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MySpace Introduces New Tools For Musicians

MySpace has introduced new tools to help musicians better promote and mangage their music.

MySpace has partnered with marketing platform Reverbnation and will offer its FanReach email marketing tool to all musicians with a profile. FanReach allows artists to communicate with others both on MySpace and via targeted email campaigns.

Google News Gets News Follow Feature

Google has added an interesting new feature to Google News. Now, when you do a search, near the top of the results, you will see a button to follow news for that query. 

When you click the button, it will add that query to the topic list on the left-hand side of the screen, as well as create a custom section on the Google News homepage dedicated to that topic. 

For example, if I search on Google News for "facebook", and click the button, Facebook is added to my topic list:

Resources to Help You Migrate Away From Delicious
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By now, you’ve probably heard the unfortunate news. Yahoo is sunsetting Delicious (and a few other platforms).

Folks are upset (or maybe disappointed is a better word). I’m one of them. I’ve come to rely on Delicious as my primary bookmarking system (not so much on the social side). And now I’m left looking for alternatives.

Amazon Adds Newspapers And Magazines To Kindle For Android App

Amazon said today that users of its Kindle for Android app can now buy, read, and sync more than 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines.

Additional new features include the ability to buy and download Kindle books and periodicals within the Kindle for Android app, share reading progress via social networks, and zoom closer to images and other graphics. Kindle for Android is the first major e-book app to offer periodicals on the Android platform.

Google Promotes Open, Inclusive Internet Governance

The United Nations Commission on Science & Technology for Development needs to open its doors and allow many more organizations to join an Internet-related group, according to Google.  Vint Cerf, who serves as "Chief Internet Evangelist" at the search giant, spoke up this morning following a row over a governments-only proposal.

Vevo Launches HD iPad App
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Music video site Vevo has launched a free HD app for the iPad that features its catalog of 25,000 videos from more than 7,500 artists.

“We optimized the Vevo experience specifically for the iPad. It’s a perfect match, actually—Vevo’s crystal clear videos played on iPad’s big, beautiful screen,” the company says in a blog post.

European Commission Widens Google Inquiry
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Google’s lawyers in Europe, who have been forced to deal with all sorts of investigations and inquiries over the past few years, have just had more obstacles dropped in their way.  A new report’s indicated that the European Commission will look into two antitrust complaints originating in Germany.

New Facebook Registration Tool For Site Owners Aimed at Increasing Conversions
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Facebook is launching a new registration tool for site owners, which utilizes a single line of code. "For users it means quicker ways to sign up for new sites with Facebook, while seeing what information they’re sharing, and which friends have already connected," a representative for Facebook tells WebProNews.

Can Bing Take on Google With These New Features?
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Bing introduced a handful of new features. The one that will likely catch the most interest is the extension of its recent announcement regarding Facebook. Now, Bing will start showing you which of your Facebook friends have liked search results as they appear in your searches. 

Blekko Adds Facebook “Likes” to Search Results
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Bing announced yesterday that it is integrating more Facebook "likes" into search results, but Blekko, the new kid on the block, is now also providing such data, courtesy of Facebook Connect. 

"Now log onto Blekko through Facebook Connect and you’ll be able to see whether or not your friends have ‘Liked’ a particular search result," a Blekko representative tells WebProNews. 

Update: Facebook is Up…Kind Of (After Downtime)
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Update 3: Facebook has now tweeted saying, "Facebook is available again after being down for a brief period. We apologize for the inconvenience."

comScore: Facebook, Hulu Lost Video Viewers In Nov.

Facebook and Hulu, while doing fine in many respects, couldn’t quite hold online video viewers’ interest in November as they’ve done before.  New stats from comScore indicate that both companies failed to match past performances last month, with Facebook losing a spot on a top ten list and Hulu falling off it.

To delve into the numbers: Facebook saw its unique user count fall from 47.4 million individuals in October to 42.5 million in November, which caused it to drop from fifth place to sixth in terms of attracting unique video viewers.

Leaked Document Outlines Impending Yahoo Shutdowns

Fans of AltaVista, Delicious, Fire Eagle, and Yahoo Buzz – along with many other Yahoo properties – may want to devise a backup plan.  A leaked corporate document indicates that a number of sites are due to be shut down, and more than a few others will in some way be merged.

Microsoft Makes Email Content Dynamic With Active Views in Hotmail
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Microsoft has some interesting news out for Hotmail users. The company has partnered with some other companies to bring a new kind of email to the inbox – one that is as up to date as possible, and lets users interact with sites from within the email itself.

LinkedIn Launches Android App

LinkedIn has launched a new Android app in beta. The app lets users view updates, search for people, respond to invitations, and keep in touch with connections. 

Google Maps Introduces Holiday Email Cards

Google has introduced a new feature that allows people to create and personalize their own holiday greeting cards and send them to others via email.

 

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Should Google Be Able To Prioritize Its Own Content In Search Results?
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Does Google have the right to place its own content over others’ content in its search results? If the company deems it better for the user that way, Google certainly thinks so. 

Do you agree with Google? Let us know.

Chrome Beta Gets Google Instant, WebGL 3D Tech (And More)

Google recently held a Chrome event in which it showed off some new things they are doing with their popular web browser (not to mention the opening of the Chrome Web Store and the introduction of Chrome OS). 

Google Maps Goes 3D and Offline on Android

Google introduced a new version of Google Maps for Android, which brings several new features. These include 3D map interaction and offline reliability features. 

Google is now using vector graphics for the maps, so you won’t see the map load in squares as it has done in the past. Instead, it will "dynamically draw" the map as you use it. Google lists the following features that come with this functionality:

Experian Hitwise Marks Progress Of Bing-Yahoo Partnership
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It can be a bit of a balancing act when reports concerning the search market come out; if comScore, Experian Hitwise, and Nielsen all say different things, it’s embarrassing to have three contradictory headlines.  New numbers from Experian Hitwise tend to agree with yesterday’s comScore stats in asserting that November was a good month for Bing, however.

comScore said Google’s market share went down, Yahoo’s went down, and Bing’s went up.  Experian Hitwise found that Google’s share went down, Yahoo’s went up, and Bing’s also increased a bit.

Google And MySpace Renew Search Advertising Deal

MySpace and Google have reached an agreement to renew and expand their search and advertising partnership, which is good news for the struggling social network.

Under the terms of the deal, Google will continue to operate MySpace search and advertising and will also provide additional display advertising services to improve the entertainment content on MySpace.

Report: Facebook’s 2010 Sales Revenue May Hit $2B

Less than 24 hours after Twitter raised $200 million in funding at a valuation of $3.7 billion, there’s good news about Facebook on the financial front, as well.  A report’s claimed that Facebook will pull in a whopping $2 billion in sales revenue this year.

YouTube Gives Users a New Homepage To Try Out
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YouTube has been testing a new homepage, and is now letting users try it out if they’d like to do so. They’ve added a button on the current homepage that you can click on if you want to give it a shot. 

YouTube lists the following features of the new homepage:

US Making Little Progress On Broadband Speeds
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 Nearly half (49%) of the people in the U.S. do not meet the FCC’s minimum broadband standard of 4 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 mbps upload, according to a new report by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

CWA’s annual Speed Matters report on Internet speeds in the United States indicates little progress has been made since the report was first issued in 2007.