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Shawn Hess is a staff writer for WebProNews and an expert procrastinator. Follow Shawn on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, and .
New Facebook Study Reveals Motivation Behind Facebook Visits New Facebook Study Reveals Motivation Behind Facebook Visits
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Published this month in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, a new Facebook study suggests personality type determines how much time you spend on the social networking site and how often you visit. At the root of the study, …

Lawyer Uses Playboy Model Shera Bechard’s Genius Status to Earn Visa Lawyer Uses Playboy Model Shera Bechard’s Genius Status to Earn Visa
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Playboy’s Miss November 2010, Shera Bechard may not seem like a genius, but the United States Government has granted her a work visa based on the argument that she qualifies. Bechard, who is Canadian born, recently received her 0-1s (Genius) …

AOL Reorganizes Operations Into Three Distinct Units AOL Reorganizes Operations Into Three Distinct Units

Yesterday, AOL began buying back shares of common stock, spending up to $400 million in a dutch auction style sale. Stockholders stand to receive, or have received, as much as $30 per share. Today, AOL is introducing some more changes. …

Groupon Glitch Exposing Customer Emails Again Groupon Glitch Exposing Customer Emails Again

Looking back about eighteen months ago, Groupon had some issues with their email link encryption. When some Groupon users added “addx” into a Google search (exact Google search = allinurl: addx site:groupon.com) of the site, they were able to view …

RIM’s Q1 2013 Financials and Delay of Blackberry Ten RIM’s Q1 2013 Financials and Delay of Blackberry Ten

Research in Motion just released their first quarter fiscal 2013 results for the three month period ending June 2nd. As you might have expected, the news is not great and it truly reflects their struggle to stay afloat in the …

Google Offers Offline Editing and Drive for iOS Google Offers Offline Editing and Drive for iOS

Back in April Google introduced Drive, a safe place for us to save, share, and create all kinds of thing. Today, at the Google I/O conference they introduced a couple things we’ve all been waiting for. The first thing is …

America’s Jobless More Likely to Die if They Have Fewer Skills America’s Jobless More Likely to Die if They Have Fewer Skills

According to a new study published in the American Journal for Public Health and conducted at the University of British Columbia, unemployed Americans with minimal and medium skill sets are seven times more likely to die than highly skilled workers. …

PayPal Introduces Mastercard Payment Solution PayPal Introduces Mastercard Payment Solution
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If you’re a frequent user PayPal, you’ll be happy to see that they’re making the prepaid Mastercard available at 7-Eleven stores, and other chains owned by 7-Eleven. With 110 million customers and counting, PayPal wants to entice customers to start …

App Engine 1.7.0 Released at Google I/O App Engine 1.7.0 Released at Google I/O

Released today, App Engine 1.7.0 and with it they are offering both SNI and VIP based SSL, which means low cost and universal support. That’s right, developers can serve their applications via HTTPS on custom domains. Here’s the lowdown from …

Supreme Court Upholds Obama’s Affordable Care Act Supreme Court Upholds Obama’s Affordable Care Act

This morning the Supreme Court upheld a key component to Obama’s proposed health care law (the 2010 Affordable Care Act), stating that almost all Americans must maintain health coverage or face a penalty on their taxes. In a 5-4 decision, …

News Corp. Board Approves Split Unanimously News Corp. Board Approves Split Unanimously
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The News Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved the companies split into two separate entities last night after hearing presentations from financial advisors and chairman, Rupert Murdoch himself. The split was formally announced in a company memo this morning, and …

News Corp. Splits Publishing and Entertainment Businesses News Corp. Splits Publishing and Entertainment Businesses

Just two days ago, we reported News Corp., and chairman Rupert Murdoch were contemplating the idea of splitting their news and film assets from their print publication and newspaper divisions. News Corp owns 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox broadcast …

Yahoo Strikes a Cross-Promotion Deal with Clear Channel Yahoo Strikes a Cross-Promotion Deal with Clear Channel

