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Google Hires Netflix VP To Pursue Content Partnerships

One of the people responsible for Netflix’s jaw-dropping selection of content now works for Google, according to a new report.  Indeed, Robert Kyncl should even hold the important title (and position) "Vice President of Content Partnerships" at the search giant.

YouTube Instant Creator Worked on Secret Facebook Project
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YouTube Instant creator Feross Aboukhadijeh tells WebProNews he can’t talk about his work at Facebook, because it’s related to a project that is "still secret". 

YouTube Instant has seen 715,000 visitors in six days. We talked a bit the other day about the "viral whirlwind" that the site created. We exchanged some words with  Aboukhadijeh, and he doesn’t really know how it happened. But boy, did it happen. 

Is Google Arrogant? How About Apple? Facebook?
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There’s a discussion going around the Blogosphere that is picking up a bit of steam, regarding Google and how arrogant or condescending the company is or isn’t. While this is surely not the first time the topic has ever been discussed, this particular instance of it appears to have started with a post from Mike Elgan at ITWorld over the weekend. 

Why the New Twitter May Benefit Businesses and Marketers Greatly
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This week, Twitter introduced a new redesign of Twitter.com with a two-pane format aimed at providing a richer user experience, and you can easily tell by looking at it that it does just that. 

Consumer Watchdog Calls on Google To Answer 4 Privacy Questions
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Consumer Watchdog, the group behind the much-publicized Eric Schmidt ice cream man video, has issued a press release blasting Google yet again. This is no surprise, considering recent news of an ex-Google engineer violating the personal data of of minors.

Motorola Picks Up Aloqa for Undisclosed Sum

Motorola announced today that it has acquired Aloqa GmbH, developer of Aloqa, which is a mobile service that notifies users of places, events, music, movies and other activities based on location and personalization.

Aloqa also annuonced that it has now surpassed its million user milestone. The service is available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson models.

Lots Happening with Bing Maps Today
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"Bing Maps just got more useful for developers, bus and train commuters and education advocates everywhere," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews. She is referring to a series of announcements Microsoft made today regarding Bing Maps. 

The company released two new Bing mapping apps, made additions to the Bing Transit Map, and released the final Windows Phone 7 SDK which features Bing and Microsoft Advertising.

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FTC Discusses Google, AdMob Antitrust
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 In testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, the Federal Trade Commission explained how it protects consumers by applying well-established principles of competition to fast-changing technology markets.

IE9 Now Available for Download
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Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. It’s already getting some pretty positive buzz, particularly for an Internet Explorer release.

Ed Bott at ZDNet calls it "the most ambitious browser release Microsoft has ever undertaken". Pretty strong words. 

The download even has its own special domain at BeautyoftheWeb.com

Justin.tv Broadcasting Comes to iPhone

At the beginning of the month, Justin.tv launched its Android app for live streaming. Today, it has updated its iPhone app with similar functionality. iPhone 4 and 3GSs users can broadcast live video from the app over 3G or WiFi.

"We have already seen a 20% increase in daily broadcasters due to new people using Android to broadcast live,"  says Caleb at Justin.tv.

Google, Microsoft And IBM Among Top Global Brands

IBM, Microsoft and Google are the top global brands, according to the latest report from Interbrand.

Google (#4) saw a 36 percent increase in value over last year, bringing the brand closer to rival Microsoft (#3). HP (#10) enters the top 10 for the first time, having increased brand value under a new business model and brand platform. For the 11th year straight, Coca-Cola (#1) retains its top spot as the number one ranked brand on the list.

Hulu To Open Development Center In Seattle

Amazon, Expedia, Redfin, and Zillow may want to hold an employee appreciation day in the near future.  Hulu announced today that it will open a development center in Seattle – which is where those organizations are headquartered – and the company is also looking to increase its headcount.

Disney/ABC and Nielsen Partner on Innovative TV Show iPad App

Disney/ABC and Nielsen have announced a new iPad app. The app is the first to be built on Nielsen’s new Media-Sync Platform, and uses audio watermarks to sync mobile devices to TV Programming. 

Firefox Panorama Search in the Making

Microsoft isn’t the only one doing interesting things with its browser. Mozilla’s Aza Raskin has an interesting proof-of-concept video for searching on Firefox Panorama. 

Zuckerberg Announces Facebook Support of Change the Equation
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Update: Facebook emailed us with the following statement from Zuckerberg. It’s only slightly different from the status update:

“Our mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected – and we need to find the best  talent to get there,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “I had great classes and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Everyone should.”

Carol Bartz Predicts iAds Failure

Apple’s official stance on its iAd platform is that it "gives brands what they’ve been waiting for: access to the global audience of iPhone and iPod touch users, enhanced targeting, premium creative and robust measurement."  But yesterday, Carol Bartz indicated that the platform’s more or less doomed.

Without mincing words, Yahoo’s CEO predicted during an interview with Reuters, "That’s going to fall apart for them."

Google Place Pages Get Photo-Flipping
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Google has released an interesting new feature for its Place Pages, which lets users flip through imagery of the location. The feature draws upon photos from around the web. 

Place Pages already showed photos, but now they give the user a new, slicker interface.

 

A Brief Look at What Diaspora Will Do
The source code for Diaspora has been released. It has generated a lot of buzz since it gained funding through Kickstarter and Facebook started drawing more privacy scrutiny earlier this year. Many have looked at the project as a potential alternative to Facebook because of its openness.

More background here.

MySpace Holds American Idol Auditions
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American Idol auditions are coming to MySpace as the show celebrates its 10th anniversary. MySpace announced today that it has partnered with  19 Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and FOX on the project. 

Starting today and ending October 6, people between the ages of 15 and 28 can submit audition videos for the show at MySpace.com/americanidol.

Skyhook Wireless Sues Google
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Two days ago, Skyhook Wireless issued a press release titled "Skyhook Adds Location Engine to Layar App for Android."  Now, however, things aren’t so cozy between Skyhook and Google, as the former company’s sued the latter for business interference and patent infringement.

Skyhook is kind of a big deal in the location-based app space.  It used to be partners with Apple, and has also sealed deals with AOL, Navteq, and Samsung (among other organizations) since it was founded in 2003.

Google’s Music Strategy Revealed?
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Very interesting article from Billboard today. Apparently Google is circulating a proposal among major record labels regarding forthcoming music service. The proposal provides clues as to what we can likely expect. 

Billboard’s Ed Christman says the service would include an a la carte digital download store, as well as a subscription-based cloud-based locker. He cites "industry sources", reporting: 

Bing Takes Advantage of IE9′s Capabilities
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As you probably know, Microsoft launched the Internet Explorer 9 (beta) publicly today. It can be downloaded here

Will Bing Get Access to Facebook “Like” Data?

Facebook and Microsoft are reportedly talking about expanding their search partnership. Currently, Bing supplies web results for Facebook’s own search feature. These talks could lead to Bing getting Facebook "like" data for use in its own search engine. 

Google Android Closes In On Apple

Samsung was the top handset manufacturer in the U.S. in July with 23.1 percent market share, while RIM led the smartphone platforms with 39.9 percent market share, according to the latest report from comScore.

For the 3-month average period ending in July, 234 million Americans used mobile devices. Device maker LG ranked second with 21.2 percent share, followed by Motorola (19.8% share), RIM (9% share) and Nokia (7.8% share.)

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