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The BBC Introduces Food App In Chrome Store

The BBC said today it has launched its first ever custom food app in Google’s Chrome Web Store.

New Google TV Templates, UI Library Released
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Any developers who wanted to tinker with Google TV but felt they lacked a solid starting point should look again.  Google’s released a pair of templates and a user interface library meant to give developers a leg up on building optimized sites.

AOL Adds The Huffington Post To Its Growing Content Factory
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AOL has acquired The Huffington Post, one of the biggest content networks on the web, for $315 million. HuffPo co-founder Arianna Huffington is now editor-in-chief of all of AOL’s content properties. 

The move is the latest, and possibly the boldest move AOL has made into the content production industry. AOL counts The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, Autoblog, Fanhouse, Patch, and Seed among its major content properties. Other recent AOL acquisitions include About.me and Goviral. 

Search Engine Super Bowl Jinx?

Has leading the way in search engine query volume replaced the dreaded “Sports Illustrated jinx” as the thing sports fans should fear?  If the trend Google noticed continues, perhaps there’s something new for superstitious sports fans to consider.

Bing Accuses Google of Click Fraud
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Without a doubt, the biggest storyline in search this week has been Google accusing Bing of cheating and stealing its results, Bing semi-denying this, and the back and forth that’s gone on between the two dominant search engines.

Who’s right: Bing or Google? Tell us what you think

Testing the Fair Use Balance
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Remember Righthaven? That’s the company with the business model of suing bloggers over copyright that ignited one of the more recent fair use controversy debates. A report last month from Fortune about the company asked questions like: "Could clicking a Like button lead to a lawsuit?" and "Are the days of posting stories to Facebook, emailing articles to friends, or printing out pieces numbered?" and suggested that social media could be "maimed".

Get Up to Speed on Location-Based Service Adoption

Many are claiming this year as the year of "social mobile".  Even Facebook’s CTO announced that one of the primary objectives for Facebook this year is mobile, a statement that is backed with increased emphasis on its geolocation tool – Facebook Places.

Google Celebrates 1 Million Digitized CIC Books
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It seems like all’s been quiet on the Google Books front for a while.  There’s been little talk of new partners, lawsuits, or just about anything.  But that doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening, as today, Google signaled that it’s scanned (and returned) one million books from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

Online Retail Spending Tops Record $40 Billion

U.S. online retail spending reached a record $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 11 percent over a year ago, according to a new report from comScore.

This growth rate is the fifth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and second quarter of double-digit growth rates in the past year.

Facebook Schedules HQ Announcement For Feb. 8th

If you happen to live in California and know any Facebook employees, consider saving cardboard boxes and bubble wrap for them.  The company’s poised to make a big announcement about establishing a new headquarters, scheduling a media event for Tuesday, February 8th.

Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole was trying to be cute, not insensitive; at least, according to Kenneth Cole.  Nevertheless, his ill-advised marketing Tweet referencing Egypt, trying to bring humor to a decidedly-unfunny situation was given the treatment it so deserved.

Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole was trying to be cute, not insensitive; at least, according to Kenneth Cole.  Nevertheless, his ill-advised marketing Tweet referencing Egypt, trying to bring humor to a decidedly-unfunny situation was given the treatment it so deserved.

Kenneth Cole
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Kenneth Cole was trying to be cute, not insensitive; at least, according to Kenneth Cole.  Nevertheless, his ill-advised marketing Tweet referencing Egypt, trying to bring humor to a decidedly-unfunny situation was given the treatment it so deserved.

The Food Network Learns About The Power of User-Generated Content
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A silly recipe suggestion has been stricken from the pages of FoodNetwork.com, thanks to a bunch of sarcastic, derision-filled responses.  Hopefully, Food Network’s instructional experience about just how powerful user-generated content is has come to an end and they’ll try a little harder next time.

Facebook Turns Seven

The social network that made a 20-something a billionaire, grew to be a mainstay of many people’s everyday lives, and became the subject of an award-winning film has now achieved something else.  Today, Facebook turned seven years old.

8 Signs It’s Time To Turn A Side Project Into A Startup
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The word startup seems to be used too loosely in this day and age. Some people think something built in a weekend or over the course of time on the side is a full fledged startup, when it is often just a side project. Building things is great, more people should do it and do it often. The problem is, most people either take the leap at the wrong time OR they don’t take a leap at all, when the signs are there.

Google Offers Virtual Tour Of Super Bowl Site

Google is allowing football fans to take a virtual tour of Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, ahead of Super Bowl XLV.

 

 

Anonymous Joins the Middle Eastern Fray

While the Egyptian Revolution is not being televised — not as long as President Murbarak is in power, anyway — it is certainly receiving extensive coverage on the Internet, with Twitter and Facebook being the primary resources. Now, thanks to some Denial of Service attacks aimed at Murbarak supporters, the Anonymous group has offered their support to the Egyptian protesters with the only way they know how:

Creating Internet chaos.

Google Instant Achieves Opt-Out Rate Of 2%
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The concerns that Google Instant might make incorrect guesses, act as a flashy distraction, or focus too much on quantity versus quality (in relation to results) have apparently been dismissed.  A Google employee shared an impressive fact yesterday: the opt-out rate is under three percent.

Blogger Gets Android App for Posting On the Go

Google’s Blogger has released a new Android app that allows bloggers to update on the go. 

With the app, users can switch between different accounts and blogs (for which they have author rights) and post accordingly. You can compose posts, attach photos, assign labels, and save them as a drafts or go ahead and publish them. 

"Saving as draft is handy if you need to wait until you have Internet connectivity," notes Blogger’s Vinay Sekhri.

Hotmail Gets Email Aliases

Microsoft has launched a new feature for Hotmail, providing Hotmail users with aliases so they don’t have to give their primary email address to every site that asks for one, and still don’t have to go create a whole new account. 

Some Super Bowl Commercials to Watch For

The NFL’s granddaddy of them all takes place this Sunday when the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers meet in Super Bowl XLV, and it promises to be one of the most-watched sporting events ever.  Keeping with tradition, the commercials that will be shown during the game are receiving a fair amount of hype as well.

Verizon iPhone 4 Sales Sets Record
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Verizon said today it has stopped pre-order online orders for the iPhone 4 to its existing customers after the most successful first day of sales in the history of the company.

“This was an exciting day," said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless.

Chairmen Of Congressional Privacy Caucus Contact Zuckerberg (Again)
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Facebook’s short-lived (but soon-to-be-re-enabled) experiment with sharing users’ addresses and phone numbers with third parties did not impress certain politicians.  Indeed, Representatives Barton and Markey, Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, were bothered enough to write to Mark Zuckerberg.

In fairness to Facebook, the company only intended to share users’ data with their permission.  It was quick to back down in response to criticism, too.  So a thought about political grandstanding might not be out of line.