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Does Picasa Tagging Violate Your Google+ Privacy? Does Picasa Tagging Violate Your Google+ Privacy?
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Google+ is really concerned about privacy, or at least, that’s the approach Google takes. When new users sign up, Google has a number of “are you sure” responses when privacy settings are adjusted. Clearly, they are trying to pick up …

Brett Favre Comeback is a Horrible Idea According to Twitter Brett Favre Comeback is a Horrible Idea According to Twitter
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Oh Brett Favre, when did America fall out of love with you? Was it when you left the Packers? Could we just not bear to see you in a green that wasn’t paired with yellow? Was it the “will he …

RIM Restructures, Cuts 2,000 Jobs RIM Restructures, Cuts 2,000 Jobs

RIM (Research in Motion), makers of BlackBerry, announced some new management changes and job cuts today, or as the company calls it, a new “cost optimization program”. The program was actually first mentioned back in mid-June. First, the management changes. …

Amy Winehouse’s Death Prompts Promotions, Controversy Amy Winehouse’s Death Prompts Promotions, Controversy
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Over the weekend, the music world was hit with the loss of Amy Winehouse. The troubled 27-year-old singer was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday. Winehouse burst on the scene with her hit “Rehab” and famously battled drug …

Should Bing Make Paid Search Ads Blend Into Organic Results? Should Bing Make Paid Search Ads Blend Into Organic Results?
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Emily Kirk, a Rimm-Kaufman Group analyst spotted a feature Microsoft is testing with Bing: paid results in the middle of organic results. Yep. Ordinarily on Bing, paid ads appear above and below organic results, and they’re easily identifiable in a …

“Football Back” Twitter Trend Celebrates Pending Return of NFL “Football Back” Twitter Trend Celebrates Pending Return of NFL

Is the NFL really back? If the various talking heads are to be believed, it certainly looks that way. That means the world is no longer being held hostage with thoughts of lost football dancing in the heads of NFL …

Google Acquires PittPatt for Facial Recognition Google Acquires PittPatt for Facial Recognition
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Google has acquired PittPatt, and no that’s not Globochem’s Pit-Pat. It’s Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, a research company working on facial recognition technology. A message on PittPatt’s website reads: We are happy to announce that Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition has been acquired …

Get an iPad or Get Out of My Class Says Chinese Professor Get an iPad or Get Out of My Class Says Chinese Professor
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Remember your back-to-school lists? Whether you’re in grade school or college, it’s always smart to make an organized list of the things you need to succeed in the coming year. Pencils, Pens, Notebooks, Binders, Folders, newest-gen tablet device… Wait, what? …

Searching Google Plus?  There’s a Query for That Searching Google Plus? There’s a Query for That
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With all the tech writers and evangelists on Google+, it’s become something of a fount of information. However, because these streams of information come quite quickly in terms of Google+ updates, keeping track of it all can be a little …

Googler Steve Lacey Killed by Drunk Driver Googler Steve Lacey Killed by Drunk Driver
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Steve Lacey, a software developer working at Google died on Sunday, after being involved in a car wreck. According to Kirkland, Washington’s KING 5 News (via GeekWire) State troopers indicated that Lacey was an innocent victim of road rage and …

Likester Launches New Social Platform for Analyzing Facebook Likes Likester Launches New Social Platform for Analyzing Facebook Likes

A couple of months ago, the Internet was blowing up about the hit show American Idol. This hype increased as global popularity engine Likester made predictions for the show through its Likester Idol technology. Likester was able to forecast who would be going home each week based on the number of Facebook Likes the contestants received both before and after their weekly performances.

Should Netflix Be Worried About Losing Customers? Should Netflix Be Worried About Losing Customers?
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During the first half of the year, things were looking really good for Netflix subscribers. The company made announcements like: “Miramax Content Deal,” “More MTV Content,” “Glee Available to Watch Instantly,” “More Anime Coming to Netflix,” “Marvel Content Coming to …

StumbleUpon: Don’t Get Thumbed Down StumbleUpon: Don’t Get Thumbed Down
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StumbleUpon is one of the more interesting services in the social media realm. While it has its social elements for sure, it is much more about the content. As a follower of the search industry, it’s particularly interesting to observe …

Help Google Crawl Your Site More Effectively, But Use Caution Help Google Crawl Your Site More Effectively, But Use Caution
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Google has introduced some changes to Webmaster Tools – in particular, handling of URLs with parameters. “URL Parameters helps you control which URLs on your site should be crawled by Googlebot, depending on the parameters that appear in these URLs,” …

Is Your Paid Search Campaign Cannibalizing Your Organic Clicks? Is Your Paid Search Campaign Cannibalizing Your Organic Clicks?
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In case you’re wondering if your paid campaigns are cannibalizing clicks from your organic search results, the answer is: not so much. That is If you take Google’s word for it anyway. Google says its statisticians have run over 400 …

NFL Lockout Fun: Players Selling Cars on eBay NFL Lockout Fun: Players Selling Cars on eBay

While Derek Anderson has never been confused with a great NFL quarterback, he does make a few million being a mediocre one. However, has the impending changes in the soon-to-be ratified (?!?!) collective bargaining agreement have Anderson thinking of plans …

NFL Players Take To Twitter Over CBA NFL Players Take To Twitter Over CBA
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The NFL owners and the players are at odds at the moment. Working on a collective bargaining agreement that suddenly became a battle of turned tables in relation to the court of public opinion can do these things. When the …

Demand Media Threatens “Demand Studios Sucks” with Legal Action Demand Media Threatens “Demand Studios Sucks” with Legal Action
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A blog and forum site called DemandStudiosSucks.com has been threatened with legal action by Demand Media, the company behind Demand Studios. The letter the site received has been posted on the site itself. In it, Demand Media’s legal department says: …

A Collection of Social Media Flowcharts A Collection of Social Media Flowcharts
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What’s the best way to deal with social media interactions, especially from a service point of view? Are there a set of rules to follow when dealing with an unsatisfied response and/or comment if it’s directed at a company or …

Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst
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It has been an interesting few weeks for retailers, both online and offline, in the state of California due to the new law requiring online retailers to pay taxes on their affiliate advertising. In response, ecommerce sites such as Amazon and Overstock shut down their affiliate programs in the state, which did not go over very well.

Google+ Growth Outpaces Twitter, Facebook by Lengths and Bounds Google+ Growth Outpaces Twitter, Facebook by Lengths and Bounds
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Undoubtedly fueled by the perceived exclusivity, coupled with the tech/geek crowd absolutely embracing it, when it comes to initial growth, Google+ is absolutely lapping Twitter and Facebook in terms of reaching certain milestones. In this case, the milestone being discussed …

Sin City 2 On the Way (More Machete Too) Sin City 2 On the Way (More Machete Too)

Back when we attended SXSW in March, we had the pleasure of listening to filmmaker Robert Rodriguez talk about his experiences in bringing the Sin City graphic novels to the screen. We had hoped that he would give out some …

Google Place Pages Drop Third-Party Reviews Google Place Pages Drop Third-Party Reviews
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Google announced some changes to Place Pages as part of its new refocused efforts. For one, they’ve added a “write a review” button at the top of the page, encouraging users to talk about your business. I hope your customer …

Latest Google Doodle Introduces Us To Alexander Calder Latest Google Doodle Introduces Us To Alexander Calder
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The Google Doodles are a great deal more prolific than they used to be. What used to be an occasional thing is now frequent. To wit, today’s Alexander Calder doodle marks the second Google logo alteration this week. Granted, the …