7 apps to help you replace Google Alerts

Many fear that, given Google Alerts’ recent issues, it will soon join Reader in the graveyard. Here are seven apps to fill the void — and better than Google did it.

iPad social magazine Flipboard adds Google Reader, Flickr and more

Despite continued questions over its legality, the hot iPad social magazine Flipboard shows no signs of slowing down. The company announced the latest update to its app last night, bringing with it support for Google Reader, Flickr, live previews and more.

Can a “Head of Social” help Google fend off Facebook?

When Google was fresh off its $27 billion initial public offering almost six years ago, Facebook was but a college social network fueled by hormones and the occasional lascivious profile photo. It had just around 200,000 members and $500,000 in angel funding.