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Abby Johnson is a reporter for WebProNews. Google: Google+
Developers Prefer Google Over Facebook … Do You? Developers Prefer Google Over Facebook … Do You?
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With Facebook’s nearly 900 million users and over 425 million mobile, it seems pretty clear that it would be the leader in social mobile development, right? Wrong. A new study from Appcelerator and the International Data Corporation (IDC) found that developers are more interested in Google than Facebook.

Highlight CEO: We Have the Potential to Be the Next Twitter, Foursquare Highlight CEO: We Have the Potential to Be the Next Twitter, Foursquare
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Ambient social networking is taking the world by storm as startups such as Highlight are beginning to resonate with people. In case “ambient social networking” is new to you, it is a location phenomenon that runs silently in the background …

Is Cord Cutting Really Happening? Is Cord Cutting Really Happening?
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With consumers continuing to be unhappy with cable providers, a trend known as “cord-cutting” has quickly risen up. The concept has gained a lot of attention over the past couple of years especially since more Internet alternatives have become available.

Political Ad Transparency: Should There Be More? Political Ad Transparency: Should There Be More?

With political ads in full swing during this election year, a debate is heating up in Washington over a proposal from the FCC that would impose regulation on TV stations. The Commission wants TV stations to put the “public inspection files,” which include the names, costs, and running dates of every political ad in recent years on a website that it would oversee.

Flattr: The World’s Next Social Sharing Button? Flattr: The World’s Next Social Sharing Button?
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Today, social sharing buttons are, essentially, a core part of most web pages. Users “like” content for Facebook, retweet it for Twitter, +1 it for Google+, and even pin it for Pinterest.

Exclusive: Cisco Issues Response to SalesCrunch’s $1 Bid for WebEx Exclusive: Cisco Issues Response to SalesCrunch’s $1 Bid for WebEx

As WebProNews previously reported, SalesCrunch has made an offer to Cisco to buy its web conferencing platform WebEx for $1 plus equity. SalesCrunch is primarily after WebEx’s userbase but believes the two companies “make sense.”

Is Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation Harming American Companies? Is Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation Harming American Companies?

Antitrust is quickly becoming a buzzword in the technology space as companies such as Google, Apple, and others are being investigated. The Federal Trade Commission is currently looking at Google in regards to claims that it is using its search power to favor its own products in search results.

Interview: SalesCrunch to Acquire Cisco’s WebEx for $1 Plus Equity? Interview: SalesCrunch to Acquire Cisco’s WebEx for $1 Plus Equity?

This week, online meeting platform SalesCrunch made an offer to buy WebEx from Cisco. What’s interesting about the offer is the fact that it offered Cisco $1 plus a 15 percent stake in the new company.

Interview: More Than 50% of Site Traffic May Be Hackers or Spammers Interview: More Than 50% of Site Traffic May Be Hackers or Spammers
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How secure is your website? It’s a scary thought when you think about it, especially given all the attacks that have risen up in recent years. Last year, well-known websites such as Sony, Epsilon, and even government sites were hacked.

National Taxpayers Union Says Americans Oppose Search Engine Regulation National Taxpayers Union Says Americans Oppose Search Engine Regulation
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The debate surrounding search engines and regulation only seems to be increasing with recent developments. Various privacy and consumer groups have encouraged the government to intervene claiming that consumers need to be protected. Although some investigations are pending, the feds have not stepped in with any action yet.

Interview: uberlife Launches to Turn Online Connections into Real World Friends Interview: uberlife Launches to Turn Online Connections into Real World Friends

With SXSW starting tomorrow, many startups are launching in hopes of becoming the next Twitter or Foursquare. One of the startups that shares this dream is UK-based uberlife. The company launched in the UK in January and launched its U.S. version earlier this week.

Interview: New Startup I-ELLA Takes on eBay Model for Fashionistas Interview: New Startup I-ELLA Takes on eBay Model for Fashionistas

Multiple services put their own spin on eBay and Craigslist, and new startup I-ELLA is no exception. The company is based in New York, and it allows consumers to buy, sell, swap, and borrow designer clothing and accessories.

