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Microsoft drops $1.1B to grow its data center footprint in Iowa

Microsoft will soon harvest a lot more corn — err, servers — in Iowa.<p>The tech giant is investing in data center infrastructure in West Des Moines, miles away from an existing company data center, Iowa public officials announced today.<p>The company has been gradually improving the feature set and …

With $4.6M In New Funding, Preact Helps Software Companies Keep Customers Happy

Startup Preact is officially launching today with a product that it says can help companies increase customer spending and reduce churn. It’s also announcing that it has raised a $4.6 million Series A led by Trinity Ventures.<p>CEO Michael Geller said the Preact system looks at a variety of signals …

Analysts predict decline in iPad sales

The average analyst estimate puts Apple's iPad sales at 19.3 million units, down 0.7 percent compared with the same period last year.<p>Here's something you don't hear often: Apple's year-over-year iPad sales may have dipped during the first three months of 2014, according to analysts.<p>A bevy of …

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Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More

Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what’s currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning. The new feature will allow you to subscribe to any search topic, plus Hot Searches for any country, or …

Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.<p>In my mind, there is no doubt that data …

LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users

LinkedIn announced this morning that the company now has 300 million registered users worldwide, over half of which come from outside the U.S. Stateside, the site has 100 million members, its says. LinkedIn revealed these and other figures via a company blog post, in addition to laying out its …

Facebook to share ads based on location history with advertisers -- but won't say when

With Nearby Friends, your location history is private to you and only you -- until the social network decides otherwise. Surprised? Don't be. Facebook is in the advertising business.<p>With its brand-new Nearby Friends feature, Facebook is collecting a log of your travels so that it can one day pass …

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How to reduce the number of ads in Gmail

You can’t stop Google from scanning your inbox or serving you ads, but you can opt out of receiving personalized ads in Gmail. And you can eliminate one prominent ad banner altogether.<p>Google updated its terms of service this week to clarify the manner in which software automatically scans and …

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Google under fire from European media tycoon

<b>The boss of one of Europe's largest media companies has strongly criticised Google in an open letter printed in a German newspaper.</b><p>Mathias Dopfner, chief executive of Axel Springer, says his company is afraid of Google and its power.<p>He also asks in the letter, addressed to Google boss Eric Schmidt, …