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Author: Ian Paul, PC World Kumo, next week at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things D conference. Ballmer is one of the featured speakers at the conference, which runs from May 26-28 in Carlsbad, California. News that Ballmer could unveil Kumo during the conference broke late yesterday on the All Things D blog and in today’s The Wall Street Journal. Microsoft has officially declined to comment on a Kumo debut, but the fact that the conference sponsors are scooping news on their own event suggests this rumor is either a publicity stunt or true. All Things D will release…

Source: Ajay & John (Reuters) (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is likely to show a new version of its Internet search engine publicly for the first time next week, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The software giant has been testing a new version of the service internally under the name of Kumo.com and it may become part of the firm’s attempt to catch up with Internet search leaders Google Inc and Yahoo Inc. Microsoft has hired JWT, a unit of WPP Plc, to develop an advertising campaign for the product, the paper said, citing people…

Author: David Needle (Internet News) Yahoo picked the first anniversary of its launch of SearchMonkey to update the public on its progress on several key fronts, including improvements to mobile and image-related results. SearchMonkey gives site owners a structured way to expose key data to Yahoo’s search engine, so, for example, a restaurant’s menu or location would have a better chance of showing up in a relevant search. A Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) user searching for Chinese food would get the specific name and address of a relevant, local restaurant and ratings among the top results. The idea is to get…

Author: Ian Paul (PC World) Google has apologized for yesterday’s service outage that left 14 percent of its user base without Google’s wide variety of online services for a few hours. Google said in a blog post the outage came down to a simple traffic jam at an Asian data center. The search giant described the situation by using the analogy of a large number of airplanes being rerouted through one airport that was not equipped for a massive influx of traffic. But in Google’s case, it wasn’t airplanes looking for a place to land; it was cloud-based data trying to stay up in the…

Author: Rick Sloboda (Smashing Mag) Branding experts hit the nail on the head when they say that a winning brand conveys why you are your prospects’ only solution. If you can’t achieve that, you should at least convey why you are your prospects’ best solution. Of course, the same logic applies to your clients. So make a compelling claim about your business, product or service, and back it up. Are you the biggest or most popular provider of your type of product? Do you provide the widest selection of services? Do you leverage strategic partnerships? Create patented technology? Offer convenient…

Source/Author: Ben Parr (Mashable) This week, we were witnesses to Twitter largest user revolt #fixreplies. When options for @replies were taken away, we were reminded of the power of the users to group together using social media tools. Could #fixreplesgate have been avoided? Possibly, but almost every mainstream social site has experienced this type of uprising – just ask Facebook, which has endured drama with its users multiple times. In fact, there are several stark commonalities between these user protests. By understanding what triggers and fuels these incidents, perhaps we can not only avoid future revolts, but build better features…

Source/Author: Lizzie Buchen (Wired) You are how you e-mail: A new technique can tell people apart using only the timestamps in their Sent folders. In the interactive, real-time world of Twitter, blogs and World of Warcraft, timing is one of the most salient aspects of social behavior. Now, researchers at Northwestern University and Yahoo Research in New York show that they can distinguish and categorize people based solely on the timestamps of their e-mails, paving the way for smarter advertisements, spam filters and social networking sites. “You can’t track everything an individual is doing at every hour of the day,”…

The world of free hosting, data backups and storage has taken yet another blow as it shows more signs of a dying trend. Companies such as AOL (Xdrive & AOL Pictures), Hewlett-Packard (Upline), Yahoo (Briefcase), & Sony (Image Station)..have recently closed their doors to these services as the costs were not justifiable. Experts say that it costs these online companies about $100 a month per 1TB (Terabyte) of data managed, and due to growing competition from online services such as Flikr & Photobucket, they can no longer achieve the balance they need to keep up. Today’s current economy shows too…

Author: James Hrenak (Poc Network) The new Dev build of Google Chrome finally brings extension support to the browser. Although it isn’t available in the public version just yet (dev edition is pre-beta), this allows Dev users and application developers to start working on extensions to increase the capabilities of this great browser of hope. Recently we had posted a review on our thoughts regarding Chrome, and had mentioned the browser had a lot of hope…but one thing it lacked was the support for extensions. This little enhancement by Google takes this browser to a whole new level. Currently it…

Source/Author: Sean Michael Kerner (Internet News) Microsoft has been getting cozy with PHP for the last few years and is now getting expanding the relationship. Today Microsoft announced a new open source Software Developer Kit (SDK) for PHP on Microsoft’s  cloud services platform Windows Azure. The idea is to make it easier for PHP developer to hook into Azure. Microsoft is also aiming to make it easier for PHP developers to work with Silverlight and IE 8 with code samples and tools. PHP for Silverlight is a code sample and tutorial on Microsoft’ codeplex site which explains and gives examples…

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