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AOL Buys Outside.In, A Hyperlocal Blog Service

According to various reports, AOL has bought Outside.In, and will announce that today. The price hasn’t been confirmed, but Business Insider says it’s been told that it’s less than $10 million. Outside.In will evidently become integrated with AOL’s Patch property …

Google Gives PyCon 2011 Special Nod

PyCon – the largest annual conference related to the Python programming language – is almost here, and Google wants everyone to get excited about it.  The company made clear today that it will have a significant presence there and considers …

No Social Media For Barry Bonds Jurors No Social Media For Barry Bonds Jurors
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Barry Bonds and the mystery surrounding his home run explosion is back in the news as the Federal Government is (finally) set to begin their perjury trial against him, and defense lawyers for Bonds are asking the judge to keep …

Charlie Sheen Wins at Twitter
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Say what you will about the current, slightly mystifying Charlie Sheen fad, but one thing’s for sure: With all that talk of winning, Sheen’s certainly doing it with Twitter. Not only did Sheen break one of Twitter’s follower records by …

CBS Acquires Clicker.com

CBS said today it has acquired online television guide Clicker.com and named co-founder and CEO Jim Lanzone President of CBS Interactive. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In his new role, Lanzone will manage all of CBS Interactive’s operations …

Google Addresses Android Fragmentation With Static Library
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A new Best Buy commercial for its “Buy Back” program features consumers getting confused, frustrated, and angry as their new gadgets are quickly made obsolete.  To ensure something similar doesn’t happen to Android developers, Google’s released an anti-fragmentation library. Developing …

Google “Panda” Algorithm Update – What’s Known & What’s Possible Google “Panda” Algorithm Update – What’s Known & What’s Possible
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Google’s recent algorithm update aimed at improving the quality of search results has captured a great deal of attention – both positive and negative. The general consensus seems to be that the results are in fact better now, but still …

Bing Teams with KAYAK For Flight Search
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Bing said today it is partnering with online travel site KAYAK for flight search results. Bing said the partnership with KAYAK will allow it to provide a more comprehensive travel search experience. In the coming weeks KAYAK will provide Bing …

Courtney Love’s Expensive Tweet Courtney Love’s Expensive Tweet
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Getting into Twitter spats can be an expensive undertaking, especially once you move away from common insults and arrive at the stage of libel and defamation. Just ask Courtney Love. Perhaps the most famous widow in music history had a …

Google Updates Chrome OS, Fixes Cr-48 Trackpad Issue
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Early reviews of Google’s Cr-48 notebooks were, as you may remember, not encouraging.  They seemed to indicate that the machines made better coasters than computing devices for anyone who already owned a laptop.  Google’s now addressed some problems with a …

RIM’s Risky Bet With BBM For Non-BlackBerry Devices
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Research in Motion (RIM) is planning to make its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available on Android and iOS platforms. What’s RIM thinking, and how will a cross-platform BBM impact your enterprise? BBM offers immediate gratification and exclusivity While RIM made …

Blekko Launches Link Widget and Embeddable Search Box

Community-driven search engine Blekko has introduced new publisher tools focused on link transparency and customized search via Blekkogear. One of the new tools is called Blekko Link Roll, an embeddable site widget that shows links to a site in real …

AOL Layoff Rumors Resurface Again

Today’s workday may be another tough eight hours for AOL employees.  CEO Tim Armstrong himself has confirmed that more layoffs will occur due to the acquisition of the Huffington Post, and while the timing remains uncertain, tensions are sure to …

On The Road With Google’s Self-Driving Car

Videos of Google’s self-driving vehicle have hit the tubes, and it’s pretty clear, the future is upon us. Does this mean flying cars and city-wide transport tubes are next? Though we’re still a few years away from breakthroughs of that …

iPad 2 Gets Conan Treatment
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  Apple’s iPad 2 is already drawing parody in late night TV before it’s even available to consumers. Conan O’Brien did a video mocking Apple’s iPad 2 video, which it played at the launch event and posted to the web. …

Third PayPal X Developer Challenge Begins
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Developers with any amount of ability when it comes to creating Android apps may want to start thinking about how to bring PayPal into the equation.  Today, the third PayPal X Developer Challenge kicked off, and PayPal’s established some significant cash prizes for the top three participants.

Google Profile Redesign – Part of Google’s New Social Strategy?
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Google announced a redesign for Google Profile pages, which has a somewhat familiar look to it (if you’re a Facebook user). There’s a big profile picture in the upper left-hand corner now in a column, and the user’s series of photos stretches across the top. Under that, there are sections for an introduction, employment info, education, places lived, etc. You can still connect the links you’re associated with, just like the old profiles. There is a separate tab for Buzz.

Gawker Traffic Reportedly Down 25% Following Design Changes
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A lot of sites have been experiencing major crises in traffic over the last week or so since Google’s recent algorithm update aimed at low quality content. Gawker has been hit with a similar problem, but for an entirely different reason.

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton revealed today that the company’s traffic is down by nearly a quarter as a result of the recent widely publicized redesign. 

Google Introduces New AdSense Mobile Interface
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People who make a serious amount of money using AdSense (or at least wish they did) will now better be able to keep track of their earnings while on the move.  Today, Google introduced the beta version of an AdSense interface designed specifically to complement mobile devices.

Bing Deals Launched – Find Deals Nearby
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Update: A bit more information about Bing Deals…

Twitter Releases Updates For iPhone And iPad
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Twitter has introduced new features to its versions of  apps for iPhone and iPad.

Twitter said it is now easier to upload photos via a camera button in the tool bar, along with a better image preview.

An autocomplete feature makes it faster to tweet on the go offering speed and accuracy.

 

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iPad 2 Refunds Coming for Current Apple iPad Owners
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Apple revealed the iPad 2 yesterday, announcing that it would ship on March 11 in 26 countries, followed by more on March 25. Apple announced that the pricing of iPad 2 models would reflect those of the iPad 1 models. However, the iPad 1 models are dropping in price by a hundred bucks. 

Groupon Like Daily Deal spending Could Top $6 Billion
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U.S. consumer spending  on daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial is on track to grow from $873 million in 2010 to $3.9 billion in 2015, representing a 35 percent growth rate, according to a new report from BIA/Kelsey.

Android Assumes Smartphone OS Lead
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One day after a well-met iPad 2 announcement, it’s a solid bet that the iPhone 5 team at Apple just received orders to work a good deal harder.  New stats from Nielsen indicate that, in terms of U.S. smartphone market share, iOS has fallen behind Android.