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Wait, It Seems Like NO ONE Is Using Gowalla*

[credit provider=”austin.vicarious.ly” url=”http://austin.vicarious.ly/”] We got flamed the other day for suggesting that Foursquare was winning the battle to the death between Foursquare and Gowalla — because we counted a lot more Foursquare check-in Tweets in Austin, TX, than Gowalla check-in Tweets when we checked our Twitter feeds.Gowalla investor Chris Sacca […]
Wait, It Seems Like NO ONE Is Using Gowalla*
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Facebook Was More Popular In The U.S. Than Google Last Week

[credit provider=”Hitwise”] Facebook has notched another traffic victory over Google, according to Hitwise data.Last week Facebook was the most popular site on the web. Facebook has done this on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day as well as the weekend of March 6th and 7th, according to Hitwise.
Facebook Was More Popular In The U.S. Than Google Last Week
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America’s Second-Rate Broadband Is Dragging Us Down

. Clean water. The Interstate highway system. It’s easy to forget that the advantages of modern American life result from basic infrastructure investments made by earlier generations. Tomorrow the FCC will release a national broadband strategy. The plan will set goals for expanding broadband to unserved and under-served areas, promote […]
America’s Second-Rate Broadband Is Dragging Us Down
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Google Stops Censoring Some Searches On China Search Engine

Google appears to have stopped censoring its China search engine, at least for some searches, says Beijing resident and MarketWatch founder Bill Bishop.Bill says these search results, for the student movement in “89,” include pictures of tanks and student protesters, which the censored results didn’t.  Other searches are still censored, […]
Google Stops Censoring Some Searches On China Search Engine
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Is Facebook Opening Up The User Data Firehose To Developers?

Facebook will start offering developers access to a firehose of user activity next month, ReadWriteWeb reports.Developers will be able to see aggregated stats on the contents of users’ public Facebook feeds. ReadWriteWeb is unsure exactly what will be included in the data stream.
Is Facebook Opening Up The User Data Firehose To Developers?
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Happy 25th Birthday, Dot.Com!

From the Huffington Post: Today, ladies and gents, is too special a day to let us pass by. March 15, as it happens, is the 25th birthday of the revolutionary dot.com. Yep, the big 2-5.
Happy 25th Birthday, Dot.Com!
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Meet Twitter’s 28-Year-Old Chief Spam Killer

[credit provider=”Del Harvey/Twitter” url=”http://twitter.com/delbius”] NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In the past year, Twitter grew up, became mainstream and finally admitted it had a problem: a spam problem.Some of the same characteristics that helped Twitter grow like a weed have also made it vulnerable, not just to spammers but unscrupulous or […]
Meet Twitter’s 28-Year-Old Chief Spam Killer
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The 6 Delusions Of Google’s Arrogant Leaders

Google’s CEO went to Abu Dhabi this week and preached. He sermonized about Google’s exceptional virtue — its indifference to profit and supreme trustworthiness. His speech should have been shocking. Except that delusional self-righteousness is now routine at Google.Eric Schmidt‘s comments at the Abu Dhabi “media summit” certainly sound especially […]
The 6 Delusions Of Google’s Arrogant Leaders
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AOL Lifestream Is What Google Buzz Should Have Been

From TechCrunch: Aol launched Lifestream, a social aggregator and publisher, as part of their AIM platform Last Fall. Since then it has gained nearly 2 million users, say Aol. Based on that success Aol is now launching Lifestream as a standalone product at .
AOL Lifestream Is What Google Buzz Should Have Been
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Mark Zuckerberg’s 2004 Email Break-In Could Be A Felony

[credit provider=”AP”] Mark Zuckerberg’s hacking of email accounts and user profiles in 2004 could be felonies under Federal and state law, according to privacy lawyers.As we described last week, Mark used login data of early Facebook members to break in to the private email accounts of two Harvard Crimson editors. […]
Mark Zuckerberg’s 2004 Email Break-In Could Be A Felony
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Condé Nast Executive Says Pay Walls Are A Bad Strategy

