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Emoji as Language, Code, Communication: No Longer a Cute Embellishment

Over time a myriad of communication methodologies or “languages” have developed. There was an assortment of glyph symbols from many ancient cultures around the world. Then written languages with various alphabets were developed. Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian languages began as pictographs. Arabic, Persian (or Farsee), etc. evolved from the earlier Semitic languages of the Middle East (too numerous to list). Of course there were Greek and Latin which served as roots for many of today’s modern languages, and of course there are many other languages I haven’t mentioned.

Podcast Consumption on The Rise

One in three podcast listeners expect to increase their podcast consumption over the next six months, following a similar increase in their behavior in the past six months. The results were revealed as part of comScore’s first-of-its-kind study dedicated to podcasting, commissioned by audio on-demand network Wondery. Nearly one in five Americans aged 18-49 report listening to podcasts at least once a month, while nearly one in three men 18-34 do so. Compared to the average consumer, podcast listeners are more likely to have a college or higher education, $100k+ household income, and to be early adopters in multiple categories including movies, electronics and CPG.

New Study Uncovers Consumer Behaviors Realted to Mobile Applications

To better understand the consumer mobile experience and its implications for marketers, Millward Brown Digital examined the drivers of mobile app and browser preference in media consumption and shopping behavior within the travel, financial services, telecom, and consumer electronics categories.

70% of American Adults Have a High-speed Broadband Connection at Home

Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The survey also found that 3% of American adults go online at home via dial-up connections.

Spear-Phishing E-mail with Missing Children Theme

The FBI has become aware of a spear-phishing e-mail made to appear as if it were from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The subject of the e-mail is “Search for Missing Children,” and a zip file containing 3 malicious files is attached. E-mail recipients should never open attachments or click links in suspicious e-mails.  

India Boasts World’s Second Fastest Growing Online Population

comScore, Inc. today released the 2013 India Digital Future in Focus report. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the Indian market and identifies the prevailing trends in web usage, online video, social networking and online advertising that are defining the Indian online landscape. Plus, a special spotlight covering online market trends in Online Retail, Travel, Entertainment, Real Estate, News and Information.

More Than Half of Teens are App Privacy Savvy

As teens gain access to mobile devices, they have embraced app downloading. But many teen apps users have taken steps to uninstall or avoid apps over concern about their privacy. Location information is considered especially sensitive to teen girls, as a majority of them have disabled location tracking features on cell phones and in apps because they are worried about others’ access to that information.

July 2013 U.S. Online Video Rankings

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 187 million Americans watched more than 48 billion online content videos in July, while the number of video ad views totaled 19.6 billion.

NMI Announces Winners in 2013 New Media Awards – Recognizing Achievements in New Media Communications

Today, the New Media Institute announced the winners of its 2013 New Media Awards. Websites, mobile applications, videos and social media pages were recognized for achievements in new media communications. Winners of the 2013 New Media Awards can be found here:  

Teens Tend to Figure Out Privacy Concerns Themselves

Many teens ages 12-17 report that they usually figure out how to manage content sharing and privacy settings on their own. Focus group interviews with teens suggest that for their day-to-day privacy management, teens are guided through their choices in the app or platform when they sign up, or find answers through their own searching and use of their preferred platform.

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