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Google: Personalized Search Results Are Lifting Clickthrough Rates Google: Personalized Search Results Are Lifting Clickthrough Rates
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Google launched Search Plus Your World earlier this year. Most Google users probably just know it as Google filling their results with a lot more results based on social connections. A lot of users complained about it, but Google appears …

Facebook Study Shows Brands How to Build Engagement Facebook Study Shows Brands How to Build Engagement
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With the Facebook IPO imminent, it’s no coincidence that Facebook has been whipping itself into a business-friendly shape. To that end, Facebook began to update Facebook Studio, the website that allows marketers to develop their Facebook campaigns and compare them …

Is Google+ a Ghost Town?  A New Study Reveals Weak User Engagement Is Google+ a Ghost Town? A New Study Reveals Weak User Engagement
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To hear Google tell it, Google+ is growing into a major social network that will soon rival Facebook. The company loves to point out that more brands are adopting the social network and that the site now has over 170 …

Some Free Directories Go Missing From Google, Some Paid Directories Doing Well Some Free Directories Go Missing From Google, Some Paid Directories Doing Well
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There some discussion going on in the webmaster/SEO community that Google may have de-indexed some free web directories. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable points to a WebmasterWorld forum thread on the subject. The thread begins with a post from …

Imgur Hits 2 Billion Page Views Per Month Imgur Hits 2 Billion Page Views Per Month

If you’ve ever been on reddit for more than about five minutes, you’ve heard of Imgur. The site ( which is pronounced “imager,” not “im-gur”) is easily reddit’s favorite image hosting service. Of course, Imgur’s popularity doesn’t just come from …

Socialcam Controversy Leads To A “Fix” Socialcam Controversy Leads To A “Fix”
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Socialcam is one of the most popular video apps on the iPhone, and it’s become entangled in a bit of controversy. There’s a social feature that’s on by default, and shares the videos you watch to your Facebook feed, but …

Dell Apologizes for Moderator’s Sexist Remarks Dell Apologizes for Moderator’s Sexist Remarks
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Yesterday Dell issued a formal apology for a series of comments made during an event that took place in Copenhagen back in April. They hired Mads Christensen, a personality famous for poking fun at stereotypes, to moderate the Dell-sponsored partner …

Distracted Driving Blamed in Death of Connecticut Jogger Distracted Driving Blamed in Death of Connecticut Jogger
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For advocates wanting the outright ban of cellphone use while driving, a tragic story out of Hartford, Connecticut is unfortunate ammo for the cause. According to the AP, 44-year-old Kenneth Dorsey was killed in March after his was struck while …

Cloud Storage For Free For Dropbox Dropquest Participants Cloud Storage For Free For Dropbox Dropquest Participants
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A few days ago, Dropbox began its annual contest Dropquest. It’s an online scavenger hunt that leads to participants getting free cloud storage. DropBox describes the contest: Dropquest is a multi-step scavenger hunt that has you solve a series of …

Flickr Introduces ‘Liquid’ Layout Flickr Introduces ‘Liquid’ Layout

Photo sharing platform Flickr has been undergoing a redesign, recently launching a new uploader that accommodates larger pictures, in line with the platform’s philosophy of “Large sizes + Low compression = Beautiful Photos.” Now hi-resolution pictures are viewable via Flickr’s …

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II Launches Today
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While everybody may just be starting up Diablo III, I’m going to be playing the next episode in Sonic the Hedgehog 4. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m more excited about Sega’s new 2D platformer than Blizzard’s hellish epic. …

Groupon Stock: Earnings Better Than Analysts Predicted Groupon Stock: Earnings Better Than Analysts Predicted

Groupon stock shot up almost 18 percent during after hours trading on Monday when first quarter earnings turned out to be much better than analysts had originally predicted. Thanks to increased demand from consumers, the company posted a smaller net …

Follow This Year’s Summer Blockbusters With the ‘Movieland’ Boardgame

Superhero movies are expected to dominate this year’s summer movie list. The Avengers is still topping the box office right now, drawing huge amounts of ticket sales. But the season is just getting started, and there are many more big …

Playstation Store Update Features Pixel Junk 4AM
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Every week we wait for Tuesday afternoon so that we can see what kind of goodies that the Playstation Store update has for us. this week is kind of on the weak side of the awesome scale but it does …

Facebook’s Instagram Purchase Delayed Until Later This Year Facebook’s Instagram Purchase Delayed Until Later This Year

Facebook’s far-famed $1 billion purchase of Instagram may be in a bit of trouble. It seems that in IPO-related documents filed with the SEC today, Facebook revised its expectation of when the deal would close. The original projection had the …

Diablo III Gets “Emergency” Update, Already Beaten By Korean Gamers

Diablo III is now available for consumption, and although it’s less than 24 hours old, the game has already been updated in order to address “error 37,” which is the subject of much discussion on Twitter. Apparently, however, error 37 …

Google Glass Not Yet Augmented Reality Google Glass Not Yet Augmented Reality

We’ve all seen the parodies. More than we can count, at this point. Still, all the attention Google’s Glass project has gotten can be interpreted as giddy excitement for the cyborg-vision we’ve all wanted since childhood. It’s sad, then, to …

Tis Better To Have Loved? Online Romance Scams Cost Victims Million Last Year Tis Better To Have Loved? Online Romance Scams Cost Victims Million Last Year

Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all – Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1849 Do you think Lord Tennyson was also talking about loving and losing in the realm of online dating? Based on figures …

Pinterest Losing Facebook Connected Users Pinterest Losing Facebook Connected Users

It was reported last month that Pinterest has been losing a bit of steam as of late, and users, which some had attributed to mere growing pains for the fledgeling platform. New stats from AppData confirm this trend, which shows …

Facebook’s Open Graph Is Dominating The Internet Facebook’s Open Graph Is Dominating The Internet
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The image you see above is not the visualizer from Windows Media Player 6. It’s a chart that shows how many links containing Open Graph tags have gone through through Embedly. The image illustrates a massive 42 percent of all …

Google Analyzes How People Use Smartphones In Different Countries Google Analyzes How People Use Smartphones In Different Countries

Earlier, we looked a new report from Adobe, indicating that the share of website visits from tablets grew ten times faster than the rate of smartphones in a two-year period. Now, Google has released some research about smartphone adoption around …

Facebook IPO Particulars [Infographic] Facebook IPO Particulars [Infographic]

We’ve been covering the angles all week. First Investors were saying Facebook was way overvalued, next it was that demand had far outweighed the available shares, now, Facebook and their underwriters have issued more than 50 million additional shares to …

Paris Hilton To Debut DJ Skills In Brazil: Twitter Reacts
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Heiress Paris Hilton is more known for her appearances on the red carpet lately than anything else, but apparently she’s been working on her music career, fattening up a second album and creating fresh beats in the studio. Wait, what? …

iOS 6 Starts Showing Up In App Usage Data iOS 6 Starts Showing Up In App Usage Data

With WWDC 2012 right around the corner, more details about iOS 6, which is likely to be unveiled at the conference, are starting to emerge. At the same time, it appears that iOS app developers are starting to see iOS …