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Sony PlayStation Vita Hits Japan

In August, it was reported that the Playstation Vita would hit Japan by the end of December, and that did indeed happen, as it was released this weekend. The Vita is Sony’s handheld PlayStation gaming device. “The new PS Vita …

Facebook Shuts Down Snaptu Facebook Shuts Down Snaptu
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In January, mobile app developer Snaptu created a Facebook app for feature phones. A couple months later, Facebook acquired the company. Now, Snaptu itself is closing down, though its team will continue to work on Facebook’s mobile experience. In an …

Will Facebook Make Advertising Too Personal? Will Facebook Make Advertising Too Personal?
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Online advertising is growing. Facebook is getting more personal. What does this mean for users being targeted by advertisers? Share your thoughts on this subject in the comments. The Interactive Advertising Bureau reported that third quarter revenues from online advertising …

Mobile Commerce in Real-Time Is New Trend, Thanks to Zaarly Mobile Commerce in Real-Time Is New Trend, Thanks to Zaarly
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When Bo Fishback, Ian Hunter, and Eric Koester developed Zaarly right before SXSW took place earlier this year, they had no idea that it would get the response it has gotten thus far. Koester told WebProNews that they created it two and a half weeks before the show and decided to launch simply as an experiment. However, when it took in $10,000 worth of transactions within a two-block radius in 48 hours, they knew they were onto something.

Is Amazon Good or Bad For Small Businesses? Is Amazon Good or Bad For Small Businesses?
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Amazon has pissed off a lot of small businesses. I’m not even going to get into all of the Internet tax stuff, but earlier this month, the company launched an app. The app is called Price Check, and it allows …

Bing Catching Up To Yahoo Bing Catching Up To Yahoo
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Bing may already be powering Yahoo search, but it is still behind in terms of where people are actually searching from. That may soon change, however (at least in the U.S.). comScore has released its monthly U.S. Search Engine Rankings …

Photoshopped Ads May Happen A Lot Less Photoshopped Ads May Happen A Lot Less
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Get ready, America: your celebrities in magazines are about to start looking a lot like the rest of you. In other words, expect to see models and such types to be a lot less photoshopped in pictures next year. In …

Samsung Drops One Suit Against Apple, Files Two More Samsung Drops One Suit Against Apple, Files Two More

There was a flurry of activity today on the German front of the Apple-Samsung patent war. Samsung dropped one of their suits upon learning that Apple might be shielded by a licensing agreement it holds with Qualcomm. Among the products …

Picture Passwords Let You Unlock Your Device By Drawing On A Family Photo Picture Passwords Let You Unlock Your Device By Drawing On A Family Photo
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In a blog post published Friday, Microsoft talks about their latest technology currently in Developer Preview – and it has to do with security. Passwords, to be specific. But not just ordinary alphanumeric passwords. The dev team talks about what …

WolframAlpha Brings Comparison Shopping to Siri WolframAlpha Brings Comparison Shopping to Siri

WolframAlpha has announced that they have brought a new feature to their computational knowledge engine. The service now helps users with their shopping by integrating Best Buy’s public APIs in order to deliver data on a wide variety of products. …

Heather Harde Officially Out At TechCrunch (AOL) Heather Harde Officially Out At TechCrunch (AOL)

Last month, reports emerged that TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde, who since TechCrunch was acquired by AOL, has actually been general manager of AOL’s technology properties, had handed in her resignation. Today, it’s official. She’ll be stepping down at the end …

U.S. District Judge: You Can Use Twitter To Harass, Threaten U.S. District Judge: You Can Use Twitter To Harass, Threaten
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U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus of Maryland yesterday granted a motion to dismiss a criminal case against a man who stood accused of harassment of a religious figure via Twitter. The dismissal has powder keg-potential for how free speech …

SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend
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After last night’s ridiculous delay in the hearing, the race to the SOPA vote is off like a herd of turtles today after the House Judiciary Committee “abruptly adjourned” earlier without setting a new date for the vote. In other …

iPhone Robbers: We Don’t Want Your Droids, BlackBerries iPhone Robbers: We Don’t Want Your Droids, BlackBerries
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Apparently, we have some elitist muggers roaming around Columbia University. A pair of robbers are targeting students in Upper Manhattan, and they are taking the worst thing imaginable – their iPhones. I’m not using “iPhone” and a generic term for …

Beyond Google Zeitgeist: A Lot Of Local Searching Beyond Google Zeitgeist: A Lot Of Local Searching

Google released its annual Zeitgeist this week. We covered this here, but here’s a video reminder: Today, Google Director of Product Management Johanna Wright took to the official blog to point out how popular local searches have been. “Looking at …

Barry Bonds, The Facebook Timeline, and 99 Cent Stores Barry Bonds, The Facebook Timeline, and 99 Cent Stores

Twitter is a wonderful place for one-liners. To be funny on the site, you’ve got to be sharp and practice economy of language. You’ve only got 140 characters to make an impression. And what better way to wind-down the work …

Adobe Efficient Frontier Acquisition Revealed To Be About $400 Million Adobe Efficient Frontier Acquisition Revealed To Be About $400 Million

At the end of November, Adobe announced its intent to acquire Efficient Frontier, thought the price was not disclosed. “The purchase bolsters Adobe’s strategic focus on digital marketing and expands the company’s solutions, which are central to how digital marketing …

Exclusive: YouTube Responds to UMG vs. Megaupload Exclusive: YouTube Responds to UMG vs. Megaupload
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This morning we brought you a story concerning the conflict between Megaupload and Universal Music Group. Last week Megaupload, which has been the target of the RIAA’s and MPAA’s ire for its perceived role in piracy, posted a video in …

Tebowing Prank Results In Suspensions At A New York High School Tebowing Prank Results In Suspensions At A New York High School
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Everyone’s familiar with Tebowing, right? It’s kind of like planking, or owling, except a lot more ridiculous. Inspired by Denver Bronco quarterback and controversial sports figure Tim Tebow, Tebowing is described as “getting down on a knee and praying, even …

Does Kindle Fire Prove A Dissonance Between Consumers & Tech Community? Does Kindle Fire Prove A Dissonance Between Consumers & Tech Community?
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If you’re Amazon, apparently bad news doesn’t really matter because the Kindle Fire continues to be the #1 best selling item from their website for the 11th straight week (since its debut). According to a press release from yesterday, not …

Is It Journalism or Blogging? Or Neither? Is It Journalism or Blogging? Or Neither?
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According to the Free Online Dictionary, journalism is defined as: 1. The collecting, writing, editing, and presenting of news or news articles in newspapers and magazines and in radio and television broadcasts. 2. Material written for publication in a newspaper …

Verizon Snapping Up More Wireless Spectrum Verizon Snapping Up More Wireless Spectrum

Cox Communications, a cable provider, has announced a deal to sell its 20 MHz Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licences to Verizon Wireless for $315 million. The sale comes just a month after Cox announced that it was discontinuing its wireless …

Assange Granted Permission To Appeal Extradition Assange Granted Permission To Appeal Extradition

Earlier today Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was granted the right to appeal against his extradition to Sweden. It’s been a little over a year since Assange was detained in London and awaited extradition to Sweden in order to face two …

Zynga Shows Off Numbers As IPO Launches [Infographic] Zynga Shows Off Numbers As IPO Launches [Infographic]
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As you may know, Zynga launched its IPO – the biggest tech IPO since Google’s. The company is now trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ZNGA. “CEO Mark Pincus rang the opening bell, along with his …