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California Bridge Fire Backs Up Traffic From California To Nevada

An accidental fire destroyed the incomplete bridge from California to Nevada on Monday afternoon. One of the bridge’s construction workers was using a blowtorch when strong winds fanned the flames, starting the massive fire. The $32 million bridge burned through …

Drug Cartel Leader Shot… By Clown

Reuters and The New York Post have both reported that one of Mexico’s most powerful ex-drug lords was shot by children’s clowns as he attended a party in Cabo San Lucas. A former Tijuana Cartel boss, the 63-year-old Francisco Rafael …

The Science Behind Traffic Jams

Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty. It is the same for drivers in traffic; we are traffic, but we wonder how traffic can possibly exist (all while it’s secretly killing us). Inspired by Tom Valderbilt’s presentation (the video …

Goat Snarls Traffic, Holds Up Commuters In New Jersey

Goats aren’t typically known for holding up traffic, but one goat did just that this morning in New Jersey. The AP reports that a goat had escaped onto the Pulaski Skyway in New Jersey this morning. Five police officers were …

Google Image Search Changes Have Not Been Kind To Webmasters Google Image Search Changes Have Not Been Kind To Webmasters
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Earlier this year, Google launched a new design for its image search, and ever since, there has been a substantial amount of backlash from webmasters claiming that the changes have decreased the amount of traffic they get to their sites. …

Will You Miss Google Reader? Clearly, Many Will. Will You Miss Google Reader? Clearly, Many Will.
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I was out on leave when the news came out: Google is killing Google Reader. No! Why? No! Should Google kill Google Reader? Will you miss it? Let us know what you think or if you care in the comments. …

Celebrity Deaths Drive the Biggest Wikipedia Traffic Spikes Celebrity Deaths Drive the Biggest Wikipedia Traffic Spikes

As a culture, we are fascinated by celebrities, death, and the death of celebrities. I’m sure you already knew that, but some interesting new stats from the world of Wikipedia prove it. Wikipedia user West.andrew.g has been looking at the …

Yelp Tops 100 Million Uniques For First Time Yelp Tops 100 Million Uniques For First Time

Yelp announced today that it surpassed 100 million unique vistors on its site in January, marking the first time in Yelp history it has had that many uniques in a month. “That’s an all-time high for traffic to the desktop …

Black Friday Saw Online Retail Traffic Jump 60% Year-Over-Year Black Friday Saw Online Retail Traffic Jump 60% Year-Over-Year
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As previously reported, this year’s Black Friday was a record one for e-commerce, having surpassed a billion dollars in spending, according to comScore. Experian Hitwise has also released some data, indicating that Black Friday online retail traffic in the U.S. …

Report Indicates StumbleUpon Is Sending Less Traffic To Sites Report Indicates StumbleUpon Is Sending Less Traffic To Sites

StumbleUpon’s share of traffic sent to publisher sites is down 53% since July, according to Shareaholic, which released some new data for October. Update: StumbleUpon says its internal data is quite contrary to Shareaholic’s findings. The trend might be in …

noPhoto Wants to Stick It to the Man, One Avoided Traffic Cam Ticket at a Time noPhoto Wants to Stick It to the Man, One Avoided Traffic Cam Ticket at a Time

Freedom, security, and privacy. Those are some pretty weighty concepts to be used in the discussion of license plate technology. But that’s what noLimits Enterprises says it can give drivers all across the country with its new product, noPhoto. “The …

What Does The New StumbleUpon Mean For Your Referrals? What Does The New StumbleUpon Mean For Your Referrals?
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This week, StumbleUpon launched a new iOS app with some big changes to the homepage and how users stumble through content, among other things (see our full review and interview with the company here). While the changes have only come …

Facebook Drives Most Retail Traffic, But Pinterest Drives the Big Spenders Facebook Drives Most Retail Traffic, But Pinterest Drives the Big Spenders
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Any retail site knows that social media is their friend. Not only do sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have the massive user bases to drive traffic, but they also have the opportunity to drive traffic based on the trust …

Reddit Hit 3.4 Billion Pageviews in August Reddit Hit 3.4 Billion Pageviews in August
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If you need any more proof that reddit is not to be disregarded (and really, why would you), they’re happy to provide you cold, hard stats. The coldest and hardest of stats – pageview stats. Let’s not beat around the …

Obama Held Sway Over 30% of Reddit During AMA Obama Held Sway Over 30% of Reddit During AMA
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When users logged on and saw the words “I am Barack Obama, President of the United States – AMA” at the top of the front page, they knew that it was an historic occasion for the site. Reddit has been …

TomTom Launching Full-Fledged Android App in October TomTom Launching Full-Fledged Android App in October
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Good news if you’re an Android user who wants more variety in their available navigation apps, as TomTom has just announced that a new app that includes navigation, map, and traffic data will hit Android OS in October. Pricing and …

Facebook Looking at Navigation App Waze [Report] Facebook Looking at Navigation App Waze [Report]

Is Facebook looking to get into the crowdsourced traffic information game? According to Israeli business publication Globes, Facebook is eyeing navigation app Waze. According to Globes, the two companies have already had discussions – as Facebook execs apparently visited Waze …

Read This, And Tell Me StumbleUpon Isn’t An Amazing Marketing Tool Read This, And Tell Me StumbleUpon Isn’t An Amazing Marketing Tool
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Some things don’t change. StumbleUpon, after all these years, can still be a great driver of traffic to your website, despite how little it has changed in comparison to other social services. Think about how much Facebook has changed over …

Google Maps Gives Live Traffic Updates To A Lot More Cities Google Maps Gives Live Traffic Updates To A Lot More Cities
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Google is beefing up its live traffic feature of Google Maps. The company initially launched it in 2008, but the list of cities that actually could take advantage of the feature left a bit to be desired. For many, that …

Waze Updated To Help You Save On Gas Waze Updated To Help You Save On Gas

Waze, the ridiculously handy navigation app that uses real-time traffic data to get you where you need to go on time, has just added a new feature that helps you save on gas, too. Waze, in case you’re unfamiliar with …

Google’s Knowledge Graph: Less Traffic To More Sites? Google’s Knowledge Graph: Less Traffic To More Sites?
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Back in March, the Wall Street Journal put out a big article about what apparently went on to become Google’s Knowledge Graph. Google made the formal announcement today. For more on the Knowledge Graph itself, see: Knowledge Graph: Google Officially …