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Checking In with Facebook Places
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If you watched Facebook’s news event, you know that the company unveiled Facebook Places, its much-anticipated location feature. This lets users "check in" to places from their mobile device and let their friends know where they’re at and who they’re with in real time.

YouTube Creates Age Restriction Feature For Advertisers

To some degree, age restrictions are often thrown out the window.  Lots of parents let their kids see R-rated movies, for example, and young teenagers are sometimes treated to parking lot driving lessons.  But corporations that are in the public eye can’t cut corners, and YouTube addressed this issue today by introducing a new age-related feature for advertisers.

Watch: Facebook News Event (Location Feature Announcement?) Live

Facebook will be hosting a live news event this evening at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific). While the company has yet to confirm the news, it is widely expected that Facebook will announce its location features.

Facebook has provided us with the embed code for the live video of the event for you viewing pleasure:

The G2 to Deliver “Tight Integration” with Google Services

A teaser page for G2 from T-Mobile was discovered. It says, "The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network. In the coming weeks, we’ll share more details about the G2 and offer exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers."

The G1 was of course the first Android phone, which launched 2 years ago.

Facebook And Twitter Most Popular Social Media Tools For Retailers
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As retailers prepare for the holidays they will have to do more to attract shoppers than just offering good deals, according to a new survey by shop.com

Mondy-Beller The majority of retailers (76%) said their customers are still price sensitive and are shopping for deals, while twenty-four percent say their shoppers are brand loyal, regardless of price.

Search Across Email and Docs in Gmail
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Google released a new Gmail Labs feature today that lets you search across email and Google Docs. If you turn it on and search from the Gmail search box, you will simply get results from both places, when applicable.

Facebook: Location, Auto-Suggest and Fighting Spam

Word around the Web is that Facebook will be announcing its long-awaited location feature today. While this has still not been confirmed, a mysterious account appeared on Twitter today, for @FacebookPlaces.

PayPal Adds Donation Feature to iPhone, iPad App

PayPal has launched an update to its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It now has a donation feature that lets users donate to over 23,000 charities in the U.S., UK. and Canada.

Rounds Brings Engaging Video Chat to Facebook

Rounds (formerly 6rounds.com) has announced the launch of an interactive video chat platform for Facebook Platform. Users have already been using Rounds to video chat in real time while engaging in various social activities and real-time games. Offering it for Facebook obviously opens up the door for a great deal more use, given that Facebook has half a billion users.

Skype Mobile Comes to More Verizon Devices
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Skype announced today that Skype mobile is now available on more devices on Verizon – the LG enV Touch, the LG Chocolate Touch, and the Samsung Reality.

Vevo Launches iPhone And iPod Touch App

Music video site Vevo has launched a free app for iPhone and iPod touch users.

The Vevo App offers access to 20,000 videos from more than 7,000 artists. Users have the ability to create and save custom playlists for on demand playback, view what videos are being watched in their area using location services/GPS and share videos with friends via Twitter, Facebook and email.

 

Chrome OS Tablet May Debut On Black Friday
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Fans of Google, tablets, and/or good deals will want to visit a Verizon store in late November, judging from a new report.  A Chrome OS tablet is supposed to debut at that time, and it’s probably going to offer consumers a lot of tech for a low price.

More Employers Using Social Media To Promote Their Companies
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More than one-third (35%) of employers in the U.S. use social media to promote their company, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

Jason-Ferrara Twenty-five percent of these employers are using social media to connect with customers and find new business, while others are using it to recruit and research potential employees (21%), or improve their employment brands (13%).

Google TV Not A Hit With Major Networks

When Google TV launches, don’t look for all – or maybe any – of the major networks to throw parties or send fruit baskets.  A new report indicates that Google’s had little luck convincing the networks to partner with it.

Jessica E. Vascellaro wrote earlier this morning, "In recent weeks, Google has met with officials of TV networks including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to encourage them to work with the service, according to people familiar with the matter."  Which is kind of good news, since it at least shows a dialogue is taking place.

Buzz Makes Move to Generate More User Interest

Twitter recently launched some new features for suggesting users to follow. The more people of interest you have to follow, the more useful you’re bound to find the service. The same applies to Google Buzz, which is probably why Google decided to release a similar feature.

A Buzz Post from the Google Buzz Team says:

Another Report Has Android Moving Up Quickly

Mobile ad network Millennial Media released its latest Mobile Mix report this morning. Android is now officially the number 2 OS on Millennial’s network. The Android OS grew another 47% month-over-month. Since January, Android has grown 690%. Android surpassed RIM as the number 2 OS on the network.

Apple ad requests increased 24% month-over-month, but are actually down 15% since January. iPad ad requests grew 327% month-over-month, however.

Here are the top manufacturers and devices:

Yahoo Launches iPad-Optimized Yahoo Mail

Yahoo has revealed a new iPad-optimized version of Yahoo Mail.

"On the heels of our recently launched HTML5 mobile web mail for iPhone you’ll feel right at home with this experience," says Yahoo Mail Product Manager Lee Parry. "We’re keeping all the things users love about our new mobile Web mail, while optimizing it for the gorgeous large screen of the iPad."

Yahoo lists the following features of the iPad version:

Google Shows off Games in Chrome Web Store
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We’ve known Google has been taking a new liking to social games lately, as evidenced by recent acquisitions. It was unclear, however, just what Google’s plan was in this space. While we still probably don’t have the whole picture, the company did show off one aspect of its plans at GDC Europe, this week.

Yahoo, CafeMom Understood To Be In Acquisition Talks

Millions of mothers may soon become much better acquainted with Yahoo.  Rumor has it that CafeMom, the popular site aimed at female parents, is close to being acquired by the company, although the matter of price apparently remains a significant sticking point.

According to Kara Swisher‘s anonymous sources, Yahoo’s prepared to pay $100 million.  CafeMom would like to see $200 million instead, so the deal isn’t a sure thing.

Google Shows Off New Face Movies Feature in Latest Picasa Release
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Google launched a new version of Picasa today. It comes with several new features, but a cool facial recognition feature for slideshows is sure to get the most attention, and is certainly the one Google is putting front and center. It’s called "Face Movies".

HBO to iPad? An iPad 2? More Storage for PS3?
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Ryan Lawler at NewTeeVee points to a Bloomberg interview with HBO co-president Eric Kessler, who mentioned plans to make HBO on-demand content available on more devices like the iPad, but not for Netflix streaming, because its loyalties are with cable companies. Of course Netflix does offer HBO shows after they arrive on DVD.

Symantec Finds Trojan in Android App That Broadcasts Phone Location
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Symantec detected a trojan within an Android game, which is secretly uploading GPS user location information. A representative for the company tells WebProNews that while the particular instance doesn’t really represent a major security threat, "it does demonstrate how new mobile threats are emerging and evolving."

Foursquare Talks Privacy Ahead of Rumored Facebook Location Feature Announcement

Privacy is a major concern in social media these days, and location-based services add a whole different element to the equation (we can’t wait to see what happens when Facebook unleashes its location feature).

Check-in app posterchild Foursquare has made some changes to its own privacy controls.

Google Adds Mobile Features to DoubleClick for Advertisers
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Google has introduced some mobile ad serving features in DoubleClick for Advertisers (DFA), which lets advertisers and agencies traffic mobile ad campaigns alongside the rest of their online advertising campaigns.