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Twitter Is Letting More Fit Into 140 Characters

Twitter wants more to fit into a tweet.<br>The San Francisco, Calif.-based company announced on Tuesday it is reducing what counts toward its trademark 140-character tweet limit. Over the coming months, the “@username” in a tweeted reply won’t count toward the limit. Media attachments such as photos, …

UK study quantifies Twitter’s misogyny problem

Online abuse remains the big hairy monster in the room for platforms powered by user-generated content. Twitter especially has had some very sizable and public problems with problem users, taking flak in recent years for being the go-to social media conduit for orchestrated misogynistic campaigns, …

Social Media

Microsoft, Facebook Teaming Up to Build Transatlantic Cable

Microsoft (msft) and Facebook (fb) have agreed to jointly build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing demand for high-speed cloud …

Google wins Oracle copyright fight over Android code

Today, a jury in California's Northern District federal court declared that Google's use of copyright-protected code in Android was fair use, freeing it of any liability. Oracle, which controls the copyright on the code, had been seeking $9 billion for the use of the code.<p>The case centers around an …

Yes, The Pentagon Still Uses Floppy Disks For Nuclear Launches

And they're probably safer than newer technologies<p>A weird and totally true thing about the modern world is that whoever gets to be President of the United States has 7,100 nuclear warheads at their command. Theorized in the 1930s and first built and used in the 1940s, these weapons shape the outer …

Facebook ad preferences: How to find out everything the site knows about you, and trick it into being wrong

It’s possible to find everything that Facebook thinks you’re into – and trick it into getting it wrong.<p>The site makes its money by tracking your …

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Google's testing a change to the way it shows Search results

Google’s well-known for tweaking and testing every aspect of its products, and as Search underpins a huge part of the company’s performance, eking out every single benefit can translate into a huge win for the company.<p>Now, it’s testing a different color font on its Search results page for titles – …

3 Things That The “Used Car Salesman” Can Teach Us About Online Marketing

“Used car salesman” is synonymous for sleazy, pushy, crooked sales. It’s too bad, really. Sure, there may be some dishonest used car salespeople, but …

It looks like Samsung's crazy folding smartphone is actually happening

According to Korean news site ETNews, Samsung will apparently start mass-producing the "smartlet" — as we call it — this year for a 2017 release.<p>What the heck is a smartlet? It's a smartphone with a folding screen that can turn into a tablet when you unfold it.<p>In a call with investors in January, …

How to Create Beautiful Content – 11 Helpful Tools for Bloggers and Marketers

These productivity and copywriting tools can help you take your content marketing to the next levelIn a year in which content will reign supreme, …

Mad Max Fury Road Told In Egyptian Hieroglyphics

Note: Larger version HERE.<p>This is the story of Mad Max: Fury Road told in hieroglyphics, as imagined by artist Takumi. I still haven't seen Fury Road …

Google And Microsoft Want Hotels To Stop Blocking Your Wi-Fi

Re/Code is reporting that the two tech giants are arguing against a proposal by hotel groups including Marriott International to use blocking hardware to prevent their customers using cell phones to create personal Wi-Fi hotspots for their laptops or tablets.<p>Hotel groups don't like people creating …

Google Risks $19 Million in Fines Over Dutch Privacy Demands

Google may have to shell out a pretty penny in The Netherlands if it fails to update its privacy policy by the end of February, reports Bloomberg.<p>The search giant has a little over two months to comply with Dutch data regulators’ demands, which include asking users for their “unambiguous consent”, …

5 Branding Tips for Holiday Marketers From Twitter's Content Expert

Stacy Minero dispenses some advice for building a brand on Twitter.<p>Brand building on Twitter no longer need be a guessing game. Stacy Minero, Head of Content Planning at Twitter, works with companies to grow their businesses. A veteran of Mindshare, Minero has led custom content programs for AmEx, …

Google Street View Now Rides Camel-Back Into the Arabian Desert

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Google's expanding its definition of 'news' by adding Reddit to search results

Seen a few new sources showing up in the "news" section of a Google search lately? It isn't just you. Mountain View is pulling more websites into its news listings now including the likes of Reddit, as spotted by <i>Search Engine Land</i>. Google says that regardless of where it comes from, any content …

‘It’s been way too long': Apple sends out invites for Thursday, October 16th iPad & Mac event

It’s happening: Apple has just announced a keynote address for Thursday, October 16th to take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM …

Microsoft Overhauls MSN Ahead of Big Windows Announcement

Microsoft released a completely redesigned MSN web portal ahead of its scheduled Windows announcement on Tuesday.<p>The company also announced new …

Amazon, not Google, is buying Twitch for $970 million

Twitch is getting bought, but it's not YouTube and Google that are doing the buying. Amazon has agreed to buy the massively popular video game streaming website in an all-cash deal totaling approximately $970 million. The announcement is surprising in light of recent reports that suggested YouTube …

Behold, a CPC attribution model for hotels using Google, TripAdvisor, Facebook and metas

The value of each click on CPC campaigns isn’t necessarily the value that you are paying.<p>Some clicks are worth more than others yet that’s not how …

Russia demands Internet users show ID to access public Wifi

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia further tightened its control of the Internet on Friday, requiring people using public Wifi hotspots provide identification, a policy that prompted anger from bloggers and confusion among telecom operators on how it would work.<p>The decree, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry …

Google tests method of identifying a user’s mobile site usage vs native apps

Adage reports that Google is testing a new method that could track users from mobile sites to the mobile apps they use allowing advertisers to see how much time a single user is spending in a browser vs a native app. Currently advertisers aren’t able to detect how much any individual user is …

Google’s lawyers are having their busiest summer ever

So it’s official. A week after Reuters first broke the story, the Wall Street Journal today confirmed (paywall) that the European Union’s regulators are preparing an antitrust investigation into Google’s Android mobile platform. Investigators are sending out questionnaires, seen by both Reuters and …

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Travel mass marketing is so last season - personalisation is the only way to go

Let’s get personal for a moment. The days of marketing to mass groups are are on their way out.<p>Companies have shifted focus of customer interaction …

Updated analytics and advertising options on Twitter and Facebook

The past few days saw two significant updates for advertisers from Twitter and Facebook, which are relevant to all social media marketers.<p><b>Twitter</b> …

How stories can make your content stand out from the crowd

Hi, I'm Josh. I started a company called Interact that makes interactive quizzes. I write for Yahoo, Salesforce, and Oracle among others, usually …

Marketing

How an online travel guide survived ten years in a fiercely competitive landscape

South East Asia-focused online travel guide Travelfish turned ten this month, a milestone given the numerous blogs and other services which have come …

The ingredients of effective viral marketing

Viral Marketing