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Facebook’s entry in the location-based sweepstakes is coming soon, sources have told CNET. But while CNET says the new feature will integrate existing “check-in” information from other services, it’s likely that Facebook Places will be about far more than just adding location data to status updates. Read more »

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A program called Digital Mirror analyzes your email and calendar to show whom you pay attention to in your social circle, which co-workers you usually ignore, which ones send a lot of “buck passing” emails and even what topics or users cause you to respond negatively. Read more »

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Medialets, a mobile advertising startup that specializes in interactive ads, has closed a Series B financing round of $6 million from its original backers The Foundry Group and DFJ Gotham, along with a series of new venture backers that includes Dave McClure’s new 500 Startups fund. Read more »

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In its IPO filing with regulators, paid-content producer Demand Media raises the possibility that Google could decide to use its knowledge of keyword ad trends to compete with the algorithm-driven content company. Google recently received a patent that relates to generating content based on search results. Read more »

Despite repeated attempts, Google has failed to make much headway in the world of social networking. Now the search giant is said to be working on a social network based around casual gaming, but will doing so give it enough momentum to compete with Facebook? Read more »

Image (3) stock-ostrich.jpg for post 78653, a Washington-based experiment in online hyper-local journalism from Allbritton Communications, creators of the political news site Politico, launched this morning with much fanfare. Whether the new startup’s blend of local reporting and blog aggregation can win it an audience remains to be seen, however. Read more »

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Demand Media, the paid-content company started by MySpace founder Richard Rosenblatt, has filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission that are the first step on the road to an initial public offering of shares that is expected to hit the market later this year. Read more »

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Quora, the question-and-answer startup founded by two former Facebook employees, has opened its database up to search engines today. Facebook, however, prefers to keep the information from its recently launched Facebook Questions service to itself, saying it has no plans to be indexed by search engines. Read more »

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Hunch, the hot startup from Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and angel investor Chris Dixon, has redesigned the service to focus on recommending products such as magazines and books, rather than answering questions about specific topics. But the new focus could put it squarely in Facebook’s sights. Read more »

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Plenty of observers have been happily gloating about the failure of Google Wave, the real-time collaboration tool that the company has said it is shutting down due to lack of interest. But shouldn’t we be celebrating the fact that Google is willing to try new things? Read more »

Just over a year after launching it at the company’s developer conference, Google has decided to shut down Wave, the real-time collaboration tool that was designed to be a cross between instant messaging, group chat and email, saying it failed to gain enough support from users. Read more »

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After warning analysts its financial results for the latest quarter would be disappointing, AOL still managed to underperform, thanks in part to a massive writedown on the value of Bebo, the European social network it unloaded earlier this year. Advertising revenue at the company also plummeted. Read more »

Image (1) bees.jpg for post 76049 has closed a $1.4-million financing round that it plans to use to take its open-source microblogging software into the enterprise market. The funding came from a group led by New York venture fund FirstMark Capital, and FirstMark partner Scott Switzer will join the company’s board. Read more »

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Reports of a Google blockage in China led to a storm of media coverage, but the reports turned out to be wrong. Does that mean the rush to report such events is misplaced? Not at all. Real-time news is a process, not a finished product. Read more »

There’s been plenty of debate about whether small VCs are better than large ones, but angel investor Dave McClure says that the big problem isn’t size. He argues that most VCs, big or small, are simply approaching the consumer Internet market in completely the wrong way. Read more »

The most interesting thing about WikiLeaks and its release of 90,000 secret Afghan documents earlier this week isn’t the details of the U.S.-backed war in Afghanistan — it’s what the incident says about the evolution of a truly distributed and Internet-enabled new media ecosystem. Read more »

Russian investment fund Digital Sky Technologies is expected to go public sometime next year, according to reports. The company owns stakes in several of the hottest Internet companies around, including Facebook, social-game maker Zynga and group-buying site Groupon, as well as several leading Russian Internet companies. Read more »

Social-game maker Zynga has signed a joint-venture deal with venture fund Softbank Capital to bring its casual-gaming services to Japan, and Softbank has also invested $150 million in the company, whose Farmville and Mafia Wars games are among the most popular on Facebook. Read more »

All startups want to find the magic recipe for achieving Facebook scale, but former Twitter engineer Alex Payne says it doesn’t exist. And focusing on speed can not only send you in the wrong direction, but leave you high and dry when you need it most. Read more »

The Wall Street Journal has added fuel to recent reports that Google is working on a gaming-based social network as a way of competing with Facebook, saying unnamed sources have confirmed to the newspaper that Google is working with several game developers, including market leader Zynga. Read more »

Amazon has launched a new feature that connects users to their Facebook profiles, and then makes product suggestions based on their “likes” and other activity. But the online retailer also stresses that it will not share any of the data it has about users with Facebook. Read more »

According to a recent survey, fewer than 5 percent of U.S. online users have ever used a location-based application such as Foursquare on a mobile device. And almost 85 percent of those who responded to the survey said that they were not familiar with location-based services. Read more »

The number of Americans who say that newspapers are an important source of information continues to decline, according to a new survey. Only 56 percent of those surveyed agreed, compared with 68 percent who chose television and 78 percent who chose the Internet. Read more »

Anyone who has tried to track dozens of Twitter streams or hundreds of Facebook updates simultaneously knows the social web can be an intimidating ocean of information. A startup called Swift River is trying to find ways of filtering and understanding that ocean in real time. Read more »

Flipboard, a new content-browsing app for the iPad, raises many of the same thorny copyright issues that Google has been dealing with for years on Google News and Google Books. Is it a value-added service that content publishers should be thankful for, or a copyright-infringing parasite? Read more »

Chris Dixon, co-founder of, says there is more than just one kind of social graph — he argues there are actually half a dozen different graphs, relating to things such as location and recommendations. But one thing is clear: Facebook wants to own them all. Read more »

PayPal continues to be the primary engine of growth within eBay, judging by the online retailer’s latest quarterly results, and the company’s CEO says that within the next few years, the online and mobile payment business could be larger than eBay’s core online marketplace business. Read more »

Hi5, a former up-and-coming social network that shifted focus last year and is now trying to become a social-gaming hub, has launched a portal for game developers, and president Alex St. John says that the company is prepared to take on Facebook in a head-to-head battle. Read more »

Facebook now has over 500 million registered users, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced in a blog post today, more than three times as many as it had in January 2009. Along the way, the company has faced privacy critics as well as unflattering stories about its co-founder. Read more »

The media industry may be in upheaval as a result of the web, but having the government step in isn’t the right response, Google has told the Federal Trade Commission. The search company’s comments are a response to the FTC’s proposed policy changes to support journalism Read more »

Jive Software has raised a $30-million round of financing from legendary Silicon Valley venture capital funds Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Sequoia Capital, which the company says will help it take the concepts of social media and Web 2.0 and integrate them into the enterprise. Read more »

BranchOut wants to bring LinkedIn-style business networking to Facebook using an application that pulls information from your friends’ profiles about what companies they work for, along with any other business-related details. Should LinkedIn be afraid of this new competitor? Yes and no. Read more »

A new survey has ranked Facebook lower than both the airline industry and the cable television business when it comes to customer satisfaction. ForeSee Results said that Facebook got the second-lowest score out of more than 200 companies in the survey, just ahead of MySpace. Read more »

Estimates are that a paywall at the Times of London has led to a drop of 65 percent in online readership. But owner Rupert Murdoch may not care, because the wall is as much about keeping existing print readers in as keeping new web readers out. Read more »

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