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Google Announces Intent To Expand In France

A country in which Google’s search engine enjoys a market share of around 90 percent is soon going to see even more of the company.  Google’s announced that it will build a research center and help create some sort of cultural institute in France.

Given that Google has encountered resistance to its book-scanning program in France, we should note that the country’s authorities support these plans.  In fact, Eric Schmidt actually met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who approved.

Yahoo Launches Political Site For November Elections
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Yahoo News has launched “Ask America,” a new interactive and social website focused on the November 2010 elections.

The site asks Americans to share their opinions on issues playing a role in the midterm elections, including the economy, immigration, national security, energy and environment, culture and media, the courts, and the state of the union.

Ask Unveils Q&A Platform to Get Users More Answers

A couple months back, Ask unveiled its new redesign with a heavy focus on Q&A (read our interview with Ask SVP of Product Management Tony Gentile here). Now, the company has launched a Q&A Partner Platform to help grow its community of people who can answer questions.

Nokia Drops CEO, Gains Microsoft’s Elop

Nokia’s Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Elop President and CEO of Nokia. He will assume the role beginning September 21.

Google Talks White Spaces, Google TV Coming This Month?

Google has a post on its Public Policy blog talking about moving forward on white spaces. As the company notes, the five current FCC Commissioners will soon meet to set final technical rules for white spaces. 

"If it gets the rules right, the Commission will have taken a huge step to put better and faster Internet connections in the hands of the public," says Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel.

 

Schmidt Says YouTube “Nearing Profitability”
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If Eric Schmidt’s to be believed, YouTube might become profitable any time now; the CEO had only positive things to say about the site at a conference today.  However, his admission that it’s still operating in the red may come as a major disappointment to many supporters.

Google Maps for Android Gets Useful Navigation Updates
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Today, Google introduced Walking Navigation for Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android. This is described as a marriage between the existing Navigation and walking directions features. Users can also now use Street View smart navigation or the new Google Maps search bar. 

 

Glam Media Extends Reach In Men’s Content Market
Glam Media has acquired Fantastic Zero, a men’s online media company, with the aim of extending its reach into the male market in Germany.

Google Adds Analytics Support to Chrome Extensions
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If you have a Google Chrome extension, this news might interest you greatly. Google announced today that it has added support for Google Analytics to the Chrome Extension Gallery

GMC Partners With NFL For Online Contest

GMC has launched the “GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week,” in partnership with the NFL and ESPN that allows football fans to vote on the best moment or play of the week that represents determination at nfl.com/gmc.

Google Launches a New Site for Google Earth
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Google has launched a new Google Earth site featuring images, videos, tous, maps, and tutorials. 

"When you think of Google Earth, you might think about flying to the top of Mt. Everest, surveying the ancient Acropolis, or simply finding the house where you grew up," says Product Marketing Manager Tasha Danko.

Google Voice Gets New Android Widgets
Google has announced the launch of some new Android widgets for Google Voice. The widgets are available in an update to the Google Voice Android app. 

The widgets are designed to give users immediate access to their Google Voice inbox and settings from the home screen. 

Sports Fans Rely On The Internet Over Other Forms Of Media

Nearly one-third (31.5%) of sports fans cite the Internet or TV programming (30.4%) as the best resource for sports-related news and information according to a new survey from Burst Media.

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T-Mobile Unveils New Google Phone, G2
T-Mobile unveiled its G2 Google smartphone with 4G. The phone is the first designed for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which the company says covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. 

The G2 is of course the successor to the G1, which was the first Android-powered phone. It is designed by HTC. It has a 3.7-inch screen and opens to a QWERTY keyboard, and comes with Android 2.2 and a snapdragon MSM7230 mobile processor.

Adobe Launches New Flash Media Server Family
Adobe has made some announcements at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam. The biggest is Flash Media Server 4

"The release of Flash Media Sever 4 software changes the game for the delivery of rich interactive media," says David Wadhwani, SVP of Creative and Interactive Solutions at Adobe.

Yahoo Finance Chief Finds New Employer
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Yahoo Finance has long been a top property in its field, beating everything even giants like Google and Microsoft could come up with.  Unfortunately for Yahoo, Steve Schultz, the head of Yahoo Finance, found another job this week.

"Unfortunate" isn’t at all the same as "disastrous," of course.  Yahoo Finance didn’t rely on daily or monthly updates to stay ahead of the competition, and Schultz isn’t a household name, so the average user shouldn’t even notice the change.

Apple to Publish App Store Review Guidelines

Apple released a statement today regarding its App Store Review Guidelines. The company says:

Amazon Makes Checkout Easier On Third-Party Sites
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Amazon.com has introduced “Checkout by Amazon” (CBA) that allows people with accounts to make purchases on third-party sites using their Amazon account credentials without having to leave the merchant’s site.

Amazon says by streamlining the checkout process for customers that it reduces the potential for shopping car abandonment for merchants.

 

Argentina Becomes 25th Country to Get YouTube
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Google has launched YouTube in Argentina, making it the 25th country to have its own version of the site. 

"This means that Argentines will be able to more easily discover local talent like GuadalajaraMan, UESiglo21, farolatino, casiangeles or yoteloexplico, as well as view the most popular and most viewed videos in their country," says YouTube. 

Facebook in the Car, Turning an iPod into an iPhone

CrunchGear has an unconfirmed report that OnStar will begin including the ability to update your Facebook status. This would make sense, considering the recent launch of Facebook Places, which allows you to check in.

Zynga Strengthens Ties With Facebook Credits
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Facebook and a social game developer with which many (or maybe most) users are familiar are now closer than ever.  Zynga’s officially made Facebook Credits the exclusive payment option for most of its Facebook games.

This may not come as a surprise to many people, given that Facebook and Zynga announced a five-year partnership back in May.  But the companies didn’t mention anything about omnipresence or exclusivity at the time, meaning this is an important development.

Consumers Want Brands To Interact With Facebook And Twitter
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Email, Facebook and Twitter may compete with each other for their share of marketing budgets, but consumers expect brands to interact with all three channels according to a new report by ExactTarget.

“Consumers don’t isolate their communications to email, Facebook or Twitter and expect brands to communicate consistently across the channels,” said Jeff Rohrs, principal, ExactTarget’s Marketing Research and Education Group.

Breaking: “Google Instant” Introduced
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Update: The event has started. Marissa Mayer says, "In the past few months, Google has crossed one billion users each week." Caffeine makes index 50% faster, she says. 

She talks about Caffeine, real-time search, spelling corrections, enhancements to questions and answers, Google Squared (part of core web search now), stars in search, and the recent redesign. These are all presumably used in Google Instant. 

Here’s a URL for Google Instant:
NPR Launches Local Online News Sites

National Public Radio, in collaboration with 12 NPR member stations, has launched a dozen topic focused news sites today, debuting its Argo Network, an online journalism venture created to produce in-depth local coverage.

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