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Android Payments System Could Pit Google Against Groupon Android Payments System Could Pit Google Against Groupon
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Payments looks to be one of the most important battle fields on which the big tech companies are engaging. We’ve known for some time that Google would be getting into the NFC-based payment realm – in other words, you will …

Disco – Google Does Group Texting on the iPhone Disco – Google Does Group Texting on the iPhone

A new app has hit Apple’s App store, and it comes from Google-owned Slide. The app is called Disco, and it is described as “Group text messaging on ANY phone made FREE & EASY!” “Start as many groups as you …

Google Music – Critical for Google in Many Ways
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A little over a month ago, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha made comments implying that Google Music would be coming with Android Honeycomb. Google Music is being tested internally at Google, according to CNET, who cites “music industry sources”. These …

Can Groupon Remain the Daily Deals Leader?
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Not too long ago, Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare each had their turns as the new hot startup. While all these platforms are very popular and are continuing to grow, the social spotlight has expanded to a new area called “daily deals.” These deals have absolutely taken the world by storm over the past several months.

Foursquare Shows Interest In UK Expansion

Check-in company Foursquare may itself be on the move in a sense.  Although nothing’s certain just yet, its cofounder and CEO, Dennis Crowley, has gone on the record stating that he’d like to establish an office in the UK rather …

Bing Expands Twitter, Facebook Integration
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Bing has released a couple new social search feature, utilizing Twitter and Facebook in new ways. First off, Bing has started adding tweets into Bing News. “Awhile back we introduced Bing social which lets you plunge into the real-time tweet …

Yahoo Found Guilty of Linking in Italy
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Remember when an Italian court convicted three Google execs over a video uploaded to YouTube that featured a group of school kids bullying an autistic child? David Drummond, Peter Fleischer and George Reyes(3 out of defendants) were convicted for “failure …

Google Adds Cherokee to Search Languages
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Today Google announced that it has added Cherokee to its incredibly large list of search languages.  Like many Native American languages, Cherokee is in danger of becoming extinct.  This partnership between Google and The Cherokee Nation is being hailed as …

Racist YouTube Video Results In Another Social Media Casualty
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YouTube is a pretty amazing service when you stop and think about it. It’s becoming so ever-present in our lives, its almost becoming invisible, to borrow an idea from Kevin Kelly. Although the site is only six years old — …

Facebook, Seedcamp Partner

Seven months after Facebook partnered with Y Combinator in order to provide some startups with more support, it’s Seedcamp’s turn in the spotlight.  A new deal means that Facebook now intends to help Seedcamp-backed companies, as well. Seedcamp, like Y …

Firefox 4 Infographic Details First 48 Hours
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While they may never top Internet Explorer’s market share — it’s hard to top a program that comes pre-installed on all Windows-environment computers — that doesn’t mean the folks at Mozilla won’t make the most of their latest Firefox browser …

iPad 2 On Sale Today In 25 More Countries
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Apple started selling the iPad 2 in 25 more countries today. Those would be: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland …

Duke’s Loss Defies Harris Poll Results

One of the great things about sports is popularity doesn’t mean much. Teams don’t win by being popular. They win because of a rare mix of talent, luck and execution. Whether or not the rest of the world approves does …

Using the New Facebook Questions for Fan Pages
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After a year of “beta testing”, a new version of Facebook questions rolled out yesterday.  Naturally, I had a ton of questions on how questions works and how brands may use questions on fan pages, which I’ll uncover below. How …

Twitter Influence vs. Twitter Followers
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Quick: Who has more influence on Twitter – Lady Gaga or British actor Stephen Fry?  Even if you aren’t one of her 7 million + followers, I bet you guessed that Lady Gaga holds more sway in the Twitterverse than …

Sweet 16 For Wikis

Today is the 16th birthday of the web’s first wiki. The web owes a great debt to Ward Cunningham for starting the first wiki 16 years ago today at Wiki Wiki Web (although that is debatable, I suppose, for wiki …

Majority Of Americans On Facebook, According To Study
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s official “Population Clock,” around 311 million people live in the U.S. at this moment.  Now here’s the interesting thing: new data from Edison Research and Arbitron indicates that more than half of Americans over …

Will eBay Buying Habits Predict March Madness Winner?

While the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has hit its second week — Sweet 16, ya’ll — also known as the time the casual fan checks out and mainly the purists are left paying attention, that hasn’t stopped some entities from …

Color Privacy – If Privacy Is Your Thing, Color May Not Be For You
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Social media and privacy don’t tend to play well together, as we’ve seen in the past. Sure, there are always privacy settings, but these are usually emphasized as an afterthought. Things are a bit different with Color, however. No, color …

Kindle Upgrades to Wi-fi Downloading of Audiobooks

The old corded method of getting audiobooks onto your Kindle is now a thing of the past.  Today on the Kindle blog, Amazon announced that readers (and listeners) can now directly downloaded audiobooks from Audible.com via wi-fi connection. Audible.com, bought …

OMG Added to OED OMG Added to OED
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ROFLMAO! The Oxford English Dictionary, which is approaching 130 years old, contains over 600,000 words, definitions and pronunciations.  As the premier authority on the English language, they like to update their word lists quite frequently.  This month, this means the …

Implicit Social Graphs Rise From Interest Not Location
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There has been a ton of conversation about social graphs, location and photo sharing lately. Most of this conversation has arisen due to the release of the photo-sharing application Color. The photo-sharing part of the discussion is only a gateway …

The Japan Quake Maps Are Useful, Educational

If there’s some good that comes from the kind of natural disaster that hit Japan, aside from seeing people put aside their petty differences for a moment in favor of assisting those in need, it’s seeing Internet technologies being used …

Color – Next Big Thing or Just Overblown Hype?
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Well, it looks like the hot new startup is Color. Just about everyone in the tech blogosphere is talking about it. Of course that doesn’t always translate into mainstream success, but Color did secure $41 million in funding from Sequoia …