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Currents, Google’s Flipboard Competitor May Launch Friday Currents, Google’s Flipboard Competitor May Launch Friday
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UPDATE: Google went ahead and announced it. Details here. Remember back in September when there were reports coming out of Google working on a Flipboard competitor under the codename “Propeller”? Now, according to Kara Swisher at AllThingsD, the product may …

Welfare Office Murder-Suicide Receives Live Facebook Updates From Young Victim Welfare Office Murder-Suicide Receives Live Facebook Updates From Young Victim

A little girl’s Facebook posts serve as the last dispatches from a stomach-turning tragedy that took place earlier this week in a Laredo, Texas welfare office. Monday night, 38-year old Rachelle Grimmer pulled a gun on a supervisor at the …

Facebook’s Top Status Trends of 2011 Facebook’s Top Status Trends of 2011
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Now it’s Facebook’s turn to talk about the trends it has seen over the course of 2011, and considering how many people are on Facebook, and how often they’re on it, this might be the most telling list yet of …

Washington Post Facebook App Nears 4 Million Users Washington Post Facebook App Nears 4 Million Users
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The era of Facebook’s “frictionless sharing” is in full swing, and while some are still expressing privacy concerns and lamenting that Facebook is killing the essence of sharing, it appears that some folks are happy to hop on the wave …

British Library Makes 300 Years of Newspapers Searchable Online British Library Makes 300 Years of Newspapers Searchable Online

The British Library and BrightSolid Online Publishing have teamed up to digitize up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s collection over the next 10 years. There is also a searchable online newspaper archive that consists of three …

Phony Craigslist Ads Lead To Murder Plot Phony Craigslist Ads Lead To Murder Plot
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Online classified site Craigslist, like most of the internet, has to ability to be a force for good in the world. Say you need a new dresser for your bedroom and there’s someone in your vicinity that needs to get …

Digg Traffic Not As Bad As You May Have Thought Digg Traffic Not As Bad As You May Have Thought

Digg used to be one of the most talked about sites on the web, at least in tech, web news, and social media circles. Over the last couple of years, however, Digg appears to have lost some of its luster. …

Legendary ’60 Minutes’ commentator Andy Rooney Dies, Twitter Reacts Legendary ’60 Minutes’ commentator Andy Rooney Dies, Twitter Reacts

Today we learned of the loss of a beloved newsman, Andy Rooney. Rooney was probably best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney”, a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. …

Twitter Tests New Search Features Twitter Tests New Search Features
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Some users are seeing something new when they search for a person or topic within Twitter – highlighted search results appearing at the top. These new results, “Top News” and “Top People,” look like they are there to point Twitter …

Yahoo and ABC News Team Up On News Content and Advertising Yahoo and ABC News Team Up On News Content and Advertising

Yahoo announced this morning that it has entered a strategic alliance with ABC News to combine Yahoo’s massive reach, content breadth and technology with ABC’s brands, anchors and global news-gathering operation. Here’s what this entails: ABC News will become the …

Will Uncrunched Become the New TechCrunch? Will Uncrunched Become the New TechCrunch?
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A couple weeks ago, it became official that TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is no longer a part of AOL, after (and before) much drama unfolded. TechCrunch, so far, is going along with most of the same writers,though columnist Paul Carr …

News Comes to Life through Next Media Animations News Comes to Life through Next Media Animations
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Most people are visual consumers, meaning that anytime a picture, graphic, or video is included into a text document, they are more likely to be engaged. For instance, whenever we hear about a car bomb going off, chances are, it will have a bigger impact on us once we see an image or video of it.

Yahoo Livestand to Launch This Fall Yahoo Livestand to Launch This Fall

Last week, one of the hot topics was that Google is working on a Flipboard competitor, which is reportedly called Propeller. AOL launched one in Editions last month. Well, you may recall that Yahoo announced one earlier this year called …

Google Said to Be Working on Flipboard Competitor Propeller Google Said to Be Working on Flipboard Competitor Propeller

Google is reportedly working on a Flipboard competitor. Robert Scoble, the guy that knows just about everybody in the tech industry, posted the following on his Google+ account: I heard from someone working with Google that Google is working on …

Reddit Becomes Independent of Condé Nast Reddit Becomes Independent of Condé Nast

Condé Nast has spun out Reddit as an independent company, though its parent company still owns it all. On the Reddit blog, Erik Martin writes, “This change is all about setting up reddit so that it can better handle future …

CNN Acquires iPad News Reader App Zite CNN Acquires iPad News Reader App Zite
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CNN announced that it has acquired tech company Zite, which makes a news app of the same name for the iPad. CNN says it has already added Zite to its portfolio of digital products as a separate, stand-alone business. Zite …

Dutch Tourist Guus Van Hove, Director of 013, Dead at Joshua Tree National Park Dutch Tourist Guus Van Hove, Director of 013, Dead at Joshua Tree National Park

It appears that the bodies of two people found dead in the California desert belong to Dutch music promoter Guus Van Hove and his girlfriend Helena Nuellet. Van Hove, 44, is best known in the music world as the director …

Anderson Cooper Thinks The Gerard Depardieu Peeing Incident Is Really Funny Anderson Cooper Thinks The Gerard Depardieu Peeing Incident Is Really Funny
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Gerard Depardieu is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor known for his work in Cyrano de Bergerac, Green Card and The Man in the Iron Mask. And when he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go. Tuesday night, on a flight …

Editors’ Picks Feature Lets Publishers Promote Certain Stories in Google News Editors’ Picks Feature Lets Publishers Promote Certain Stories in Google News

Over a year ago, a Google News experiment was revealed in which Google would let news publishers promote certain stories to an “Editors’ Picks” section. That was June 2010. Today, Google announced this as a feature of Google News. “Based …

Google Aims to Make News More Social with Google News Badges Google Aims to Make News More Social with Google News Badges
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Google announced a new Google News feature, in what appears to be an attempt to make news reading more fun (whether it actually is fun or not remains to be seen). Readers can earn badges based on the kind of …

Should Google and Facebook Be Filtering Our Content For Us? Should Google and Facebook Be Filtering Our Content For Us?
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Is the personalization of the Internet a step backwards? Is the wealth of information that is accessible to us being reduced because the products we use are filtering it all so heavily? This is a discussion that has been gaining …