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Stuxnet Debate Continues: How Should Cyberweapons Be Used? Stuxnet Debate Continues: How Should Cyberweapons Be Used?
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When the revealing news regarding the Stuxnet computer worm came out, much controversy pursued as a result. David Sanger of the New York Times exposed the information as part of the much larger U.S. “Olympic Games” initiative and has now …

If You’re Trying to Meet Real Goals, New Tool Goalee Could Help If You’re Trying to Meet Real Goals, New Tool Goalee Could Help
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With so many new social services rising up, it’s hard to keep them all straight, let alone, take the time to try each of them out. However, one new social service takes a little different approach by aggregating data from …

Who Will Win the Social Search Engine War? Facebook, Google, Or Someone Else? Who Will Win the Social Search Engine War? Facebook, Google, Or Someone Else?
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The search industry has witnessed multiple changes over the past couple of years. Among the most notable changes are social, mobile, and local being integrated into search results. While each of these play a big role in the search evolution …

The Secret to ‘Monetizing Online Forums’ The Secret to ‘Monetizing Online Forums’
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With all the social media hype around Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, online forums are not usually at the top of the list. Ironically though, they are at the very root of social media. They may not get as much attention …

What If Your Smartphone Could Detect Your Behavior – Cool or Freaky? What If Your Smartphone Could Detect Your Behavior – Cool or Freaky?
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As technology has advanced and smartphones have become ubiquitous, we’ve seen the rise of some very interesting applications. Many of these apps make our lives easier, help us make decisions, and even offer up some fun and games. At SXSW …

Could “Bad Ads” Destroy the Web’s Revenue Model? Could “Bad Ads” Destroy the Web’s Revenue Model?
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It’s no secret that most consumers aren’t exactly fond of online ads, especially pop-up ones. While there are some very “bad ads” that could result in serious damage to consumers, a lot of online advertisements are perfectly safe and actually …

The U.N.’s War on the Internet: Could the Web Lose? The U.N.’s War on the Internet: Could the Web Lose?
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A lot of speculation has been floating around about a proposal from the United Nations that could impose a global Internet tax on the world’s largest content providers. Based on leaked documents from the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) …

Does Facebook Have What It Takes to Succeed in Advertising? Does Facebook Have What It Takes to Succeed in Advertising?
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Can Facebook build a strong revenue model out of its advertising platform? This is the big question that a lot of people are asking of late, especially given the social giant’s IPO fiasco. With its more than 900 million users, it’s clear that consumers are fond of the service. However, the question of how Facebook can monetize all these users is the big concern now, especially since it must deal with Wall Street and investors.

Could Songza Kill Pandora and Even Spotify? Could Songza Kill Pandora and Even Spotify?
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Although Songza has been around since 2007, the Internet radio service is gaining a lot of attention of late for the tremendous growth it has been receiving. It recently became the #1 free app on iTunes for the iPad and …

Startup Act 2.0: Is Immigration Reform Vital in Moving Innovation Forward? Startup Act 2.0: Is Immigration Reform Vital in Moving Innovation Forward?
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With the economy weighing heavy on everyone’s mind this election season, legislators are hoping it will help them pass a new initiative. The bill is called Startup Act 2.0 and is designed to spark new businesses and jobs. What does …

Blogger Reality Steve Settles With ABC, Says Spoilers Will Continue Blogger Reality Steve Settles With ABC, Says Spoilers Will Continue
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Are you a fan of the hit ABC shows Bachelor, Bachelorette, or Bachelor Pad? If so, you’re more than likely aware of Steve Carbone, AKA Reality Steve, the popular blogger who provides exclusive details and spoilers about the shows and …

Is Social Media Hurting Our Culture? Is Social Media Hurting Our Culture?
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With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other popular social websites woven into both our personal and business lives, it is clear that society has become dependent on social media. Technology companies and marketers are, of course, advocating this dependence since it …

How Good Is Netflix’s Streaming Plan? NY Man Puts It to the Test How Good Is Netflix’s Streaming Plan? NY Man Puts It to the Test
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If you’re trying to get the most for your money, New York comedian and filmmaker Mark Malkoff has a solution. Although it could cost you your day job, you could rest assured that the $7.99 you pay each month for …

Exclusive: What Cloudee Really Means for Boxee Exclusive: What Cloudee Really Means for Boxee

Boxee, the company known for creating the software that lets users access online video through their TVs, introduced a new initiative this week that indicates it has big plans for the future. The new service is called Cloudee and is a mobile app that allows users to create, share, and store their own video content in the cloud.

Gooey Search: We Can Make Google Search Better Gooey Search: We Can Make Google Search Better

Have you ever been in the position in which you needed to conduct a search but couldn’t find the words that were suitable to query? If so, software company Visual Purple hopes to help through an effort it calls Gooey Search. WebProNews writer Chris Crum first told you about the Gooey Search project a couple of weeks ago, but we recently spoke with Ed Heinbockel, the President and Founder Visual Purple, to find out more about the concept.

Fundable: Helping Startups Become Reality with Crowdfunding Fundable: Helping Startups Become Reality with Crowdfunding

There’s a new startup on the scene that hopes to help other startups take off. The company is called Fundable, and although it looks similar to Kickstarter, it operates on very different approach that takes advantage of the JOBS Act. …

Is Mark Zuckerberg To Blame For Facebook’s IPO Fiasco? Is Mark Zuckerberg To Blame For Facebook’s IPO Fiasco?
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Despite all the hype leading up to Facebook’s IPO, the circumstances abruptly changed after the company’s public debut. The stock was priced at $38 per share, which valued the company at $104 billion. At this rate, Facebook became the third largest public offering in the history of the United States, behind General Motors and Visa.

Can Search Save Yahoo? Can Search Save Yahoo?
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To say that Yahoo has had its share of problems in the past few years is an understatement. The most recent news of the now former CEO Scott Thompson and his resume scandal has only added to the disorder surrounding …

Are Data Caps Bad, Or Are They Justifiable? Are Data Caps Bad, Or Are They Justifiable?
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How do you feel about data caps? I think it’s safe to assume that most people aren’t in favor of them, which is why many public interest groups are speaking out against them. Several of these groups have reached out to lawmakers and the FCC asking that they investigate data caps.

Is DuckDuckGo Gaining Ground on Google? Is DuckDuckGo Gaining Ground on Google?
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In recent years, the search industry has not changed a lot in terms of large players. Google has maintained the leader position with its ownership of nearly 70 percent of search market share. The #2 and #3 spots have changed slightly after the Microsoft-Yahoo Search Alliance in 2009. According to the most recent Experian-Hitwise statistics, Bing-powered search has risen to 30 percent.

What the Next Wave of Online Video Holds What the Next Wave of Online Video Holds

Do you remember when online video first began to take off? In its infancy, it was very simplistic and mostly consisted of marketing promotions. If you fast-forward to today, online video is a completely different story. Now, it is of …