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Microsoft to Make Bing Announcement at Today’s Conference [Rumor]

With so much drama in the LBC circulating Microsoft’s rumored announcement this afternoon of an Xbox-ish tablet, Microsoft may not be limiting the conference fun to its new line of hardware. Over on Bing’s Facebook page, a photo was uploaded about 12 hours ago: The caption below the image reads, “Big things are coming to Bing tomorrow. You excited?!” Four …

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Sarah Palin Talks about the Birth of Citizen Journalism Started by Matt Drudge

In Oscar Wilde’s A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, his collection of smirk-inducing aphorisms published in 1894, the erudite wordsmith wrote, “In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.” Where else than on the internet could this lament be …

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AOL Completes Billion Dollar Patent Sell-Off to Microsoft

Now that AOL can put the whole Starboard ordeal in the past, one of the bigger business transactions that was caught in the executive crossfire has inally reached its conclusion: the company announced today that it completed its sale of hundreds of patents to Microsoft. The transaction included the sale of over 800 patents and their related patent applications to …

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AOL CEO Armstrong Moving Full Steam Ahead with Patch

On the heels of winning a proxy showdown against a gang of grumbling shareholders yesterday, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is punctuating his victory over that cabal of activist investors known as Starboard by pushing the very product they insisted was a poor business endeavor: AOL’s local news platform, Patch. Although Patch has yet to return a profit for AOL, the …

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Windows 8’s Confusing Metro Interface Inspires Parody Demo

The new scrolling tiled look of the Windows 8 start screen might be a bit of eye candy waiting for users each time they sit down at their computer, but the unfamiliar terrain of the new Metro-designed interface is being met with some frustration and confusion by users of the operating system’s pre-release version. The new touchscreen-friendly interface of Windows …

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NOOK Overtakes Kindle Fire in Tablet Web Traffic

In the world of tablets there are iPads and then there is virtually nothing, or, at least that would be the takeaway from a new report released by Chitika. Looking at hundreds of millions of impressions gathered from the company’s advertising network between June 4 and June 10, 2012, Chitika found that 91.07% of tablet internet traffic comes from iPads. …

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YouTube Says ‘Bienvenidos’ to Spanish Captions

It’s been three years since YouTube started providing captions for its video content, starting with English and eventually including Japanese and Korean. Today, the web’s top video site announced that it’s adding the first romance language to its collection of captioned languages: Spanish. Whenever you come across a video that is clearly in Spanish – and the software is smart …

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The 2012 Election’s Experiment in Social Advertising

When White House staffer Jim Messina was tapped to manage President Barack Obama’s campaign for re-election in 2011, he approached the unbridled animal that is modern presidential politics not like prior election campaigns but, rather, much like he would have if he was leading an explosive start-up tech company. For that reason, instead of seeking the guidance of political stalwarts …

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Microsoft to Announce Xbox Tablet at Monday’s Big Secret Media Event?

Microsoft piqued everybody’s interest yesterday by sending out invites to an exclusive media event where the company plans to make a “major announcement.” Microsoft isn’t even telling invitees where the event is happening until Monday morning, the day of the event, let alone betraying even a single clue about what this shindig will be about. With few details about the …

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Microsoft Apparently Buying Yammer Now

A day after rumors began to surface that Microsoft was in talks to acquire Yammer, a Facebook-like website that provides closed-circuit social networks for businesses, the two companies have allegedly settled on a deal. According to The Wall Street Journal‘s sources that are “familiar with the matter,” Yammer has agreed on a Microsoft purchase for the zinging price of $1.2 …

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So What’s Microsoft’s “Major Announcement” Going to Be?

Through an exclusive invite to a Microsoft “Media Event,” Mashable is reporting that the tech company is planning to make some waves next week with a “major Microsoft announcement” in Los Angeles. According to the invite, virtually no clue is given as to what this could mean and Microsoft is being uncharacteristically cagey with the details. In fact, the company …

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Bing, Lenovo, DoSomething.org Really Want Teens to Not Be Lazy This Summer

Bing continues its mission to get people #doing more as it has teamed up with Lenovo and DoSomething.org to launch “The Hunt: 11 Days of Doing,” a call to action for youngsters to get up off of their keisters and do some good in their communities over the summer. Teens in the United States apparently have a motivation problem when …

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