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Facebook Gets Click-Based Search Relevance Patent
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Facebook has been granted a patent called "Ranking search results based on the frequency of clicks on the search results by members of a social network who are within a predetermined degree of separation". Here’s the abstract:

Yahoo Expands Local Listing Partnership with Dex One
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Yahoo announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Dex One to allow listings on Yahoo Local. "This broadens the reach of Dex One’s local advertiser network, providing their clients with greater exposure in local communities and more consumers with detailed information on local businesses," a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews.

Music Still Leads In iTunes Purchases
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Almost all iPhone or iPod touch users have downloaded a free app, but 82 percent have actually made a music purchase from iTunes, according to a new survey from NPD.

MySpace Hires Tom Cox To Oversee Business Strategy
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MySpace announced that it has appointed Tom Cox as its new Senior VP of Business Development, which means he’ll be responsible for crafting and implementing the overall business strategy for MySpace. It also means he’ll be identifying and negotiating partnerships for the company.

"Cox brings to MySpace a proven track record for crafting innovative strategies, structuring productive relationships, and building successful businesses and partnerships within the technology and online media industries," the company says.

Yahoo Advertisers Can Begin Transitioning to Microsoft adCenter

Yahoo and Microsoft announced today that Yahoo advertisers can begin their transition to Microsoft’s adCenter.

Half of Mobile Users Don’t Know When Their Contracts Are Up
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There are some interesting survey results out from Best Buy today, regarding mobile phone users and their contracts. The findings reveal that about half of users don’t know when they’re contracts expire.

While the survey is used by the company to promote is new Upgrade Checker campaign, shed some light on the issue nonetheless.

Amazon Kindle Coming To Staples

Office supply retailer Staples said today it will begin selling Amazon’s Kindle in all of its stores this fall.

Staples said it will sell the $139 version of the Kindle, the Kindle 3G ($189) and the Kindle DX ($379).

Links Add Value That Print Can’t Match
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Links are one of the biggest reasons that the print industry can’t compete with web content. This is not a new revelation, but after reading an interesting piece about the value of links by Scott Rosenberg, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it spelled out so crystal clear, and interestingly enough, it’s not really the point of his article.

Google-MySpace Deal May Be On For Another Month

It looks like MySpace’s dealings with Google aren’t over – or conclusively continued – just yet.  Even though a search and advertising deal is set to expire today, a report’s indicated that the companies’ existing contract has been extended a short time while negotiations continue.

Yahoo To Lose Major Ad Deal In South Korea

Today is not getting off to a good start for Yahoo.  NHN – which owns both the South Korean equivalent of Google and the country’s largest gaming portal – has decided to stop using the American company’s advertising tech, and its chief didn’t exactly have nice things to say when parting ways.

NYTimes.com Adds Facebook Connection
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The New York Times has introduced a “Log in With Facebook” feature, which allows users to link their NYTimes.com and Facebook accounts and share content with others.

Log in With Facebook is an opt-in feature. To view personalized content, users connect their Facebook and NYTimes.com accounts, which allows them to share articles from NYTimes.com with their Facebook friends on the site and on the social network.

 

Google Wave Around Until the End of the Year
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Google recently announced that it would be shutting down Google Wave, at least as a standalone project. The company has now released an update on that note.

Google Launches Stats for Blogger

Google has launched Stats for Blogger, a Blogger feature that was previously available in the experimental version of Blogger, Blogger in Draft. The feaure is fairly self-explanatory in that it provides Blogger users with stats about their blogs.

More specifically, Stats for Blogger provides stats like real-time tracking of each time your blog is viewed, and insights about your audience, such as top search keywords, countries, browsers, etc. The user interface comes with easy-to-read graphs and charts.

Twitter Apps Go OAuth Today
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As of today, Twitter apps will all use OAuth for user authentication. Users will be able to use apps without them storing their password.

"The move to OAuth will mean increased security and a better experience. Applications won’t store your username and password, and if you change your password, applications will continue to work," says

Gmail Filters Email Beyond Spam

Last week, the New York Times reported that Bit.ly lead scientist Hilary Mason had created a customized email classification system for Gmail that prioritizes her email by which she should read first. She said that she hoped to release the code for it this fall, so others could take advantage.

Facebook Sues Teacher Resource for Using the Word “Book”
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Update: WebProNews reached out to Teachbook for comment. Read Teachbook’s full response here. See comments from Facebook in the comments section of either article.

YouTube Seals Its Biggest “Premium Sports” Deal Yet
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Baseball fans in Japan and four other countries have reason to celebrate today.  A record-breaking deal involving YouTube and Major League Baseball has been struck, and as a result, said fans will gain access to lots and lots of footage.

In an email to WebProNews, a YouTube representative provided some more details in the form of bullet points.  One highlight is that "[f]ull-length, catch-up MLB games [will be] available in Japan 36 hours after they air."  Historic game footage will be offered, too, along with profiles of Japanese players.

Craigslist CEO Goes Off on CNN’s Amber Lyon
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Craiglist CEO Jim Buckmaster wrote a feisty blog post aimed at CNN’s Amber Lyon. It begins:

I see you’ve now gotten around to requesting an interview with me or a company spokesperson, 90 days after you ambushed our namesake and founder, Craig Newmark, following his May 20th talk on veteran’s affairs and other issues unrelated to craigslist, at a conference in Washington.

So-Called Facebook Alternative Diaspora Gets a Launch Date
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You may recall that earlier this year, Facebook took a lot of heat over user privacy. While some may still not be satisfied, the company did release simplified privacy settings in response. Around that time, however, a project called Diaspora started generating a lot of hype as a potential, open alternative to Facebook as a social network.

SocialDeck Announces Acquisition by Google
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Google continues its pattern of social gaming-related acquisitions with the acquisition of SocialDeck. Inside Social Games has discovered a letter posted to SocialDeck’s website, announcing the acquisition. The letter says:

Skype Launches Skype Connect for Businesses

Skype has launched Skype Connect 1.0, formerly known as Skype for SIP. This is a product that enables IP-enabled private branch exchange (PBX) or Unified Communications (UC) systems to connect to Skype.

MySpace Users Can Now Sync Accounts with Facebook Profiles, Pages
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MySpace has announced a new feature that lets users sync their status updates with their Facebook profiles or Pages, while also letting them share content from their MySpace page with Facebook friends.

"Sync with Facebook allows users to keep their friends on Facebook up to date on everything, including: sharing songs, latest photos, fun game apps, and more," says MySpace’s Jennifer Ruffner.

Digg Users Sure Dig Digg Competitor Reddit
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Update: Digg Founder Kevin Rose has made the following statements on Twitter:

We’re working hard to fix the source diversity part of the digg algorithm, more news soon…

We want to ensure diversity of sources, and we’re working on that now…

Bing App Comes to Verizon Android Devices

Microsoft has announced the launch of its first Bing for Mobile Android app for Verizon customers. The app is available for download in the Android Marketplace on Verizon Android devices.

The app homepage will look somewhat familiar to Bing users, as it will include the Bing image of the day with the clickable hotspots, much like the desktop version. You can swipe through past images.

The endless scrolling of the image search also makes the transition to the app. In fact, endless scrolling is functional with any search result.