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Does Facebook Stress You Out?
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The more Facebook friends people have , the more likely they are to feel stressed out by the site, according to a new study by Scottish researchers.

Jeep Brand Surpasses 1 Million Fans On Facebook
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Jeep said today it has become the first domestic automotive brand to surpass 1 million fans on Facebook.

Jeep said it exceeds the next closest domestic automotive brand by more than 450,000 Facebook fans.

Google Celebrates President’s Day With Showcase Map

Google has introduced a U.S. Presidents Showcase to map the birthplaces of all 44 presidents to celebrate President’s Day (also know as Washington’s Birthday).

 In Google Earth, users can see a progression of the states that voted during each president’s election (shaded in red).

 

National Broadband Map Launches

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has introduced a searchable nationwide map of broadband Internet availability along with the results of a new survey on broadband adoption.

Update: The National Broadband Map is having technical issues.

 

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Jagtag Expands Its QR Code Technology

Jagtag said today it has expanded its mobile marketing platform with a new QR code offering.

To date, QR codes have only been accessible to U.S. users with an installed QR code-reading app on their smartphones. Now users with feature phones can send in a picture of a Jagtag QR code and receive video, images audio or text. The multimedia message is sent to the phone’s inbox, instead of appearing as a link. Jagtag’s device detection technology allows users to receive content optimized for their specific phone.

 

TripAdvisor Adds Street View To iPad App

TripAdvisor has added a new virtual tours feature to its iPad app using augmented reality technology.

The new feature allows users to take a virtual tour to travel destinations with local places superimposed over Google’s Street View. Users can view hotels, restaurants and other attractions.

Norton Launches Cybercrime Index

Norton has introduced a cybercrime index, which tracks and warns computer users of daily threats.

The Norton Cybercrime Index alerts people to online risks, including the day’s most dangerous websites, the most hijacked search terms by cybercriminals, as well as scams identity theft and spam.

 

 

Oreo Sets Guinness Record For Likes On Facebook
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Oreo said today it set a Guinness World Records with the most “likes” for a brand on a Facebook post in 24 hours.

The record attempt began on Tuesday, February 15 at 9 a.m. EST, when the Oreo Facebook community of 16 million fans from around the world was invited to "like" the following post:  "’Like’ this post to join other Oreo fans around the world in setting a Guinness World Record for most ‘likes’ to a post in 24 hours.”

 

Google Launches Own Subscription Service
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Google has introduced a new subscription service aimed at allowing publishers to offer their content to people on a wide range of devices.

The new service called Google One Pass allows publishers to control how and when they charge for content. Users who buy One Pass can access content on tablets, smartphones and websites using a single sign-in with an email and password.

 

 

VEVO Second Only To YouTube In January

A total of 171 million U.S. Internet users watched online video in January for an average of 14.5 hours per viewer, according to the latest report from comScore.

Connecticut AG Asks Facebook About Security

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Facebook for information about its security measures for detecting and disabling fraudulent accounts following a complaint by a state legislator that her identity was used in a scam that asked her friends for money.

Oreo Aims To set Guinness Record For Likes On Facebook
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Oreo is asking people to help it set the Guinness World Records for the most “likes” on a Facebook post in 24 hours.

Amazon And Netflix Tops In Customer Satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with ecommerce websites is down 2.6 percent to 79.3 on a 100-point scale, it lowest score since 2004, according to a new report from The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) and ForeSee Results.

“Satisfaction with e-commerce and retail is off from a year ago overall, but the individual company results are mixed, and some organizations manage to find ways and resources to improve the customer experience,” said ACSI Founder Claes Fornell, professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Apple Introduces Subscription Service On The App Store

Apple has introduced a new subscription service on its App Store for magazines, newspapers, video and music.

YouTube Attracts 8.4 Billion Streams In January
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 Online video usage in the U.S. is up significantly from the same time last year as time spent viewing video on a PC/Mac/laptops from home and work locations increased 45 percent, according to a new report from Nielsen.

The number of unique online video viewers only increased by 3.1% from last January, but the level of activity was up as viewers streamed 28% more video and spent 45% more time watching. Total video streams also saw significant year-over-year growth, up 31.5% to 14.5 billion streams.

Smartphones Driving Mobile Media Consumption

Smartphones aggressively saturated the mobile market in 2010, driving an increase in mobile media consumption by users worldwide, according to a new report from comScore.

“2010 was a game-changing year for the mobile industry,” said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile. “Smartphone adoption, 3G penetration and unlimited data plans drove a surge of mobile media consumption across geographies and deepened the integration of mobile devices into everyday life.”

Barnes & Noble Works To Attract Amazon Affiliates
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Barnes & Noble has issued an open letter to Amazon.com affiliates  trying to convince them to join its network.

The letter comes after Amazon’s decision to stop its affiliate program in some states that require the online retailer to collect sales tax on purchases.

Qualcomm To Bring Netflix Streaming To New Android Devices
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Wireless company Qualcomm said today that new Android devices using its Snapdragon platform will have access to instant streaming of TV shows and movies from Netflix.

“We’re excited about this collaborative effort to help bring the Netflix application to Android devices running on the Snapdragon platform,” said Liat Ben-Zur, senior director of software strategy and ecosystems for Qualcomm.

Online Do Not Track Bill Introduced In Congress

U.S. Representative Jackie Speier  (D-CA) introduced “Do Not Track Me” legislation in Congress today that would let people block the tracking of their online activity.

Online Video Drives Super Bowl Ad Revenue

In the 3 days after the Super Bowl was broadcast, the top 10 ads have earned a total of over $1 million in impressions via online video, according to a new report from Kantar Video.

Volkswagen’s “The Force” ad was the most popular, earning the brand $538,000 due to its successful viral strategy by launch a week before the Super Bowl and attracting heavy media coverage.

 

Sports Illustrated Launches Apps For Android Tablets

Time and Sports Illustrated are introducing a new “All Access” digital subscription plans for Android tablets and smartphones.

Beginning today, Sports Illustrated "All Access" includes new magazine apps for the Samsung Galaxy and Android smartphones (OS 2.1 and higher); web access to the issue (after log in). The plans are:

Nokia Names New North American President

Nokia said today it has named Chris Weber as President of Nokia (US), and head of Markets, North America.

Yahoo To Launch Digital Newsstand For iPad And Android Tablets
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Yahoo said today it would launch a digital newsstand called LiveStand, aimed at tablets and mobile phones, in the first half of this year.

The company said LiveStand will offer content to people based on their personal interests.

Content from Yahoo will include sports, news, finance, Flickr, omg!, and its contributor network.

Google Makes Users Accounts More Secure

Google has introduced its opt-in security feature called 2-step verification to all users in an effort to make their accounts more secure.

The 2-step verification includes your password and code you get via your phone.  The Google Blog provides more details.

 

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