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Google And Microsoft Partner With The Ad Council On Teen Internet Safety

The Ad Council has launched the “Internet Safety Coalition,” in an effort to educate teens about how to be smart about what they post and share online.

The Internet Safety Coalition members include big names such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, AOL, Comcast, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, MySpace and MTV Networks, among others.

Facebook Top Display Ad Publisher In The UK
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The UK online display advertising market for the third quarter of 2010 showed strong gains compared to Q3 2009, according to the latest report from comScore.

UK Internet users received more than 221 billion display ads during the third quarter, marking a 34 percent increase compared to a year ago.

UK Authority Rules Google Breached Data Protection Act

In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office has concluded its investigation of Google’s Street View privacy gaffe, and there’s good news and bad news for the search giant.  The bad, which arguably outweighs the good: it’s been judged guilty of a "significant breach of the Data Protection Act."

In a formal statement, the ICO said, "The Commissioner has concluded that there was a significant breach of the Data Protection Act when Google Street View cars collected payload data as part of their wi-fi mapping exercise in the UK."

Groupon Introduces Browser Deal App

Social shopping website Groupon has launched a new Groupon Browser App powered by Conduit.

The Groupon Browser App alerts users no matter where they are online, when new deals are available. Using location-based targeting, the app works directly in the browser and shows users “Today’s Deal.” The app allows users to share deals with others via email, and social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

 

AOL Achieves Big Q3 Profits

Earlier this morning, AOL delivered its third-quarter earnings report, and while there were significant problems, the company was able to impress investors.  AOL’s stock is now up 6.05 percent, which is more than a decent way for it to start the day.

That increase is in part due to the fact AOL was able to report $563.5 million in total revenue, even though analysts thought the company would just report $557.0 million.  Also, thanks to the sale of Kayak and ICQ, AOL managed to report $171.6 million in profit – a 132 percent year-over-year jump.

Google Buzz Privacy Suit Settlement Announced
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The launch of Google Buzz did not go well, as you may remember.  Automatic opt-ins and privacy scares created quite a stir.  But Google’s putting the matter behind it, as the search giant has settled a class action suit by agreeing to create a privacy-centric fund.

Google is supposed to contribute $8.5 million to the fund, and according to an official release, most of the money "will go to organizations focused on Internet privacy education and policy, and will make additional efforts to educate users about the privacy aspects of Buzz."

Google Tests AdWords, Call Metrics Integration

When creating a form for customers to fill out, it’s easy for business owners to slip in a question asking who referred them.  Finding out how someone got a phone number is a more delicate matter, though (it’s important not to waste customers’ time or act like they called a private line), and AdWords call metrics represents Google’s potential solution.

EA In Five-Year Deal With Facebook

Electronic Arts said today it has signed a five-year agreement with Facebook under  which Facebook Credits will become the exclusive payment method for EA games on the social networking site.

As part of the agreement, EA will receive the same 70 percent revenue share for Facebook Credits as is standard for all developers on Facebook.

Oracle Acquiring E-Commerce Company ATG for $1 Billion

Oracle announced today that it’s buying e-commerce software company Art Technology Group (ATG) for about $1 billion. 

Bing Activates Facebook Features, Makes Some Changes
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Bing announced today that it is completing its deployment of the new Facebook features announced last month. They should be available to all U.S. users. 

Watch the Election Results on YouTube

You can watch the elections on YouTube tonight if that is your preferred video hub or if you’re not near a television (though you can still watch them there from your TV if it’s connected). At 9PM, the CBS YouTube channel will stream the results live. 

New Android Fragmentation Stats Available
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Android’s relatively quick upgrade cycle is something that excites fans, as it leads to new and better versions being released on a regular basis.  But it’s also something that stirs up critics, since fragmentation results.  Now, for better or for worse, there are new stats on the use of different platform versions.

The "better" part: the new data shows that less of a split exists now than in the past, and the majority of Android device owners seem to be using one of the two latest versions.

