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Chrome Tops Firefox Among Techmeme Users
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On the site that describes itself as "Tech Web, Page A1," a tipping point in the browser wars has been reached.  New stats indicate that Techmeme visitors have come to prefer Chrome over Firefox by a small but significant margin.

A Cloud of Missed Opportunities

Cloud computing is responsible for a large amount of untapped marketing opportunities for businesses of all sizes. We tend to think about enterprise level businesses when we think of cloud infrastructures and implementations, but in reality, small businesses have just as much reason to turn to the cloud than the big companies, if not more. 

Humanizing Your Brand is Inexpensive and Can Pay Off
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Consumers like brands that they can identify with, and it’s hard to identify with a business itself unless you can get to know a little bit about it. Social media and online video are pretty powerful tools for helping consumers get to know a business, and it can cost next to nothing. 

Facebook Slaps $2,500 Fee On Stock Sales

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be growing tired of having outsiders buy up small pieces of his company.  Today, there’s word that Facebook has imposed a rather steep fee on private market stock sales.

Consider for a moment that E*Trade’s standard fee for a stock or options trade is $9.99.  There’s even a sort of bulk discount if you exceed 150 trades per quarter, making the per-transaction fee $7.99.

Gates Foundation Puts $20 Million Into Education Technology
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said today it is putting $20 million into funding an online education and technology initiative to increase college graduation rates in the U.S.

A Fake Eric Schmidt And A Fake Mark Zuckerberg
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Michael Arrington of TechCrunch created a fake Facebook account for Google CEO Eric Schmidt, showing that Facebook probably needs to do more to verify users. I’m guessing that Schmidt still has access to more personal information on Arrington, however. 

Brand Fans On Facebook More Likely To Make A Purchase
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Facebook users who like a brand’s page on the site are thirty-three percent more likely to buy a product, and 92 percent more likely to recommend a product to others, according to a new report from DDB and Opinionway.

The report also found that brands should closely monitor their content and communication on their Facebook page because those same fans quickly disengage.

 

BigDeal: Scam or Great Money-Saver?
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With the holidays coming up, people are going to be looking for discounts, and they’re going to be doing so online. One site, which many are likely to come across is BigDeal.com. This is an online auction site, which the company describes as "social gaming meets e-commerce" or "Zynga meets eBay". It’s claimed about 40,000 customers since launching in November of last year, and its traffic is growing steadily. 

Emerging Markets May Have Fullest “Digital Life”

A research project that entailed interviews with 50,000 people living in 46 countries has concluded, and some interesting facts about social networking have surfaced as a result.  A key finding is that the citizens of certain countries outside North America and Europe are much more engaged on a digital level.

Jefferies Raises Google Price Target

There are three days to go until Google announces its third quarter financial results, and this morning, the search giant benefited from another show of support.  Jefferies & Co. analyst Youssef Squali raised his price target.

Squali now believes Google’s capable of hitting $680, as opposed to just $660 (his previous price target).  For reference, Google’s stock is currently hovering around $541, so that would represent a nice increase of about 25 percent.

The First Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
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Microsoft unveiled 9 new Windows Phone 7 smartphones that will be available for the holidays in various parts of the world. Microsoft has partnerships with AT&T, T-Mobile, Telus, O2, Orange, SFR, Movistar, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, SingTel, and Telstra that will produce smartphone availability in the very near future. 

eBay Launches Windows Phone 7 App
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eBay has introduced a mobile app for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 devices.

eBay’s app for Windows Phone 7 allows users to search, bid, buy and check their buying and selling activity. The app uses Microsoft’s panoramic interface and Windows Phone 7′s push notification technology so users can recive real-time alerts on deals and best offer activity.

 

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Google Tests Self-Driving Cars
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Thanks – or perhaps just due to – Google, the era of the autonomous car may be approaching.  This weekend, the company announced that it’s been developing self-driving vehicles, and the experiment has already achieved results that imply success.

YouTube Honors John Lennon For 70th Birthday
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 Yoko Ono and EMI Music have partnered with YouTube for worldwide tributes honoring John Lennon to mark his 70th birthday (October 9).

YouTube will honor John Lennon with a homepage spotlight starting at 9pm PT on Friday, October 8th and staying active for 24 hours. The spotlight will include a personal video from Yoko Ono, asking people around the world to submit videotaped tributes to John Lennon.

 

Why Not Everyone is a Fan of the New Facebook Groups
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Some people really like Facebook’s new Groups feature. Influential tech blogger Robert Scoble could hardly praise the feature enough. He used the phrase "massively cool" more than once in his description. He’s not alone. Many are welcoming the opportunity to separate their friends into different groups and communicate in different ways with them (like chat, email lists, and integration with third-party apps). 

Google Testing a Feature with Major Implications for Clickthroughs
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Google is apparently testing a feature in its search results pages that allows users to see full-page previews of sites before they click through to them. 

Yahoo: Our Version of Instant Too Early For its Time
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As we reported earlier, Yahoo has some new search features like slideshows above search results for topics on its Trending Now lists, an app for Netflix members to add DVDs to their queue directly from the search results page and shortcuts for entertainment related topics that include images, articles, videos, tweets, event listings and ratings. 

15 Reasons Google TV Will Make a Huge Impact on the Web
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Connected TV isn’t a new concept anymore, but it’s about to get way more interesting, courtesy of Google TV. WebProNews was there for the unveiling of the product at Google I/O back in May, and having seen it in person, I can tell you it’s pretty cool. 

Acquisition Buzz Links Yahoo, Groupon
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File this one in "maybe, possibly, perhaps" category: rumor has it that Yahoo, with its history of dealing in search, advertising, and content, just might acquire popular deal of the day site Groupon.

Kara Swisher reported earlier this afternoon, "Sources said Yahoo has been eyeing [Groupon] for possible acquisition, which would put it smack dab in the hot space around local purchasing and consumer information."

Bing And Yahoo Lose Search Share In September
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 Google captured 72.15 percent of all U.S. searches in September and gained one percent in search share month-over-month, according to a new report from Hitwise.

  Bing powered search received 23.64 percent of searches for the month with Yahoo Search and Bing receiving 13.54 percent and 10.10 percent, respectively. The remaining 65 search engines1 in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis report accounted for 4.22 percent of U.S. searches.

Google To Disconnect GOOG-411
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For more than three and a half years, GOOG-411 has represented a great way for people with feature phones (and even smartphones) to look up and contact businesses; users just had to dial 1-800-GOOG-411, give a company’s name and city, and be connected.  Unfortunately, Google will soon stop offering the service.

Rumor: Hulu IPO Possible Early Next Year

It’s possible that we’re at last digging out of the recession, given that the Dow’s flirting with 11,000 today.  It’s possible, too, that the people behind Hulu are ready to take advantage of this fact, as a new rumor indicates the company could go public early next year.

Bartz Labels Facebook Potential Biggest Competitor
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When it comes to competitors, Yahoo’s Carol Bartz may not have the usual suspect(s) – Google and perhaps Microsoft – at the front of her mind.  The CEO recently indicated in an interview that Facebook occupies her thoughts, instead.

Parents Say Social Networks Threat To Kids’ Privacy
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Three-quarters of parents (75%) don’t think social networking sites do a good job of protecting children’s online privacy, according to a poll conducted by Zogby on behalf of Common Sense Media.

The majority (92%) of parents are concerned that children share too much information online and 85 percent say they are more concerned about online privacy than they were five years ago.