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Google Buzz Agreement Reached With FTC

Google Buzz, the social network built into Gmail, has faced its share of complaints regarding automatic opt-ins and privacy issues.  Last year, Google settled a class action suit by contributing to a fund for organizations involved in internet privacy and …

Are Small Private Social Networks the Next Layer?
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As business people get in the habit of participating in online social networks and engaging in social behavior as part of their everyday routine, the next waves of online innovation won’t necessarily come in the form of a Facebook killer …

Roku at Best Buy Should Mean Increased Adoption
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Roku announced today that its Roku XD player is available for purchase at Best Buy stores nationwide and at BestBuy.com. We spoke with Roku Chief Communications Officer Brian Jaquet at SXSW  earlier this month, about the company’s expansion in retail, …

Most Women Annoyed By Facebook Friends
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The majority (85%) of women on Facebook indicate they have been annoyed by their online friends, according to a new survey from daily deals site Eversave. Eversave surveyed more than 400 women on Facebook and found they have little tolerance …

Dell Rep Blasts Apple’s iPad Success
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The iPad 2 has been quite the talk of the town since its opening weekend a couple weeks ago. The talk of every town in the world it seems like. Their sales during that first weekend eclipsed projections and bettered …

Yahoo Appoints SVP Of User Experience Design

Google’s sites are famous for their clean, minimalist designs.  Microsoft has managed to make Bing eye-catching through the use of amazing photos.  Meanwhile, Yahoo . . . is just Yahoo.  But that might soon change, as Yahoo’s appointed an SVP …

Skype Launches Platform To Connect Teachers
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Skype has launched a free online platform aimed at connecting teachers with other educators and classrooms around the globe. The new platform called “Skype in the classroom,” is designed to help teachers find each other and related projects according to …

Firefox 4 for Android Reviews Mixed

Mozilla released Firefox 4 for Android to mixed reviews. The above video makes it seem pretty nice, but there are more than a few complaints – among the biggest – a lack of Flash support. “Firefox for mobile allows users …

Gmail Targeted Ads Coming Soon
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Some of you might have noticed a message at the top of your Gmail inbox, just below the search bar that says, “Coming Soon: Better Ads in Gmail.” This notification, which will slowly roll out to all Gmail users, signals …

PR in a Blogger Versus Journalist World
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Or to be more exact, what is the role of public relations (not publicity) in a world where journalism and blogging continue to butt heads? It’s a conversation I’ve been having with friends and industry colleagues, and should be front …

Salesforce Acquires Radian6, Social Platform It Was Already Using Salesforce Acquires Radian6, Social Platform It Was Already Using
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Salesforce announced that it is acquiring social media monitoring platform Radian6 for $276 million in cash and $50 million in stock. Founders will also get $10 million in stock and $4 million in cash. According to Salesforce, Radian6 is used …

Google Display Network Advertisers Get Better Targeting Options
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Starting this week, Google Display Network advertisers will be able to specify topics, as opposed to just keywords, when contextually targeting ads. There will be over 1,750 topics and sub-topics to choose from. “Using topics to contextually target your ads …

Google Talk Guru Launched in Google Labs
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Google has a new Google Labs experiment out called Talk Guru. Google describes it as: Application intended for chat (IM) users, including users using chat clients on low-end phones, allowing them to answer simple web queries from the context of …

In-App Payments for Android Launched

Google announced the launch of Android Market In-App Billing for developers and users. Developers can publish apps that utilize it, and users can make purchases within the apps. “In-app Billing gives you more ways to monetize your apps with try-and-buy, …

Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone Talk Twitter on Piers Morgan

CNN’s Piers Morgan had a show all about Twitter this evening, at a very interesting time in the company’s history. One co-founder that has been gone for years is back, and another one is basically gone (he’s still on the …

Twitter’s Evan Williams Talks About His Future

As Jack Dorsey unexpectedly came back to Twitter to take the product lead, serving as Executive Chairman, it quickly became clear that Evan Williams had his mind elsewhere. Williams made a post on his personal blog this evening, discussing his …

Microsoft Adds “Active View” Support for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, LivingSocial Microsoft Adds “Active View” Support for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, LivingSocial

Microsoft announced added support for its “Active View” functionality in Hotmail, for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, and LivingSocial. In a nutshell, this means you can now interact with each of these services as if you were on their respective sites, without …

Foursquare Rewards Check-ins With Food…For Your Dog
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In “wow, that’s actually a great idea” news, a German pet food company, GranataPet, has found an interesting way to market its product – free samples via Foursquare check-in. Dog users in countries where GranataPet is available (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) …

Internet Explorer 9 Aces Power Consumption Test
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When picking a Web browser, “green” individuals and laptop users with limited access to electrical outlets should perhaps give Internet Explorer 9 a try.  New data shows that it can beat the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera …

Righthaven Files Suit Against Ars Technica Writer, Quickly Dismisses It
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Eriq Gardner, a journalist who contributed this article to Ars Technica 3 months ago was being sued by the controversial Righthaven, but then Righthaven apparently decided to dismiss it. What would have made this case stand out from the plethora …

Facebook Developers Gain More Policy-Compliant Ad Networks

Google may still not be willing to comply with Facebook’s Platform Terms of service to allow developers to use AdSense, but more networks are signing up. 15 new networks have signed Facebook’s policy, according to Inside Facebook. These include: – …

Facebook Hires Time Warner Media Exec

“President of Time Warner Global Media Group” is an impressive title. “Senior Vice President of Time Warner” isn’t bad, either. But the titles (and accompanying salary) apparently weren’t enough to keep Mark D’Arcy at the organization, as Facebook’s managed to …

Facebook Pulls “Third Palestinian Intifada” Page

Facebook pages can be used for any number of causes; naming a baby Megatron, helping a runner raise money for charity, or calling for a violent uprising against another ethnic group.  Today, a page falling into the latter category was …

Dorsey to Focus On Getting More People to Understand What Twitter Is

Jack Dorsey’s return to Twitter was certainly accompanied by plenty of questions, but the new Executive Chairman also sought to provide some answers, speaking at Columbia University – though not necessarily the answers to some of those questions. He did …