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Yahoo Japan switches to Google
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Yahoo Japan switches to Google

Yahoo has used Bing.com’s search results for some time, but this is about to change in at least one country. Yahoo Japan announced today that it has signed a deal to use Google instead of Bing. Daniel Alegre, vice president of Google’s Asia Pacific and Japan operations, stated: Yahoo Japan will use Google search results […]

Hosting Company Shuts Down Blogging Service
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Hosting Company Shuts Down Blogging Service

The incident apparently began with the FBI monitoring certain web blogs for terrorist activity. Al-Qaeda is known to operate and spread their communication through the Internet, but the odd part about this shut down is that it was a community web service with many users. The blogging service, Blogetery, reportedly hosted over 70,000 blogs, and […]

Facebooks hits 500 million users
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Facebooks hits 500 million users

According to PC World, social networking site Facebook now has half a billion users. To put in perspective, only China and India have more people than Facebook has users. Statistics posted by the news site reveal that 35.4% of North Americans and 17% of Europeans log onto Facebook every month. In Oceania, this figure is […]

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Twitter to open Utah data center later this year

To help keep up with ever-increasing traffic, Twitter is set to open up a new custom-built data center in Utah later this year. Considering 300,000 new Twitter users log on every day, the site desperately needs to expand its capacity. The data center is being built especially for Twitter’s needs. The site currently leases data […]

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Is Yahoo going to buy bit.ly?

According to inside sources, search giant Yahoo is considering purchasing the bit.ly. Although several other companies are also rumoured to be in talks with the URL shortener, Yahoo seems to be the most serious contender. Purchasing bit.ly would help Yahoo better compete in the social media world. Some Internet marketing experts believe that the service […]

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World Cup Final was most-Tweeted event ever

Twitter announced yesterday that World Cup Final on July 11 marked the highest period of activity in the site’s history. During the last fifteen minutes of the match, Twitter users sent out more than 2,000 Tweets per second. This number jumped to 3,051 when Spain scored its winning goal. The Tweets came from 172 countries […]

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Microsoft, Dell, HP, Fujitsu Team Up to Sell Cloud Servers

Microsoft has formed an alliance with Dell, HP, and Fujitsu to sell pre-configured Microsoft Azure-powered cloud servers. By pre-configured, they mean that the servers should be ready to go without any further configuration required. As such, they call them “appliances” rather than servers. These appliances will allow companies to take advantage of the “private cloud”, […]

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Chinese government renews Google's license

Google announced today that the Chinese government has renewed its license to operate as an Internet content provider, meaning that the search engine will continue to operate in China. Earlier this year, Google strongly considered leaving the country due to its strict Internet censorship, and began redirecting Chinese users to its uncensored Hong Kong site. […]

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Bing market share up by 7%

According to a report by Experian Hitwise, the market share of Microsoft’s Bing search engine increased by 7% in June. Meanwhile, Google saw a drop in market share of -1%. Bing’s May market share was 9.23%. With the 7% increase, its new market share for June was 9.85%. Google’s market share only decreased from 72.17% […]

Twitter has 99.1% uptime for June
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Twitter has 99.1% uptime for June

According to uptime service monitor Pingdom, social networking site Twitter had a June uptime figure of 99.17%. Although this sounds high, it is actually low by industry standards, especially for a large site like Twitter with so many resources at its disposal. The 0.83% downtime figure equates to 5 hours and 43 minutes of lost […]

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