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Online Health Searches Popular Among Internet Users
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The majority (80%) of U.S. Internet users look for health information, making it the third most popular online activity, following email and using a search engine, according to a new report by the Pew Internet Project.

The most likely groups to look online for health information include: caregivers, women, whites, younger adults, and adults with at least some college education. The groups least likely to look online for health information include: African Americans, Latinos, people living with disability, older adults, and adults with a high school education or less.

The Yellow Pages Launches Opt-Out Website
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The Yellow Pages Association has introduced a new website that allows people to opt out of  receiving phone directories.

The new website, Yellowpagesoptout.com, allows people to select which phone directories they receive, or stop deliveries entirely.

 

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Google Launches Art Project Featuring Street View

Google has partnered with some of the world’s most well known art museums to bring the works of more than 400 artists online.

Gogo Offering Free Inflight Facebook Access

Gogo Inflight Internet said today it would offer free access to Facebook for the month of February for passengers on seven major airlines.

In partnership with Ford, Gogo is offering free Facebook access on American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

 

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Nintendo Launches Twitter Trivia Contest
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Nintendo of America said today it is launching a trivia contest on Twitter to promote its February 14 release of “Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation” video game for Nintendo DS.

Participants can visit “@NitendoAmerica” on Twitter to answer a series of trivia questions about the game, each one more difficult than the last, that will be posted throughout the week, for fans and followers to submit the correct answer.

 

Papa John’s Launches Online Super Bowl Pizza Giveway

Papa John’s said today that people who place orders online on Super Bowl Sunday will have the chance to win a $45 gift card.

Beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, every customer who places an order online  will be eligible to win a free $45 Papa John’s gift card. The 45-Second Giveaway runs through Super Bowl XLV, ending at 9:59 p.m. ET. Papa John’s customers can also register for the 45 Second Giveaway.

 

Meijer Launches Online Grocery Service

Retailer Meijer has introduced a new online grocery service called “MeijerDoorstepGrocer.com.”

"This is a very important step for our e-commerce operations," said Rick Keyes, executive vice president of supply chain operations and e-commerce for Meijer.

 

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AOL Acquires Online Video Network Goviral

AOL said today it has acquired the European online video distribution network goviral for $74.1 million.

In addition, AOL will pay goviral $22.6 million over two years following completion of the deal.

“Video is core to AOL’s consumer programming strategy and goviral has created an incredibly compelling platform that delivers highly measureable and cost effective solutions to publishers and advertisers,” said Kate Burns, SVP, AOL Europe.

 

Google Edges Bing For Visual Attention
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The top three paid positions on Google attract more visual attention than the top three links on Bing, according to a new report from research firm User Centric.

Study outcomes showed a comparable number of participants viewing top sponsored links (~90 percent) across both search engines. However, these participants spent 22 percent more time looking at Google’s top sponsored links than Bing’s. For right sponsored links, Bing and Google didn’t significantly differ in the amount of attention.

 

Mobile Market Up In Q4 Driven By Smartphones

The global mobile phone market grew 17.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, a new quarterly high driven by smartphones, according to a new report from IDC.

Vendors shipped 401.4 million units in Q4 compared to 340.5 million units in Q4 of 2009. Vendors shipped a total of 1.39 billion units on a cumulative worldwide basis in 2010, up 18.5% from the 1.17 billion units shipped in 2009.

eBay Buyers And Sellers Donated More Than $50 Million To Nonprofits In 2010

eBay is touting that its buyers and sellers donated a record $54.8 million to U.S. and U.K. Nonprofit organizations in 2010.

 A donation was made every 24 seconds via eBay Giving Works, the company’s nonprofit fundraising program in the U.S., raising more than $91 a minute for nonprofits. Overall, donations were up 7 percent last year, compared to 2009, and nearly 9 million items were listed for sale, with all or a portion of the sale price donated to a nonprofit, more than double the items listed in 2009.

Republicans And Democrats
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Nearly a quarter of Americans used Twitter or social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace in the months leading up to the November, 2010 elections to connect to the campaign or election, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

In contrast to the 2008 race—in which Democratic voters led the way in their use of online social networks for political purposes—Republican voters and supporters of the “Tea Party” movement caught up with Democrats in their use of social media in 2010.

