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AOL Adds New Content Partnerships

AOL has reached new content partnerships with Sporting News, Everyday Health and Move Inc as part of its strategy to create unique original content.

Tim-Armstrong-AOL “AOL will be doubling down on our strategy in 2011,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AOL Inc.

John F. Kennedy Archive Moves Online
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The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has introduced the nation’s largest online digitized presidential archive, offering access to papers, records, photographs and recordings of President Kennedy’s thousand days in office.

People Want More Information About Doctors Online
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U.S. adults with a primary care physician spend more time researching the latest electronic gadget or a gift for a friend than they do choosing a doctor, according to a new study released by Insider Pages and conducted by Harris Interactive.

At the same time, the majority of U.S. adults with a primary care physician wish they could find more comprehensive information about their doctors online.

Zillow Adds Real Estate Agent Ratings
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Real estate website Zillow has introduced a new feature that allows home buyers and sellers to search for local real estate agents based on ratings and reviews.

When people use the Zillow Directory to search for a real estate agent in their area, results are sorted by local agents with the highest overall ratings and the largest number of reviews.

Yahoo Launches Online Sports Magazine
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Yahoo Sports has launched “ThePostGame,” an online magazine it says “covers the world of sports from a lifestyle and entertainment perspective.”

ThePostGame features one-on-one interviews with athletes and coaches, The High Five, a daily line up of the five most popular sports links and original content from sports related blogs.

Teens On Facebook Ignore Parents Friend Requests
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More than a third (35%) of  teens who have parents on Facebook indicate they are not actually friends with them online, according to a new survey from Kaplan Test Prep.

Among that group, 38 percent said the reason they are not friends is because they have ignored their parent’s friend request. Even as some teens ignore their parents’ friend requests, 82 percent say they mom and dad are either “very involved” (44%) or “somewhat involved” (38%) in their academic lives.

Facebook To Feature AMBER Alerts

AMBER Alerts for missing children are now available to Facebook users.

Facebook users can sign up to receive AMBER Alert bulletins for their state which will be sent to them through their news feed.  A total of 53 new AMBER Alert pages have been created, one for each state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.  Facebook users will also be able to share the AMBER Alerts with their friends.

 

New Online Exhibit Features 60 Years Of TV Commercials

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) has introduced an extensive online exhibit at museum.tv called “We’ll be Right Back: 60 years of Television Commercials.”

The online exhibit features MBC’s archives of more than 10,000 commercials and nearly 100,000 hours of content. “We’ll be Right Back: 60 years of Television Commercials” spans more than six decades, and showcases more than 100 of the best television commercials from the 1940s through today.

 

TripAdvisor Introduces Airline Ratings To Flight Search

TripAdvisor said today it has introduced airline ratings to its flight search engine.

The new feature allows users to view feedback on airline experiences from other fliers and offer their own airline ratings.

 

Airline-Ratings

 

EA Sports Launches Free Golf Game On Facebook
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EA Sports has launched a free PGA Tour Golf Challenge on Facebook.

PGA Tour Golf Challenge features real time 3D game play and allows users to play with their Facebook friends.

Consumer Groups Call On FCC To Investigate MetroPCS

A number of public interest groups have filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission requesting the agency investigate claims that new plans being offered by mobile provider MetroPCS block Internet content, applications and websites.

The public interest groups who sent the letter to the FCC include Free Press, the Center for Media Justice, Media Access Project, New America Foundation Open Technology Institute and Presente.org .

Mobile Broadband Users To Reach 1 Billion This Year

Mobile broadband subscriptions surpassed the half a billion mark globally in 2010 and are on track to double before this year ends, according to a new report from Ericsson.

The greatest number of mobile broadband subscriptions, around 400 million, is expected to be in the Asia Pacific region, followed by North America and Western Europe with more than 200 million subscriptions each.

 

Amazon Launches Daily Deal App For iPhone

Amazon has introduced a free application for iPhone users called Amazon Deals, which offers daily deals from  Amazon Gold Box.

People can use the app to act on limited-availability discounts and stay up to date with deal notifications.

Buick Using Facebook And Twitter For Scavenger Hunt

Buick is launching the “Quest for the Keys” program, a campaign focused on promoting Buick’s lineup, including the Regal, Enclave, Lacrosse and its new Verano.

More People Adopting Mobile Shopping
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People are using mobile phones to access websites and apps more than ever before, with 33 percent using their phones to access a retailer website, and an additional 26% indicated they plan to access retailer websites or mobile apps by phone in the future, according to a new report from ForeSee Results.

AOL Hires Fox News Editor To Run Homepage

AOL said today it has named Stephen Bromberg Executive Editor of AOL.com.

Prior to joining AOL, Bromberg was Executive Editor, Foxnews.com, where he oversaw the development and publication of all online content for the Foxnews.com website. In this role he directed the editorial team to ensure that quality stories  were posted quickly and accurately to the website. Bromberg joined Foxnews.com in 2000 as News Manager and was promoted to Senior News Editor in 2001 before assuming the role of Executive Editor in 2003.

Dailymotion Introduces On-Demand Content Hubs

Online video site Dailymotion has launched on-demand, curated content hubs focused on timely events.

In real time, Dailymotion says its curation team can flag and respond to major news events or trends, such as a Twitter search trend, curate related content and launch a hub around the topic.

FDA Warns Of Scam For People Who Buy Drugs Online
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The Food and Drug Administration is warning people who have purchased drugs online about fraudsters posing as FDA agents or other law enforcement officials attempting to extort money.

Global IT Spending To Top $3 Trillion In 2011

Global IT spending is forecast to reach $3.6 trillion in 2011, a 5.1 percent increase from 2010, according to a new report by Gartner.

In 2010, worldwide IT spending totaled $3.4 trillion, up 5.4 percent from 2009.

 

Global-IT-Spending

 

Mac App Store Hits One Million Downloads In First Day
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Apple said today that over one million apps have been downloaded from its Mac App Store in the first day.

“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

“Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”

 

Google Android Edges Apple In Smartphone Market
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Samsung was the top handset maker in the U.S. for the three month period ending in November, accounting for 24.5 percent of the market, while RIM led among smartphones with 33.5 percent market share, according to comScore.

FCC Launches App Challenge For Internet Openness
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The Federal Communications Commission has announced a challenge for software developers to create apps that help people monitor Internet openness.

The FCC says its Open Internet Challenge is about the development of apps that provide users with information about  the extent to which their fixed or mobile broadband Internet services are consistent with the open Internet. These software tools could, for example, detect whether a broadband provider is interfering with DNS responses, application packet headers, or content.

Tech Holiday Sales Down 5%

U.S. consumer technology  holiday sales were down 5 percent in 2010 totaling $10.3 billion, according to a new report from The NPD Group.

Heavy sales promotions early in November, before Black Friday, did not convince shoppers to spend early as sales for the first three weeks of the month fell by 5 percent compared to the previous year. Overall NPD estimates that 2010 sales for the 9 week sales period will total $14.9 billion down 4 percent from last year.

Expedia Launches Facebook Contest To Name Its Vacation Packages

Online travel website Expedia has launched the “You Name it Contest and Sweepstakes,” on its Facebook page with the aim of coming up with a better name for its Vacation Packages.