Are You High on Yelp? Are You High on Yelp?
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On Friday, popular online review site Yelp began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company had a successful first day with shares jumping from $15 per share initial pricing to nearly $25 per share. Yesterday, in the company’s second day of trading, shares however dipped nearly 15 percent.

Interview: Creator of “Annoying Orange” Viral Sensation Talks Going from YouTube to TV Interview: Creator of “Annoying Orange” Viral Sensation Talks Going from YouTube to TV

Aside from hilarious cat videos and other memes, YouTube is known for helping to create numerous Web celebrities including Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager, Fred Figglehorn, and Rebecca Black. Another phenomenon to add to this list is the popular Annoying Orange video show that involves the adventures of several pieces of fruit, namely an orange.

Interview: Tello Launches Customer Service Tool For Business & Raises $2.7 Million Interview: Tello Launches Customer Service Tool For Business & Raises $2.7 Million

A greater emphasis has been put on customer service as a growing number of consumers provide reviews and feedback to businesses on their mobile devices. In addition, companies such as Zappos have set the bar really high in terms of customer expectations.

Could Obama’s Privacy Plan Threaten the Internet? Could Obama’s Privacy Plan Threaten the Internet?
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The ongoing debate over online privacy is in the spotlight once again. However, this time, it’s the White House that’s at the center of the controversy. Last week, the Obama Administration announced a privacy plan that would give consumers more …

Interview: Skimlinks CEO on Pinterest Relationship and Affiliate Marketing Interview: Skimlinks CEO on Pinterest Relationship and Affiliate Marketing
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Just in case you haven’t heard, Pinterest is currently one of the hottest startups. In fact, based on data from ratings firm comScore, it is the third fastest growing site in the U.S. So, apparently if you haven’t jumped on …

Interview: How New Startup Nicira Could Change the Future of Networking Interview: How New Startup Nicira Could Change the Future of Networking
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Cloud computing is a topic that we’ve heard more and more about in recent years. The concept is truly incredible and has given businesses much more flexibility as well as a means for saving money.

Interview: What the FBI’s Social Media Monitoring Tool Could Look Like Interview: What the FBI’s Social Media Monitoring Tool Could Look Like
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In January, the FBI openly requested help from the tech community in the development of a social media application. The bureau is seeking a system that could help it sift through social networking sites for signs of potential terrorism, crime, or other matters of national security.

Google’s New Privacy Policy: Danny Sullivan Provides Insight Google’s New Privacy Policy: Danny Sullivan Provides Insight
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In January, Google announced that it was overhauling its more than 60 privacy policies and replacing them with one. As Alma Whitten, Google’s Director of Privacy in Product and Engineering, wrote in the announcement, the idea is to create a “beautifully simple, intuitive user experience across Google.”

Want To Cancel Your Cable In Favor Of The Web? How Cable Companies Aim To Stop You Want To Cancel Your Cable In Favor Of The Web? How Cable Companies Aim To Stop You
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The FCC has a fight on its hands between cable companies and Internet streaming set-top box companies such as Boxee. The cable companies are pushing the FCC to make a change to current regulation in order to allow them to encrypt basic cable programming.

Young Hollywood Network Talks New YouTube Channel Young Hollywood Network Talks New YouTube Channel
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YouTube’s move to back original programming on its site is beginning to get carried out as many new channels are launching. Last year, the video portal announced that it would be adding more than 100 channels of professionally produced content …

Interview: FCC Lifeline Program – Will the Revamp Solve the Fraud? Interview: FCC Lifeline Program – Will the Revamp Solve the Fraud?
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On January 31, the FCC announced a complete overhaul of its Lifeline program. The program has been around for 25 years and is part of the Universal Service Fund. Its purpose was to help low-income families and those that live …

Interview: Here’s Why Open Auctions for 2G Spectrum Are the Best Option Interview: Here’s Why Open Auctions for 2G Spectrum Are the Best Option

The war in Washington over wireless spectrum is really beginning to heat up as policymakers and the FCC aren’t seeing eye to eye. The issue is commonly referred to as the “spectrum crunch” since wireless networks are quickly becoming overloaded.