 

Republicans And Democrats

Nearly a quarter of Americans used Twitter or social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace in the months leading up to the November, 2010 elections to connect to the campaign or election, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

In contrast to the 2008 race—in which Democratic voters led the way in their use of online social networks for political purposes—Republican voters and supporters of the “Tea Party” movement caught up with Democrats in their use of social media in 2010.

 

Republicans And Democrats

Nearly a quarter of Americans used Twitter or social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace in the months leading up to the November, 2010 elections to connect to the campaign or election, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

In contrast to the 2008 race—in which Democratic voters led the way in their use of online social networks for political purposes—Republican voters and supporters of the “Tea Party” movement caught up with Democrats in their use of social media in 2010.

 

FTC Orders Scareware Scammers To Pay $8 Million

The Federal Trade Commission has ordered an operator of an online “scareware” scheme to pay more than $8 million to settle charges he used deceptive ads to trick people into thinking their computers were infected with malicious software, and then sold them software to “fix” their non-existent problem.

The defendant whose settlement was announced today will be required to turn over $8 million so it can be used to reimburse victims of the scam.

New Social Media Tool Helps Businesses Manage Facebook Pages
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Social media start-up, mediafeedia has introduced a social media management tool aimed at businesses on Facebook.

 Users can create a mediafeedia account without having to download software and import their Facebook business pages they manage.  The pages will be added to the user’s mediafeedia dashboard and synched with Facebook.

eBay Aims To Improve Display Advertising
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eBay said today it has hired Triad Retail Media to sell and manage all on-site display advertising on its network of websites.

Under the deal, Triad will provide display advertising management to offer more customized ads that will better highlight listings and improve the experience for buyers and sellers on the site.

eBay-Triad Key features of the agreement include:

IRS Launches Tax App For Android And iPhone Users

The Internal Revenue Service has introduced IRS2Go, its first smartphone app that allows people to check on the status of their tax refund and receive tax information.

"This new smart phone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they want it," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.

"As technology evolves and younger taxpayers get their information in new ways, we will keep innovating to make it easy for all taxpayers to access helpful information."

Amazon Launches Kindle Singles
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 Amazon has officially introduced its Kindle Singles, short format ebooks that it announced plans for back in October.

Kindle Singles are between 5,000  and 30,000 words and are available in the Kindle Store for between $0.99 and $4.99. Amazon said it plans to frequently introduce many more Kindle Singles over time.

Google And Yad Vashem Museum Put Holocaust Documents Online
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Google has partnered with Israel’s Yad Vashem museum to put the world’s largest collection of Holocaust documents and photos online.

In the first part of the initiative 130,000 photos from Yad Vashem’s archive will be viewable online, the day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Click Fraud Falls In Q4 2010

The overall click fraud rate in Q4 2010 was 19.1 percent which was lower than the Q3 2010 all-time high of 22.3 percent, but higher than the 15.3 percent rate for Q4 2009, according to the latest report from Click Forensics.

Click Forensics Malware Lab identified a new malware scheme targeting display banner ads. The program performs a pop-up or pop-under and rotates brand advertisers’ banner ads every 10-15 min in an effort to boost impression figures.

 

Verizon Now Offering Google Apps For Small Business

Verizon said today it will begin offering Google Apps with its broadband service for small and medium-sized businesses.

Google Apps for Verizon features Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Sites.  Google Apps for Verizon provides three free user accounts and is available to businesses that subscribe to a bundle consisting of Verizon Internet service.

 

Amazon Launches Bulk Email-Sending Service
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Amazon said today it is launching a bulk email-sending service for businesses and developers as part of its web services.

The new service called Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) integrates with other Amazon Web Services (AWS), to send email from other apps being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2.

 

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Newspaper Websites Attracted More Than 100 Million Visitors In Q4
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Newspaper websites saw large amounts of traffic in the fourth quarter of 2010, attracting an average monthly audience of 105.3 million unique visitors or 62 percent of all adult Internet users.

The analysis, by comScore for the Newspaper Association of America, also indicates that newspaper websites continue to attract key demographics, reaching 58 percent of 25-to-34-year-olds and 73 percent of individuals in households earning more than $100,000 a year on average through out the quarter.