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Talk on Twitter corresponds to higher TV ratings

A new Nielsen study shows a correlation between people tweeting about a certain TV show and an increase in that show’s ratings.  (Credit: Nielsen) This is a classic “which came first, the chicken or the egg” scenario: more talk on Twitter and higher TV ratings, or is it quality TV and more talk on Twitter? […]

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Twitter turns seven, releases greatest-hits video

On its seventh birthday, the social networking giant is celebrating having surpassed 200 million active users and 400 million daily tweets. Plus a long list of other accomplishments. Twitter turns seven today, and to commemorate its birthday, the social networking service has released a video that highlights its many accomplishments, including surpassing 200 million active […]

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Schmidt: Chrome, Android to stay separate, but may overlap

Google’s executive chairman also says that rumors he might be leaving the company are “completely false.” Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of engineering in charge of Chrome, the Google Apps, and now Android. (Credit: Seth Rosenblatt/CNET) Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Android and Chrome will stay separate, according to a new report. Speaking […]

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Google kills Frommer’s print travel guides

The search giant ends production of the printed versions of the popular travel books.  (Credit: Frommer Travel Guide) Frommer’s, the popular travel guidebook series, will no longer be available in print, according to a report today from travel news site Skift. Google, which bought the series in August, has stopped the publication of the print […]

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Bing tries to get its social on, again

The search engine adds social media shortcuts to its people search results.  (Credit: Screenshot by Donna Tam/CNET) Bing is drumming up some interest for its Snapshot feature by adding social media shortcuts into search results. When you search for people in Bing it brings up their Wikipedia entry — or, if they don’t have an […]

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Torrent site IsoHunt loses appeal against MPAA filters

A federal appeals court’s ruling means that search filters — based on keywords supplied by the MPAA’s member studios — must remain in place if the site is to stay online.  (Credit: Screenshot by Charlie Osborne/CNET) Torrent search site IsoHunt has lost its appeal against Hollywood movie studios to have keyword filters removed from its […]

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Mailbox e-mail app signs up 1 million users

The new e-mail app now has a million users on board and a new update that lets you shake your phone to undo your last action. Mailbox lets you swipe a message to archive it.  (Credit: Screenshot by Lynn La/CNET) Dropbox’s Mailbox app for iOS has just picked up its 1 millionth user. The free […]

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jQuery Custom Content Scroller Does Away With Ugly Scrollbars

Scrollable elements in websites are not everywhere, but they are not seldom either. What makes designers avoid them, if possible, is their layout-breaking ugliness. Standard-scrollbars are pushed in according to your browser’s unchangeable preference. Some guy in Redmond or Mountain View decides how scrollbars are presented. With the jQuery plugin Custom Content Scroller we need […]

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Google’s Spring Cleaning and Other News You Need to Know

Stan Schroeder Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. Google started its spring cleaning a few days early by removing its Google Chrome RSS extension from the Chrome […]