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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)

Don’t Count Out Facebook as a Competitor to Google
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In case you were wondering, Facebook is pretty popular. Google is of course the undisputed king of search market share, but Facebook has the edge in some areas. Social media is the obvious area.  While Google is hoping to make some serious headway here with Buzz, Facebook is far and away the dominant being in the world of social networks.

Google Super Bowl Ad = True Love and Traffic!
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Super Bowl 2010 will be forever remembered for a few things: New Orleans winning their first championship, Peyton Manning’s locker room walk-of-shame and Google running their first Super Bowl commercial.

Buy Facebook Credits And Ads Using PayPal
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Facebook said today it will allow advertisers to pay for ads on its network using PayPal.

The two companies have entered into a strategic relationship that will allow advertisers worldwide to use PayPal to pay for Facebook Ads through the company’s online advertising tool.

Will Windows Phone 7 Help Bing Market Share?
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Microsoft has unveiled its Windows Phone 7 Series, a new mobile platform. The phones will bring Microsoft’s XBox Live service and its Zune music and video experience together on phones. Perhaps more interesting, at least to enthusiasts of the search industry, is that Windows Phone 7 devices will come with "a dedicated hardware button for Bing."

Why Bing May Be on the Road to Incredible Growth
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Microsoft has spent a lot of money promoting Bing since its launch, and Bing’s usage has grown by millions of people since then, but it still has a long way to go to reach the top of the search market share mountain. Google is still sitting comfortably atop that mountain of course, but Google doesn’t really have to lose for Bing to win. Microsoft has been putting things in motion that have the potential to increase Bing usage by an enormous amount.

Driving Traffic with MapQuest and its New Search Engine
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Local business search is becoming more of an area of great focus by search providers as time goes on. Google, especially, has been working overtime on providing new features that can help users find local businesses of interest. AOL’s MapQuest has been working on improving its own business search functionality, which we talked to the company a little about.

Reasons to Have a Facebook Page and Ways to Make it Better
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I don’t have to tell you that Facebook can be a tremendous source of web traffic. There’s a good chance that most of the people you know are on it, and the ones who aren’t may be eventually. The social network is consuming more and more of people’s time, and thanks to mobile devices, it is always accessible. If you don’t have a Facebook Page, you may be missing out on not only traffic to your site, but a chance to engage with customers and ultimately help your brand’s reputation.

YouTube Streams Tiger Woods Press Conference Live
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Most people I know are pretty tired of hearing about Tiger Woods, but the world is still apparently eager to hear what he has to say at his press conference today. Currently, "what time is tiger woods press conference" is listed on Google Trends, and "Tiger Woods" is a trending topic on Twitter.

Google Expands Maps Into Much More of Africa

Google is expanding Google Maps into 30 African countries where it was not previously available.

eBay Testing New Search Features
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eBay said this week it is launching a new offering called "Garden by eBay," an area on the site that will allow members to test new features and provide feedback for improvements and changes.

Garden by eBay is an opt-in initiative with a concept that is similar to Google Labs where users can test and experiment with different features before they are officially released.