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Is it Becoming Less Critical For Businesses to Have Websites?
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I don’t think there’s any question that you need a web presence to survive in today’s business climate. But do you still need a traditional website, or has the web moved on in that regard?

Do you still need a website to be successful online? Share your thoughts.

comScore Launches Platform To Help Publishers Optimize Ads

comScore said today it has launched comScore Audience Advantage, described as a "digital audience optimization platform" that allows publishers to provide advertisers and media planners with the ability to reach their most valuable audiences.

What if Facebook Added a “Blog” Tab?
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Facebook wants to keep users on Facebook. So far, they are doing a pretty good job of that. More and more people are spending more of their online time on Facebook, not to mention, spending more time connected to the web in general (at least partially due to rising use of smartphones).

How much time do you spend on Facebook in a month? A week?
 Let us know.

Twitter Arranges for Free SMS Tweets in Haiti
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Twitter is offering free SMS tweets for Digicel Haiti customers. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone credits Director of Mobile Business Development Kevin Thau and the Twitter mobile team for arranging this service.

Links Not Always the Best Indicator of Relevance
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In a recent video uploaded to Google’s Webmaster Central YouTube channel, Matt Cutts talks about creating tags and categories on blogs for SEO purposes. Rather, he discusses how there’s not much point in creating them for this reason.

On average, how many tags do you include with your articles/blog posts? Let us know.

Google Distances Buzz From Facebook, Twitter
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The idea that Google Buzz poses no threat to Facebook and Twitter is perhaps a popular one; Buzz, of course, got off to a very shaky start due to some privacy missteps.  Interestingly, though, a Google exec claims to agree with the idea, stating that Buzz is supposed to serve a different purpose.

Facebook Investor To Put $1B Into Social Media

The Russian investment firm that’s contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Facebook’s bank accounts is not even close to ending its involvement with social media.  According to Yuri Milner, who’s the CEO and founding partner of Digital Sky Technologies, his organization is interested in doling out another $1 billion.

Google’s DoubleClick Gets a New Look
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Google has announced a new release of DoubleClick for publishers, available in two versions (for large and small publishers). Along with the new release, Google has given the DoubleClick logo a makeover.

Google Upgrades Ad-Serving Product for Publishers
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Google has just announced a new DoubleClick for Publishers, a service it refers to as "the next generation of ad serving technology for publishers."

Context Optional Launches Facebook Brand Management Suite

Social marketing company Context Optional has launched Social Marketing Suite (SMS), a customizable platform for brands to manage and build their presence on Facebook.

"Brands that have taken social seriously need to find more efficient ways to stay involved in consumer conversations while keeping pages interesting and free of profanity," said Kevin Barenblat, co-founder and CEO, Context Optional.

Another Piece of Chinese Google Attack Puzzle Falls into Place
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Update: The Financial Times is reporting that the writer of the code used in the infamous attacks on Google and other companies has allegedly been identified. The publication’s Joseph Menn writes:

Monitoring Your Reputation with Google Buzz
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Google Buzz is the new kid on the social media block, but like networks that have been around for a while (your Facebooks, your Twitters, etc.), it is critical to reputation management. WebProNews discussed monitoring using Google Buzz with Google’s Rick Klau, who used to run the publihser team at Feedburner, and is currently the Business Product Manager for Google’s Blogger.

Regen’s New Light Powered Products
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Living ‘green’ seems to be a growing theme to help make our planet become a more eco-friendly environment.

While at CES 2010, WebProNews discovered a new device that can lead us in that direction. A sun powered charging product by Regen called the ReNu tablet.

Regen produces personal and home electronics that make creating your own power possible, by using sun light. The ReNu tablet is the first item the company is bringing to the market.

LinkedIn Can Be One of Your Most Valuable Traffic Sources
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LinkedIn is often discussed as a powerful social networking tool, particularly for business professionals, employers, and jobseekers. What is not discussed as frequently is the site’s ability to simply drive traffic to your site. We talked to entrepreneur Lewis Howes (who claims that LinkedIn is one of the top traffic sources to his blogs) about how powerful LinkedIn can be for driving traffic.

Google Video Compression Developer Acquisition Complete
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Update: Late Friday, Google announced that it closed the On2 Technologies acquisition, valued at about $124.6 million, after On2′s shareholders voted to approve the transaction.

Experts Agree The Internet Will Make Us Smarter
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The Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Internet Center at Elon University teamed up to survey 895 experts about the future of the Internet and its affect on human intelligence.

Polaroid Aims to Recapture Tradition in the Digital Age
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Jon Pollock, Polaroid’s Chief Marketing Officer, spoke with WebProNews about the new addition to their Polaroid collection during CES 2010 in Las Vegas. In 2008 Polaroid ended its line of Instant Film cameras, but  the company has decided to bring back its traditional Polaroid OneStep camera. Althought the Polaroid camera will contain many of the same qualities as previous ones, this time it will have a contemporary twist.

Could ChatRoulette Become the Next Social Hit?
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ChatRoulette is a site that is getting a lot of attention. Some think it could be the "next big thing" on the web. The concept is simple. You chat via a webcam or keyboard with random strangers. If you don’t like the one you’re currently connected to, just click a button (or hit F9), and you’re on to the next one. Maybe at some point you can find someone you like, have something in common with, or don’t find incredibly repulsive.

Microsoft Presents European Web Browser Choice Screen
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Starting sometime around the first of March, Microsoft is going to give Europeans an obvious chance to pick something other than Internet Explorer as their Web browser.  And starting today, Microsoft’s given the whole world a chance to see what its "Web browser choice screen" looks like.

PleaseRobMe Hits Foursquare Users with a Dose of Reality
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Update: Fousquare has issued a respons to the attention PleaseRobMe has brought to potential privacy issues associated with location sharing. What it boils down to is that Foursquare "takes privacy seriously" and it’s "really a bigger question about the pros and cons of location sharing in general". Read the company’s entire response here.

Google Wave Finds Fans At Clear Channel

Love it or hate it, Clear Channel Radio is pretty much inescapable; the organization claims to have a weekly audience of 110 million listeners, which represents about one-third of America’s population.  It could be quite important, then, that some people who work for the omnipresent radio entity have taken a liking to Google Wave.

Intel Connects Laptops to HDTVs With WiDi
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During CES 2010, WebProNews was introduced to Intel’s new Wireless Display technology, also known as the WiDi.

This new device makes connecting laptops to HDTVs much simpler and convenient. Many other laptop to TV connectors require bulky cables and cords, where as the WiDi allows for a wireless connection.

Which Smartphones Emit The Most Radiation?
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Motorola Droid, BlackBerry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate Touch and HTC Nexus One are pushing the limits of radiofrequency radiation safety limits set by the Federal Communications Commission, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The EWG says the ads and good ratings for those smartphones do not reveal they are some of the highest radiation emitters among the phones currently on the market.

Facebook Users Set Up Fan Group(s) for Suicide Pilot
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Update: Ok, make that multiple Facebook groups…(via Business Insider)