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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
The Trials & Tribulations of J.C. Penney’s ‘Fair and Square’ Strategy The Trials & Tribulations of J.C. Penney’s ‘Fair and Square’ Strategy

When the country and, really, the world is descending into an economic sinkhole, you have to play your hand carefully when it comes to how you try to gin up some business and stay afloat. Typically, you’ll see companies shake …

Insolent YouTube Commenters, Your Doom Fast Approaches Insolent YouTube Commenters, Your Doom Fast Approaches

Here’s a list of some awful things in no particular order: Nuclear disasters. Bath salts. Running out of toilet paper. Traffic. Frank Miller’s Holy Terror. Break-ups. Neo-Nazis. Hollywood remakes. Two month-old lasagna. The runs. I could go on because lord …

Flickr Levels Up With Nokia’s Sexy Maps & Satellite Images Flickr Levels Up With Nokia’s Sexy Maps & Satellite Images
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Flickr announced today that it’s upgrading the maps that support the site’s geotagging feature with the help of Nokia’s very pretty, very detailed maps. The popular photo-sharing site has previously worked with (and will continue to work with) OpenStreetMap in …

Bing Search Climbs 5% Year-Over-Year, Google Slips Bing Search Climbs 5% Year-Over-Year, Google Slips
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The Bing-Yahoo tag-team continues to chip away at Google’s dominance in search, according to the latest report from Experian Hitwise, while Google has slipped a little yet still maintains a commanding grip on its overal dominance among search engines. Combined, …

Go Ahead, You Can Now Tell Bing to Ignore Links Go Ahead, You Can Now Tell Bing to Ignore Links
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While the SEO brethren have been waiting for Google to provide a tool that will allow webmasters to disavow specific links, Bing went ahead and punched that ticket first by launching the Disavow Links feature in Bing Webmaster Tools. The …

Pressure Mounts on UK to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Extradition to US Pressure Mounts on UK to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Extradition to US
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Although the United Kingdom has yet to withdraw plans to extradite Richard O’Dwyer to the United States in order to face charges related to copyright infringement, a separate case that isn’t entirely dissimilar to O’Dwyer’s situation may have increased pressure …

Bing Maps Spent a Lot of Miles Mall Walking for These New Venue Maps Bing Maps Spent a Lot of Miles Mall Walking for These New Venue Maps

Malls are terrifying places. Malls are either so crowded that you can barely wade through the legions of shoppers feverish with the bloodlust of commerce or they are so devoid of both stores and shoppers that they represent a chilling …

How Much Is That Hotlink in the Tablet Edition of Family Circle Worth? Possibly $1,500 to $5,000 How Much Is That Hotlink in the Tablet Edition of Family Circle Worth? Possibly $1,500 to $5,000

Most of us probably don’t pay too much attention to the hotlinks that accompany several digital ads we see in tablet editions of the magazines we read, but for all that we ignore them advertisers are being charged a pretty …

SCOTUS Was Probably Too Busy Today for Facebook, Zynga, LinkedIn, & Yahoo SCOTUS Was Probably Too Busy Today for Facebook, Zynga, LinkedIn, & Yahoo

It’s reasonable to believe that the U.S. Supreme Court only had one item to mark off on its to-do list for today, the last day of the term: make a decision on President Obama’s health care law. Given the gravity …

Google Maps API Gets Transit, Symbols, Heatmap Layers; Now Locates Pot Farms Google Maps API Gets Transit, Symbols, Heatmap Layers; Now Locates Pot Farms

The buzz of all things Google continues at the Google I/O conference, meaning there are some announcements that may trigger the interest of Google Maps API users. Perhaps the most notable addition to the inventory of Google Maps API is …

Health Care Decision: Turn Your Head & Cough Because Here’s What’s Next Health Care Decision: Turn Your Head & Cough Because Here’s What’s Next

There’s been a firestorm of reactions this morning following the Supreme Court’s decision that Obama’s health care mandate requiring individuals to buy health care insurance or be penalized is, in fact, constitutional. Many people are upset, many people are excited. …

Is Google’s Plan to Combine Hangouts, Messenger, & Talk Really a Good Idea? Is Google’s Plan to Combine Hangouts, Messenger, & Talk Really a Good Idea?
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Speaking at Google I/O yesterday afternoon, Google Product Manager Nikhyl Singhal indicated that Google will be combining several of its messaging services into a singular messenger. According to Janko Roettgers of GigaOM, Google will be consolidating Google+ Messenger, Google Talk, …