Chris Brogan Talks Online Video’s Ongoing Evolution

Online video has come a long way in the last few years, and it’s only going further. With the release of new devices and formats, online video content production is going to do nothing but grow. WebProNews recently spoke with Chris Brogan, popular social media guy, President of New Marketing Labs and part of the Pulse Network, about where it’s all heading and where it already is.

Yahoo Expands Connected TV To Europe With Samsung

Yahoo and Samsung have expanded the availability of Yahoo Connected TV to 26 countries in Europe, bringing the total to 39 countries globally.

Yahoo Connected TV on Samsung televisions allow people to access video content on YouTube, view headlines and videos on Sky News and Bild news, view photos from Flickr, find travel deals on Teletext Holidays, shop on eBay, play games from PlayJam, create a personal channel of music videos on Putpat, or connect with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Google Street View Debuts In Germany
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Google’s had a difficult time launching Street View in Germany; over the past two years, there have been random outcries, more formal protests, and a first-of-its-kind opt-out program.  Finally, though, Google’s made it possible to drag Pegman over the country and view at least a few spots from the perspective of a pedestrian.

This move doesn’t constitute a full launch; the first batch of photographs just covers the town of Oberstaufen, a handful of traditional landmarks (including Berlin’s Victory Column and a public square in Dresden), and ten sports stadiums.

New Brightcove Offers Deep Video Analytics, Apple HTTP Streaming

Cloud-based online video platform Brightcove has launched a new version today – Brightcove 5. This comes with increased mobile support, YouTube Sync, Apple HTTP streaming, advanced analytics for HTML5, and more. 

Send Amazon Gift Cards To Your Facebook Friends

Amazon.com has introduced a new way for sending its gift cards to people on Facebook.

People can now connect to their Facebook account on Amazon and create a personalized gift card that will be sent to the recipient’s Facebook Wall.

 

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Twitter Provides Election Info In a Variety of Ways

Twitter is pointing to some key accounts to follow to keep up with the conversation around the elections today. You can follow the Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, or Libertarians.

Facebook Provides Users With Election Resources

Facebook shared some things with us that it is doing to help people vote in the upcoming elections. "Tomorrow is Election Day and Facebook is committed to encouraging people who use our service to participate in the democratic process. As a result, Facebook is focused on ensuring that all of our users know where they can participate in this year’s elections," Facebook’s Andrew Noyes said in an email.

Google Intros API Console, New Custom Search, Translate APIs
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Google announced some API news today. "Primarily, we introduced a new dashboard for APIs (APIs Console) to help developers manage their API usage across all their sites and apps," the company tells WebProNews. "We also rolled out a Custom Search API and a Translate API (all built on the API Architecture introduced at Google I/O), and we have rewritten and re-organized API documentation."

LinkedIn Presents Product Recommendations
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Product recommendations can be useful to both buyers and sellers, putting good offerings in the spotlight and helping sales proceed.  LinkedIn members may be happy (if surprised) to hear, then, that the network has started to show product recommendations on companies’ profile pages.

You can see an example of how this works below.  While a little different from what you might expect of a site designed for professional networking, it shouldn’t turn LinkedIn into a messy hub for shoppers.

Twitter Toys With Promoted Tweets in User Timelines
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Twitter announced today that it has begun limited testing of its Promoted Tweets, announced earlier this year, in users’ timelines. For starters, they’re only doing this with partner Hootsuite for some users.  

Turning Your Blog Into a Book
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WebProNews recently spoke with Ellen Gerstein, the Director of Marketing at John Wiley & Sons, the publishing firm behind the "For Dummies" books among many others. She discussed the impact blogs and social media have had on the publishing industry and gave some advice for bloggers looking to get books published.

NYU Commits To Google Apps

Early last month, we talked about "most or all" of the students in New York being put in touch with Google as the state of New York became a Google Apps partner.  Now that’s even more the case, as New York University has also signed on.

Obviously, the two developments won’t take place on the same scale, considering that around 3.1 million students and a few hundred thousand teachers are supposed to be affected by the public school system deployment.