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ABC, NBC, CBS and Yahoo?

Yahoo is going into the TV business, but you won’t find their new shows on your living room screen. Where you will find them is on your computer, tablet or smartphone which means you can watch from the bedroom, the office, the park or the living room after all.

This fall, Yahoo will launch a schedule of short-form shows that were made specifically for the web giant. Comedian Niecy Nash will have her own show as will Morgan Spurlock and Judy Greer.

Variety reports that the shows will skew female with an emphasis on food, romance and celebrities. One show right up my alley is called Your Friends Will Never Believe You. In each episode a fan will receive a “unique” surprise visit from their favorite celebrity. All My Children star Cameron Mathison will help men deliver the Ultimate Proposal while Spurlock helps people deal with their fear of failure be it in business or in their relationships.

The Majority of All eReader Owners Now Female

The tech industry may be the world’s biggest boy’s club but women are racing to the top on the consumer side. According to new numbers from Nielsen, women are now the majority users of eReaders with 61%, that’s way up from where they were less than a year ago.

See the pretty-colored chart? Women like color and I say that’s one of the main reasons we’ve been slower in adopting new tech. Think back on all of the computers and phones you’ve bought in the past five years. Black, grungy white, silver, black — seriously guys, what’s with the fear of color!

It’s only been in the past few years that manufacturers like HP began offering a variety of skins for their tech and thank heavens for those colorful Kindle protectors. Mine is lime green. But I digress.

It’s Official: Google Maps URL Shortener a Full Time Feature

Google has turned another experiment into a full tie feature this time in their Maps environment and much to the chagrin of URL shortening services it cuts into their business much like Twitter’s t.co shortener announcement did recently.

Now if you have a link in Google Maps that you want to share or whatever you can shorten it within maps without having any add-ons to get you there. Here is a picture of the newly full-time option as incorporated in Google Maps (this comes from the Google LatLong blog).

What this really means is that Google is making sure that they get the attribution credit for traffic coming from maps through ‘standardizing’ this feature. It has worked well for Titter thus far so why not in this instance. Also, when it comes to mobile, less is more. The blog tells us

Skype Gets into Group Texting

Skype, who is in the processing of being bought by Microsoft, just did a little buying of their own. They plunked down a rumored $85 million for group texting company GroupMe.

The GroupMe app was designed to solve a very basic problem — group decision making. If you’ve ever tried to plan a night out with four different you understand the issue. Fred calls Joe and suggests sushi, Joe calls Mary who says she doesn’t like sushi, so Joe texts Fred to say pick somewhere else, but in the meantime Fred is on the phone trying to talk Louise into coming out for sushi with him, while Mary texts Louise telling her Fred’s a loser and they’re all going for pizza. Next thing you know it’s 10:00 at night and no one has left the house yet.

Groupon to Congress: We’re Tracking You for Your Own Good

Groupon has an exciting new idea. They’re going to track you through your cell phone at all times so they can send you the most relevant deals exactly when you need them. Out to lunch on Main Street — get 50% off a sandwich at the deli on the corner. Buying tickets at the movies? Here’s a discount on popcorn. No matter where you are. No matter what you’re doing, Groupon is going to find you. And did I mention you don’t have to have have their mobile app running at the time?

Two congressmen, and possibly several thousand mobile users, want to know more. According to an article in Reuters, House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus: Joe Barton from Texas and Edward Markey from Massachusetts have asked Groupon to clarify its data collection and privacy policies. Some of their curiosity stems from Groupon’s recently filed $750 million initial public offering. After that, it’s mostly sheer amazement that Groupon would be so cavalier about wholesale tracking.

The Android Diet: 1 Hour Per Day, Consume 67 Percent Apps and 33 Percent Web

Think of all the things that are advertised as being done in just an hour a day. In the Internet marketing space there are books about just about any subject like SEO, social media, you name it, that can be done in an hour a day.

Well, Nielsen has given us a look into the life of the Android device user and found that even the mobile habit is handled in an hour a day. The first reported finding shows that of that hour (it’s actually 56 minutes but we round up for link friendly reasons :-) ), 67% of that hour is spent with apps while the rest of the time is spent on the web. What constitutes web time is a question that would help us understand this a bit better but we’ll save that for later.

Something Old, Something New: Google Catalogs for iPad

When I was a kid, flipping through the newly delivered Sears Christmas Catalog was one of my biggest joys in life. My sister and I would work our way through from beginning to the toys, playing “pick” on every page. (We did allow ourselves to skip the men’s clothing section and the tools.) When we were done, we’d each sit down with pencil and paper and make a wish list with page numbers and color options.

Fast forward to now where Google is breathing new life into the old catalog, via their new Google Catalogs app for iPad.

It begins by choosing the catalogs you want to receive. LL Bean, Williams Sonoma, Urban Outfitters. . . the catalogs update automatically just like when you used to get them in the mail.