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Google Makes Job Offer To Nokia Engineers
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Earlier this week, Google Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra raised a few eyebrows by calling Nokia and Microsoft "turkeys" on Twitter.  That jab apparently wasn’t aimed at all of Nokia’s workers, however, as someone else at Google has now extended an offer of employment.

Huffington Post Reporter: Critics Have it All Wrong

The Huffington Post has taken a lot of criticism since the announcement of its acquisition by AOL. Much of this has been more aimed at Google as part of the whole content farm debate (though nobody is really saying the quality of Huffington Post’s content is as poor as some known content farms). It’s more about search results being saturated by content from a handful of companies. 

Sports Illustrated Launches Apps For Android Tablets

Time and Sports Illustrated are introducing a new “All Access” digital subscription plans for Android tablets and smartphones.

Beginning today, Sports Illustrated "All Access" includes new magazine apps for the Samsung Galaxy and Android smartphones (OS 2.1 and higher); web access to the issue (after log in). The plans are:

Opera Mini Mobile March Targets iPad
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The Opera browser is very much like the little engine that could.  While it’s not the predominant name mentioned when users get into browser spats — Firefox! No, Chrome! No, Internet Explorer! — judging by Opera’s market share, especially with regards to the mobile industry, they are still very much an active player when it comes to displaying information from the world wide web.

Israeli Leaders Set To Evaluate Street View

The advantages of Google’s Street View program, which critics have sometimes said invades privacy and aids burglars, will now be weighed against the security demands of one of the world’s most well-protected countries.  Israeli authorities should soon decide whether or not to let Google take pictures of their two biggest cities.

A Closer Look at Facebook Pages Changes
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Maybe you remember a couple of months ago when Facebook accidentally rolled out some changes to fan pages, giving all of us a sneak peek of what was to come. Well, now those changes are actually here.

Facebook’s New Photo Viewer Rolls Out To Everyone
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Last fall, Facebook announced some new features for Photos. Among these were a new photo viewer. Now, the company has announced that the new viewer has been rolled out to everybody. 

Nokia Names New North American President

Nokia said today it has named Chris Weber as President of Nokia (US), and head of Markets, North America.

Nokia Deal Could Be Huge for Bing

As you may know, Microsoft and Nokia have entered a strategic partnership, which will see Nokia producing Windows Phone platform smartphones. More on that here.

One interesting part of the announcement that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of attention is that Bing will power Nokia’s search services across the company’s devices and services, and Microsoft adCenter will power search advertising across them as well. 

More Lawmakers Express Concerns Over Google-ITA Deal
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The passage of time doesn’t seem to be working in Google’s favor when it comes to the company’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software.  More than six months after the deal was announced, three additional lawmakers have decided that extra scrutiny is needed.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Representative Howard Coble, and Representative Thomas Petri all wrote to Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney to express their concerns.  They didn’t entirely condemn the arrangement, but the mere existence of their letters is a bad enough sign.

Quora Visits Tripled Last Month

According to the latest post on the Hitwise blog, the volume of visits to Quora nearly tripled in January due to considerable coverage from technology news websites. Below are highlights from the post:

Steve Jobs Soldiers On

While I’m not the Apple fanboy others are, even I understand the impression Steve Jobs has had on the tech industry. From the earlier days of being the upstart competitor to Bill Gates’ Kingdom of Microsoft, to the current ruler of the tech gadget movement, Jobs’ overall impact is quite apparent.

Embed Facebook Posts In Articles With SocialDitto
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SocialDitto is a new tool designed to let content producers, such as journalists and bloggers, embed Facebook posts/status updates into their content. You can think about it like the Twitter BlackBird Pie tool, which lets you embed tweets. 

Slacker Preps On-Demand Launch, Raises $3 Million in Funding

Slacker has raised $3 million in debt funding according to a SEC filing. This adds to the growing number of music startups that have gained additional funds in 2011. While Slacker is known more commonly as a rival to Pandora in the coming months, they will be taking MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Thumbplay Music head-on in the subscription music service sector.

Groupon Pulls Controversial Ads, Apologizes Again
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On Super Bowl Sunday, Groupon began running some ads that that some people found offensive. After the widespread outcries, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason posted an apology/explanation on the company’s blog. 

Still, talk of the ads has hardly died down. Conan O’Brien has been ripping into them all week long. 

eBay Expects $13 Billion in Revenues in 2013

eBay said it expects double-digit annual revenue and earnings growth over the next three years. The company outlined its growth plans in a meeting yesterday. eBay expects revenues to reach at least $13 billion in 2013 (compared to $9 billion in 2010). 

Twitter Profile “PageRank” and the Search Engines
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I’ve been writing about how Social Media links are impacting Search Engine results lately.  It’s really an area we have consciously tried to stay ahead on because we think that Social Media link sharing is going to have an even greater impact on search in the future.

Nokia and Microsoft Partner To Create “Third” Smartphone Horse

Nokia and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership for creating a new mobile ecosystem presumably aimed at taking on Apple, Android, RIM, and HP, though Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says it’s now a "three-horse race." 

Starbucks CEO Joins Groupon Board Of Directors
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Groupon employees might want to look for the quality of coffee at their workplace to improve in the near future.  This afternoon, Groupon announced that Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, has joined its board of directors.  Groupon got an unspecified amount of money from a VC firm, too.

Let’s cover the funding news first, since there’s not much to say.  Groupon only explained in a statement, "Maveron LLC, a venture capital firm co-founded by Mr. Schultz, has invested in the company."

Twitter for Android Becomes More Like Other Twitter Apps

Twitter has launched a new version of its Android App. The company says its designed to feel more like its other official Twitter apps to provide a more consistent experience. 

Acquisition Rumors Again Connect Google, Next New Networks

Rumors have indicated that Google could acquire a company called Next New Networks since at least December, and as of now, neither company has anything to announce.  A new round of reports has surfaced, however, indicating that the purchase might soon occur.

Facebook Pages Get Profile-Like Redesign Treatment

Facebook announced some new changes to Facebook Pages today that effectively make the Page design more like the recently re-designed profiles. 

For one, you can now navigate and interact with other areas of Facebook. "This means you can choose to receive notifications about fan activity, Like and comment on other Pages as your Page, and get your own News Feed where you can engage with the latest and most important news from other Pages you like," the company explains

PayPal Digital Goods Payment Product Released
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Today at eBay’s 2001 Analyst Day, PayPal announced the general availability of its digital goods solution, aptly called PayPal for Digital Goods. 

The product is designed for online publishers. "The solution makes paying for content online convenient and secure for consumers, a long-time challenge for all sorts of digital content providers," a PayPal representative tells WebProNews.

Who Is Using Facebook & Twitter in the US?

According to Comscore data of U.S. users, Facebook saw its share of visitors between the ages of 35-54 drop 3.6% to 35.4%, while the share of visitors under 18 (up 1.2 to 11.1% and age 55 and older (up 1.9 to 13.2%) made the biggest gains. Twitter saw a 9.4%t gain in the share of 18-34 year olds visiting the site while those under 18 use fell 8 points to 9.5%.  Here’s the chart: