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Who’s Got the Time for All This Technology?
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In a recent article, we asked how business owners and CEOs can keep up with new technologies and strategies in the digital age. It’s a topic we discussed with a few people at Pubcon in Las Vegas. 

Yahoo Partners With Groupon On Local Deals
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Daily deal shopping website Groupon has reached a distribution partnership with Yahoo to bring local deals to users.

Social Media and Blogging: The Common Sense Approach
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Yahoo Aims to Be THE Place for Local Deals
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It’s quite a day for local search. Not only has Google launched a new social recommendation engine to tie into its local results, Yahoo has made a handful of announcements having to do with local and social features. 

Marketing and Personal Implications of a Facebook Email Service
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Rumor has it that Facebook will unveil its webmail product on Monday. That means look out Yahoo Mail. Look out Hotmail, and more interestingly in the grand scheme of things, look out Gmail. 

> Update: Read today’s article on the announcent of @facebook.com

More Americans Accessing Internet And Social Media For Medical Advice

Americans looking for medical advice are visiting medical websites, social media sites, and online communities in greater numbers than the websites of pharmaceutical companies, according to a new survey from Accenture.

More than two-thirds (68%) of Americans go online for health information, and just 11 percent access a pharmaceutical company’s website to find information about a medical condition compared the the majority (92%) who access other online resources more frequently.

Chrome Tops New List Of Vulnerable Applications
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Generally speaking, Google does well when it comes to lists.  It’s often labeled a favorite employer, most trusted brand, or dominant competitor.  Unfortunately for the company, Chrome earned the number one spot on a list titled "Top Vulnerable Applications – 2010" today.

Distinction Between Email And Social Networks Eroding
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The popularity of social networking services, along with changing demographics and work styles, will lead 20 percent of employees to use social networks as a main business communication tool by 2014, according to a new report from Gartner.

Google Brings New Level of Relevancy to Local
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Google has combined local search with personalized search, and social search to make a potentially powerful new kind of Google result that should benefit both users and businesses. These results come from a new Google product called "Hotpot", a recommendation engine designed for integration with Google Places. 

Barnes & Noble Begins Shipping Nookcolor E-Reader

Barnes & Noble said today it will begin shipping its Nookcolor ahead of schedule to people who pre-ordered the device.

The Nookcolor will begin arriving today and through the week to people who pre-ordered the device online and at Barnes & Noble stores. The e-reader will also start arriving at Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Walmart and Books-A-Million in “very limited quantities” this week and will include in-store demonstrations.

Major Advertisers Sign On For Google Goggles Test

Google’s augmented reality tech might soon make the shift from interesting plaything to revenue-generating tool.  A Google Goggles marketing experiment has begun, at least, and Buick, Delta Airlines, Diageo, Disney, and T-Mobile are all taking part.

AT&T And Verizon Aim To Create Mobile Payment Network
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 AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have announced the formation of a joint venture called ISIS, a mobile payments network.

Discover Financial Services and Barclays Plc are also participating in the joint venture which will allow people to pay for purchases with their smartphones.  ISIS is expected to be introduced in larger markets during the next 18 months.

Official: The Beatles Now Available Via iTunes
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UPDATE: iTunes has officially been updated and now features The Beatles prominently on the front of the iTunes store, as well as the company homepage. For more information check out The Beatles page on Apple.

The Beatles on iTunes

Twitter Introduces Translations, More Local Trends
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At the moment, a Trending Topic on Twitter if you’re not signed in is #seharrypotterfossebrasileiro, which highlights two problems.  First, the average person may not be interested in Brazil’s fondness for Harry Potter.  Second, even if he or she is, the average person definitely doesn’t know Portuguese, the official language of Brazil.  So Twitter’s rolling out translations and more local trends

Hulu Sets Ad Impression Record In October
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New comScore video data is out, and as usual, a few corporations traded places in terms of successfully attracting unique viewers.  The bigger story, though, may be the fact that Hulu showed its users over 1.1 billion ads in October, which is more than twice as many as the number two entity, Tremor Media Video Network.

Is a Shake-Up Brewing in the Search Market?
Borders.com Rolls Out New Website
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Borders.com has launched a new website featuring discounts on 100,000 bestselling titles, free shipping offers and new product lines.

To promote the new website, Borders is offering free shipping on all orders placed on its site today. Borders Rewards Plus members receive free standard shipping  on their online orders and an additional 10 percent off the purchase price for most items. Members of the free Borders Rewards program also receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

eBay Launches

eBay has introduced its “Love to Give” holiday shopping campaign which focuses on what the company describes as “unwrap attacks,” emotional moments that happen when someone receives the perfect gift.

eBay is calling on people to upload videos of their best unwrap attack moment to its Love to Give gallery. Samantha Bee, correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will report on unwrap attacks in an original webisode series.

 

eBay Launches

eBay has introduced its “Love to Give” holiday shopping campaign which focuses on what the company describes as “unwrap attacks,” emotional moments that happen when someone receives the perfect gift.

eBay is calling on people to upload videos of their best unwrap attack moment to its Love to Give gallery. Samantha Bee, correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will report on unwrap attacks in an original webisode series.

 

eBay Launches

eBay has introduced its “Love to Give” holiday shopping campaign which focuses on what the company describes as “unwrap attacks,” emotional moments that happen when someone receives the perfect gift.

eBay is calling on people to upload videos of their best unwrap attack moment to its Love to Give gallery. Samantha Bee, correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will report on unwrap attacks in an original webisode series.

 

Hitwise Supplies Info On Google-Facebook Email Clash
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Many analysts believe that Facebook will essentially declare war on Google later today, launching an email product that will compete with – and perhaps overthrow – Gmail.  So this morning, Experian Hitwise Research Director Robin Goad weighed in with some stats pertaining to the possible conflict.

There’s More to Social Media For Small Businesses than ROI
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Yahoo Introduces Its Contibutor Network

Yahoo has launched the Yahoo Contributor Network, a new platform for people to publish their creative content.

Yahoo says its Contributor Network will bring contributions from more than 400,000 writers, photographers and videographers to media destinations, including Yahoo News, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports and the Yahoo homepage.

Report: Facebook Tops eBay In Value
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A certain social network may now trail only Google and Amazon in value when it comes to American Web companies.  Facebook’s privately traded shares have apparently appreciated to the point that the organization’s passed even eBay.