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Aflac Duck’s New Voice: Dan McKeague Aflac Duck’s New Voice: Dan McKeague
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Aflac has called it “America’s best job,” and today it was handed to a sales manager from Minneapolis. Married father of three Dan McKeague will be stepping into the role of the Aflac Duck, the 11 year old advertising icon …

Google +1 Button – 5 Questions Surrounding Its Potential Success Google +1 Button – 5 Questions Surrounding Its Potential Success
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Last month Google unveiled its new +1 button, which the company came right out and said would contribute as a ranking signal for its search engine. While it has yet to roll out to everyone (you can opt-in for it), …

PlayStation Network Outage Comes with Compromised User Data PlayStation Network Outage Comes with Compromised User Data
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Users of the Sony PlayStation Network and Qriocity service may have had personal information compromised as the result of a recent attack. What a week it has been for PlayStation fans. It’s day seven for most users of the PlayStation …

Friendster Deleting User Data on May 31 Friendster Deleting User Data on May 31
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Friendster is doing some spring cleaning at the end of May. The old school social networking site has announced to users that it will be deleting user information (such as photos, blogs, comments, messages, etc.) on May 31. Friendster is, …

Google Reports Widespread Smartphone Use Google Reports Widespread Smartphone Use
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You probably already know that people are using their smartphones quite frequently and for a growing number of activities.  Some figures have put the ownership of smartphones at 50% for people between the ages of 18-34. It is a bit …

Social Search – Blekko’s More Aggressive Approach Social Search – Blekko’s More Aggressive Approach
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It’s no secret that search and social are overlapping more and more. In fact, Ted Ulle of Converseon told us last year that he believed the two would eventually unite and be called something like, integrated media marketing, or IMM.

Finding the Balance Between Personal and Professional on Twitter Finding the Balance Between Personal and Professional on Twitter
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I had the pleasure of being a guest at the Bliss PR Agency in New York City this week and the staff loaded me up with questions. Here was a particularly interesting one: What is the proper balance between personal and …

Video Chat Between iOS and Android, Courtesy of Qik and Skype Video Chat Between iOS and Android, Courtesy of Qik and Skype
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Qik, the mobile video company that Skype recently acquired, has launched a new version of its Android app and an update for its iPhone app, which allow people with Android devices and iOS devices to video chat with one another. …

NASA Tweetup Registration Opens Today NASA Tweetup Registration Opens Today

Space nerds alert! NASA’s latest Tweetup contest is set to begin today at 3pm EST.  It will run for 24 hours, closing Wednesday at 3pm. NASA’s integration with the social media service began in 2009, when the first Tweetup allowed …

TalkBin Acquired by Google for Local Business Customer Engagement TalkBin Acquired by Google for Local Business Customer Engagement

Google has acquired a company called TalkBin (spawned from Y Combinator) for an undisclosed sum. TalkBin describes itself as a way for your business to deliver better customer experience by letting customers use their mobile phones to communicate to your …

Facebook Social Deals May Be Groupon’s “PointCast Moment” Facebook Social Deals May Be Groupon’s “PointCast Moment”
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A new offering called Facebook Social Deals was launched in five cities today. It’s a service similar to Groupon or LivingSocial, where merchants offer highly discounted, time-sensitive deals to their customers. The product is well-integrated with the overall Facebook experience, it’s …

Facebook Social Deals Uses News Feed as Advantage over Groupon, Google, LivingSocial Facebook Social Deals Uses News Feed as Advantage over Groupon, Google, LivingSocial
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Facebook finally launched its new Social Deals feature today, but only in five cities in the U.S. Facebook had previously unveiled a Deals service based on check-ins to Facebook Places, but it’s been long expected that they would go more …

Google AdWords Instant Previews Could Save You Some Money Google AdWords Instant Previews Could Save You Some Money

Google has launched Instant Previews on AdWords ads. You may recall when Google launched Instant Previews for search results. These let the user click the little magnifying glass to get a visual preview of what the site will look like …

Mashable Affected By Google’s Panda Update? Not Likely. Mashable Affected By Google’s Panda Update? Not Likely.
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Hitwise released some new data (we looked at the bigger picture here) obtained by Forbes, related to Google’s Panda Update. It has a list of sites that have experienced drastic changes in Google traffic since before the initial launch of …

The Typewriter Dies, the Electronic Autograph is Born The Typewriter Dies, the Electronic Autograph is Born
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Every so often things happens in such a perfect, complementary fashion that it shakes the arguments against predetermination to the core.  Alas, where one once bright star is slowly flickering out another is bursting with new light.  And one might …

Google Panda Update – A Broader View of U.S. Traffic Patterns Google Panda Update – A Broader View of U.S. Traffic Patterns

Experian Hitwise has released some new Panda-related data (obtained by Forbes), casting a broader view of what some of the update’s victims’ search traffic is looking like since early in the year – before Panda’s first wave. There are some …

The Royal Wedding Coverage Volume Highest in U.S. The Royal Wedding Coverage Volume Highest in U.S.
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“The kind of historic event that only happens once in a generation – the storybook marriage between an anachronistic fascination with the descendants of some very lucky German hemophiliacs and ubiquitous 21st century media hypercoverage.” – Jon Stewart, 4/25/11 If …

PlayStation Network Still Down, No Timeframe Yet PlayStation Network Still Down, No Timeframe Yet
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PlayStation users are getting used to looking to Patrick Seybold for information.  The Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media has been the voice throughout this PSN crisis, now entering its seventh day.  His posts on the PlayStation blog …

Steve Jobs Responds to iPhone Location Data Logging Steve Jobs Responds to iPhone Location Data Logging

Part XVII of the Apple Location Tracking Saga: Or, the one where Steve Jobs maybe responds. Senators, representatives, state officials and entire foreign countries have all requested a response from Apple regarding the involuntary logging of location data in iOS …

Facebook Sued for $1.00 After Labeling David Fagin a Spammer Facebook Sued for $1.00 After Labeling David Fagin a Spammer
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After being blocked by Facebook from sending friend requests, David Fagin has decided to sue the company for…a dollar. It sounds silly, but Fagin, actually brings up some fairly interesting points. He even went so far as to issue a …

Nook Color Updated, Gets App Store, Froyo Nook Color Updated, Gets App Store, Froyo

If you ever asked yourself about the difference between an e-reader and a tablet, your query may have gotten a little bit more difficult to answer. A brand new upgrade for the Nook Color seriously blurs the line between e-reader …

Facebook Send Button Should Send Targeted Traffic to Your Site Facebook Send Button Should Send Targeted Traffic to Your Site
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Facebook just launched a new social plugin called the “send” button. Like the “like” button before it, the plugin has the potential to drive traffic to content. The difference is that where the “like” button is for people to publicly …

Online Poker Update: Arraignments, Downsizing and Alternatives Online Poker Update: Arraignments, Downsizing and Alternatives
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Well, it’s been a little over a week since the DOJ brought the hammer down on popular online poker sites PokerStars, Absolute Poker and Full Tilt Poker.  The last 10 days have been filled with concern from amateur and professional …

Overstock.com No Longer Penalized by Google Overstock.com No Longer Penalized by Google
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Back in February, Google penalized Overstock.com in search results, after the site’s pages had ranked near the top of results for dozens of common searches, such as “vacuum cleaners” and “laptop computers”. The Wall Street Journal exposed the story as …