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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
Microsoft, AARP Making Health Info Easier to Collect & Share Microsoft, AARP Making Health Info Easier to Collect & Share
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Microsoft and AARP have joined for a project that looks to make it easier for people over the age of 50 to manage health information and dispense it to family and healthcare providers. The service, AARP Health Record, which will …

Google Acquires Quickoffice Ahead of Google Docs Dissolution Google Acquires Quickoffice Ahead of Google Docs Dissolution

Quickoffice, maker of productivity software for mobile devices, has been acquired by Google. The acquisition comes at a time when Google is preparing to transfer all files saved with Google Docs, which has been the company’s cloud-based office software, over …

Bing Targets Chinese Market with Hudong.com Partnership Bing Targets Chinese Market with Hudong.com Partnership

Bing has officially staked out its online search territory in the Chinese market by striking an agreement with Hudong, which is regarded as the Wikipedia of China. The new partnership looks to give Bing, which is owned by Microsoft, a …

Facebook Ads: Nobody’s Really Persuaded to Buy Stuff Facebook Ads: Nobody’s Really Persuaded to Buy Stuff
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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced it’s considering adding Mark Zuckerberg’s trademark grin to the list of endangered species, the agency said in a statement today. Public sightings and documentation of his grin in the wild have diminished …

Netflix Preps Open Connect to Improve Content Delivery Netflix Preps Open Connect to Improve Content Delivery

Netflix is hoping to improve relations with internet service providers with the announcement of its very own content delivery network, Open Connect. The new dedicated CDN aims to allow ISPs to partner up with Netflix in order to help manage …

Google Maps Locates God(s) in Switzerland Google Maps Locates God(s) in Switzerland

Some peculiar things have been spotted by Google Maps users over the years. There was rumored discovery of Atlantis, some hilarious captures of people falling, and, well, lots of other major weird. Now, prepare to add another page to the …

Internet Explorer 10 First Browser With ‘Do Not Track’ by Default Internet Explorer 10 First Browser With ‘Do Not Track’ by Default
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When Microsoft’s Windows 8 arrives to a computer near you it will have Internet Explorer 10 in tow, and with that browser will come a “Do Not Track” feature that will automatically be turned on. The privacy tool, which was …

New Bing Is Now the Only Bing for U.S. Users New Bing Is Now the Only Bing for U.S. Users
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It’s the first day of June today, summer is officially huffing above us, and there’s no going back to that brief flowering moment of May. Another thing you can’t go back to: the old, non-social Bing. Prior to today, Bingers …

Facebook Promoted Posts (Sorta) Explained [Updated] Facebook Promoted Posts (Sorta) Explained [Updated]
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Facebook started rolling out its Promoted Posts feature for Page administrators last week but, unfortunately, didn’t explain a whole lot in how this new tool actually works. It sounds like it could be a useful tool, but its quiet introduction …

Hiring of Antitrust Litigator Doesn’t Signal Google Antitrust Suit, FTC Says Hiring of Antitrust Litigator Doesn’t Signal Google Antitrust Suit, FTC Says

In spite of the red sky Google might be seeing these mornings, the company doesn’t necessarily need to batten down the hatches of its ships just yet, according to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. That red sky Google’s been …

Bing Maps V7 API Adds Two More Data Modules, Updates Others Bing Maps V7 API Adds Two More Data Modules, Updates Others

Bing Maps announced today that it’s added two new modules for the Bing Maps V7 API as well as some updates to a couple of existing modules. Till now, there were 15 different modules available for the Bing Maps V7 …

LivingSocial, AEG Will Help You Nab VIP Passes for The Biebs LivingSocial, AEG Will Help You Nab VIP Passes for The Biebs

LivingSocial, the collective bargaining service helping people get discounts on everything from fish food to hibachi grills, and AEG, one of the biggest sports and entertainment presenters in the world, announced an exciting new partnership today that will bring LivingSocial …

Google World Wonders Project Brings Earth’s Finest Right to You Google World Wonders Project Brings Earth’s Finest Right to You
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In terms of us wee little humans, Earth’s a pretty big place. There’s a lot to get around and see and that distance never really seems to get any shorter. Barring the miles or kilometers that keep you from the …

Diabetes Blogger Sues NC Agency for Censoring Site Diabetes Blogger Sues NC Agency for Censoring Site
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Dig, if you will, a picture: you’re a person with a remarkable story and you want to share it with others. This being 2012, the easiest and most effective way to share your message is through the very thing you’re …

Google Voice Makes It Easier to Screen Those Mystery Callers Google Voice Makes It Easier to Screen Those Mystery Callers

Google Voice has been a boon for those of us who are uber-discerning when it comes to answering the phone. It’s sometimes too vague to simply screen all of the calls and forward everybody to the same bland voicemail message. …

Google Knows Best, and You Shouldn’t Ask Any Questions About That Google Knows Best, and You Shouldn’t Ask Any Questions About That
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For all the good things that Google has brought into the world, everything from free and amazing emails to mapping the moon and Earth’s ocean floor to driver-less cars, the company has also become an undisputed master of obfuscation. Anytime …

Grooveshark’s Beluga Offers Up Fascinating Insights Into Listeners’ Lifestyles Grooveshark’s Beluga Offers Up Fascinating Insights Into Listeners’ Lifestyles

The music you listen to says a lot about you. While not strictly relegating you to a restricted definition, there does tend to be a correlation between personality types, lifestyles, and types of preferred music. If you’ve ever wondered what …

Women Would Miss Social Media More Than Men Women Would Miss Social Media More Than Men
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By now it’s no secret that, despite having virtually no presence among the leaders of tech companies, it’s the womenfolk who make up the majority of internet users these days. BT, a UK-based provider of IT services, took a survey …

Facebook, Advertisers Still at Psychological Loggerheads Facebook, Advertisers Still at Psychological Loggerheads

Facebook’s still clutching onto the belief that it can have its marketing cake and eat it, too. The company, or more directly, the company’s CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is steadfast in maintaining that ads don’t interrupt the user experience …

Most Internet Users Search Web in Multiple Languages Most Internet Users Search Web in Multiple Languages

The latest factoid to be pulled out of Greenlight’s “Search & Social Survey (2011-2012),” a global survey of 500 people that sought out information about user experiences and behaviors, reveals that many people around the world conduct online searches in …

Google Maps’ 45° Imagery Update Pleases Historians, Monkees Fans Alike Google Maps’ 45° Imagery Update Pleases Historians, Monkees Fans Alike

Google Maps has waved its Wand o’ 45° Imagery again, this time bestowing another 26 cities with fully rotatable views. As I’ve said before in these update pieces, the 45° angles give users a superior vantage of a building’s architecture, …

Google Street View Faces Probe in Australia Google Street View Faces Probe in Australia
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The Google Street View wi-fi spying scandal may have been quelled in the United States, but the fun’s just getting started in other parts of the world. Over the weekend, an independent privacy watchdog in United Kingdom launched an investigation …

Facebook May Buy (Part of) Face.com [RUMOR] Facebook May Buy (Part of) Face.com [RUMOR]

UPDATE: TechCrunch is now saying that this acquisition is a done deal. The rumor gears are getting warm in regard to Facebook. Of course, rumors are only fun because there’s an innate uncertainty about them that excites people into believing …

Facebook May Be Looking to Purchase Opera [RUMOR] Facebook May Be Looking to Purchase Opera [RUMOR]
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According to a source close with Pocket-lint, Facebook is said to be on the prowl to acquire Opera Software, maker of the Opera web browser. There are a few reasons for why this sounds plausible and one or two for …