YouTube Autoshare Feature Introduced For Orkut

Even if the average American doesn’t think about Orkut on a regular basis (or ever), Google demonstrated today that it hasn’t forgotten about the social network.  The option to automatically share YouTube activities with people on Orkut was introduced this morning.

A lot of folks in India and Brazil are likely to welcome this move, considering that Orkut is most popular in those two countries.  And since India and Brazil are the second- and fifth-most populous countries in the world, respectively, that fact’s nothing to shrug at.

Yahoo: Child Safety a Company Priority
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Yahoo has released some findings from a survey about how parents monitor children’s online behavior. The company says it makes safety a company priority by supporting efforts to educate children, parents, adults, and communities about safe online experiences. Yahoo takes a "multi-faceted approach in promoting a safer online experience," Yahoo spokesperson Terrell Karlsten tells WebProNews.

Google Does Bing Imitation With Background Images
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We’ll admit right here: you probably already have a very good idea what this article’s about.  But if you don’t, please visit Google.com and take in whatever desert or field of flowers is on display as a background image.  And now consider yourself up to speed on the fact that Google’s mimicking Bing.

Facebook And PTA Partner On Internet Child Safety
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Facebook is partnering with the National PTA to promote safe Internet use to kids, parents and teachers.

The goal of the partnership is to provide information, support and news to encourage citizenship online, cut down on cyberbullying and improve Internet safety and security.

Flickr Will Now Post to Your Facebook Feed
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Yahoo has been integrating Facebook into its properties more deeply, and Flickr is no exception. The company announced that it is launching a new and improved way to share Flickr photos on Facebook.

Users can simply connect their Flickr and Facebook accounts, and Flickr will automatically send updates to your Facebook feed every time a new photo (or video) is uploaded).

Google Rallies Again Against Chinese Censorship
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If you thought Google and China had achieved some kind of ceasefire agreement after Google pulled its stunt involving Google.hk.com, think again.  David Drummond, Chief Legal Officer at the company, indicated today that Google’s seeking political allies who might joins its fight against censorship.

Caffeine Transforms Google From Bus to Limo
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WebProNews spoke with Google’s Matt Cutts out at SMX Advanced today. He talked a little about Caffeine, which Google just announced is complete, nearly a year after its initial announcement at SES, when Matt also spoke with us about it.

Twitter Sees Nearly 10% Growth in May
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Each month, we look at Twitter’s growth in terms of new user registrations, number of tweets, and tweets per user registration. This info is provided by Matthew Daines, the lead developer of Twellow, our Twitter app, which serves as the Yellow Pages for Twitter.

Privacy Group Accuses Google Of “Criminal Act”
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According to Privacy International, the whole Street View/WiFi data mess wasn’t caused by someone accidentally copying and pasting the wrong code.  Neither was a single rogue engineer to blame.  Privacy International, a nonprofit organization that’s been around since 1990, instead asserted today that Google demonstrated "criminal intent."

Bing Offers New Take On Social Search
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This afternoon, Bing will take a big step forward in terms of social search.  Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of the Online Audience Business at Microsoft, announced at SMX Advanced that a Bing site will start to integrate information from Facebook.

Zynga Launches Western-Themed Game On Facebook
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Zynga, the company behind the popular "Farmville" game has launched a new title on Facebook called "FrontierVille."

Zynga describes "FrontierVille" as a Wild West-themed social game that allows users to tame the wilderness, grow a family, and build a frontier town.

Majority Of Facebook Users Are Fans Of At Least One Company
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More than half (58%) of U.S. online consumers begin their day interacting with companies via email, compared to 20 percent who start their day on search engines and 11 percent on Facebook, according to a new study by Exact Target.

Hulu Subscription Service Launch Said To Be Month Or Two Away
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While rumors about making people pay to use Hulu have been circulating for what feels like forever, a subscription service may, for better or worse, finally materialize this summer.  New rumors put it a "month or two" out, and indicate that Xbox and iPad compatibility are also on the way.

