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What We’re Reading – August 5

Searching for a deal Having trouble sifting through all those deals? Finding a local deal might get a little easier – Google just bought The Dealmap. I think that might be really handy as a mash-up with their new Hotel Finder. Charging for check-ins Foursquare may soon start charging merchants promoting specials and deals on the social location-based service. No word yet on pricing structure, etc. When do you believe? Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute say that a tipping point…

What We’re Reading – July 29

Google link removal requests Turns out Google had made it a little too easy to request link removals through Webmaster Tools, and you could briefly request the temporary removal of any page in the index. (That’s been fixed now – you can only remove pages on domains you control.) Video sharing sites According to a recent report by the Pew Internet Project, 71% of online adults use video sharing sites. If you’re looking for the best way to engage your…

What We’re Reading – July 22

Typos kill conversion rates Search Engine Watch reports that people trust websites more if they are spelled correctly, so a little proofreading can go a long way to boost your sales Social media background checks Last week we mentioned that a Gizmodo writer failed a social media background check and blogged about it. Now the New York Times writes about social intelligence – the firm that provides such reports. Google “girl power” Google sponsored their first international science fair with…

What We’re Reading – July 15

More Google changes Over the next few weeks Gmail will be adding options for how you see your inbox according to the Gmail blog. You’ll be able to choose from classic, the recently rolled out Priority inbox, putting anything marked as important first, unread first, or starred first. Let us know when you see these new options. If you use Picasa or Blogger get used to saying Google Photos and Google Blogs instead – name changes are coming, according to…

What We’re Reading – July 8

See your friends! (not really) Facebook now offers video chat, though as one commenter said on Twitter, I’m friends with people on Facebook so I don’t have to see them.” See the new video chat demonstrated by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Twitter town hall President Obama held a town hall meeting on Twitter to address concerns and answer questions. Kids predict the future of the Internet Scientists ask kids to draw what they would like the Internet or their computers…

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