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Facebook Testing Feature That Would Make it More Valuable for Search
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AllFacebook has discovered that Facebook is now testing showing all liked news articles in its search results. This would obviously be a significant move as the company competes with Google. Nick O’Neill writes:

Apple’s Ping Draws a Great Deal of Criticism
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Apple’s Ping social network, which the company launched as part of the new iTunes 10, has drawn a big mix of excitement and criticism. While most seem to agree that the concept beind Ping is a pretty good idea (social network-meets-music-buying) it’s not exactly the seamless experience one might hope for.

Let’s take a look at some points made around the Blogosphere.

How Will Bit.ly Work with Twitter’s Link Wrapping?
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Besides hinting at new features and talking about user stats, Twitter also made a couple announcements this week. One is that all Twitter apps use OAuth. The other is that it will start tracking every t.co link users click. This is Twitter’s own default URL-shortener. 

Google Adds Multiple Addresses to Mobile Ads with Location Extensions
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Google announced that mobile advertisers can now use multiple addresses in local extensions This way, customers can get the right address for businesses with multiple locations. 

The feature is available on Google Maps for Mobile versions 4.4 and above on Android devices. 

Google Updates Privacy Policies
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Google announced that it is updating its privacy policies to make them simpler. They don’t appear to have any changes involving CEO Eric Schmidt driving around neighborhoods in an ice cream truck, luckily.

Location-Based Advertising To Reach $1.8 Billion
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Location-based advertising is still in its early stages, but according to ABI Research, businesses will spend $1.8 billion on it in 2015 as part of their overall mobile marketing budgets.

Google Open Sources More of Wave So Developers Can Take Advantage

Google has given an update on its immediate plans for Google Wave. As you probably know, the company recently announced that it would be shutting down Google Wave as a standalone product, thought Google said it would preserve the technology behind Wave for future use and integration with other Google products.

Bedbugs Found At Google New York
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It seems that bedbugs can be found everywhere these days, and the New York office of a certain search giant is no exception.  Late yesterday, a Googler reportedly tweeted that her workplace had been invaded.

According to Nicholas Carlson, the pammy5 Twitter account belonging to "a Googler in marketing" just sent the message, "jeepers i am not immune from the bedbug epidemic.  bedbugs have been found at work."

Google Plans To Launch New Music Service
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Google is planning to launch a mobile music download service that would allow users to access songs wherever they have access to an Internet connection.

Twitter CEO Talks Stats, Ecosystem, Hints at New Features
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Twitter CEO Evan Williams revealed some numbers about Twitter usage on the company blog, while talking about how the Twitter ecosystem (of third-party developers and apps) continues to play an important role in the company’s success. Twitter has over 145 million registered users, he says.

 

Yahoo Scores Deal With Europe’s Largest TV Maker

After wisely letting the air clear following the big Apple TV announcement (and all the comparisons to Google TV), Yahoo’s stepped forward to remind everyone that it also intends to compete in the connected TV space.  Yahoo announced a partnership with a major TV manufacturer this morning.

Vestel, the TV manufacturer in question, is Europe’s largest.  It claims to produce 16 percent of LCD TVs made on the continent, and 25 percent of digital set-top boxes, too.

Facebook Tests Subscriptions, Will Launch Remote Log-Out
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Facebook is testing a feature that lets users "subscribe" to other users. Nick O’Neill at AllFacebook shares an official statement from Facebook: "This feature is being tested with a small percent of users. It lets people subscribe to friends and pages to receive notifications whenever the person they’ve subscribed to updates their status or posts new content (photos, videos, links, or notes)."

Just How Concerned with Privacy Are Facebook Users?
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PeopleBrowsr shared a rather interesting report with us this week, looking at privacy related tweets during the center of this year’s Facebook "privacy storm." The firm studied the public’s reaction to Facebook’s open graph-related announcements that set off the majority of the Facebook privacy controversy back in April.

Skype for Windows Gets Ten-Way Video Calling
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Skype released an update to Skype for Windows, which allows you to make group video calls with up to ten people. This is in beta. 

 

MusOpen Uses Diaspora Model to Set Classical Music Rights Free
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You may have heard about Diaspora, a Kickstarter project that aims to be an open replacement for Facebook users that don’t like Facebook’s dealings with privacy.

Google, Facebook and Boxee Respond to Apple
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Update 2: Swisher reports that Facebook blocked API access to Ping after failing to strike an agreement with Apple, so Apple removed the feature after launch. She credits "sources familiar with Facebook’s platform" with this information. 

NZ Police Clear Google In Street View Scandal

When it comes to Street View and the collection of sensitive WiFi data, Google is, at least to some degree, safe from serious penalties in New Zealand.  A police investigation has determined that the company didn’t violate any laws.

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff referred the matter to police in June, which seemed to put Google in a precarious position.  Logic dictated that Shroff wouldn’t call in law enforcement for no reason, after all.

NASA Launches App HD For iPad
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NASA has introduced a new free mobile application for the iPad called NASA App HD.

NASA App HD features live streaming video from NASA Television, an interactive map with links to all of its centers, quick links to feature stories and launch schedules, a scrolling “alerts banner,” and a NASA Featured” link.

Google Calls Upon Retailers to List Inventory
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Google announced today that it is making public its help documentation for Local Shopping inventory for Google Merchant Center. This is a feature that allows retailers to let consumers know about what they have in stock right from the web. 

Yahoo Search Assist Becomes Geo-Sensitive

Under the right circumstances, search engines can turn the names of a person’s city and state into ugly words; users looking for local info may have to type them over and over until they wish the founders had stuck to just two or three letters.  New Yahoo search suggestions aim to eliminate that problem, though.

Chrome Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with New Stable Version

Google announced today that it is releasing a new stable version of Chrome, which the company says is even faster and more streamlined. In fact, Google claims it is three times faster on JavaScript performance than it was two year ago, when Chrome was first launched (it’s the two-year anniversary, by the way).

Americans Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Their Cell Phones
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Texting by American adults has increased significantly over the past year, but still does not approach the level of text messages exchanged by young people, according to a new report from Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Nearly three quarters (72%) of adult cell phone users send and receive text messages now, up from 65 percent in September 2009. The majority (87%) of teen cell users text. Teens text 50 messages a day on average, five times more than the typical 10 text messages sent and received by adults per day.

Dell Appears to Lose 3PAR to HP
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Update 2: It looks like Dell has lost the bidding war for 3PAR after all. The company issued a release saying it has ended discussions and will recieve a $72 million break-up fee from 3PAR. This comes after 3PAR accepted an increased bid from HP of $2.4 billion.

Kobo Emerges as the E-Reading App for the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy Tab tablet device, and Kobo announced that it is supplying the e-reader technology for it.

"After much speculation, the new Samsung GALAXY Tab has just been announced by Samsung’s CEO in Berlin, and Kobo is THE eReading application powering the ‘Readers Hub’ on the new Android tablet," says Kobo. "This partnership is an industry first for Kobo and Samsung, offering the first eReading experience on an Android Tablet to readers worldwide."

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