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Rumor Points To More Problems For Google-ITA Deal
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Don’t call your stockbroker or even place an informal bet just yet.  The latest info on the proposed Google-Fairsearch deal represents a rumor twice over.  Still, a report’s indicated that the Department of Justice might decide to step in and stop the acquisition.

Bing-Yahoo Transition Moves Forward In Australia, Brazil, Mexico
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Australia, Brazil, and Mexico have populations of 22.5 million, 190.7 million, and 112.3 million people, respectively.  Which adds up to 325.5 million potential users, all in all.  It’s a big deal, then, that the Bing-Yahoo search transition progressed in these three countries today.

Experian Hitwise Records Another Bing Bump In December

Last month, Bing employees got a present of sorts, only this wasn’t the type of thing a person can stuff under a tree or into an envelope.  New data from Experian Hitwise instead indicates that Bing’s share of the search market rose by five percent between November and December.

That’s significant on its own, considering how well and how long Google’s dominated the field.  As an added bonus: Yahoo’s share of the search market stayed rock-steady, meaning the Bing-Yahoo team increased its standing as a whole.

CityVille Hits 100 Million User Mark
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Less than two months ago, something called "CityVille" launched on Facebook.  Now, statistics indicate it’s hit a tremendous milestone – the 100 million user mark – making the game a huge success and its creator, Zynga, a good deal richer.

MySpace CEO Admits Sale, Merger, Spinoff Possibilities
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In an attempt to increase its appeal, homeowners often clean, repaint, and recarpet a house before trying to sell it.  And similarly, following a talk by CEO Mike Jones, it’s starting to look more and more like a significant overhaul and major layoffs at MySpace are geared towards helping News Corp. get rid of the property.

Google Attempts Real-Time (And Audible) Translation
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Language barriers can be incredibly frustrating.  There’s nothing quite like facing another intelligent human being and realizing you’ll both have to mime things for the next five minutes in order to have any chance of understanding each other.  But Google’s attempting to fix that with a new "Conversation Mode" in Google Translate for Android.

Econsultancy: UK SEO Market Grew By 16 Percent Last Year
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The term "austerity" was almost omnipresent in British culture last year, with budget cutbacks being discussed on a regular basis by just about everyone.  Only it seems the search industry came out more than okay, as a new report from Econsultancy indicates the UK marketplace for SEO came to be worth roughly $680 million.

More Chrome Notebooks On The Way

People who are interested in the Cr-48 Chrome Notebook – but who were apparently passed over when Google began shipping the machines – shouldn’t give up hope quite yet.  An exec at the company indicated that more Cr-48s are on the way.

February Launch Planned For Firefox 4

There’s lots left to do, and nothing’s guaranteed, but it seems Firefox 4 will arrive in less than 50 days if all goes according to plan.  Word’s come straight from Damon Sicore, Senior Director of Platform Engineering at Mozilla.

Trend Micro Gives iPhone Security Edge Over Android
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Yesterday, Google announced that it would stop supporting the H.264 video codec in Chrome, and in the process, praised the concept of openness.  That approach isn’t always popular, however, and a Trend Micro exec cited it when stating that Android devices are less secure than the iPhone.

Farm Bureau Hints Facebook Paid $8.5M For FB.com
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Farmers and ranchers with ties to the American Farm Bureau Federation may want to call the nonprofit and see if it happens to be doing anything special.  Farm Bureau should have more than a few dollars to spare, since it turns out the sale of FB.com to Facebook probably netted it around $8.5 million.

As you might remember, the transaction was announced in November, and Mark Zuckerberg made it sound rather insignificant (and funny) by stating, "The Farm Bureau has agreed to give us FB.com and we in return have agreed to not sell farm subsidies."

MySpace Confirms 47 Percent Staff Reduction

If you happen to know anyone who’s employed by MySpace, today’s a good day to keep them in your thoughts.  MySpace CEO Mike Jones confirmed that heavy layoffs will occur, with 47 percent of the company’s employees (or roughly 500 people) due to be affected.

While it’s hard to imagine that half of MySpace’s workforce contributed absolutely nothing, and it’s extra suspicious that Jones made his announcement at a time when the Verizon/iPhone hoopla was distracting everyone, the CEO did try to indicate that MySpace is in good shape now.

