Improving Search: Microsoft, Yahoo look to reviews, location

Yahoo is reportedly partnering with location review service Yelp to improve local search, according to @WSJD.

Earlier in the week, Microsoft made a $15 million investment in location and review app Foursquare, combined with a partnership to utilize its location data.

It’s a wonder why this didn’t happen sooner, connecting location, reviews and search.  After all, Google has its own location and reviews in Google Places, which is now a part of Google+. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer played a key role in Google Search and Google Maps while at Google.

Connecting the dots might tell us that Yahoo and Bing are parting ways.  According to CNN Money, a clause in the partnership states that either side can opt out in 2015.

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Facebook Introduces Reader App ‘Paper’

Explore and share stories from
friends and the world around you.
Available February 3.

Facebook introduced Paper on its website https://www.facebook.com/paper.

Checking in with TVTag

The TV experience gets a little bit better with friends. Launched in 2010, GetGlue is a social TV app that enables users to check-in to TV programs, Sports and Movies, sharing check-ins with other users and engaging in conversation.

GetGlue was acquired by i.TV in November 2013 and will reportedly change its name to TVTag next week.  A message on GetGlue’s website says “GetGlue is becoming tvtag!”

GetGlue is becoming TVTag

getglue (1)GetGlue launched in June 2010, and is headquartered in New York City. One year after launch, the service was seeing more than 12 million check-ins annually. Today the service has more than 4.5 million users.

In 2011, GetGlue partnered with DirecTV to promote programming and allow users to check-in onscreen. GetGlue has since partnered with a number of networks.

Since its initial round of funding, GetGlue has raised more than $25 million in venture capital.

Facebook is Trending

Facebook Trending

Facebook announced a new feature on Jan. 16 via blog post, Trending. A news section that features popular topics and hashtags that are being shared across the network.

Trending sits on the right column of the Newsfeed, though the feature is still rolling out to users, and just appeared on my feed today. Facebook said in a blog post, “Trending is currently rolling out on web in select countries and we are going to continue to test on mobile. As with other features, expect continuous improvements from us over time.”

Selecting a Trending topic from the list displays a feed of conversation, including activity from your Facebook friends.

Facebook Trending

Trending appears to be a move by Facebook to be more relevant in news, much like Twitter’s Trends, leaving an option open for Facebook to promote trends (also just like Twitter). Facebook also recently adopted Hashtags, though that feature seems slow to catch on.

Twitter Trends
Twitter Trends, including a promoted #ProBowl topic, from @nfl.

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray is doing an AMA on Reddit. And it’s as great as you’d imagine, including an 885-word response to “will there be a Garfield 3?” 

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill shared his opinion of the current SNL cast.  And other great Murray moments, like Caddyshack, Lost in Translation and making out in Japanese.

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

See the entire feed here: http://bit.ly/1miNHtS

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Reddit is a news and entertainment website where users submit links and photos to be voted up or down the Reddit pages.

Content on Reddit is categorized by “subreddits.” One of the more popular subreddits is AMA (Ask Me Anything), “where the mundane becomes fascinating and the outrageous suddenly seems normal.”

Reddit was founded by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian.

11 Netflix Shows to Binge Watch

Arrested Development (Season 4 is a Netflix Original)

Arrested Development Netflix Instant Season 4

It’s the story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It’s the return of the award-winning “Arrested Development,” starring Emmy nominee Jason Bateman and one of the funniest ensembles in TV comedy, who taught viewers the meaning of “never nude,” spread a dangerous amount of misinformation about maritime law, and reminded everyone “that’s why you always leave a note.”

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Orange is the New Black (Netflix Original) New: Season 2

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From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

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House of Cards (Netflix Original)

House of Cards Netflix Instant

Three Emmy Award wins including David Fincher (“The Social Network”) for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and nine nominations including Outstanding Drama Series went to this acclaimed political thriller. Lead Actor nominee Kevin Spacey stars as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire (Lead Actress nominee Robin Wright).

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Lilyhammer (Netflix Original)

Lilyhammer Netflix Instant

After turning state’s evidence against a powerful Mafia boss, former gangster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano trades the mean streets of New York for the icy fjords of Norway, forging a new life among the locals of Lillehammer under the guise of Norwegian-American immigrant Giovanni Henriksen. The relative calm suits him at first. But it’s not long before Frank’s ruthless methods resurface, stirring the suspicions of his next-door neighbor, the chief of police.

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Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad Netflix Instant

Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a high school science teacher who learns that he has terminal lung cancer and teams with a former student to manufacture and sell high-quality crystal meth to secure his family’s future.

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Prison Break 

Prison Break Netflix Instant

When his brother, Lincoln, is wrongly convicted of murdering a powerful politician’s brother, structural engineer Michael Scofield resolves to bust his innocent sibling out of the notorious Fox River State Penitentiary.

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Mad Men

Mad Men Netflix Instant

Set in 1960s New York, this series takes a peek inside an ad agency in an era when the cutthroat business had a glamorous lure. When the cigarette smoke clears and the martinis are set down, at the center of it all is womanizing ad man Don Draper.

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Lie to Me

Lie to Me Netflix Instant

Loosely inspired by the career of psychologist Paul Ekman, this engaging crime drama focuses on the work of Dr. Cal Lightman, whose knowledge of human facial and behavioral cues lets him determine whether a person is telling the truth.

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Nip/Tuck

Nip Tuck Nip/Tuck Netflix Instant

A little shady deal here, a little ethical entanglement there — it’s a way of life for Sean McNamara and Christian Troy, Miami doctors who own an exclusive plastic surgery clinic that generates as much trouble as it does cash.

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Dexter

Dexter Netflix Instant

By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

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The Following

The Following Netflix Instant

When escaped serial killer Joe Carroll goes on a new killing spree, reclusive former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is called in, having captured Carroll nine years ago. Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has a loyal following of killers ready to terrorize.

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BONUS:

Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks Netflix Instant

A group of high school students in 1980 faces various social struggles. Lindsay Weir rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts, courtesy of an invitation from Daniel Desario.

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Have anything you’d change or add to the list? Add it in the comments.

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