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Public Tweets and Privacy Boundaries Becoming More Defined

If you use Twitter, what you post to the micro-blogging service is public.

Local Discounts Provided by LivingSocial on Examiner.com
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Examiner.com announced it’s offering discounts provided by LivingSocial in 130 markets – that’s all the markets LivingSocial is currently active in. 

Deals are accessible through a mix of feeds and local media placements. LivingSocial will also be the headlining daily deal company in Examiner.com’s upcoming "Insider Deal" marketplace, an online discount center.

Super Bowl Sets Tweets Per Second Record (For Sporting Events)

This year’s Super Bowl generated a whole lot of chatter.  Forgotten lyrics, funny (and controversial commercials), and the football game itself continue to grab headlines days later.  It may or may not surprise you, then, that Super Bowl XLV helped set a record when it came to sports-related tweets.

Alicia Keys to Headline HP Ads During Grammys

It’s been a big day for HP, who unveiled the TouchPad iPad competitor, and the Veer and Pre3 smartphones. All of these products run webOS. 

Robert Scoble says the company has "fired Microsoft" and that it is making Android "look even more creaky (and RIM, Nokia, Microsoft not in the game)." Not bad for PR. 

Huffington Post Attracts New Round of Criticism
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Earlier this week, I asked how much content is too much? The premise is that the web and search engine results are being saturated with content in all areas, and most of it is coming from a handful of companies – companies like Demand Media and AOL/Huffington Post. 

Major VC Firm Buys $80 Million In Twitter Stock
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The way in which it’s done so is a bit unusual, but the venture capital firm founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz has thrown its weight behind Twitter.  A report’s indicated Andreessen Horowitz spent something like $80 million to buy into the company.

Kara Swisher wrote this afternoon, "Andreessen Horowitz has invested more than $80 million in Twitter via purchasing stock in secondary markets."

HP TouchPad, Veer and Pre3 Smartphones with webOS Introduced

Hewlett-Packard (HP) today announced the TouchPad, described as a version of webOS for the big screen. It’s essentially an iPad competitor, and is due out this summer. 

"Today we’re embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available," said Jon Rubinstein, SVP and GM of HP’s Palm Global Business Unit. "The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world."

Amazon To Launch Kindle App For HP TouchPad

Amazon said today it is launching a free Kindle app for the new HP TouchPad coming out this summer.

Amazon said its Kindle app for the TouchPad will gives users access to more than 810,000 titles from its Kindle store.

 

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Visa Buys Online Payment Platform For $190 Million

Visa said today it is buying online payment platform PlaySpan for $190 million in cash, “plus additional consideration for performance milestones.”

Visa Visa said the acquisition complements its further expansion into digital and mobile commerce.  The deal follows Visa’s purchase of another online payment company, CyberSource in July.

Microsoft Search Head Gets Big Promotion
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Whoever’s in charge of printing Microsoft employees’ business cards is sure to be loading the machines with some of the best paper and ink available.  Microsoft announced today that Satya Nadella has been promoted, gaining the title "President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business."

Ford Launches Explorer Road Trip Contest On Facebook

Ford has launched a social media campaign on Facebook to promote its new Explorer.

The campaign called “Go. Do. Adventures,” asks people what they would do and where they would go if they had a new Ford Explorer for a week.

 

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Sony Shares Jailbreak Code Via Twitter
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Perhaps “laughing stock” is too strong a term here, but after Sony’s strong-arm tactics concerning jailbroken PlayStation 3s — tactics that were upheld via a misguided ruling — the fact that they tweeted the jailbreak code in question, accidentally or no, perhaps it fits.

Facebook Establishes New Sales Office In Hong Kong
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Facebook’s ad sales in Asia should soon pick up by a significant amount.  The company’s opened a new office in Hong Kong, and it means to make sure local firms learn all about using social media to reach potential customers.

This undertaking might not be immediately successful.  The Hong Kong office is only Facebook’s second sales office in Asia (the other’s in Singapore), so companies could need a little while to perform tests and get used to Facebook’s way of doing things.

Gates Foundation Invests In Facebook App For Education
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today it has invested $2 million in education technology company Inigral, to help fund its Schools App on Facebook.

The Schools App uses Facebook to create a virtual community for colleges students during the admissions and orientation process and through their first year. The Schools App aims to increase involvement and engagement among college students to increase the likelihood of graduation.

Should There Be an iPod Tax?
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The largest performers union in Canada is attempting to place a tax on iPods.

A quick search of the TechDirt database reveals that one organization or another has been attempting to achieve this for awhile now.

So this is nothing new, but still worth revisiting.

San Fran Tax Incentives May Lure Twitter Into Rough Part Of Town

Twitter employees who like to plan for the future might want to start researching the price of mace, tasers, and/or stab vests.  Rumors indicate that the mayor of San Francisco intends to offer Twitter a deal on office space, only the space is located in a less-than-pleasant part of town.

Details of Next iPad Revealed

The Wall Street Journal is reporting some new details about the next version of the iPad, based on what "people familiar with the matter" have revealed. Apple has not yet officially commented. 

According to the report, the next iPad will be available through both AT&T and Verizon, and will be thinner, lighter, and will have at least one camera on the front. It is also reported to have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor. 

OpenX Launches New Ad Platform, Secures Groupon As Customer

Assuming it didn’t already, OpenX should definitely have Google’s attention now.  The company launched an updated version of its OpenX Enterprise ad technology today, and in the process, announced that it’s secured Groupon and Orange (the telecommunications entity) as customers.

How Much Content is Too Much?
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As you probably know by now, AOL has purchased The Huffington Post to further bolster its growing content business. HuffPost co-founder Arianna Huffington (now Editor-in-Chief of all AOL Content) said following the announcement, that earlier this year, the company was looking to expand local sections, launch international sections, add more original videos, and additional sections that would "fill in some gaps" in HuffPost’s current offerings.

Greplin Shows Promise In Areas of Search Where Google is Failing
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I recently wrote a lengthy post about how content is flooding the web, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for any one search engine (including Google) to keep up and deliver the best possible results at all times. Google does a great job for a lot of queries, but the company knows it needs to get better. That’s why they’re putting a new focus on content farms. 

New Google Translate for iPhone App Released
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When it comes to ordering food at exotic restaurants, meeting foreign exchange students, or perhaps translating a non-subtitled line from a movie, iPhone owners are no longer at a serious disadvantage compared to their Android-using peers.  This afternoon, Google released the official Google Translate for iPhone app.

Facebook Gets Ready to Move to Menlo Park
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Faceboook formally announced today that it is moving to a new campus in Menlo Park. Actually, they’re moving to the old Sun Microsystems campus. 

Facebook says it has been looking for a space that suits its long-term business needs and allows it to recreate the "small-community feel" it has enjoyed at its current Palo Alto location. 

Majority Of People Have Abandoned Brands On Facebook And Twitter
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The majority (91%) of consumers have abandoned at lest one brand on Facebook, email or Twitter because of irrelevant or boring marketing messages, according to a new study by ExactTarget and CoTweet.

“Consumers remain willing to engage with marketers via the inbox, Facebook and Twitter,” said Jeff Rohrs, principal of ExactTarget’s Marketing Research and Education Group.

 

Search Engines and ClickStream Data
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Recently there was a big kerfuffle over Bing copying Google results, Bing denying it, the Google FUD machine in full force, and some nice conspiracy theory about who is pulling the strings and why.