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Google Invests $5 Million In German Solar Plant Google Invests $5 Million In German Solar Plant
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So long as German competition authorities prove agreeable, it seems that Google will soon be in part responsible for powering the lights (and computers) at a number of German homes.  Google announced this morning that it intends to invest about …

GameStop Introduces Facebook Store GameStop Introduces Facebook Store
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Multichannel video game retailer GameStop said today it is launching a storefront on its Facebook fan page. GameStop has tapped Adgregate Markets to provide social shopping on its Facebook page via Adgregate’s proprietary ShopFans solution. GameStop, which is ranked #115 …

Android OS Market Share to Near 50% by 2012 Android OS Market Share to Near 50% by 2012

In figures released today, technological researchers Gartner predict that by the end of 2012 almost half of all smartphones purchased worldwide will run on Android OS. Gartner projects that 2011 sales of smartphones worldwide will jump 57.7% from 2010, topping …

Google Code Jam Registration Window Opens Google Code Jam Registration Window Opens

Any programmers who would enjoy winning $10,000, the title “Code Jam Champion,” and – maybe – a job offer from Google should get moving.  Today, the registration window for Google Code Jam 2011 opened. To go ahead and provide interested …

MerchantCircle Goes From Panda Victim to Blekko Curator MerchantCircle Goes From Panda Victim to Blekko Curator
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Interesting news from Blekko today. The alternative search engine, focused on weeding out spam from search, has partnered with one of the top sites impacted by Google’s Panda update – MerchantCircle. MerchantCircle is a small business community site with 1.6 …

YouTube Homepage Changes Rumored To Make Site More TV-Like YouTube Homepage Changes Rumored To Make Site More TV-Like
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Rumor has it that YouTube is going to get a big makeover, as a more traditional channel-oriented site. That’s not to say it will lose its current function as a user-generated video hub or the second largest search engine, but …

New Facebook App: Spank A Friend New Facebook App: Spank A Friend
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When’s the last time you poked one of your friends? Before your mind starts to run rampant, I’m referring to a Facebook Poke. I’m sure most of you, like myself, have tried to figure out what the benefit of poking …

Twitter Search Gets Speed Boost Twitter Search Gets Speed Boost

A company that’s frequently associated with poor performance and instability had a pleasant surprise for users today.  Twitter announced this afternoon that it’s managed to make Twitter Search three times faster. A post on the Twitter Engineering blog explained the …

GoDaddy Elephant Killing Sparks “NoDaddy” Promotion From Venovix GoDaddy Elephant Killing Sparks “NoDaddy” Promotion From Venovix
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GoDaddy’s PR misstep, otherwise known as CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant, has led to its competitors stepping up to scoop up the angry customers who are leaving the domain registrar behind. NameCheap was able to get some great PR …

EzineArticles Tells Authors How to Get Accepted Post Panda EzineArticles Tells Authors How to Get Accepted Post Panda
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If you’ve been keeping up with the fallout from Google’s Panda algorithm update, you’ll know that EzineArticles has been reported to have been one of the hardest hit sites. Last week, CEO Christohper Knight gave an update about the site’s …

LinkedIn Plugins for Publishers Launched Along With New Platform LinkedIn Plugins for Publishers Launched Along With New Platform
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LinkedIn announced the launch of a new platform today that some are likening to Facebook’s huge rollout of the open graph (which included integration and social plugins all over the web). “With this release, we’re including a powerful set of …

Demand Media’s Pluck to Help Brands Spread iOS, Android Presence Demand Media’s Pluck to Help Brands Spread iOS, Android Presence
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Demand Media’s Pluck has launched new features to help brands go mobile – engaging in social experiences in mobile applications. Among the new tools are ways for software developers to provide native experiences and streamline the creation of community features, …

Google Spared UK Antitrust Inquiry (For Now) Google Spared UK Antitrust Inquiry (For Now)
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Lately, it’s seemed like just about everyone is interested in investigating and/or prosecuting Google.  French courts, Swiss courts, and (perhaps) America’s own FTC have all been offended by different practices.  Google may be spared an antitrust probe in the UK, …

FCC Launches Redesigned Website FCC Launches Redesigned Website

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a redesigned website, the first major update in ten years, that features more social media tools. Visitors to the new beta site can now easily connect with the FCC’s Facebook page, Twitter account …

Local Product Listings on Google Place Pages Local Product Listings on Google Place Pages

Google is now letting businesses list local product availability on Google Place Pages. This way, when customers search for local businesses and look at the pages, they can make better decisions before traveling to the business or even calling, to …

Teens Be iPhonein’ Teens Be iPhonein’
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While the grammatically-butchered title is indeed a play on a Dave Chapelle “Women be shoppin’” bit from the The Nutty Professor, the sentiment applies here. Simply put, teens love their iPhones. While this may not come as a surprise — …

BlogDash to Bring Businesses and Bloggers Together BlogDash to Bring Businesses and Bloggers Together

It’s no secret that there is an obvious disconnect between bloggers/journalists and PR professionals. Being in the media industry, we, here at WebProNews, have seen our share of bad pitches, as I’m sure many others can relate. However, I’m also sure that PR professionals detest when their requests go unanswered or when they get shot down.

Epsilon Breach – Phishing Likely the Main Threat for Customers Epsilon Breach – Phishing Likely the Main Threat for Customers

The Epsilon security breach continues to have people on edge and irritated. Meanwhile, the companies’ with email databases that were compromised continue to send out emails to customers alerting them of the situation. Some are going further, and providing advice …

Snack&Munch: The First Online Vending Machine Snack&Munch: The First Online Vending Machine
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For those who’ve maintained the idea ecommerce has it’s limits, meet Snack&Munch. This start-up company has been receiving a lot of hype, being featured on both NBC.com and Mashable. The site is quite simple: Choose 24 snacks from a selection …

iPad 2 Sales Of 2.4-2.6 Million Estimated For March iPad 2 Sales Of 2.4-2.6 Million Estimated For March
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At this point, everyone knows that the iPad 2 was a big sales success.  The task that remains is quantifying its success, and a new report may do just that.  Anonymous sources hint Apple sold somewhere between 2.4 million and …

Twitter Continues to Add Appeal for New Users Twitter Continues to Add Appeal for New Users

Some people are reportedly seeing a new Twitter homepage with some new user discovery elements. In fact, some people even reported seeing other people’s timelines in a hiccup in Twitter’s implementation. Hiccups are pretty commonplace for Twitter, so that’s not …

AT&T CEO Gets Blasted on USAToday AT&T CEO Gets Blasted on USAToday
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The first newspaper to introduce color into the world of black and white print media is still going strong, effectively transitioning to Internet-based content. This, of course, is not newsworthy. However, because USAToday.com allows comments, every so often, there are …

Netflix Reaches Deal To Stream “Mad Men” Netflix Reaches Deal To Stream “Mad Men”

Netflix has announced it has entered into a syndication agreement with Lionsgate to stream the first four seasons of the AMC series “Mad Men” starting July 27. Additional seasons of “Mad Men” will be available after they have aired on …

LinkedIn Matches Newspapers As Job Search Tool For Students LinkedIn Matches Newspapers As Job Search Tool For Students
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Newspapers have proven to be surprisingly resilient on many college campuses.  There’s almost always a school paper, for example, and different groups of students are drawn to other publications.  But in a real victory for LinkedIn, its professional network has …