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Apple Mac Software Engineering SVP Bertrand Serlet Leaves Company

Apple announced today that Bertrand Serlet, the Senior Vice President of Mac Software engineering is leaving the company after working with Apple CEO Steve Jobs for over two decades. Serlet, who has reported directly to Jobs himself, had this to …

Groupon President And COO Leaving Company

Almost exactly one year ago, Groupon announced that former Yahoo exec Rob Solomon had joined the organization and assumed the dual positions of president and chief operating officer.  Now, as Groupon appears to be ramping up for an IPO, word’s …

Lady Gaga Does Google Lady Gaga Does Google
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The current queen of pop — no, not Rebecca Black either; although, she’s clearly a princess — went to Google the other day to complete the Q&A session that began with a YouTube invitation from Lady Gaga herself. The follow-up …

Firefox 4 Off To Strong Start
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Mozilla Firefox 4, has already grabbed 1.95 percent of the global Internet browser market since its launch yesterday, according to a new report from StatCounter. StatCounter said on the first day of its release Firefox 4 scored higher worldwide than …

Google Books Deal Would Be Anti-competitive, Says FairSearch
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As previously reported, Judge Denny Chin rejected a Google Books settlement proposal, which would have enabled Google to scan, digitize, and distribute millions of in copyright, but out-of-print books. Chin concluded in a court document, “In the end, I conclude …

Foner Books – Another Victim of the Google Update
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We’re hearing a lot of interesting stories regarding the fallout of Google’s recent search algorithm update, which was aimed at reducing the rankings of lower quality content. We noticed Morris Rosenthal,owner of Foner Books had some grievances, expressed on his blog. We reached out to hear more of his story, and he was happy to share quite a bit. 

Blekko and BrightEdge Partner on Fighting Brand-Based Search Spam Blekko and BrightEdge Partner on Fighting Brand-Based Search Spam
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Blekko has partnered with SEO platform BrightEdge to fight search spam. Blekko is giving BrightEdge access to real-time link graph information, so companies can verify that their own links are legitimate as well as whether sites ranking ahead of them …

Email Lives: Even Mark Zuckerberg’s Dog Uses It Email Lives: Even Mark Zuckerberg’s Dog Uses It
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Ok, this is admittedly silly, but in light of recent conversations about email being in danger because of social media services like Facebook and Twitter, it seemed worth mentioning – especially when you consider that Facebook has suggested in the …

Google Books Deal Blocked
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Barring more legal maneuvering, the proposed Google Books Settlement – which would have cleared the way for Google to scan, digitize, and distribute of millions of in-copyright but out-of-print works – will not stand as is. This afternoon, Judge Denny …

Senators to Apple: Pull DUI Checkpoint Apps
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Apparently, it’s pile on the folks at Apple week.  The company now finds themselves involved in two major app controversies, and it’s only Tuesday.  Yesterday, we told you about the heat Apple was taking  from gay-rights activists for a 4+ …

YouTube Introduces Powerful Image Stabilization, 3D Tools
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In 1999, The Blair Witch Project caused some moviegoers to run out of theaters. Ten years later, Avatar had pretty much the opposite effect. And now YouTube seems to have learned from both developments, introducing an image stabilizer and a …

Amazon Shuts Down Lendle
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Have you had a chance to try Lendle yet?  If not, you may never get the chance.  Today Amazon revoked the application’s API access.  Lendle, a program that allowed Kindle users to lend books from their libraries to friends for …

Firefox 4 Official Release – Was It Worth The Wait?
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While Firefox 4 could be obtained yesterday, today marks the official release of the Firefox 4 (RC) download. For those who are keen towards browser advancements, these past couple of weeks must feel like heaven. We’ve taken a couple of …

Steve Jobs Ordered to Address iTunes Antitrust Concerns

Bloomberg Businessweek got the scoop that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been ordered to answer questions in an antitrust dispute by a federal magistrate judge. According to the publication, “Lawyers for consumers who filed the 2005 complaint won permission to …

iPhone 5 Rumors Surface
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Speculating about unreleased Apple products can be a full time job if you want it to be.  For those who want to navigate the rumor mill, there are a couple of gems out there right now. According to the New …

Blogger Outreach Lessons Learned From Recent Pitches I’ve Received
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Over the last year or so, I’ve received a number of pitches around my blog. Surprising to me, really. I guess I still think of this blog as a place where I merely share my thoughts on the digital marketing …

Google Launches Page Speed For Chrome

Google said today it has released a Page Speed add-on for its Chrome browser. Chrome users can now receive Page Speed performance tips to make their sites faster from within the Chrome browser. Google says its Page Speed for Chrome …

iPad 2 Buyer Reportedly Got it For Free After “Wife Said No”
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It only makes good business sense for a company to pay close attention to returns being made on a new product, to ensure there are no major defects. Apple has taken their monitoring of the iPad 2 to the next level.

Microsoft, Yahoo Search Alliance Numbers Shared
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Microsoft has a post up on its adCenter Blog called, “Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance State of the Union“. The post provides some insight into how the marriage between the two search engines is going so far. Interestingly, the data …

Google Domain-Blocking Chrome Extension Installed 11,464 Times a Week
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There are 129,004 people using the Personal Bocklist Chrome extension from Google. This is the browser extension that the company launched on February 14, ahead of the Panda Update, which lets users simply block domains from ever appearing in their …

What Bing Is Doing to Stay Strong in Search
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Recent search data from Experian Hitwise, comScore, and, most recently Compete, all indicate that Bing is gaining market share. Interestingly, the data also shows that Google’s market share has dropped slightly. According to Stefan Weitz, a director with Bing, the search engine has grown every month since its launch.

Earth Hour Gets iPhone App

Earth Hour is fast approaching, and in a little over four days millions of people will flip off the lights to show solidarity in the cause of protecting Mother Earth.  The simple act may reflect an effort to use less …

Facebook Bans 20,000 Kids Per Day
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Anecdotal evidence suggests that it’s not unusual for children to have Facebook accounts.  You even hear of parents setting up the occasional account for an infant.  But it seems Facebook does try to enforce its terms of service and keep …

Social Networks Leave Americans Open To ID Theft

Nearly 13 million Americans who are on social networking sites will accept any request from a member of the opposite sex, even if they don’t know that person, according to a new survey released by ID Analytics and conducted by …