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Flickr’s Head Of Product Set To Leave
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One of Yahoo’s strongest properties will soon lose its head of product. Late yesterday, Matthew Rothenberg announced that he’s leaving Flickr after working at the organization for about five years. To head off speculation, this move doesn’t necessarily relate to …

Twitter: One Billion Tweets Per Week Typical

Five years and one week ago, Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey sent the first ever tweet: “inviting coworkers.”  Now, to celebrate the occasion, Twitter has shared some stats about what’s occurred since then, and the growth rate is extremely impressive in …

Google Makes Whitelist Admission
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Google’s often made a big deal about using automated solutions to handle problems.  The search giant hasn’t tried to address every single Google bomb individually, for example; it’s preferred to make algorithm changes that can tackle lots of weaknesses at …

Google Corporate Development Director Goes To Facebook

Google’s famous for the rate at which it gobbles up smaller companies, and soon enough, Facebook may adopt similar habits.  Facebook now has an excellent deal broker onboard, anyway, as it’s hired Amin Zoufonoun, Google’s (former) director of corporate development. …

iPad 2 Sales Estimates Of 400,000 To 1 Million Issued

Now that the first weekend during which the iPad 2 was available is over, sales estimates are coming in left and right, and they tend to be quite positive.  Piper Jaffray, for example, believes that perhaps 500,000 iPad 2s flew …

Biz Stone Joins Huffington Post, AOL As Strategic Adviser

Biz Stone, who could already count himself the cofounder of Twitter, a former senior specialist at Google, and a former creative director at Xanga (among other things) can now add one more title to his resume.  This morning, the Huffington …

Yahoo Sale Of Delicious For $5 Million Rumored
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Four months ago, an internal Yahoo document leaked, letting the world know that Yahoo intended to “sunset” Delicious.  Now, there’s a sign Yahoo might have sold the organization for $5 million instead. To be perfectly clear: this has not been …

Google Targeted (Again) For Antitrust Oversight Hearings
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Google’s best lawyers may want to start packing their bags for Washington, D.C. Today, Senator Mike Lee called for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee to conduct an oversight hearing, and Lee identified Google as the sole target. That means …

Google Celebrates DoubleClick Anniversary, Success

Sometimes, acquisitions don’t work out.  Sometimes, they do.  And the DoubleClick acquisition is definitely an example of the second scenario, as Google shared some numbers this afternoon that paint a picture of remarkable growth. Today marks the third anniversary of …

Gmail Gets Click-To-Call Tech
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The next time someone emails you a phone number, calling them may – depending on what sort of software and hardware accessories your computer’s equipped with – become a little simpler.  Google’s integrated its click-to-call tech with Gmail in order …

iPad 2 Weekend Sales Of 600,000 Predicted

Everyone knows that the iPad 2 is going to be big.  Huge, even, depending on your definition of the word.  And now an analyst’s estimated that Apple will sell 600,000 of the devices this weekend, twice the number of first-generation …

Earthquake, Tsunami Talk Takes Over Web
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The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan and caused a powerful tsunami has captured the Web’s full attention.  This morning, nine out of the ten trending topics on Twitter relate to the natural disasters, the top Google Trends look rather …

Bing, Yahoo Increase Market Share Again In February
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Although the effect’s reminiscent of what dental tools would do to a gigantic block of marble, Bing and Yahoo continue to chip away at Google’s lead in the search market, according to new data from Experian Hitwise.  The two companies’ …

AOL Layoffs Hit Again

This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows of the Huffington Post acquisition (and particularly to anyone who’s been watching headlines for the past week or so), but AOL’s laying off employees again.  The total number of affected …

Google Integrates Click-To-Call Tech, Emergency Results
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Score one for the whole “do no evil” directive at Google.  Late yesterday, the search giant enabled click-to-call capabilities for emergency-related mobile search results, effectively acknowledging that it’s as important for users to be able to contact poison control as …

Google Maps Highlights EV Charging Stations

The beauty of an electric car is, of course, that it doesn’t need gas. Yet a major downside is that gas stations are plentiful, while charging stations are rare. So a certain search giant intends to help EV owners by …

IE9 Launch Scheduled For March 14th

Monday, March 14th (and Tuesday, March 15th, depending on time zones and when everyone goes to bed) may come to mark a significant turning point in the browser wars.  Microsoft’s announced that it will make the final version of Internet …

Yahoo Shuffles Sales Force Leadership

Yesterday, LivingSocial announced that it had hired a high-ranking Yahoo sales exec (“Vice President of North American Field Sales”).  Now, although the timing has to be a coincidence, Yahoo’s made two personnel changes that should help strengthen its sales organization. …

Groupon-Enabled Cash Registers In Development

At retail stores, unusual payments often bring things to a halt.  Food stamps, tax exemptions, and even things like two-dollar bills can baffle cashiers (and computers) who aren’t used to dealing with them.  So to ease the burden Groupon puts …

Netflix Stock Dives Due To Facebook Movie Experiment
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Within Netflix, things look much the same today as yesterday.  The company hasn’t been hit by site outages, big resignations, or scandals of any sort.  But Facebook’s decision to let users rent The Dark Knight apparently spooked Netflix shareholders to …

Google Faces $600,000 Fine In France
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Over the years, Google’s had to appear in French courts several times, and it now looks like a recent case didn’t go so well. Google’s been found guilty of breaching copyright laws, and unless something changes, the company faces a …

Craigslist Founder Announces New Site
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Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, is trying something new – and substantial – today.  This morning, he launched Craigconnects, an initiative (and website) designed to encourage and trigger charitable acts all over the world. Craigconnects isn’t intended to be …

LivingSocial Hires High-Ranking Yahoo Sales Exec

Yahoo’s ad sales in the U.S. (along with the rest of the continent) may be in for a rough patch.  LivingSocial, the group deals site that competes with Groupon, has managed to poach Mitch Spolan, whose title was “Vice President …

Facebook Partners With Suicide Prevention Group Samaritans

Depressed and suicidal people living in the UK and Ireland may now, thanks in part to Facebook, be more likely to receive some help.  Facebook’s partnered with a suicide prevention group called Samaritans so that users who see ominous content …