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Drew Bowling is a staff writer for WebProNews. He never met an all-you-can-eat buffet he didn't like. Twitter: @bentfortherent Google: +Drew Bowling
Dejected iGoogle Users Create Petitions to Save the Doomed Product Dejected iGoogle Users Create Petitions to Save the Doomed Product
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Since Google announced that it’s going to be closing down its personalized homepage product, iGoogle, not everybody has been welcoming of that news. In fact, some are downright angry and upset. Since Google slipped the announcement through Tuesday afternoon, Search …

Every Tech Company Is Dying to Put Computers on Your Face Every Tech Company Is Dying to Put Computers on Your Face
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Thanks, Google. Thanks a lot. Because of you, the race for novel gadgetry has been escalated to include the very personal landscape we all call “face.” It was bad enough trying to juggle computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets, but you …

Microsoft adCenter Now Let’s You Rotate Only Ads With the Most Clicks Microsoft adCenter Now Let’s You Rotate Only Ads With the Most Clicks
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In order to help marketers to amass more clicks from targeted ads, Microsoft adCenter has announced a new feature today called Ad Rotation. The new tool will allow advertisers to select from two ad-serving options so you can either rotate …

See Street Maps As Awesome Mondrian-like Art See Street Maps As Awesome Mondrian-like Art

The graphic design warlocks at Stamen Design have come up with another awesome production that demonstrates how cartography really can be a gorgeous work of art. Using this map of London’s Kerning as inspiration, the studio conjured up several different …

Jimmy Wales Got a Little Testy with Reporters About the O’Dwyer Case Jimmy Wales Got a Little Testy with Reporters About the O’Dwyer Case
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In spite of what appeared to be a decision from the United Kingdom’s Home Office to continue with the extradition of accused copyright-infringer Richard O’Dwyer to the United States, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales maintains that reports of the Home Office’s …

Does Anyone Actually Agree on What Do Not Track Means? Does Anyone Actually Agree on What Do Not Track Means?
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If you’ve been following issues regarding online privacy for the past year or so, you most likely have read or heard people talking about Do Not Track, the proposed utility that permits internet users to indicate to third-party data collectors …

Google Shopping Incites 2nd Amendment Row by Removing Guns from Search Google Shopping Incites 2nd Amendment Row by Removing Guns from Search
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Google announced back in May that Google Product Search will be replaced by Google Shopping, meaning a number of changes would be on the horizon for Google’s dedicated corner for online merchants. However, Google recently sent a letter to merchants …

Self-Driving Cars Will Be Waiting Next to You at Red Lights by 2017 Self-Driving Cars Will Be Waiting Next to You at Red Lights by 2017
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If you think all the hubbub about Google’s fancy self-driving cars is just a fleeting novelty, Ford, it of the automobile industry, thinks you should check yourself before you wreck yourself. According to ExtremeTech, Ford predicts that driverless cars will …

Google Trims the Fat Off of Products; Google Mini, Google Video, Symbian Get Chucked Google Trims the Fat Off of Products; Google Mini, Google Video, Symbian Get Chucked
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If Google was some digitized version of Wipeout!, inevitably some of the products won’t get to move on and compete in the next round. It’s a fact of life: there has to be losers. For at least a few of …

Google Wants You to Get in Touch with Your YouTube Community Google Wants You to Get in Touch with Your YouTube Community
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Despite YouTube being the Mordor of online discourse, you may actually want to engage with that community from time to time. It’s not all bad, just 99.45% bad. If you actually feel daring enough to invite the YouTube community to …

Google Maps Indoors of UK, Plus a Treat for Harry Potter Fans Google Maps Indoors of UK, Plus a Treat for Harry Potter Fans

Whether it’s been a torrentially stormy summer for you or a tumbleweed-dry fire-storming summer for you, you more likely than not want to stay indoors. For those of you lucky enough to be enjoying benign, temperate, and agreeable weather, good …

New Photo of Saturn Shows Just How Freakishly Big It Is New Photo of Saturn Shows Just How Freakishly Big It Is
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The big gaseous giant called Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun in our Solar System, is typically remembered because of the multiple rings that encircle the planet. However, it’s also a e-freaking-normous planet. At 95 times more massive than …

