Google's Blogger "20.5" Hour Meltdown

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Millions of blog publishers using Google's Blogger.com service were unable to use the service mid-afternoon Thursday, although service has since been restored after 20.5 hours of issues. According to Google, during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, the service experienced some "data corruption" that impacted its behavior…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other …

Groupon's CEO Pegs 2010 Revenue At $760 Million

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When Groupon was said to have turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google, many onlookers wondered what could possibly have motivated that decision.  Now we know: the ability to earn $760 million in revenue in 2010, along with the goal of bringing in over a billion this year. Those figures were mentioned in an internal memo that leaked …

Social Media: More than Twitter and Facebook? Uh, yeah.

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The following post is based on a discussion at the Cincinnati Social Media LinkedIn Group. In what seems to be a race to oversimplify EVERYTHING, we’re creating misdefinitions. In many cases there’s simply (a lot) more to the story. Social media provides the latest example. Do you know anyone with "T&F Tunnel Vision?" This unfortunate condition involves the assumption that …

Demand Media Posts First Earnings Report as Public Company

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Demand Media posted its fourth quarter financial results today – the company’s first earnings report since going public last month. Demand posted revenue of $73.6 million, an increase of 33% compared to $55.5 million in the same quarter the previous year.  Income from operations was $2.8 million compared to a net loss from operations of ($3.2) million in Q409. Net …

Facebook Chat In Hotmail Goes Live Worldwide

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Five months ago, Microsoft announced that Hotmail users in Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. could begin to chat with their Facebook friends while checking their email.  Now the integration of Hotmail and Facebook Chat is complete in every place where Facebook is available. We’ll admit: this may not sound like a big deal insofar as it’s …

How Much is a Tweet or a Like Worth to You?

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ChompOn has released some interesting findings (pdf) related to social media sharing and its value to e-commerce. Specifically, the firm sought out to answer the question: "What is the value of a social action in online commerce?"  What they came up with is that a Facebook Share was worth $14, a Facebook "like" was worth $8, a tweet was worth $5, …

Social Networks Consume 22% Of Australians' Time Online

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Facebook (along with a few other social media sites) exerts a strong pull in many countries all over the world, and new stats from comScore confirm that one of them is Australia.  comScore’s found that Australians dedicated almost 22 percent of their time online in December 2010 to social networks, versus 16.6 percent a year earlier. A quick note with …

eBay, Telefonica Agree To Major App Deal

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Mobile purchases – which were already becoming much more common – may soon really increase in frequency in the UK.  eBay and Telefonica have struck a two-year deal that will see eBay apps and/or links preloaded on most of the phones O2 sells in the region. This move’s rather significant.  For starters, eBay’s already one of the first sites many …

Why Local Online Marketing is a Mystery to So Many

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No wonder local Internet marketing is a mystery to many SMB’s and even much larger businesses and organizations. Setting aside the fact that there are so many different channels, sites, directories etc that need to be considered, there is a new (and somewhat unfortunate) aspect that is creeping into the picture: complexity. Take Google, for instance. I was speaking in …

Acquisition Rumors Again Connect Google, Next New Networks

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Rumors have indicated that Google could acquire a company called Next New Networks since at least December, and as of now, neither company has anything to announce.  A new round of reports has surfaced, however, indicating that the purchase might soon occur. The acquisition would make sense in a number of ways.  First, whether or not you’ve heard of Next …

Twitter for Android Becomes More Like Other Twitter Apps

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Twitter has launched a new version of its Android App. The company says its designed to feel more like its other official Twitter apps to provide a more consistent experience.  "You can use Twitter for Android even if you haven’t signed in or don’t have an account," says Carolyn Penner with Twitter Communications. "You can view trends, browse your interests …

OpenX Launches New Ad Platform, Secures Groupon As Customer

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Assuming it didn’t already, OpenX should definitely have Google’s attention now.  The company launched an updated version of its OpenX Enterprise ad technology today, and in the process, announced that it’s secured Groupon and Orange (the telecommunications entity) as customers. An OpenX spokesperson explained in an email to WebProNews, "OpenX’s new platform, the company’s Software as a Service ad serving …

Answers.com Sells For $127 Million

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Over the next few days, onlookers shouldn’t be surprised if the mix of questions on Answers.com begins to favor inquiries of the "what kind of ____ should I buy?" variety.  Fans may have some extra money coming to them, as Answers.com announced this morning that it’s being acquired for $127 million. AFCV Holdings, which is controlled by Summit Partners, is …

The iPad Apps That Diplomats Will Use

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Earlier, we ran a story about the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky (UK) here in Lexington, launching an initiative to put iPads in the hands of students and faculty, with support for an 18-month trial from Apple. The idea is that future diplomats be well versed in current technology.  We reached out to …

CNNMoney Implements LinkedIn Widget

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Let’s be honest: however content most people are with their jobs, Fortune’s "100 Best Companies to Work For" list can elicit envy.  So LinkedIn and CNNMoney may be onto something, as they’ve partnered to point people who read the list towards individuals who work at the top companies. This marks the first implementation of LinkedIn’s Company Insider widget, which would …