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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 things up by trying some novel approaches of commerce like revamping the brand’s logo or changing up the company’s promotional …

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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 knows there are untold amounts of more awfulness in the world, but that’s probably enough for what I’m about to …

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Flickr Levels Up With Nokia’s Sexy Maps & Satellite Images

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 order to fill in the gaps left by commercial maps but Nokia will be the major provider of awesome, updated …

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Bing Search Climbs 5% Year-Over-Year, Google Slips

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, however, Bing-powered search and google.com account for 93.14% of all searches conducted in the United States. Although the share of …

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Go Ahead, You Can Now Tell Bing to Ignore Links

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 premise isn’t all that complicated: go to Bing Webmaster Tools, click on the Disavow Links under the Dashboard menu, and …

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Pressure Mounts on UK to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Extradition to US

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 on the British government to take action to prevent his extradition. Anton Vickerman, who ran the site surfthechannel.com, has been …

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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 example of commercial ghost towns. Regardless of which experience you can call your own the next time you visit a …

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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 penny just to ensure that the link is active should we actually notice the ads. According to Ad Age, Meredith …

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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 of the court’s ruling, the internet has been buzzing about little else since the decision was announced shortly after 10AM …

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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 the inclusion of public transit directions that can be used in Google Maps Javascript v3 and the Directions Web Service. …

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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. Some say it’s a victory for Obama, some are (confusingly) saying that this is a victory for Romney. Among all …

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Is Google’s Plan to Combine Hangouts, Messenger, & Talk Really a Good Idea?

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, and Google+ Hangouts in order to create a uniform service across all Google products. “We have done an incredibly poor …

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