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Google Folds Hotpot Into Places Google Folds Hotpot Into Places
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Five months ago, Google launched a local recommendation product called Hotpot and explained that Google Places was one of three main ingredients (along with “the places you like” and “the places your friends like”).  Now, the situation’s been reversed, as …

Google Experiments with Dictionary, Adds Reading Level to Side Bar Google Experiments with Dictionary, Adds Reading Level to Side Bar
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Google Dictionary in Search Today, Google is experimenting with Google Dictionary as an integrated part of search.  The dictionary would be available on the side bar as a search option and would allow users to find definitions of words without …

Geotracking Techniques Getting Closer and Closer Geotracking Techniques Getting Closer and Closer
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The idea behind anonymity in regards to the Internet is contentious at best — are you truly anonymous if online activities can be tracked to IP addresses — it might just be a thing of the past completely. More and …

Facebook’s Size Compared to Country and Continent Populations Facebook’s Size Compared to Country and Continent Populations
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Pingdom is sharing the following infographic, putting “Facebook’s user base into context”. Somewhere in the middle is the population of the United States. Sprinkled throughout, in blue, are Facebook user counts from throughout the years. Near the bottom counts as …

Apple’s Lithium Batteries Protected After House Vote Apple’s Lithium Batteries Protected After House Vote
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The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would bar new rules concerning the transportation of lithium batteries.  The proposed new rules would classify the batteries as hazardous materials and thus subject them to tighter regulations regarding their shipment. Congressional …

Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval
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The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, which provides a solution for flight information used by numerous travel sites, and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy related to competition. There are …

Russia to Ban Skype, Gmail? Russia to Ban Skype, Gmail?
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Russian Internet News Roundup: Skype, Gmail Ban Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is set to propose a ban on the popular sites Skype, Hotmail and Gmail.  The FSB is concerned that since the services use foreign made encryption technology, their …

FCC To Require Mobile Roaming Agreements Between Carriers FCC To Require Mobile Roaming Agreements Between Carriers
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The Federal Communications Commission has approved measure that requires major wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon to enter into data- roaming agreements with smaller competitors. The FCC said consumers expect mobile services that will allow them to stay connected …

YouTube Live Launched for Live Streaming YouTube Live Launched for Live Streaming
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Things at YouTube are getting very interesting. Their plans for a more channel-based homepage experience, geared toward making the site more television-friendly were unveiled earlier this week. Now YouTube has announced the launch of YouTube Live, which consists of a …

Google Faces More Antitrust Complaints In Europe Google Faces More Antitrust Complaints In Europe
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Google’s antitrust troubles in Europe aren’t even close to being over, according to a man who would know.  Vice President of the European Commission Joaquin Almunia – who’s also the organization’s competition commissioner – indicated that more complaints are on …

Now That’s A Lot of Information Consumption Now That’s A Lot of Information Consumption
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Considering the fact we are living in The Information Age, the figures concerning information consumption shouldn’t be surprising, but yet, they are. In fact, eye-popping would be a better adjective than surprising, because one thing’s for certain: Internet users go …

iPad 2 Best Buy Rumors Addressed iPad 2 Best Buy Rumors Addressed
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There has been some controversy flowing around the web, regarding rumors about Best Buy witholding sales of the iPad 2. Both Best Buy and Apple have apparently addressed these rumors. The rumor was that Best Buy was holding back iPad …

What’s the Impact of the AT&T/T-Mobile Deal? What’s the Impact of the AT&T/T-Mobile Deal?
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Ever since AT&T announced its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, consumers have been speculating about its potential impact. Some people have spoken out in favor of it, and others have strongly opposed it.

Government Shutdown to Cause Mobile Device Withdrawal Government Shutdown to Cause Mobile Device Withdrawal
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Today, Washington scrambles to come up with some sort of budget compromise in order to avoid the imminent shutdown of the government.  While President Obama, Harry Reid and Speaker Boehner attempt to work out some sort of deal, many government …

Firefox 5 Release Date Expected For June Firefox 5 Release Date Expected For June
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Firefox 5 is expected to be released on June 21. Last year, Google launched an initiative to crank out new versions of Chrome very quickly. Mozilla seems to be trying to keep up. It’s been speculated that Firefox users can …

Cardboard Flash Drives? Cardboard Flash Drives?
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Why yes, those are cardboard flash drives. Not only that, but they are functional cardboard flash drives. Does this mean plastic is no longer the material of choice mobile device cases? Not exactly, but the concept, courtesy of the Art …

Blinkx To Acquire Burst Media For $30 Million Blinkx To Acquire Burst Media For $30 Million

Video search engine Blinkx said today it is purchasing online advertising company Burst Media for $30 million. The combination of the two companies will bring Blink’x 35 million hours of online video and TV to Burst’s audience of over 130 …

Larry Page Appoints Six New SVPs Larry Page Appoints Six New SVPs
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Whoever’s responsible for printing Googlers’ business cards now has a lot more work to do.  Larry Page, exercising his newfound power as CEO in a big way, promoted five employees to the level of “senior vice president” yesterday. In case …

Google Latitude Check-In Offers Take On Foursquare Google Latitude Check-In Offers Take On Foursquare
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Back in February, Google added check-ins to Google Latitude, the company’s social location-based service. The feature found its way to the iPhone a couple weeks ago. During SXSW, Google rolled out check-in offers for 60 places around Austin, Texas, and …

Build for Android or iOS? Why choose? Build for Android or iOS? Why choose?
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A high profile VC and a well-known mobile application developer were recently involved in a debate about whether to build for Android or Apple mobile platforms. The answer it turns out is, it depends, or both, or simply build for …

Expedia and TripAdvisor to Break Up Expedia and TripAdvisor to Break Up

Expedia announced that it’s separating from TripAdvisor to form two seaprate companies. This has already been approved by the Board of Directors. Both companies will be publicly traded. TripAdvisor will include domestic and international operations associated with the TripAdvisor Media …

Rumor: Google Bonuses Now Tied To Social Success Rumor: Google Bonuses Now Tied To Social Success
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Got friends at Google who like pick up checks and let you play with their toys?  If so, consider embracing Google’s +1 initiative and whatever other social products the company rolls out, because a fresh report claims all employees’ bonuses …

Piers Morgan’s Twitter Impact Piers Morgan’s Twitter Impact
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When CNN replaced the aging Larry King with the younger, decidedly more British Piers Morgan, it seemed to be a gamble that payed off.  Piers was an early success, garnering nearly 2.1 million viewers for his debut episode.  By February, …

Terror Alerts on Facebook and Twitter? Terror Alerts on Facebook and Twitter?
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Ever worried about missing a terrorist threat alert? Your problems may be over soon – that is unless the threat is real. The AP reports that it’s obtained a Homeland Security document, which (among other things) says that Facebook and …