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Abby Johnson is a reporter for WebProNews. Google: Google+
Man Brings Cooking School to Google+ Man Brings Cooking School to Google+
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Attention foodies – there’s a new cooking show on Google+. Lee Allison, who is a technology consultant by trade, had the great idea of utilizing the Google Hangouts feature on the platform to host a cooking show. The show is called Google+ Cooking School and has already included delicious-looking dishes like Hand-rolled Portobello Ravioli, Citrus Salmon with Mango Chutney and Oriental Green Beans, and Savory Crepes.

McAfee Defends Its Position on Operation Shady RAT McAfee Defends Its Position on Operation Shady RAT

Earlier this month, tech security firm McAfee issued a report, in which it revealed an attack that has been compromising organizations since 2006. The report is called Operation Shady RAT and is said to have infected at least 72 organizations across 14 different countries.

iPhone 5 Survey – 35% of Consumers to Buy upon Release iPhone 5 Survey – 35% of Consumers to Buy upon Release
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The anticipation surrounding the latest version of the iPhone is at an all-time high. Rumors about the iPhone 5 are emerging almost daily and are ranging from the projected release date to what features it may contain. While a lot of the news is still speculation, at this point, one thing that is clear is that consumers can’t wait to get their hands on the new smartphone.

Cancer Survivors Build Network for Fighters, Survivors & Supporters Cancer Survivors Build Network for Fighters, Survivors & Supporters

Social media has been very helpful in unifying people around certain causes. It’s done a great job at it too, since relationships ranging from friendships to business partnerships have been created as a result. There is, however, a new social network that is striving to take this concept a little further.

Google+ Makes Splash in Social Sector, But Will It Last? Google+ Makes Splash in Social Sector, But Will It Last?
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Google+ has been on quite a ride in its first 6 weeks of existence. It obtained 10 million users in just two weeks and is now said to have over 20 million users. The overall reaction has been positive, but since the platform is currently invitation-only, the early adopters have mostly been the tech savvy crowd.

California’s Amazon Tax Law Forces Affiliate Marketer to Move to Nevada California’s Amazon Tax Law Forces Affiliate Marketer to Move to Nevada
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After years of operating a successful comparison shopping site in California, Nick Loper recently had to shut down his business and move to another state to start over. Why? Loper was one of the affiliate marketing victims of the online sales tax law that California passed earlier this summer.

Twitter Takes Next Step with Advertising Twitter Takes Next Step with Advertising
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Twitter recently introduced the latest aspect of its advertising plan called Promoted Tweets to Followers. The move allows companies to put tweets that include special announcements, offers, and more into their followers’ streams. These paid posts are inserted near the top of users’ streams to ensure that they will be seen even if users are not online when they are published.

Pinger Says Germany Is 1st Stop in Taking Free Texting Global Pinger Says Germany Is 1st Stop in Taking Free Texting Global

Since texting is one of the most common functions on mobile devices these days, it’s no wonder that free texting applications have become extremely popular. Those of us in the U.S. have become accustomed to these abilities, but unfortunately, people in other countries have not been so lucky, until now.

Netflix: Is It Worth the Price Increase? Netflix: Is It Worth the Price Increase?
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Before last month, Netflix was loved and praised. Although it wasn’t perfect, it was still considered a great service for a really great price. This dynamic, however, changed when the company announced some major changes to its pricing structure last month.

Yahoo-Microsoft Search Alliance Is Backfiring, According to Analyst Yahoo-Microsoft Search Alliance Is Backfiring, According to Analyst
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When Microsoft and Yahoo partnered in a search alliance just over 2 years ago, there were some naysayers, but there was also some optimism. The companies hoped that it would put them in a better position against Google.

If Google+ Is a Major Player, Where Does It Leave Other Social Networks? If Google+ Is a Major Player, Where Does It Leave Other Social Networks?
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Google+ has made quite a splash in the social media space with recent reports crediting it with more than 20 million users. These numbers are quite impressive given that the site is not yet opened to the public and that it is just over a month old.

