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Is the State of the News Industry “Pathetic”? Is the State of the News Industry “Pathetic”?
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Mashable founder Pete Cashmore tweeted that Monday was the biggest traffic day ever for the publication (in terms of unique visitors. Clearly, it stands to reason that the death of Osama bin Laden and the site’s tendency to show up …

Book Recommendation Site Bookish to Launch this Summer Book Recommendation Site Bookish to Launch this Summer
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Upcoming site Bookish wants to be the digital destination for readers of all types – casual to diehard. Today, the new site was announced as a joint venture between AOL Huffington Post Media Group and three major publishers – Hachette, …

Microsoft adCenter Getting Some New Local Features Microsoft adCenter Getting Some New Local Features
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Microsoft adCenter plans to launch new local features for Bing in the U.S. aimed at helping businesses reach local audiences. These include radius targeting for search ads, new local search ad attributes, and “Bing VIsion”. “These new mobile local ad …

FCC Asked to Investigate Data Caps FCC Asked to Investigate Data Caps
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It is possible that the Osama Bin Laden media obsession has caused you to miss this little tidbit, but on Monday AT&T officially killed uncapped internet. The much talked-about data limitations officially went into effect without too much backlash hitting …

Kentucky Derby Most “Buzzed” About Of Triple Crown Kentucky Derby Most “Buzzed” About Of Triple Crown

It’s almost the first Saturday in May in Kentucky, which means one thing and one thing only: Horse racing is king for a day. The first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown takes place tomorrow as the Kentucky Derby prepares …

150,000 Osama bin Laden Links Spanning Just 5 Days, Courtesy of Google News 150,000 Osama bin Laden Links Spanning Just 5 Days, Courtesy of Google News

Google has an interesting post on the Google News blog today, talking about how far Google News has come since 9/11. It has indeed come quite a long way. Actually Google News was “born in the aftermath” of the tragedy, …

PlayStation Network to be Hacked Again? PlayStation Network to be Hacked Again?
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If these latest rumors have merit, then it really couldn’t get any worse for Sony. CNET is exclusively reporting that an undisclosed group of hackers are planning another attack on the PSN as early as this weekend.  From CNET: An …

Firefox Stands Up For MafiaaFire Redirector Firefox Stands Up For MafiaaFire Redirector
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As many of you know, The Department of Homeland Security, besides protecting the safety of our homeland as the name implies, is also in the habit of defending web domain seizures conducted by ICE. While the reason why these two …

Google Instant Previews Now Support Flash Google Instant Previews Now Support Flash
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Back in November, Google launched its Instant Previews feature for search results, which allow users to view a preview of a site before actually clicking on it to visit it. I’m curious as to how often these actually get used, …

Jerry Seinfeld Launches Comedy Website Jerry Seinfeld Launches Comedy Website
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In an attempt to bring some of his own favorite bits to the interwebs, comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld has launched jerryseinfeld.com. The site, which went live this morning, is set up in an interesting way. Each day three video clips …

Osama bin Laden Death Drives Massive Traffic for News Sites Osama bin Laden Death Drives Massive Traffic for News Sites
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Obviously the Osama bin Laden news drove (and continues to drive) a massive amount of news coverage from all sorts of publications. Coverage from tech blogs has taken some criticism this week, as Mashable announced a record number of unique …

Twitter Promotes Mother’s Day Twitter Promotes Mother’s Day
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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, April 8th. Twitter is promoting an interesting gift you can give her – the gift of social media. From the Twitter blog: When you’re hanging with your mom this Mother’s Day, try teaching her a …

Facebook Tweaks @ Mentions Facebook Tweaks @ Mentions

The @ mention of friends or pages on Facebook has been a success since it debuted in 2009.  People inherently like to include others in their communications, and tagging a friend is the surest way to make sure that they …

Can Coke Start A Trend To Make Inspiration A Form Of Co-Creation? Can Coke Start A Trend To Make Inspiration A Form Of Co-Creation?

What if you could join your favourite band in studio to record their next single? For many, this is just a moment to dream of – but last month Coca-Cola partnered with the rock band Maroon 5 to do exactly …

Google Competitive Practices Brought Into the Panda Conversation Google Competitive Practices Brought Into the Panda Conversation
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We’ve been covering a lot of the fallout from the Google Panda update, and have reported on HubPages specifically a number of times. Recently we looked at comments made by CEO Paul Edmondson, comparing Hubpages to YouTube, as he pondered …

Hey Facebook, Fix Your Takedown Notice Practices! Hey Facebook, Fix Your Takedown Notice Practices!
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It seems like Facebook can’t catch a break lately. Between legal issues from accused spammer David Fagin and minor Justin Nastro, the search network is also catching a bit of flack after it took down pages of some popular tech sites. Ars Technica and Redmond Pie were among the Facebook pages taken down based on copyright infringement claims.

Demand Media Announces 20% Decline in eHow Search Referrals Due to Panda Demand Media Announces 20% Decline in eHow Search Referrals Due to Panda
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As you may know, Demand Media released its quarterly earnings report, reporting an increase in revenue (including for its content business specifically), and even a 32% increase in pageviews. In addition to that, the company made some new announcements about …

Email, Social Media Communication Increases, IM Use Decreases Email, Social Media Communication Increases, IM Use Decreases
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As part of a study commissioned by Microsoft, market research company MarketTools surveyed 1,268 professionals and students over the age of 18 about their email habits and other forms of communication at home and at work. 45% of those surveyed …

Demand Media Earnings Report – Revenue Up, Questions Remain Demand Media Earnings Report – Revenue Up, Questions Remain

Demand Media just released its much-anticipated earnings report, which includes a revenue increase of 48%, year-over-year, but the thing investors are particularly interested in is the company’s performance post Panda-update. The content and media revenue (ext-TAC) increased 77% year-over-year. The …

Demand Media Deletes eHow Articles, Edits Others in Quality Clean-up Initiative Demand Media Deletes eHow Articles, Edits Others in Quality Clean-up Initiative
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It’s a big day for Demand Media, with that earnings report and all. It will be very interesting to see how the stock goes. We had the opportunity to chat with Larry Fitzgibbon, Demand Media’s EVP, Media and Operations, and …

Bin Laden Raid’s Live Tweeter Sohaib Athar Speaks About Twitter Fame Bin Laden Raid’s Live Tweeter Sohaib Athar Speaks About Twitter Fame
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In the minutes after President Obama announced to the world that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in a U.S. led military operation, it was revealed that a 33 year old Pakistani man had unknowingly live tweeted the event. Sohaib …

SafeHouse, Wall Street Journal’s WikiLeaks-Style Site, Launches Today SafeHouse, Wall Street Journal’s WikiLeaks-Style Site, Launches Today
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The Wall Street Journal is getting into the (non-profit) business of secure, anonymous document submission. Today they launched SafeHouse, their version of the electronic drop box, similar to WikiLeaks. Few issues have elicited a stronger response – on both sides …

Who is Responsible for Illegal P2P Downloading? Who is Responsible for Illegal P2P Downloading?
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Don’t hate the player, don’t hate the game – hate the messenger? In the latest round of who-can-we-sue, disgruntled “victims” of file sharing have taken aim at CBS’s CNET, specifically their software downloading site cnet.download.com. Entrepreneur, FilmOn Founder and “eccentric …

Neil Gaiman Defends Himself Via Social Media Neil Gaiman Defends Himself Via Social Media

Serving as the hero of geeks everywhere, Neil Gaiman is something of a pied-piper. That is, his work is met with such a level of respect from the comic book crowd, it seems he can’t do anything wrong. Every release …