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Microsoft Updates Bing App for iPhone, iPod Touch

Microsoft has released an update for its Bing for Mobile app for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The update comes with some new features for travel and Bing Maps. 

Is Bing More of a Threat to Google Than Facebook or Apple?
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According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Bing is its main competitor – not Facebook or Apple. He sat down with Alan Murray of the Wall Street Journal, who was kind enough to post an embeddable video of the conversation. 

Do you think Bing is Google’s biggest threat? Share your thoughts here.

Kinect to Launch with Campaigns from Chevy, Sprint & T-Mobile
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It turns out Microsoft’s Kinect, the Xbox add-on that lets users play games without controllers, is not just entertainment for users, but an interesting advertising platform for businesses. Microsoft revealed some campaigns from Chevorlet, Sprint and T-Mobile, which will launch with Kinect on November 4. 

Shop.com Launches Shopping App On Facebook
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Comparison shopping site Shop.com has introduced a new shopping application on Facebook.

The new shopping application can be accessed on Shop.com’s Facebook Fan page withing the “Shop” tab. The app allows users to compare prices from 2,000 stores from the fan page via a search box.

 

URFilez Takes Music Service “Where iTunes & Pandora Fear to Tread”
New York-based URFilez has developed an MP3 service, launching today in Bahrain, saying this is "where iTunes & Pandora fear to tread". The company says it has content from all four major record labels (Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI). The company has also announced a partnership with Bahrain telco giant, Betelco to offer MP3, on-demand streaming and perssonalized radio mobile apps for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android users. 
Google, Schmidt Convicted Of Defamation In France
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Google and its CEO, Eric Schmidt, are in a little bit of trouble in France.  Due to the appearance of some controversial search suggestions in connection with a plaintiff’s name, a court’s convicted both the company and the man of defamation.

Specifically, it seems that Google France would suggest terms like "prison," "rape," "rapist," and "Satanist" when searchers would try to look up an individual (who was once convicted of corrupting a minor).

Study: State CISOs Lack the Funding for Data Protection

Deloitte and the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) are sharing the results of a joint Cyber Security Survey, finding that State Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) lack the funding, programs, resources and tools to adequately protect their citizens’ data, especially when compared to their counterparts who serve private sector enterprises.

Study Finds Businesses Still Deeply Concerned About Social Media Security

McAfee released a new report authored by faculty affiliated with the

What’s Going on With That Twitter Documentary?

Last year, we interviewed Siok Siok Tan, who was getting a documentary about Twitter off the ground. Now, Twittermentary is nearing the end of the production cycle.

"We are gearing up for a sneak preview in NYC on Oct 7th 6-9pm at Roger Smith Hotel," Tan tells WebProNews, giving us an update about what’s going on with the film. 

Google Announces Project 10^100 Winners
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Two years ago, Google committed to changing the world by funding "ideas that could help as many people as possible."  Then it got overwhelmed by 150,000 suggestions.  But now Google’s sorted through everything, held a public vote, and announced the five Project 10^100 winners.

Hacker Gets 10 Years For $1.4 Million VoIP Theft
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The first person ever charged with hacking into Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks and reselling  VoIP services was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Edwin Andres Pena, 27 transmitted over 10 million minutes of unauthorized phone calls over the victim’s networks.
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Google Launches Analytics Dashboard
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Google has launched the Google Analytics Status Dashboard, which lets users check on the current status of components in Google Analytics, such as Data Collection, Web Report, and the GData API.

This means you can check on whether data from sites are being collected by Google Analytics servers correctly, whether users can view the reports correctly when they sign in to their accounts, and whether the APIs are working properly. 

Google Labs Project Breadcrumb Surfaces
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Google launched  a new Google Labs project today. It’s called Breadcrumb. Here’s the official description:

Breadcrumb enables you to create a variety of mobile learning applications and allows you to make your application work with only three additions to plain text. Infinitely scalable, easy to create, and readable on Internet-enabled smart-phones or computers, Breadcrumb gives you maximum output for the development time.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Announces Startup:Education
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As noted earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to public schools, starting in Newark, New Jersey. He’s set up a foundation called Startup:Education. 

Google Partners With POLITICO On Technology And Politics
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Google and YouTube are partnering with POLITICO to host an event on Monday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to talk about technology’s role in democracy and the political process.

The Google Blog offers more details.  “With less than six weeks until the midterm elections, we wanted to hear from some of politics’ most creative minds about what innovation and democracy mean in 2010.”

YouTube Focused On Mobile Growth

YouTube’s very interested in mobile users, and mobile users are also very interested in it, according to a YouTube exec named Francisco Varela.  Varela recently spoke about YouTube’s mobile strategy and success yesterday at a conference in Norway.

Good Week for Netflix Marred by Gaffes
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You would think it would have been a good week for Netflix, given that the company began its first expansion into another country. Netflix launched its Canadian streaming-only service earlier this week. 

Google Pairs Chrome Web Store With Checkout
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It looks like Google is either going to hobble the Chrome Web Store or (more likely) help Google Checkout.  The company’s announced that developers who intend to use Chrome Web Store Payments to charge for apps must have Checkout accounts.

That’s a big step, considering the degree to which Google Checkout has failed to catch on.  By pairing it with the Chrome Web Store, Google’s shown that it’s not ready to just cede the market to PayPal.

Netflix Adds More Streaming Content From NBC

Netflix has signed an expanded license agreement with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution that will allow its subscribers to watch content from the NBC Television network and some of NBC Universal’s cable channels.

YouTube Instant Gets A Million Visitors in 10 Days, Creator Accepts YouTube job
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Feross Aboukhadijeh, a Facebook intern and student at Stanford, launched YouTube Instant, just after Google rolled out Google Instant. It quickly became a viral hit. If you’re not familiar, read here. We received an email from Aboukhadijeh early this morning. 

More “Super Angel” Fun

Update 2: This story is getting more and more interesting. See these reactions from Ron Conway and McClure, as well as this post by Robert Scoble

Facebook Explains Outage

Facebook was down for over 2.5 hours for some users, according to a post from the company. A post in Facebook’s engineering notes says:

The key flaw that caused this outage to be so severe was an unfortunate handling of an error condition. An automated system for verifying configuration values ended up causing much more damage than it fixed.

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.

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