Yahoo struck another content deal yesterday. This time it’s with Clear Channel Communications and their iHeartRadio Network. The distribution and cross-promotion deal allows Yahoo access the to iHearRadio musical content to use as its digital radio service, and in return, …

Overwhelming Majority are Distracted While Driving Overwhelming Majority are Distracted While Driving

According to self reports by consumers, drivers are engaging in 37 distracting behaviors per month. For the younger driver, age 18 to 34, the frequency goes up to 57 times in a month. Four in five new car buyers admit …

Yahoo! and Spotify Strike Global Content Distribution Deal Yahoo! and Spotify Strike Global Content Distribution Deal
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If you’re a fan of Spotify, you’ll be happy to hear they just struck a deal with Yahoo to bring more music to more listeners. That’s right, Spotify’s music collection is now going to be available through Yahoo. It’s going …

Google Steps Up their Game with American Made Nexus Q Player Google Steps Up their Game with American Made Nexus Q Player
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Google’s new wireless home media player, the Nexus Q, features something you won’t find on too many other electric devices these day. No, it’s not some crazy new microchip, it’s a simple laser etched tag that says, “Designed and Manufactured …

Health Institute Study: Cut Carbs, Burn More Calories Health Institute Study: Cut Carbs, Burn More Calories
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According to a new study funded by the National Institute of Health, eating a diet low in carbohydrates helps the body burn calories faster. Scientists on the study took 21 participants classified as obese, challenged them to lose between 10% …

Facebook Underwriters Unsure About Q2 Performance Facebook Underwriters Unsure About Q2 Performance
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Estimates of Facebook’s second quarter financial performance are starting to pour in, and not surprisingly, the social network’s lead underwriters are predicting some of the lowest numbers. The general estimation for Facebook revenue comes in at around $1.16 billion and …

Hacker to Pay Scarlett Johansson $66,000 Plus Spend 5 Years in Jail Hacker to Pay Scarlett Johansson $66,000 Plus Spend 5 Years in Jail

Thirty-five-year-old Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida plead guilty to charges that he hacked email accounts of celebrity actresses including Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis. After gaining access to personal and compromising photos of the celebrities he then sold …

Huffington Post and Ustream Strike an Exclusive Deal Huffington Post and Ustream Strike an Exclusive Deal

Today, Ustream Inc., and the Huffington Post struck an exclusive deal that gives Huffington Post access to live-streaming videos from the site’s citizen journalists. It’s a unique opportunity for both organizations. Ustream’s coverage can now be viewed by the Post’s …

T3Media Allows You to Sell Your Original Photos and Videos online with Paya T3Media Allows You to Sell Your Original Photos and Videos online with Paya

Tese days everybody is looking for a way to make some extra cash. Some people have a yard sale or sell things on ebay. Others are looking for a more unique way to get paid. T3Media out of Denver is …

55% of Adults Go Online Using Cellphones [Pew Study] 55% of Adults Go Online Using Cellphones [Pew Study]
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Pew Internet Research has been keeping track of how often people are using their cellphones to go online, and as of April 2012, 55% of adults who own cellphones are using them to go online. A majority of adults are …

Zuckerberg Gave Sandberg a Sexist Introduction During Her First Day At Facebook Zuckerberg Gave Sandberg a Sexist Introduction During Her First Day At Facebook
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According to Katherine Losse’s tell-all book about Facebook’s early years, Mark Zuckerberg gave a rather inappropriate and slightly sexist introduction to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, on her first day at the company. According to Losse’s book, The Boy …

Linkedin Tips for Showcasing Your Own Personal Brand Linkedin Tips for Showcasing Your Own Personal Brand
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Linkedin wants to make its users aware of the need to distinguish themselves from the pack. With today’s ever more competitive job market, you need to work on refining your online personality and promoting what they call, your personal brand. …