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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
Miami Heat Owner Sues Google to Be Less Google-able Miami Heat Owner Sues Google to Be Less Google-able

paidContent reports that Ranaan Katz, a minority owner of the recently-crowned NBA champs Miami Heat, is suing Google because the search engine has refused to take down a photo of Katz that he isn’t particularly fond of. So what uncouth …

You Were Worth a Lot More to Facebook in 2007 When It Was More Private You Were Worth a Lot More to Facebook in 2007 When It Was More Private
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So much of what gets said about Facebook these days revolves around what the company is worth, what Mark Zuckerberg is worth, what other Facebookers are worth; or, since the company’s hilariously bad initial public offering, the public conversation has …

Jimmy Wales Really Wants You to Start Editing Wikipedia Articles Jimmy Wales Really Wants You to Start Editing Wikipedia Articles

As part of Wikipedia’s goal to reverse the decrease in input from the site’s editors and actually increase the pool of editors to 200,000 within the next three years, the world’s most popular encyclopedia has launched a new and simplified …

After a Flood of Lost Customers, Google Maps Sticks a Finger in Dike After a Flood of Lost Customers, Google Maps Sticks a Finger in Dike

Here’s a question everybody knows the answer to: when you start losing customers because they’re opting for cheaper or even free alternatives, what do you do? Answer: You lower your prices. That answer appears to be what Google Maps has …

Obama Endorses Apple for Cult of Personality of Staff Obama Endorses Apple for Cult of Personality of Staff
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Writing about the Obama campaign’s new organizing app, Dashboard, there was something blindingly apparent to me: the President’s campaign staff really has a jones for all things Apple. In another sign that Apple has triumphantly branded itself as the Company …

Obama’s New App Puts a Lot of Trust in Volunteers’ Scruples Obama’s New App Puts a Lot of Trust in Volunteers’ Scruples
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Even the people living under rocks know that this is a presidential election year in the United States, meaning both candidates, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, have been amping up the ways to get out the vote. As …

So Are These Photos of Earth or the TRON Mainframe?

If you guessed Earth, or at least some aspect of Earth, give yourself an extra latte today. These photos were taken from the International Space Station using an extended exposure (although up in space like that, who knows exactly how …

Google Maps’ New Tool Helps Bosses Stay on Your Ass Google Maps’ New Tool Helps Bosses Stay on Your Ass
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If you travel a lot for your job or happen to be in the type of delivery service where you get to wear brown shorts in the warm seasons, Google’s latest mapping tool could either be a great help or …

Catch Your Favorite TED Talks for The First Time Again in HD Catch Your Favorite TED Talks for The First Time Again in HD
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If you’ve been grumbling about the video quality of all those TED talks the past few years, you’re going to have to go find something new to complain about because those videos have finally been honey-basted with some hi-def eye-candy. …

Bing Researchers Set Phasers for “Amaze” at IEEE Conference Bing Researchers Set Phasers for “Amaze” at IEEE Conference

After a week of conferences and presentations, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’s annual Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition is wrapping up today. If that’s a little too advanced for your awareness, it’s the yearly …

Bing Image Search Update Makes Sure You Never Leave Unsatisfied Bing Image Search Update Makes Sure You Never Leave Unsatisfied

Yesterday when I was looking for images of Kenny Chesney on Bing Image search, I noticed that something looked a little different. For one, it seemed like my browser page was a lot fuller than I remembered it being when …

This Asteroid Nearly Went Clobberin’ Time on Earth & Hardly Anyone Noticed

Actually, it didn’t really, but it was the sixth-closest grazing ever recorded and a helluva lot closer than Asteroid 2012 LZ1 came earlier this month. In video recorded last month by NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility, which you can see below, …

US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Butts, Cuss Words US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Butts, Cuss Words

The Supreme Court of the United States has unanimously dismissed some fines divvied out to television broadcasters by the Federal Communications Commission due to cussing and the occasional frame or two of nudity. The court sided with the broadcasters because …

Time-Lapsed 3D Printer Yoda: When 900 Years Old You Reach, Look as Good You Will Not Time-Lapsed 3D Printer Yoda: When 900 Years Old You Reach, Look as Good You Will Not

Although George Lucas gave it his best shot at destroying the Star Wars legacy with those three bowel-baked prequels he dumped on the world, some aspects of the canon have managed to remain endearing to fans. Yoda would certainly be …

Google Helps Save Bikya, Seneca, & More Endangered Languages Google Helps Save Bikya, Seneca, & More Endangered Languages

According to UNESCO, at least 43% of the estimated 6,000 languages spoken around the world are facing extinction, and that’s only including the languages they actually have data on. Many of these languages are in remote regions of the world …

Windows Phone 8 Users Get to Slack off With Draw Something, Words With Friends Windows Phone 8 Users Get to Slack off With Draw Something, Words With Friends

It won’t be all work and no play for the business-friendly Windows Phone 8. A pair of Zynga’s most popular mobile games, Draw Something and Words With Friends, will be arriving later this year on the just-announced Windows mobile platform. …

Remote-Controlled Robot Dogs That Won’t Pee on Your Rug Remote-Controlled Robot Dogs That Won’t Pee on Your Rug

If you’re starting to feel like you’re never going to be able to get that dog of yours housebroken, there’s now hope for tomorrow – not hope for your mammalian dog, really, but help for you, the mammalian human. By …

Kenny Chesney’s Gonna Deliver a YouTube Serenade Tonight Kenny Chesney’s Gonna Deliver a YouTube Serenade Tonight

The country music megastar with the allergy to shirt sleeves, Kenny Chesney, is bringing his boot-scootin’ beach bum road show to a lucky 20,000 fans in Wildwood Beach, New Jersey, tonight but if you weren’t able to score a free …

Google “Surprised” that UK Privacy Agency Cares About Privacy Google “Surprised” that UK Privacy Agency Cares About Privacy

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom announced last week that it would be re-opening its inquiry of Google and its payload data-collecting Street View cars. In a letter sent to Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer, ICO Head …

America: Where Innovation Goes to Die America: Where Innovation Goes to Die

Plain and simple, the patent system in the United States is a nightmare. You can hardly so much as sneeze anymore without some idiot troll accusing you of infringing upon his patent for violently expiring air through all facial cavities …

Google Street View To Go A-Rowing in the UK’s Canals Google Street View To Go A-Rowing in the UK’s Canals

When Google Maps went offshore in order to put some Street View action on the Amazon River earlier this year, it signaled that Google was moving beyond the task collecting ground-level imagery of mere streets (despite the product’s name). At …

Google Maps Brings Traffic Coverage to 7 More Countries Google Maps Brings Traffic Coverage to 7 More Countries

When you next take yourself on a gnarly voyage, Google Maps maintains that it wants you to encounter as little resistance as possible, so to smooth the edges off of your trips it offers real-time coverage of traffic conditions in …

Bing Tops Google, Ties Yellow Pages for Best Local Search Bing Tops Google, Ties Yellow Pages for Best Local Search
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Bing’s local search tool recently received a 500cc injection of good, wholesome vitamin Yelp to boost the quality of search results for local businesses. The Bing Local “Powered by Yelp” combo looks to go a long way in improving local …

Windows Phone Map App Gets Expanded Traffic Coverage Windows Phone Map App Gets Expanded Traffic Coverage

Last month, Bing Maps announced that it would be providing better traffic coverage for users thanks to some backend support from Nokia. Senior Product Manager of the Windows Phone Map App Scott Burton recently offered an update on the traffic …