Blinkx Launches Four Add-Ons For IE 8

Video search engine blinkx has introduced four custom browser add-ons for Internet Explorer 8 users.

Suranga-Chandratillate-blin "Together or separately, these four add-ons will change the way users interact with blinkx.com, their Internet Explorer 8 browser and video on the Web," said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx.

Google Expands Maps Navigation and Voice Search Into More Countries/Languages
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Google announced today that it is launching Google Maps Navigation in 11 new countries. These include Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.

Google Maps Navigation is Google’s GPS navigation system, and this would be version 4.2 of the service. It works on Android devices 1.6 and higher, and provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps.

Advanced Gmail Chat Features Made Easier To Find

Whatever sorts of microphones and webcams the average Gmail user has attached to his (or her) computer may soon start getting a lot more use.  Yesterday evening, Google made the video chat, voice chat, and group chat features much more prominent.

New Twitter Links to Play Significant Role in Resonance Algorithm

Twitter has introduced a new, secure link-shortening service called t.co. All links shared on Twitter.com or third-party apps will be wrapped with a t.co URL.

While links might appear something like this: http://t.co/DRo0trj  on SMS, they might appear more based on the domain they are going to on Twitter.com and in third-party apps. So if that link were going to some Amazon page, it might look more like this: amazon.com/Delivering-.

Google Completes Caffeine Update After Nearly a Year
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Google announced today that it has completed its new web indexing system called Caffeine. The company claims it provides 50% fresher results for web searches than the previous index and is the largest collection of web content it’s offered.

"Whether it’s a news story, a blog or a forum post, you can now find links to relevant content much sooner after it is published than was possible ever before," says Google software engineer Carrie Grimes.

Google Introduces AdWords Campaign Experiments
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Today Google introduced AdWords Campaign Experiments (ACE), a tool designed to optimize AdWords accounts by letting advertisers test and measure changes to keywords, bids, ad groups, and placements.

Is Google TV Destined to Fail? Businesses Should Hope Not.
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs thinks Google’s television efforts with Google TV are going to fail. At least that’s the impression he gave earlier in the week, speaking at All Things Digital’s D8 conference when an audience member asked him about TV.

Do you think Google TV is destined to fail, or does its outlook look better than its predecessors? Tell us what you think.

Which Will Be More Critical to Marketing: iPhone or Android?
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While there are other mobile operating systems that shouldn’t be ignored (Blackberry for one), there are two that seem to get the most attention, and that may end up competing most for user and marketer attention above the rest in the foreseeable future. These are of course the iPhone OS and the Android OS.

Which will you place more focus on: iPhone or Android? Let us know.

Google Brings In Beehives
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First, dogs were allowed in the offices.  Next, goats were brought in to cut the grass.  Now, bees have also made their way onto Google’s property, with four new hives arranged at a safe distance to raise awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder (and supply employees with honey and wax).

Google Flu Trends Spreads To Eight More Countries
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The next time bird flu, swine flu, or any other nasty bug strikes, it’ll be possible to get a significantly better idea of the effects worldwide.  Today, Google Flu Trends started processing information in eight more countries.

Google decided to focus on the southern hemisphere – where it will soon be the winter flu season – with this update, and Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, and Uruguay are the specific countries for which the company will now show national (and sometimes regional) estimates of flu activity.

Should Mainstream Media Be Held to Different Standards Than Bloggers?
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Should mainstream media be held to different standards than bloggers when it comes to crediting sources? Mainstream media agencies have frequently turned their noses up at bloggers, essentially claiming that they steal and repurpose the work of their hard working journalists. While this may be true in some cases, it is hardly fair to say that this is true in general. In fact, this week, we’ve seen a clear example of the hypocrisy of this notion, because mainstream media publications are clearly just as guilty as blogs when it comes to improper crediting of sources.