Google sprinkles search results with social networking, but leaves out Facebook

February 17, 2011

GOOGSocSearch1Google is turning up the volume on social networking content within its Internet search results.

Sports Illustrated unveils another digital app subscription plan

February 11, 2011

sports illustratedTime Inc’s Sports Illustrated unveiled the details of another subscription plan for the Samsung Galaxy tablet computer and Android based smartphones — the print version of its  parent Time Warner Inc’s “TV everywhere” idea currently touted by Chief Executive Jeffrey Bewkes.  Like TV Everywhere, magazines everywhere charges one price for access to content across print and digital platforms.

HP’s TouchPad: an Apple iPad killer?

February 9, 2011

The Palm TouchPad is shown on a screen during a media presentation at the Herbst Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, February 9, 2011.REUTERS/Beck Deifenbach

HP unveiled its touchscreen entrant in the tablet race to try to steal momentum from Apple Inc’s popular iPad. The “TouchPad” will be available this summer — but there was no word, yet, on how much it will cost.

Motorola Atrix: works well on Wi-Fi

February 9, 2011

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Motorola Atrix is an Android phone that runs on AT&T’s network. The phone itself is a powerful device, the first U.S. smartphone to run on a dual-core processor. It can also be paired with an unusual accessory called a laptop dock – it’s like a laptop in appearance but doesn’t work unless the Atrix is attached.

Online customer service reviews get personal with Tello

February 9, 2011

Remember the flight attendant who imperiously cut you off after the second cocktail on your trans-Atlantic flight? Or how about that tech-support guy who heroically spent hours on the phone with you and solved the mysterious problem plaguing your PC?

The Daily, news by the numbers

February 7, 2011

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By John Abell
The opinions expressed are his own.

It isn’t every day that a new “mainstream” news publication launches, so hurrah for News Corp and deep pockets and experimentation. The Daily is not only a new brand, but a brand new approach to publishing, tied to a specific device — just as ink + newsprint equalled a newspaper. The really radical notion is that people are going to have to pay to get it, making content the deciding factor over style, speed and even convenience.

TodayInMusic: Rdio gets $17.5 mln funding, Warner exec on board

February 3, 2011

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Rdio, the social media music service backed by the founders of KaZaa and Skype, has raised another $17.5 million in its latest round of funding.

AP to spin out its News Registry

February 3, 2011

Tom Curley APThe Associated Press is planning to spin off its registry that tracks and licenses digital text as a stand-alone entity.

Friending you soon on Facebook: Your insurance agent

February 3, 2011

Corporate America has gradually warmed up to social networking this past year, as companies have discovered the benefits of advertising on popular online services like Facebook.

Social networking’s next frontier: the Boob Tube

January 31, 2011

IntoNowScreenYou already tell your friends which bars and restaurants you’re hanging out at, thanks to social networking tools like Facebook Places and Foursquare.