Magazine publisher Condé Nast said it won’t turn to pay walls to help deflect its 2009 $1 billion loss in ad revenue, despite the fact that one of its magazines, The New Yorker, currently hides its article archives behind a pay wall.
Condé Nast Executive Says Pay Walls Are A Bad Strategy
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Reuters’ Top Twitter Rule: ‘Don’t Scoop The Wire’

Reuters released their new social media policy for their Reporting from the Internet handbook. One rule in their “Twitter policy” section addressed posting breaking news tidbits on Twitter–which would threaten the news services’ grip on scoops.
Reuters’ Top Twitter Rule: ‘Don’t Scoop The Wire’
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People Ignore Twitter Search Results In Google

New eye-tracking studies reveal people are ignoring the Twitter search results being funneled into Google, the Guardian reports. Users eyes glance all over the page before landing on the streaming Twitter results.
People Ignore Twitter Search Results In Google
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Help! Who Are These AOL Partiers?

In mid-February, an ex-AOLer named Jason Munson threw a big party for for his former colleagues at Jackson’s in the Reston Town centre in Reston, Virginia.
Help! Who Are These AOL Partiers?
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Hulu Now Gives You The NFL

We told you Hulu was going to beef up its football content thanks to a new NFL network partnership. Now all that new content is online!
Hulu Now Gives You The NFL
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Techmeme Team Launches New Aggregator: Mediagazer

Here’s a new obsession for the media world: The Techmeme team just launched a new site mingling algorithms and human editors–and this one is chronicling the most important print, digital and TV media stories of the day.
Techmeme Team Launches New Aggregator: Mediagazer
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Needs To Address The Hacking Incidents

[credit provider=”Facebook”] On Friday, we reported the results of a long investigation into the origins of Facebook that revealed startling new information about the company’s early days. Among other things, the investigation revealed that Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, took private Facebook member login information and used it to break […]
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Needs To Address The Hacking Incidents
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News Is A Lousy Business For Google Too

There is a widespread myth that search engines have taken profits away from news websites. A few months ago, Rupert Murdoch said: “Google has devised a brilliant business model that avoids paying for news gathering yet profits off the search ads sold around that content.”
News Is A Lousy Business For Google Too
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Zynga Loses One Of Its Founders, Andrew Trader

[credit provider=”CrunchBase” url=”http://www.crunchbase.com/person/andrew-trader”] Zynga has lost one of the members of its founding team, Michael Arrington at TechCrunch reports.Andrew Trader, EVP of sales and business development is stepping down. He was with the company since 2007.
Zynga Loses One Of Its Founders, Andrew Trader
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New York Times’ DealBook Under Close Scrutiny After Plagiarism Case

The New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt takes a close look at the Zachery Kouwe plagiarism case in today’s Times. The DealBook reporter resigned in mid-February after Wall Street Journal editor Robert Thompson sent a letter to Times editors, noting “lifted” passages and language from WSJ material in his […]
New York Times’ DealBook Under Close Scrutiny After Plagiarism Case
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Media Curation Is Now Consumer-Generated

There’s a new world order emerging around media and publishing. Producing original content is simply too expensive to sustain alone for all but the largest media companies. New models are essential — and emerging.
Media Curation Is Now Consumer-Generated
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Be In Roger Ebert’s Exclusive ‘Club’ For $5 A Year

Roger Ebert is on a roll recently. He was profiled in Esquire. Appeared on Oprah. And got his voice back. Now the Pulitzer Prize winning film critic has stumbled back into the spotlight… and using it to launch a new web-based premium content service.
Be In Roger Ebert’s Exclusive ‘Club’ For $5 A Year
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At Last — The Full Story Of How Facebook Was Founded

[credit provider=”deneyterrio” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/deneyterrio/2323729121/”] The origins of Facebook have been in dispute since the very week a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg launched the site as a Harvard sophomore on February 4, 2004. 
At Last — The Full Story Of How Facebook Was Founded