About Mike Sachoff

Mike is a staff writer for WebProNews.
Blekko Flags More Than A Million Domains As Spam
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Blekko has launched a new AdSpam algorithm it says is the first of its kind created to find spam rather than rank results. The algorithm is aimed at flagging pages which are spam and zapping them before they appear in …

Google Adds Smart Labels To Gmail

Google has introduced a new feature in Gmail Labs called Smart Labels, which are aimed at helping users classify and organize email. Users can turn on the new feature on the Labs tab in Settings, Smart Labels then organize incoming …

Google Apps Marketplace Turns One
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Google said today its apps marketplace has turned one and during that time it has grown from 50 to over 300 apps. Over the last year Google said its has learned the following: *Web app adoption is accelerating across every …

Facebook And Yahoo Back Kenny Powers March Madness Contest
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Kenny Powers, the main character from HBO’s Eastbound and Down, has partnered with K-Swiss for a March Madness Yahoo Tourney contest. The contest is inviting users to join the Tournaggeddon Yahoo Tourney Pick ‘Em group. Users will be asked to …

Yahoo Expands How Good Grows Campaign
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Yahoo is asking users to share what matters to them via its “How Good Grows” initiative. Yahoo says it will be posting questions over the next few months to give people the chance to share answers with the Yahoo community. …

Google Makes Chrome Faster And Safer
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Google has released updates to its Chrome browser it says will make complex web apps run more quickly and be more responsive. Chrome has a new settings interface aimed at helping users get to the right settings quickly. A new …

Facebook Photo Sharing More Popular With Women

Women who base their self worth on their appearance share more photos on Facebook and have a larger network of friends, according to new research from the University of Buffalo. Michael A. Stefanone, PhD, says the results suggest women identify …

Google Android Top Smartphone Platform In U.S.
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For the three month average period ending in January, 234 million Americans used mobile devices, according to a new report from comScore. Samsung was the top handset maker with 24.9 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers, up 0.7 percent from the …

Google Buys UK Finance Site BeatThatQuote.com
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Google has purchased UK price comparison site for financial products BeatThatQuote.com for £37.7 million ($61.3 million). News of the deal was confirmed by BeatThat.Quote.com managing director John Paleomylites on the company’s website. “Our team is excited about becoming a part …

Skype Introduces Advertising In Windows

Skype said today that for the first time advertising will appear in the “Home” tab of Skype for Windows starting this week. The first advertisers on Skype include Groupon, Nokia, Universal Pictures and Visa. Skype said ads would initially appear …

iPhone App Shows Map Of Charging Stations

Drivers of electric cars can now access an app called PlugShare that shows a map of charging stations in their area. The PlugShare app was created by a Palo Alto-based start-up called Xatori which focuses on software for electric vehicles …

Verizon Partners With StopBadWare To Protect Internet Users

Verizon said today it is partnering with the nonprofit organization StopBadWare to help protect Internet users from security threats like spyware, viruses and other malware. During the next three years, the organizations will work together on issues ranging from educating …

CBS Acquires Clicker.com

CBS said today it has acquired online television guide Clicker.com and named co-founder and CEO Jim Lanzone President of CBS Interactive. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In his new role, Lanzone will manage all of CBS Interactive’s operations …

Bing Teams with KAYAK For Flight Search
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Bing said today it is partnering with online travel site KAYAK for flight search results. Bing said the partnership with KAYAK will allow it to provide a more comprehensive travel search experience. In the coming weeks KAYAK will provide Bing …

Blekko Launches Link Widget and Embeddable Search Box

Community-driven search engine Blekko has introduced new publisher tools focused on link transparency and customized search via Blekkogear. One of the new tools is called Blekko Link Roll, an embeddable site widget that shows links to a site in real …

Twitter Releases Updates For iPhone And iPad
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Twitter has introduced new features to its versions of  apps for iPhone and iPad.

Twitter said it is now easier to upload photos via a camera button in the tool bar, along with a better image preview.

An autocomplete feature makes it faster to tweet on the go offering speed and accuracy.




Groupon Like Daily Deal spending Could Top $6 Billion
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U.S. consumer spending  on daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial is on track to grow from $873 million in 2010 to $3.9 billion in 2015, representing a 35 percent growth rate, according to a new report from BIA/Kelsey.

NCAA March Madness To Stream Free Online
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The NCAA said today along with its broadcast partners CBS Sports and Turner Sports, that it will make every March Madness basketball game available for free online as as well as on iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

Last year, the NCAA March Madness was available as a paid app for iPhone and iPod touch. Also available this year are free streams of the tournament outside of the U.S.


Facebook Can Improve Self-Esteem
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Using Facebook can have a positive influence on the self-esteem of college students, according to a new study from researchers at Cornell University.

This is probably because Facebook allows them to put their best face forward, said Jeffrey Hancock, associate professor of communication at Cornell University and co-author of “Mirror, Mirror on my Facebook Wall: Effects of Exposure to Facebook on Self-Esteem” published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

Flickr Releases Apps For Windows 7

Yahoo has introduced its Flickr app for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 devices.

The Flickr Windows Phone 7 app is available in the Zune Marketplace and the Windows 7 tablet app can be downloaded from the Flickr website.




Amazon Web Services Launches In Japan
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 Amazon Web  Services (AWS) said today it has launched data centers in Japan for its cloud computing platform.

Japan is the fifth region where Amazon has introduced its cloud computing platform. Amazon said it is offering support in Japanese for any users who have a Japanese language preference. In addition, AWS plans to provide in the coming months the option for billing in Japanese Yen.

Loopt Launches Reward Alerts For Local Deals

Location-based service Loopt is introducing real-time mobile “Reward Alerts” app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phones.

 Reward Alerts allow brands and local businesses to offer limited-time deals to people nearby. Reward Alerts offer a “flash” deal that is redeemable in person, instead of a deal that is purchased now, but used at a later date.

Google Ventures Invests In Weather Insurance Start-Up

Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures have invested $42 million in a weather insurance start-up founded by former Google employees, called WeathrBill.

WeatherBill’s technology platform compiles large amounts of weather data from a variety of sources, then sells insurance based on statistical analysis.

Facebook To Overtake Yahoo In Display Ads
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Facebook is on track to overtake Yahoo in display ad revenue this year, according to a new estimate from eMarketer.

 Facebook’s display ad revenues will reach $2.19 billion this year, accounting for 21.6 percent of all U.S. display ad dollars. Yahoo’s market share will reach 16.4 percent, while Google will account for 12.6 percent of display ad spending.