U.S. State Department chooses Amazon’s Kindle over Apple’s iPad

Apple’s iPad may get the headlines and the market share, but Amazon’s Kindle looks like a better choice to at least one federal agency. Today Amazon agreed to a no-bid, $16.5 million contract with the U.S. State Department to provide 2,500 Kindle Touches for the government’s overseas language-education programs.

ShareThis helps publishers figure out their social weaknesses

If you’re a publisher looking to reach as many consumers as possible, web sharing platform ShareThis may have just the answer. The company, which has made a name for itself by making it easy for readers to share online content to practically any social network,  is launching two new tools today: the Social Quality Index (SQI) Analytics Dashboard and SQI Lookup.

Big Brother is watching botnets: White House rolls out initiative to fight viruses

Following a number of large botnet attacks on major corporations last year, the Obama administration announced a voluntary, industry-wide plan to combat botnets based on a set of developed principles by the Industry Botnet Group (IBG) and nine other private groups. The White House also revealed its development of a consumer-education campaign intended to teach the public about computer viruses.

Zebit closes $25M in venture funding for microlending website

If you’re looking to expand your business and/or purchase something you desperately need, but your credit is low, take a look at Zebit. The San Diego-based data platform that supports micro-lending businesses from start to finish, raised $25 million in a series D funding round led by Mohr Davidow Ventures along with Leapfrog Ventures, QED Investors and Crosslink Capital.

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OoVoo delivers 12-way video chat app for Facebook and iPad

Can’t stand being away from your friends after graduating from college? Never fear; ooVoo will let you video chat with multiple friends at one time. The cloud-based video chatting service rolled out new apps for the iPad and Facebook today in an effort to surpass Skype and FaceTime-like services.

Dish to close down more Blockbuster stores soon

Finding a Blockbuster near you will become even harder in the near future. Dish Network Corp, which purchased the video-rental retail chain last year, made a statement Thursday saying more of the retail stores would be closing down in the U.S. than originally planned.