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YouTube Launches The Creator Institute
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YouTube said today it is launching the YouTube Creator Institute, a new initiative aimed at helping content creators improve their skills. YouTube has partnered with the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and Columbia College Chicago’s Television Department. …

SXSW Interactive About to Start in Austin SXSW Interactive About to Start in Austin

SXSW Interactive starts tomorrow. WebProNews reporters Abby Johnson and Chris Crum, along with videographer Cara Worick will be in Austin providing coverage from the event. Stay tuned for that in the coming days. Look for a mixture of exclusive videos …

LinkedIn Today – Another Attempt at Social News, Noise Reduction
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LinkedIn has launched a new social news product designed to let users see the top news in the fields they are interested in, as shared by those in said fields. It’s called LinkedIn Today. The three basic selling points of …

Where to Buy the iPad 2
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Apple’s iPad 2 becomes available tomorrow, as you probably know by now. Apple has put out a fresh announcement in case anyone needed a reminder. The iPad 2 will be available starting at 5:00 PM local time at all 236 …

AOL Layoffs Hit Again

This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows of the Huffington Post acquisition (and particularly to anyone who’s been watching headlines for the past week or so), but AOL’s laying off employees again.  The total number of affected …

Apple iPad Tops In Tablet Market

In the fourth quarter of 2010 (Q410) 10.1 million tablets shipped, more than double the 4.5 million shipped in the third quarter, according to a new report from IDC. Apple’s share decreased from 93 percent in Q310 to 73 percent …

Blekko Flags More Than A Million Domains As Spam
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Blekko has launched a new AdSpam algorithm it says is the first of its kind created to find spam rather than rank results. The algorithm is aimed at flagging pages which are spam and zapping them before they appear in …

Google Integrates Click-To-Call Tech, Emergency Results
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Score one for the whole “do no evil” directive at Google.  Late yesterday, the search giant enabled click-to-call capabilities for emergency-related mobile search results, effectively acknowledging that it’s as important for users to be able to contact poison control as …

Charlie Sheen Tweets Are Like Super Bowl Ads
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95,333 clicks in the first hour. 412,000 clicks in 48 hours. A trending topic on Twitter (worldwide). Internships.com received 74,040 applications from 181 countries. These are all things achieved by a single tweet from Charlie Sheen. More specifically, they’re stats …

Square Security Defended By CEO Jack Dorsey
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Yesterday, Verifone posted an open letter, attacking competing credit card reader company Square, showing how criminals could use it to steal credit card info. “The issue is that Square’s hardware is poorly constructed and lacks all ability to encrypt consumers’ …

Google Maps Highlights EV Charging Stations

The beauty of an electric car is, of course, that it doesn’t need gas. Yet a major downside is that gas stations are plentiful, while charging stations are rare. So a certain search giant intends to help EV owners by …

Richest Man in the World: Carlos Slim, According to Forbes List
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Forbes has released its annual Billionaires list. Carlos Slim Helú (and family) made the top of the list. Forbes reports: Atop the heap is Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu, who added $20.5 billion to his fortune, more than any other billionaire. …

Microsoft Office Web Apps for Hotmail Available Everywhere

Microsoft announced that its Office Web Apps for Windows Live SkyDrive and Hotmail are now available n 18 new countries in Central and South America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, …

IE9 Launch Scheduled For March 14th

Monday, March 14th (and Tuesday, March 15th, depending on time zones and when everyone goes to bed) may come to mark a significant turning point in the browser wars.  Microsoft’s announced that it will make the final version of Internet …

Square Security Flaw (Alleged) Introduced by Competitor VeriFone
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There has been a lot of buzz around Square, the credit card reader service co-founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. The service makes it easy for anyone to accept credit card payments, via a card reader that plugs into mobile …

Google Adds Smart Labels To Gmail

Google has introduced a new feature in Gmail Labs called Smart Labels, which are aimed at helping users classify and organize email. Users can turn on the new feature on the Labs tab in Settings, Smart Labels then organize incoming …

StumbleUpon to Expand to New Platforms – More Traffic for Everybody?
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StumbleUpon announced that it has raised a new $17 million series B round of funding, which the company will use to invest in the company’s discovery technology, expand to new platforms, and grow its employee base. The new funding comes …

iOS 4.3 Available for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch iOS 4.3 Available for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
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iOS 4.3 was announced on March 2nd, when Apple announced the launch of the iPad 2. Both the new device and the operating system were supposed to become available on Friday, March 11. Apple went ahead and let device-owners get …

Yahoo Shuffles Sales Force Leadership

Yesterday, LivingSocial announced that it had hired a high-ranking Yahoo sales exec (“Vice President of North American Field Sales”).  Now, although the timing has to be a coincidence, Yahoo’s made two personnel changes that should help strengthen its sales organization. …

Google Apps Marketplace Turns One
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Google said today its apps marketplace has turned one and during that time it has grown from 50 to over 300 apps. Over the last year Google said its has learned the following: *Web app adoption is accelerating across every …

Demand Media’s Pluck Teams Up with Buddy Media on Facebook Page Apps

Demand Media announced that it has entered a partnership with Buddy Media to extend Demand Media’s Pluck social applications into the Facebook ecosystem. Buddy Media has built a business out of creating Facebook tools for businesses, and it counts Target, …

Foursquare for Business – An Increasingly Attractive Option
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Yesterday, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley announced the new version of Foursquare - Foursquare 3.0 - with new discovery features, and mentioned that businesses would be getting some new types of specials to offer customers this week. Foursquare is now talking about them …

Facebook And Yahoo Back Kenny Powers March Madness Contest
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Kenny Powers, the main character from HBO’s Eastbound and Down, has partnered with K-Swiss for a March Madness Yahoo Tourney contest. The contest is inviting users to join the Tournaggeddon Yahoo Tourney Pick ‘Em group. Users will be asked to …

Groupon-Enabled Cash Registers In Development

At retail stores, unusual payments often bring things to a halt.  Food stamps, tax exemptions, and even things like two-dollar bills can baffle cashiers (and computers) who aren’t used to dealing with them.  So to ease the burden Groupon puts …