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Chinese Gamers Sell Kids To Bankroll Their Habit Chinese Gamers Sell Kids To Bankroll Their Habit
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It’s a tough world out there, and sometimes money can be tight. If you’re a young couple struggling to get by, where do you turn for a little extra cash? If you said “selling your children,” you are in a …

Visits to Google+ And Time Spent On Site Decline in U.S. Visits to Google+ And Time Spent On Site Decline in U.S.
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Experian Hitwise has shared some new data with us regarding Google+. According to the firm, Google+ received over 1.79 million total U.S. visits last week (ending July 23), which is a decrease of 3% vs. the previous week (ending July …

White House Twitter Account Rickrolls Bored User (And All Of Us, Subsequently) White House Twitter Account Rickrolls Bored User (And All Of Us, Subsequently)

The White House began their “office hours” today at 2 p.m. EST. They asked Twitter followers to submit questions about the debt debate using the hashtag #WHChat. As their last response, they took the opportunity to play the internet’s oldest …

Google Tests Design Change, Launches Mobile Maps Update Google Tests Design Change, Launches Mobile Maps Update
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Amit Agarwal reports (with screenshots) that Google is testing a new design layout that places familiar search options at the top of the screen, and actually makes the search results page more Google Profile-ish. The options are available through tabs …

Battleship Trailer Hits the Web, Looks Like Maritime Transformers Battleship Trailer Hits the Web, Looks Like Maritime Transformers
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If there was one film that the masses were demanding, it’s one based on the board game Battleship. Personally, I remember watching as Jim Carrey’s Riddler played the famous game in Batman Forever. When he spoke those immortal words “You …

FairSearch Accuses Google of “Grossly” Exaggerating Contribution to Economy FairSearch Accuses Google of “Grossly” Exaggerating Contribution to Economy
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The FairSearch Coalition released a report today, which it calls “an independent critical analysis of reports released by Google about its purported 2009 and 2010 economic impact in the U.S.” Economist Allen Rosenfeld was commissioned by FairSearch to review Google’s …

Mad Men on Netflix Now a Reality Mad Men on Netflix Now a Reality

In early April, Netflix announced that it had reached a deal to stream the hit AMC television series Mad Men. Now, here in late July, the company has announced that it’s now available. The deal was for the first four …

Google+, Am I Forcing This Relationship? Google+, Am I Forcing This Relationship?
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I’ve been a member of Google+ for exactly three weeks today. It seems like only yesterday that I tentatively attempted a login that I was sure would fail, only to be welcomed into the selective arms of the hottest new …

New Twitter Search Improves on Finding Conversations New Twitter Search Improves on Finding Conversations
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Twitter has redone its search feature, and it’s much more enjoyable to use now, if you ask me. The design replicates that of the “new Twitter”. If you click on a tweet from the search results, another pane will open …

Groupon IPO Reportedly Pushed Back, Pending SEC Scrutiny Groupon IPO Reportedly Pushed Back, Pending SEC Scrutiny

A report from CNBC, citing people familiar with the matter, says that the SEC’s review of Groupon has been prolonged by concerns about the company’s accounting metrics, which could keep the much anticipated IPO from happening until late September. Groupon …

Facebook Makes App Testing Easier Facebook Makes App Testing Easier
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Since the whole “ban bot” fiasco, Facebook has been trying to save face with developers. A couple weeks ago, they announced the removal of the app directory in favor of making it easier to get apps into the Facebook search …

Netflix Price Hike Might Cost Them 12% of Dual-Subscribers Netflix Price Hike Might Cost Them 12% of Dual-Subscribers
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Maybe there was something to Reed Hasting’s shock about the level of outrage from subscribers following the recently announced price changes. In this week’s earnings call, Hastings said that he was surprised that there wasn’t more of a backlash from …

Google and SAP Partner on Geo-Mapping Google and SAP Partner on Geo-Mapping

Google and SAP announced a partnership today at the AlwaysOn Summit. This will allow customers to pair SAP enterprise analytics with Google Maps and Google Earth in what the companies call an “industry-first collaboration to help customers tackle ‘big data’ …

VoIP Market to Grow to $40 Billion by 2015 VoIP Market to Grow to $40 Billion by 2015
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Internet calling and communication is getting increasingly popular, according to a new report from research firm Point Topic. The report found that voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) now has more than 120 million subscribers globally.

Windows Phone Mango Goes to Manufacturers Windows Phone Mango Goes to Manufacturers
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The next version of the Windows Phone operating system – Mango – has been released to the first manufacturers who will produce devices built around it. “This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our …

OK Go, Google Team Up For New HTML5-Powered Music Video OK Go, Google Team Up For New HTML5-Powered Music Video

OK Go, the band responsible for some of the most viral music videos in recent memory, has teamed up with Google and a dance troupe called Pilobolus for an HTML5 Chrome experiment called All Is Not Lost. From the Google

DaniWeb Claims 110% Recovery from Google Panda Update DaniWeb Claims 110% Recovery from Google Panda Update
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This week, it was confirmed that Google had made a minor adjustment to its Panda algorithm update, which has drastically altered the search engine’s results several times since its first iteration in February. Have you seen any rankings changes with …

Jerry Meals’ Braves/Pirates Call Controversy Spawns Amazing Twitter Trend Jerry Meals’ Braves/Pirates Call Controversy Spawns Amazing Twitter Trend
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We all know that officiating error is a part of most popular sports. Whether it is a poor strike three call on the outside corner, a referee missing an obvious traveling violation or a back judge calling a ridiculous offsides, …

Facebook for Business Launched Facebook for Business Launched
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“The world has gone social. Be part of the conversation,” says Facebook as it pitches its new Facebook for Business site. The mantra’s about as fresh as the new features on the site. Yes, that’s right. There are no new …

Google Made a Minor Tweak to the Panda Update Google Made a Minor Tweak to the Panda Update
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Google makes hundreds of changes to its algorithm every year. Some days it makes more than one (obviously). One day last week, the search engine reportedly made a small tweak to the Panda part. Barry Schwartz posted the following statement …

New Dark Knight Rises Trailer Promises S&M, Batman Working At Walmart New Dark Knight Rises Trailer Promises S&M, Batman Working At Walmart

Who is excited for next summer’s most anticipated film? I know, I’m super stoked about Men In Black III as well. Another film I’m also pretty anxious for is the finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman revamp, The Dark Knight Rises. …

Amazon Earnings Released Amazon Earnings Released
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Amazon announced its second quarter earnings today, and that includes an increase in sales of 51% (YoY) to $9.91 billion. Not bad. Better than what Wall Street had expected, in fact. The company vaguely suggests that the Kindle has played …

Add Your Google+ Circles to Results in Google Search, Bing, IMDB, Wikipedia, eBay and More Add Your Google+ Circles to Results in Google Search, Bing, IMDB, Wikipedia, eBay and More
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We’ve written about Wajam a few times. It’s a social search tool that you can add as a browser extension, which displays results from your social networks at the top of Google or Bing search results. For example, I can …

David Wu Resigns, Tiger Suit Haunts Him On Twitter David Wu Resigns, Tiger Suit Haunts Him On Twitter

Although Anthony Weiner provided more comic fodder than anyone could have ever hoped for (the name, my god, is was just too perfect), the latest congressman to resign under shameful circumstances is giving him a run for his money. Unlike …