Google Still Courting Yahoo’s Ad Properties (Somewhere, Microsoft Groans) Google Still Courting Yahoo’s Ad Properties (Somewhere, Microsoft Groans)
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You have to wonder at what point Google is just trying to get Microsoft’s goat when it comes to making purchases or if Google really is honestly trying to stay ahead of the pack. Case in point: Yahoo. Last year, …

Despite Protests, UK Will Feed Richard O’Dwyer to US Officials Anyways Despite Protests, UK Will Feed Richard O’Dwyer to US Officials Anyways
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In a paradigm switch of imperialism, the United Kingdom is apparently to now be considered the Far Eastern United States given the fate of TVShack webmaster Richard O’Dwyer. Despite having not committed any crime on U.S. soil and hosting no …

MapQuest Offering Free & Unlimited APIs to Lure Developers from Google Maps MapQuest Offering Free & Unlimited APIs to Lure Developers from Google Maps

Now that MapQuest is stepping out with some sharp new threads thanks to the release of 3.0 for iPhone last month, it really wants developers to try their hand at building maps with its API. To entice developers, MapQuest is …

In Twitter’s First Transparency Report – Surprise! – U.S. Made Most User Info Requests In Twitter’s First Transparency Report – Surprise! – U.S. Made Most User Info Requests

Following Google’s habit to provide semi-annual transparency reports about government requests for user information and DMCA takedown requests, Twitter has released its first Transparency Report today that shows the statistics of all of the requests the micro-blogging company receives from …

Amazon Signals Plan to Enter 3D Map Market with UpNext Acquisition Amazon Signals Plan to Enter 3D Map Market with UpNext Acquisition

Amazon has put its best mapping foot forward today and purchased 3D-mapping startup UpNext for an undisclosed amount, according to a report from GigaOM. UpNext only consists of four people – Raj Advani, Vik Advani, Robin Har and Danny Moon, …

See How Google Maps Keeps the World from Being Crappier See How Google Maps Keeps the World from Being Crappier

The over-brains behind Google Maps regularly get together with non-profit organizations to make maps that help those groups further their mission and hopefully make the world a more convenient place to live. Just this year, Google Maps has partnered with …

Google Maps API Luminaries Serve Some Golden Eggs of Developer Help Google Maps API Luminaries Serve Some Golden Eggs of Developer Help

Since the Google Maps API became available for developers with a cartographical itch, digital cartographers have been putting their imaginations to impressive use with the designs they’ve come up with. One of the most prominent themes during the Google I/O …

Bing Social Search Doesn’t Want to Assume That Your Friends Are Experts Bing Social Search Doesn’t Want to Assume That Your Friends Are Experts
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Bing’s new three-column search interface has been kicking around the innernets for about a month now, integrating people’s Facebook and Twitter networks into queries so as to provide a social feature to search results. While it’s been interesting seeing what …

Google Street View Car Caught in a Fender Bender Google Street View Car Caught in a Fender Bender

Statistically, if you drive a lot you naturally increase the odds that you’ll be in a car accident; it’s just one of those law of averages that you can’t avoid. Even the driverless cars are involved in accidents sometimes (when …

Google Maps Takes Its Talents to South Beach with More 45° Imagery Google Maps Takes Its Talents to South Beach with More 45° Imagery

Although Google Earth now sports that very appealing 3D imagery for several metropolitan areas, Google Maps continues to keep up with its sister geoservice site and made an announcement recently about how it plans to excel to the next level. …

Google Launches Crisis Map to Fight This Particularly Vicious Wildfire Season Google Launches Crisis Map to Fight This Particularly Vicious Wildfire Season
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Through the combination of unreal heat, persistently strong winds, and a kindling-dry landscape, Colorado is currently suffering through the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Expanding 26 square miles, the wildfire has already displaced tens of thousands of people …

Google Maps API Gets More Features for Styled Maps Google Maps API Gets More Features for Styled Maps

In the two years that it’s existed, designers and developers have created some pretty awesome stuff with the Styled Maps in the Google Maps API. There was that zombie apocalypse survival map along with several arty and crafty maps, like …