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Abby Johnson is a reporter for WebProNews. Google: Google+
Analyst Weighs in on New Online Poker Bill, Expresses Optimism
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A new Internet gaming bill was recently introduced to the U.S. House that focuses specifically on poker. The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011, or H.R.2366, would regulate online poker and would create an interstate licensing program for Internet poker websites.

Is Your Mobile Device Secure? Is Your Mobile Device Secure?
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Mobile devices today are used for just about everything. From gaming to social networking to banking to office tasks – nearly anything you need to do, you can do it on your mobile device. It’s funny to think about, but the phone features are almost secondary with some users.

LinkedIn #1 Social Network, Says Report LinkedIn #1 Social Network, Says Report
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A recent study from marketing agency Performics revealed that 59 percent of social networkers found LinkedIn to be their most important social network. The survey was conducted by ROI Research and looked at nearly 3,000 people that actively use social networks.

Social Couponing Is Better for Targeting, According to SocialTwist CEO Social Couponing Is Better for Targeting, According to SocialTwist CEO
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Both the couponing and the deals’ industries have been receiving a tremendous amount of attention lately. Groupon’s IPO, obviously, has added to this hype as well as the fact that Coupons.com recently received $200 million from investors.

The Changing Media Landscape – Is There a Solution? The Changing Media Landscape – Is There a Solution?
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New media has completely transformed the way consumers gather news and information. While it has created many new opportunities, it has also brought about numerous challenges to traditional media and even contributed to, what some consider, dying business models.

Is Advertising the Best Option for a Business Model? Is Advertising the Best Option for a Business Model?
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It’s no secret that many businesses today, especially in the tech industry, create great services but wait until after their service has taken off to come up with a revenue model. Twitter, for instance, is one very useful company that began this way.

LivingSocial Reacts to Recent Studies about Daily Deals LivingSocial Reacts to Recent Studies about Daily Deals
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A couple of recent studies brought out some interesting, but contradictory data pertaining to daily deals’ providers. The first study from Rice University found that the business model behind daily deals’ sites was unsustainable and predicted “tough times ahead for daily deal sites.”

What iCloud Is, and What It’s Not What iCloud Is, and What It’s Not
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In spite of all the hype around Apple’s iCloud, there has been some confusion about what it is and what it’s not. For starters, the iCloud stores user content on the cloud and pushes it to other devices, such as the iPad. While it’s great for storing and sharing documents and images between devices, or syncing information on your devices together, it is not a back up.

How OpenFeint Hopes to Change the Mobile Gaming Industry

The popularity of social gaming platforms, especially on mobile devices, has contributed largely to the gaming industry’s recent explosion. It’s clear that many consumers are obsessed with games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, and Angry Birds. Even with this growth, one can’t help but wonder if these games will stick around for the long-term.

Is There Room for Another Social Network? Zenergo Thinks So. Is There Room for Another Social Network? Zenergo Thinks So.

Although reports show that Facebook’s growth has slowed recently, it’s doubtful that the social network is going away. After all, it has nearly 700 million users. For this reason, many developers want the same success that it has had and are trying to create the next big social network. However, whether or not they can do this is still up in the air.

Consumers Bank on Daily Deals for Father’s Day Consumers Bank on Daily Deals for Father’s Day
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Daily deals provider PriceGrabber recently released a study regarding consumer spending in regards to this year’s Father’s Day. Interestingly, it found that consumers would be utilizing daily deals sites to compare and shop for their dads.

Cyber Will Be the Next Generation Warfare, Says Govt. Expert Cyber Will Be the Next Generation Warfare, Says Govt. Expert
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The recent breaches involving both Sony and Epsilon prove that cyber threats are on the rise. According to Charles Dodd, a U.S. government consultant on cyber defense, the death of Osama bin Laden sparked many cyber attacks ranging from spam-related incidents to politically motivated foreign nation threats as well.

