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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.
New Google Panda Update Should Help Small Sites New Google Panda Update Should Help Small Sites

There’s officially a new Panda update rolling out. If you have a small or medium-sized site, Google is suggesting this could potentially help you, though we’ve heard that before. Are you seeing any effects from the new Panda update? Good …

Bing Ads Gets Close Variants In Exact Match Bing Ads Gets Close Variants In Exact Match

Microsoft announced that it is rolling out the inclusion of close variants in exact match for Bing Ads in the U.S. This means exact match will now include minor grammatical variations like plurals, abbreviations, acronyms, spacing, and misspellings. Microsoft’s Matt …

Instagram’s Hyperlapse Gets Front-Facing Camera Support Instagram’s Hyperlapse Gets Front-Facing Camera Support

A new update – version 1.1 – for Instagram’s Hyperlapse app is available in Apple’s App store, and it adds what must have been a commonly requested feature – support for front-facing cameras. The app now encourages you to “record …

Google Responds To Criticism From News Corp Google Responds To Criticism From News Corp

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp sent an open letter to the European Commission last week to complain about Google (something Murdoch has been doing openly for years). On Thursday, Google took to its Europe blog to address the complaints, and respond …

Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix (Including More ‘Parks & Rec’ And ‘Walking Dead’) Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix (Including More ‘Parks & Rec’ And ‘Walking Dead’)

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 …

The Walking Dead: Season 4 Gets Netflix Release Date The Walking Dead: Season 4 Gets Netflix Release Date

Many Netflix subscribers are no doubt anxiously awaiting the addition of The Walking Dead: Season 4, especially as Season 5′s premiere gets closer. You can rest easy now knowing that it should appear on the service on September 28 (Sunday). …

Facebook Reportedly Gets EU Approval On WhatsApp Deal Facebook Reportedly Gets EU Approval On WhatsApp Deal

Facebook announced its intent to purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion in February. The deal is still pending the necessary regulatory approvals, but according to a report from Reuters, it’s getting approval from the EU. The report cites two people familiar …

Everything Facebook Has Said Over The Past Year About News Feed Ranking Everything Facebook Has Said Over The Past Year About News Feed Ranking

You’ve probably noticed that the organic reach of your Facebook Page posts has declined significantly over the past year or so. Probably not coincidentally, Facebook has been running a series of “News Feed FYI” announcements since August of 2013. While …

‘Shellshock’ Bash Bug Said To Be Worse Than Heartbleed ‘Shellshock’ Bash Bug Said To Be Worse Than Heartbleed

It feels like major security vulnerabilities are more common than ever, and there’s a big one freaking out the blogosphere being referred to as “shellshock”. It was discovered by a Red Hat security team in the Bash shell. Security expert …

Google Flight Search Gets Better Interface Google Flight Search Gets Better Interface

Google announced some changes to its Flight Search offering on mobile devices to make it easier to see your options by grouping together similar flights. Google explains in a blog post, “If you often fly on popular air routes — …

Yahoo Reportedly Settles Class Action Suit Over Localworks Yahoo Reportedly Settles Class Action Suit Over Localworks

In January, a class action suit was filed against Yahoo over claims that its Localworks lead generation offering didn’t work as advertised. The suit didn’t get a lot of press, but class action news site BigClassAction.com said this about it …

Apple Reportedly Acquires iPad Magazine Platform PRSS Apple Reportedly Acquires iPad Magazine Platform PRSS

Apple has reportedly acquired PRSS, a Dutch digital magazine platform creator, which enables users to turn content into digital magazines for the iPad. iCulture first reported on the acquisition. TechCrunch shares a statement from Apple, which is basically the same …

iOS 8.0.1 Is Messing Up iPhones, According To A Lot Of Angry People iOS 8.0.1 Is Messing Up iPhones, According To A Lot Of Angry People

Update: Re/code shares this statement from Apple: “We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can,” a spokesperson said. “In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.” — If you have …

Netflix Gets ‘Peaky Blinders’ Exclusively In The U.S. Netflix Gets ‘Peaky Blinders’ Exclusively In The U.S.

Netflix announced that it is exclusively getting the show Peaky Blinders in the U.S. The first season will become available at the end of the month thanks to a deal with The Weinstein Company and Endemol. The second season will …

Amazon To Expand Hardware Unit, Get Into Home Devices Amazon To Expand Hardware Unit, Get Into Home Devices

Amazon will reportedly invest $55 million in its Lab126 hardware unit’s operations in Sunnyvale and Cupertino, and expand its staff by 3,757 people or 27 percent by 2019. That is according to a report from Reuters, which cites a “little-known …

Optimizing Google Shopping Campaigns For Christmas Optimizing Google Shopping Campaigns For Christmas

You’re right. It’s not even October yet, but the holiday shopping season is pretty much here. It’s time to start thinking about preparing for it. Google recently hosted a Hangout on Air to give advertisers tips on optimizing their Shopping …

Google Cloud Platform Opens Up HTTP Load Balancing Google Cloud Platform Opens Up HTTP Load Balancing

A few months ago, Google unveiled HTTP load balancing for Google Cloud Platform. It was made available to certain customers who signed up for it, but it’s now open for preview to all customers. HTTP load balancing has been added …

Netflix Announces New Popples (Yes, Popples) Series Netflix Announces New Popples (Yes, Popples) Series

If you’re a child of the 80s, you know what Popples are. They’re adorable little stuffed animal-like things that roll up into balls. I think I was in kindergarten or something when they came out. It was also a Saturday …

Amazon Lets You Add To Your Wishlist With A Twitter Hashtag Amazon Lets You Add To Your Wishlist With A Twitter Hashtag

Amazon announced #AmazonWishList, which enables users to add items to their Amazon Wish List right from Twitter. If you see a Tweet with an Amazon product link in it, you can just add that hashtag to a reply, and the …

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Service Hits The UK Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Service Hits The UK

Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited in the United States in July. It’s basically like a Netflix for reading. Subscribers pay $9.99 a month for unlimited access to over 600,000 eBooks and thousands of audio books, which can be read or listened …

Bing Adds A Couple Features For iOS 8 Bing Adds A Couple Features For iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8 last week, and many apps are adding features that take advantage of its specific capabilities. These include Microsoft’s Bing app, which has added a new translation feature and the ability to put Bing’s daily homepage image …

Bing Ads Lets You Share Negative Keyword Lists Among Campaigns Bing Ads Lets You Share Negative Keyword Lists Among Campaigns

Microsoft announced that you can now share negative keyword lists between campaigns in Bing Ads. You can do this with the Bing Ads Editor, the web interface, or the API. “Gone are the days of manually copying negative keywords between …

Square Register To Accept Bitcoin, Apple Pay [Report] Square Register To Accept Bitcoin, Apple Pay [Report]

Square will reportedly enable its register service for businesses to accept more payment types including Bitcoin and Apple Pay. The company made its plans known in Canada this week. Wired reports: He [CEO Jack Dorsey] says that Square is building …

PayPal Announces Support For Bitcoin Processors PayPal Announces Support For Bitcoin Processors

PayPal announced that it will now let merchants accept Bitcoin payments by way of processors BitPay, Coinbase, and GoCoin, which it says have taken steps to ensure customer protection. It will enable this via the PayPal Payments Hub in North …