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YouTube Introduces Powerful Image Stabilization, 3D Tools
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In 1999, The Blair Witch Project caused some moviegoers to run out of theaters. Ten years later, Avatar had pretty much the opposite effect. And now YouTube seems to have learned from both developments, introducing an image stabilizer and a …

Facebook Bans 20,000 Kids Per Day
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Anecdotal evidence suggests that it’s not unusual for children to have Facebook accounts.  You even hear of parents setting up the occasional account for an infant.  But it seems Facebook does try to enforce its terms of service and keep …

LinkedIn Arrives At 100 Million Members
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Although it’s rather early for champagne, the people behind professional networking site LinkedIn have reason to celebrate this morning.  LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner announced today that the site’s reached a major milestone, having converted 100 million professionals into members. That’s …

Google Street View Okayed By German Court
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German citizens may soon have the opportunity to wave at (or dodge) many more cars sporting 15 camera lenses.  In a big win for Google, a Berlin court has ruled that the Street View program doesn’t break any of Germany’s …

Google Gets Strong Endorsement From Citi

People who are supposed to receive big tax refunds might do well to consider investing the money in Google, judging by a new note from Citi.  An analyst representing the firm believes the company’s future is bright in more than …

France Fines Google $142,000 Over Street View Data
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When Google admitted that its Street View cars had recorded sensitive data sent over WiFi networks, there were many different reactions.  UK authorities more or less brushed off the incident, for example, while Korean police raided Google’s offices.  And now …

Google Blames China For Blocked Gmail Service

Chinese Gmail users – and Gmail itself – appear to be facing a sort of threat from the Chinese government once again.  Google’s gone on the record stating that fresh connection and usability problems have cropped up in the past …

Watchdog Argues Against Schmidt For Commerce Secretary
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Last week, rumors indicated that Google CEO Eric Schmidt might be in the running for the position of U.S. Commerce Secretary.  Now, the organization called Consumer Watchdog – which is perhaps Google’s most outspoken critic – has come out strongly …

Facebook Places Launches In More Countries

A service that exists to let people broadcast their physical location has, fittingly enough, begun operating in a few more spots.  There’s word today that Facebook Places now works in Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, India, Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, and South …

Twitter May Rent Facebook’s Old New York Offices
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People have compared Twitter in Facebook in many ways over the years, and now, it looks like one more similarity between the two companies might soon exist.  Rumor has it Twitter will take over some offices Facebook used to occupy …

Yahoo-Delicious Sale Rumors Swirl (Again)
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One way or another, it’s sounding increasingly likely that Delicious will wind up with a new owner.  After a rumor suggested last week that Yahoo had sold the property for $5 million, a report’s now claimed that Yahoo is about …

Big Growth In U.S. Retail Ecommerce Sales Predicted
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Companies that sell stuff online may have a rather profitable stretch of years ahead of them if a new forecast from eMarketer is to be believed.  eMarketer thinks U.S. retail ecommerce sales will climb at healthy rates through at least …

Microsoft Jumps Five Spots In Online Video Rankings

With respect to the online video industry, new data from comScore indicates that February was an eventful month.  Sites gained and lost millions of unique visitors, causing the top ten list of online video properties to change in significant ways …

Yahoo Tracks St. Patrick’s Day Search Trends
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Today, people all over the world have donned green clothing, cued up Celtic music, and resolved to drink Guinness in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  They’ve also conducted lots of searches related to the holiday, and Yahoo provided some interesting …

Groupon May Conduct $25 Billion IPO
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The company that supposedly turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google may now plan to one-up it in another way. A new report indicates Groupon is discussing an initial public offering that could value the organization at $25 …

Google For Nonprofits Program Launches
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Nonprofit organizations that are open to the idea of adopting new software and IT solutions may want to get in touch with Google.  This afternoon, the search giant announced a program called Google for Nonprofits, and it’s designed to help …

Social Media Beats Entertainment Category In UK
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One month before The Social Network lost to The King’s Speech at the Oscars, it seems that a category of sites led by Facebook pulled off a big (and arguably related) victory in the UK.  Experian Hitwise indicated today that …

Firefox 4 Launch Date Of March 22nd Likely
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Internet Explorer 9, the newest (finalized) Web browser around, may not have much time left in which to enjoy that title.  Damon Sicore, Senior Director of Platform Engineering at Mozilla, has indicated that Firefox 4 will launch on March 22nd …

Twitter Adds “Always Use HTTPS” Setting

The likelihood of a Twitter user losing control of his or her account should soon decrease by quite a bit.  Late yesterday, the company announced a new “Always use HTTPS” setting that’s designed to give everyone an obvious way of …

Google Acquires Green Parrot Pictures
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Google’s interest in professional-quality video continues to rise.  This afternoon, a company called Green Parrot Pictures announced that Google’s followed up a recent series of moves in the space by acquiring it.  Google appears to have big plans for the …

Yahoo’s Stock Drops 5.66 Percent

We waited to bring this story to you just in case the stock recovered (or took an even steeper dive) before the end of the trading day.  But U.S. markets are now closed, meaning we can report that Yahoo’s stock …

LinkedIn Announces Feature Phone App

Smartphones may be omnipresent in college classrooms and certain offices, but the reality is that many, many people still own more basic devices.  So LinkedIn, which used to take some pride in the fact that the average member’s income was …

Google Toughens Stance On Counterfeit Goods
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Counterfeit goods tend not to make anyone happy in the long run.  Buyers are frustrated when logos rub off and products fall apart.  Manufacturers don’t like the cheap competition.  And organizations that help connect the two come under fire from …

Google Mobile Payment Service Tests Rumored
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The idea of waving your phone around to pay for something may come one step closer to widespread, in-the-U.S. reality this summer thanks to Google. Rumors indicate the search giant intends to test a mobile payment service in New York …