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Column: Hot ad numbers boost Google

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This is the fact that Google really wants you to pay attention to in its quarterly earnings report, released after the close Thursday: The number of paid advertising clicks it served during the quarter was up a huge 31% year over year.

There are a couple of other numbers in there that it would rather you didn't get fussed about, but it's fair to say that there are mitigating factors for both...

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Column: Tablet demand slows during alleged mobile device boom

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The smartphone market's been kind of a mess lately.

Between Apple's big iPhone shortfall, the slowdown at Samsung, and the financial messes at HTC,BlackBerry, and Google's Motorola, there just hasn't been much good news out there.

If that sounds depressing, then stop reading now because the tablet market looks like it just hit the skids, too.

Before we go further, let's remember...

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U.S. jobless claims rise more than expected

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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the underlying trend suggested the labor market continued to heal.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 3,000 more applications received than...

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Column: Close but no cigar for Mayer's Yahoo

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In its latest quarter, Yahoo met expectations, more or less. That may be a good thing, but it's hardly a great one.

In her first 18 months at the top of the company, Marissa Mayer has managed to slow, but not halt, the decline in key numbers behind the one-time giant in Web search and content.

Here's where we mention that Mayer, on taking the job in mid-2012, said it would require several...

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Column: Changes will make 2014 a banner year for ad blockers

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Think back to 2012 -- a big year for Facebook and its users. Monetization was in the air; the social network rolled out news feed ads in January, promoted posts in the springtime, and sponsored search results that summer. CEO Mark Zuckerberg had long since made his peace with advertising, but it wasn’t until Facebook’s IPO that users began to feel the full weight of this revenue stream, when ads...

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Apps like Cover are teching-up dining out

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Like practically everything else, dining continues to get more digital.

You can make reservations with OpenTable, get a ride to the restaurant with Uber, and use a coupon from Groupon.

Apps like Cover, which launched in October, are targeting the final part of your dining experience -- when it's time to pay up. Cover saves your credit card information so participating restaurants, 40...

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Column: Apple TV will become a video game console, sources say

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Last year, Google galvanized the media center market with its incredibly inexpensive Chromecast device, which turned users' TVs into connected sets for a mere $35. But whereas Mountain View raised the bar in 2013 for home entertainment in terms of price, ease, and streamlined UI, 2014 could prove to be Apple's year to shake up the industry with an update to its Apple TV line.

Sources indicate...

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Super Bowl ad roundup: $4M for 30 seconds

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As the clock ticks toward the big game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on Sunday, companies who have secured $4 million-per-second ad space during the game are putting out trailers to entice viewers.

Recalling last year's Kate Upton, scorpion crawling on a model, medieval battle, screaming goat and flying car, ads have a lot to live up to this year. Fox Sports earned a...

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Column: 3 ways Facebook differs from a bad case of the flu

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Two researchers at Princeton University have caused a stir far beyond academic circles by predicting the imminent demise of Facebook, based on a comparison of the social network’s growth to a viral event—literally viral, such as a severe outbreak of the flu.

Facebook grew like a virus and it will die just like a virus, they conclude, raging ahead until it reaches maximum global impact, and...

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Column: What Amazon’s predictive shopping means for you

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All hail the clairvoyance of YouTube satirists: “Yesterday Shipping” from Amazon has arrived.

The world’s largest online retailer has kicked 2013 (the unofficial Year of the Delivery Drone) to the curb and entered 2014 with a recently approved patent for an ambitious concept it calls “anticipatory package shipping.”

The patent -- recently excavated by the Wall Street Journal and available...

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