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Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.
Kevin Spacey Invites You To Eat BBQ With Him On The Set Of ‘House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey Invites You To Eat BBQ With Him On The Set Of ‘House of Cards’

Kevin Spacey, star of Netflix’s House of Cards, just tweeted this: Want to grab BBQ at Freddy's? My treat. Enter here: http://t.co/HZHc3xX7x0 pic.twitter.com/9doh9oD7rr — Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) July 15, 2014 It’s a contest to benefit the Old Vic Theatre and …

Facebook Study: Sequenced Ads Perform Better Facebook Study: Sequenced Ads Perform Better

A new study is out from Adaptly, Facebook, and Refinery29 finding that sequencing ads that take individual consumers “down the marketing funnel” gets better results than a simple sustained call-to-action message delivered over the same period of time. In their …

Google Launches Management Tools For Shopping Campaigns Google Launches Management Tools For Shopping Campaigns

Google announced a couple new tools to help advertisers scale their Google Shopping campaigns: bulk uploads and a new version of AdWords Editor. With the former, advertisers can download a product group report, edit bids and destination URLs, and important …

Google Robot ‘Cujo’ Carries Weapons For The Marines Google Robot ‘Cujo’ Carries Weapons For The Marines

Back in the Winter, Google acquired Boston Dynamics, the robotics firm known for a number of nightmare-inducing robot models, and for working with DARPA. The New York Times reported at the time that Google said it would honor existing military …

Google Deals With Novartis To Further Develop Its Smart Contact Lenses Google Deals With Novartis To Further Develop Its Smart Contact Lenses

Earlier this year, Google announced its smart contact lenses aimed at helping diabetics keep glucose levels under control. The company has now reportedly found a partner to to make them. Reuters is reporting that Google has struck a deal with …

Google Launches Upgraded AdWords Location Extensions Google Launches Upgraded AdWords Location Extensions

Google announced the launch of upgraded location extensions, which it says is a better way to display your business location in all ads. They’re linked to your Google My Business and AdWords accounts. The idea is that your ads will …

Google To Note When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results Google To Note When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results

Google is going to start letting mobile searchers know when results include pages that may not work on their devices. On a device that doesn’t support Flash, for example (which includes iOS and Android versions 4.1 and higher), Google will …

Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update

Yelp has been complaining about trying to compete with Google for years now, but recently, it became an official complainant against the company in its ongoing antitrust case in the EU. With that, Yelp must love Google’s new Google Maps …

Google’s Robots To Get Better At Squeezing Into Tight Places Google’s Robots To Get Better At Squeezing Into Tight Places

Last year, Google bought Boston Dynamics, the robot makers who created such nightmare-inducing machines as this: …and this: …and this: Now, the company is working with researchers from MIT to add some more flexibility into the mix (via 9to5 Google): …

Latest Google Search Quality Rating Guidelines Leaked Latest Google Search Quality Rating Guidelines Leaked

As you may know, Google has a group of people called quality raters, who evaluate the quality of sets of search results. Here’s a video of Matt Cutts discussing how Google uses these people: And here he is talking about …

Should Google Be Regulated Like A Utility? Should Google Be Regulated Like A Utility?

The idea of tech giants like Google being regulated like utilities isn’t a new one, but the topic is back in the public conversation this week, as Germany is considering treating Google and others this way. Should Google be regulated …

Netflix Releases Latest ISP Rankings Netflix Releases Latest ISP Rankings

Netflix just released its new ISP Speed Index data for the month of June. This time, they’ve added icons to the U.S. graph to “increase transparency” about the type of technology used by an ISP. “This should make it easier …

Demand Media Sells Creativebug, CoveritLive Demand Media Sells Creativebug, CoveritLive

Demand Media announced the sale of a couple of its properties on Monday: Creativebug and CoveritLive. The company acquired Creativebug just last year. The service provides online video workshops for arts and crafts. Think of it like a Google Helpouts …

eBay Expands Global Shipping Program eBay Expands Global Shipping Program

eBay is adding six new countries to its global shipping program starting the week of July 21: Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad, and Tobago. “This year in Latin America alone, ecommerce sales are expected to rise …

3 Discussions From Google I/O About Getting Your Product To More People 3 Discussions From Google I/O About Getting Your Product To More People

Google has been uploading video content from last month’s Google I/O event for weeks, and most recently has been sharing one-on-one discussions with various executives. Following are three conversations, roughly a half hour each, talking about getting people to use …

LinkedIn Acquires Newsle To Add Features To Its Own Services LinkedIn Acquires Newsle To Add Features To Its Own Services

LinkedIn just announced that it has acquired Newsle, a service that lets you connect to Facebook, LinkedIn, and your Gmail contacts, and lets you see when your connections are in the news. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t …

Hulu Scoops Up South Park For Subscription Service Hulu Scoops Up South Park For Subscription Service

Hulu announced that it is now the exclusive home for all seasons of South Park. If you’ve grown to love South Park Studios, the show’s website, which has offered every episode for years now, you’re in for some changes. Hulu …

Google Webmaster Tools Gets New rel-alternate-hreflang Feature Google Webmaster Tools Gets New rel-alternate-hreflang Feature

Google announced on Monday that it is adding a new feature to Google Webmaster Tools to make it easier to debug rel-alternate-hreflang annotations. These are the attributes Google uses to serve the correct language or regional URL in search results. …

Yahoo Buys Rayv For Undisclosed Sum Yahoo Buys Rayv For Undisclosed Sum

The Wall Street Journal reported back in May that Yahoo as close to acquiring video streaming startup RayV. As of today, that has happened. The company will be joining Yahoo’s platform and services team. RayV has developed software for improving …

Facebook Launches ‘Start To Success’ Program Facebook Launches ‘Start To Success’ Program

Facebook is asking Page admins if they’re interested in growing their business on Facebook. Why sure, Facebook. Tell me more. In a prompt appearing on the top of Pages, Facebook says, “Get dedicated support from a Facebook account manager for …

Is Your Facebook Response Rate Up To Snuff? Is Your Facebook Response Rate Up To Snuff?

As social media engagement on Facebook rises, response rates from brands are slipping. Brands are struggling to get their messages in front of users thanks to a decline in organic reach of Page posts, but are they responding to their …

Twitter Launches Analytics For Organic Tweets Twitter Launches Analytics For Organic Tweets

Twitter announced the launch of some new analytics features for organic tweets via a new enhanced tweet activity dashboard. Advertisers will be able to see how many times users have viewed and engaged with their organic tweets. The dashboard lets …

Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. This week …

Effective Distribution On The Chrome Web Store Effective Distribution On The Chrome Web Store

We’ve been sharing a few interesting sessions from Google I/O last month, as the company has been making them available on YouTube. Last week saw a slew of them uploaded, but Google just added a bunch more. Here, we looked …