Google has purchased the restaurant guide and review publication Zagat. The purchase will help Google’s Places initiative by adding Zagat’s reviews and ratings to search results. Google has been trying to make a purchase like this for a while, allowing it to compete with sites like Yelp and Yahoo. In other news, Twitter announced that it’s reached over 100 million users and its’ looking to profit off of this years 80% growth. Sponsored tweets and hashtags used to be limited to accounts you followed, but now you can expect to see ads from accounts that are similar to your interests. And finally, the White House is pushing to charge hackers under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Since hackers are no longer lone soldiers, the government is considering them a criminal organization and wants harsher penalties for their actions.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – September 9, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).