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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
Luxury Brands Have Highest Google+ Brand Engagement Luxury Brands Have Highest Google+ Brand Engagement
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Google+ users apparently have some champagne tastes. A new survey from Simply Measured, a social media analytics firm, reveals that luxury brands like Ferrari, GUCCI, and Burberry rank the among highest among the Interbrand Top 100 brands on Google+ when …

Google Maps 6.7 for Android Gets Google Offers, Indoor Maps Directions Google Maps 6.7 for Android Gets Google Offers, Indoor Maps Directions
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It’s only been a couple of weeks since Google released Google Maps for Android 6.6, which followed up the big redesign of 6.5. However, ever the archetype of constant progress, Google Maps have announced the release of Google Maps 6.7 …

Bing Maps Preps for London Summer Olympics with Streetside, Bird’s Eye Updates Bing Maps Preps for London Summer Olympics with Streetside, Bird’s Eye Updates

Bing Maps has announced a host of image updates to both the Bird’s Eye feature and Streetside imagery that offer up some stunning resolution to the included locations. Bird’s Eye offers a fully rotating view of select places giving not …

55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Exposed [UPDATED] 55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Exposed [UPDATED]
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Hackers appear to have successfully exposed the passwords of as many as 55,000 Twitter accounts yesterday, sparking the website to conduct an investigation into just how the security breach occurred. The hack was first reported on the blog Airdemon.net where …

The Underbelly of Facebook: Sex, Schools, & Sandusky The Underbelly of Facebook: Sex, Schools, & Sandusky

So often do we here at WebProNews see unsightly or unconventional Facebook-related news float our way. With nearly a billion people on the site, the incidence of Facebook users doing something either Weird, Uncomfortable, Dumb, or outright Perverse becomes all …

Bing’s Putting the Human Touch Back in Technology Bing’s Putting the Human Touch Back in Technology

Here’s a problem that’s totally born of our modern age: at work I use Macs and at home I use a Windows-powered laptop. Every single day when I go home, I have to re-adjust my motions on the scroll pad …

Pandora Nets 150 Million Registered Users Pandora Nets 150 Million Registered Users

Thanks in large part to mobile apps on both smartphones and tablets, Pandora announced today that it has passed a huge milestone as the site now claims 150 million registered users. That’s a lot of parties, wedding receptions, study sessions, …

Amazon Preps High Fashion Enterprise to Get Inside Your Closet Amazon Preps High Fashion Enterprise to Get Inside Your Closet

It appears that no industry is safe from the probable insurgency of Amazon. First it conquered the publishing industry, then it staked a sizable claim in the music and video industry. Following the triumph of becoming a top retailer in …

Marketing with Social Media Makes Ten Kinds of Win Marketing with Social Media Makes Ten Kinds of Win
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Even though most people agree that social media has changed the world of marketing, many businesses still haven’t jumped onboard the social marketing strategy. Utilizing social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and even LinkedIn can increase your consumer base, …

Twitter Could Be More Sustainable, Valuable Than Facebook Twitter Could Be More Sustainable, Valuable Than Facebook

There’s something to be said about keeping it simple, and that may be the keystone to the house of Twitter’s long-term sustainability. Rory Sutherland, the influential advertiser that helped mold Microsoft into the global tech giant it is today, expects …

Smartphone Purchases Generally Triggered by Upgrades Smartphone Purchases Generally Triggered by Upgrades

Cell phones are officially more accessible than safe drinking water and electricity. Since having a cell phone is more likely than getting cholera from your drinking water or actually having a light bulb lit above your head (literally, not figuratively), …

Marketing on Social Media: You Should Probably Do This By Now Marketing on Social Media: You Should Probably Do This By Now
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If you want an effective way to reach your consumer base and, more importantly, expand the area of that base, there’s no way around it: you need to step up your social media vocab and make that an integral part …

Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter Struggles Continue Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter Struggles Continue
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Rupert Murdoch might be having trouble finding people who want to engage in highly intellectual and insightful discourse on Twitter, but that’s not stopping him from using the micro-blogging site for one of its most revered purposes: complaining. As you …

Most Facebook Timeline Users Having Buyer’s Remorse Most Facebook Timeline Users Having Buyer’s Remorse
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If you’re one of the stalwart few who have held on to your non-Timeline Facebook page, here’s some news that might give you reason to wait as long as you can: apparently most of the people who gleefully jumped into …

Facebook Dislikes It When You’re Not Making Positive Contributions Facebook Dislikes It When You’re Not Making Positive Contributions
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It’s no secret that Facebook is probably never going to implement a Dislike button despite the fact that people have been clamoring for one for years. The very premise is against Facebook’s general modus operandi of seeing the world through …

Living in Google’s World; or, Lessons from Street View Wi-Fi Spying Living in Google’s World; or, Lessons from Street View Wi-Fi Spying
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A friend of mine spotted the Google Street View car here in my city a couple of days ago. It’s always fun to hear about those sightings because it feels like catching a glimpse of a full-on double rainbow or …

London Is Great at $#!)?@$$^%* Twitter Swearing London Is Great at $#!)?@$$^%* Twitter Swearing

Swearing, like 85% cacao dark chocolate and kalamata olives and people who always interrupt you, is an acquired taste. It’s enough put you off with your first experience to really write the entire notion off of the thing entirely yet, …

Facebook, Google India Censorship Trial Postponed (…Again) Facebook, Google India Censorship Trial Postponed (…Again)
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Remember when the Delhi High Court rolled that ball of court orders demanding at tech companies like Facebook and Google for refusing to regulate incendiary and allegedly offensive content? That ball, yet again, continues to roll even slower and slower. …

No Internet Snooping for Claims, Says Social Security Office No Internet Snooping for Claims, Says Social Security Office
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A decree by the Social Security Administration has put the internet off-limits for disability-claims judges when ruling on cases. And by internet, Social Security means The Internet – all of it, most notably websites where people tend to share personal …

Don’t Check Your Email While Reading This – It Will Save Your Life Don’t Check Your Email While Reading This – It Will Save Your Life
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Are you one of those types that has a strict policy of not checking your work email when you’re not at work? If you are, good on you because you’re doing you and your heart a huge favor. In fact, …

Columbia, MO, Jumps to Google Apps for Government Columbia, MO, Jumps to Google Apps for Government

Google Apps for Government has added another convert to its ever-growing list of government bodies that are switching to Google’s suite of cloud-based apps. This time, the latest member of the Google Apps family is the city of Columbia, MO. …

Twitter, Facebook Becoming Popular Tools for Customer Service Twitter, Facebook Becoming Popular Tools for Customer Service

A new study from Sword Ciboodle, a customer service provider, and thinkJar, a customer service consulting firm, shows that most businesses are incorporating social media sites like Twitter and Facebook as an avenue for customer service. 75% of the nearly …

LinkedIn Q1 2012 Financial Results Shred Analyst Expectations [UPDATED] LinkedIn Q1 2012 Financial Results Shred Analyst Expectations [UPDATED]

LinkedIn released its financial results its Q1 2012 results this afternoon and things are looking good for the premier network for professionals. The company’s financial weather vane looks to be pointing north, which was encouraging to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. …

Discovery Channel Buys Revision3, Enters WebTV Fray Discovery Channel Buys Revision3, Enters WebTV Fray

After a couple of days when rumors began to circulate that the Discovery Channel was in talks to purchase Revision3, an internet-only television network and distributor of original content, the two media companies apparently shook hands today and finalized the …