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Social Media Multitasking May Damage Attention Span Social Media Multitasking May Damage Attention Span
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It’s no secret that occasional breaks can serve the average worker well; focusing on a task for too long can cause an individual to lose perspective and interest.  Only research conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco …

Google Music, MySpace Music Encounter Difficulties Google Music, MySpace Music Encounter Difficulties
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A music service that doesn’t yet exist and a music service anchored to a fading social network (may) have both hit rough patches this week.  Reports indicate that Google Music isn’t succeeding in talks with record companies, while MySpace Music’s …

T. Rowe Price Invests In Facebook, Zynga T. Rowe Price Invests In Facebook, Zynga
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Respected mutual fund company T. Rowe Price is – at least to some degree – becoming a social media believer.  Filings released by the organization reveal that it recently invested an impressive-sounding $190.5 million in Facebook and another $72 million …

Google Hit By Antitrust Complaints In South Korea Google Hit By Antitrust Complaints In South Korea
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Google’s antitrust lawyers – who were probably already working overtime to deal with threats in the U.S. and Europe – may soon need to brush up on South Korean law, as well.  Two large Korean Internet companies have filed a …

Google Price Targets Cut After Q1 Earnings Report Google Price Targets Cut After Q1 Earnings Report
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After the markets closed yesterday afternoon, Google delivered its first quarter earnings report, and investors reacted with dismay.  Unfortunately for the company, that wasn’t close to the end of things, as Google’s stock continues to dive this morning and a …

Groupon IPO May Involve Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Groupon IPO May Involve Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley
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Groupon’s plan to go public appears to be moving forward yet again.  Although nothing’s been confirmed through official channels, new reports indicate the company’s picked Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to underwrite its IPO, and there are new rumors about …

Google Falls Short With Q1 Earnings Report Google Falls Short With Q1 Earnings Report
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Search giant Google released its first quarter earnings report this afternoon, but unfortunately for new CEO Larry Page, the company didn’t quite repeat past performances.  Google failed to meet analysts’ estimates in at least one respect, and investors are now …

April 16th Declared Foursquare Day April 16th Declared Foursquare Day

According to Wikipedia, this Saturday marks the shared birthday of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Belichick, Peter Billingsley, Jon Cryer, and Martin Lawrence.  Only now it will also, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, be Foursquare Day. Bloomberg issued an …

Google Upgrades Goo.gl URL Shortener Google Upgrades Goo.gl URL Shortener

Earlier this week, Google released a GoogleWebmasterHelp video in which Matt Cutts assured sites’ owners that good URL shorteners don’t create problems when it comes to SEO.  Now, whether by coincidence or to perhaps capitalize on any resulting increase in …

Google Docs Adds Pagination Google Docs Adds Pagination
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Talk to any college students for very long, and you may find that page numbers rule their lives.  They’ll celebrate receiving a measly half-page assignment, for example, or freak out over a 40-page paper that’s due all too soon.  So …

Commercial Privacy Bill Of Rights Praised By eBay, Microsoft Commercial Privacy Bill Of Rights Praised By eBay, Microsoft
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Today, Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced a piece of legislation known as the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011.  It’s designed to regulate how firms should handle consumers’ personal data, and while that’s a complicated issue, …

Internet Sales Tax Bill Expected Internet Sales Tax Bill Expected
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Every so often, the idea of an Internet sales tax circulates, stirring up controversy and sparking debates about fairness.  Now, it’s apparently that time again, as a report’s indicated Senator Dick Durbin intends to introduce a bill sometime this month. …

eBay Buys Majority Stake In Turkish Site eBay Buys Majority Stake In Turkish Site

eBay’s international presence is growing larger in a significant way today.  eBay announced this morning that it’s taking control of GittiGidiyor, a company that was founded in 2001 and qualifies as the leading online marketplace in Turkey. eBay now owns …

Experian Hitwise: Google On Six-Month Losing Streak Experian Hitwise: Google On Six-Month Losing Streak
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As Larry Page goes about reorganizing Google to his liking, he might do well to transfer a few extra engineers to the search team. Google’s search engine of course continues to be dominant in the U.S., but new data from …

Google Invests $168 Million In “Solar Power Tower Plant” Google Invests $168 Million In “Solar Power Tower Plant”
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Last week, Google announced that it was investing $5 million in a German solar power plant, and many people nodded in appreciation.  Only it turns out the search giant was just warming up, as the company announced today it’s now …

Baidu’s Stock Up On Word Of Facebook Partnership Baidu’s Stock Up On Word Of Facebook Partnership
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The stock market, as a whole, did not do well today.  The Dow and Nasdaq stayed about level, gaining and losing 0.01 percent and 0.32 percent, respectively, while AOL, Apple, and Yahoo all suffered losses of greater than 1.00 percent.  …

Google, IAC Extend Partnership Through 2016 Google, IAC Extend Partnership Through 2016

Procrastination and a fear of commitment apparently didn’t enter the equation when it came to renewing a longstanding search and advertising agreement between Google and IAC.  This morning, IAC announced that the two companies have extended their deal through March …

Facebook, Baidu Said To Enter Social Networking Deal Facebook, Baidu Said To Enter Social Networking Deal
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Social networking giant Facebook may finally have found a way to do business the world’s most populous country.  According to new (but unconfirmed) reports out of China, Facebook’s partnered with Baidu and will help establish a fresh social site as …

Amazon Job Listings Point To Big Interest In Advertising Amazon Job Listings Point To Big Interest In Advertising
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Amazon’s been able to sell books, CDs, Kindles, and groceries.  Its cloud services have proven popular, too.  And soon, for the sake of making even more money, one analyst thinks Amazon will branch into online display advertising. Ryan Kim obtained …

Google Folds Hotpot Into Places Google Folds Hotpot Into Places
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Five months ago, Google launched a local recommendation product called Hotpot and explained that Google Places was one of three main ingredients (along with “the places you like” and “the places your friends like”).  Now, the situation’s been reversed, as …

Google Faces More Antitrust Complaints In Europe Google Faces More Antitrust Complaints In Europe
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Google’s antitrust troubles in Europe aren’t even close to being over, according to a man who would know.  Vice President of the European Commission Joaquin Almunia – who’s also the organization’s competition commissioner – indicated that more complaints are on …

Larry Page Appoints Six New SVPs Larry Page Appoints Six New SVPs
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Whoever’s responsible for printing Googlers’ business cards now has a lot more work to do.  Larry Page, exercising his newfound power as CEO in a big way, promoted five employees to the level of “senior vice president” yesterday. In case …

Rumor: Google Bonuses Now Tied To Social Success Rumor: Google Bonuses Now Tied To Social Success
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Got friends at Google who like pick up checks and let you play with their toys?  If so, consider embracing Google’s +1 initiative and whatever other social products the company rolls out, because a fresh report claims all employees’ bonuses …

(Another) Yahoo Mergers And Acquisitions Head Leaves (Another) Yahoo Mergers And Acquisitions Head Leaves

We’re not too sure what to say here, except maybe “uh-oh” or “whoops.”  Less than six months after Yahoo’s previous mergers and acquisitions head left, it seems the new guy – Taylor Barada – has also decided to quit, joining …