The Buzz

with Josh O'Connell

Facebook Credits sales expand to Target.

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Following hot on the heels of the beta for PayNearMe, Target has announced it will sell prepaid cards that can be used to redeem for Facebook Credits. By claiming they’re the first store to let you buy Facebook Credits, that’s disingenuous, as I tested PayNearMe’s service a couple of weeks ago after I wrote about […] [Read More]
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Hulu Plus exclusives the exception, not the rule.

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I recently pointed to a sampling that showed the difference in content between Hulu and Hulu Plus, but it turns out the examples were a bit too selective. A more broad study shows that, at this early stage, 88 percent of the content on Hulu Plus is available on the free Hulu.com. To be fair, […] [Read More]
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Google launches weekly search trends video.

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Do you like using Google to search? How about their YouTube product for watching videos? Then I bet you’ll love watching a video about Google searches, right? Well, maybe not. Google’s dabbling into the content creation game by launching a 90-second weekly video called Google Beat, hosted by a member of their PR department who […] [Read More]
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Blockbuster may file for bankruptcy next month.

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In an effort to try to right the rental ship, Blockbuster may file for bankruptcy next month. Hopefully this strategy works better than it did for Movie Gallery, who spent years restructuring, only to ultimately liquidate. Blockbuster anticipates closing at least 500 of its more than 3,000 stores as part of the restructuring, after already […] [Read More]
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Digg’s new version hits snags, introduces ‘fail ox.’

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Digg finally unwrapped its new iteration, version 4, to the masses, but it wasn’t without hitches. Some bugs, combined with heavier than normal traffic, caused the site to struggle with the initial load. It seems to be doing better now, but for awhile, some users came across the “Fail Ox.” Playing off the famous “Fail […] [Read More]
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Netflix streaming now on iPhone.

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Hey iPhone users, if you have a Netflix subscription and some downtime, you can rejoice: you can now access the Netflix streaming catalog on your iPhone. Previously, only iPad users had that luxury. The app is free, but requires a subscription of $8.99 a month or higher (same as the requirement for streaming on other […] [Read More]
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Infographic: How Google acquired its ancillary empire.

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Google is most famous for two in-house products, its search and AdSense products, but they’ve acquired a lot of talent and technology along the way to both bolster those two core products, but add a lot of other possibilities along the way. In fact, the sheer volume of them makes it easy to forget just […] [Read More]
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Google’s real-time search experiment.

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Search engines are great for finding out data, but they can lag when breaking news happens. After all, they have to index data before they can actually provide results to it. Google has released its attempt into the wild, an area that other search engines, like Bing, have been dabbling in for awhile, and even […] [Read More]
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