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White Spaces, Verizon Tiered Data Plans & Facebook Troubles

The FCC voted today on rules that will enable the use of TV white spaces to provide wireless broadband connectivity. Google and Microsoft both issued updates applauding the ruling. 

Dell Evaluating Google TV Tech

Dell and Google have worked together a lot over the years, from the time they partnered on a toolbar in 2006 to when Dell’s CEO flashed an Android-powered tablet earlier this week.  As for what’s next, it seems possible they’ll coordinate something related to Google TV.

LinkedIn Gets Integrated with Windows Live Messenger

LinkedIn and Microsoft announced today that Windows Live Messenger users can now link their Windows Live profile to LinkedIn. There are four main areas Microsoft says its focused on with its LinkedIn integration. These are:

- Keeping your contact list organized with auto contact linking across Hotmail, Messenger and the rest of Windows Live

- Helping you use Messenger to keep up with what your LinkedIn contacts are doing.

- Making it simple to share updates from Messenger to your LinkedIn contacts.

Flickr Introduces Browser-Based Uploads On Android

Users of Yahoo’s popular photo-sharing site can now more easily interact with it through Google’s mobile operating system.  Today, Flickr made it possible for Android device owners to bypass the old upload-by-email approach to transmitting pictures.

A Yahoo spokesperson explained in an email to WebProNews, "Flickr has introduced new browser-based photo uploads on Android 2.2 today to enable more seamless uploading from your mobile device to the Flickr site."

Those Getting Feet Wet in Online Marketing May Find Visa Business Network Helpful

You may or may not be aware of the Visa Business Network. This is a site the company recently launched as a way to connect small business owners with one another, providing resources like goal toolkits, mentors, content-ranked information and more. 

We think some of our readers may find this valuable, so we spoke with Michael Lee of the Visa Business Network Outreach Team. He talked about how it helps businesses get started with building their Facebook and Twitter presences. 

Phishing Gangs Focusing On Social Networks And Classifieds

Phishing gangs have been increasing their tactics against brands, social networks, online  classifieds and online gaming, according to a new report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

Bing for Mobile for BlackBerry Gets Update
Microsoft announced an update for its Bing for Mobile BlackBerry app. The app can now access Bing Maps by pressing the Bing Maps icon from a user’s BlackBerry device. 
In addition to this, the home screen has been updated, and a launcher has been added, so local, maps, directions and news can all be accessed faster. 

 

Amazon Launches New Version of Kindle for Android

Amazon announced a new version of Kindle for Android that comes with several new features. These include:

MySpace Gets Synced with YouTube
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MySpace has introduced a new Sync with YouTube feature. This enables YouTube users to automatically distribute YouTube video content through Myspace. 

Apple Tops In Smartphone Satisfaction

The average amount of time people keep their cell phone has increased by 17 percent from 2009, according to a new study from J.D. Power and Associates.

 People are keeping their mobile devices for an average of 20.5 months, which is the longest period off time since the study began in 1999, when the average was 17.3 months. The current level of ownership does differ by brand, with the highest ownership at an average of 27.8 months, and the lowest at 17.5 months.

CBS President Expresses Interest In Hulu Plus
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Although there are no guarantees, the president and CEO of CBS has indicated that he might finally allow some of his network’s content to be shown by Hulu.  The interesting catch: it’s actually the premium service Hulu Plus with which Leslie Moonves wants to deal.

Hotmail Gets a New Round of Feature Upgrades

Microsoft announced that it is rolling out some new features to Hotmail. These include: the ability to track packages referenced in your email from Hotmail itself, chat with Facebook friends, sharing photos more easily with expanded coverage and new features, viewing more videos from inside Hotmail, and organizing and finding important email with subfolders.

mSpot Android App Gets 500,000 Downloads in Two Months

mSpot announced today that the Android app for its streaming music service has been downloaded 500,000 times.This is fairly impressive as the app has only been out for two months.

If you’re unfamiliar with mSpot, it lets you upload your music files to store in the cloud, and stream them from your computer or mobile device. 

YouTube Gets

YouTube has won a copyright infringement case brought by Spanish television broadcaster Telecinco, Spain’s largest commercial station.

Telecinco had accused YouTube of violating its intellectual property rights by broadcasting images that the TV station owned.

YouTube Gets

YouTube has won a copyright infringement case brought by Spanish television broadcaster Telecinco, Spain’s largest commercial station.

Telecinco had accused YouTube of violating its intellectual property rights by broadcasting images that the TV station owned.

YouTube Gets

YouTube has won a copyright infringement case brought by Spanish television broadcaster Telecinco, Spain’s largest commercial station.

Telecinco had accused YouTube of violating its intellectual property rights by broadcasting images that the TV station owned.

YouTube Gets
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YouTube has won a copyright infringement case brought by Spanish television broadcaster Telecinco, Spain’s largest commercial station.

Telecinco had accused YouTube of violating its intellectual property rights by broadcasting images that the TV station owned.

Twitter To Release Free Analytics Tool This Year

People who use Twitter for business purposes should soon get access to a valuable flow of information.  A Twitter employee indicated this week that Twitter is going to release a real-time analytics dashboard sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

An important – and surprising – point: the product will be free.  Which is great news for business owners and marketers, if a little odd since this would be an easy way for Twitter to earn money.

LinkedIn to Acquire B2B Ratings Provider ChoiceVendor

LinkedIn announced that it  has agreed to acquire ChoiceVendor, which is a company that provides ratings and reviews of B2B service providers in more than 70 categories across the United States.

ChoiceVendor is based in San Francisco and was founded by CEO Yan-David Erlich and VP of engineering Rama Ranganath.

Zuckerberg 35th Richest Person in America, and Facebook Credits/Phones Just Getting Started
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reached number 35 on the Forbes 400 List of Wealthiest Americans. Forbes has him estimated at $6.9 billion, ahead of even Steve Jobs, who is valued at $6.1 billion. 

Is Google’s Transparency Sufficient?
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Google has released what it is calling the Transparency Report, which shows the number of government inquiries for information about users and requests for Google to take down or censor content, as well as interactive traffic graphs that show information about traffic to Google around the world. 

Canadian Privacy Authority Approves Facebook Changes
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Facebook’s privacy team can breathe a small sigh of relief; the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is not going to trouble them further at this time.  Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has completed a review and determined that Facebook’s in many ways cleaned up its act since last year.

The Town That Google Forgot, Facebook’s Mobile Strategy

Matt McGee at Search Engine Land has an interesting story about the town that disappeared entirely from Google Maps. Sunrise, Florida mysteriously vanished, but was resurrected. Google gave the site the following statement:

Worried About Google Instant? Maybe You’re Worrying Too Much About Search
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The way people search is changing. That much is clear. Some of that is their own doing, and some of it is the doing of search engines. People are increasingly going to apps or social media for retrieving different types of information. Google recently released Google Instant and expects to change user behavior with it.