3D Google Earth for Android Released, Incites Requisite Fanboy Bickering on YouTube 3D Google Earth for Android Released, Incites Requisite Fanboy Bickering on YouTube
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Now that Silicon Valley is in the throes of Google I/O‘s Garden of Techie Delights, many yummy fruits are dropping from the Google Trees this week. Continuing to roll out the upgraded 3D imagery to more platforms, the company has …

Naturally, Google X’s First Computer Brain Recognizes (What Else?) Cats Naturally, Google X’s First Computer Brain Recognizes (What Else?) Cats
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If you were an internet and tech company building a replication of the human brain using 1,000 computers, of course the first thing you would train that robo-brain to recognize would be cats. Didn’t you know that’s why the internet …

Windows 8 Photo App Makes Sharing Those Vegas Pics Frighteningly Easy Windows 8 Photo App Makes Sharing Those Vegas Pics Frighteningly Easy

As we continue to become a culture over-saturated on visual stimuli, photo software has gone from emphasizing editing tools to focusing on ways to share our pictures. With Windows 8 on the horizon for this year, Microsoft has followed suit …

These Massachusetts Protesters Will Cuss If They Wanna and Bans Be Damned These Massachusetts Protesters Will Cuss If They Wanna and Bans Be Damned

Earlier this month, the town of Middleborough, Massachusetts, passed an ordinance declaring public use of cuss words a punishable offense worthy of a $20 fine. As you can imagine, there were people who took issue with this new ordinance and …

Wajam Places Adds Google Map Interface to Social Search Results Wajam Places Adds Google Map Interface to Social Search Results

When Bing unveiled last month its new format that features search results collected from your Facebook and Twitter associates’ comments, it propelled the search engine past Google in the social search race. However, Wajam, the social media-powered search engine, insisted …

Help the Higgs Boson Elude Pesky Scientists in This Fantastic iPhone Game Help the Higgs Boson Elude Pesky Scientists in This Fantastic iPhone Game
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If you’ve been following news from the world of physics lately, it’s likely you’re familiar with the search for the Higgs boson, or, as the press more dramatically calls it, the God particle. The Higgs (which nobody involved in the …

Google Maps Takes on the Street-less Views Google Maps Takes on the Street-less Views

When Google embarked on its mission to map out all of the world’s roads with Google Maps and Google Street View, it was an ambitious mission to make the most consummate map of human development and expansion. The company’s done …

Google Releases New Live Blog Gadget Ahead of I/O Google Releases New Live Blog Gadget Ahead of I/O
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If you’re still trying to get all zipped up about Google I/O’s kick-off this Wednesday, Google has released a new tool that should not only help you keep track of events at the conference but also allows you customize a …

Bing Maps Massive Update Confirms That Dubai’s Still Building Crazy Islands Bing Maps Massive Update Confirms That Dubai’s Still Building Crazy Islands
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If you’re living in the Northern Hemisphere, you have likely noticed that summer is in full effect. ‘Tis the season for ice cream trucks, watermelons, Slip ‘n Slides, roller coasters, baseball, sweat-stenched outdoor music festivals, and, of course, trips to …

U.S. Government Pirates TVShack.net to Share Pithy Anti-Piracy Propaganda U.S. Government Pirates TVShack.net to Share Pithy Anti-Piracy Propaganda

If you’ve tried to go to sites like Megaupload or Ninjavideo or any other file-sharing site that has been seized by the U.S. government, instead of seeing the website you’ll be met with a notice from the government telling you …

Jimmy Wales Pens Petition to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Absurd Extradition to U.S. Jimmy Wales Pens Petition to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Absurd Extradition to U.S.
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Earlier this year, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales added instrumental support in the internet’s successful fight against the U.S. government-backed Twin Bills of Terrible known as SOPA and PIPA. For his second act, Wales is hoping he can once again use …

Skype Now Warming 70 Million Android Devices Skype Now Warming 70 Million Android Devices

If you’re a user of an Android device and you regularly see faces talking to you from your smartphone or tablet, you’re far from being the only person with this condition. Well, for clarity’s sake, hopefully you see those faces …