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+1 Button on AdWords: Paying for What You Could Get for Free? +1 Button on AdWords: Paying for What You Could Get for Free?
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Before Google unleashed its new social network Google+, it launched the +1 button, which appears on content sites across the web, in Google search results, and on Google’s AdWords ads. Now that the button appears in the Google+ stream as …

Netflix: We Thought You Would Be More Upset About The Price Hike Netflix: We Thought You Would Be More Upset About The Price Hike
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The public reaction to the recent Netflix price change has calmed a bit, and although the interwebs are far from tranquil, we aren’t seeing the level of pure blinding rage directed at the company now that the announcement has had …

“Apply with LinkedIn” Might Be Pretty Huge “Apply with LinkedIn” Might Be Pretty Huge
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This week, LinkedIn revealed a new tool called “Apply with LinkedIn”. It’s basically a button companies can put on their websites to enable one-click job applications by potential candidates. “We’ve put an incredible amount of effort to rethink the job …

NFL Social Media Push Continues With Thank Yous NFL Social Media Push Continues With Thank Yous

The NFL players are thankful to the fans for standing by them, and to show their gratitude, members of the soon-to-be recertified NFL Players Association have once again engaged in social media. This time, with YouTube. Yes, social media extends …

Google Adds Direct Answers for Special Occasions to Search Results Pages Google Adds Direct Answers for Special Occasions to Search Results Pages

Google has started including dates for particular holidays and celebrations right on the search results page for certain queries. That includes some more obscure occasions, such as National Popcorn Day. “This currently works for certain future and past national and …

Zynga Has a New Competitor: 6waves Lolapps Zynga Has a New Competitor: 6waves Lolapps

Zynga brought an entirely new approach to the gaming industry by offering gaming outlets on social networks such as Facebook. The widespread growth and success of games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars show that its approach works. It has actually caused many people to view gaming in an entirely different light.

“Nightmare” No-Technology Scenario Leaves People Upset, Disconnected “Nightmare” No-Technology Scenario Leaves People Upset, Disconnected
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Dependance on technology in the industrialized parts of the world is at an all time high. This should be no shock to anyone, as the nature of technological development is to become more and more pervasive. If the machines are …

Is Mozilla Building A Web OS? Is Mozilla Building A Web OS?
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While the downfall of the desktop operating system has been foretold since the before the days of Gmail’s launch, the industry hangs on. Sure, mobile device operating systems and netbooks have increased in uptake, but home computing is still dominated …

Google Talks Upcoming Improvements to Name Handling for Google+ Profiles Google Talks Upcoming Improvements to Name Handling for Google+ Profiles
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Google’s Bradley Horowitz wrote a post on Google+ about how the company is handling its process for informing users when they are violating its policy on user names. Google is working on changes to the process, though they may not …

Obama, John Boehner Speeches Crash Congressional Websites Obama, John Boehner Speeches Crash Congressional Websites
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Last night, President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner both delivered speeches outlining the state of negotiations surrounding the debt ceiling and the budget. And it appears that those speeches provoked people to flock to the websites …

Old Spice Guy and Fabio Gear Up for “Mano a Mano in El Bano” Old Spice Guy and Fabio Gear Up for “Mano a Mano in El Bano”
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I’m sure that you are all familiar with the “Smell Like a Man” advertising campaign for Old Spice featuring Isaiah Mustafa, aka The Old Spice Guy. For some time now, he has been the face of the company. Along with …

Netflix Earnings Released Netflix Earnings Released

Netflix released its earnings report for the second quarter today, as well as a 75% year-over-year increase in subscribers, having added 1.8 million in the quarter. The company has 25.56 million subscribers globally. As far as the financials, the company …

Google’s Street View Cars Said to Have Collected Phone, PC Locations Google’s Street View Cars Said to Have Collected Phone, PC Locations

I’m sure you recall when Google came clean about collecting Wi-Fi network data with its Street View cars back in May of 2010. “It’s now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) …

Airbnb Looks To Expand With $112 Million In New Funding Airbnb Looks To Expand With $112 Million In New Funding
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“Community marketplace for unique spaces” Airbnb announced today that it has received $112 million in Series b financing from Andreessen Horowitz, DST Global, and General Catalyst. When you add that to their previous funding, Airbnb now boasts total funding of …

NFL Lockout Ends: Players, Teams and The Rest React on Twitter NFL Lockout Ends: Players, Teams and The Rest React on Twitter

It’s all but official now – we will have a 2011-2012 season in the NFL. And I will crush the souls of everyone in my fantasy league. This is a good thing. After four and a half months of negotiations, …

Redesigning Your Site? Don’t Make it Harder for Google to Extract the Text Redesigning Your Site? Don’t Make it Harder for Google to Extract the Text
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Google posted one of the Matt Cutts Q&A videos today, where he talks about the effects of site redesigns with redirects on search rankings. Here’s the specific question as it was posed to Matt: I’m changing the platform of my …

AdWords Express (Formerly Boost) Launched for U.S. Businesses AdWords Express (Formerly Boost) Launched for U.S. Businesses

Google announced the launch of AdWords Express, which was tested with a small number of local businesses under the name Boost last fall. The product is aimed at local businesses who aren’t already using AdWords. “AdWords Express helps potential customers …

LinkedIn Launches One-Click Job Application Plug-In for Sites LinkedIn Launches One-Click Job Application Plug-In for Sites

LinkedIn has launched a new web plug-in called Apply with LinkedIn, which is designed to enable companies to make it easier for job applicants to apply using their LinkedIn information. “We’ve put an incredible amount of effort to rethink the …

Does Picasa Tagging Violate Your Google+ Privacy? Does Picasa Tagging Violate Your Google+ Privacy?
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Google+ is really concerned about privacy, or at least, that’s the approach Google takes. When new users sign up, Google has a number of “are you sure” responses when privacy settings are adjusted. Clearly, they are trying to pick up …

Brett Favre Comeback is a Horrible Idea According to Twitter Brett Favre Comeback is a Horrible Idea According to Twitter
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Oh Brett Favre, when did America fall out of love with you? Was it when you left the Packers? Could we just not bear to see you in a green that wasn’t paired with yellow? Was it the “will he …

RIM Restructures, Cuts 2,000 Jobs RIM Restructures, Cuts 2,000 Jobs

RIM (Research in Motion), makers of BlackBerry, announced some new management changes and job cuts today, or as the company calls it, a new “cost optimization program”. The program was actually first mentioned back in mid-June. First, the management changes. …

Amy Winehouse’s Death Prompts Promotions, Controversy Amy Winehouse’s Death Prompts Promotions, Controversy
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Over the weekend, the music world was hit with the loss of Amy Winehouse. The troubled 27-year-old singer was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday. Winehouse burst on the scene with her hit “Rehab” and famously battled drug …

Should Bing Make Paid Search Ads Blend Into Organic Results? Should Bing Make Paid Search Ads Blend Into Organic Results?
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Emily Kirk, a Rimm-Kaufman Group analyst spotted a feature Microsoft is testing with Bing: paid results in the middle of organic results. Yep. Ordinarily on Bing, paid ads appear above and below organic results, and they’re easily identifiable in a …

“Football Back” Twitter Trend Celebrates Pending Return of NFL “Football Back” Twitter Trend Celebrates Pending Return of NFL

Is the NFL really back? If the various talking heads are to be believed, it certainly looks that way. That means the world is no longer being held hostage with thoughts of lost football dancing in the heads of NFL …