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Webmasters Cry Mayday for Google Rankings Again
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A lot of people had something to say about Google’s Mayday algorithm update from the beginning of May. A lot of people felt that it was costing them rankings and revenue.

Google Books Releases Scans of Ancient Texts

Google has announced the release of over 500 scans of Ancient Greek and Latin texts for research purposes. These are from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, and are available through Google Books

Google Can Delete or Install Apps on Your Android Phone
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Yesterday, Android Security Lead Rich Cannings posted on the Android blog about using its ability to remotely remove apps from Android devices. This came shortly after a questionable report (widely deemed as inaccurate) discussed alleged security issues with Android apps.

Hulu Gossip: Subscription Service Might Debut Next Week
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Speculation about Hulu’s subscription service is beginning to feel never-ending; inaccurate rumors concerning the date of its arrival and other details have been circulating for far too long.  But one new report indicates that a beta test of the subscription service might finally begin next week, and another hints that a deal with PlayStation is in the making.

PayPal Lets Apps Accept Credit Cards
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PayPal has announced that it now accepts credit cards in apps. The company’s payments platform, PayPal X, now has a Guest Payments feature.

"With this new feature, developers will now be able to accept credit card payments without requiring customers to open up a PayPal account," a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews.

Cheaper Knock-Off Phones Reportedly Doing Well in Smartphone Market
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According to a new report from ABI Research,  Smartphone shipments are expected to grow 21% this year to 224 million, but "Shanzai" devices may be getting a fair share of consumers’ money.

iPhone 4 Sells Like Crazy, but Not Without Complaints
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The Huffington Post has an article putting together the biggest iPhone 4 complaints so far. Among these complaints are: camera malfunctions, supply, screen discoloration, scratchable cases, poor reception, switched volume keys, and search limitations.

URL Shorteners and Community-Driven Link Building
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You hear over and over again how important it is to participate in the community when it comes to social media and search marketing. Well, that’s mostly because it’s true.

Google acknowledged this in a recent post to the Webmaster Central blog, which we discussed further here.

Likes Mean Relevance in Facebook Search
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Nick O’Neill at All Facebook reports that Facebook has confirmed that "all Open Graph-enabled web pages will show up in search when a user likes them." He also calls this Facebook’s "war on Google."

Two New Directors Elected At Yahoo

Patti Hart, the CEO of International Game Technology, and Brad Smith, the president and CEO of Intuit, now have ties to Yahoo, too.  Yesterday, Yahoo’s shareholders effectively welcomed these individuals to the company by electing them to its board of directors.

YouTube Has Record Month In May
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During the month of May 183 million U.S. Internet users watched online video, according to the latest figures from comScore.

YouTube saw record levels of viewing activity during the month with an all-time high of 14.6 billion videos viewed and surpassing 100 videos per viewer for the first time.

U.S. Internet users watched nearly 34 billion videos in May, with Google sites leading the way with 14.6 billion videos, representing 43.1 percent of all videos viewed online. YouTube account for the majority of videos viewed at the property.

Bloggers Should See Increase in Sharing of Content
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Google’s Blogger has released new share buttons for users, which can be placed under posts to encourage the sharing of content. The buttons let users share via email and popular social networks.

Facebook Hires White House Economics Expert
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A round of applause for Facebook’s HR department, please.  Today, the company announced that it’s managed to hire Marne Levine, who last held the title(s) "Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council at the White House."

AOL Sells Market Research Firm DMS Insights to uSamp

Market research company uSamp has acquired DMS Insights (Digital Marketing Services) from AOL.

uSamp says it will combine with DMS to offer "best-in-class" online sample and panel management solutions, with the combined global panel reaching 2.7 million. The company notes that this includes an extensive Hispanic panel of over 100,000.

Google Makes Sitelinks Available in All AdWords Campaigns
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Google has launched Ad Sitelinks for all AdWords campaigns. The feature was made available late last year for advertisers’ top performing ads, but is now available via a one-line format for all campaigns.

Google says advertisers who have used the format in the past have experienced big gains, and have boosted clickthrough rates by over 30% (on average).

Google AdWords Sitelinks

Mobile Version of Bing Gets New Features
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Microsoft announced that Bing has upgraded the mobile version of its search engine for high-end smartphones. Supported devices include: Windows phones, iPhones, Android, Palm, Kin, and Zune HD devices.

We’re talking about the site at m.bing.com – not Bing’s mobile apps, just to be clear. New features include:

• The Home page now features the Bing image of the day 

Man Indicted For Hacking And Email Threat To VP Biden
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A Minnesota man had indicted in federal court for hacking into his neighbor’s Wi-Fi connection and allegedly posing as the neighbor to make threats to kill Vice President Biden and email child pornography.

The indictment, filed today, charges Barry Vincent Ardolf, 45, of Blaine with two counts of identity theft, one count of making threats to the president and successors to the presidency, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Google Removes Questionable Apps from Android Market
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Yesterday a questionable report from SMobile Systems was released talking about Android security and how a fifth of Android apps pose security risks. The methodology behind this report has pretty much been ridiculed throughout the Blogosphere, though quite a few publications covered it. CNET even went so far as to retract the report.

WhitePages Releases New Version of Local Business Search Offering
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WhitePages.com has released a new version of its Business Search today. It includes contact info for over 15 million local businesses around the U.S. as well as a Store Locator providing one-click access to neighborhood contact info for over a million local branches of national chains.

Alibaba Buys Vendio, Gains 80,000 eBay, Amazon Sellers
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Alibaba.com has announced its acquisition of Vendio, a multi-channel e-commerce company offering solutions for small businesses that let them sell through channels such as eBay, Amazon, and their own Vendio-supported stores.

Through the acquisition, Alibaba is gaining access to over 80,000 targeted small businesses in the U.S. and can direct them to Alibaba’s own Aliexpress wholesale transaction platform.

AT&T Grandfathered 3G iPads Missing Promised Unlimited Option
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AT&T has screwed up again and it’s impacting tens of thousands of people who ordered iPads before June 7th in order to be offered the unlimited bandwidth option. These unlimited grandfathered iPads started arriving today, but when you go to the AT&T signup screen it only shows limited bandwidth plan options.

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Google Participates In First Smart Grid/White Space Trial

Energy efficiency and the white space spectrum have come together thanks to Google, a young company specializing in wireless tech, and an electric utility that also deals in telecommunications.  The organizations announced that the first smart grid wireless network trial is underway.

Facebook Becoming Even More Valuable To Retailers

People spend about one-third of their online time each week on Facebook, a trend that gives retailers and other businesses a chance to use social media to reach their target market, according to a new study by research firm Morpace.

Consumers spend an average of 7.3 hours each week on Facebook, and 22.4 hours on the Internet overall. Those ages 18-34 spend 8.5 hours a week on Facebook. People who have an income of more than $100,000 per year spend even more time on Facebook at 9 hours per week.

Twitter Reaches Agreement With FTC

Twitter just announced it has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission that resolves some concerns the organization had with Twitter’s security practices.

The concerns at hand involve some compromises made last year, which Twitter had already addressed, and most people had probably forgotten about by now. Twitter’s A. Macgillivray explains on the Official Twitter Blog: