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Google Celebrates 1 Million Digitized CIC Books
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It seems like all’s been quiet on the Google Books front for a while.  There’s been little talk of new partners, lawsuits, or just about anything.  But that doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening, as today, Google signaled that it’s scanned (and returned) one million books from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

Online Retail Spending Tops Record $40 Billion

U.S. online retail spending reached a record $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 11 percent over a year ago, according to a new report from comScore.

This growth rate is the fifth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and second quarter of double-digit growth rates in the past year.

Facebook Schedules HQ Announcement For Feb. 8th

If you happen to live in California and know any Facebook employees, consider saving cardboard boxes and bubble wrap for them.  The company’s poised to make a big announcement about establishing a new headquarters, scheduling a media event for Tuesday, February 8th.

Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole was trying to be cute, not insensitive; at least, according to Kenneth Cole.  Nevertheless, his ill-advised marketing Tweet referencing Egypt, trying to bring humor to a decidedly-unfunny situation was given the treatment it so deserved.

Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole was trying to be cute, not insensitive; at least, according to Kenneth Cole.  Nevertheless, his ill-advised marketing Tweet referencing Egypt, trying to bring humor to a decidedly-unfunny situation was given the treatment it so deserved.

Kenneth Cole
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Kenneth Cole was trying to be cute, not insensitive; at least, according to Kenneth Cole.  Nevertheless, his ill-advised marketing Tweet referencing Egypt, trying to bring humor to a decidedly-unfunny situation was given the treatment it so deserved.

The Food Network Learns About The Power of User-Generated Content
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A silly recipe suggestion has been stricken from the pages of FoodNetwork.com, thanks to a bunch of sarcastic, derision-filled responses.  Hopefully, Food Network’s instructional experience about just how powerful user-generated content is has come to an end and they’ll try a little harder next time.

Facebook Turns Seven

The social network that made a 20-something a billionaire, grew to be a mainstay of many people’s everyday lives, and became the subject of an award-winning film has now achieved something else.  Today, Facebook turned seven years old.

8 Signs It’s Time To Turn A Side Project Into A Startup
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The word startup seems to be used too loosely in this day and age. Some people think something built in a weekend or over the course of time on the side is a full fledged startup, when it is often just a side project. Building things is great, more people should do it and do it often. The problem is, most people either take the leap at the wrong time OR they don’t take a leap at all, when the signs are there.

Google Offers Virtual Tour Of Super Bowl Site

Google is allowing football fans to take a virtual tour of Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, ahead of Super Bowl XLV.

 

 

Anonymous Joins the Middle Eastern Fray

While the Egyptian Revolution is not being televised — not as long as President Murbarak is in power, anyway — it is certainly receiving extensive coverage on the Internet, with Twitter and Facebook being the primary resources. Now, thanks to some Denial of Service attacks aimed at Murbarak supporters, the Anonymous group has offered their support to the Egyptian protesters with the only way they know how:

Creating Internet chaos.

Google Instant Achieves Opt-Out Rate Of 2%
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The concerns that Google Instant might make incorrect guesses, act as a flashy distraction, or focus too much on quantity versus quality (in relation to results) have apparently been dismissed.  A Google employee shared an impressive fact yesterday: the opt-out rate is under three percent.

Blogger Gets Android App for Posting On the Go

Google’s Blogger has released a new Android app that allows bloggers to update on the go. 

With the app, users can switch between different accounts and blogs (for which they have author rights) and post accordingly. You can compose posts, attach photos, assign labels, and save them as a drafts or go ahead and publish them. 

"Saving as draft is handy if you need to wait until you have Internet connectivity," notes Blogger’s Vinay Sekhri.

Hotmail Gets Email Aliases

Microsoft has launched a new feature for Hotmail, providing Hotmail users with aliases so they don’t have to give their primary email address to every site that asks for one, and still don’t have to go create a whole new account. 

Some Super Bowl Commercials to Watch For

The NFL’s granddaddy of them all takes place this Sunday when the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers meet in Super Bowl XLV, and it promises to be one of the most-watched sporting events ever.  Keeping with tradition, the commercials that will be shown during the game are receiving a fair amount of hype as well.

Verizon iPhone 4 Sales Sets Record
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Verizon said today it has stopped pre-order online orders for the iPhone 4 to its existing customers after the most successful first day of sales in the history of the company.

“This was an exciting day," said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless.

Chairmen Of Congressional Privacy Caucus Contact Zuckerberg (Again)
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Facebook’s short-lived (but soon-to-be-re-enabled) experiment with sharing users’ addresses and phone numbers with third parties did not impress certain politicians.  Indeed, Representatives Barton and Markey, Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, were bothered enough to write to Mark Zuckerberg.

In fairness to Facebook, the company only intended to share users’ data with their permission.  It was quick to back down in response to criticism, too.  So a thought about political grandstanding might not be out of line.

The State of the Yellow Pages Print Industry
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I have been pretty harsh on the Yellow Pages in the past. Most of my trouble comes from the fact that the medium just isn’t as effective across all verticals as it once was. That’s not to say that it’s not effective at all, because that is untrue. In some areas, it can work well–like plumbing, HVAC and other emergency situations. Of course, by the time you locate the book you probably could have done the search on your computer or smart phone just as quickly, but who’s counting?

Google vs. Bing Battle Continues, Users Should Benefit In the End
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The Google vs. Bing search wars continues to rage on, and there’s no reason to assume it will go away anytime soon. More and more takes on the subject are coming out, and the storyline is getting more dramatic with each addition. 

Goodmail Comes to an End
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Goodmail Systems will shut down this month, according to Direct Marketing News, who reports that CEO Daniel Dreymann says the main reason is an acquisition attempt by an undisclosed Fortune 500 company was taken off the table. 

"We were on track to be acquired," Dreymann told the publication. "We got a terms sheet, and they left us at the altar at the last minute."

Reviewing The Daily
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The Daily (the new iPad news publication from News Corp.) has been out for a day now, and after having the chance to mess around with it, it’s hard for me to know just what to make of it, and frankly I’m having a hard time seeing this as a revolution in digital content (or print content or paid content). 

Google Tallies 75,000 Job Applications In Single Week
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Nine days ago, Google announced with some fanfare that it intended to hire at least 6,000 new employees this year.  Now, it turns out the response was immediate and almost overwhelming, as a representative’s said over 75,000 people submitted applications last week.

Google of course has a lot of things working in its favor, from a market cap of $195 billion to a reputation for being a great place to work.  The combination of high pay, dogs, and free food (among other things) should appeal to a wide range of people.

What If Content From One Company Dominated Google’s Search Results?
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Demand Media continues to capture a great deal of attention after launching an IPO, and Google talking about algorithm changes. If you’ve been reading WebProNews lately, we’ve discussed it quite a bit, and our readers have had plenty to say as well. You can browse recent coverage (and comments) here

Google Adds More Features To Stable Chrome Build
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People who have put off giving Chrome a try now have several more reasons to set aside their usual browser for at least an hour or two.  Today, three significant updates – Chrome Instant, the Chrome Web Store, and WebGL – all graduated from the beta channel to the stable build.