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YouTube’s NextUp Initiative Launches
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Are you a fledgling video star with thoughts of Internet stardom dancing in your head, and unfortunately, the Ark Music Factory won’t give you the Rebecca Black treatment, bridging the gap between “fledgling” and “wildly popular even though we aren’t …

iPad 2 Scalped in New York City iPad 2 Scalped in New York City
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Just how badly do you want the new iPad 2? Some New Yorkers are having to ask themselves that question as Asian scalpers have taken up residence outside the flagship Apple store on 5th Avenue at 59th.  With demand thoroughly …

Do Not Track Becoming A Reality
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The Federal Trade Commission testified today before the Senate Committee on Commerce about its efforts to protect consumer privacy through enforcement, education, and policy initiatives like its recent preliminary privacy report. The report proposes a framework to balance consumer privacy …

Google Antitrust Review By Senate Commended By FairSearch Coalition
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Last week, Senator Mike Lee called for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee to conduct a hearing, with Google identified as the target. In a statement, Lee said, “Google’s position as the preeminent search engine may be abused so as …

Company Settles with FTC for $250,000 Over Misleading Online Reviews
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A company that sells guitar-lesson DVDs online has settled with the Federal Trade Commission for a whopping $250,000 over charges that the company “deceptively advertised its products through online affiliate marketers who falsely posed as ordinary consumers or independent reviewers”. …

Domino’s Pizza Gets In On March Madness

What is your favorite kind of pizza? Are you a pepperoni person or just cheese? Do you like a lot of vegetables on your pizza or are you more of a meat lovers fan? Would your favorite style of pizza …

Facebook Axes Comment Button
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Goodbye little blue comment button! A few users had noticed something different for quite some time now, but it seems today everyone is now operating with the new procedure for commenting on friends’ posts.  So long to the time when …

Firefox 4 Launch Date Of March 22nd Likely
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Internet Explorer 9, the newest (finalized) Web browser around, may not have much time left in which to enjoy that title.  Damon Sicore, Senior Director of Platform Engineering at Mozilla, has indicated that Firefox 4 will launch on March 22nd …

Hotels .com Adds Facebook Comments Plug-In
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Hotels.com said today it has launched a Facebook comments plug-in on its U.S. and U.K. websites. The plug-in allows Facebook users to leave comments directly on the hotels.com site, which will then appear on their friends’ Facebook news feed. Comments …

Demand Media Redesigns eHow with Quality Control Feature
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Demand Media has launched a redesign of eHow.com. The company says it’s putting more focus on better quality content. A Demand Media representative tells WebPoNews, “With the site overhaul, eHow.com is growing to be more than just a ‘how-to’ site …

Even Negativity Brings Fame On YouTube and Twitter
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If you know the story of Justin Bieber, he gained his fame due to a talent scout discovering him on YouTube. Could Rebecca Black be the next sensation to follow in Bieber’s footsteps?

Google Docs Upgrades Commenting

Google announced today that it has updated commenting on Google Docs to include features that will supposedly encourage feedback and smoother discussions. First up, all comments will now contain a timestamp and picture.  Single comments will also be able to …

Ebert: Thumbs Down To Facebook’s Movie Streaming
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The announcement concerning Facebook’s content partnership with Warner Brothers not only caused a dip in the Netflix stock as investors panicked at the idea of competition, it’s also caught the notice of perhaps the most famous movie critic ever, and …

Netflix Upping the Ante

Netflix is no stranger to making big deals that shake up the television and home movie landscape, and in a report we told you about yesterday, most of their moves seem to be working.  After grabbing 61% of the digital …

Twitter Adds “Always Use HTTPS” Setting

The likelihood of a Twitter user losing control of his or her account should soon decrease by quite a bit.  Late yesterday, the company announced a new “Always use HTTPS” setting that’s designed to give everyone an obvious way of …

iPhone Gets New Search App From Google
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Google has released an updated version of its Google Mobile App for iPhone aimed at making it faster and easier to find apps. The app has been redesigned and renamed and is now known as the Google Search app for …

Does Time Warner’s iPad App Steal Cable?
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Time Warner unveiled an iPad application that allows users to stream their Time Warner’s cable television subscription to a tablet device, and not surprisingly, some of the cable networks were none too pleased about having their content streamed for free. …

Google Acquires Green Parrot Pictures
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Google’s interest in professional-quality video continues to rise.  This afternoon, a company called Green Parrot Pictures announced that Google’s followed up a recent series of moves in the space by acquiring it.  Google appears to have big plans for the …

Facebook And Mobile Apps Becoming More Important To Small Businesses
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Small businesses are increasingly relying on mobile applications, Facebook pages for their companies, and employees working remotely through wireless technologies, according to a new survey from AT&T. More than a third (38%) of small businesses said they could not survive …

UPDATE: Twitter Number Crunching

Yesterday, we told you about Twitter development team member Ryan Sarver’s message to third-party client developers.  In this message he stated that it was Twitter’s goal to create a uniform experience for users, and many non-official clients were preventing that …

Yahoo’s Stock Drops 5.66 Percent

We waited to bring this story to you just in case the stock recovered (or took an even steeper dive) before the end of the trading day.  But U.S. markets are now closed, meaning we can report that Yahoo’s stock …

AT&T Says Goodbye To An Uncapped Internet
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And the battle against a truly open Internet where service providers do not interfere with the usage rights — look it up in the service contract: long ago, in the BNNN (before no net neutrality) days, an uncapped Internet means …

Web Apps Running Slower on Apple Products Web Apps Running Slower on Apple Products
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Let’s face it: America is too busy to be saddled with any extra tap of the thumb, and launching anything through mobile Safari is groan-worthy.  But is Apple intentionally slowing down web apps launched directly from the home screen?  According …

LinkedIn Announces Feature Phone App

Smartphones may be omnipresent in college classrooms and certain offices, but the reality is that many, many people still own more basic devices.  So LinkedIn, which used to take some pride in the fact that the average member’s income was …