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May 30, 2012, 2:00 PM

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Places Is Over, Company Makes Google+ The Center Of Gravity For Local Search  —  When Google+ and Google+ Pages for business were introduced a little less than a year ago many people in the local search arena began anticipating the day when Google would merge or integrate Google Places and Google+ Pages.
paidContent:
Zagat goes free with launch of Google+ Local  —  Since Google bought Zagat last September for a reported $151 million, the company hasn't done much with Zagat's local content.  That changes today with the rollout of Google+ Local, which incorporates Zagat scores and summaries into its listings …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Apple Store now selling Nest Learning Thermostat for $249.95  —  It turns out the rumors were true: Apple has begun selling the Nest Learning Thermostat in its online store for $249.95.  It's the second large retail expansion for Nest in the past 24 hours, with the company announcing Canadian availability …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mary Meeker Explains the Mobile Monetization Challenge  —  Looming over the Internet industry is the mismatch between the growth in mobile usage and mobile monetization.  —  Most recently, it was the risk factor that helped take down Facebook's ill-fated IPO roadshow, when the company warned …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Salesforce Set to Snap Up Facebook Friend Buddy Media for More Than $800 Million  —  Enterprise, meet social: Cloud-computing pioneer Salesforce.com is close to a deal to acquire Buddy Media, the five-year-old company that helps brands manage their Facebook presence.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era  —  In the 1990s, the term “digital divide” emerged to describe technology's haves and have-nots.  It inspired many efforts to get the latest computing tools into the hands of all Americans, particularly low-income families.  —  Those efforts have indeed shrunk the divide.
More: Gawker
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Netflix agrees to delete data on ex-customers  —  Turns out that nobody has to know about that copy of Bad Girls of Red Light District 6: The Extended Cut you rented from Netflix just over a year ago.  —  U.S. District Court papers filed Friday revealed greater detail as to how Netflix settled …
Molly Oswaks / Gizmodo:
Mitt Romney's New App Misspells America, Twitter Goes Wild  —  Mitt Romney's new iPhone app, With Mitt, “lets you customize photos with a variety of Mitt-inspired artistic frames.”  Slogans like “Believe in America,” “Obama Isn't Working,” and “I'm a Mom for Mitt” are just a few …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Google Nexus tablet appears in benchmarks, appears to run on quad-core Tegra 3  —  ASUS's seven-inch MeMo tablet has just ducked under the FCC's gates, but some benchmark results for a purported Google and ASUS team-up could tally with the same device.  According to the listing …
Oliver Reichenstein / Information Architects:
Sweep the Sleaze  —  Promising to make you look wired and magically promote your content in social networks, the Like, Retweet, and +1 buttons occupy a good spot on pretty much every page of the World Wide Web.  Because of this, almost every major site and world brand is providing free advertising for Twitter and Facebook.
More: Daring FireballTweets: @aswang and @mheerema
Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
White House Unveils Initiative To Fight Computer Viruses  —  Internet-service providers and financial-services companies would share data about networks of infected computers known as botnets under a pilot program announced today by the Obama administration.
Billy Chasen / chilly:
Facebook's Cognitive Dissonance with Sharing  —  Two philosophies  —  One of Facebook's core philosophies is that a user's privacy is paramount.  Part of that privacy is the data you create by browsing Facebook is never shown to other users.  You'll never see a newsfeed story that says, “Joe viewed your profile 1,024 times.”
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Badgeville raises $25M, shows gamification has legs  —  While skeptics still scoff at the term gamification, Badgeville keeps gaining the trust of big companies and investors, who believe in its power.  Badgeville announced Wednesday it raised $25 million in a round led by Interwest Partners …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft rolls out Office 365 for Government  —  Summary: Microsoft has added a multi-tenant version of Office 365 for government users to its hosted app line-up.  —  As Microsoft officials hinted back in March, the company has rolled out a public-cloud Office 365 offering for U.S. government customers.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
How Twitter Beat Facebook At Its Own Story  —  On the day Facebook went public, all eyes were on its biggest competitor.  Those hazy months when the IPO was just a rumor, the giddy days and hours before the market opened, the hilariously chaotic trading period, the ensuing backlash …
Tweets: @steverubel
Neelie Kroes / European Commission:
Next steps on Net Neutrality - making sure you get champagne service if that's what you're paying for  —  When it comes to the issue of “net neutrality” I want to ensure that Internet users can always choose full Internet access - that is, access to a robust, best-efforts Internet with all the applications you wish.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
WiFi, cellular data to account for 60% of all Internet traffic by 2016  —  Cellular's share of worldwide Internet traffic will increase fivefold.  —  WiFi will account for more than half of all Internet traffic by 2016, and cellular data will grow by leaps and bounds to take a 10 percent share, according to Cisco.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Intel ultrabooks and tablets to get access to nearly eight million free, open Wi-Fi connections  —  The majority of laptops these days still aren't equipped with mobile internet connections, so most users need to rely on tethering, MiFi devices, or good old-fashioned Wi-Fi connections when on-the-go.
More: Gizmodo and GigaOM
Reuters:
Olympus to cut 2,500 jobs, sell equity stake: media  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Olympus Corp, hit by a $1.7 billion fraud scandal, plans to shed 2,500 workers and sell an equity stake to either Sony Corp or Panasonic Corp in a bid to bolster its finances, local media reported Wednesday.
More: The Register and CNET

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