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Napster Acquired by Rhapsody Napster Acquired by Rhapsody

Rhapsody announced today that it has agreed to acquire Napster from Best Buy. That includes the subscribers and “certain other assets” which remain unspecified. For the acquisition, Best Buy gets an also unspecified minority stake in Rhapsody. As a result …

Google Trusted Stores Launched Google Trusted Stores Launched
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Google announced the launch of Trusted Stores today. This is a pilot program aimed at helping online shoppers find online merchants they can trust, and makes use of a special badge to help consumers identify those. “The Google Trusted Store …

New Myspace About to Be Unveiled? New Myspace About to Be Unveiled?
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In late June, it was announced that Specific Media had agreed to acquire Myspace for just $35 million (News Corp. had paid $580 million for it before that). It was also revealed that actor/pop sensation Justin Timberlake would be part …

Don Lapre, Famous Internet Marketer Commits Suicide Don Lapre, Famous Internet Marketer Commits Suicide
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Don Lapre was a famous and infamous internet marketer who committed suicide over the weekend while waiting in jail for his trial. Lapre had been arrested for 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, promotional money laundering, and transactional …

Amanda Knox Awaiting Appeal Decision Amanda Knox Awaiting Appeal Decision
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Earlier today Amanda Knox tearfully told an Italian appeals court Monday that she did not kill her British roommate. She plead with the court to set her free so she could return home to the United States, after spending the …

Facebook Timeline Faces Legal Obstacle Facebook Timeline Faces Legal Obstacle
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Facebook announced its new Timeline feature at its f8 developer event last month. The Facebook timeline replaces the current Facebook profile, and is designed to let Facebook users share their whole lives on Facebook, or at least as much as …

Challenges with Raising Venture Capital & Being Transparent about It Challenges with Raising Venture Capital & Being Transparent about It
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It hurts to get close to something that you want and then not get it, doesn’t it? When we’re talking about money and business, this situation is even more painful. Furthermore, talking about the situation does nothing but add more grief to an already complicated situation.

Google Touts New Ad Formats as Answer to Print Circulars Google Touts New Ad Formats as Answer to Print Circulars

“Maybe the best ads are just answers.” That’s Google’s motto for search ads, as described in the above video. It is Advertising Week, and Google’s talking about their efforts in this department at the event in New York City. According …

Arrested Development Movie and New TV Episodes Confirmed Arrested Development Movie and New TV Episodes Confirmed

On February 10, 2006 Fox aired the final four episodes Arrested Development. Over the five years since the show was canceled rumors kept popping up about a possible movie, but nothing was ever official. A “boy who cried wolf” mentality …

Facebook Announces Page Insights Tool, New Metric & Ad Unit Facebook Announces Page Insights Tool, New Metric & Ad Unit

Facebook announced a new Page Insights tool, a new public metric for “People Talking About This” on all Pages, and a new expanded premium ad unit. “Facebook has unveiled a new Page Insights tool so that all Pages – small …

iPhone 4S Listed On Vodafone’s Website and iTunes iPhone 4S Listed On Vodafone’s Website and iTunes

We’re a day away from the big Apple reveal, where they will announce their new iPhone. The big question is which model will be announced: iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S? For those who are sweating with anticipation, you can put …

What Makes Great Content Great? What Makes Great Content Great?
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How many times have you heard people (including me) rant and rave about the internet marketing benefits of great content? A lot, I’m guessing.  But how many of those pundits and the practitioners that read them stop to consider, What …

Yahoo and ABC News Team Up On News Content and Advertising Yahoo and ABC News Team Up On News Content and Advertising

Yahoo announced this morning that it has entered a strategic alliance with ABC News to combine Yahoo’s massive reach, content breadth and technology with ABC’s brands, anchors and global news-gathering operation. Here’s what this entails: ABC News will become the …

Google Panda Update: New Winners and Losers Google Panda Update: New Winners and Losers
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This past week, Google rolled out its latest iteration of the Panda update, which the company (as usual) downplays as only one of roughly 500 yearly algorithm changes. It doesn’t sound like such a big deal when they put it …

Facebook Faces A Whole New Round of Privacy Concerns Facebook Faces A Whole New Round of Privacy Concerns
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Last year at f8, Facebook revealed its Open Graph and social plugins. Shortly thereafter, privacy concerns became a major point of discussion throughout the media and around the water coolers. We all watched CEO Mark Zuckerberg sweat through interrogations over …

Verizon Moves To Block Net Neutrality, Citing A Bunch of Nonsense Verizon Moves To Block Net Neutrality, Citing A Bunch of Nonsense
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Verizon doesn’t think the FCC should be able to regulate the Internet, even though it, as a company that started as one of the Bells, is well aware of the history of regulation within the telecommunications industry. And so, the …

Apple iCloud Email Invites Leak Apple iCloud Email Invites Leak
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If the various rumors come to fruition, October may be the biggest month in Apple’s long, evolving history. iPhone 5, iOS 5 and iCloud computing are the primary items feeding the buzz, and thanks to a leaked email, it seems …

Google Maps Now Offering 3D Helicopter View Google Maps Now Offering 3D Helicopter View
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Google Maps is introducing a new mode that should give users a better idea of what their upcoming travel route will have in store for them. While they are calling the feature the “helicopter view,” it also promises a 3D …

Google Launches Important New Tools for Webmasters Google Launches Important New Tools for Webmasters
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Google made a couple relatively quiet announcements this week that have pretty big ramifications for webmasters who want to get more traffic to their sites. If you’re a Webmaster Tools user, you can thank Google for a new “Site Health” …

Google Panda Update: Google Confirms New One Google Panda Update: Google Confirms New One
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Google has confirmed to WebProNews that an iteration of the controversial Panda update was launched this week. When asked directly if this occurred, a Google spokesperson told us, “yes,” then offered the following canned statement: “We’re continuing to iterate on …

Twitter, Social Media Popularity & Food Poison Twitter, Social Media Popularity & Food Poison

Today’s infographic roundup looks at social media in a variety of different lights: the top people, the impact on democracy, the impact on social change and the history of Twitter (to name a few). The food illness stuff is pretty …

Sexy Chicken Get its Own Twitter Feed Sexy Chicken Get its Own Twitter Feed

The lead image of this particular entry, featuring a chicken posed in a provocative manner, has reached viral status. So much so, in fact, the “sexy chicken” now has its own Twitter feed, and its followers are increasing. Before we …

Terra Nova, Green Day, and Monopoly at McDonalds Terra Nova, Green Day, and Monopoly at McDonalds
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Twitter is a wonderful place for one-liners. To be funny on the site, you’ve got to be sharp and practice economy of language. You’ve only got 140 characters to make an impression. And what better way to wind-down the work …

Facebook Still Dislikes the Concept of Disliking Facebook Still Dislikes the Concept of Disliking
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One of the grand new things coming to Facebook (according to Facebook) is the open graph and “frictionless sharing.” Not only does Facebook want to be the place where everything you do around the web is shared, but they also …