Equal Number Android Tablet, iPad Shipments Forecast For Late 2011
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Android phones got off to a late start compared to the iPhone, but now, most research firms agree Android phones are winning in terms of sales.  And Android tablets might soon pull off a similar coup, as the experts at BMO Capital Markets have predicted shipments of Android tablets and iPhones will draw even in the second half of this year.

Rumor: Android “Ice Cream” To Launch This Summer

The version of Android that’ll come after the one codenamed "Honeycomb" is on the way, according to a new report, and should land this summer.  The seasonally appropriate designation: Ice Cream.

Winklevoss Twins, Divya Narendra Revive Facebook Lawsuit
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Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, along with Divya Narendra, are at it again.  The three men, who claim Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook from them, have decided to effectively turn down an agreed-upon $65 million settlement and seek a much larger payout from the company.

Global “Google Science Fair” Planned
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Not much info is available at this point, but the parents and teachers of scientifically inclined 13-18 year olds (along with the 13-18 year olds themselves) might want to stay close to their computers tomorrow morning.  At 9 AM EST, Google intends to announce the first-ever Google Science Fair.

Google’s described the event as "the world’s first online global science competition," and some interesting partners are also involved: CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific American. 

New SVP Of Yahoo Media Network Hired

Most stories covering personnel moves at Yahoo don’t exactly count as wins for the company, but it looks like Yahoo’s set to attain a victory.  Reports indicate Mickie Rosen will soon assume the title "Senior Vice President of the Yahoo Media Network."

Rosen has an impressive resume.  Her career began at McKinsey & Company, a large and well-known consulting firm, while she attended Harvard Business School.  She did stints at Disney, Quisic, Idealab, and Fandango afterward.

BGC Gives eBay “Buy” Rating

BGC Partners, a firm with roots dating back to 1945, has new confidence in eBay.  Today, BGC upgraded its outlook on eBay’s stock from hold to buy, and raised its price target by 25 percent, as well.

The new price target is $35, up from $28.  That’s not a huge vote of confidence, considering that eBay’s stock is currently trading at $27.77, but at least shows BGC doesn’t think eBay is stagnant.

Google Moves To Flesh Out Product Data

Smart consumers tend to want as much product information as possible, and many people delay purchases when a certain statistic isn’t available (who wants to buy a TV when there’s a chance its cord won’t reach the nearest outlet?).  So this weekend, Google revisited a deal that means shoppers will get more (and more accurate) details.

Google and Edgenet first announced an arrangement back in October.  Edgenet, a "product content collection service," was to supply Google with info provided by manufacturers in order to improve Google Product Search.

Yahoo, Disney May Strike Connected TV Deal

Yahoo Connected TV might soon get a serious bump in respectability in the eyes of sports fans and families with kids.  A potential deal with Disney could bring content from ESPN and Disney (along with ABC) to the platform, according to a new report.

Trend Micro Releases Security App For Android

Earlier this week, a company called Trusteer determined that mobile users are three times more vulnerable to phishing attacks compared to people sitting in front of desktops.  Now, in a move that’ll perhaps help address that problem (and others), Trend Micro has released its first security app for the Android platform.

Researchers Study Dialects, Slang On Twitter

Much as someone born and raised in Boston probably won’t sound the same as a person who grew up in California, people don’t always tweet alike.  And while that may appear obvious, Carnegie Mellon researchers studied the presence of slang and different dialects on Twitter and discovered some interesting facts.

Bing Secures Place In Hyundai’s Connected Vehicle Program
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Bing is, in both a figurative and literal sense, on a roll this week.  First came word that Toyota’s new in-car infotainment system will feature Bing Maps and Bing for Mobile, and now, it seems a new product from Hyundai called Blue Link will do much the same thing.

Facebook Extends Lead Over Orkut In India

For a long time, supporters of Google’s experiments in social media were able to point to Orkut’s success in Brazil and India.  In those countries, at least, the social network was dominant.  But Orkut fell behind in India last year, and new stats from Experian Hitwise show that Facebook’s made impressive gains since then.