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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.
Over 1 Billion Online Usernames, Passwords Reportedly Stolen Over 1 Billion Online Usernames, Passwords Reportedly Stolen

Wow, this is a big one. A first reported by The New York Times, Hold Security discovered that a Russian crime ring has stolen 1.2 billion user name and passwords combinations and over 500 million email addresses from 420,000 websites …

AOL Sees 6th Consecutive Quarter Of Revenue Growth AOL Sees 6th Consecutive Quarter Of Revenue Growth

AOL just released its Q2 earnings report with its sixth consecutive quarter of revenue and adjusted OIBDA growth. Total revenue grew 12% year-over-year. The company attributes this to accelerated global advertising revenue, which grew 20% year-over-year. The company saw 60% …

Google Adds Features To Web Designer Google Adds Features To Web Designer

Google gave an update on what’s been going on with Google Web Designer, which includes some interesting stats and some new features. During the first half of the year, Google says, DoubleClick Rich Media ad impressions from HTML5 grew 140% …

Groupon Earnings Released, Revenue Up 23% Groupon Earnings Released, Revenue Up 23%

Groupon just released its earnings report for the second quarter with gross billings of $1.82 billion and revenue of $751.6 million. The company also reported adjusted EBITDA of $59.1 million, GAAP loss per share of $0.03, and non-GAAP earnings per …

Justin.tv Shuts Down After Seven Years Justin.tv Shuts Down After Seven Years

There was a time when Justin.tv was one of the biggest sites in streaming video, but that time has passed, and the site is now shutting down. It did, however, spawn Twitch, which lives on. In a post on the …

Facebook Outage Led To 3% Decline In Traffic To News Sites [Report] Facebook Outage Led To 3% Decline In Traffic To News Sites [Report]

Last Friday, Facebook went down for somewhere between a half an hour and an hour for a lot of users. According to CharBeat, this led to a decline of 3% in overall web traffic to news sites, and an 8.5% …

Etsy Wholesale Graduates From Beta Etsy Wholesale Graduates From Beta

Etsy Wholesale launched in beta over a year ago. Today, it has graduated out of it. As announced a few months ago, there’s a one-time joining fee of $100, and Etsy collects a 3.5% transaction fee for wholesale purchase orders. …

Gmail Starts Recognizing Non-Latin Characters In Email Addresses Gmail Starts Recognizing Non-Latin Characters In Email Addresses

Google announced that Gmail will now recognize addresses that contain accented or non-Latin characters, so suers can send emails to, and receive them from, people how have such characters in their addresses. Believe it or not, half way through 2014, …

What Happens When You Charge People For Negative Yelp Reviews What Happens When You Charge People For Negative Yelp Reviews

Historic hotel Union Street Guest House learned a harsh lesson this week, which should serve as a cautionary tale to those worrying about their Yelp reviews a little too much. Reviews on Yelp and other sites are controversial for a …

Amazon Launches Seller App On Android Amazon Launches Seller App On Android

Back in March, Amazon launched the Amazon Seller for iOS, enabling sellers to tap into various tools from their iPhones or iPads in a dedicated app. Now, the app has launched for Android. “Use the Amazon Seller app for Android …

Salesforce Desk.com Adds Video Customer Support Salesforce Desk.com Adds Video Customer Support

Salesforce announced the launch of a new video support center for Desk.com, which it claims “empowers companies to transform their customer service offerings through video.” A spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews, “Now, companies can add video content from any …

ComScore Buys MdotLabs To Battle Non-Human Traffic ComScore Buys MdotLabs To Battle Non-Human Traffic

ComScore has acquired MdotLabs in a move aimed at battling fraud in online advertising, or as the company puts it, to “augment its non-human traffic detection methods.” MdotLabs specifically uses its technology to identify bots, click farms, pay-per-view networks, and …

Department Of Labor: LinkedIn To Pay $6 Million In Unpaid Overtime, Damages Department Of Labor: LinkedIn To Pay $6 Million In Unpaid Overtime, Damages

The United States Department of Labor announced that LinkedIn has agreed to pay $3,346,195 in overtime back wages and $2,509,646 in liquidated damages to 359 former and current employees. The money will go to people from the company’s California, Illinois, …

Wikipedia Articles Not Exempt From ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Wikipedia Articles Not Exempt From ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

Okay, if this thing wasn’t already getting out of hand (it was), it certainly is now. A Wikipedia link is reportedly being removed from Google search results as a result of Google’s process for complying with the new “right to …

Instagram Brand Posts Get 3X The Engagement Of Facebook Posts [Report] Instagram Brand Posts Get 3X The Engagement Of Facebook Posts [Report]

Apparently Instagram is an absolute beast for brands when it comes to post engagement. Shareablee released some stats comparing Facebook and Instagram during the second quarter for brands in the U.S., indicating that Instagram is seeing three times the engagement …

The New Bing Ads Web Interface Has Launched The New Bing Ads Web Interface Has Launched

Last week, Microsoft announced its new redesign of the Bing Ads web interface. It’s now launched, and will roll out to advertisers over the next few weeks. With the new version, Microsoft touts easier access to frequently used tools and …

Google News Publisher Center Launched Google News Publisher Center Launched

Google announced the launch of a new Google News Publisher Center, where publishers can make changes to their news site details, update section URLs, and label sections. You can change your site name, label it with things like “blog,” “satire,” …

Union Street Guest House Charges Guests $500 For Negative Yelp Reviews Union Street Guest House Charges Guests $500 For Negative Yelp Reviews

The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York has a strange policy. It charges guests who book weddings $500 for any negative reviews left on websites like Yelp by the wedding parties’ guests. On the hotel’s Events & Weddings …

MetaFilter Reportedly Recovering From Google Update MetaFilter Reportedly Recovering From Google Update

A few months ago, MetaFilter founder Matt Haughney revealed in a blog post that a decline in Google traffic resulting from a 2012 algorithm update had led him to lay off some of the site’s staff. He wrote: Today I …

How Pinterest Is Thinking About Search How Pinterest Is Thinking About Search

Most people probably think about Pinterest more as a social media site/app than a search engine, but search is increasingly the direction it is moving in, which not only makes sense for its loyal user base, but also as a …

Square Is Apparently About To Buy Caviar For About $90 Million [Updated] Square Is Apparently About To Buy Caviar For About $90 Million [Updated]

Update: Square just made the announcement: We are excited to share the news that we’ve acquired Caviar. The Caviar team has built a seamless delivery experience that instantly connects buyers with top-rated, popular restaurants that do not otherwise offer delivery …

Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers Will Reportedly Run iTunes Radio Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers Will Reportedly Run iTunes Radio

As you may know, Apple has officially completed its acquisition of Beats after winning regulatory approval earlier this week. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting, citing people familiar with the matter, that Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will oversee …

Comcast Is On A Roll With This Customer Service Thing Comcast Is On A Roll With This Customer Service Thing

Earlier this year, Comcast took control of FEARnet, a popular channel and website among horror enthusiasts, and this week, shut both down, and let go of the people that operated them. Even the farewell note they posted on the site …

Yahoo Complains About ‘Unconstitutional’ Copyright Law Yahoo Complains About ‘Unconstitutional’ Copyright Law

Yahoo has complained to Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court about a copyright law, which it says is unconstitutional. The law in question seeks to protect copyright of publishers, and is said to “amount to a tax on search engines.” Yahoo’s position …