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Should Sites Be Forced To Pay For Linking? Harvey Weinstein Thinks So. Should Sites Be Forced To Pay For Linking? Harvey Weinstein Thinks So.
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Harvey Weinstein, an Oscar winning producer and prolific proponent of Obama, told Deadline that he is going to push for legislation that would force websites to pay for linking to news articles. This legislation would require news websites and blogs …

Robin Quivers of the Howard Stern Show May Have Cancer
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Robin Quivers, the co-host of the Howard Stern Show, announced on air this morning that she may have cancer. She has an appointment today with a specialist to determine if a growth she has pressing on her bladder is cancerous …

Playboy Radio Supports Rush Limbaugh’s Use of the Word Slut
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Playboy Radio’s morning show hosts on Sirius support Rush Limbaugh in his right to call Sandra Fluke a “slut”. Andrea Lowell and Kevin Klein often use politically incorrect speech themselves and seemed perplexed as to what is so wrong with …

Miley Cyrus Twitter: Engaged and Calls Paparazzi Murderers
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Miley Cyrus is busy stirring up celebrity dust with some intriguing tweets on Twitter over the weekend. She posted a picture of her “obsession with @jennahipp nail foundations” that included what looks like a HUGE diamond engagement ring. The ring …

Anna Faris Hosting Saturday Night Live Tonight!
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Anna Faris is hosting Saturday Night Live tonight. Unfortunately it is a repeat, but still worth watching. The musical guest is Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan Drake. Drake is a personal friend of Kentucky coach John Calipari so look for a …

Key Facts From Apple iPad Announcement Event Key Facts From Apple iPad Announcement Event

For more details checkout the WebProNews iPad tag page which includes hundreds of articles over the last few days. The BIG Apple announcement today includes these key facts: – Sold an astonishing 352 million iOS devices, and 62 million just …

GDC 2012: Tweets From the Game Developers Conference

The highly attended Game Developers Conference opened today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Here are some of the reactions to the opening day we have selected from Twitter: @YouTubeYouTubeHow many Post-it notes does it take to kick off …

Rush Limbaugh Apologizes to Sandra Fluke: Statement Released Rush Limbaugh Apologizes to Sandra Fluke: Statement Released
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Earlier this week during his afternoon radio show Rush Limbaugh called a female Georgetown law student a “slut” and a “prostitute”. A firestorm ensued including the pulling of ads by some sponsors. Today Rush Limbaugh Apologized to Ms. Fluke. Here …

First Tweet From a Driver Racing in Daytona 500 First Tweet From a Driver Racing in Daytona 500
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Race car driver Brad Keselowski became the first driver known to tweet while racing. The Daytona 500 was under a red flag stop which means all cars including Brad Keselowski’s were stopped on the track. That’s when Brad Keselowski decided …

Grammy Awards Reaction on Twitter Grammy Awards Reaction on Twitter

Stay tuned to this article for live updates via Twitter of the Grammy Awards. Expect heartfelt comments on the death of Whitney Houston, tweets live from Grammy winners, reactions backstage and booze inspired tweets from the after parties. Tweets updating …

Google+ Commercial Shown During Grammy Awards Google+ Commercial Shown During Grammy Awards

A new Google+ commercial was show live during the Grammy Awards Sunday night on CBS. Here is the commercial: Bradley Horowitz

Steve Jobs Wins Grammy Posthumously Steve Jobs Wins Grammy Posthumously

Steve Jobs was awarded a Grammy Trustees Award. The award was accepted by Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, on behalf of Steve Jobs family. An understandably emotional Eddy Cue told the Grammy pre-show audience: …

Watch the Grammy Awards Backstage Live on the iPad or iPhone Watch the Grammy Awards Backstage Live on the iPad or iPhone

Download a free app for your iPad or iPhone and you can watch backstage action while you watch the live Grammy Awards on CBS TV. With this app or by watching on the Grammy Live website, the 54th Grammy Awards …

UPDATED: Whitney Houston Dead – Xanax, Drowning & Twitter Reaction UPDATED: Whitney Houston Dead – Xanax, Drowning & Twitter Reaction
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Music superstar Whitney Houston, age 48, has died according to the Associated Press. Publicist Kristen Foster told the AP that Houston has died, but did not officially reveal the cause and the location of her death. Update 4: 00 PM …

Online Advertising is More Than Just Clicks! Online Advertising is More Than Just Clicks!
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I noticed a VentureBeat article that makes me shake my head in amazement at the apparent lack of understanding of online advertising. The sensationalistic headline, “Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers” reveals a simplistic viewpoint on the value …

Google Finally Cracks Down on Content Farms
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Google used their Official Google Blog to announce a change to their search algorithm that impacts 11.8% of their queries. Google explains:

Blekko Bans eHow and Other Content Farms
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According to a TechCrunch story just published the war against content farms has reached Blekko. WebProNews is seeking to confirm the facts. To learn more about Blekko and its approach to fighting web spam watch the embedded video interview our WebProNews team conducted at Pubcon with Blekko founder Rich Skrenta below.

Google: Are You Really Serious About Removing Web Spam?
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Dear Google: First and foremost, my letter to you is not personal. I am a big fan of yours and always have been. You have the best search engine in the World, better than Bing. You have the best web email service. Your Google Docs product is amazing. Don’t even get me started on Google Earth or Google Maps, just unbelievable products. Your analytics product is excellent. Everybody loves Android. All you do is create and create and still give it all away for free.

Should ‘Write To Rank’ Articles Be Punished by Google?
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Google has stated many times that content should be written for the reader of the content and not to rank in search engines. I assume this would go for YouTube videos as well. It is an excellent approach for search engines to take in my opinion because theoretically if every content producer follows this standard, search results would be filled with high quality relevant links.

Google Enables Tweets Via Phone in Egypt

Google has devised a way for Egyptians to tweet by calling a phone number and leaving a voicemail. The voicemail will be automatically interpreted into text and tweeted in real-time. This is extremely important to the democracy movement in Egypt in light of an attempt by the Egyption government to close Internet communication. Here is Google’s blog post announcing the arrangement:

The Real Problem With Content Farms is Google
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The business of content farms like Demand Media is creating content in the form of articles and videos that search engines will crawl and feature prominently in the long tail of search results. Demand Media and all content farms’ Achilles’ heel is that much of their Internet traffic and revenue relies on Google.

National Unfriend Day on Facebook
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Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s previously announced National Unfriend Day is here. The premise is that most of our friends on Facebook are not in fact friends at all and should therefore be unfriended. Kimmel says that if one of your Facebook friends doesn’t have your phone number he should be deleted. Do you agree?

For more information check out ABC’s National Unfriend Day site.

The official announcement by Jimmy Kimmel:

Are Social Signals the New PageRank?
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Microsoft  partners with Facebook to bring social relevance to its Bing search engine. This is a huge announcement  with deep implications for the future of search and whether Bing can make gains on Google. Microsoft is leveraging it’s ownership stake in Facebook to strike an exclusive relationship that can’t be matched by Google. In essence, Bing is betting that social signals are better than link signals in determining search relevance. 

AT&T Grandfathered 3G iPads Missing Promised Unlimited Option
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AT&T has screwed up again and it’s impacting tens of thousands of people who ordered iPads before June 7th in order to be offered the unlimited bandwidth option. These unlimited grandfathered iPads started arriving today, but when you go to the AT&T signup screen it only shows limited bandwidth plan options.