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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.

Social Media Users Probably Not Doing Enough to Protect Their IDs
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A new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Experian’s ProtectMyID.com found that people are doing little to protect their personal information on social networks, opening them up to increased vulnerability for ID theft. While about 80% of those surveyed expressed concern about security around social media, over half of them aren’t doing anything about it.

Is Google Indexing Your Content Faster with Caffeine?
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During SMX Advanced recently, Google announced that Caffeine, its big overhaul to its indexing system, was completely rolled out.

Does the World Still Need Twitter?
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Twitter users know that the service goes down fairly often, but that doesn’t seem to alienate them. While Twitter has certainly had its issues with user retention in the past, it continues to grow. Last month, the site grew by nearly 10% (over the previous month) by our estimates, with total registered users estimated at 122 million.

Newspapers Launch eBay Competitor Boocoo to Help Boost Revenues
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Over 300 newspapers have joined together with Ranger Data Technologies to launch a new online auction site called Boocoo that would compete with eBay, and hopefully boost newspapers’ revenues. The auction site puts an emphasis on local auctions.

Could an online auction site help newspapers in the revenue department? Tell us what you think.

Here Comes Apple’s iOS 4
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iOS4, the recently announced new version of Apple’s mobile operating system is due out today. Users of devices that utilize this OS are no doubt anxious to get it, but they shouldn’t have to wait much longer. Although as Brad McCarty at The Next Web points out, "Bear in mind, iPhone OS 3 (released last year) took the better part of the day to hit the public."

Dell Confirms Interest In Google Chrome
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One of the largest computer manufacturers in the world is quite interested in Google’s operating systems, according to a representative.  A Dell exec in fact indicated today that his company is in talks with Google and wants to help break new ground.

Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Wi-Fi (A Cheaper Version)

Barnes and Noble today introduced its Nook Wi-Fi device priced at $149. In addition, the 3G version of the Nook has been lowered to $199.

The company notes that the new Nook 3G price marks the first under $200 dedicated full-feature eBook reader that offers both free 3G wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also now has a new software update that is supposed to make it easier to connect in more places via Wi-Fi.

ICANN Launches New Searchable Wiki

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has launched a searchable wiki with the goal of providing the public with easy-to-access info on every "substantive resolution" approved by the Board of Directors.

Why Social Publishing Drives More Valuable Traffic
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A number of major media companies are starting to implement tools for third-party authentication for consumers. We spoke with JanRain, which provides a tool called Engage that companies like Tribune Interactive, Meredith, E.W. Scripps, The Dallas Morning News, bizjournals, and the National Geographic Society are all using. With the solution, publishers can authenticate users via third-party logins using as many as 16 different providers, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo LinkedIn, etc.

AOL and Mediabrands Partner on Retail Advertising

AOL and Interpublic Group’s Mediabrands (one of the largest buyers of retail advertising in the U.S. ) have announced a digital retail advertising partnership. The two companies plan to align their collective resources and announce a Retail Advisory Board in the coming weeks.

Google Has a “Search Story” For Father’s day
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You probably remember Google’s Super Bowl commercial. It was the company’s first TV ad, and it kicked off a broader campaign called Search Stories. In fact, over 150,000 people have created their own search stories, and there is even one for Toy Story 3.