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Oscars: The Social Network Wins 3 Academy Awards
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The Academy Awards show was last night, and The Social Network won 3 Oscars, after being nominated for 8

The Social Network was up for: Best Picture, Best Direction, Actor in a Leading Role, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, and Music (Original Score). It won Best Adapted Screenplay, Film editing, and Music (Aaron Sorkin, Angus Wall/Kirk Baxter and Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross respectively).   

Google Algorithm Update Helps (Not Hurts) eHow
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Google’s recent algorithm update aimed at content farms appears to have affected Demand Media significantly, but not in the way you might have thought. According to a study from Sistrix – the Visibility Index – Demand’s eHow has actually gained rankings, while many of the company’s competitors dropped. 

Is Email Really in Danger Because of Social Media?
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I’m not sure which came first, the idea that social media is killing blogs or social media is killing email. Both arguments are brought up every so often, and both are equally ludicrous if you ask me. Earlier this week, we examined the former, and interestingly enough, the latter was also brought up by recent data from comScore and the Pew Internet Project. 

Did Google’s Algorithm Update Go Far Enough on Content Farms?
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As you probably know by now, Google has implemented a new algorithm change that the company says impacts 11.8% of their queries. While Google would not come out and say directly that the update is aimed at content farms, this is widely understood to be the case. 

Verizon iPhone 4 Gets Called Out By Consumer Reports
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Consumer Reports blasted the iPhone 4 when it first came out for AT&T, citing reception problems. You may recall Apple’s "antennagate" scandal, where it gave away free bumpers to make up for the issue. Now, Consumer Reports is making a similar case for Verizon’s incarnation of the iPhone 4.

Groupon’s CEO Pegs 2010 Revenue At $760 Million
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When Groupon was said to have turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google, many onlookers wondered what could possibly have motivated that decision.  Now we know: the ability to earn $760 million in revenue in 2010, along with the goal of bringing in over a billion this year.

Google Offers Virtual Red Carpet Tour For Oscars

To mark the 83rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Google is allowing users to take a virtual tour of the event via its earth service.

 The Google Lat Long Blog explains. “Take a virtual tour of the Kodak Theatre in Google Earth — as if you’re actually there! It includes the red carpet, paparazzi and even the Oscar statues.”

Apparently, No One Likes Mobile Device Users
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While we may be a nation of mobile device users — largely, anyway — it’s clear almost no one is using their device in a respectful, concerned-for-others manner.  What’s worse is, even if a large majority of users knows mobile device user behavior is largely inconsiderate, it doesn’t stop them from acting the same way when they’re using their own devices.

Bing Puts Flight Prices Right in the Search Box
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Bing has introduced flight prices in auto-suggestions. You can simply enter your query, and it will bring up a prediction for what Bing Travel deems the best flight price deal within the next 90 days. 

Facebook Picks Up New Employees From Pursuit
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Pursuit, a small startup designed to connect employers with job candidates via social networks, has secured what some people (though not all – more on that in a minute) would consider the ultimate prize.  A post on the company’s homepage indicates that it attracted Facebook’s attention in a big way.

Now, as you see for yourself below, it looks like at least part of the Pursuit team will go to work for the social network.  Which could mean Facebook intends to step on LinkedIn’s toes, if the Pursuit team sticks to the subject of recruitment.

Sony Targets PS3 Hackers With Anti-Piracy Legal Team
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Sony continues to arm itself as they are pulling out all the stops in order to combat what they view as piracy across the PlayStation 3 platform.

Facebook Privacy Policy Gets “Re-imagined”
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Facebook announced today that it has started a new version of its privacy policy to make it easier to understand. I could’ve swore they did that before, but now they’re going even further. This one is relying on user feedback before the company even considers implementing it. Facebook says if users like it, they’ll consider making it the official policy. 

This is an "attempt on what a privacy policy written for you could look like," Facebok says. 

Google Finally Cracks Down on Content Farms
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Google used their Official Google Blog to announce a change to their search algorithm that impacts 11.8% of their queries. Google explains:

Samsung Named As Possible Google TV Partner
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Google TV got off to a rough start, but its fortunes may soon improve thanks to Samsung Electronics.  A new rumor indicates that the organization, which is the largest electronics company in the world, could start to integrate Google TV software into its products.

Consumer Watchdog Targets Google Over Doodle Contest
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 Consumer Watchdog, an organization known for being critical of Google, has asked Rep. Rep. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-TX,  for hearings on why Google collected children’s social security numbers on entry forms for its Doodle 4 Google contest.

In a letter to the Congressmen, who are co-chairmen of the Bipartisan House Privacy Caucus, the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group said, "The Doodle 4 Google incident is not a one-time event, but part of a consistent pattern of disregarding privacy rights."

Google Looks to Make ID Info More Transparent
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Google has an interesting post on its Public Policy blog, talking about how users can identify (or not identify) themselves, when using Google services. The company says it’s looking at ways to make such information more transparent.

According to Google there are three types of product use, and they each "have a home" at Google, but for different purposes:

Search Google For Just Businesses That Are Currently Open

Google has launched a feature for its iPhone and Android mobile search that lets you see results for only local businesses that are actually open at the time of the search. While this may not seem incredibly helpful during normal business hours, it marks a tremendous boost in relevancy for late night searches. 

Murder, Abortion and Googlebombs

Proving the adage that what’s old is new again, Googlebombs are back in the news, and, of course, they’re being used to grandstand about a sensitive subject. Considering the subject matter — murder and abortion — the back and forth for this one should be a clean and respectful discourse concerning the different reactions such a subject produces… and maybe the iPad 2 will be free for everyone.

In other news, clearly, the time format on my Google Reader must be set to 2004.

FBI: Internet Crime Complaints Top 300,000 In 2010
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In 2010 there were 303,809 complaints of Internet crime, the second-highest total in 10 years according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

The IC3 received an average of 25, 317 complaints per month in 2010. Non-delivery of payment or merchandise accounted for the most common complaints (14.4%). Scams using the FBI’s name (13.2%) and identity theft (9.8%) rounded out the top three types of complaints.

 

YouTube Movie Service May Launch In UK
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YouTube users in the UK may soon gain access to a bigger and better selection of movies through the site – if they’re willing to fork over a fee.  Rumor has it that Google intends to begin testing a Netflix-like subscription service in the region.

Demand Media Responds to Google Content Farm Update
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Demand Media issued a statement in response to Google’s algorithm change, announced last night. The update "noticeably impacts" 11.8% of Google queries, according to Google. While Google’s announcement doesn’t come right out and use the phrase "content farms", the update is widely considered to be aimed at them. 

Social Media: More than Twitter and Facebook? Uh, yeah.
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The following post is based on a discussion at the Cincinnati Social Media LinkedIn Group.

In what seems to be a race to oversimplify EVERYTHING, we’re creating misdefinitions. In many cases there’s simply (a lot) more to the story.

Social media provides the latest example. Do you know anyone with "T&F Tunnel Vision?" This unfortunate condition involves the assumption that the social media landscape starts and ends with Twitter and Facebook.

Fashion Brands Using Facebook To Best Effect
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Lots of companies have a strong presence on Facebook, with Chipotle, Ford, and NBC all making significant moves just this week.  But when it comes to effective marketing in the UK, new data from Experian Hitwise indicates that fashion brands know how to use Facebook best.

Can Groupon Own The Deals Space?
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Can Groupon own the deals space the way Google owns search? It’s hard to imagine the space being dominated by any one company. Forget for a second that it has Google and Facebook to contend with, and even LivingSocial (previously cited as its closest competitor). 

What deals sites have you tried? How successful were your campaigns? Tell us about it