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Android Comes Up On iOS In October
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A new comScore report concerning the state of the mobile market is out, and it should surprise exactly no one that Android’s market share continues to rise.  The rate of Android’s growth is sure to displease some Apple fans, however, as it looks like Android may have eclipsed iOS in terms of smartphone subscribers.

Google Looks Toward “Star Trek Future” With Phonetic Arts Acquisition
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Google has acquired Phonetic Arts, a speech synthesis company based in Cambridge, England. The company works on technology that generates natural computer speech from samples of recorded voice.

Google Tech Lead Moves On To LinkedIn

Given Google’s hiring standards, it’s a decent bet that even the janitors have more coding ability than the developers at some other firms.  An impending personnel loss may be all that much worse for the search giant, then, as an employee with the title "Tech Lead" has decided to leave for LinkedIn.

What Google Acquiring Groupon Would Mean For Both Companies
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Update:  Groupon has reportedly rejected Google’s offer.

Bing Shopping Gets Improved Product Category Navigation

Bing has made added some enhancements to Bing Shopping with the goal of making it easier for people to browse merchandise by category and sub-category, or as Bing describes it, by "browsing visual aisles like you would in the real-world". 

eBay Finds Small Businesses Optimistic About Holiday Sales
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eBay has released the results of its first U.S. Online Business Index (OBI), a new report that focuses on small business owners views across a variety of topics.

More than half (60%) of eBay small business owners surveyed said they are considerably optimistic about the future of their online businesses during the 2010 holiday season.

Viacom-YouTube Appeal Set To Proceed

More than four months after YouTube won a lawsuit filed by Viacom – and just one day after Google announced several new ways in which it’ll try to aid copyright owners – it look like the legal fight is about to start again.  Viacom is reportedly ready to move forward with its appeal.

Google To Roll Out Changes to Copyright Handling
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Google is making some significant changes to how it handles copyright infringement complaints and piracy that will go into effect over the next several months.

Google says it will act on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours, will prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in its Autocomplete feature, will improve its AdSense anti-piracy review, and will experiment to make authorized preview content more readily available in search results. 

Google Offering Free $10 Calling Credit For Military Families During The Holidays
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Google said today it is offering a free $10 calling credit during the holidays to military families in an effort to help them keep in touch with their loved ones serving abroad.

Groupon Dominates LivingSocial In Market Share, But Now Amazon’s In The Equation
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Update:  Groupon has reportedly rejected Google’s offer.

Facebook Proving to Be an Excellent E-Commerce Tool For the Holidays
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If you had any question about whether or not Facebook can be effective for e-commerce, you might be interested in new data the company has shared with us regarding the time period from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. 

Can Google TV on the Logitech Revue Turn You Into Kevin Bacon?
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Logitech has a new ad for its Revue device (the set-top box/Blu-Ray player with Google TV) that has Kevin Bacon playing a guy that is a huge Kevin Bacon fan in what quite possibly is some of Kevin Bacon’s finest work to date. 

Maybe this ad is just what Google TV needs to pick itself up after a disappointing launch. 

Google & Bing Are Looking at Links on Twitter & Facebook for Organic Ranking
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Search and social go well together, and the search engines are finding more and more ways to use them together. In fact, the right combinations of these two elements could eventually dictate who has the most useful tools for users. 

It’s become more and more clear over time that having a strong social presence is helpful in building a strong search presence for a variety of reasons, but it’s not been so clear, just how the search engines have looked at things like Twitter and Facebook profiles when it comes to organic search ranking. 

Stable Chrome 8 Debuts

Chrome users who appreciate having the latest and greatest things (and doesn’t that describe every Chrome user?) will be pleased to know that version 8 of Google’s Web browser has debuted in stable form.  Version 8.0.552.215 was announced earlier this afternoon, to be exact.

FBI Launches Online Tool For Recovering Stolen Art

The FBI has introduced a free online tool aimed at allowing people to search a database of thousands of stolen artworks and contact the agency if the have information about the items.

OPA President: FTC Proposal Both Encouraging and Concerning
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As you may know, the FTC released a report this week proposing a framework for balancing consumer privacy and innovation online, which includes (but is not limited to) a "do not track" mechanism in web browsers. Naturally, marketers have shown varying degrees of concern. Some are even calling the proposal a "Google Killer". 

Google Unveils Cantonese Voice Search

Thanks to a new product launch, as many as 65 or 70 million people should now find conducting Google searches from their mobile phones a much less difficult process.  This week, Cantonese Voice Search debuted in Hong Kong.

Facebook Promotions No Longer Require Approval or $10,000

Facebook has updated its policy on Promotions, Sweepstakes and Contests. It no longer requires written Facebook approval to administer a promotion on Facebook or a minimum media spend investment to support the promotion, which was previously the case (at $10,000). 

Yahoo’s Mergers And Acquisitions Chief To Split

The odds of Yahoo making any brilliant acquisitions in the near future – which were arguably already slim – appear set to decrease again.  A report’s indicated that Andrew Siegel, the head of corporate development (and therefore mergers and acquisitions) is leaving the company.

Zynga Acquires Mobile Game Developer Newtoy

Zynga said today it has acquired Texas-based mobile game development company, Newtoy, makers of mobile games including Words With Friends and Chess With Friends.

The Newtoy headquarters in McKinney, Texas will become The Zynga With Friends Studio. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Will Location-Based Services Break Out in 2011?
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Location-based services continue to get a great deal of attention as more services pop up, existing ones add features and integrations, and businesses find ways to take advantage of them. You can bet that this space is only just getting started. Over the next year, we’re going to see a lot of innovation in location-based services/check-in apps. 

Google Earth Engine Puts Tons of New Satellite Data Online
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Today Google launched something called Google Earth Engine at the International Climate Change Conference in Cancun. Google describes it as a new technology platform that puts an "unprecedented amount of satellite imagery" and data online for the first time. 

eBay Buying Milo.com (Now Confirmed)
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Update: eBay has now confirmed that it is true:

Yahoo Japan-Google Deal Gets Regulatory Approval

A tie-up between Yahoo Japan and Google may sound unlikely for all sorts of reasons, but antitrust regulators in Japan see no reason to stop the deal from going forward.  Earlier today, the Fair Trade Commission declared that the proposed partnership isn’t anticompetitive.

A little background information: Yahoo Japan said in July that it intended to make use of Google’s search tech, which came as a surprise to many since Yahoo and Bing were moving forward together in the U.S.