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Virtual Bank Plans for Apps – And Wants Your Input

Virtual Bank Plans for Apps – And Wants Your Input

BankSimple, the potentially disruptive Web-based banking service started by Twitter forefather Alex Payne, wants your input.

The company announced it will be launching an API for use by third-party developers at the same time it releases its first Web- and mobile-accessible banking service to users. But first, BankSimple has created a listserv…

Peddler of Paid-For Tweets Magpie Puts Itself Up For Sale

Peddler of Paid-For Tweets Magpie Puts Itself Up For Sale

Magpie, the AdSense-like service that sells product placement in Twitter users’ tweets, put itself up for sale today.

The service brags that its advertising network now encompasses 20 million Twitter users and about 4,700 advertisers, including Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, Burger King, Snickers, Honda, Audi, Mazda, Heineken, Bacardi and…

Craigslist Under Fire for Kids On “Adult Services”

Craigslist Under Fire for Kids On “Adult Services”

It’s the story that seems to pop up every year or so – the classified ads site craigslist.org is again being accused of facilitating crime in its “adult services” section. But this time, the allegations are even more serious.

Last week, craigslist was the subject of a primetime CNN story that criticized the site for “not doing enough” to prevent…

Apple Rumor: iTV Hitting in the Fall, $99?

Apple Rumor: iTV Hitting in the Fall, $99?

Rumors about the next iteration of Apple TV have coalesced around a few key facts – the device is expected to be named iTV in the style of the company’s more successful offerings, run customers an easy $99 and be fully revealed sometime in the fall.

Engadget is reporting that the set top box will resemble the iPhone 4’s appearance and…

FCC Pushes Public Meeting Back One Week

FCC Pushes Public Meeting Back One Week

The Federal Communications Commission, the agency that regulates interstate and international communications including wireless and wireline Internet, has pushed its next public meeting from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23, citing “scheduling issues.”

The September agenda is not available yet, but it’s possible that the FCC might rule at the meeting to…

The Biggest Brands on Foursquare (and Facebook and Twitter)

The Biggest Brands on Foursquare (and Facebook and Twitter)

The social media brand tracking site Fan Page List today expanded its directory of official corporate social media pages to include brand profiles on Foursquare, the leading location-based social network.

There are 132 “brands” with at least one Foursquare follower in the directory. Number one is Zagat, which publishes restaurant guides for…

New App DuckDuckGo Hopes to Take Away the Pain of Mobile Search

New App DuckDuckGo Hopes to Take Away the Pain of Mobile Search

DuckDuckGo, a search engine unique for its libertarian privacy policy and dedicated pursuit of the “zero-click result,” has announced its new iPhone app is out of beta.

“Zero-click” refers to information that pops up at the top of the results page – a snippet from Wikipedia, for example. It’s designed to get users what they want to know without…

Talking to Those Who Like Technology But Don’t Consider Its Dangers

Talking to Those Who Like Technology But Don’t Consider Its Dangers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hoping that its two new public service announcement spots will shine light on privacy in the information age for ordinary consumers as well as the techies who fly Virgin Airlines, where the spots will be shown as part of the in-flight entertainment. One spot showcases license agreements that come with digital…

Want to Know What a 7-Inch iPad Looks Like?

Want to Know What a 7-Inch iPad Looks Like?

Rumors were buzzing last week that a 7-inch iPad may be forthcoming from Apple to fill that void between the current 9.7-inch iPad and the 3.5-inch iPod Touch. The prediction from iLounge.com inspired reactions ranging from enthused to highly skeptical.

But you don’t have to wait until “later this year or early in 2011” to preview the new…

FDA Asserted Authority Not Only Over Social Media, but Metadata Too

FDA Asserted Authority Not Only Over Social Media, but Metadata Too

The Food and Drug Administration ordered the first enforcement action against a pharmaceutical company for its use of Facebook a month ago, directing drugmaker Novartis to remove a “Facebook Share” widget on the website for its leukemia drug Tasigna.

The widget was encouraging people to share content that misrepresented the drug, the FDA said…

Q&A Site Quora Opens Up to Search Engines Tomorrow

Q&A Site Quora Opens Up to Search Engines Tomorrow

Quora, the real-time question and answer service started by two former Facebook employees, will start being indexed by search engines tomorrow, a week after Facebook rolled out the first version of the similar service Facebook Questions.

But with Quora, Facebook, Google-owned Aardvark, the already-publicly searchable Yahoo! Answers and Answers.com…

Apple Opens “Try Before You Buy” Section in the App Store

Apple Opens “Try Before You Buy” Section in the App Store

Apple added a new section for free apps to the App Store today titled “Try Before You Buy,” reminiscent of the excuse made by those who pirate apps.

App developers figured out a lot time ago that offering free or “lite” versions of apps could drive more users to the paid versions. By highlighting these versions with notoriously stingy…

Mobile Search Engine Taptu Launches Native Android App

Mobile Search Engine Taptu Launches Native Android App

Taptu, the search engine that indexes mobile-friendly websites, has launched a full Android app to replace the ‘lite’ version, which was just a shortcut to Taptu’s mobile website.

The update includes a social feature that lets users share content via Facebook, Twitter or email, as was already possible with Taptu’s iPhone app. The new version is…