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Google closes in on real-time search

When will Google get into real-time search? Soon enough.

Last week, both Bing and Facebook incorporated Twitter and Twiiter-like features into their services.

This week, Google's Marissa Mayer says Google finds real-time search "interesting," but she's still not spilling the beans on when Google will integrated the service into its search portfolio.

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Facebook users are getting older

Facebook may have begun as a network for college students, but if new demographic estimates are correct, the social networks' audience is skewing much older.

According to iStrategyLab, the overall number of users between 18 and 24 years of age has grown only 4.8% between January and July of this year. That's compared to a 513.7% growth among users older than 55.

Of course, more high school and college students use the site than 55 year olds, so there's less room for growth. But if younger users don't replace current users as they age, it could be very bad news for Facebook.

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Facebook threatens national security

Sir John SawersFamily details of Sir John Sawers, the incoming head of MI6, were posted on Facebook by his wife. This could prove to be a serious lapse in security for the future Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

At the very least, it's an embarrassment for MI6 and another demonstration that people frequently use Facebook and social media to publish things they later regret.

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Facebook: from discreet social network to digital voyeur central?

Facebook's changes to the way it deals with privacy and sharing settings represent a major shift in the type of social networking Facebook is encouraging its users to engage in.

The company has long prided itself on giving users the ability to control who sees what you share on its network and even went so far as to create a privacy regime that many found overly complicated.

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Facebook simplifies its privacy and sharing settings

Facebook is simplifying its privacy control settings in a bid to get users more comfortable with oversharing.   

Last week, Facebook announced a public status feature that emulates Twitter. And today during a conference call, the social network announced that it is simplifying its privacy settings to give users more control over where and when their information goes out into the world.

The new shift is meant to encourage Facebook users to share more — an important step if Facebook's plans for complete Internet domination are to be successful.

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Facebook goes after Twitter with public status updates

Facebook may not have succeeded in its bid to purchase Twitter last year, but that isn't going to stop them from incorporating Twitter features into its interface.

Starting this week, Facebook users can share their answer to the question "What's on your mind?" with everyone on the internet.

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Should the CEO do social media?

Should CEOs tweet, poke and generally 'get social' online? It's a good question.

One that Fortune 100 CEOs are apparently answering 'no' to. That's according to ÜBERCEO, which looked at how Fortune 100 CEOs are using social media. The result: they're not.

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The limitations of linkbait

Linkbait. It's sort of like foie gras and champagne. Even if it's not your favorite meal, chances are most consumers won't turn it down.

But as a website owner, is linkbait the meal you should be preparing every day?

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Is Facebook ready to compete with Google for ads?

The internet may be becoming a less anonymous place, but does that mean Facebook will take it over?

Wired's Fred Vogelstein thinks that Facebook is poised to take over display advertising the way that Google has dominated search. 

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Q&A: Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist

In 1995, Craig Newmark started an email distribution list for events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It moved to the web in 1996. Today, the non-profit company's classifieds community - craigslist, in case you hadn't guessed - is available in over 500 cities around the world.

We briefly caught up with Craig in advance of his appearance at next month's Traveling Geeks roundtables hosted by Econsultancy in London (other participants include Robert Scoble, Howard Rheingold and Susan Bratton). Here he answers a few questions on craigslist's history, Web 2.0 and dealing with customers.

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Facebook's click fraud problem

Click fraud is a major issue when it comes to search marketing and big money is at stake.

The source of the most insidious click fraud: rogue third-party publishers who participate in PPC ad networks run by companies like Google and Yahoo and who use click fraud in an attempt to intentionally inflate their earnings.

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MySpace's lays off 30%, are its better days behind it?

Friendster provided the quintessential story of a hot company that rose quickly and fell even quicker. At one point, Friendster seemed set to dominate the social networking market.

Then two upstarts, MySpace and Facebook, left it battered and bruised. While the company still exists, the chances that it will ever recapture its past glory seem, to some observers, slim to none.

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