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PR in a Blogger Versus Journalist World
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Or to be more exact, what is the role of public relations (not publicity) in a world where journalism and blogging continue to butt heads? It’s a conversation I’ve been having with friends and industry colleagues, and should be front …

Salesforce Acquires Radian6, Social Platform It Was Already Using Salesforce Acquires Radian6, Social Platform It Was Already Using
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Salesforce announced that it is acquiring social media monitoring platform Radian6 for $276 million in cash and $50 million in stock. Founders will also get $10 million in stock and $4 million in cash. According to Salesforce, Radian6 is used …

Google Display Network Advertisers Get Better Targeting Options
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Starting this week, Google Display Network advertisers will be able to specify topics, as opposed to just keywords, when contextually targeting ads. There will be over 1,750 topics and sub-topics to choose from. “Using topics to contextually target your ads …

Google Talk Guru Launched in Google Labs
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Google has a new Google Labs experiment out called Talk Guru. Google describes it as: Application intended for chat (IM) users, including users using chat clients on low-end phones, allowing them to answer simple web queries from the context of …

In-App Payments for Android Launched

Google announced the launch of Android Market In-App Billing for developers and users. Developers can publish apps that utilize it, and users can make purchases within the apps. “In-app Billing gives you more ways to monetize your apps with try-and-buy, …

Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone Talk Twitter on Piers Morgan

CNN’s Piers Morgan had a show all about Twitter this evening, at a very interesting time in the company’s history. One co-founder that has been gone for years is back, and another one is basically gone (he’s still on the …

Twitter’s Evan Williams Talks About His Future

As Jack Dorsey unexpectedly came back to Twitter to take the product lead, serving as Executive Chairman, it quickly became clear that Evan Williams had his mind elsewhere. Williams made a post on his personal blog this evening, discussing his …

Microsoft Adds “Active View” Support for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, LivingSocial Microsoft Adds “Active View” Support for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, LivingSocial

Microsoft announced added support for its “Active View” functionality in Hotmail, for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, and LivingSocial. In a nutshell, this means you can now interact with each of these services as if you were on their respective sites, without …

Foursquare Rewards Check-ins With Food…For Your Dog
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In “wow, that’s actually a great idea” news, a German pet food company, GranataPet, has found an interesting way to market its product – free samples via Foursquare check-in. Dog users in countries where GranataPet is available (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) …

Internet Explorer 9 Aces Power Consumption Test
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When picking a Web browser, “green” individuals and laptop users with limited access to electrical outlets should perhaps give Internet Explorer 9 a try.  New data shows that it can beat the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera …

Righthaven Files Suit Against Ars Technica Writer, Quickly Dismisses It
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Eriq Gardner, a journalist who contributed this article to Ars Technica 3 months ago was being sued by the controversial Righthaven, but then Righthaven apparently decided to dismiss it. What would have made this case stand out from the plethora …

Facebook Developers Gain More Policy-Compliant Ad Networks

Google may still not be willing to comply with Facebook’s Platform Terms of service to allow developers to use AdSense, but more networks are signing up. 15 new networks have signed Facebook’s policy, according to Inside Facebook. These include: – …

Facebook Hires Time Warner Media Exec

“President of Time Warner Global Media Group” is an impressive title. “Senior Vice President of Time Warner” isn’t bad, either. But the titles (and accompanying salary) apparently weren’t enough to keep Mark D’Arcy at the organization, as Facebook’s managed to …

Facebook Pulls “Third Palestinian Intifada” Page

Facebook pages can be used for any number of causes; naming a baby Megatron, helping a runner raise money for charity, or calling for a violent uprising against another ethnic group.  Today, a page falling into the latter category was …

Dorsey to Focus On Getting More People to Understand What Twitter Is

Jack Dorsey’s return to Twitter was certainly accompanied by plenty of questions, but the new Executive Chairman also sought to provide some answers, speaking at Columbia University – though not necessarily the answers to some of those questions. He did …

iPad No Longer a Distraction: Obama Admits to Owning One
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently announced that the company sold over 15 million iPads, so it should come as no surprise that even the leader of our nation is toting around one of the popular devices.

Pick or Skip: Chatroulette Minus the…Well, You Know Pick or Skip: Chatroulette Minus the…Well, You Know
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I’m sure many people feel the same way about Chatroulette as I do:  Fun idea gone horribly, horribly wrong.  In the approximately six hours I spent on the site (all in one night mind you), I made one interesting connection …

Facebook Movie Rental: More Signs of Possible Expansion Facebook Movie Rental: More Signs of Possible Expansion
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This week, Warner Bros. began offering more movies for rental through Facebook. Fans can now watch movies like Inception, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Life as We Know It, Yogi Bear, and …

Using Living URLs for Seasonal Content
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I’ve mentioned incorporating living URL’s into your SEO strategy before.  Now that I have been experimenting with them for a while, I have some tips about using them a little bit more intelligently. If you read fashion magazines, you know …

GetGlue Foursquare Integration Announced

If you aren’t familiar with GetGlue, it is a smartphone app that allows users to check-in to activities in a way similar to how users check-in to places via Foursquare.  For instance, a GetGlue user could check into entertainment such …

Google Commerce Search Refresh Announced

Retailers and serious shoppers alike may have reason to celebrate today.  The third generation of Google Commerce Search (“our search solution for e-commerce websites”) is here, and it introduces several upgrades that should result in a better online shopping experience …

Smartphone Market Projected to Increase 50% in 2011
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According to a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow by 49.2% in the year 2011. In 2010, venders shipped 303.4 million smartphones, and that number is expected to climb to over …

Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Return Accompanied By Questions

After rumors suggesting as much, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced yesterday that he is indeed returning to Twitter in a day-to-day capacity. He will lead product as Executive Chairman of the company, while also keeping his role as CEO of …

Color App Vulnerable to “Geo-spoofers”

It has been well documented that if privacy is what you want, the Color app is not for you.  Color, of course, is the much talked about new app that allows users to share photos effortlessly with anyone and everyone …