links for 2010-05-07

  • Facebook is preparing to launch location-based status updates for its users. But the social network is also planning to offer it to marketers, including McDonald's.

    As early as this month, the social-networking site will give users the ability to post their location within a status update. McDonald's, through digital agency Tribal DDB, Chicago, is building an app with Facebook would allow users to check in at one of its restaurants and have a featured product appear in the post, such as an Angus Quarter Pounder, say executives close to the deal.

  • Since the iPad went on sale a month ago, Apple has sold 1 million units, and users have downloaded an average of 12 apps per device, choosing from 5,000 available apps.

    Apple did not sell 1 million iPods until a year-and-a-half after its release, and it took two-and-a-half months to sell a million iPhone units.

    Happy News for Magazines

    The numbers may portend good things for the magazine publishing industry. Zinio, a company that offers digital versions of print magazines, says that its Magazine Newsstand and Reader was the No. 1 free news app downloaded by iPad owners, writes MediaPost. (via MediaBuyerPlanner).

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