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Internet Freedom Around The World [VIDEO] Internet Freedom Around The World [VIDEO]
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The Internet doesn’t mean the same thing everywhere in the world. Depending on where you go, access to all parts of the web can be limited to varying degrees. Governments and ruling parties in some countries limit access to the …

True Blood Returns, Social Media Users Rejoice True Blood Returns, Social Media Users Rejoice
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Or, if I’m writing from my perspective, “Jessica Is Back!!!!” That’s right, HBO’s smash hit, True Blood starts its fourth season tonight on HBO, and it’s safe to say anticipation is running over. It was on Friday, when people still …

Why SEO Disgusts Me Why SEO Disgusts Me
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Before my SEO friends get their panties in a wad over today’s headline, let me emphasize that I understand the practical value and wisdom of basic Search Engine Optimization practices. There are many prinicipled people in the field doing good and useful …

Google Study Looks at Key Role of the Web in Word of Mouth Google Study Looks at Key Role of the Web in Word of Mouth

Google says that everyday in the U.S. there are 2.4 billion conversations involving a brand, and that Google directly informs 146 million brand conversations a day. Google has shared some findings from a study on word of mouth, from which …

British Security Firm Offers To Thwart Burglars With Scheduled Social Media Updates British Security Firm Offers To Thwart Burglars With Scheduled Social Media Updates

We’ve all heard the line that Facebook is the best thing to happen to burglars since the crowbar. Since people (a) are oversharers by nature and (b) rarely think about anything before they act, it won’t take a thorough search …

Google Extends Ad Targeting Based on Browsing History. Good or Bad? Google Extends Ad Targeting Based on Browsing History. Good or Bad?
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Remember Google’s interest-based advertising? You know, where they serve you ads based on your browsing history, and allow advertisers to behaviorally target users? It has now rolled out on a mass scale after a two-year beta run. All advertisers can …

Report: Groupon More Popular by 2 to 1 Margin Over LivingSocial Report: Groupon More Popular by 2 to 1 Margin Over LivingSocial
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ForeSee Results released some interesting data regarding he effectiveness of Groupon, Living Social and other “daily deal” programs. The firm conducted a study of over 22,000 online shoppers in the spring, and one subject they explored was the whole daily …

Peter Falk Dies, Celebrities Take to Twitter Peter Falk Dies, Celebrities Take to Twitter
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An great actor with one of the most recognizable deliveries and some of the most unique mannerisms ever has died. Peter Falk “died peacefully” at his home in Beverly Hills late yesterday evening, according to a statement released by his …

Google Pulls Plug on Health, PowerMeter Google Pulls Plug on Health, PowerMeter
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Google announced that it’s retiring Google Health and Google PowerMeter on January 1 and September 16, respectively. “Both were based on the idea that with more and better information, people can make smarter choices, whether in regard to managing personal …

Virginity, A Small Price To Pay For An iPhone 4 Virginity, A Small Price To Pay For An iPhone 4
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Apple now has a new slogan for the iPhone. “So awesome, you’ll do anybody for one!” Of course, Apple already had a slogan similar to this for their iPad 2 – “So awesome, you’ll cut out your internal organs for …

Control is the Answer to the Filter Bubble Control is the Answer to the Filter Bubble

The “Filter Bubble” has been a hot topic of discussion this week. This is based on the concept recently discussed in a TED Talk by Eli Pariser, which is essentially about the information we’re consuming being filtered by the websites …

Google Lobbying Plus One: Nevada Legalizes Autonomous Cars Google Lobbying Plus One: Nevada Legalizes Autonomous Cars
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In case you’re still looking for futuristic flying cars, you may want to rest your gaze on the state of Nevada, thanks to some lobbying by Google. The state of Nevada has just passed legislation allowing the Nevada Department of …

Google to FTC: These 5 Principles Will Stand Up To Your Scrutiny Google to FTC: These 5 Principles Will Stand Up To Your Scrutiny
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“These are the principles that guide us, and we know they’ll stand up to scrutiny,” Google said today in a post to the Official Google Blog, in response to scrutiny from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. So it’s official now. …

Ron Artest Changes Name, Twitter Erupts Ron Artest Changes Name, Twitter Erupts
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Introducing Metta World Peace, or, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest. The story of Ron Artest is a long and winding one. A quick glance at a simple “Ron Artest” Google image search reveals as much. Some highlights include …

New Online Poker Legislation Introduced in the House of Representatives New Online Poker Legislation Introduced in the House of Representatives
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Are the wheels in motion for a federal overhaul of the online poker business? According to a release from the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, some members of the house are looking to regulate the game. Today, “influential member …

GoDaddy May Get Purchased for $2.5 Billion GoDaddy May Get Purchased for $2.5 Billion
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GoDaddy might be transferring ownership soon. The Wall Street Journal is reporting, citing “people familiar with the matter,” that private equity firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners, along with Technology Crossover Ventures (as a minority investor) are looking …

First World Problems Rap: A Funny Take on One of the Internet’s Most Beloved Topics First World Problems Rap: A Funny Take on One of the Internet’s Most Beloved Topics
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I’m ready to make a declarative statement: One of my favorite things on the interwebs are First World Problems – few trends blend humor with social commentary so perfectly. Of course, you don’t need the internet to rip someone when …

What iCloud Is, and What It’s Not What iCloud Is, and What It’s Not
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In spite of all the hype around Apple’s iCloud, there has been some confusion about what it is and what it’s not. For starters, the iCloud stores user content on the cloud and pushes it to other devices, such as the iPad. While it’s great for storing and sharing documents and images between devices, or syncing information on your devices together, it is not a back up.

Mac OS X Update Provides Bridge to Lion Mac OS X Update Provides Bridge to Lion
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At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, the company demoed Mac OS X Lion, the next version of its flagship Mac operating system. It’s set to become available in July, but Apple has released another update to Mac OS …

LinkedIn Profile Tip – 4 Key Privacy Control Settings To Manage Your Online Reputation LinkedIn Profile Tip – 4 Key Privacy Control Settings To Manage Your Online Reputation
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If you are using LinkedIn as part of your online networking and visibility plan, have you reviewed your privacy controls? Very often we join a social network and never take the time to review our online privacy – especially in …

Chris Brown Responds To Gay Slur Controversy on Twitter Chris Brown Responds To Gay Slur Controversy on Twitter
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Chris Brown, no stranger to controversy, finds himself amid another one today. Yesterday, TMZ caught Brown calling a TMZ cameraman “gay” after they caught him avoiding a parking ticket in Los Angeles. Brown obviously thought that TMZ had tattled on …

Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Wants to Question Larry Page or Eric Schmidt Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Wants to Question Larry Page or Eric Schmidt
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As earlier reported, the FTC is said to be planning a broad antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices, and according to the Wall Street Journal, they’re getting ready to serve Google with subpoenas, as well as requests for information from …

Facebook Adds Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to Board of Directors Facebook Adds Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to Board of Directors
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Today, Facebook announced the addition of Netflix Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings to its Board of Directors. The announcement is quite interesting, considering rumors of Facebook getting ready to launch a music product, movie studios renting movies through the social …

Churchill Downs Tornado Damages Stables, Frees Horses Churchill Downs Tornado Damages Stables, Frees Horses

Last night Louisville, Kentucky was the latest city to make tornado news, as a series of storms hit Kentucky Derby site Churchill Downs. Although the tornado damaged buildings and threw debris around the track, nobody was reported injured as a …