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The Devil Made Me Do It.

Google has pwnd Bing, Microsoft’s internet search engine, and its team and clearly demonstrated that Microsoft is using information about Google’s search engine based on data gathered through the Bing Toolbar.

After looking at the results provided by Google, Bing’s search engine produced the same responses to nonsensical queries. This prompted Google to prove that Bing was watching what people searched for on Google. Essentially, Bing collected data on the sites people selected from Google’s results and then used it to improve its own search listings. Microsoft later claimed that Google’s findings were rigged and manipulated through the use of click fraud.

AT&T Foundry Centers To Help Mobile App Developers

To all of you mobile developers out there with a great idea and who need access to enterprise-level labs and test centers, AT&T has the space for you. Today the first of three AT&T Foundry Innovation Centers was unveiled in Plano, Texas at the facilities of its partner Alcatel-Lucent, the host-sponsor of the center. A Palo Alto, California center, will open in May, partnering with Ericsson, followed by the the third to open in Tel Aviv, Israel in September, host-sponsored by Amdocs.

AT&T is comparing their idea acceptance process to speed-dating, with developers or teams allowed 15 minutes to present their ideas to a panel of AT&T executives, somewhat similar to what you might see on ABC’s Shark Tank. Execs heard 170 pitches in 2010 and expect to hear 400 this year. Those accepted can either work autonomously via a web portal, use call-in telephone collaboration and support, or have full on-site access to the super high-speed LTE-based networks, labs, and test centers.

Your Car’s Owners Manual – An iPad App (All Digital)

Last month Hyundai introduced the world to a new concept, having their car’s owner manual on an iPad, something which has not been done before, not even in the luxury lines of BMW, Porshe, Mercedes or Audis, let alone GM or Ford. The automaker made it official that it would be ditching the paper manual for the digital version.

With it, you can view rich multimedia reference guides, locate Hyundai dealers, schedule regular service appointments, read safety warnings and so much more. And I would not be surprised if in the near future, your vehicles diagnostic would be displayed from the app.

They could also enable a feature which allow you to trace the vehicle should it be stolen or have it notify you, via the iPad app of course, when it requires an oil change.

Free Dating???  Match.com Buys OkCupid For $50 Million

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you can hear the 1978 classic song “Love Is In The Air” by John Paul Young playing all over and for Match.com, love means business, big business in fact. Match.com, owned by IAC, has bought rival OKCupid for a whopping $50 million in a cash transaction so the two online dating sites are finally tying the knot or if you prefer, getting hitched. Pun intended.

Unlike Match.com which charges for membership, OKCupid is free, so revenues come from advertising. And according to IAC, OKCupid’s revenue has risen faster than that of any other dating site. Probably because people have been hit hard with the economy and have looked for free access to online dating.

Show Me The Tweets!!!

The NFL has teamed up with Visa and Twitter for Super Bowl XLV to engage users in a new social exchange and promote their brands. The trio launched a Super Bowl campaign dubbed “Go Inside Super Bowl XLV With Visa” with a cool site. Using the @nfl for the NFL, @packers for the Green Bay Packers and @steelers for the Pittsburgh Steelers you are able to interact with them on Twitter.

The site displays three different graphs that pull data from the Twitterverse; a heat map of sorts showing real-time visualization of trending topics — the larger the area the more tweets for that topic, a gridiron showing number of mentions for given keywords, and a US map overlay indicating frequency of hash tag tweets across the country. The site is neat with lots of goodies, including tweets from famous athletes and graphics that shows volume of tweets on any given NFL-related topic.

Flickr Deletes 4000 Photos Accidentally — Ooops!!!

An avid photographer learnt the hard way that Flickr accidentally deleted his account and all his photos, 4000 of them, a major fumble from Flickr to say the least. He was shocked to find that his 5-year-old Pro account had completely vanished and was prompted to recreate his username when he tried to log in. His followers generated tags and photo captions and all that information was wiped out!!!

Essentially, Flickr accidentally ran the permanent account deletion script on the innocent man rather than the culprit. Oh but wait there is more, they claimed there was nothing they could do!!! All his stuff was gone for good. Feel likes going to the doctor and having the wrong limb amputated by a doctor who comes back and says “sorry but we cut the wrong leg”. Ooooouch, that must hurt big time — specially when you’ve been using the site for years and the photos were all good memories.

Circumventing Egypt’s Internet Kill Switch

Necessity truly is the mother of invention. With the political unrest in Egypt leading the government to shut down web traffic (especially Facebook, Twitter, etc.) in the country, protestors are turning to alternative means to get messages into and out of the country.

For a while, good old-fashioned dial-up access was the only way outside of courier pigeon, as phone service was spotty. Some ISP’s are offering this access, and even a French company is getting in on the action, although reports are indicating this might be shut down soon. So the enterprising souls at Google have taken the next step and launched a service that allows people to dial a phone number and leave a voicemail, which will be translated into a Twitter message.

Is Apple A Benevolent Dictator Or A Tyrant?

An article Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store published in The New York Times suggests that Apple may be changing its business model with an emphasis on selling content.

After paying for a piece of hardware are consumers going to be frustrated by their inability to use the device in the manner in which they see fit? Recently Apple rejected Sony’s iPhone application, which would have allowed people to buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store and thereby compete with Apple’s iTunes offering.

Applications developers, including Sony, are being told that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their applications, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store, something which it didn’t use to do.

Facebook Spammer Ordered To Pay $360.5 Million

A spammer who hacked more than 116,000 Facebook accounts and sent more than 7.2 million spam messages to its users has been ordered to pay Facebook $360 million dollars for his actions. The court permanently blocked Philip Porembski and his company, PP Web Services LLC, from using the site and granted punitive damages.

According to the complaint, the spammer obtained the user’s information with out authorization and would send spam messages to redirect them to sites which paid affiliate commissions once opened. Essentially some of the spam messages directed users to phishing sites that stole their usernames and passwords, while others made money for Porembski every time someone clicked on its links.

Entrepreneurship ‘Campus’ Opens In New York City

A new company in New York City called General Assembly is seeking to be an entrepreneur campus, complete with class rooms, lecture halls, library, conference rooms, and web access. It’s atmosphere is part startup company, part school. It provides academic programs to feed the entreneurial minds and co-working space to build the camaraderie and spirit of those seeking to put their stamp on the startup world.