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Twitter Influence vs. Twitter Followers
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Quick: Who has more influence on Twitter – Lady Gaga or British actor Stephen Fry?  Even if you aren’t one of her 7 million + followers, I bet you guessed that Lady Gaga holds more sway in the Twitterverse than …

Sweet 16 For Wikis

Today is the 16th birthday of the web’s first wiki. The web owes a great debt to Ward Cunningham for starting the first wiki 16 years ago today at Wiki Wiki Web (although that is debatable, I suppose, for wiki …

Majority Of Americans On Facebook, According To Study
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s official “Population Clock,” around 311 million people live in the U.S. at this moment.  Now here’s the interesting thing: new data from Edison Research and Arbitron indicates that more than half of Americans over …

Will eBay Buying Habits Predict March Madness Winner?

While the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has hit its second week — Sweet 16, ya’ll — also known as the time the casual fan checks out and mainly the purists are left paying attention, that hasn’t stopped some entities from …

Color Privacy – If Privacy Is Your Thing, Color May Not Be For You
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Social media and privacy don’t tend to play well together, as we’ve seen in the past. Sure, there are always privacy settings, but these are usually emphasized as an afterthought. Things are a bit different with Color, however. No, color …

Kindle Upgrades to Wi-fi Downloading of Audiobooks

The old corded method of getting audiobooks onto your Kindle is now a thing of the past.  Today on the Kindle blog, Amazon announced that readers (and listeners) can now directly downloaded audiobooks from Audible.com via wi-fi connection. Audible.com, bought …

OMG Added to OED OMG Added to OED
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ROFLMAO! The Oxford English Dictionary, which is approaching 130 years old, contains over 600,000 words, definitions and pronunciations.  As the premier authority on the English language, they like to update their word lists quite frequently.  This month, this means the …

Implicit Social Graphs Rise From Interest Not Location
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There has been a ton of conversation about social graphs, location and photo sharing lately. Most of this conversation has arisen due to the release of the photo-sharing application Color. The photo-sharing part of the discussion is only a gateway …

The Japan Quake Maps Are Useful, Educational

If there’s some good that comes from the kind of natural disaster that hit Japan, aside from seeing people put aside their petty differences for a moment in favor of assisting those in need, it’s seeing Internet technologies being used …

Color – Next Big Thing or Just Overblown Hype?
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Well, it looks like the hot new startup is Color. Just about everyone in the tech blogosphere is talking about it. Of course that doesn’t always translate into mainstream success, but Color did secure $41 million in funding from Sequoia …

“Google Cash” Scammers Ordered To Pay $1.6 Million
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Google’s lawyers have done it again. Yesterday, the company won a lawsuit against a number of disreputable firms, getting a judge to more or less agree that they’re scammers and award Google a $1.6 million settlement. The conflict started more …

Facebook Troll Sentenced in Australian Court Facebook Troll Sentenced in Australian Court

This extends far beyond your basic rick roller or “first” commenter. Today, Self-titled “troll” Bradley Paul Hampson, a 29 year old Brisbane resident, plead guilty to the possession and distribution of child exploitation material as well as using the internet …

Twitter Hires Former AdSense Manager
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A man with an interesting history of making money for high-tech organizations may now try his hand at doing the same for Twitter.  Today, Twitter announced that Satya Patel, who worked on AdSense for about six years, is joining it …

Facebook Questions Revamped
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When the beta version of Facebook questions debuted in the summer of 2010, it was large and in charge – of your news feed that is.  Yes, the old Facebook Questions got to be sickeningly annoying to this writer.  Today, …

Google Media Ads Launched for AdWords Google Media Ads Launched for AdWords
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Google announced the launch of a new ad format for AdWords today – the Media Ad format. These ads allow advertisers to place emphasis on video from the search results page. The new format works a little differently than the …

Daniel Tosh: Viral Video Infamy
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Before the debut of his breakthrough television show, Daniel Tosh had been carving a name for himself like most stand-up comics; working the club circuits hoping to catch a break. After building some momentum as an up and coming comedian, …

TripAdvisor’s Email List Breached TripAdvisor’s Email List Breached
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TripAdvisor, one of the top travel review websites around, released a statement today that warns its members of a security breach that allowed the theft of a portion of their email list.  How large of a portion they don’t say, …

iPad WordPress Plugin Makes Sites Tablet-Friendly
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WordPress announced today that it has been working with Onswipe on a new WordPress plugin that makes sites more iPad-friendly or in their words, “reimagined for a touch experience”. OnSwipe is a platform that helps publishers make their content more …

Staples Launches Website For Tablets
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Staples said today it has launched a website focused on tablets to help people research and compare devices that fit their needs. Staples.com/tablets will offer side-by-side feature and price comparisons, photos, videos and business apps. Key features of the site …

Starbucks Digital Network Adds Content

Since October of 2010, Starbucks has not simply provided a place for people to sit and steal wi-fi, but has given those wi-fi users access to selective content via the Starbucks Digital Network. If you aren’t familiar with how it …

Google Accounts for All YouTube Users Starting Very Soon
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In May of 2009, Google started giving people signing up for YouTube accounts, Google accounts too. A little over a year later, the company announced that it would start requiring all YouTube users to have Google accounts. This occurred during …

RR Donnelly Buys Journalism Online

Printing company RR Donnelley said today it has acquired Journalism Online, a company aimed at helping news papers monetize their web content. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Three veteran media executives are behind Journalism Online including Steven …

Yahoo’s Share Of Search Ad Market Expected To Sink

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz might want to (yet again) take cover.  A new report is sure to rile her critics and at least a few shareholders, as eMarketer suggested late yesterday that Yahoo’s share of the U.S. search ad market …

Public Broadband Networks On The Rise

The ILSR (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) states that their goal is to “provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development.”  One of their focal points is local internet access, and they have …