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Gowalla To Open UK Office

Earlier this month, Gowalla made a splash at SXSW in Austin, seeing all sorts of check-ins and earning the conference’s top award in the mobile category.  Now (although there probably isn’t a true cause and effect), the company’s going to …

Yahoo Appoints SVP Of User Experience Design

Google’s sites are famous for their clean, minimalist designs.  Microsoft has managed to make Bing eye-catching through the use of amazing photos.  Meanwhile, Yahoo . . . is just Yahoo.  But that might soon change, as Yahoo’s appointed an SVP …

Internet Explorer 9 Aces Power Consumption Test
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When picking a Web browser, “green” individuals and laptop users with limited access to electrical outlets should perhaps give Internet Explorer 9 a try.  New data shows that it can beat the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera …

Facebook Hires Time Warner Media Exec

“President of Time Warner Global Media Group” is an impressive title. “Senior Vice President of Time Warner” isn’t bad, either. But the titles (and accompanying salary) apparently weren’t enough to keep Mark D’Arcy at the organization, as Facebook’s managed to …

Google Commerce Search Refresh Announced

Retailers and serious shoppers alike may have reason to celebrate today.  The third generation of Google Commerce Search (“our search solution for e-commerce websites”) is here, and it introduces several upgrades that should result in a better online shopping experience …

Leading Chinese Portal Dumps Google

There’s bad news for Google in China this month as the country’s largest Web portal has stopped using (and thereby promoting) Google’s main product.  Sina will now rely on search technology of its own rather than allow Google’s search engine …

Google Summer Of Code Applications Sought

College students with programming skills should start thinking about whether taking a long break or slaving away at a retail store is really the best way to spend this summer.  A certain search giant announced today that it’s now accepting …

Yahoo Exec Predicts Acquisition Spree
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Again and again, Yahoo executives have stressed that the company isn’t going anywhere; they’ve said its search pact with Microsoft, for example, isn’t a sign that it’s giving up.  And now, one exec has made a much more forceful assertion, …

Google Hires Java Creator

A new employee at Google may need little introduction to other members of the team.  Indeed, depending on how much they love Java, it’s even possible he’ll get asked to sign a few autographs.  That’s because Google has hired James …

eBay To Buy GSI Commerce For $2.4 Billion

GSI Commerce, a public company that deals in ecommerce and interactive marketing services, should soon be the property of eBay.  eBay announced this morning that it intends to acquire GSI for a whopping $2.4 billion. GSI has built up an …

Facebook May Hire Former White House Press Secretary
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A man who’s fielded questions about wars and the economy on an international stage might soon start to help a certain social network present itself in a more positive light.  Word is that Facebook would like to hire former White …

Foursquare Shows Interest In UK Expansion

Check-in company Foursquare may itself be on the move in a sense.  Although nothing’s certain just yet, its cofounder and CEO, Dennis Crowley, has gone on the record stating that he’d like to establish an office in the UK rather …

Facebook, Seedcamp Partner

Seven months after Facebook partnered with Y Combinator in order to provide some startups with more support, it’s Seedcamp’s turn in the spotlight.  A new deal means that Facebook now intends to help Seedcamp-backed companies, as well. Seedcamp, like Y …

Majority Of Americans On Facebook, According To Study
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s official “Population Clock,” around 311 million people live in the U.S. at this moment.  Now here’s the interesting thing: new data from Edison Research and Arbitron indicates that more than half of Americans over …

“Google Cash” Scammers Ordered To Pay $1.6 Million
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Google’s lawyers have done it again. Yesterday, the company won a lawsuit against a number of disreputable firms, getting a judge to more or less agree that they’re scammers and award Google a $1.6 million settlement. The conflict started more …

Twitter Hires Former AdSense Manager
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A man with an interesting history of making money for high-tech organizations may now try his hand at doing the same for Twitter.  Today, Twitter announced that Satya Patel, who worked on AdSense for about six years, is joining it …

Yahoo’s Share Of Search Ad Market Expected To Sink

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz might want to (yet again) take cover.  A new report is sure to rile her critics and at least a few shareholders, as eMarketer suggested late yesterday that Yahoo’s share of the U.S. search ad market …

Firefox’s Progress Charted By Pingdom

By most accounts, Firefox 4 represents a big success. It’s received positive reviews and been downloaded a massive number of times. So to celebrate the Mozilla team’s achievement and provide a bit more perspective, a new infographic takes a look …

Jack Dorsey-Twitter Reunion Rumored

Jack Dorsey, a cofounder of Twitter and the company’s first CEO, may soon return to it on a fulltime basis.  Multiple reports suggest Dorsey is in talks to become Twitter’s chief product officer, or even – though nothing’s been confirmed …

Iran Implicated In Attack Targeting Google, Yahoo, Skype
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Google, Yahoo, and Skype users in Iran should be extra cautious online from now on.  Evidence suggests that the Iranian government organized an attack focused on obtaining nine secure digital certificates related to major sites. Note that this episode hasn’t …

Groupon Hiring 100 New Employees In Palo Alto

It must be an exciting – and confusing – time at Groupon.  Even as the company’s launching sites in foreign countries, preparing for an IPO, and watching its president and COO step down, a fresh report’s indicated it’s also looking …

AOL Rated A “Buy” By UBS

A company that many people expected to fade away as dial-up connections became more and more obsolete will do just fine, according to a respected financial services firm.  This morning, analysts at UBS labeled AOL’s stock a “Buy.” That rating …

Groupon President And COO Leaving Company

Almost exactly one year ago, Groupon announced that former Yahoo exec Rob Solomon had joined the organization and assumed the dual positions of president and chief operating officer.  Now, as Groupon appears to be ramping up for an IPO, word’s …

Google Books Deal Blocked
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Barring more legal maneuvering, the proposed Google Books Settlement – which would have cleared the way for Google to scan, digitize, and distribute of millions of in-copyright but out-of-print works – will not stand as is. This afternoon, Judge Denny …