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Google, Facebook, YouTube are most visited websites in 2011

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Google, Facebook and YouTube racked up the most unique visitors among U.S. websites in 2011, according to new data from the research group Nielsen.

Not necessarily the most surprising news is it? What may be a bit more interesting is that, despite its rapid growth, Google+ was on average visited by fewer users than Myspace this year, according to Nielsen. Google+ was released in beta in July and opened to the public in September.

The Nielsen data also doesn't cover the entire year, only January to October.

According to Nielsen, the top 10 U.S. social networks and blogs, by page views, in 2011 were:

1. Facebook -- 137.6 million average page views per month

2. Blogger -- 45.5 million average page views per month

3. Twitter.com -- 23.6 million average page views per month

4. WordPress.com -- 20.4 million average page views per month

5. Myspace.com -- 17.9 million average page views per month

6. LinkedIn -- 17 million average page views per month

7. Tumblr -- 10.9 million average page views per month

8. Google+ -- 8.2 million average page views per month

9. Yahoo! Pulse -- 8 million average page views per month

10. Six Apart/TypePad -- 7 million average page views per month

Nielsen also reported that the 10 most visited overall U.S. Web brands in 2011 were:

1. Google -- 153.4 million average page views per month

2. Facebook -- 137.6 million average page views per month

3. Yahoo! -- 130.1 million average page views per month

4. MSN/WindowsLive/Bing -- 115.9 million average page views per month

5. YouTube -- 106.7 million average page views per month

6. Microsoft -- 83.8 million average page views per month

7. AOL Media Network -- 74.6 million average page views per month

8. Wikipedia -- 62 million average page views per month

9. Apple -- 61.6 million average page views per month

10. Ask Search Network -- 60.5 million average page views per month

 And finally, the top 10 U.S. Web brands for video, according to Nielsen's data:

1. YouTube -- 111.1 million average page views per month

2. Vevo -- 34.6 million average page views per month

3. Facebook -- 29.8 million average page views per month

4. Yahoo! -- 25.3 million average page views per month

5. MSN/WindowsLive/Bing -- 16.6 million average page views per month

6. AOL Media Network -- 13.3 million average page views per month

7. Hulu -- 13.1 million average page views per month

8. The CollegeHumor Network -- 12.5 million average page views per month

9. CNN Digital Network -- 8.3 million average page views per month

10. Netflix -- 7.4 million average page views per month

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Image: A screen shot of plus.google.com. Credit: Google

Foursquare reaches 1 billion check-ins [Video]

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Foursquare has hit yet another milestone -- 1 billion check-ins.

The location based social network, which enables users of the Foursquare mobile app or website to check in at real-world concert venues, stores, workplaces, restaurants or just about any other spot imaginable, said in a blog post Tuesday that it hit the 1-billion mark sometime last week.

The New York-based start-up compiled a video that it says displays what a week of Foursquare check-ins looks like.

In June, Foursquare said it had raised $50 million to help it build products and gain more international users. The company also said that month that it had more than 10 million users.

In March, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley said the social network saw about 2 million check-ins per day. For all of 2010, Foursquare recorded 381,576,305 check-ins at locations worldwide.

Foursquare's "A week of check-ins on the path to 1-billion" video is below.

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Image: A screen shot of a video depicting a week of check-ins at locations around the world using the location-based social network Foursquare. Credit: Foursquare via Vimeo.

Roku 2 comes in 3 flavors, plays Angry Birds with Wii-like remote

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Roku has sold more than 1 million of its TV set-top boxes, with the main attraction being Netflix streaming. But with the new Roku 2 device, the Saratoga, Calif., company is betting on another hugely popular item for its killer app -- Angry Birds.

The Rovio-built game has been sold more than 200 million times across different smartphones and tablets, and Roku is hoping it'll cause more consumers to pick up a Roku 2, which was released on Tuesday in three different models and price points, ranging from $59.99 to $99.99.

So, how does one play Angry Birds on a little black box (that looks a lot like the Apple TV) that fits in the palm of a hand? With a bluetooth motion-sensing remote (that works a lot like the Nintendo Wii remote).

Roku2_remote_rf_motion2 The top-of-the-line version of the Roku 2, known as the Roku 2 XS, sells for $100 and includes the motion control remote and a copy of Angry Birds already downloaded and ready to play, as well as USB and ethernet ports not available on the cheaper models.

The $79.99 Roku 2 XD's bragging right is the ability to play 1080p full-high-definition video, which its more expensive sibling can do too.

And then there is the $59.99 Roku 2 HD, which is limited to playing back 720p resolution video.

All three of the boxes use an Internet connection to tap into Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video on Demand, Pandora Internet radio, Vimeo and nearly 300 other "channels," the company said on its website.

But the big news here is still casual gaming, said Anthony Wood, Roku's CEO, in a blog post.

"Angry Birds is just the beginning," Wood said. "Between now and Christmas you'll see the games selection on Roku grow dramatically. My goal is to grow Roku into a major low-cost family oriented gaming platform, with games in the $5 range rather than $30 range.

"Just like Netflix is shaking up the video world, and Pandora is shaking up radio, Angry Birds and their friends are shaking up the gaming establishment. We're trying to help as best we can."

Rumors have been circulating for months that the next version of the Apple TV could add games too. It'll also be interesting to see how the Boxee Box responds to casual gaming on the Roku.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Twitter.com/nateog

Images: (Top) The Roku 2 and (bottom) the Roku 2's motion-sensing remote. Credit: Roku

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin leads $8-million financing round for Qwiki

Facebook co-founder and billionaire Eduardo Saverin is one of the leading investors in an $8-million round of financing for Qwiki, software that verbally and visually presents information on computers from search queries, according to TechCrunch.

Saverin is known for starting Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg while the two were students at Harvard, and then being pushed out of the company with about a 5% share in hand.

Qwiki debuted its software -- which works sort of like a computer-generated teacher explaining information to users -- at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Saverin, TechCrunch said, watched Qwiki's demo at the event, see above, via a webcast from his Singapore home.

He then contacted and later met with Qwiki's founders and now he's an investor, TechCrunch reported.

But Saverin isn't the only investor with some history, the website said. Jawed Karim, a co-founder of YouTube, reportedly upped his stake in Qwiki from an earlier round of funding.

Qwiki has created some buzz particularly because its software generates presentations of information directly from computers -- humans don't produce visual layouts, embed videos or photos themselves or feed data to the software, it does all that on its own, the company said on its website.

The software is still in the early stages of development. A Qwiki iPad app is being worked on, TechCrunch said, and the company has also previewed an iPhone app on its Vimeo page.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog

Video: Qwiki via Vimeo.

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