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YouTube Hires Paramount EVP/GM

Less than a month ago, a rumor indicated that YouTube would begin paying celebrities big money in order to create custom content.  Now, a piece of the organization’s Hollywood-related plans seems to be falling into place, as YouTube’s hired a …

Facebook, Skype Rumored To Be In Talks Again
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Fair warning: not much came of earlier rumors about this same possibility, and an identical outcome is possible this time.  But there’s word that Facebook and Skype are (again) in talks about introducing a video chat feature on the social …

Google Creates Big Picasa Storage Loophole

“It’s just a little bit; it doesn’t matter” is a common thought.  People say it to themselves all the time before purchasing or eating something.  And now Google’s said it with respect to Picasa storage space, giving members a lot …

Twitter’s Suggested Value Hits $7.7 Billion In Share Auction
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The handful of investors who are able to get their hands on Twitter shares continue to have the utmost faith in the company. Another private market auction has taken place, and this time, eager supporters placed bids high enough to …

New Clip Compares Android, Human Growth Rates

Last week, the official Android Developer Channel published an impressive video showing the rate of Android device activations on a global scale.  Now, courtesy of a different source, there’s a clip giving a little more perspective, comparing the rise of …

Google Gives PyCon 2011 Special Nod

PyCon – the largest annual conference related to the Python programming language – is almost here, and Google wants everyone to get excited about it.  The company made clear today that it will have a significant presence there and considers …

Google Addresses Android Fragmentation With Static Library
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A new Best Buy commercial for its “Buy Back” program features consumers getting confused, frustrated, and angry as their new gadgets are quickly made obsolete.  To ensure something similar doesn’t happen to Android developers, Google’s released an anti-fragmentation library. Developing …

Google Updates Chrome OS, Fixes Cr-48 Trackpad Issue
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Early reviews of Google’s Cr-48 notebooks were, as you may remember, not encouraging.  They seemed to indicate that the machines made better coasters than computing devices for anyone who already owned a laptop.  Google’s now addressed some problems with a …

AOL Layoff Rumors Resurface Again

Today’s workday may be another tough eight hours for AOL employees.  CEO Tim Armstrong himself has confirmed that more layoffs will occur due to the acquisition of the Huffington Post, and while the timing remains uncertain, tensions are sure to …

Third PayPal X Developer Challenge Begins
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Developers with any amount of ability when it comes to creating Android apps may want to start thinking about how to bring PayPal into the equation.  Today, the third PayPal X Developer Challenge kicked off, and PayPal’s established some significant cash prizes for the top three participants.

Google Introduces New AdSense Mobile Interface
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People who make a serious amount of money using AdSense (or at least wish they did) will now better be able to keep track of their earnings while on the move.  Today, Google introduced the beta version of an AdSense interface designed specifically to complement mobile devices.

Android Assumes Smartphone OS Lead
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One day after a well-met iPad 2 announcement, it’s a solid bet that the iPhone 5 team at Apple just received orders to work a good deal harder.  New stats from Nielsen indicate that, in terms of U.S. smartphone market share, iOS has fallen behind Android.

Microsoft-Facebook Legal Clash Over Personnel Possible
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Tech companies poach each other’s employees on a regular basis; a week rarely goes by without something alone the lines of a Yahoo-to-Google or Zynga-to-Twitter transfer occurring.  Only it seems Microsoft’s getting more than a little tired of losing employees to Facebook, and may unleash a few lawyers in an effort to keep one person from changing sides.

Mobile Editing In Google Docs Expands To Cover 45 Languages

When Google introduced mobile editing in Google Docs last year, many people applauded.  Lots of people probably didn’t, though, considering the advance was English-only and left out folks all over the world.  Now Google’s addressing that issue with the ability to edit documents in 44 more languages.

Of course, to be honest, this may not yet affect many individuals.  Google Docs has had enough trouble catching on with English-speaking Americans, never mind people who aren’t in the company’s home market.

Google Game Developer Central Launches

Games make people happy.  They also, as anyone who’s seen a guy glued to a controller or a mob the morning of a major release can attest, make people willing to sacrifice lots of time and money.  Google may be onto something, then, as the search giant today launched a site called Google Game Developer Central.

Google Picked For Royal Wedding Site Hosting Duties

Months ahead of the actual wedding date, the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has generated all sorts of media attention and page views, with people all over the world taking an interest.  And now Google’s right in the midst of it, as the search giant’s been picked to host the official Royal Wedding website.

Yahoo May Sell Yahoo Japan Stake To Softbank

To avoid any sense of false hype-building, we’ll admit right now: Softbank has already denied any involvement.  But rumor has it that Yahoo is in discussions to sell its stake in Yahoo Japan to Softbank, and a whole lot of people are hoping that’s the case.

Yahoo Japan is, if you’ll recall, not exactly the Yahoo most Americans know.  Yahoo only owns 33 percent of the organization, while Softbank controls a 42 percent stake.  And Yahoo Japan’s also on a different path in other respects, considering it’s arranged to make use of Google’s search tech.

Major Real Estate Firm Switches To Google Apps
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Chalk up another win for Google Apps.  Fairview Cadillac, a real estate firm with 1,800 employees and a portfolio worth over $19 billion, is switching to it, and an exec has gone on the record outlining the forecast monetary savings and other benefits.

Google Buys Technical Tool Firm Zynamics

Google and/or users of some of the company’s many products may soon be a little safer.  A company called Zynamics announced today that it’s been acquired by Google, and Zynamics specializes in reverse engineering tools and vulnerability research.

Hulu CEO Forecasts 2011 Revenue Of $500 Million
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Prior to its launch, more than a few prominent bloggers predicted that Hulu would fail, and it was dubbed "Clown Co." in certain circles.  Now, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has forecast that his organization will earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 million in ad revenue this year (see update).

Groupon Launches In The United Arab Emirates
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When it comes to handling money, citizens of the United Arab Emirates know what they’re doing.  This small federation (115th in terms of total area) actually counts as the world’s 35th-largest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund.  So UAE residents should appreciate the fact that a local version of Groupon has launched.

Google Announces Big Expansion In Latin America

More details of Google’s plan to hire 6,000 new employees have come to light.  It seems the search giant will focus an unusual amount of attention on Central and South America, making a special effort to step up operations in that area.

Hulu To Show TED Conference Clips

TED conferences are elite – and well-respected – events.  People are so eager to attend them that tickets costing $6,000 each are snapped up in no time at all.  Only now, videos of many TEDTalks will be available for free through Hulu and Hulu Plus.

Admittedly, this isn’t too huge a breakthrough in one sense; 886 video clips have already been posted at ted.com/talks, so anybody who knew what he (or she) was looking for was almost sure to find it.

Android Honeycomb Statue Arrives On Google’s Campus

Penny-pinching Google shareholders should perhaps look away.  Your money isn’t being used in the most responsible manner.  But it’s at least helping many of the rest of us smile, as Google’s once again installed an unnecessarily large statue in commemoration of the latest version of the Android operating system.