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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
Are Facebook & Twitter Just Entertainment For You? Are Facebook & Twitter Just Entertainment For You?
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This is a serious question. A study from The Hollywood Reporter and Penn Schoen Berland came out a couple of months ago about how Facebook and Twitter affect people’s experience with television and movies. It’s kind of old so I …

YouTube Launches Brandcast, Devotes $200M to Ad Campaign YouTube Launches Brandcast, Devotes $200M to Ad Campaign

YouTube’s looking to evolve from offering only a conglomeration of amateur videos and pirated clips and become a legitimate provider of premium content with its new marketing tool, Brandcast, and it’s looking to achieve that goal by pledging millions of …

84% of Facebook, Google+ Users Don’t Feel Personal Info Is Safe 84% of Facebook, Google+ Users Don’t Feel Personal Info Is Safe
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In spite of social media sites like Google+, Facebook, and Twitter becoming wildly popular around the world, a huge bloc of those sites’ users worry about that their personal information on those sites will be stolen or misused. In fact, …

Google Maps for Business Unrolls New Website, Tools for the Trade Google Maps for Business Unrolls New Website, Tools for the Trade
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Google has been pushing Google Maps lately towards businesses to foster the understanding that it’s more than just a navigation device, but also a tool that can be utilized to navigate potential customers into the direction of becoming actual customers. …

Google+ Promotion May Improve Organic Search Ranking Google+ Promotion May Improve Organic Search Ranking
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Although previous studies have concluded that social media really does a shoddy job at driving traffic to your websites, TastyPlacement conducted a short experiment to assess a similar concept. More specifically, the group investigated whether social media engagement can help …

Google Announces Anita Borg Scholarship Winners Google Announces Anita Borg Scholarship Winners

In light of the growing movement to increase the number of women involved in engineering and computer science, Google announced today the recipients of the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. 70 young women attending college in the United States, Canada, Europe, …

Advocates to FCC: Forbid Cell Phone Jamming Advocates to FCC: Forbid Cell Phone Jamming

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the Center for Democracy and Technology have implored the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit federal, state, and local governments from resorting to cell phone shutdowns. The request stems an FCC inquiry from 2011 …

Teachers & Students on Social Media: NYC (Sorta) Says No Teachers & Students on Social Media: NYC (Sorta) Says No

Long is the troubled history of teachers and students communicating via social networking sites. The thing is, you never hear about teacher-student communication on Facebook or Twitter until it causes some kind of trouble and then we’re all left to …

Weather.com Links With Social Media to Keep You Dry Weather.com Links With Social Media to Keep You Dry

There’s been lots of weather in the past 30 years and The Weather Channel, with increasing varieties, has literally not missed a second of it. To commemorate the weather news service’s tireless dedication to making sure we the people know …

Twitter Ascends, Facebook Falters in Social Transactions Twitter Ascends, Facebook Falters in Social Transactions

A new financial report on the financial climate inside the social media world has been released and with Facebook’s IPO on the horizon, the news isn’t exactly the sunny sky you’d hope for if you’re an investor. Zscaler, a cloud …

Women Who Tech TeleSummit Makes the Case for More Women In Tech Leadership Women Who Tech TeleSummit Makes the Case for More Women In Tech Leadership

The technology world has a well documented problem of having very few (if any) women leading the industry although women are solidly the majority of consumers in the tech world. Women comprise the majority of bloggers and blog readers and …

Blogger Rolls Out Three New Gadgets For Your Unique Blog Blogger Rolls Out Three New Gadgets For Your Unique Blog
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If you’ve been feverishly toiling at that blog you really hope to option off for a movie deal in the near future, Blogger has introduced three new tools to help you catch the ears and eyes of a larger audience. …

Marble Madness Meets Google Maps in WebGL Game Marble Madness Meets Google Maps in WebGL Game

Google has let another experiment out of its secret lab and this one has an appetite for your free time – or, better, for your time while you’re at the office. This fearsome new creation is a game simply called …

South Korea Has (Much) Faster Internet Than You South Korea Has (Much) Faster Internet Than You
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Soon after Google ranked South Korea as having the second-fastest desktop internet and the fastest mobile internet in the world, a new study has been released that corroborates those accolades. Akamai, a cloud platform enterprise that keeps a close eye …

Google Maps Business Photos Launched in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands Google Maps Business Photos Launched in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands
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At the beginning of 2012, Google Maps announced that it was now offering small businesses a chance to showcase their store interiors with Business Photos, the Street View-style interactive tour that can be stitched together with photographs taken by Google-associated …

U.S. Dept. of Interior Chooses Google for Cloud-Based Services U.S. Dept. of Interior Chooses Google for Cloud-Based Services

After a couple of years of jockeying, Google has emerged over Microsoft to woo the U.S. Department of Interior into going with a Google Apps partner for the agency’s transition into cloud services. According to a Twitter post by Andy …

Facebook Photos Could Derail Plaintiff’s Injury Claim Facebook Photos Could Derail Plaintiff’s Injury Claim
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Here’s another sticky legal question that wouldn’t have existed prior to 2004: a Canadian woman has been ordered by the Supreme Court of British Columbia to submit her personal photos from Facebook as evidence to be used in a damages …

Skype Investigating Exploit That Reveals Users’ IP Addresses Skype Investigating Exploit That Reveals Users’ IP Addresses

Skype announced today that it’s looking into a new tool that retains a user’s last known IP address. The tool, for which instructions were posted on Pastebin last Thursday, reveals a person’s IP address without the need to add the …

Google Street View “Rogue” Engineer Identified in Spying Scandal Google Street View “Rogue” Engineer Identified in Spying Scandal

When basically anything you want to know about the world is out there on the internet and all you need in order to find it is some gumption and know-how, is anybody surprised that the concealed identity of the engineer …

Privacy Advocate Wants Hearing on Google’s Wi-Fi Spying Privacy Advocate Wants Hearing on Google’s Wi-Fi Spying

Now that the non-redacted version of the Federal Communication Commission’s report on Google’s unsettling habit of eavesdropping on unsecured wi-fi network via the Street Car has been made available, the same privacy advocate that chastised the FCC for letting Google …

No Internet, No Problem – But Could You Pull the Plug? No Internet, No Problem – But Could You Pull the Plug?

Taking an indefinite but meaningful vacation from the online world today is, at best, difficult and, at the worst, contrived. The internet isn’t exactly at phase, at least in the microcosmic terms of evolution because now that it’s here it …

Wikipedia Editors Are Basically All Dudes – Should That Matter? Wikipedia Editors Are Basically All Dudes – Should That Matter?
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Wikipedia have released the results of their second editor survey and, much like the original one from April 2011, the vast majority of Wikipedia editors are still men. After concluding data collection in December 2011 from over 6,500 respondents, the …

Twitter, Facebook Should Be Embraced by Catholic Church, Says Bishop Twitter, Facebook Should Be Embraced by Catholic Church, Says Bishop
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The Catholic Church should be using social media services to spread the good word to the rest of the world, so a bishop speaking at the Australian Catholic Congress in Sydney, Australia today. Bishop David Walker explained how the Church …

Google Knew About Street View Wi-Fi Spying Software After All Google Knew About Street View Wi-Fi Spying Software After All
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Nearly two weeks after the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report about Google’s sponging up of emails, passwords, and other personal data via unsecured wi-fi networks, the company has released a full version of the report that reveals …