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SERP Alert: Google Social Search Goes Global SERP Alert: Google Social Search Goes Global
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Google announced via its new official Search Blog that it is rolling out Social Search around the globe. This comes just days after Bing upped the ante in the social search game by integrating Facebook data in much more elaborate …

Secret Service Twitter Clowns Fox News Secret Service Twitter Clowns Fox News
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Social media is, quite obviously, the gift that keeps on giving, especially from a content point of view. Whether it’s professional athletes showing their ignorance of current events, or techie CEOs who post pictures of dead elephants, or some racist …

Google Places Now Imports Your Foursquare Data Google Places Now Imports Your Foursquare Data
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Late yesterday evening, the Google Places blog announced an update to their location-based service that aims to give you “better access to your content.” The first tweak is the ability to get your Google Place reviews and ratings as an …

J.C. Penney Sees Some Google Visibility Recovery After Paid Link Scandal J.C. Penney Sees Some Google Visibility Recovery After Paid Link Scandal
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Earlier this year, J.C. Penney was caught gaming Google. A New York Times article exposed that the company had been benefiting enormously from excessive paid links, which is obviously against Google’s rules. They had ranked number one or close for …

Does Netflix Efficiency Eliminate Its Traffic Rate? Does Netflix Efficiency Eliminate Its Traffic Rate?
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Yesterday, it was revealed that Netflix use, specifically, their streaming service, takes up 30 percent of all North American web traffic. In fact, Netflix was the number one service in terms of its North American traffic count, beating out search …

@Oldmansearch: Fake or Comedy Gold? @Oldmansearch: Fake or Comedy Gold?
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Okay, Okay, Okay, people are freaking out today over the fairly new Twitter account @oldmansearch. The account, whose user name suggest that they may be named Norman, is purportedly a series of search queries that one man’s elderly father is …

Mississippi Flood Photos from Google Maps Satellite Imagery Mississippi Flood Photos from Google Maps Satellite Imagery
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Google has put together a whole bunch of data and imagery from the Mississippi floods on Google Maps. On Google’s Lat Long Blog, Pete Giencke of the Google Crisis Response Team writes: Emerging as one of the worst flooding events …

PayPal Android App Gets Check Photo Snapping Feature PayPal Android App Gets Check Photo Snapping Feature
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PayPal updated its Android app this morning to version 2.8. The new version has some new features including the ability to add money from checks by snapping a photo of the check (U.S. only) and storing of the app on …

T-Mobile Introduces Phone Trade-In Program T-Mobile Introduces Phone Trade-In Program
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Rumors of unpopular acquisitions be damned, T-Mobile is going ahead with business as usual. The company that brought the pleasant Carly Foulkes into our lives, otherwise known as the company AT&T wants to absorb in order to avoid updating to …

Obama’s Middle East Speech to Get Twitter Follow-Up Chat Obama’s Middle East Speech to Get Twitter Follow-Up Chat
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Tomorrow at 11:40 am Eastern Time, President Obama will give a speech about United States policy in the Middle East and North Africa. The White House is looking to connect via social media to the public by announcing a live …

LinkedIn IPO Prices Value Company at Over $4 Billion LinkedIn IPO Prices Value Company at Over $4 Billion
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LinkedIn is expected to launch its IPO on Thursday to the tune of 7,840,000 shares of class A common stock. The company said in an SEC filing that it expects shares to sell for $42 – $45. The filing says: …

PlayStation Network Not Hacked, Says Sony PlayStation Network Not Hacked, Says Sony
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Earlier today, it was reported that just two days after initial restoration of the PSN had begun, Sony’s network may have been compromised once again. Through independent tests, Nyleveia reported that a new breach was allowing hackers the ability to …

CDC Acknowledges Zombies On Twitter, Crashes Blog CDC Acknowledges Zombies On Twitter, Crashes Blog
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Remember the Digg effect, also seen at Fark.com? Remember fortifying servers to withstand a sudden influx of web traffic due to something on the site gaining immediate viral popularity? The phenomenon still exists, although, Digg is rarely the guilty party …

Bear Grylls Becomes Internet Meme Hero Bear Grylls Becomes Internet Meme Hero
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British adventurer turned ultimate badass Bear Grylls obviously has a great sense of humor. Earlier, he tweeted something that is likely to shoot him straight to the top of internet glory. But first, a little back-story. Bear Grylls is, of …

Twitter Gives Users More Control Over Data Twitter Gives Users More Control Over Data
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Twitter announced that it is making a couple of changes to how users control the third-party apps that they use with the service. The initiative they’re dubbing “Mission: Permission” centers around the concepts of more control for users and a …

Arnold Schwarzenegger Scandal on Twitter Arnold Schwarzenegger Scandal on Twitter
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Yesterday morning the news broke that former California governor, Mr. Universe and star of the best film of all time (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with a house maid over a decade ago. Apparently the …

New MacBook Air Expected Within Next Two Months New MacBook Air Expected Within Next Two Months

A new MacBook Air is expected to become available from Apple within the next couple of months. It’s been rumored for quite some time that the MacBook Air would get an update in June. Now, more evidence has come from …

PlayStation Network Hacked Again? PlayStation Network Hacked Again?
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UPDATE: Sony is now denying that any new hack has occurred. It has been only 2 days since Sony began restoring some services of its PSN network and Qriocity. Online multiplayer became available for most people on Sunday, prompting a …

Congress Debates Budget, Economy, Energy, Afghanistan, Education, Healthcare at YouTube Town Hall Congress Debates Budget, Economy, Energy, Afghanistan, Education, Healthcare at YouTube Town Hall

There is a new YouTube project called YouTube Town Hall, which has senators and representatives debating the hot issues. Google says the issues are the ones that are the most popular on Google News and Google search over the past …

Oprah Winfrey’s Farewell Shows: Celebrities React on Twitter Oprah Winfrey’s Farewell Shows: Celebrities React on Twitter

Yesterday evening, two back-to-back shows were filmed in part of the series of final episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show. Filmed at the United Center in Chicago, more than 20,000 attended the four hour taping. The theme of the two …

Google Dominates Search in Latin America Google Dominates Search in Latin America
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It is well known that Google hosts the most search queries in the world. It’s dominance is no doubt being challenged by the growth of Bing and persistence of Yahoo search, but Google is still the king of search, by …

Lions Star Ndamukong Suh Officially Breaks Twitter Record Lions Star Ndamukong Suh Officially Breaks Twitter Record

In April, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh held a tweetup at the Nebraska Cornhuskers spring game, with the goal of brewing the Guinness World Record for most attendees at a tweetup. This was made more interesting by the fact …

Fun With Google Translate Fun With Google Translate
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Translation tools, while useful, aren’t always what you would call “fun to play around with.” But that’s not entirely accurate, as people have found a couple of ways to mess around with the audio language translation to make it a …

Mobile Email Activity on the Rise, Says Report Mobile Email Activity on the Rise, Says Report
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Return Path released some interesting findings from a study on email – particularly, 81% growth in email activity on mobile devices. While the majority of email is still read from PCs, the leading platform for viewing email is webmail (48%). …