How WhosHere Is Helping Users Connect and Law Enforcement Fight Crime How WhosHere Is Helping Users Connect and Law Enforcement Fight Crime
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With so many deals, coupons, and social activity revolving around location, it’s not really surprising that popular location-aware app WhosHere recently exceeded 3 million downloads. According to Stephen Smith, the co-founder of myRete, which is the maker of WhosHere, the downloads have increased 53 percent since the first of the year.

mSpot Details Radio Spotter and Its Impact on the Industry mSpot Details Radio Spotter and Its Impact on the Industry
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As Chris Crum of WPN previously reported, mSpot recently launched a new service into beta that combines both cloud music storage and streaming with streaming Internet radio. Although there are other cloud music and storage lockers as well as streaming radio services, mSpot’s Radio Spotter is the first offering that combines the two.

Apple Hit by Protestors for Lobbying Tax Cuts Apple Hit by Protestors for Lobbying Tax Cuts
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Grassroots organization US Uncut protested in Apple stores over the weekend in response to Apple’s lobbying efforts for the tax holiday legislation called Freedom to Invest Act of 2011. This legislation would lower taxes for corporations that sell goods and services abroad. WIN America, a coalition of companies including Google, Microsoft, and, of course, Apple, is aggressively pushing for this legislation.

Casey Anthony Trial -The Impact of the Online Jury Casey Anthony Trial -The Impact of the Online Jury
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The disappearance and death of all children do not get the widespread media attention that Caylee Anthony’s case has received. The media, and public as a whole, have been practically entranced from the beginning by every lie the girl’s mother, Casey Anthony, told, every move the entire Anthony family made, and every detail that has been leaked about the first degree murder trial.

CA Privacy Bill Defeated  – Big Win for Social Networks CA Privacy Bill Defeated – Big Win for Social Networks
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Although the Social Networking Privacy Act was a proposed state law in California, it received a lot of attention. The proposed bill would have impacted not only social networks like Facebook, but it would have also affected any Web company that connected people to the Internet, such as Google, eHarmony, and Match.com.

Big Data Challenges and What Factual Is Doing about Them Big Data Challenges and What Factual Is Doing about Them

Data has become a very coveted item. There is so much of it, but it is so hard to obtain. It is easier to get now than it ever was before with offerings such as Amazon’s Clusters, but it is especially difficult for startups with small budgets.

Prosodic Predicts How Your Social Campaign Will Perform, Says CEO Prosodic Predicts How Your Social Campaign Will Perform, Says CEO

We all know that there is a lot of noise in social media. This noise is not only a result of more social media adoption by brands, but it is also a result of bad content. Unfortunately, noise impacts both consumers and brands.

Microsoft Mango – Enough to Boost Windows Phone Efforts? Microsoft Mango – Enough to Boost Windows Phone Efforts?
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Microsoft knows that it is behind in the mobile sector but is not giving up. The company recently announced the latest version of its mobile operating system nicknamed “Mango.” Windows Phone 7.1 is said to include “hundreds of new features,” an aspect that has been widely pushed by Microsoft itself.

Facebook Traffic Vs. Website Traffic Facebook Traffic Vs. Website Traffic
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It’s clear that many sites are using Facebook for marketing purposes. The social network has given businesses many new ways to communicate, brand, engage, and more. In fact, recognized search expert Bruce Clay called the popular Facebook “Like” metric the new link.

Loopt Details Partnership with Groupon Loopt Details Partnership with Groupon

It looks like some users can access even more deals after Loopt and Groupon teamed up in an effort to help both merchants and consumers. Last week, the companies announced the integration of the daily deals service’s Groupon Now product into Loopt.

Vonage Co-Founder on the Social Revolution Vonage Co-Founder on the Social Revolution
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I think we can all agree that the world is in the midst of a social media revolution. Social media not only plays an integral role in our personal lives, but it is also a critical component in our professional environments.

Comcast’s New Lobbyist: Conflict of Interest? Comcast’s New Lobbyist: Conflict of Interest?
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Many people within the American public have, and still, criticize the Comcast and NBC Universal merger. However, the disapproval reached a new level last week. Meredith Attwell Baker, a commissioner with the FCC, announced that she would be leaving the commission when her term ends next month to take a lobbyist position with none other than Comcast.