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Facebook, Google Said To Offer $8B-$10B For Twitter
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No one’s claimed a sale is going to take place – much the opposite, in fact – but if new rumors are to be believed, two very important corporations are interested in paying top dollar for Twitter.  Facebook and Google have supposedly both been involved in discussions in which figures as high as $10 billion came up.

Super Bowl Sets Tweets Per Second Record (For Sporting Events)

This year’s Super Bowl generated a whole lot of chatter.  Forgotten lyrics, funny (and controversial commercials), and the football game itself continue to grab headlines days later.  It may or may not surprise you, then, that Super Bowl XLV helped set a record when it came to sports-related tweets.

Major VC Firm Buys $80 Million In Twitter Stock
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The way in which it’s done so is a bit unusual, but the venture capital firm founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz has thrown its weight behind Twitter.  A report’s indicated Andreessen Horowitz spent something like $80 million to buy into the company.

Kara Swisher wrote this afternoon, "Andreessen Horowitz has invested more than $80 million in Twitter via purchasing stock in secondary markets."

Microsoft Search Head Gets Big Promotion
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Whoever’s in charge of printing Microsoft employees’ business cards is sure to be loading the machines with some of the best paper and ink available.  Microsoft announced today that Satya Nadella has been promoted, gaining the title "President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business."

Facebook Establishes New Sales Office In Hong Kong
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Facebook’s ad sales in Asia should soon pick up by a significant amount.  The company’s opened a new office in Hong Kong, and it means to make sure local firms learn all about using social media to reach potential customers.

This undertaking might not be immediately successful.  The Hong Kong office is only Facebook’s second sales office in Asia (the other’s in Singapore), so companies could need a little while to perform tests and get used to Facebook’s way of doing things.

San Fran Tax Incentives May Lure Twitter Into Rough Part Of Town

Twitter employees who like to plan for the future might want to start researching the price of mace, tasers, and/or stab vests.  Rumors indicate that the mayor of San Francisco intends to offer Twitter a deal on office space, only the space is located in a less-than-pleasant part of town.

OpenX Launches New Ad Platform, Secures Groupon As Customer

Assuming it didn’t already, OpenX should definitely have Google’s attention now.  The company launched an updated version of its OpenX Enterprise ad technology today, and in the process, announced that it’s secured Groupon and Orange (the telecommunications entity) as customers.

New Google Translate for iPhone App Released
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When it comes to ordering food at exotic restaurants, meeting foreign exchange students, or perhaps translating a non-subtitled line from a movie, iPhone owners are no longer at a serious disadvantage compared to their Android-using peers.  This afternoon, Google released the official Google Translate for iPhone app.

More Yahoo Search BOSS Details Released
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Sometime this summer, the latest version of Yahoo Search BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service) will launch, and on March 1st, Yahoo intends to provide lots more technical details.  But this morning, Yahoo shared what many developers really need to know: pricing info, along with its search advertising and branding policies.

We’ll go ahead and paste Yahoo’s full table of pricing info below so that you can have a look at it.  It’ll be pretty key in determining how everyone reacts to whatever else Yahoo has planned, after all.

Bing’s Market Share Jumps Again
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If the people behind Bing happened to make gaining market share a New Year’s resolution, they got off to a great start.  Experian Hitwise released new stats this morning, and the firm found that Bing’s market share increased by a significant amount between December and January.

Bing’s market share rose from 10.60 percent in December to 12.81 percent in January, according to Experian Hitwise.  That makes for a month-over-month gain of 20.85 percent, which is quite remarkable.

comScore: Android Close To Taking Mobile OS Lead

This may not come as a surprise, but the end of 2010 didn’t pose much of a stumbling block for Google’s mobile operating system.  New numbers from comScore are out, and Android continued to make significant gains in December.

comScore pegged Google’s share of American smartphone subscribers at 28.7 percent in December, up from 26.0 percent in November.  That’s a big rise, suggesting Android devices were a go-to holiday present.

Twitter CEO Wins Silicon Valley Popularity Contest

If a company’s success can be linked with its CEO’s popularity, then Twitter is going to have a very bright future.  New rankings concerning Silicon Valley CEOs are out, and Dick Costolo, who replaced Twitter cofounder Evan Williams in October, came in first place.

