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Abby Johnson is a reporter for WebProNews. Google: Google+
Yahoo and Its Unfortunate Demise Yahoo and Its Unfortunate Demise
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What happened to Yahoo? The Internet company that used to be feared by the likes of Google and Microsoft is now said to be dying. Yahoo’s recent years have brought it a search deal with its longtime competitor Microsoft, multiple changes with management, massive layoffs, and the shut down of many properties.

Technorati Changes Its Direction with New CEO & CTO Technorati Changes Its Direction with New CEO & CTO

Technorati has undergone many changes over the past few years. The company began as a blog search engine but has transitioned into a social media ad network. While the blog search engine is still part of the company, the ad network side plays a much larger role.

What Happens When You Sue Facebook? Ask Lamebook What Happens When You Sue Facebook? Ask Lamebook
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How many times have you laughed out loud, literally, or, on the other hand, shook your head in disgust over your friends’ status updates on Facebook? I’m not usually a gambler, but I would bet that everyone is recalling specific instances right about now.

American Idol Predictions from Likester American Idol Predictions from Likester
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Did you watch American Idol last night? If not, here’s my amateur recap: James rocked the house, as usual; Scotty had the girls swooning, again, as usual; Lauren won the judges over with both her song selections; and Haley, although criticized for her first song choice by Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, came back and showed her determination to win in her second performance.

Local.com Adds Deals Service, Location Data, & Ad Unit to Its Offerings Local.com Adds Deals Service, Location Data, & Ad Unit to Its Offerings

Local search is quickly turning into the first place that people go when they search for information online. In fact, it is impacting users so much that search veteran Bruce Clay actually predicted that Google would become a local search engine. He said this to us back in November, “Two years from now, Google will be, predominantly, a local search engine.”

Google Patent Reveals Clues about its Social Strategy Google Patent Reveals Clues about its Social Strategy
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With as much success as Google has had, it is somewhat surprising that it has not been very fortunate in the social media area. It has had many attempts that have either been shut down or consolidated into other efforts, but the company has made it clear that it is not giving up on social media.

Google AdSense Alternative? Lijit Thinks So. Google AdSense Alternative? Lijit Thinks So.
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Not surprisingly, many businesses use Google’s AdSense platform to make money. It has given many publishers a tried-and-true monetization model to fall back on, so they can focus on the editorial side of the business.

Hey Facebook, Fix Your Takedown Notice Practices! Hey Facebook, Fix Your Takedown Notice Practices!
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It seems like Facebook can’t catch a break lately. Between legal issues from accused spammer David Fagin and minor Justin Nastro, the search network is also catching a bit of flack after it took down pages of some popular tech sites. Ars Technica and Redmond Pie were among the Facebook pages taken down based on copyright infringement claims.

Gamers More Social Than Non-Gamers, According to Study Gamers More Social Than Non-Gamers, According to Study

Most gamers are thought to be people that live in their parents’ basement, drink Mountain Dew and energy drinks, and play video games until the wee hours of the morning. But, a new study from Mocospace reveals information that debunks this theory. The mobile social network conducted a survey and found that gamers are actually more social than non-gamers.

Social Media Disasters: The Do’s and the Don’ts Social Media Disasters: The Do’s and the Don’ts
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There are numerous examples in which companies really messed up on social media. For instance, remember Apple’s Antennagate incident or BP’s response to the Gulf oil spill? Both of these incidents resulted in a negative outcry toward both companies on social media channels.

Exclusive Interview with Man Who Is Suing Facebook over Customer Support Exclusive Interview with Man Who Is Suing Facebook over Customer Support
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In terms of the Internet, calling someone a spammer is about the lowest jab a person can give, especially if the accused denies the claims. David Fagin, an AOL News writer and musician, recently became very familiar with this type of scenario after Facebook accused him of being a spammer.

Facebook’s Security Tools – Are They Enough? Facebook’s Security Tools – Are They Enough?
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Facebook has received numerous complaints over privacy, especially in the past year. Both consumers and privacy organizations have expressed their frustration with the social giant, and in one instance last year, even filed a complaint with the FTC.

Social Search – Blekko’s More Aggressive Approach Social Search – Blekko’s More Aggressive Approach
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It’s no secret that search and social are overlapping more and more. In fact, Ted Ulle of Converseon told us last year that he believed the two would eventually unite and be called something like, integrated media marketing, or IMM.

Copyright Infringement and Blogging Copyright Infringement and Blogging
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If you’re like most people, legal jargon either makes your eyes glaze over or makes you instantly lose your focus. I mean, there is a reason why law school has the reputation of being difficult, right? But, it is important to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing, especially in regards to blogging.

Are Success and a Personal Life Too Much to Ask? Are Success and a Personal Life Too Much to Ask?

It’s human nature to strive for success. However, it’s also perfectly natural for people to want a personal life. Because professional and personal lives are both very time-consuming, finding a balance between the two is a very big challenge.

Keepio to Threaten eBay and Craigslist? Keepio to Threaten eBay and Craigslist?
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We all know about eBay and Craigslist, but now there is new startup that hopes to shake up the commerce space. It is called Keepio, and it allows users to buy, sell, and trade while utilizing the social graph.

ShareAndTell to Become New Sharing Button? ShareAndTell to Become New Sharing Button?
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With nearly every web page incorporating multiple social sharing capabilities, it is safe to say that peer-to-peer sharing has become extremely valuable. We also know that consumers, typically, prefer recommendations from peers as opposed to brands.

As Mobile Tagging Grows, So Do Business Opportunities As Mobile Tagging Grows, So Do Business Opportunities
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Have you noticed that the boxes filled with oddly shaped code are starting to appear more and more? These mobile tags create a digital experience in a physical world. The industry is growing rapidly as more industries embrace the space.

Opponents Say McCain-Kerry Bill Would Limit the Internet Opponents Say McCain-Kerry Bill Would Limit the Internet
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A new privacy bill introduced earlier this week has a lot of people talking. The bipartisan proposal introduced by Senators McCain and Kerry would create the nation’s first comprehensive privacy law.

The State of the Location Industry The State of the Location Industry
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The location industry has seen a lot of growth over the last year or so. Not only have more location-based services emerged, but some of the early players have also matured as businesses. In the past year, we’ve seen Facebook enter the market with Places and Foursquare hitting 8 million users.

New Platform to Help Brands Curate Social Content New Platform to Help Brands Curate Social Content

With all the content online, it is hard for businesses to sort through all the noise and find what they really want. As a result, many content curation services have risen up to help serve this need.

As Net Neutrality Battle Builds, Other Concerns Rise As Net Neutrality Battle Builds, Other Concerns Rise

Although the issue of net neutrality has never been small, it has grown into a very large, complicated matter with more concerns rising frequently. It has actually developed into a political issue with outspoken parties on both sides.

Adobe Launches Creative Suite 5.5 Adobe Launches Creative Suite 5.5

Today, Adobe announced a new version of its popular Creative Suite software. The company has always aimed to enable Web designers and developers to produce quality products and the new Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium is no exception.

Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights: Yay or Nay? Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights: Yay or Nay?
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With all the privacy concerns over the last year, it is not really surprising that Social Networking User Bill of Rights have been proposed. Although the idea of this type of Bill of Rights has been around for some time, no idea has ever had the power to stick.