Look out Flickr – Photobucket Is Making a Comeback Look out Flickr – Photobucket Is Making a Comeback

Remember photo sharing website Photobucket? The service slid off the radar for a few years, but according to company CEO Tom Munro, it’s back and ready to compete.

Why VCs Are Against the Protect IP Act Why VCs Are Against the Protect IP Act

The Protect IP Act introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy in May is receiving a lot of criticism. The bill, which in full is called Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011, hopes to crack down on the illegal online sale of counterfeit goods.

VoIP Market to Grow to $40 Billion by 2015 VoIP Market to Grow to $40 Billion by 2015
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Internet calling and communication is getting increasingly popular, according to a new report from research firm Point Topic. The report found that voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) now has more than 120 million subscribers globally.

Zynga Has a New Competitor: 6waves Lolapps Zynga Has a New Competitor: 6waves Lolapps

Zynga brought an entirely new approach to the gaming industry by offering gaming outlets on social networks such as Facebook. The widespread growth and success of games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars show that its approach works. It has actually caused many people to view gaming in an entirely different light.

Likester Launches New Social Platform for Analyzing Facebook Likes Likester Launches New Social Platform for Analyzing Facebook Likes

A couple of months ago, the Internet was blowing up about the hit show American Idol. This hype increased as global popularity engine Likester made predictions for the show through its Likester Idol technology. Likester was able to forecast who would be going home each week based on the number of Facebook Likes the contestants received both before and after their weekly performances.

Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst
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It has been an interesting few weeks for retailers, both online and offline, in the state of California due to the new law requiring online retailers to pay taxes on their affiliate advertising. In response, ecommerce sites such as Amazon and Overstock shut down their affiliate programs in the state, which did not go over very well.

Are We in a Tech Bubble? Are We in a Tech Bubble?
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The tech space has seen a lot of activity lately. With numerous IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital investments on the rise, a lot of people are speculating about a tech bubble. It does make sense to a degree given Groupon and LinkedIn’s recent successful IPOs.

Twitter Still Reacting to Casey Anthony Twitter Still Reacting to Casey Anthony
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The Casey Anthony case has, no doubt, captivated the world both online and offline. It has even been said that the Casey Anthony case is to social media what the O.J. Simpson trial was to cable television. The big difference, however, is that social media gives people an opportunity to participate in a way that was never before thought possible.

WordPress Founder Talks Version 3.2, Security, Google, and More WordPress Founder Talks Version 3.2, Security, Google, and More
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WordPress 3.2 recently launched with hopes of bringing a “faster and lighter” approach to the publishing platform. This release marks the 15th major release of the open source platform and comes just 4 months after the launch of WordPress 3.1.

New IBM Platform Helps Businesses Feel Comfortable about Social Media New IBM Platform Helps Businesses Feel Comfortable about Social Media

While there are many benefits involved with social media, there are also a lot of potential risks, especially for regulated industries. Businesses that want the easy way out choose not become involved in social media, which is often to the disappointment of consumers.

Should There Be Etiquette in Social Media? Should There Be Etiquette in Social Media?
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Social media has, no doubt, brought about a great deal of benefits for consumers and businesses. At the same time, however, it has had some harmful effects on others. To be clear, the blunders that have occurred through social media should be credited to the user and not the platform; but the fact remains that if the user had exercised proper etiquette, the harmful effect may not have happened.

Thrillist Promotes New Model for Media Companies, and It Involves Deals Thrillist Promotes New Model for Media Companies, and It Involves Deals

How would you define a media company? It’s difficult in this day and age, isn’t it? With new media on the scene, this process is even more of a challenge.

Banjo: New Mobile App That Hopes to Take Social & Local Mainstream Banjo: New Mobile App That Hopes to Take Social & Local Mainstream
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Because social media is currently one of the hottest topics, everyone wants a piece of it. For this reason, new social sites are rising up continuously. Even though many of these new sites pride themselves with being unique or geared toward a particular niche, the majority of users are already on social giants like Facebook and Twitter. That said, it’s a real challenge to pull these users onto a new site, unless you’re Google.