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iPad Impresses More as a Symbol Than a Device

Right now, it’s looking like the iPad’s strength is more about what it represents to the industry, more than the device itself. It’s about what mainstream computing may be turning into.

Is the iPad the future of computing? Share your thoughts.

PayPal iPhone App Hits One Million Downloads
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eBay’s PayPal said today its PayPal Mobile iPhone app has been downloaded one million times in less than three weeks.

Google Buzz Makes It To Gmail For Mobile
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Earlier today, we reported that Google Buzz is, in a sense, getting serious – it’s supposed to be integrated with Google Apps in the near-ish future for the sake of enterprise and government users.  But it’s getting sort of casual, too, landing in Gmail for mobile this afternoon.

MSN Launches Online Magazine For Women

Microsoft’s MSN has launched Glo, an online magazine aimed at women.

The new site is a joint partnership with BermanBraun and Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., which publishes Elle magazine and Woman’s Day.

Glo has the feel of a magazine and has navigation similar to MSN’s celebrity focused site Wonderwall, which BermanBraun also helped to develop.

Developer Shares Story of Being Threatened by Facebook for Crawling
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Pete Warden, a former software engineer at Apple, who is now working on his own start-up, posted an interesting story about how Facebook threatened to sue him for crawling the social network. I reached out to both Warden and Facebook for more details, but so far have only received response from Facebook, who calls  the incident as "violation of our terms."

AOL Prepared To Unload Bebo
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Less than a week ago, the former president of Bebo joined Facebook, and now, AOL’s admitted that the social network it bought for $850 million has been beaten by Mark Zuckerberg’s leviathan.  AOL intends to either sell or shut down Bebo in the near future.

Chrome’s Market Share Tops 6 Percent In March
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March was yet another good month for Google’s browser in terms of market share.  According to Net Applications, Chrome converted more than a few additional people, shrinking the gaps between it and the field’s two leaders, Internet Explorer and Firefox.

FCC Loses Net Neutrality Battle Against Comcast
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News broke today that the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the FCC in a net neutrality case vs Comcast. The FCC had previously ordered Comcast to cease treating web traffic for different customers differently (which they had apparently done to slow down connections for users heavily engaged in bittorrent use).

Digg Dropping DiggBar, Unbanning Domains

Just yesterday, news of Digg CEO Jay Adelson stepping down came out of nowhere, and Founder Kevin Rose was announced to be stepping in. It didn’t take long for some changes to start being made.

YellowPages.com Rebranded as YP.com
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In local search news, AT&T Interactive has rebranding its popular YellowPages.com to YP.com. AT&T’s Jamie Carracher tells WebProNews, "YP.com will replace YellowPages.com as its flagship web property and brand."

This was actually revealed last summer, but is now being implemented.

McClatchy Taps WebVisible For Online Marketing
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Newspaper company McClatchy said today it is rolling out WebVisible’s online marketing platform to all 29 of its U.S. markets in an effort to boost advertising revenue.

WebVisible says its platform will give McClatchy’s local advertisers a better way to get found in newspaper listings, newspaper websites, search engines, or via mobile phones or navigation devices.

Quantify Value of Micro-Conversions to Avoid Bad Decisions
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As online marketing and search engine marketing in particular have evolved over the years, more and more metrics and data sources have become available to marketers. This is a great thing for analyzing campaigns and strategies, learning from them and improving upon them. However, all of this data can get extremely overwhelming, which is why it’s important to have strategies for the analytical process itself.

Google Buzz/Apps Integration Approaching

Google Buzz should get another shot at life in a few months’ time.  A new report’s indicated that the service, which has so far been a flop with normal users, will finally be integrated with Google Apps and given a chance to operate in more formal environments.

Google Ups Limit On Picasa Albums

To some people, 1,000 photo albums sounds like a lot; a handful each for pets, cars, significant others, and vacations would about cover it.  But serious photographers take lots of pictures, and for the sake of not stifling them, Google’s raised the per-Picasa-account limit on albums to a whopping 10,000.

Yelp To Display Filtered Reviews
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Local business review site Yelp said today it is taking steps to increase transparency about how user reviews are presented to consumers.

The move comes amid at least three lawsuits alleging that Yelp manipulates reviews based on whether a company advertises with the site.

Facebook Clarifies Stance On Third-Party Partnerships

Late last month, Facebook proposed some changes to its privacy policy, and in response, the social network received around 4,000 comments and a disapproving letter from a German official.  So late last night, a Facebook representative took some time to discuss the suggestions.

PayPal Talks This Year’s Twestival Efforts

Update: PayPal says this year, Twestival raised over $450,000 for Concern Worldwide.

Vietnam Rejects Google’s Malware Claims
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Vietnam shares a border with China, and it’s possible that Vietnamese authorities are starting to share the Chinese government’s low opinion of Google, too.  Today, a spokesperson dismissed Google’s claim that Vietnamese computer users were infected by politically motivated malware.

eBay’s New Google Gadget for “Social Shopping”

eBay has introduced a new Google Friend Connect gadget called eBay Social Shopping, which lets publishers add "social shopping" to their sites. It lets users browse eBay right from the gadget on the site "almost" as if they were on eBay itself.

Stanford Launches Site Focused On App Privacy

The Stanford Center has launched a new website, WhatApp.org, where users and experts can review online and mobile apps for privacy and security.

M. Ryan Calo, a residential fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, has helped design WhatApp.org with the goal of reducing the risk of computer hacking, identity theft, spam and phishing.

The reviews are being written by lawyers, computer scientists, and privacy and security experts from Stanford and other institutions.

Reputation Management Isn’t Just About Playing Defense
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Pushing your brand’s message through social media as proven to be an effective strategy for plenty of businesses. That said, it has also proven to be a way for disgruntled customers to voice their disdain for brands and products, and spread that disdain virally throughout their social circles. Businesses are often quick to step in and defend their turf (at least businesses with interest in online reputation management), and respond to criticism.

If Google Indexing Goes Real-Time, What Will it Mean for Ranking?
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Last year, we saw the emergence of the technology PubSubHubbub, which provides real-time notifications to subscribers of content when there is new content or updates being made. There has recently been talk about Google developing a system that would use this technology it its indexing process.

Do you want your content indexed instantly? Share your thoughts.

Android’s Market Share Jumps Again
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Android is still on a roll, according to new statistics from comScore, and if anything, the mobile operating system is picking up speed.  comScore puts Android’s February market share at an impressive 9.0 percent.

As the below table shows, that means Android’s made a lot of progress since November, when its market share was 3.8 percent.  And although the table doesn’t include data from the months in between, Android’s made a lot of progress since January, too, considering that comScore put its market share at just 7.1 percent at that point.

Farmers Using Social Media To Be Ag Advocates

A group of agriculture advocates who launched AgChat on Twitter last year have now launched their own website the AgChat Foundation.

Farmers are leading a grassroots effort to develop the AgChat Foundation. The organization is designed to connect agriculture communities outside of Twitter.

The foundation’s goal is to involve all areas of agriculture, including a variety of viewpoints such as conventional, organic, small and large operations.