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Google Earth (New): No More Patchy Blocks, Plus Image Sharing! Google Earth (New): No More Patchy Blocks, Plus Image Sharing!
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Google announced today that they are upgrading Google Earth. Gone are the mosaic-looking pieces that comprised the old graphics. A much more seamless look is now in place. From the official Google Blog: The Google Earth globe is made from …

Illinois Legislation Asks Dating Websites To Post Background Check Information
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Online dating has always been a risky business; you never know if you could be talking to Mr./Ms. Right or the Zodiac Killer. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Legislation in Springfield, Illinois, if passed, could require any …

Audi Super Bowl Ad Kills Some Vampires Audi Super Bowl Ad Kills Some Vampires
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Audi has officially thrown its hat into the ring to compete for this year’s best Super Bowl ad, releasing “Vampire Party” to the YouTube masses more than a week before the big game. The ad is now available because Facebook …

ACTA: French MEP Resigns Over “Charade” In Parliament
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ACTA has taken a blow already today with the resignation of the French MEP (Member of European Parliament) who was in charge of investigating the bill. On his Web site, Kader Arif posted a statement titled, “ACTA: A masquerade I …

Google+ Safety Enhancements For Teens Announced Google+ Safety Enhancements For Teens Announced
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Google’s Bradley Horowitz, VP Product on Google+, announced on Google+ that the company is launching some enhancements designed to keep teens safe on Google+. Given the company’s new privacy policy consolidation, I guess that means keeping teens safe using Google …

YouTube Updates Browse Page, Video Editor & Video Manager YouTube Updates Browse Page, Video Editor & Video Manager
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Just when you thought YouTube was done tweaking the user interface of their website, YouTube decided to keep users on their toes and roll out some more updates today. In a post from its official blog, the YouTube development team …

Hawaii Could Force ISPs To Log All Browsing History, Indefinitely
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In the current political climate, with all the buzz about SOPA & PIPA and now H.R.1981 & ACTA, Hawaii state representative John Mizuno has to be outside of his mind to introduce a comical piece of legislation like H.B. 2288. …

Security Software Aims To Trick Hackers Security Software Aims To Trick Hackers

Hacker attacks are increasing and Web sites need new defenses to protect their data. That’s where Mykonos comes in, a security company that protects Web sites from attacks by wasting a hacker’s time instead of using an easily breakable wall. …

Google’s Chromebooks For Education A Success So Far Google’s Chromebooks For Education A Success So Far

This may finally be the year when classroom’s get a major technology upgrade. Apple’s already had success with their iPad-optimized textbooks and now Google’s announced their huge success with providing Chromebooks in order to bring classrooms into the 21st Century. …

FairSearch Adds E-Commerce, Advertising Firms To Coalition FairSearch Adds E-Commerce, Advertising Firms To Coalition

In 2010, a group of travel sites banded together to form the FairSearch Coalition, with the main goal of seeing Google’s acquisition of ITA Software blocked. It didn’t work, but the coalition is still going strong, fighting to see antitrust …

Google+ Harvests Technology To Make Information Easy Google+ Harvests Technology To Make Information Easy

Fifteen years ago nobody knew who Google was and today you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t. Google are the search people, right? Exactly but Google has gone far beyond just search. Today they are a technology company …

Autocomplete Type Attribute Can Increase Conversions, Says Google Autocomplete Type Attribute Can Increase Conversions, Says Google

Google announced that Chrome is now supporting an experimental “autocomplete type” attribute for form fields that enable developers to unambiguously label text and select fields with common data types, like “full-name” or “street-address”. “With this attribute, web developers can drive …

Facebook and Twitter Users: The FBI Is Watching You
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The FBI is shopping around for a contractor to do some snooping for them on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. In a document called “Social Media Application” (pdf) released on January 19, it was revealed that the Strategic …

Google Maps Now Offers Better Biking Directions Google Maps Now Offers Better Biking Directions
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Google warmed the hearts of hipsters and bicycle enthusiasts alike back in March of last year when they introduced the biking directions feature on Google Maps that would allow bikers to coordinate the best bike-ready route on a map. Today, …

Google Privacy Search Marks Google Relevancy Fail Google Privacy Search Marks Google Relevancy Fail
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While researching an article I wrote this morning about Google’s privacy changes and their implications, I couldn’t help but notice a huge fail on Google’s part in terms of relevancy. It seemed worth sharing. You would think a search for …

Earn Facebook Credits By Eating Taco Bell with Plink Earn Facebook Credits By Eating Taco Bell with Plink
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Attention Cityville, Mafia Wars, and Bejeweled players, I bet you’d like to earn Facebook Credits by doing something you probably do all the time. A new loyalty service called Plink allows you to dine your way to Facebook currency riches. …

Bank of America Rolls Out Discount Service Bank of America Rolls Out Discount Service

Bank of America is the latest to jump on the trend of offering consumers deals through online discounts. Reuters reports that Bank of America rolled out its new Groupon-like service Wednesday that allows consumers to receive deals from retailers based …

NFL Allowing Players To Tweet During Pro Bowl NFL Allowing Players To Tweet During Pro Bowl

According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, NFL players will be allowed to tweet during the Pro Bowl game in special areas on the sidelines. BREAKING: NFL will allow players to in-game tweet during Sunday’s Pro Bowl. There will be 1 designated …

Bill C-11: SOPA’s Canadian Hellspawn
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Blocked websites. Infinite copyrights. Draconian entertainment industries. Judicial targeting of “pirate” sites. Users’ loss of Internet access. If you’ve followed the news of the metastatic Stop Online Piracy Act in the United States, you’re probably familiar with the above dystopian …

Google Privacy Changes: What Do They Mean To You? Google Privacy Changes: What Do They Mean To You?
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Google announced this week that it is rolling out a new, main privacy policy that covers the majority of its products. The company is consolidating over 60 privacy notices into the main privacy policy. It’s keeping a few separate for …

Anonymous Leaks Romania’s Nuclear Department Database Anonymous Leaks Romania’s Nuclear Department Database
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As Romania is engulfed in massive protests over their government’s perceived incompetence, a branch of Anonymous has leaked the nation’s National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering database online. Anonymous has posted a video in support of Romania’s protests. There …

Airbnb Hits 5 Million Nights Booked, More Than 19,000 Cities Represented Airbnb Hits 5 Million Nights Booked, More Than 19,000 Cities Represented

Airbnb has really taken off, according to some statistics released by the company on Thursday. The company, which allows people to rent out private spaces to travelers, call themselves the “community marketplace for unique spaces.” The most striking figure that …

Get Paid To Watch TV Get Paid To Watch TV

A new app for iPhone offers to pay you for watching TV. I’ll wait til you stop hyperventilating. Available now at the App Store, Viggle is a free app. Once you install the app, you tap the screen and the …

Intel Buys RealNetwork Patents Intel Buys RealNetwork Patents
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Intel has agreed to purchase a collection of almost 200 patents and 170 patent application from the RealNetwork. This $120 million deal also includes Real’s next-generation video codec software. RealNetworks President and CEO Thomas Nielsen claims: “Selling these patents to …