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Zuckerberg is the Person of the Year 2010 According to Time Magazine
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Update: Zuckerberg posted the following status update on Facebook:

Being named as TIME Person of the Year is a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.

Bing Gains On Yahoo, Google In November
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Microsoft employees should know that setting off fireworks would be neither seasonally appropriate nor entirely in proportion to the small search gains Bing may have seen last month.  But a new comScore report indicates that Bing did indeed see its share of the search market increase in November, and that’s all the more significant since Google and Yahoo saw their shares go down.

Wowd Updates Social Search App For Facebook

Social search company Wowd, has released a new Web version of its service it says is focused exclusively on cutting through the clutter on Facebook and surfacing content that is the most relevant.

“We want to give people a simple tool they can really use – one that makes their online social lives easier,” said Mark Drummond, CEO of Wowd.

“We listen carefully to our users and do our best to incorporate their feedback whenever we can to ensure the best possible experience.”

Facebook Gets More Useful on Android Devices
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Facebook has updated its Android app. It’s a pretty significant update because it adds Facebook Chat functionality, which was previously unavailable, and for some people a big part of Facebook use. 

The update also adds push notifications to Android devices running version 2.2 or above. Chat doesn’t require this high of a version, however. 

Gawker Attack Sends Ripples Throughout the Web
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I can’t remember the last time we’ve seen so many hacking (and related) stories in the news, particularly in which so many big name brands were affected in such a short amount of time. Last week, of course the big stories were about "Anonymous" taking down MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, etc. 

Facebook Wins “Best Place To Work” Award
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Unemployed individuals who aren’t running low on paper and/or somehow limited in the number of emails they can send should dispatch a resume Facebook’s way regardless of the odds of success.  A new "Best Places to Work" list is out, and employees of Mark Zuckerberg’s company were enthusiastic enough about it to put Facebook in the number one spot.

Online Holiday Spending Hits $23 Billion

Online holiday spending has reached $23.82 billion, representing a 12 percent increase over the same time period last year, according to the latest report from comScore.

The most recent week (week ending Dec. 12) reached $5.31 billion in spending, an increase of 12 percent over the corresponding week last year. Monday, December 13, known as “Green Monday” (the second Monday in December when online spending has historically tended to peak), reached $954 million in spending, representing a 12-percent increase compared to last year.

Will Google’s Chrome OS Succeed?
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The biggest news in tech and business that wasn’t related to Wikileaks this week, was probably the unveiling of Google’s new operating system – Chrome OS.

Google Tries to Thank Advertisers with Bees, Dominoes, and Moon Writing

Last month, Google celebrated the ten year anniversary of AdWords, and now the company has taken the time to thank all of the businesses who have used AdWords to advertise. 

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft To Fight Illegal Pharmacies With White House
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Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft can’t agree on much, and you might imagine that tossing some politicians into the situation wouldn’t help, but a common goal’s come to light.  These companies, along with many others and the Obama administration, intend to stop illegal online pharmacies from doing business.

Google Voice Spreads to the iPad, iPod Touch
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About a month ago, Google finally launched Google Voice for the iPhone. Today, Google launched a new version that also supports the iPad and iPod Touch devices. 

Survey: Email and Company Sites Providing Better ROI Than Social Channels
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A survey conducted at ad:tech by EPiServer has found that 60% of respondents are getting the highest return on investment from email marketing and company websites and blogs when compared to mobile and social channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. 

French Regulators Call Google Dominant, Express Concerns
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There’s good news and bad news for Google in France today.  The Autorite de la Concurrence – a competition watchdog – has decided it isn’t thrilled with the company’s power, but isn’t yet willing to assert that Google needs to be tamed with fines and legal measures, either.

Court Ruling Protects Email Privacy
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A ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that the government has to have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by service providers, and that email privacy is protected by the fourth amendment. 

The ruling came in an appeal of Warshak v. United States, a case which is described by the EFF in the following manner:

Give Google Your Voice. Literally.
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Google has launched personalized voice recognition for voice search on Android 2.2 and higher. If you’ve used Google’s voice search much, you probably know how inaccurate it can often be. This feature should (theoretically) help with this. 

Google will get to know your voice and understand it, and your search queries will become more accurate. Google’s Amir Mané and Glen Shires explain:

Americans Want More Control Over Their Online Information
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The majority (90%) of Americans want more control over the information that is available about them online, according to a new survey by Harris Interactive for Intellius.

Intelius Because people use websites and search engines to find out information about others, 80 percent believe their online identity is now as important as their “offline” personal or professional reputation.

Twitter Shows Its Real Power With Latest Top Ten of 2010 List

Yesterday, Twitter released a number of top ten lists for trends in 2010. They showed off the top trends of the year in general, as well as the top in tech, news, movies, people, TV, and hashtags. Today, the company has released a list of what it has deemed as the top ten most powerful tweets of the year

New Zealand Concludes Street View Investigation

The lawyers responsible for handling Google’s affairs in New Zealand may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief.  The Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand announced today that she’s concluded her investigation into the Street View data collection debacle, and Google will not face any fines or significant penalties.

That’s not to say the search giant’s off the hook in every respect; from now on, it’s supposed to work more closely with Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff, and she gave the company a bit of a reprimand in a formal statement.

CNN Launches Free iPad App

CNN has launched a new free app for the iPad aimed at offering a more visual news experience.

 The CNN App for iPad combines images with  reporting from CNN, including text stories, blog posts, photo galleries, and live or on-demand video. Users have the ability to toggle between U.S. and international news.

 

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iPhone Game Developers Releasing Higher Quality Titles
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The Nintendo DS was once a giant in the portable gaming world, and enjoyed a long lasting time by itself atop the portable gaming mountain. That was until a little device called the iPhone (and iPod Touch) released. At first Nintendo tried to distance themselves from the iPhone by saying it really wasn’t a "gaming system".

Kodak Launches Facebook Photo Album App

Kodak has introduced a “Social Photo Album Creator” for Facebook that lets people combine photos from the site and work with others to make an album together.

There are three steps to using the Social Photo Album Creator:

 

Kodak-App

 

eBay Enjoys “Busiest Mobile Shopping Day Ever”

It apparently took eBay a little while to tally the numbers and write up the press release, but Sunday was a great day for the company.  eBay saw mobile shoppers flock to the site, establishing December 12th as the busiest mobile shopping day ever.

An official statement from the company declared, "In the U.S. mobile gross merchandise volume (GMV) grew 127 percent over the same Sunday last year, generating nearly $5 million in GMV; worldwide, mobile GMV grew 165 percent generating $13 million in GMV."

Adobe Launches Site Search Tool to Keep Visitors from Leaving Your Site
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Adobe has introduced a new tool for site search powered by Omniture, aimed at helping marketers anticipate visitor search intent and promote relevant products and content. It’s called Search&Promote. The real goal of the tool is to cut down bounce rates.