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Amazon today launched a major update to its iOS Kindle apps. While the iPhone and iPod touch apps gets some interesting new features, though, the most important updates are for iPad owners. iPad owners now get access to an updated magazine experience that is also available on Amazon's own Kindle Fire tablet. In total, Amazon offers 400 of these...

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Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox browser, is a non-profit organization and that status allows it to run experiments that a for-profit organization couldn't quite justify to its shareholders. It still has to make money, though, and the majority of the organization's income (84%) comes from a revenue-sharing partnership with Google. This cooperation ended in November, though. Given...

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There is no other television event in the U.S. that commands as much attention and viewership as the annual Super Bowl. Last year's event attracted 111 million viewers. NBC and the National Football League (NFL) today announced that the next edition of the pro football season's championship game will be the first one that will be "streamed online and...

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We'll leave it up to the cultural anthropologists of the future to unravel the significance of the fact that Rebecca Black's "Friday" was the most watched video on YouTube in 2011. Just a brief look at the basic statistics of YouTube's viewership this year, however, clearly shows how much of a force Google's video sharing site has become. According...

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A few years ago, Google teamed up with a number of airports in the U.S. to provide travelers with free WiFi during the holidays. This year, it's Skype's turn to make a similar offer. From December 21st thru December 27th, Skype (and, by extension, Microsoft), will offer free access to third-party WiFi hotspots through its Skype WiFi program in over...

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The Google+ is ending the year with a massive number of updates and new features. Besides giving users greater control over what appears in their main stream, the Google+ team also launched support for multiple administrators for Google+ Pages and more useful notifications that provide users with what Google calls "sneak peaks" at updates from your stream. In addition,...

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Google puts a lot of work into the ever-changing logos it puts on its homepages around the world to commemorate historical events, holidays and the birthdays of people like Jim Henson, Cezanne or Thomas Edison. Indeed, there is a whole team at Google that focuses on nothing else but creating these so-called doodles and - at an increasing rate...

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Google today announced that its crawler for mobile sites, Googlebot-Mobile, can now detect smartphone-optimized content. The idea here is to ensure that Google's mobile search can now direct searchers immediately to the smartphone-optimized version of a website. Typically, these sites redirect users to their smartphone sites when they detect a mobile browser. This introduces a slight amount of latency...

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Facebook today rolled out its new Timeline feature, the highly visual replacement for its previous profile pages, to all of its user worldwide. For the first seven days after they activate this feature, users will be able to make changes to their timelines (hide stories, promote others etc.) before others can see their new profile pages. Typically, Facebook's users...

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For quite a while now, SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service, has sat quietly at the center of the company's Windows Live online services and Windows Phone. Now, however, the company is quickly launching new features for the services. Earlier this week, SkyDrive received a number of major updates, including sharing features for Office documents, an HTML5 uploader and better...

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In what is becoming an annual ritual, Google today announced that it is extending its free calls promotion for Google Talk through 2012. Thanks to this, Google's users can make free calls from Gmail within the U.S. and Canada for another year. After launching calling in Gmail in August 2010, Google first said these calls would be free for the...

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Fotopedia has made a name for itself as one of the premier iOS publishers for photo-based books on iOS. Founded by Jean-Marie Hullot, the former CTO of NeXT and Apple’s Applications Division, the company has now seen over 5 million downloads of its free and paid apps. Today, Fotopedia is launching its newest app, Wild Friends, in cooperation with Wild...

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AdBlock Plus, the popular ad-blocking plugin for Firefox and Chrome, will soon stop blocking “non-intrusive” ads by default. AdBlock Plus, of course, became as popular as it is today because it scrubbed websites from intrusive, loud ads and pop-ups that can make surfing the web such a hassle if you mistakenly end up on the wrong site. According to...

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At LeWeb this afternoon, TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis and Menlo Ventures Shervin Pishevar were joined by Napster co-founder, Facebook founding president and Spotify investor Sean Parker for a keynote interview. Starting out, Parker noted that he doesn't consider himself to be an investor. He wants to be considered an entrepreneur who has a fund, but he doesn't want people to just consider him to...

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Spotify founder Daniel Ek joined LeWeb founder and host Loic Le Meur on stage in Paris earlier today to talk about the state of Spotify. The discussion focused on a wide range of topics, ranging from Spotify's new platform, the company's relationship with Facebook and why it took the company so long to launch in the United States. Spotify...