It’s of course possible to like a clueless person or respect someone who’s a jerk, so we’re not really suggesting anyone put too much stock in these findings.  Still, they may at least influence how well different companies can hold onto talented employees.

Google I/O Sells Out In Record Time
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Whenever Google gets around to planning its I/O 2012 event, someone should really consider either hiking ticket prices or finding a bigger place to host it.  This afternoon, people were invited to register for Google I/O 2011, and within one hour, the event was sold out.

Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering, made the feat official with an announcement on Twitter.  By comparison, it took 90 days to sell out Google I/O in 2009, and 50 days to sell out Google I/O last year.

Google, EU Said To Be In “Tentative Discussions”

The group that’s fined companies like Microsoft and Intel billions of euros in the past few years might reach a less harsh solution where its antitrust probe of Google is concerned.  Rumors indicate that Google and the European Commission are holding talks.

Note: these rumors are very much unproven, with even the unnamed source who leaked them indicating that negotiations aren’t far along.  Google could still be in a lot of trouble.

Google Merchant Center Opens In Italy, The Netherlands, Spain

It should soon become much easier for people in Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain to find the best deals online.  Google indicated today that it’s moving towards launching Google Product Search/Google Shopping in those countries, opening the Google Merchant Center as a preliminary step.

The Google Merchant Center is in large part what makes Google Product Search work; it’s a site that allows businesses to submit data product feeds, ensuring that users see up to date information.

New Google TV Templates, UI Library Released
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Any developers who wanted to tinker with Google TV but felt they lacked a solid starting point should look again.  Google’s released a pair of templates and a user interface library meant to give developers a leg up on building optimized sites.

Google Celebrates 1 Million Digitized CIC Books
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It seems like all’s been quiet on the Google Books front for a while.  There’s been little talk of new partners, lawsuits, or just about anything.  But that doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening, as today, Google signaled that it’s scanned (and returned) one million books from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

Facebook Schedules HQ Announcement For Feb. 8th

If you happen to live in California and know any Facebook employees, consider saving cardboard boxes and bubble wrap for them.  The company’s poised to make a big announcement about establishing a new headquarters, scheduling a media event for Tuesday, February 8th.

Facebook Turns Seven

The social network that made a 20-something a billionaire, grew to be a mainstay of many people’s everyday lives, and became the subject of an award-winning film has now achieved something else.  Today, Facebook turned seven years old.

Google Instant Achieves Opt-Out Rate Of 2%
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The concerns that Google Instant might make incorrect guesses, act as a flashy distraction, or focus too much on quantity versus quality (in relation to results) have apparently been dismissed.  A Google employee shared an impressive fact yesterday: the opt-out rate is under three percent.

Chairmen Of Congressional Privacy Caucus Contact Zuckerberg (Again)
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Facebook’s short-lived (but soon-to-be-re-enabled) experiment with sharing users’ addresses and phone numbers with third parties did not impress certain politicians.  Indeed, Representatives Barton and Markey, Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, were bothered enough to write to Mark Zuckerberg.

In fairness to Facebook, the company only intended to share users’ data with their permission.  It was quick to back down in response to criticism, too.  So a thought about political grandstanding might not be out of line.

Google Tallies 75,000 Job Applications In Single Week
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Nine days ago, Google announced with some fanfare that it intended to hire at least 6,000 new employees this year.  Now, it turns out the response was immediate and almost overwhelming, as a representative’s said over 75,000 people submitted applications last week.

Google of course has a lot of things working in its favor, from a market cap of $195 billion to a reputation for being a great place to work.  The combination of high pay, dogs, and free food (among other things) should appeal to a wide range of people.

Google Adds More Features To Stable Chrome Build
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People who have put off giving Chrome a try now have several more reasons to set aside their usual browser for at least an hour or two.  Today, three significant updates – Chrome Instant, the Chrome Web Store, and WebGL – all graduated from the beta channel to the stable build.

Answers.com Sells For $127 Million

Over the next few days, onlookers shouldn’t be surprised if the mix of questions on Answers.com begins to favor inquiries of the "what kind of ____ should I buy?" variety.  Fans may have some extra money coming to them, as Answers.com announced this morning that it’s being acquired for $127 million.