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Amazon Web Services announced new managed services for Windows developers with the launch of Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). This worldwide launch will serve Microsoft SQL Server and ASP NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Amazon says RDS will remove the complexity from deploying and managing databases while making it easy to set up, operate and scale a relational database.

Posted May 09, 2012

Amazon Web Services, LLC (AWS) debuted AWS Marketplace, an online store for customers to find, compare, and begin using business software and technical services. AWS Marketplace features commercial and free IT and business software.

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Leaks about Google Drive have been trickling down for 6 years, and the online storage service is finally expected to launch next week. Google's service will offer 5GB of free storage space for users. Google has neither confirmed nor denied Drive's capabilities.

Posted Apr 17, 2012

MapLight created a new tool to monitor legislation in the U.S. Congress and California and Wisconsin state legislatures. Topic Pages provides a snapshot view of bills by issue area as well as the campaign contributions from opposing and supporting organizations.

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Yes, the typical website registration and login process sucks, to be blunt. It's a user experience nightmare and pretty much everyone agrees. The problem starts when well-intentioned marketers employ site registration systems that prevent consumers from getting to the content they desire unless they are willing to give up an increasing amount of information. Usually it's a laundry list of all sorts of personal, financial, and demographic information.

Posted Mar 01, 2012

Learn It Live, LLC has launched the Learn It Live Eudaimonia Symposium, a free global event that features more than 40 health, nutrition, and fitness experts. The symposium is being held online through Feb. 26 and offers more than 40 sessions.

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Searchmetrics GmbH has made a host of digital marketing data freely available on its website, which will allow individuals and businesses to assess a website's search engine optimization (SEO), paid search advertising, social media visibility, and backlinks structure.

Posted Feb 09, 2012

AddressSearch.com, a website helping users to reconnect with acquaintances through email, expanded its directory to include more than 95 million email records, which are freely available. The site's index has grown from 68 million entries in last 8 months, a 40% growth.

Posted Jan 31, 2012

Users of Amazon Web Services, LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company, can now run Microsoft Windows Server applications within the AWS Free Usage Tier, a program designed to help customers get started in the cloud. Developers can launch new applications or test existing applications in the cloud.

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Occupy Wall Street protestors have been drawing the media's attention to the influence of corporations on the America political system for months. With primary season now in full-swing it seems that the web is getting in on the action. This week has seen announcements from LegiNation as well as MapLight, both of which aim to keep voters informed about what their elected representatives are up to and who is influencing them.

Posted Jan 12, 2012

Content in the cloud is a natural evolution from storing files on our desktops-but the content creation explosion that has overfilled our inboxes and overwhelmed our social networks won't be solved by moving the growing mass of data from a private realm to a public one.In fact, there's a solution on the horizon that promises to keep the clouds fluffy and the content contextual. It's the "curated cloud," and it's the next big thing. By one measure, we created 5EB (exabytes) of data from the beginning of time until 2008. Now we're creating 5EB every 2 days. Where did that statistic come from? The folks who should know: Google.

Posted Dec 19, 2011

AboutOne, LLC, an online family management system, closed a $1.6-million-dollar deal in Series A financing. The round was led by Golden Seeds, a network of investors dedicated to funding early-stage companies founded and led by women.

Posted Dec 05, 2011

I'm really tired of being inundated with contextually irrelevant information. I don't want to know what I don't need to know. I don't. Really. And, neither does anyone else.The sheer volume of information available to me in the digital age is overwhelming. Everywhere I look, there it is. Even when I'm not looking, it's there, waiting to be found. Unfortunately, most of what is presented to me is of little use -- or is difficult, if not impossible to find -- especially on the web.

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Vision Critical, a global research technology firm, debuted a suite of market research tools called Firefly Surveys, which integrate online survey and forum functionalities as a SaaS (software as a service) model. The tools are designed to provide companies with holistic research and promote more efficient decision making.

Posted Nov 09, 2011

Two Seattle residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against HTC and AccuWeather, Inc. The plaintiffs allege that the AccuWeather app on their HTC EVO phone has been transmitting precise and unencrypted GPS data at regular intervals as well as when they open the app to check the weather.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

Google launched an interior version of Street View, aimed for small and medium businesses. The pilot program sends a Google photographer to take 360-degree photos, allowing potential customers to walk through a store once the pictures are integrated to Street View on Google Maps.

Posted Oct 31, 2011

Today, comScore, Inc. released its monthly report on the top U.S. Web properties. The report is based on data from the comScore Media Matrix service. Google sites (which includes YouTube) remained the top U.S. web property with 184 million unique visitors for the month of September.

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Simon & Schuster introduced its Author Portal, an online source of information and support for authors and illustrators throughout the publishing process. Two other publishers, Random House and Hachette Book Group, also announced this week that they planned to launch similar services for authors.

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Google partnered with Inrix to provide realtime data, particularly traffic travel times, to Google Maps' service. According to paidContent, Inrix achieves this in part by crowdsourcing information from the 30 million wireless and GPS devices on its network. The Inrix-powered Google Maps is already available to users in eight countries

Posted Sep 27, 2011

Q-Sensei, a search navigation solution provider, introduced FeedBooster, a free, web-based RSS feed reader designed to help searchers narrow results down to relevant and timely information. With a customizable dashboard to review feeds, FeedBooster uses Q-Sensei's multi-dimensional search technology to help readers search, browse, discover, and share results.

Posted Aug 16, 2011

Internet Media Services, Inc. (IMS) released SimplyProspects.com, an online marketplace that matches prospects, defined as consumers who have expressed interest in products or services, with businesses looking to increase revenue. SimplyProspects.com is designed to be a cost-effective solution for small businesses looking to acquire customers.

Posted Aug 16, 2011

Miivies, a specialist in internet-based 3D animation technology, launched its Made In Internet Movies technology, which allows 3D animations to be created collaboratively over the internet. The free-to-use, browser-based animation studio is designed for young people between ages 12 and 24.

Posted Aug 16, 2011

Posted Jul 28, 2011

Facebook announced a video-calling feature on Wednesday in partnership with Skype, the popular Internet video-chat provider recently acquired by Microsoft. The addition of video chat comes a week after Google launched its own social network, Google+, which also includes a video-chatting program.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

When it comes to leveraging Facebook pages, publishers can be forgiven for wondering, "Where do I start?" Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that Facebook users are highly engaged and influential consumers that brands should be falling over themselves to court, it isn't always obvious exactly how a Facebook page can help businesses grow. AllFacebook's AF Expo in San Francisco recently examined the question.

Posted Jun 30, 2011