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December 19, 2012

December 19, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Up-and-coming social network Google+ will soon be integrated with Google’s blogging platform, Blogger, according to a message now appearing in the “Edit User Profile” section of Blogger’s Settings.

The message reads “Connect Blogger to Google+ : Use your Google profile and get access to upcoming Google+ features on Blogger,” and includes links to “Learn more” and “Get Started.” Unfortunately, the links are dead-ends right now, so we don’t yet know what type of integration is being planned.

The “Learn More” link is currently dumping to this “page not found” message in Blogger’s Help Center, while the “Get Started” link simply redirects logged-in users to their Blogger Dashboard.

The message was spotted first Alex Chitu of the unofficial Google news source, Google Operating System. Chitu says it’s obvious that Blogger profiles will be discontinued and replaced by Google Profiles – the profiles which…

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December 19, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

If you’re using Blogger for your daily personal or business writings, you might be happy to know that it has gotten a bit more of the Google+ social treatment. You can now mention anyone on Google+ within your post, and they’ll see it as a notification. It’s a good way to get people’s attention, also a good way to provide context to your content.

We haven’t heard much about Google’s blogging platform since its redesign in March of last year, sadly. This is the platform that Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter, sold to Google in 2003. Here’s what Blogger’s Malte Ubl had to say about the update:

Now you can add a link to a Google+ profile or page when you want to mention someone in a post. If you then share your post from Blogger to Google+, we make it easier to notify your mentions by including them in…

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December 19, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Kleiner Perkins-backed Cooliris is taking the next step in international expansion today with the launch of a localized version of its photo-browsing app in China. To give Chinese adoption an extra boost, it has also partnered with Renren, the social network that’s often called the Facebook of China.

Chinese growth has been a priority for the company, said Sebastian Blum, the company’s vice president of international development. Cooliris was already available in China, but the combination of the localized app and the Renren partnership should definitely accelerate things. Through this deal, Renren has now been integrated into the Cooliris app, and it will also be cross-promoting the app to its audience.

This is the first time Cooliris has announced this kind of deal, but CEO Soujanya Bhumkar said that this seems to be “a good model” for global growth. Not that Cooliris is doing too badly on the international front…

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December 19, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The real world: Quit, verb, to leave (a place), usually permanently.

The internet: Quit, verb, to threaten to leave as loudly as possible, usually over something stupid, then do nothing.

Some days I feel like the blogosphere is full of paranoid attention whores. Other days, I’m sure of it. Today is one of those days.

Seriously — what the fuck happened this morning?

What started last night as a few people wondering about some (maybe) questionable wording in Instagram’s terms of service turned into full-on rage tweeting this morning. Every other tweet in my stream was someone suggesting that they were quitting the service. The clear implication was that Facebook had succeeded in whispering poison words into Instagram’s ear.

“How dare they do this?!” “Do what?” “THIS!” “AHHHHHHH!!!”

I did what any rational person would do: I started makingfun of those people. But it didn’t stop. It…

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December 19, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:


Microsoft got an official Christmas present from the big man himself. No, not Santa–Uncle Sam. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has delightfully perpetuated the myth of a flying present-giver on Christmas Eve since the 1950’s by ‘tracking’ Santa, decided to ditch its 5-year-old partnership with Google Maps in favor of Bing. “Google supported NTS [NORAD Tracks Santa] from 2007-2011 and helped increase NTS program awareness across the globe; NORAD is grateful for the partnership and the resulting success. This year, NTS and Google mutually agreed to go in new directions,” an NORAD spokesman told Search Engine Land.

The abrupt change is a little perplexing, especially since Google eclipses Microsoft on most meaningful measures. Even after Apple’s disastrous iPhone 5 maps fiasco led the company to recommend alternative apps, such as Bing, Google still made worldwide headlines when it released the long-awaited maps app last week. Google-starved Apple…

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December 19, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Yahoo China announced today that it will bid farewell to its Chinese music service on January 20. A statement posted on the Web site in Chinese says: “Thank you for your continued support of Yahoo services. Due to an adjustment in our product strategy, we have decided to take Yahoo Music offline on January 20, 2013, when the service will no longer be available.”

Yahoo’s announcement is the latest by a foreign Internet company rolling back its roster of products available in China. Last week, Google announced the closure of its shopping service in that country, two months after closing its Music Search in China after losing its battle with Baidu, which recently signed a licensing deal that gives it access to Universal, Warner and Sony BMG’s music catalogs. Yahoo, however, is partnered with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which operates Yahoo China.

The Sunnyvale-based company owns a 23 percent stake…

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