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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.
YouTube Launches Design Tweaks, Emphasizes Playlists YouTube Launches Design Tweaks, Emphasizes Playlists

YouTube announced a few design tweaks, which it says are designed to make it easer to find what you want to watch, and to collect playlists. The guide now contains all the playlists you’ve created as well as those you’ve …

Google Acquires Spider.io To Get Better At Fighting Ad Fraud Google Acquires Spider.io To Get Better At Fighting Ad Fraud

Google announced on Friday that it has acquired spider.io, an ad fraud-fighting technology company. Google will include this technology in its video and display ad products as a complement to measures it has already taken. Google VP of Display Advertising …

Facebook News Feed Update Earned This Site More Likes In 2 Months Than In Previous 5 Years Facebook News Feed Update Earned This Site More Likes In 2 Months Than In Previous 5 Years

BuzzFeed isn’t the only winner from Facebook’s recent “Panda” update. Mental Floss has made out incredibly well too, according to a Poynter report. Have Facebook’s recent changes to News Feed ranking affected your Facebook traffic? Let us know in the …

Google Shows Analytics Metrics On Google+ Dashboard Google Shows Analytics Metrics On Google+ Dashboard

If your’e an analytics junkie who happens to spend a lot of time running a Google+ page, there’s good news. Google starting to show Analytics metrics right on the Google+ dashboard for sites that are connected. You can see things …

Groupon Earnings Released, Revenue Up 20% Groupon Earnings Released, Revenue Up 20%

Groupon just released its earnings report for the fourth quarter and full year 2013. Revenue was up 20% for the quarter at $768.4 million with revenue up 18% in North America, but down 15% in the rest of the world. …

Twitter Launches ‘Twitter Marketing Platform Program’ Twitter Launches ‘Twitter Marketing Platform Program’

Twitter announced the launch of the Twitter Marketing Platform Program, a new brand encompassing its network of partners – both through its Ads API and in measurement and targeting. “The companies in our new Marketing Platform Program have helped their …

Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses

Google announced that it has made some tweaks to the Google Places Quality Guidelines, specifically for business names. The changes illustrate how you can add descriptors. Jade Wang announced the update ion a post on the Google Product Forums. Under …

Facebook Ads Get Even More Targeting Options Facebook Ads Get Even More Targeting Options

Facebook announced that it is about to begin rolling out improved “Core Audiences” targeting options, which are built into all of its ad buying interfaces. These will allow advertisers to target “precise audiences” based on location, demographic, interests and behaviors. …

XML Co-Inventor Tim Bray Is Leaving Google After Four Years XML Co-Inventor Tim Bray Is Leaving Google After Four Years

Roughly four years ago, XML co-inventor Tim Bray announced (in spectacular iPhone-hating fashion) that he had joined Google, mostly because of Android. He’s been serving as developer advocate. Now, Bray has announced that he is leaving the company effective March …

Google Capital-Backed SurveyMonkey Launches New iOS App Google Capital-Backed SurveyMonkey Launches New iOS App

Google announced its new growth-stage business investment fund Google Capital this week. SurveyMonkey, one of three companies in its portfolio, just announced a new mobile app and SDK. The app is available for iOS, and lets organizations create surveys and …

Google Kills Currents, Sends Users To Google Play Newsstand Google Kills Currents, Sends Users To Google Play Newsstand

Google continues to shift its users of various news consumption products to different ones. Google famously killed Google Reader last year in a bold and controversial move (that many would probably still question) that sent users to various other RSS …

Microsoft Rebrands Office Web Apps As ‘Office Online’ Microsoft Rebrands Office Web Apps As ‘Office Online’

Microsoft announced the launch of Office Online a rebranded version of its online Office experience (Office.com, Office Web Apps). Office Online provides users with a free online version of its popular suite of productivity apps, which compete directly with services …

Yahoo Gemini Puts Mobile Search, Native Ads In One Marketplace Yahoo Gemini Puts Mobile Search, Native Ads In One Marketplace

Yahoo announced the launch of a new mobile search and native advertising marketplace called Yahoo Gemini. Advertisers can use it to buy, manage and optimize mobile search and native ad spend from a single place. The product is available through …

Facebook Is Acquiring WhatsApp For $19 Billion Facebook Is Acquiring WhatsApp For $19 Billion

Facebook just announced that it is acquiring WhatsApp for approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion in Facebook shares. The deal also includes an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units bringing the total to …

Check Out What eBay Can Do Now That It Owns PhiSix Check Out What eBay Can Do Now That It Owns PhiSix

eBay announced that it has acquired computer graphics company PhiSix, which creates 3D models of clothing from photos, pattern files and other sources. These graphics, according to the company, can simulate the actual behavior of the clothes, so people can …

Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’ SkyDrive Rebranding Is Now Live Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’ SkyDrive Rebranding Is Now Live

Last month, Microsoft announced the rebranding of cloud storage product SkyDrive to OneDrive. Today, the company rolled it out. The change follows a trademark dispute Microsoft found itself in with European telecom Sky. Microsoft’s Chris Jones writes on the OneDrive …

‘New’ Google Maps Is Rolling Out ‘New’ Google Maps Is Rolling Out

The new Google Maps has been around since May in preview mode. It feels so long ago that it’s hard to even think of it as a new product at this point, but the company just announced that it is …

Matt Cutts: Backlinks Still Super Important To Search Quality Matt Cutts: Backlinks Still Super Important To Search Quality

In case you were wondering, backlinks are still really important to how Google views the quality of your site. Head of webspam Matt Cutts said as much in the latest “Webmaster Help” video, in which he discusses Google testing a …

Google Suggests You Watch ‘House Of Cards’ Online For Free At Stream-TV Over Netflix [Updated] Google Suggests You Watch ‘House Of Cards’ Online For Free At Stream-TV Over Netflix [Updated]

Update: Since this was first published, Google is now showing Netflix at the top of the organic results for the House of Cards example. It has also been brought to my attention that nobody is really using the “watch house …

LinkedIn Is Letting Everyone Use Its Publisher Platform LinkedIn Is Letting Everyone Use Its Publisher Platform

LinkedIn announced that it is opening up its publishing platform – previously only available to “Influencers” like Richard Branson and Conan O’Brien – to all members. Now, when you publish a post on LinkedIn, the content becomes part of your …

StumbleUpon Expands Native Advertising Sales Team StumbleUpon Expands Native Advertising Sales Team

StumbleUpon announced on Wednesday that it has grown its sales team as it works on expansion of its native advertising and content marketing efforts. The company points out that Shareaholic data from Q4 showed that StumbleUpon accounted for more publisher …

Google Announces Google Capital Investment Fund For Growth-Stage Businesses Google Announces Google Capital Investment Fund For Growth-Stage Businesses

Google announced the launch of a new growth equity fund called Google Capital. It’s backed by the company, and led by partners David Lawee, Scott Tierney and Gene Frantz. Google describes the fund as a growth-stage business counterpart to Google …

Amazon Is Taking Pre-Orders For ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 DVD Amazon Is Taking Pre-Orders For ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 DVD

Arrested Development: Season 4 appears to be coming to DVD in the near future. The season debuted as a Netflix original last May. Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for the season, but no release date is given. The price is …

Check Out This Frank Underwood Portrait Netflix Shared On Tumblr Check Out This Frank Underwood Portrait Netflix Shared On Tumblr

The Netflix Brasil Tumblr shared this video of the creation of some Frank Underwood artwork set to the House of Cards theme music. The second season, of course, just dropped on Friday, and the Internet has been abuzz since. Showrunner …