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At least one senior technologist thinks that Amazon removing WikiLeaks from its servers could raise red flags about the utility of cloud computing, while programmer and open-web advocate Dave Winer believes the incident reinforces the need for an open cloud host to protect our content. Read more »

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When it comes to live-blogging news events, plenty of bloggers and journalism outlets use their own in-house tools — but more and more news organizations are turning to all-in-one, cloud-based solutions such as ScribbleLive, which wants to become a fully fledged content-management system for journalists. Read more »

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Analytics service Trendrr today launched a new version of its social-media dashboard that incorporates location along with the usual Twitter tracking. The service pulls in data from Foursquare and Gowalla, as well as aggregating “like” activity via Facebook’s open-graph protocol and reputation scores via Klout. Read more »

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LinkedIn today launched a new feature for college students at over 60 universities that it calls “Career Explorer,” which will allow students to explore different career paths based on their school, their level of education, and the industry they hope to join when they graduate. Read more »

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Rypple, which wants to free the enterprise world from “HR software that sucks,” has closed a $7-million funding round from Bridgescale Partners that the two-year-old startup says it plans to use to expand its new San Francisco office and ramp up its word-of-mouth marketing. Read more »

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Although the number of people who are using social networking services and engaging with social media continues to climb, the number who describe themselves as “creators” of content — those who publish their own blogs, upload videos, and so on — is falling, new research shows. Read more »

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Forbes magazine has been talking with major advertisers about giving them blogs on the magazine’s website that would blend their marketing message in with Forbes’s editorial content, but blurring the line between advertising and journalism is a hugely risky bet for the business publication to make. Read more »

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As part of the company’s continuing attempts to move beyond the “check-in,” Foursquare has announced a partnership with the app RunKeeper that allows users to win badges based on a range of achievements, and Foursquare’s CEO says the company is also testing a recommendation service. Read more »

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LinkedIn has agreed to acquire ChoiceVendor, a startup that allows companies to rate and review business-to-business service providers. The acquisition appears to be designed to improve LinkedIn’s ability to offer recommendations and other social features to its members and the companies that use the social network. Read more »

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So you want to “crowdfund” a project? How much should you ask people for? What kind of time frame should you be looking at? Kickstarter, a crowdfunding startup aimed at creative professionals, recently went through data on its successful projects and came up with some recommendations. Read more »

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Many different services are going after the location market, but Locationary founder Grant Ritchie says much of the information in the databases they use is flawed or inaccurate, and none of the services talk to each other. His company rewards users for providing updated location information. Read more »

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Do you know what kind of information your Twitter apps are collecting? According to Mike Champion, VP of engineering at app directory Oneforty, the way that Twitter handles user permissions means that you could be giving those apps access to plenty — including your private messages. Read more »

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Twitter needs to become more decentralized and open, says the company’s former chief engineer, or it will wither and die like other “walled garden” approaches to the web. Alex Payne says he recommended that Twitter become a more open platform, but senior executives decided against it. Read more »

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The creators of a software project called Haystack claimed their software would allow Iranian dissidents to surf the web anonymously by encrypting their activity and hiding it among other web traffic, but the project has been shut down after security analysts said these claims were false. Read more »

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Primal, which launched at the DEMO conference today, thinks its content-publication service has something extra: Its semantic tools allow publishers to create an entire site of inter-related webpages around a topic automatically. Unfortunately, this could be very useful for spammers as well as regular content publishers. Read more »

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The woes of the traditional media industry have fuelled concerns that traditional offline news sources are being replaced by online sources. But a new study by the Pew Center has found that online news consumption has actually increased as more people go online for their news. Read more »

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Hewlett-Packard has agreed to buy security software maker ArcSightfor $1.5 billion in cash, as the computer giant tries to expand the range of services it offers corporate clients. ArcSight’s software is used by companies and governments to track and identify suspicious activity on corporate networks. Read more »

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DataSphere Technologies, which has developed a hyper-local news and advertising software platform for content publishers, today announced that it has closed a $10-million Series C financing round led by OVP Venture Partners and will be using the funds to expand its operations into more local communities. Read more »

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Kno, a California-based startup that plans to launch a two-screen “digital textbook” later this year, today announced that it has raised a $46-million financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital also participating in the debt and equity funding. Read more »

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