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E-Commerce Spending Reaches Nearly $50 Billion in Q4 [Report] E-Commerce Spending Reaches Nearly $50 Billion in Q4 [Report]

comScore released new findings on e-commerce spending in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. They were up 14% from the year-ago quarter, reaching about $49.7 billion. That makes nine quarters in a row for positive year-over-year growth in U.S. e-commerce …

Twitter: Study Finds A Quarter Of All Tweets To Be Worthless Twitter: Study Finds A Quarter Of All Tweets To Be Worthless

Twitter can be a magical place full of 140-character bites of wisdom. It can also be an idiotic place full of incomprehensible jibberish being passed off as worthwhile. Science has confirmed that the latter takes up a third of all …

Distant Contacts Responsible For Most Info Spread On Facebook Distant Contacts Responsible For Most Info Spread On Facebook

Facebook is sharing some new research by Facebook Data Scientist Eytan Bakshy that “suggests Facebook is more than just an echo chamber where only likeminded people share information with each other – instead, social networking technologies help to encourage the …

Who’s Buying and How? Who’s Buying and How?

Researchers have always explained women’s love of shopping as the hunter versus gatherer instinct. Men would bring home the kill and women would forage for grains and berries. Since these primitive times the world has changed and technology has been …

Facebook Users Click Ads Twice As Often As Twitter, Google+ Users [Report] Facebook Users Click Ads Twice As Often As Twitter, Google+ Users [Report]
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Update: As the study has generated some confusion, I’m going to repost the author’s explanation (which also appears in the comments) here: This study, which measures the CTR of different social network users, was conducted using a referrer based methodology. …

Jane-Ome, Marijuana iPad App Looks To Educate Users On Scientific Benefits Jane-Ome, Marijuana iPad App Looks To Educate Users On Scientific Benefits
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Everything is better with marijuana; this is the argument many users make and has been featured in a certain stoner comedy (hilariously played by Jon Stewart). However, many people are unaware of the true benefits marijuana has in the medical …

Google Flu Trends Helps Hospitals Accurately Predict Influenza Cases Google Flu Trends Helps Hospitals Accurately Predict Influenza Cases

A new study from John Hopkins University shows that Google’s influenza oracle, Flu Trends, turns out to be a reliable way for hospitals to anticipate outbreaks or “seasons” of patients sick with the flu, possibly more reliable than using “outdated” …

Android Personified [Infographic] Android Personified [Infographic]

BlueStacks has put out an infographic called “Mr. Android 2011”. It uses data from Nielsen and Facebook fans of BlueStack’s app player for PC, to show us a little bit about Android users. The data was collected between 12/12/11 and …

Holiday Clicks, Revenue From Online Retail Search Ads Up 24% In The U.S. Holiday Clicks, Revenue From Online Retail Search Ads Up 24% In The U.S.

We keep hearing about how huge online shopping has been in the U.S. this year. Earlier, we looked at a report from comScore indicating that online holiday spending is up to $35.billion in the U.S. for this holiday season (up …

We’re Not As Happy As We Used To Be, According To Our Tweets We’re Not As Happy As We Used To Be, According To Our Tweets
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According to our collective tweets, we are all unhappier than we used to be. If you follow the types of people that I follow, your response might be “Duh.” Cynicism, anger, and even depression are the lifeblood of Twitter, right? …

Texting: The Preferred Communication Of Liars Texting: The Preferred Communication Of Liars

You can take two important things from a recent study on honesty in communications. One, you really are more likely to lie in a text and two, that person you lied to is going to be incredibly pissed that you …

You Could Be Incepted Soon You Could Be Incepted Soon

We’ve already said that it’s only a matter of time before we’re just uploading knowledge into our noggins in order to learn everything from origami to piano so the next logical step in humanity’s quest to be “just like in …

YouTube Comes to Xbox YouTube Comes to Xbox
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YouTube formally announced its Xbox 360 app today. With the app, users can check out trending videos, browse categories, and of course search for videos. Here are some videos they shared to accompany the announcement: I think it goes without …

On Twitter, The Most Influential Person Is… On Twitter, The Most Influential Person Is…

A new study from Hewlett-Packard Labs has analyzed trends and topics on Twitter in order to suss out how certain Tweeters influence the trending topics that fluctuate throughout any given day. Based on their data and findings, they’ve also been …

Should Businesses Fear iPads & Smartphones? Should Businesses Fear iPads & Smartphones?
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You know how when something happens in the world and it immediately hits the Internet in near realtime via Twitter or other social media? Say there’s a plane crash. Today, there’s a high probability this will make its way to …

Google+ Pages Quickly Adopted By 61% of Top 100 Brands Google+ Pages Quickly Adopted By 61% of Top 100 Brands
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61% of the world’s top 100 brands created pages within a week of Google’s recent Google+ Pages announcement, according to research from BrightEdge. That’s good news for Google. Clearly the brand interest is there, and coupled with interest from celebrities, …

Frequent Gaming Linked To Bigger Brains Frequent Gaming Linked To Bigger Brains
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If you play a lot of video games, you might be affecting your brain structure in the process. Or, it could be that you play a lot of video games because you have an abnormal brain structure. Either way, researchers …

A Deal is Not Always Such a Great Deal A Deal is Not Always Such a Great Deal
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Thumbtack.com put out some research last week suggesting that many daily deals in the local services industry are priced equal to or higher than the average local price of the service. In other words, the deal isn’t always much of …

For Businesses, Twitter Interaction With Customers Pays Off For Businesses, Twitter Interaction With Customers Pays Off
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For companies, there are plenty of reasons to maintain an active Twitter presence. Once you establish yourself on the network and begin to accumulate followers, you can use it for publicity purposes – to give your customers news and information …

Want To Watch Your Dreams on YouTube? Scientists Take The First Step Want To Watch Your Dreams on YouTube? Scientists Take The First Step
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Well this just might be the coolest thing you’ll see all month. UC Berkeley scientists have found a way to use brain activity to recreate moving images, i.e. movies. Basically, they were able to record signals in people’s brains, and …

Groupon Deals Could Hurt the Reputation of Your Business Groupon Deals Could Hurt the Reputation of Your Business
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The type of headline we ran here probably isn’t exactly the kind of thing Groupon wants to see circulating throughout the Blogosphere these days, considering all the negative press the company has been getting lately, but it is a conclusion …