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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.
Yelp Wants To Help You Respond To Reviews Yelp Wants To Help You Respond To Reviews

Yelp wants to help businesses respond to their reviews, which is something a lot of businesses seem to struggle to do in a productive manner. The company is hosting a webinar on Wednesday that will walk businesses through some best …

Facebook Announces Local Awareness Ads Facebook Announces Local Awareness Ads

Facebook announced a new ad product for local businesses called Local Awareness ads. These let businesses find new customers by showing ads to groups of people who are near that business’s neighborhood. “Local awareness ads are built to be more …

Google Display Network Gets Custom Affinity Audiences Google Display Network Gets Custom Affinity Audiences

Google announced that it will soon roll out custom affinity audiences across the Google Display Network. This will let advertisers define who they want to reach across the web regardless of device. The offering will join affinity audiences, which let …

Facebook Said To Be Readying Anonymity App Facebook Said To Be Readying Anonymity App

Facebook is said to be preparing a new standalone app that will enable users to communicate with one another anonymously, apparently not unlike apps of the moment Whisper and Secret. This comes from The New York Times, which cites two …

Amazon Seller Holiday Deals Program Goes Global Amazon Seller Holiday Deals Program Goes Global

Last year, Amazon gave Marketplace sellers a chance to have their products appear on high-traffic holiday deal pages on Amazon.com throughout the holiday season. This year, the company is opening up such opportunities to more sellers around the world. Deals …

Facebook Launches Audience Network Facebook Launches Audience Network

Facebook introduced the Audience Network at its f8 developer conference in April. This is its new mobile ad network, which lets mobile apps monetize through Facebook’s 1.5 million active advertisers. The network is now “open for business,” as the company …

Google Is Not Going To Be Updating Toolbar PageRank Anymore Google Is Not Going To Be Updating Toolbar PageRank Anymore

It looks like Google Toolbar PageRank may officially be a thing of the past. This will no doubt please some, while upsetting others, but for better or worse, don’t expect it to be updated anymore. Do you think Toolbar PageRank …

Google Insists (Yet Again) That Google+ Is Here To Stay Google Insists (Yet Again) That Google+ Is Here To Stay

Google+ has been around for over three years, and has pretty much faced a never-ending amount of ridicule and expectations of its demise for the majority of that time, but the product just keeps on going. In April, Vic Gundotra, …

Google Notes When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results For More Users Google Notes When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results For More Users

In July, Google announced that it would start telling mobile users when pages in their search results may not work. For example, if a page uses flash, Google would tell users that it may not work on their device. “A …

Google Launches ‘Bring Your Local Business Online’ Video Series Google Launches ‘Bring Your Local Business Online’ Video Series

Google released a new series of videos under the banner “Bring Your Local Business Online”. They total thirty minutes, and give businesses advice for doing just that even without a website. Image via YouTube

Google Now Shows Reddit And Others In ‘News’ Box Google Now Shows Reddit And Others In ‘News’ Box

Update: According to Danny Sullivan, who spoke with Google about the subject, the “In the News” box is now showing content from additional sources, including reddit, the Yoast blog, and other content deemed newsowrthy. This includes things that are not …

LinkedIn Shows Why People View Your Profile LinkedIn Shows Why People View Your Profile

LinkedIn has shown you who views your profile for quite a while, but now they’re also going to show you why they viewed it. The company just launched a new addition to its “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” feature, which lets …

eBay Announces Live Auctions For Arts & Collectibles eBay Announces Live Auctions For Arts & Collectibles

eBay announced the launch of a new Live Auctions feature, enabling buyers to participate in auctions for arts and collectibles from actual auction rooms from the website. The company has a schedule of upcoming auctions, which is as follows: 10/9: …

Facebook Messenger Payment Feature Spotted Facebook Messenger Payment Feature Spotted

We’ve heard for months that Facebook Messenger would be getting a payments feature eventually. Now it would appear that such a thing is closer than ever. TechCrunch points to screenshots taken by Stanford student Andrew Aude using iOS app tool …

Facebook WhatsApp Deal Is Officially Done Facebook WhatsApp Deal Is Officially Done

Facebook announced in February that it would be acquiring WhatsApp for $19 billion pending regulatory approval. All necessary approvals have been granted, and roughly eight months later, the deal is now done. Last week, the deal cleared the big EU …

Square Reportedly Raises New $150M Round At $6B Valuation Square Reportedly Raises New $150M Round At $6B Valuation

There has been no official announcement so far, but according to a report from The New York Times, Square has raised a new $150 million round of funding, valuing the company at $6 billion. The report cites a person briefed …

Netflix Launches New Mobile Search Experience Netflix Launches New Mobile Search Experience

Last month, Netflix launched a new search experience for its website, which included an “instant search” tool to give users quicker access to titles and actors. Over the weekend, the company announced a new search experience for mobile and tablets. …

Redbox Instant Is Already Officially Dead Redbox Instant Is Already Officially Dead

Redbox Instant, which was once considered a possible threat to Netflix, is already shutting down less than two years after its launch. Of course it was really only considered a threat to Netflix before its launch, which was completely underwhelming …

HP Is Breaking Up Into Two Companies HP Is Breaking Up Into Two Companies

Last week, it was eBay announcing a break-up of its business with eBay and PayPal becoming two separate public companies. This week, it’s HP. Hewlett-Packard announced that it too will split up into two public companies – Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and …

Chromecast ‘Cast Screen’ Feature Now Supported By Sony Xperia Z3 Phones Chromecast ‘Cast Screen’ Feature Now Supported By Sony Xperia Z3 Phones

In July, Google launched Android screen mirroring via Chromeast with the Chromecast app’s “Cast Screen” feature. It had previewed the feature, which automatically makes the Chromecast device roughly a billion times better, at Google I/O earlier in the summer. The …

Facebook Talks About Its Intolerance For Spam Facebook Talks About Its Intolerance For Spam

Facebook revealed on Friday that it has obtained nearly $2 billion in legal judgments against spammers, and talked extensively about how it won’t put up with fake likes and other spam on its network. The company says it’s honoring Cyber …

Google [X] Is Reportedly Working On Futuristic Screens Google [X] Is Reportedly Working On Futuristic Screens

Google has a lot of interesting projects in the works. Some of the most interesting ones are taking place under the Google [X] branch, including self-driving cars, Google Glass, Project Loon Internet balloons, smart contact lenses, and product delivery drones. …

A Lot Of First-Page Google Results Are Using HTTPS A Lot Of First-Page Google Results Are Using HTTPS

Two months ago, Google announced that HTTPS is now a ranking signal used in its algorithm. The company had been pushing the use of HTTPS (HTTP over TLS/Transport Layer Security) for quite some time, and called for “HTTPS everywhere” at …

Facebook Kicks Off FbStart Tour, Offers More To Startups Facebook Kicks Off FbStart Tour, Offers More To Startups

At its f8 developer conference in April, Facebook launched FbStart, a program aimed at supporting startups by offering them thousands of dollars worth of tools and services to help them get their apps to take off. The company opened up …