tagline of LinkedIn’s new InMaps feature.  To use the new feature you need to have a minimum of 50 connections and a 75% complete profile.  Read more

According to the UN reusing a computer is 20 times more beneficial for the environment than recycling. Camara Education, with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency, is rolling out an innovative computer reuse solution, which will specifically target meeting the training and computer needs of schools in disadvantaged areas in Ireland. Read more

The ‘Think Outside The Box’ Competition has been launched.  Formerly known as the Student Enterprise Awards, the competition is open to third-level students with an idea for a new business that has got real commercial potential.  Read more

The Irish Times recently interviewed Martin Donlon, the Irishman who is lead programmer on ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ – the biggest computer game in history.  Read more

Hothouse, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at Dublin Institute of Technology, is currently recruiting 16 dynamic entrepreneurs for their next Hothouse Venture Programme, which will commence in March 2011.  The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 11th February, at 2pm. Read more

Delta Airlines has become the first airline to open a ticket counter on Facebook.  The Delta Airlines ticket window on Facebook allows customers to search for flights, book tickets and share travel plans with friends without having to leave the social network.  Read more

Designing Dublin is behind a project listing 100 exciting things you didn’t know about Dublin city centre: a compilation of places, happenings, uses, stories, curiosities and feelings. Read more

Popcap Games, whose European HQ started out in The Digital Hub, has announced that it will double its Dublin workforce to 110 over the next two to three years. Read more

A recent survey has shown that almost 70 per cent of Irish shoppers said they would use a mobile coupon service if it were offered by retailers, with 60 per cent willing to pay for their purchases via a mobile phone. Read more

Wikipedia celebrated its 10th birthday in January and is the world’s fifth most popular website. Its founder, Jimmy Wales, has admitted that the site is too complicated for many people to modify and work is underway to make it easier to contribute.  Read more

An Apple iPhone 4 has been used by a South Korean film director, Park Chan-woo, to shoot a 30 minute short film. Read more

A community of Benedictine monks living at Glenstal Abbey in County Limerick has become one of the first religious congregations in Ireland to launch its own app, which can be downloaded on the iPhone or Android phone.  Read more

The Sunday Business Post recently interviewed a number of executives, including Gary Timpson of Digital Hub-based Kavaleer Productions, on their hopes for a digital new year and their views on the sector in which they operate.  Read more

Philip Flynn, CEO, Digital Hub Development Agency, gave his ‘digital predictions’ for 2011 to digital, marketing and media recruitment agency, Prosperity.  Read more

“Payday could be arriving faster than expected”: The benefits of web 2.0 on business are greater market share and higher margins according to a McKinsey Global Survey. Web 2.0 is becoming part of the fabric of business. Read more

According to the end-of-year statement issued by the Digital Hub Development Agency, the digital media sector is essential to Ireland’s economic recovery and Ireland’s digital media companies are well placed to take advantage of the strong growth projected for the sector in 2011.  Read more

US venture capital firm, Polaris Venture Partners, is to open a Dogpatch Labs facility in Dublin, the first such facility outside of the United States. There are currently Dogpatch Labs – incubation spaces to connect entrepreneurs and help launch startups – established in San Francisco, Cambridge (Massachusetts) and New York.  Read more

Picturk, a community-driven platform where digital photographers meet consumers of digital imagery, was recently announced as the winner of the National Digital Research Centre’s LiftOff Competition.  Read more

At a recent joint Google/Small Firms Association event, the Director of Online Sales at Google, warned that Irish firms won’t recover without e-commerce. Read more

Dublin City of Science 2012 will bring together world-leading scientists, companies, innovators, students and members of the general public in a year-long programme of science-themed events that will address major global challenges and opportunities.  Follow the Dublin City of Science 2012 Facebook page for the latest updates. Read more

The IDA has predicted that between 9,000 and 10,000 jobs in the field of digital media will be created this year as a direct result of foreign investment. Read more

A recent survey has found that many HR directors feel that their recruitment techniques need to be adapted in order to attract the best young knowledge workers.  Read more

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