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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
Bitcoin Theft Drains $92,000 from Bitcoinica Bitcoin Theft Drains $92,000 from Bitcoinica

A Bitcoin exchange service was victim of a security breach over the weekend in a heist that yielded 18,547 BTC to unknown hackers. A post on Bitcoinica’s official blog detailed that its servers were compromised and, following the complete draining …

Gabriel García Márquez Killed (on Twitter) Last Night Gabriel García Márquez Killed (on Twitter) Last Night

Add legendary Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez to the list of celebrities to have fallen on the false blade of Twitter. According to The Guardian, Twitter flooded with misinformation of the author’s death after an account allegedly belonging to Italian …

Half of U.S. Think Facebook’s a Passing Trend Half of U.S. Think Facebook’s a Passing Trend
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There’s nothing like being given the same prognosis as Friendster and Myspace three days ahead of your social networking company’s initial public offering, but that seems to be the will of the people today as a new Associated Press-CNBC poll …

Facebook or Google: Who Wins at Advertising? Facebook or Google: Who Wins at Advertising?

With the tech world still atwitter ahead of Facebook’s IPO this Friday, it’s expected to be one of the grandest IPOs in history. Investors are apparently so eager about the social network going public that all of the IPO shares …

Matt Cutts Is Bummed Out by Iran’s Censorship Matt Cutts Is Bummed Out by Iran’s Censorship

The saga of Iran’s affront on an open internet acquired another chapter today as the government’s telecommunications ministry has prohibited telephone operators, insurance firms, and local banks from using foreign-hosted email services to communicate with clients. In effect, this bans …

Google Report Dismisses Competitors’ Complaints of Search Bias Google Report Dismisses Competitors’ Complaints of Search Bias
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Google continues its offensive against the antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission with another internally-commissioned report released today. The report, which follows a different one from last week that argued Google’s right to free speech, pokes holes through all …

Wozniak Would Like to See an Apple Without the Walled Garden Wozniak Would Like to See an Apple Without the Walled Garden
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Given that Apple currently has more money than a country club of gods right now, it’s hard to argue with the company’s formula for success. Still, Apple’s “walled garden” is a continuous point of criticism and now one of the …

Google May Be Close to Meebo Acquisition [RUMOR] Google May Be Close to Meebo Acquisition [RUMOR]

According to the reliable sources of All Things D, Google is involved in talks to acquire Meebo, the social platform that integrates cross-service chats as well as a social overlay for many websites. All Things D reports that the price …

Facebook Paid Status Updates Being Tested in New Zealand Facebook Paid Status Updates Being Tested in New Zealand

How important is to you that all of your Facebook friends see your status updates? Have you noticed that sometimes you miss a friend’s update or maybe they missed yours? It’s a mild annoyance, but an annoyance all the same. …

KLIK for iPhone: The First App With Facial Recognition Software KLIK for iPhone: The First App With Facial Recognition Software

Last month, WPN’s Abby Johnson spoke with Face.com CEO Gil Hirsch about his company, Face.com, and the potential of facial recognition software. In her interview with Hirsch, they touched on the potential of facial recognition software being used with social …

Facebook Clarifies Some Changes to the Data Use Policy Facebook Clarifies Some Changes to the Data Use Policy

Following the recommendation of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner that Facebook change its data retention policies, the social networking site announced today that it has made said changes. Additionally, Facebook proffered explanations for how the Privacy Policy Data Use Policy …

MapQuest’s Going to Trust You Know How to Get Out of Your Neighborhood MapQuest’s Going to Trust You Know How to Get Out of Your Neighborhood

Whenever you look up directions with a map service – it doesn’t matter which one you fancy, be it Google Maps, Bing Maps, MapQuest, or whatever – if you enter your address as the starting point, the directions will invariably …

Moms Online: 75% on Facebook, 4.9M on Pinterest, and 1 in 3 Blog Moms Online: 75% on Facebook, 4.9M on Pinterest, and 1 in 3 Blog

Whether its by blog or by Pinterest, by now it’s a recognized fact that women are the driving force behind much of the internet. Ahead of this Sunday’s annual observance of the difficult and often under-appreciated labor women endure to …

Facebook’s Instagram Deal Prompts FTC Probe Facebook’s Instagram Deal Prompts FTC Probe

What was once speculation has now taken shape in reality: Facebook will be on the receiving end of a competition probe from the Federal Trade Commission as a result of the social networking site’s purchase of Instagram last month. According …

Mark Zuckerberg: The Unlikely Zen Guide to Bing’s Social Design Mark Zuckerberg: The Unlikely Zen Guide to Bing’s Social Design

Bing’s new design for search that incorporates a Facebook-driven social sidebar came by way of some pretty sagacious guidance from a man who’s made a career out of turning the internet into a more personal experience: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. …

Bitcoins Are on FBI’s Radar According to Leaked Report Bitcoins Are on FBI’s Radar According to Leaked Report
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Wired has obtained a new report from the FBI that details the agency’s growing concern that Bitcoins will become an attractive currency for those looking to dabble in some illicit activities without (hopefully) getting caught. I won’t go into the …

Facebook Is Going To Drag You Away (Into The Public) Facebook Is Going To Drag You Away (Into The Public)
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Facebook as a company is going public very soon and, begrudgingly, its dragging all of its users into having a more public presence whether they like it or not. While Facebook’s Timeline feature poses a complicated assortment of privacy issues …

Iran Filter Backfires, Blocks Khamenei’s Fatwa on Antifiltering Iran Filter Backfires, Blocks Khamenei’s Fatwa on Antifiltering

The Irani government’s aggressive mission to censor internet access within the country took a turn toward irony yesterday when it filtered out a message from Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The censored message? Khamenei’s fatwa against the use of …

Facebook ‘Earned’ Impressions Give Candidates Thousands’ Worth of Free Ads Facebook ‘Earned’ Impressions Give Candidates Thousands’ Worth of Free Ads
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Social media sites might not be able to predict election results, but there’s no denying that outlets like Facebook are valuable means for political campaigns to gain exposure. Based on the results its report, “The Digital Politico: 5 Ways Digital …

Facebook Search Engine Could Nab 22% of the Market if Launched Today Facebook Search Engine Could Nab 22% of the Market if Launched Today
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A new study conducted by Greenlight, a digital marketing agency, suggests that Google+ could be more successful than had been previously expected and that Facebook, should it actually launch a search engine, would capture nearly a fourth of the global …

Google’s Boosting African News Challenge to Improve Journalism Google’s Boosting African News Challenge to Improve Journalism

Google, along with several other financial supporters such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the World Association of Newspapers & News Producers, have announced that it will be funding grants …

Search Engines Owed Same Free Speech Protections As CNN, Claims Google Report Search Engines Owed Same Free Speech Protections As CNN, Claims Google Report
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In a new report commissioned by Google that examines the scope of free speech that should be permitted to search engines, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who authored the report, says that search engines should be regarded as media companies, …

Facebook’s IPO Follows Other Tech Companies’ IPO Facebook’s IPO Follows Other Tech Companies’ IPO

With Facebook’s IPO maaayy finally happen next week, buzz abounds that this will most likely be the tech industry’s biggest IPO to date. Still, by no means is it the first and it’s likely Facebook wouldn’t be projected to rocket …

Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage: Twitter Reactions Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage: Twitter Reactions
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Much has been said and speculated about President Obama’s “evolving” – and yes, it’s a journalistic requisite to put that word in quotations – stance on gay marriage over the past two years. However, today in an interview with with …