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Local.com Adds Deals Service, Location Data, & Ad Unit to Its Offerings Local.com Adds Deals Service, Location Data, & Ad Unit to Its Offerings

Local search is quickly turning into the first place that people go when they search for information online. In fact, it is impacting users so much that search veteran Bruce Clay actually predicted that Google would become a local search engine. He said this to us back in November, “Two years from now, Google will be, predominantly, a local search engine.”

Future iPhones to Include Speech-To-Text and Text-To-Speech? Future iPhones to Include Speech-To-Text and Text-To-Speech?
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Ever been in a loud room and unable to understand your friend over the phone? What if they could instead convert their voice communication to a text? This may be possible on upcoming iOS devices, according to a new Apple …

Hulu, Networks to Reach New Deal Hulu, Networks to Reach New Deal

It looks like Hulu will remain a strong force in the streaming content wars. The company is apparently very close to a new deal with its company overlords News Corp., Disney and NBC Universal to continue to stream FOX, NBC …

The Taliban on Twitter The Taliban on Twitter
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It might surprise you to learn that the Taliban, the Islamic fundamentalist group most notable for their harboring Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network, is on Twitter. The account, @alemarahweb, is linked to the official website of the Islamic …

Google Chromebooks: How Will They Impact the Antivirus Industry? Google Chromebooks: How Will They Impact the Antivirus Industry?
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Google has been touting the security features of its Chrome OS operating system since it was unveiled last year. Google hopes that both consumers and businesses will go for web-based computing model the operating system offers, which includes instant updates …

People Who “Check-in” Are Young, Most Likely Android or iPhone Owners People Who “Check-in” Are Young, Most Likely Android or iPhone Owners

A study put out today by comScore sheds some light on who is doing the majority of the “checking-in” in the U.S. The statistics were derived from the 16.7 million mobile users than use location-based services and check-in with Facebook …

SEO Isn’t A Fairy Tale SEO Isn’t A Fairy Tale
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There are many reasons companies invest in Search Engine Optimization ranging from a desire to attract new customers through online marketing channels to diversifying customer acquisition to ego.  That’s right, ego. Not every marketer makes SEO investment decisions based on …

Does the Number of Ads on Your Website Affect Your Linkability? Does the Number of Ads on Your Website Affect Your Linkability?
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Does the number of ads on your website affect it’s linkability? IMHO, yes it does. I do most of my reading on my iPad, using either Ziteapp or Instapaper. Both of these tools do a good job of stripping the …

Netflix App Launched on Android Netflix App Launched on Android
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On the official Netflix blog, Roma De from the product team has an exciting announcement for Netflix lovers with Android phones: They have begun to roll out a Netflix app for the platform. And like the iOS app, it is …

Facebook Security Features Crack Down on Scams and Spam Facebook Security Features Crack Down on Scams and Spam

Facebook Announced the launch of some new security features today. First off, Facebook announced a partnership with Web of Trust, a tool that tells users what sites can be trusted, based on ratings from community members. “Facebook already has a …

Social Media Roundup: Users Young, Drunk and Banned at Work Social Media Roundup: Users Young, Drunk and Banned at Work
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A handful of reports have emerged that share some interesting things about social media, both in the U.S. and the UK. Among the general findings: millions of Facebook users under the minimum age, there may be a link between social …

6 Ways To Use Google Analytics To Find “Golden Opportunities” To Improve Your Website 6 Ways To Use Google Analytics To Find “Golden Opportunities” To Improve Your Website
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Most websites have a few “golden opportunities” lurking just below the surface – simple strategies or changes you can implement to improve revenue. Identifying and taking advantage of these opportunities can result in significant improvements in traffic and conversions for …

UFC to Give Twitter Bonuses UFC to Give Twitter Bonuses
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The two worlds of social media and professional athletes have not always played well together. Back in the day, organizations had better control over what their athletes said to the public. Statements were either issued in a press release or …

Inside Network Bought For $14 Million By Alan Meckler’s WebMediaBrands Inside Network Bought For $14 Million By Alan Meckler’s WebMediaBrands
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WebMediaBrands announced today that it has acquired Inside Network, the publishing company that publishes Inside Facebook, as well as Inside Social Games and Inside Mobile Apps. The price: $7.5 million in cash and 4,183,130 shares of the common stock ($6.5 …

Facebook Caught Trying to Smear Google Privacy Practices From the Shadows Facebook Caught Trying to Smear Google Privacy Practices From the Shadows
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If you’re still not convinced that Facebook and Google are competitors, this story should make you think twice. According to reports, Facebook hired the PR firm Burson-Marsteller to seek prominent publications and bloggers to blast Google over privacy concerns. Obviously …

Computers: From Filling a Room to Filling Your Bloodstream Computers: From Filling a Room to Filling Your Bloodstream

Okay, I’ll be honest.  The concept of a room-sized computer is so foreign to me that I can’t even describe it to you.  As a mid-80′s baby, the biggest hunk of computer machinery I ever used was the old family …

Why Did Facebook Disable Mark Zuckerberg’s Account? Why Did Facebook Disable Mark Zuckerberg’s Account?
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Is Facebook in the process of eating its own? Is some kind of mutiny against Zuckerberg occurring, or is this just a case of mistaken identity? If you answered “yes” to the last option, you nailed it because the Mark …

Blekko Privacy Features Announced, 48-Hour Data Retention Blekko Privacy Features Announced, 48-Hour Data Retention

Blekko announced some new privacy settings this morning. Personal info (like IP addresses) will now be retained for a maximum of 48 hours. That compares to the 18-month policy employed by Google (and Yahoo), and the 6-month policy employed by …

PlayStation Network Downtime Prompting Massive Trade-Ins in the UK PlayStation Network Downtime Prompting Massive Trade-Ins in the UK
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One of the big questions surrounding this whole PSN outage cluster-you-know-what has been brand loyalty.  At what point will PS3 owners jump ship and swim on over to Xbox 360 island? Over the course of the outage, I have asked …

Comcast Blocking Pirate Bay? (No, According to Comcast) Comcast Blocking Pirate Bay? (No, According to Comcast)
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Someone might want to let ISPs know that, no matter how much they want the opposite, net neutrality rules are still in effect. Of course, considering their success the last time Comcast went against the FCC, perhaps the ISPs just …

Twitter Announces Web App Redesign Twitter Announces Web App Redesign
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Twitter has just announced on their blog that they are in the process of rolling out the new web interface for mobile devices. For those who access the service through twitter.com on their mobile browsers instead of through an iPhone …

Foursquare Check-in Nets Cheaper Gas at Murphy USA Foursquare Check-in Nets Cheaper Gas at Murphy USA
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As gas prices have continued to climb, topping $4 in many parts of the U.S., one fuel retailer is harnessing to power of social media to bring in customers. Murphy USA, a gas station chain located adjacent to Walmarts and …

Flash Users Double HTML5 Users Flash Users Double HTML5 Users
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Infographics are an “in” thing right now, because, let’s face it, it’s hard not love visually-appealing graphics that offer a clean presentation of the information in question. In this case, the subject under scrutiny has to do with web file …

Google Announcements You May Have Missed – Google I/O [Updated] Google Announcements You May Have Missed – Google I/O [Updated]

Google is currently holding its annual Google I/O developer event. The company has made a slew of announcements. There is a lot to keep track of, so here is a compilation of some things Google has announced since the event …