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Usage Cap And Overage Fees Coming for AT&T DSL and U-Verse Internet
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News is beginning to circulate that AT&T will implement a 150GB monthly cap on landline DSL, as well as a 250GB cap on subscribers to U-Verse beginning on May 2. Will this affect you and your Internet usage? Let us …

Can Synthetic Life Solve the World’s Problems? [SXSW]

Dr. J. Craig Venter talked about the creation of synthetic life and its potential to solve world problems at SXSW Interactive today. Venter is credited as one of the first biologists to sequence the human genome. He founded Genomics, he …

iPad 2 Sales Estimates Of 400,000 To 1 Million Issued

Now that the first weekend during which the iPad 2 was available is over, sales estimates are coming in left and right, and they tend to be quite positive.  Piper Jaffray, for example, believes that perhaps 500,000 iPad 2s flew …

Kayak Adds Hotel Booking Option

Online travel search engine Kayak said today it is now giving users the option to book hotels directly through its website. The company will use reservation- booking partners and is launching the feature through the Travelocity Partner Network. Travelocity will …

BUMP.com – Highway Social Media – SXSW
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AT SXSW Interactive, Bump.com (not to be confused with Bump Technologies), announced the launch of an interesting license plate messaging Android app and mobile site. The company says the app lets users “safely” send voice, email, photo, and SMS messages …

Telecom Companies Offering Free Communication To Japan

For those who have friends or family in Japan, this past week has been stressful, and worrisome. Lines of communication have been hard to come by, specifically with calls and text. To help in this regard, AT&T is allowing for …

Biz Stone Joins Huffington Post, AOL As Strategic Adviser

Biz Stone, who could already count himself the cofounder of Twitter, a former senior specialist at Google, and a former creative director at Xanga (among other things) can now add one more title to his resume.  This morning, the Huffington …

StumbleUpon Launches New Paid Discovery Platform [SXSW]

During SXSW Interactive, StumbleUpon launched a new advertising platform called Paid Discovery. StumbleUpon says Paid Discovery delivers “an engaged target audience directly” to advertisers without clicking through ads or links. “100% engagement, 100% of the time.” There are three versions …

Mobile Devices Driving Local News Consumption
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Nearly half of all American adults (47%) get at least some local news and information on their cellphone or tablet computer, according to a new report. These findings come from a survey of 2,251 conducted in January by the Pew …

Mike Tyson Appears at SXSW to Promote iPhone/iPad Game Mike Tyson Appears at SXSW to Promote iPhone/iPad Game
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One of the main attrations at SXSW Interactive has been boxing legend Mike Tyson. He appeared for two and a half hours or so today at the event’s Screenburn arcade, to help RockLive promote a new game based on his …

Robert Rodriguez Talks Sin City at SXSW Robert Rodriguez Talks Sin City at SXSW

This is a little off the beaten online business path (the usual subject area of WebProNews), but this is SXSW. This also happens to be one of my favorite filmmakers and a great film. Robert Rodriguez took time to speak …

Pee-Wee Herman Takes SXSW
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It’s hard to believe it has been so long, but in September of 2009, Pee-Wee Herman made his big comeback, and started actively using Twitter. Now, Paul Reubens (the actor who portrays Herman) has found his way to SXSW in …

Foursquare Talks Future of Locations at SXSW Foursquare Talks Future of Locations at SXSW

Everyone is trying to figure out the answer to getting location-based services to go mainstream. SCVNGR CEO Seth Priebatsch talked about this yesterday. He thinks this  will be the decade of the gamer layer, and that looking at game mechanics …

Google to Announce Google Circles Social Network at SXSW? No.
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Update: Chris Messina tells WebProNews that Google has “nothing to announce today” and would not comment on Google Cirlces. Update 2: This seems official enough: @googlesxswGoogle at SXSWWe’re not launching any products at #SXSW but we’re doing plenty else. Join …

SXSW: TED Opens API to Developers SXSW: TED Opens API to Developers

TED Media Executive Producer June Cohen says TED follows a concept of “radical openness,” which is the basis for opening up the TED API. “We’re going to allow developers around the world to build their own TED apps,” she said. …

SXSW – Ask Combines Q&A with the Location-Based Service

Ask announced a couple weeks ago that it would be debuting a new mobile app called Ask Around here at SXSW. WebProNews caught up with Ask.com Chief Product and Technology Officer Lisa Kavanaugh to talk about it a little. “We …

Engadget Editor-in-Chief Leaves

Engadget Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky announced that he is leaving the publication. This comes after two other editors of the publication recently left, citing “the AOL way” as a catalyst. Here’s an exerpt from Topolsky’s post: After nearly four years at …

Zynga: 40-Year-Old Moms Are the New Hardcore Gamers [SXSW]
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Manny Anekal, Zynga’s Director of Brand Advertising spoke a little today at SXSW about storytelling through advertising, but emphasized just how big social gaming is. 1 in 5 Americans play lots of Zynga’s games, he says, noting that the company …

SXSW – SCVNGR CEO Aims to Solve Real Problems with Games

When you hear about location-based services, Foursquare is probably the first brand that comes to your mind. They’ve arguably made the biggest mark on the space sofar, but while Foursquare faces growing competition from big brands like Google and Facebook, …

SXSW – Friends are the Future of Shopping
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Willo O’Brien of WilloToons.com spoke to a packed ballroom at the Hilton in Austin at SXSW Interactive. The focus – social shopping and the future of selling stuff online. Creativity has a lot to do with it, and it doesn’t …

SXSW Campaign to Help Japan Earthquake Victims

SXSW Interactive attracts a plethora of bright minds, and more importantly (in some cases), a group that knows how to spread a message perhaps better than any other group on Earth. That’s because social media is a (if not THE) …

SXSW – Google Saving Drivers Time and Fuel
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Google has already saved people a total of two years per day, and a whole lot of fuel, thanks to that traffic-based re-routing feature the company launched earlier this week. That is according to Google’s Marissa Mayer, who spoke today …

Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Source Code Mission at SXSW Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Source Code Mission at SXSW
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Here at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Summit Entertainment and Microsoft Tag launched a cross-media campaign to promote the film Source Code, called “The Source Code Mission”. WebProNews spoke with the film’s star, Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as co-star Michelle Monaghan and …

Zynga Set To Release English Countryside Expansion Pack for FarmVille
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Zynga has announced an expansion pack to it’s wildly successful FarmVille game, in hopes to lure back some users. The social gaming company is set to unleash FarmVille English Countryside sometime over the next few weeks. If all goes as …