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Tech new aggregator Techmeme just gave it self a major makeover. While the site's utility was always (relatively) undisputed, it never won any design awards. As the site's founder Gabe Rivera notes in his announcement, this redesign is mean to make the site look "less cluttered and encumbered." Where did the Underlined Links Go? Among other things, the new site does away...

Google just launched a major update for Google Earth. The program now offers one seamless image of the globe instead of a patchwork of separate images that made the Earth look a bit like a quilt in earlier versions. Google has changed the way it renders the imagery in Google Earth to ensure that the Earth now appears as...

Google+ is now available for teenagers. Unlike some of its competitors, Google always insisted that the users of its social network were 18 or older, Today, however, the company lifted these restrictions and teenagers (13+) can now sign up for accounts as well. To support this change, Google also introduced a number of new safety features that are meant...

McDonald's has been an active but somewhat timid participant on many social media platforms for a long time. For the most part,  but lately, the company's efforts, especially on Twitter, have been quite a disaster. What's even more astonishing is that the company's social media team doesn't seem to be learning from its earlier mistakes. Earlier this week, McDonald's used...

Google's Chromebooks aren't getting any major traction with consumers, it seems, but they are getting rather popular in schools. Today, during the annual FETC ed-tech conference in Orlando, Google announced that "hundreds of schools in 41 states across the U.S. are using one or more classroom sets of Chromebooks today." Many of these have decided to buy one Chromebook...

Google's integration of Google+ results hasn't exactly received the thunderous applause Google probably expected. Chances are, however, it's here to stay, though that doesn't mean some enterprising developers aren't trying to come up with alternatives. With the "don't be evil" tool, even Google's own competitors have now launched a bookmarklet that brings social results from Twitter and Facebook back...

It seems like most of the news coming out of Google these days is somewhat controversial, but here is a nice little piece of good news out of Mountain View: you can now easily download an archive of your documents in Google Docs with just a few clicks. Docs, Google announced today, is now part of the Google Takeout...

Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution, has been experimenting with a number of interface designs lately. Today, the project's founder Mark Shuttleworth announced that the next major version of Ubuntu, 12.04 LTS, will feature a replacement for the menu bar. This "Head-Up Display" (HUD) is more akin to well-known Mac utilities like QuickSilver and Alfred. The idea here is to...

If you are a decent sized online publisher, chances are, you are spending a lot of time in you analytics software. Sadly, though, most of the standard analytics packages like Google Analytics aren’t so much meant to give publishers a bird-eye view of how their site is doing. Instead, they often feel like they were designed more for marketers...

Ever since it launched, Google+ has been criticized for strictly enforcing a real name policy. You couldn't just use your gamer tag or other name you would use to signify your online or offline identity. Instead, you had to use your real name to use the service (though you could obviously just make one up of you felt like...

Google measures the popularity of YouTube by how many hours of video its users upload per minute. In 2007, that number was six hours per minute. By 2010, it was closer to 24 hours and that number had doubled to 48 hours by May 2011. Today, Google announced that the amount of video uploaded to YouTube increased by 30 % over...

Remember the Stanford Artificial Intelligence class that made quite a few waves on the Internet last year when the professor decided to let virtually anyone who was interested participate online? Sebastian Thrun, who specializes in robotics and machine learning, taught that class to close to 160,000 students. Now, however, he has decided to leave Stanford and start Udacity, a...

Google's spring cleaning campaign continues. The company just announced the closure of a number of products, including the popular Picnik online photo editor which, until recently, was integrated into Yahoo's Flickr, for example. Google is also shutting down a number of underutilized services like the Google Message Continuity email backup service for enterprise customers, its Social Graph API and...

Microsoft introduced a new campaign for Bing earlier this morning that features a new slogan for the company's search engine. Until now, Microsoft referred to Bing as a "decision engine." Now, however, the new slogan seems to be that "Bing is for Doing." To highlight this message, Microsoft recorded a inspirational new ad that features American snowboarder Kevin Pearce,...

I've been following the heated discussion around the license agreement for Apple's new iBooks Author tool that lets budding publishers create their own iBooks for Apple iBookstore. Apple basically says that if you create an eBook for the iBookstore with the app, you can't take the iBook file you created with the tool (or the PDF file, for that matter)...