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Can Google's Upcoming Social Reading App Compete With Flipboard?

Can Google's Upcoming Social Reading App Compete With Flipboard? | AJCann | Scoop.it

In the latest sign of just how hot social reading tablet apps like Flipboard, Pulse and Zite are becoming, news came out this week that Google is working on its own such app. If its launch isn't too far off, Propellor will have one major advantage over Flipboard: an Android app.

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It’s Called Google Propeller and It’s Aimed at Flipboard

It’s Called Google Propeller and It’s Aimed at Flipboard | AJCann | Scoop.it

According to numerous sources close to the situation, Google is working on rolling out the new product, which is currently called Propeller. Sources said Propeller is apparently one of a number of new socially focused announcements Google is prepping, including new apps. But the timing for their launch is unclear.

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When Google Circles Collide

When Google Circles Collide | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Given the level of control that Google+ is offering, I should be thrilled with this great new tool. But I’m not. It solves the wrong problem, particularly with Google Circles, the Google+ feature that lets you share different things with different groups of people. And it doesn’t do anything to solve the biggest problem with social networks today: increasing the signal to noise ratio."
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Good First Sign: I Have A Strong Desire To Keep Using Google+

Good First Sign: I Have A Strong Desire To Keep Using Google+ | AJCann | Scoop.it
"To that end, Google+ actually may remind me more of FriendFeed than anything else. But instead of being the ghost town that FriendFeed became after its acquisition by Facebook, Google+ feels like an frontier town that could erupt with growth if gold is found."
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Facebook's Unbelievable Effect On The Rest Of The Web

Facebook's Unbelievable Effect On The Rest Of The Web | AJCann | Scoop.it
If you exclude online video, and mobile web consumption, Elowitz says, "the web is shrinking." He says the rest of the web is quickly becoming "irrelevant," and argues that in the future companies will need to spend less time on SEO, and more time on optimizing for Facebook.
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Google Now Reaches 1 Billion People Per Month

Google Now Reaches 1 Billion People Per Month | AJCann | Scoop.it
Google is the first company to break the 1 billion uniques per month barrier according to comScore.
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How to Scoop.it from Google Reader (2 ways)

How to Scoop.it from Google Reader (2 ways) | AJCann | Scoop.it
Suddenly it was apparent that Scoop.it has a number of key features which potential make it a useful tool for information curators like myself. Scoop.it allows you to post individual news/resources into your Twitter stream as normal, but in directing you via their site you can also see other items already collected by the user ie I’ve recommended this, but have you also seen that.
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Why Facebook is the New Yahoo

"Sure, Facebook looks massively successful. With a mind-boggling 750 million users, the social site can do no wrong, right? Wrong. Look closer, and it looks like Facebook can do nothing right. The company has tried and failed to launch or integrate new services that might thrill users. But users aren’t thrilled. And now its strategy appears to be: Just copy Google+. Don’t look now, but Facebook is quickly becoming the new Yahoo."

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Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations | AJCann | Scoop.it
Last night I finally managed to break into Google Scholar Citations (Google is doing it's usual now you see it, now you don't roll out).
First impressions - pretty good. It need a little tidying up (a few papers that weren't mine - the format of Bioscience Education confuses it - and a few papers missing that needed to be added).
I've never seen all my citations in one place this this before so I broke them down into Virology papers (former life), Education papers (current existence) and Books, then did some quick stats...
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Keep Calm and Carry on, Twitter!

Keep Calm and Carry on, Twitter! | AJCann | Scoop.it
"In any case, I hope Google+ succeeds. Given the blog posts saying this will kill Tumblr, Twitter, Foursquare, etc, you might wonder why I feel that way. Well first, I don’t think competitors kill companies and services."
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How To Video Podcast Using Google Plus Hangouts

How To Video Podcast Using Google Plus Hangouts | AJCann | Scoop.it
What we did was extremely simple:
Create a private G+ Hangout with those video podcasting
Use Camtasia, set the recording area to a custom size that fits the Hangout video
Press the record button and start your podcast!
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Google's War on Nonsense

Google's War on Nonsense | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Content farms, which have flourished on the Web in the past 18 months, are massive news sites that use headlines, keywords and other tricks to lure Web-users into looking at ads. These sites confound and embarrass Google by gaming its ranking system."

via Memex1.1: Why isn’t Amazon stamping out Kindlespam? http://memex.naughtons.org/archives/2011/06/27/13871

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This, I like: Gmail Canned Responses

This, I like: Gmail Canned Responses | AJCann | Scoop.it
After installing Canned Response via Google Labs, building a response is as easy as composing a message and then saving it. Sending a canned response is even easier. Just select it from the menu.
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Should we ever fight lies with lies?

Should we ever fight lies with lies? | AJCann | Scoop.it
Jo noted that if you upload photos to Flickr, they get picked up by people doing Google searches. Her photos of ads for weight-loss tea, accompanied by her comments that there’s no evidence for effectiveness, have actually appeared on websites advertising the stuff.
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Chromebook From Samsung Has Its Head in the Cloud

Chromebook From Samsung Has Its Head in the Cloud | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Maybe the Chromebook concept would fly if it cost $180 instead of $500. Maybe it makes more sense if you rent it (students and corporations can lease Chromebooks for $20 to $30 a month). Maybe it will fly once the USA gets free coast-to-coast 4G cellular Internet, which should be just after hell freezes over."
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