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Top 50 Branded Facebook Fan Pages, April 2011 Top 50 Branded Facebook Fan Pages, April 2011
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“Stability” was largely the word of the month for the very largest branded Facebook fan pages, at least compared to last month’s rankings. The only change in the Top 10 was Converse growing 11% to leapfrog Skittles, which grew at …

Internet Freedom Report: U.S. Number 2, Iran Worst Oppressor Internet Freedom Report: U.S. Number 2, Iran Worst Oppressor

According to a report released by Freedom House titled Freedom on the Net 2011, Iran is the worst country when it comes to online freedom.  The top three countries, in order, are Estonia, The United States and Germany. The study …

Google Panda Update Victim HubPages Posts Quality Standards in Recovery Effort Google Panda Update Victim HubPages Posts Quality Standards in Recovery Effort
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We’ve covered HubPages a number of times since Google’s Panda update originally launched, as they were one of the victims that lost significant search visibility as a result. Since the update, the site has been making various adjustments to its …

Stolen Camera? StolenCameraFinder Might Be of Help Stolen Camera? StolenCameraFinder Might Be of Help
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Did you finally decide which digital camera to buy, only to see it come up stolen? Are you afraid your hard-earned purchase is being used to populate another person’s Facebook page? If so, StolenCameraFinder.com could be of assistance. Living it …

Groupon Kills Ads on Donald Trump’s Apprentice Website Groupon Kills Ads on Donald Trump’s Apprentice Website
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Online daily deals site Groupon announced today via blog post that they will be taking steps to ensure that no ads for their service appear on the website for “The Apprentice.” Apparently the rumor got around that Groupon was a …

Angry Birds Going After China Angry Birds Going After China
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While reveling in their recent success — 140 million downloads, ya’ll — Rovio announced their next move for the Angry Birds franchise. The target? The far east; China, to be exact. The goal for the company behind Angry Birds isn’t …

Verizon Addresses Location Tracking, Announces New Warning Label Verizon Addresses Location Tracking, Announces New Warning Label
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In a letter dated April 19th, 2011 – one day before the Apple iPhone tracking hullabaloo all began – Verizon’s VP of government relations Peter Davidson wrote to congress concerning the topic of consumer privacy. The just released letter is …

20 Percent of Job Searchers Use Smartphones to Look for Jobs 20 Percent of Job Searchers Use Smartphones to Look for Jobs
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According to data released by the vertical search engine for jobs called LinkUp, 20 percent of job seekers use their smartphone to look for jobs. LinkUp reported that mobile traffic jumped to 20.8% of overall first quarter traffic, up from …

Apple iCloud – The Future of iOS and Mac OS? Apple iCloud – The Future of iOS and Mac OS?
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Apple had been rumored to have acquired the domain iCloud.com from Xcerion, which changed its own cloud service’s name to CloudMe. According to a report, this has been confirmed by unidentified people who are in a “position to know”. AppleInsider …

HBO App Hits Android, iPhone HBO App Hits Android, iPhone

It’s not TV, it’s HBO — on your mobile phone, no less. Well, a couple of them, anyway. Oh, look, just in time for True Blood, too. That’s right, if you own and Android or an iPhone/iPad, the adventures of …

PlayStation Network Users’ Credit Card Info Stolen, Says Hackers PlayStation Network Users’ Credit Card Info Stolen, Says Hackers
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Ever since the PSN went down, and Sony admitted that the cause was an “external intrusion,” the biggest fear for PS3 owners was the issue of compromised information.  If someone had breached the PSN, then their personal info and passwords …

Royal Wedding Google Doodle is a Stretch Royal Wedding Google Doodle is a Stretch
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A lot of people found Google’s recent doodle for John James Audubon difficult to read. I personally didn’t have too much trouble with it, but I do look at these things a lot. However, today’s Royal Wedding-themed doodle on Google.com …

Google Talks Mobile, Local and CPA At Goldman Sachs Con Google Talks Mobile, Local and CPA At Goldman Sachs Con

Here are my notes on the interesting points in Google’s presentation to Goldman Sachs’ Tech and Internet Conference. It’s noteworthy not just for seeing the trends in where they’re going, but for the principles that govern their thinking and the …

Exclusive Interview with Man Who Is Suing Facebook over Customer Support Exclusive Interview with Man Who Is Suing Facebook over Customer Support
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In terms of the Internet, calling someone a spammer is about the lowest jab a person can give, especially if the accused denies the claims. David Fagin, an AOL News writer and musician, recently became very familiar with this type of scenario after Facebook accused him of being a spammer.

Android Video Chat Via Google Talk Android Video Chat Via Google Talk
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Google announced the launch of Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. Apple’s FaceTime is becoming less of a unique draw to the iOS. “You can now video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues …

Steve Jobs In Carbonite Is Awesome, Unavailable Steve Jobs In Carbonite Is Awesome, Unavailable
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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the guys at Apple. First, there’s the hubbub surrounding the iPhone’s ability to track its users, followed by South Park’s lampooning of everything about the the iUniverse. Now, we have perhaps the …

PayPal Buys Fig Card, Aims to Kill the Wallet PayPal Buys Fig Card, Aims to Kill the Wallet
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PayPal has acquired Fig Card in the latest move in the increasingly interesting mobile payments space. This comes just a week after the company acquired WHERE, for location-based deals. eBay and PayPal will not get left behind as competition grows …

Obama’s Birth Certificate: New Conspiracy Theories Obama’s Birth Certificate: New Conspiracy Theories
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It has been a rough week for the Birthers.  After 2 and 1/2 years of demands that President Barack Obama release his long-form birth certificate to prove that he is, in fact, an American citizen qualified to serve as Commander-in-Chief …

Amazon Talks Preventing Future Outages, Says It’s Sorry Amazon Talks Preventing Future Outages, Says It’s Sorry

Amazon has finally released a big statement regarding the recent server disruptions it experienced, which led to some sites having massive losses in service, and people to question the reliability of the cloud. When I say that the statement is …

TomTom Tracks (And Shares) User Data, Too TomTom Tracks (And Shares) User Data, Too
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Considering the recent news about mobile devices and the storage of user data in relation to location, this next revelation probably isn’t much of a surprise, but yet, here we go again. TomTom, the popular GPS device, also tracks user …

The Royal Wedding and the Web – A View From the UK The Royal Wedding and the Web – A View From the UK

Well, the Royal Wedding has come and soon, perhaps the public attention it has been receiving will simmer down. That goes for the exploitation by cyber criminals, we reported on yesterday. They’re sending spam emails and using black hat SEO …

Bing Shopping Gets Redesign Bing Shopping Gets Redesign
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Bing has redesigned Bing Shopping, putting articles and categories next to top searches, popular products, and brands. The idea is that people will be able to research products more easily before purchasing. There are shopping articles that provide information about …

Microsoft Reports Strong Q3 Results, Thanks Xbox Microsoft Reports Strong Q3 Results, Thanks Xbox

Microsoft has released its report on third-quarter earnings today, and they show record results. Q3 revenue is reported at $16.43 for the quarter which ended on March 31st.  This is a 13% increase year-over-year.  More results: Operating income, net income, …

Techmeme Adds a Jobs Box Techmeme Adds a Jobs Box

Tech news aggregation site Techmeme has added a section that promotes jobs within the tech industry. On the right hand side, you will notice a new box titled “Who’s Hiring In Tech?” Below, many big name companies have already signed …