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Yahoo VP Leaving For Groupon
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The company that’s said to have turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google has now lured an important employee away from the second-biggest name in search.  Michael Shim, Vice President of Mobile Business Development and Partnerships at Yahoo, will soon start at Groupon.

Shim’s resume is quite impressive.  After graduating from Georgetown University and Cornell Law School, he worked for a time as a corporate lawyer.  Then he collected some paychecks from AOL before starting at Yahoo in 2006.

Is OpenLeaks WikiLeaks 2.0?
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If you thought the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would bring an end to the “Let’s Leak it to the World” phenomenon, not to mention the subsequent fighting about how we should react to these leaks, think again.

Now You Can Monetize Your Facebook Fans By Promoting Their Likes
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Facebook has a new ad product that may be its most promising ad unit yet – the sponsored story. These ads are simply brand-related stories that users have already shared, but then paid for by the brand mentioned to appear in the ad space, as to attract more attention and engagement. 

Will you be promoting your fans’ engagement with your brand? Let us know.

Twitter Teams Up With the NFL For Super Bowl 45

If you’re having a hard time keeping up with all the NFL/Super Bowl XLV-related tweets, a new partnership between Twitter and the NFL will alleviate these issues. 

Data Credits Quora With 150 Percent Growth In January

Quora, the Q&A site that bloggers and Silicon Valley early adopters can’t get enough of, is growing quickly, according to a new report.  Andrew Chen published some stats today showing that even a conservative estimate pegs the January growth rate at 150 percent.

Is Google Trying To Hide Torrent Results?
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The torrent watchdogs of the Internet have a beef with Google’s instant search feature and the way it deals with word “torrent” and related searches (bittorrent, utorrent).  That is, instant search won’t suggest any sites unless the term in question is completely spelled out.

Mobile Market Up In Q4 Driven By Smartphones

The global mobile phone market grew 17.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, a new quarterly high driven by smartphones, according to a new report from IDC.

Vendors shipped 401.4 million units in Q4 compared to 340.5 million units in Q4 of 2009. Vendors shipped a total of 1.39 billion units on a cumulative worldwide basis in 2010, up 18.5% from the 1.17 billion units shipped in 2009.

Jeff Bezos Cut Amazon Stake By 8 Percent

Amazon shareholders who were already on edge over the company’s disappointing earnings report and forecast now have one more thing to fret about.  A new SEC document indicates that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos cut his stake in the company by a significant amount at the end of last year.

New Google Acquisition Could Be A Key To Company’s Social Battle
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Earlier this week, it was revealed that Google had acquired fflick, a site that lets you log in with your Twitter account, and see what your friends have said about movies. 

Google Marks Data Privacy Day
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We’re not quite sure how the average individual is supposed to celebrate this – don a tinfoil hat and watch a few episodes of The X-Files, perhaps? – but Data Privacy Day is here, and Google’s attempted to acknowledge the occasion in several different ways.

Method of support number one: as you can see from the screenshot below, Google (along with Microsoft) is a sponsor of Data Privacy Day.  That means the search giant officially supports The Privacy Projects, which is the nonprofit think tank behind the unusual holiday.

eBay Buyers And Sellers Donated More Than $50 Million To Nonprofits In 2010

eBay is touting that its buyers and sellers donated a record $54.8 million to U.S. and U.K. Nonprofit organizations in 2010.

 A donation was made every 24 seconds via eBay Giving Works, the company’s nonprofit fundraising program in the U.S., raising more than $91 a minute for nonprofits. Overall, donations were up 7 percent last year, compared to 2009, and nearly 9 million items were listed for sale, with all or a portion of the sale price donated to a nonprofit, more than double the items listed in 2009.

What Will Egypt Do Without the Internet?
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Update 02/02/11: The Internet is back up in Egypt according to numerous reports.

Facebook Gives Businesses More Security for Their Apps

Earlier this week, Facebook launched some new security features for user accounts. Now, they’ve followed that up with new security feature for applications. 

"As companies building on Platform grow, they develop the need to give people different levels of access, depending on individuals’ roles," says Facebook engineer Harshdeep Singh.

Facebook: Email Addresses Rolling Out More Rapidly
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If you’ve been waiting for your chance at a Facebook email address, you may get it soon. Somebody asked about them on Quora, and Facebook chimed in with a response

"The new Facebook messages is rolling out to more people more rapidly now. When you gain access you will be walked through a flow where you will be able to select an email address," says Facebook Director of Engineering Andrew "Boz" Bosworth.

Verizon Buying Terremark for $1.4 Billion

Verizon announced that it is acquiring IT infrastructure and cloud services provider Terremark Worldwide in a move the company says will "decisively reshape the rapidly evolving global business technology solutions market."

The agreement is for Verizon to get Terremark for $1.4 billion, at $19.00 a share. 

Facebook Will Never Let You See Who’s Viewed Your Profile
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If you use Facebook, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered some app or some friend claiming they’ve found a way for you to see who has been viewing your profile. Chances are, it was a scam. 

In fact, a few months ago, there were reports circulating about such scams. One in particular, security firm Sophos said attracted 60,000 clicks in just a few hours. Such scams still pop up from time to time. Your best bet is to ignore them, no matter how curious you are. 

YouTube

While YouTube has featured the iFrame embed capability for about six months now, they’ve quietly promoted this method to be the primary embed format, all in an effort to further the transition to HTML 5 protocols.

Until recently, the standard embed format used the object tag, like so:

YouTube

While YouTube has featured the iFrame embed capability for about six months now, they’ve quietly promoted this method to be the primary embed format, all in an effort to further the transition to HTML 5 protocols.

Until recently, the standard embed format used the object tag, like so:

YouTube
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While YouTube has featured the iFrame embed capability for about six months now, they’ve quietly promoted this method to be the primary embed format, all in an effort to further the transition to HTML 5 protocols.

Until recently, the standard embed format used the object tag, like so:

Republicans And Democrats

Nearly a quarter of Americans used Twitter or social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace in the months leading up to the November, 2010 elections to connect to the campaign or election, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

In contrast to the 2008 race—in which Democratic voters led the way in their use of online social networks for political purposes—Republican voters and supporters of the “Tea Party” movement caught up with Democrats in their use of social media in 2010.

 

Republicans And Democrats

Nearly a quarter of Americans used Twitter or social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace in the months leading up to the November, 2010 elections to connect to the campaign or election, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

In contrast to the 2008 race—in which Democratic voters led the way in their use of online social networks for political purposes—Republican voters and supporters of the “Tea Party” movement caught up with Democrats in their use of social media in 2010.

 

Republicans And Democrats
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Nearly a quarter of Americans used Twitter or social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace in the months leading up to the November, 2010 elections to connect to the campaign or election, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

In contrast to the 2008 race—in which Democratic voters led the way in their use of online social networks for political purposes—Republican voters and supporters of the “Tea Party” movement caught up with Democrats in their use of social media in 2010.

 

Amazon Q4 Earnings: Sales Up 36% to Nearly $13 Billion

Amazon has announced its financial results for its fourth quarter, including an increase in sales of 36% to $12.95 Billion.

Microsoft Earnings Top Estimates

Microsoft shareholders may not be impressed (the company’s stock has been a little droopy in after-hours trading), but the quarter ending December 31st seems to have gone well.  Microsoft reported its earnings this afternoon and beat analysts’ forecasts by significant margins.