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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:

Blogs That Make The Most Money Put Content First
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If you want to generate more advertising revenue and affiliate income from your blog, this post is just for you!

I visited a blog earlier, which had Google adwords inserted several times into the post I was hoping to read.  The sidebar was auto-running video ads, which were extremely distracting.  This combined to make the site look cheap and caused me to rethink the quality of the content.  5 seconds after arriving, I was on another site.

Oscars to Get VIP Treatment Online

Disney/ABC Television Group is going all out this year for Oscar.com during the Academy Awards. A representative for the company tells WebProNews that they’re set to deliver "one of the most extensive live, interactive ‘second-screen’ experiences ever offered."

Intrigued? 

Yahoo To Launch Digital Newsstand For iPad And Android Tablets
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Yahoo said today it would launch a digital newsstand called LiveStand, aimed at tablets and mobile phones, in the first half of this year.

The company said LiveStand will offer content to people based on their personal interests.

Content from Yahoo will include sports, news, finance, Flickr, omg!, and its contributor network.

Bing Adds Personalized Search Features Based on History and Location

Bing has started testing new personalized search features, aimed at making individual search results more effective. "Personalized search is not new, but Bing is taking a different approach, focused on the type of search a person is doing and understanding more about what that person is likely searching for," a spokesperson for Bing tells WebProNews. "As no two people have the exact same search behavior, Bing has taken the extra step to automatically tailor search results."

Why You Need a Content Marketing Strategy
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Google sites handle about 88 billion searches each month. YouTube is the second most popular search engine second only to Google. Facebook is now over 600 million users.

Inc. 500 Social Media Use

Here is the latest in the very useful series of longitudinal studies on social media use by The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth led by Nora Barnes.  This one covered Social Media Usage in the Inc. 500.

Google Makes Users Accounts More Secure

Google has introduced its opt-in security feature called 2-step verification to all users in an effort to make their accounts more secure.

The 2-step verification includes your password and code you get via your phone.  The Google Blog provides more details.

 

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Sonos Controller For Android Debuts
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People who happen to own both Sonos multi-room music systems and Android phones are in for treat.  Today, Sonos announced an app called the Sonos Controller for Android, and it’ll grant individuals precise control over the different system components.

Monster To Power Yahoo Job Listings In Latin America
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 Yahoo said today it has partnered with Monster on a deal under which the career site will provide job listings in Latin American markets.

Monster will become Yahoo’s provider of career and job content in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Monster says the partnership will give it access to almost 55 million new Internet users in Latin America. Terms of the deal were not released.

Will Apple Release iPad 3 in the Fall?
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Apple is entering a new phase for the iPad … competition. On the heels of HP announcing the HP Touchpad today, Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber speculated that Apple could release an iPad 3 about the same time as HP releases the HP Touchpad:

President Of Akamai To Join Yahoo’s Board Of Directors

Heads up, Yahoo watchers.  On April 1st, the company’s board of directors will undergo a change, with longtime board member Eric Hippeau resigning his post. David Kenny, the president of Akamai, will then join the group.

To first give some info on the departing member: Hippeau’s been on Yahoo’s board of directors since 1996.  He’s also served as CEO of the Huffington Post since 2009.  Now, however, he’s leaving behind both positions to join Lerer Ventures.

Amazon Releases Windows Phone 7 App

Amazon has introduced a new free mobile shopping app for Windows Phone 7.

Amazon says the app is specifically designed for Windows Phone 7 and displays all of a product’s details in a single view, allowing users to scroll horizontally to search and buy without have to load new screens or leave the app.

Facebook, Google Said To Offer $8B-$10B For Twitter
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No one’s claimed a sale is going to take place – much the opposite, in fact – but if new rumors are to be believed, two very important corporations are interested in paying top dollar for Twitter.  Facebook and Google have supposedly both been involved in discussions in which figures as high as $10 billion came up.

Walking Directions Now on MapQuest (Transit Too)

MapQuest announced the availability of both walking directions and transit directions on its service. 

It’s interesting that it has taken this long for MapQuest to get such features, though to be fair, MapQuest did have walking directions available on its MQ4Mobile and Mobile Web apps for a while. But now they’re available on MapQuest.com. 

Public Tweets and Privacy Boundaries Becoming More Defined

If you use Twitter, what you post to the micro-blogging service is public.

Local Discounts Provided by LivingSocial on Examiner.com
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Examiner.com announced it’s offering discounts provided by LivingSocial in 130 markets – that’s all the markets LivingSocial is currently active in. 

Deals are accessible through a mix of feeds and local media placements. LivingSocial will also be the headlining daily deal company in Examiner.com’s upcoming "Insider Deal" marketplace, an online discount center.

Super Bowl Sets Tweets Per Second Record (For Sporting Events)

This year’s Super Bowl generated a whole lot of chatter.  Forgotten lyrics, funny (and controversial commercials), and the football game itself continue to grab headlines days later.  It may or may not surprise you, then, that Super Bowl XLV helped set a record when it came to sports-related tweets.

Alicia Keys to Headline HP Ads During Grammys

It’s been a big day for HP, who unveiled the TouchPad iPad competitor, and the Veer and Pre3 smartphones. All of these products run webOS. 

Robert Scoble says the company has "fired Microsoft" and that it is making Android "look even more creaky (and RIM, Nokia, Microsoft not in the game)." Not bad for PR.