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When Will We See Google Music?
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Depending on who you ask, Google Music is either weeks or months away from launching.

A report from Businessweek suggests that the launch may come as soon as next month.

Whereas CNET says we’re months, rather than weeks, away. So, what’s the hold up here?

Business Insider has a new theory.

Will the Next Wave of Content Farms Eliminate Humans?
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If you’re a regular WebProNews reader, I probably don’t have to tell you that content farms have been in the news a lot lately – mainly Demand Media. While that company uses technology and algorithms to come up with its story assignments, it does utilize a large team of humans to craft the content before it goes out to the masses. 

Microsoft Releases H.264 Extension For Chrome
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About three weeks ago, Google announced that Chrome would no longer support the H.264 video codec.  Now, following some unpleasantness over allegedly copied search results, Microsoft’s struck back by introducing an H.264 extension for Chrome.

To be fair, there’s room for interpretation regarding how aggressive this move is (or isn’t).  Microsoft’s offered similar plug-ins for Firefox for quite some time, and no one’s identified any real animosity there.

Recipe Search Engine Goes Social With Facebook

Foodily, a search engine for comparing recipes, said today it wants to make cooking more social via an integration with Facebook.

Recipes “liked” on Foodily will appear in a users’ Facebook feed, and recipes that others like will appear in a Foodily recipe search.

 

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The Daily: An e-Paper For The iPad
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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has launched The Daily, a e-paper-based daily newspaper exclusively for the iPad, and the early results are about what you’d expect:  rich, iPad-friendly content delivered with a subscription-based model.

In regards to The Daily, feelings of “meh” come from the product itself.  While the newscycle is all over the launch, has anyone stopped to ask who wants this application?  Even the most basic of iPad users surely understand that news can be gathered from a multitude of places, places even the iPad can access.

Location-Based Marketing With More Power Than Facebook
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There is a lot of hype around location-based services and the marketing opportunities that come with them, but check-in apps aren’t the only way to reach consumers on a location basis. Familiar with digital out-of-home advertising? It’s not exactly new and trendy, but there is a growing number of opportunities in this space as well.

Google Shopper For iPhone Released

iPhone owners now have another option when it comes to apps that can help them save money.  Almost exactly a year after it became available to Android users, a version of Google Shopper for the iPhone has launched.

Obviously, Google’s a little late to this game on the iOS platform, and the new version of Google Shopper doesn’t offer any fresh, groundbreaking features.  But the app is free, and its functionality is hard to dispute.

Goodwill Launches Job Training Campaign On eBay

The Goodwill said today it is launching a fundraising campaign on eBay to help people find and keep jobs.

In partnership with eBay Giving Works, eBay’s charity fundraising program, from February 7 to 13, Goodwill will be a featured nonprofit on eBay, offering people the opportunity to buy, sell or donate to support Goodwill’s job training programs. Dress for Success and the National Federation of the Blind will also be featured in February as part of the same campaign.

 

Different Approaches to Internet Explorer

As the news of Google Chrome’s increase in browser market share hit the tubes, some outlets took this as an opportunity to blast Microsoft’s ubiquitous browser, Internet Explorer.  While it’s still pretty en vogue to hate all things Microsoft; although, it feels that should be passé by now, perhaps some of the IE hate was a little forced?

Google Adds Hotpot Recommendations to Regular Search Results
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Google announced that it is now adding results from Hotpot right in regular Google.com search results (with the local Google Places results it’s already putting there). 

If you’re not familiar with Hotpot, launched late last year, this video pretty much sums it up:

Verizon Taking Pre-Orders For iPhone 4

Apple said today it will be taking pre-orders for its iPhone 4 on Verizon beginning at 3 a.m. EST on February 3.

Verizon said it has set aside a limited quantity of iPhone smartphones for existing  customers and orders will be shipped to arrive on February 10.

 

AOL Beats Q4 Estimates
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Earlier this morning, AOL reported its fourth quarter earnings results, and for shareholders, there’s both good news and bad news.  The good: the company beat most analysts’ expectations.  The bad: a column documenting year-over-year changes is still almost full of double-digit negative numbers.

Indeed, total revenue decreased 26 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, advertising revenue fell by the same amount, and free cash flow plunged by 38 percent, none of which is encouraging.

And Now, The Social Media Weather
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The brutal winter weather system that’s been assaulting the United States for the past couple of days has given birth to a nifty moniker.  Calling the event “Snowmageddon,” the inclement weather has taken hold of the lower 48, and as most technologically-savvy Americans are wont to do, they’ve taken to the social media highway to share pictures, tales and related whatnot of their battle with Snowmageddon 2011.

Google Calls Bing’s Search Results Incomplete and Stale
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Bing was called out for copying Google search results in a revealing piece by Danny Sullivan, which chronicled a "sting operation" by Google to bust Bing doing so.

The iPad Apps That Diplomats Will Use

Earlier, we ran a story about the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky (UK) here in Lexington, launching an initiative to put iPads in the hands of students and faculty, with support for an 18-month trial from Apple. The idea is that future diplomats be well versed in current technology. 

Google Latitude Adds Check-in Options

Facebook, Foursquare, and Gowalla (along with several other companies) now have a little more competition when it comes to location-based check-in services.  Starting this afternoon, Google Latitude users can also let their friends know when they’ve arrived at a certain place.

Google’s rationale for this upgrade is that check-ins add context.  Now, rather than just seeing a pal is on a certain street, a user can figure out whether he’s grabbing a drink at a coffee shop or buying a new vehicle at the adjacent car dealer.

Random Video Chat Comes to Facebook, Courtesy of Rounds
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Last summer, Rounds (formerly 6rounds.com) launched an interactive video chat platform for Facebook.

“Guide To Going Google” Debuts

When making a big decision, many people like to do some research on their own before meeting with a salesperson.  And sellers might prefer this arrangement, too, since it saves them from having to answer the same basic questions over and over.  So Google’s probably made a wise move by releasing a "Guide to Going Google" for schools and universities.

Google, Bing, and Blekko Talk Content Farms and Search Quality

Matt Cutts from Google, Harry Shum from Bing, and Rich Skrenta from Blekko spoke on a panel today at the Farsight Summit. Much of the conversation was around the Bing/Google results copying ordeal, but part of the conversation was about search quality in general, and the impact content farms are having on it. 

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.

Bing Responds to Claims It Cheats Off Of Google
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As previously reported, Danny Sullivan revealed a "sting operation" set up by Google, which appears to show that Bing has been copying some of their search results. Bing has now responded with more than the canned statement it previously gave to reporters. 

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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eBay Attracts Employees From Bing, Facebook

eBay lost an important employee last week (the VP of product development at PayPal jumped to Google) but things are now looking up on the personnel front.  The company’s managed to poach one staff member each from Bing and Facebook, and both men have rather impressive resumes.

University of Kentucky School Trains Future Diplomats with iPads

The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky (UK) here in Lexington, has taken up an initiative to provide students with iPads for the duration of their degree cycle.