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Homeland Security Sued Over Proposed Facebook, Twitter Monitoring Homeland Security Sued Over Proposed Facebook, Twitter Monitoring
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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), has filed suit in US District Court against the Department of Homeland Security. The grounds for the suit is a refusal by DHS to reply to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by …

Nokia’s Symbian Finishes As 2011’s Top Mobile OS Nokia’s Symbian Finishes As 2011’s Top Mobile OS

StatCounter has released their analysis of global market share for smartphone operating systems, and the results are a little surprising. Android had an excellent year, growing steadily and finishing just below iOS. Apple, on the other hand, finished the year …

N-Control Tries To Clean Up Ocean Marketing, Paul Christoforo Mess N-Control Tries To Clean Up Ocean Marketing, Paul Christoforo Mess
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The past couple of days have been something of a hurricane, mixed with seething rage for the people over at N-Control, the makers of the Avenger Controller. The company they hired for their marketing needs, Ocean Marketing, more specifically Paul …

Amazon Sold Enough Steve Jobs Bios Over The Holidays To Stack Taller Than Mt. Everest Amazon Sold Enough Steve Jobs Bios Over The Holidays To Stack Taller Than Mt. Everest

As you’re probably aware, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography is pretty popular. It’s been pretty popular on Amazon too, of course. As previously reported, it was the top-seling book of the holiday season on Amazon.com. To put that into persepctive, …

Amazon Third-Party Sellers See Record Holiday Sales Growth Amazon Third-Party Sellers See Record Holiday Sales Growth
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Amazon says 2011’s has been a record-breaking holiday season for businesses that sell on Amazon. Third-party sellers experienced record holiday growth, the company says, with the number of sellers who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season increasing 44% …

Boston DA Subpoenas Twitter Account; Twitter Notifies User Boston DA Subpoenas Twitter Account; Twitter Notifies User

While social media allows us to broadcast all sorts of information about ourselves to the people we want to communicate with, the access that it provides law enforcement has often made people uncomfortable. The idea that the government is monitoring …

Google: Google+ User Growth Will Shock People Google: Google+ User Growth Will Shock People
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Google+ VP, Product, Bradley Horowitz hosted a “hangout in real life” in Ann Arbor, which was broadcast via Google+s Hangouts on Air feature. The hangout consisted of a group of Google+ power users sitting in a room discussing the service. …

Amazon’s Best-Selling Products Of The Holidays Amazon’s Best-Selling Products Of The Holidays

Amazon announced its best-selling products of the holiday season, providing the top three for each category. We already reported on how great the holidays have been to Amazon’s Kindle, and this is again reflected by the top-selling electronics – all …

Follow-Up: PhoneDog Discusses Twitter Lawsuit Follow-Up: PhoneDog Discusses Twitter Lawsuit
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On Tuesday we ran a story about a lawsuit brought by PhoneDog against one of their former employees, Noah Kravitz. When Kravitz left the company in October 2010 he took the Twitter account – formerly Phonedog_Noah, now NoahKravitz – with …

Amazon: 2011 Best Kindle Holiday Ever Amazon: 2011 Best Kindle Holiday Ever

Amazon announced that it’s been the best holiday ever for the Kindle. Not much of a surprise really, but the numbers are pretty impressive. Keep in mind, they include the Kindle Fire. Some highlights Amazon points to: Throughout December, customers …

Android Personified [Infographic] Android Personified [Infographic]

BlueStacks has put out an infographic called “Mr. Android 2011”. It uses data from Nielsen and Facebook fans of BlueStack’s app player for PC, to show us a little bit about Android users. The data was collected between 12/12/11 and …

Disappointed Kids on Christmas YouTube Videos 2011 Disappointed Kids on Christmas YouTube Videos 2011

While most who took in the “WTF I Wanted an iPhone” video were shocked and appalled by the teen and pre-teen reaction to not receiving a car or Apple product for Christmas, there’s something more light-hearted and humorous about younger …

Rumor: iPad 3 To Get Major Battery Upgrade Rumor: iPad 3 To Get Major Battery Upgrade
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There are two new rumors on the iPad 3 pile this morning: one concerning the device’s features, one concerning the release date. We’ll start with the device features. Battery life has long been the bane of the gadget industry. Though …

Is A Lack Of Communication Hurting Facebook’s Relationship With Developers? Is A Lack Of Communication Hurting Facebook’s Relationship With Developers?

It would seem that Facebook has been pissing off developers again (though I’m not sure this ever truly stopped). A couple of fairly publicized complaints (at least within the developer community, courtesy of Hacker News) have drawn some response from …

Spotify Year in Review Released Spotify Year in Review Released

Each year, Spotify puts out its Year in Review, which includes its top tracks. Now, they’ve put out the 2011 edition. It’s not all about the tracks though. This year’s review includes Spotify launching in five new countries, including the …

Apple iTV May Bring Custom Channel Lineups Apple iTV May Bring Custom Channel Lineups

Yesterday we reported on a rumor that Apple was preparing to begin production of an iTV television set. While there have long been rumors of an Apple-branded TV, the current crop of reports makes it seem as though it may …

Ocean Marketing Gets the YouTube Treatment Ocean Marketing Gets the YouTube Treatment
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Ocean Marketing is the talk of the Internet at the moment, thanks to some really, really poor customer service techniques. The story was documented by WebProNews earlier today, and as the fallout continues from Ocean Marketing’s actions, the company is …

New York Times Accidentally Dishes Out Some Spam New York Times Accidentally Dishes Out Some Spam

If you have an email account linked up to any kind of service with the New York Times, even to read the free stuff, you probably got an email today that looked a lot like this: Looks pretty legit to …

Twitter Gets Nostalgic With #10YearsAgo Trend Twitter Gets Nostalgic With #10YearsAgo Trend

Whether it’s old friends remembering good times or the “where were you when” conversations about major historical events, everybody likes to indulge a little nostalgia now and again. The approach of a new year often serves as a trigger for …

Microsoft’s Plans For Windows Phone Leaked Microsoft’s Plans For Windows Phone Leaked

Tech companies generally tend to keep certain secrets close. The element of surprise is a competitive advantage in any arena. Of course, some things naturally get out, and others are deliberately leaked. But most of those leaks are information involving …

12 Days of Google+ – A Holiday Greeting From Users To Google 12 Days of Google+ – A Holiday Greeting From Users To Google

Carmelyne Thompson uploaded a video of the “12 Days of G+” as a holiday greeting to Google. For the project, the participants collaborated using: Google+, Hangouts, Google Chat, Google Voice, Gmail, YouTube, Chrome and Google Docs. Thompson says in a …

Michael Crook Trolls The Internet With Support SOPA Site Michael Crook Trolls The Internet With Support SOPA Site
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This just in: If you don’t support SOPA, you are thief!!! So says the wisdom of one Michael Crook, who seems to be on a mission to troll everyone he comes into contact with. You may have first heard of …

Lots More People Still Use Myspace Than Google+ Lots More People Still Use Myspace Than Google+
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In what is probably a surprise to nobody who uses the Internet with any kind of regularity, Google was the most visited U.S. web brand in 2011. As reported by Nielsen earlier today, the search engine juggernaut maintained an average …

Groupon Reportedly Acquires Campfire Labs Groupon Reportedly Acquires Campfire Labs

It would appear that the Groupon acquisitions continue. TechCrunch is reporting that Groupon has quietly acquired Campfire Labs, after finding that the campfirelabs.com domain was transferred to Groupon. Little information is available about what Campfire Labs actually does. One thing …