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The More People Read, the More Likely They’ll be to Choose an E-Reader Over an iPad

As you may know, eBook readers are getting cheaper. Yesterday Barnes & Noble lowered the price on its 3G Nook, forcing Amazon to also lower the price of its Kindle. Combine that with the popularity of the iPad, and the market for eBooks is growing.

McAfee Studies What Teens Are Getting Away with Online
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McAfee has released the results of a study today, finding that nearly half of online teens have shared personal information with strangers. The study looked at this and other areas of concern for parents.

Yahoo Updates Advertisers on Microsoft Transition
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Yahoo has provided an update on the planned search alliance with Microsoft due out later this year. The company says the goal is still to have the transition in the U.S. and Canada complete before the start of the 2010 holiday season.

Yahoo says that in late summer, it will offer a window of several weeks in which advertisers can choose a time to initiate and complete their own transition.

SearchManager Consolidates Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, & Facebook Ad Campaigns

American Express has launched a new search marketing tool for small businesses via its OPEN forum. The tool, powered by Clickable, is called SearchManager, and lets business owners manage paid search campaigns across Google AdWords, Yahoo Search Marketing, Microsoft adCenter, and Facebook ads from one dashboard.

Twitter And Facebook Driving Email Marketing
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Marketers that send email messages that include social sharing options generate 30 percent higher click-through rates (CTRs) than emails without a social sharing option, and messages with three or more sharing options generate 55 percent higher CTRs, according to a new study from GetResponse.

Bing iPhone App Upgraded with Social Search Results

Microsoft has released a new update to the Bing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The app now lets users connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts to see combined status updates from their friends. They’ve also integrated search results from your friends using this data.

Google and Compete Reveal Data About How People Research and Buy Phones

Google and Compete teamed up on a study on consumers’ shopping habits as they relate to purchases of wireless devices and smartphones.

Google Music Store Rumors Resurface

Sometime in the next six months, it may become possible for individuals to buy music straight from Google.  People familiar with the matter believe the company will launch a music store with ties to its main search engine, and later, a cloud-based subscription service is supposed to debut.

LinkedIn Makes Some Changes to Groups
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LinkedIn has released some updates to its Groups feature. This is the first major update to Groups since the company launched discussions last summer.

For starters, LinkedIn has eliminated the wall between onsite comments and off-site content like shared news articles.  A new design makes it easier to look at the latest updates of a discussion and comment.

Adobe Launches Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile

Adobe announced today that Flash Player 10.1 for mobile is now available, saying that it has been redesigned from the ground up with new performance and mobile-specific features.

This is the first release that brings the full Web across desktops and devices, the company says.

Spammers Exploiting World Cup to Target Attacks

Symantec has released its June 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report, which looks at the recent increase in scams containing FIFA World Cup-related messages. The World Cup is being used to target unsuspecting users, and that is expected to increase as the event goes on.

Salesforce Chatter Now Available to Everyone

Salesforce.com  has announced the general availability of Salesforce Chatter, the company’s cloud-based enterprise "social collaboration" app and platform.

Chatter was introduced in November, launched in private beta back in February to 100 companies, and eventually expanded to over 5,000 customers. 

Experian Hitwise Gives Google The Win In May
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May went Google’s way, according to new statistics from Experience Hitwise.  Indeed, although the numbers supplied by comScore and Nielsen earlier this month suggested almost the exact opposite, Experian Hitwise’s data indicates that Google gained market share while Yahoo and Bing lost.

Multi-State Investigation Launched Against Google
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Google may be in big, big trouble.  Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who was the first Attorney General to scrutinize the company over its collection of sensitive WiFi data, is now leading a probe in which officials representing more than 30 states have expressed interest.

Barnes & Noble Forces Amazon to Lower Kindle Price
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Earlier today, Barnes & Noble revealed a new Wi-Fi version of its Nook eBook reader, and along with that, dropped the price of its 3G version to $199. Not to be outdone, Amazon has now announced that it has dropped the price of its Kindle from $259 to $189.

Google Works with About.com On Making the Web Faster
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About.com has partnered with Google’s Make the Web Faster team to make About.com faster. This is relatively significant to the web, given that About.com results often rank very high in search results.

Would a Google “Newspass” Work Better Than its Existing Paid Content Options?
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There is a rumor that has been floating around the web for a few days (apparently starting at Italian newspaper La Repubblica) that Google is working on something called Newspass, which would let users pay for news content across multiple publications that charge for content – another way for publishers to get paid and still utilize Google (Google already has a few ways).

Demand Media Responds to Domain Audit Report Accusations

Update: Quinn Daly, senior vice president, Corporate Communications at Demand Media has gotten back to us with the following comments:

Middle Men: Another Internet Story Coming to the Big Screen
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It’s looking to be the year of Internet stories penetrating mainstream cinema. You’ve no doubt heard about "The Social Network", David Fincher’s upcoming film about the founding of Facebook. The poster for that was just released the other day.

Facebook CEO Meets UK’s Prime Minister, Culture Sec.
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UK politicians may soon be making status updates and friending voters like never before.  Mark Zuckerberg met with the UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport – along with Prime Minister David Cameron – today, and apparently made some recommendations that were well-received.

What Coupon Searchers are Looking For

Retailers generated nearly $31 million in online coupon sales through RetailMeNot.com in May, according to the site. That’s over a 42% increase compared to the same time last year, and that’s just through RetailMeNot.

The company has released a report looking at coupon usage and search behavior in the month of May. RetailMeNot says it’s in a unique position to track trends in the coupon industry, as it is the most highly trafficked coupon site and the only site with over 450,000 coupons for both online and in-store offers.

TheFind.com Says It Has Overtaken Yahoo in Comparison Shopping Visits

Shopping search site TheFind announced today that it has overtaken Yahoo Shopping as the #2 site in the category (comparison shopping engines), citing comScore‘s numbers.

TheFind also says it has grown by 175% year-over-year according to ChannelAdvisor.

Time to Start Placing More Emphasis on Bing SEO
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Google SEO vs Bing SEO has been a topic of discussion throughout the industry since Bing was launched. The topic got some heavy play last week at the SMX Advanced conference, and with Yahoo and Bing coming together sometime this year, online marketers are going to want to start thinking harder about incorporating Bing into their strategies if they are not already doing so.

Google Reworks the Gmail iPad Experience
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Google has released a new "compose" interface for its Gmail web interface for the iPad.  Users now get a big full screen compose window, as opposed to a split screen with the inbox and compose views.

"More text is visible at once and there are no more distractions with messages on the side. We’ve also fixed problems that prevented scrolling on long messages," says Google Mobile software engineer Craig Wilkinson.