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Facebook has launched a handy feature for local business advertisers. Check it out:
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If you have't yet, make sure you check out today's #GoogleDoodle (and song), celebrating kick-ass journalist Nellie Bly's 151st Birthday. 
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Google makes it easier to bookmark locations .. by adding it to the local box in search. 
Clicking on the star icon adjacent to a place name in local box saves the location to Maps and directions suggestions.
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Do you tweet? Well now we do too. Follow @GooglePlus on Twitter. https://twitter.com/GooglePlus
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+Danny Sullivan​ will a nice first look at social media apps on the Apple watch
 
My look at how Twitter and Instagram work in small-form on the Apple Watch. Facebook's promised app has still to arrive. Google, as best I can tell, hasn't released a single app for the platform.
Don't expect to create much social media content to share on the Apple Watch. However, it does support bite-size consumption, including liking Instagram images and retweeting tweets.
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Google+ kills Ripples; will you miss it?
Shutting down post-level analytics could be an indication of further dismantling of Google+ or it could be a sign that it's simplifying the experience.
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We surveyed the major networks to see how they count video views. 
The major social networks don't agree on how to count video views; here's a rundown of the sometimes slippery metric.
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About to talk about Google+ Collections with +Mike Elgan on live.twit.tv. Starting in a couple of minutes. 
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+Google+ loosens up with some funny first tweets. 
After few public statements about the health and fate of Google+, the network takes to Twitter for some cross-channel marketing fun.
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Want to learn from nearly 70 of the brightest minds in search marketing? Share ideas with fellow SEOs at #SMX Advanced in Seattle next month!.

The conference is hosted by my employer Third Door Media, the people who bring you Search Engine Land and Marketing Land.

Early Bird rates end this Saturday, be sure to secure a spot today. 
Rates and registration information for SMX Advanced Seattle, June 2-3, 2015 at the Bell Harbor Convention Center in Seattle, WA.
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Ugh ... 
 
For f... sake... :)
So, earlier this week, NASA's chief scientist Ellen Stofan was talking on a panel about their efforts to detect signs of life in space. Specifically, she said this:

"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years."

"We know where to look. We know how to look. In most cases we have the technology, and we're on a path to implementing it. And so I think we're definitely on the road."

"We are not talking about little green men. We are talking about little microbes."

So, how do you think the media reacted to this? Yeah... you guessed it. "THE ALIENS ARE COMING. RUN AWAY!!"

...and the publishers still can't figure out why less and less people are subscribing to their newspapers :)

BTW: The newspaper screenshot on at the bottom is from one of the largest national newspapers in my country (translated).
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