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Google Apps Goes To India
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A country that’s known for its fast-developing tech industry – and for its enormous population – should soon have improved access to Google Apps.  Google and Tata Communications announced a deal today that involves both Google Apps and India (for starters).

Cloud Music Service Coming To iTunes?
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More than a quarter of Apple iTunes users have a strong interest in a free cloud-based music option, and many would be willing to pay a subscription fee to access their own music libraries on multiple devices, according to a new report by The NPD Group.

BBC.com Launches New U.S. Website

The BBC said today it is launching new U.S. edition website along with a redesign with advertising partner HP.

"Building on the incredible journalism already available on BBC.com you’re going to see more analysis, more insight and more perspective that connects the dots on events and issues that affect us all in the U.S.," said Miranda Cresswell, SVP, BBC.com. 

"Our new redesign will make it even easier to find, use and share this great content."

 

Hulu Plus Makes It To PS3

Although a fair number of people have hooked computers up to televisions, and a few folks might be willing to stare at their monitors for hours on end, a new development should help Hulu reach a much larger crowd.  Hulu’s now available through the PS3.

A couple of quick notes regarding the current state of things: only PS3 Plus subscribers are allowed access to Hulu Plus (meaning there are two fees involved), and this is still considered a "limited preview," so even among PS3 Plus subscribers, not everyone will be allowed to participate.

Netflix Gets More Streaming Content From Warner
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Warner Brothers and Netflix said today they are expanding their existing streaming content agreement that will add a number of TV shows to the Netflix catalog.

Under the agreement, Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to all 100 episodes of "Nip/Tuck," "Veronica Mars," "Pushing Daisies" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."

Omnicom Makes Big Commitment To Google Display Ads

Google’s display ad business is about to explode (in a positive way), according to a new report.  Omnicom Media Group has supposedly committed to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on Google’s display ads over just the next couple of years.

eBay Launches Social Media Seller Initiative

eBay sellers who use Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis might soon receive a bit of recognition for their efforts.  Something called the eBay Ink Social Media Seller program has launched, and while it’s still very much in the early stages, it’s not looking like a terrible idea.

Google Promotes AdSense In Your City Program
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AdSense publishers who live near Boston, Chicago, or New York – or can travel to one of those cities on short notice this summer – should consider filling out an application and maybe packing a bag.  Google’s looking for people to participate in what it calls the AdSense in Your City program.

Google Keyword Targeting Tool Launches Globally
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Google said this week it is launching its broad match modifier tool for AdWords globally after a successful beta test in the UK and Canada.

Twitter’s @earlybird Starts Offering Deals
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Last week, Twitter announced its new @earlybird account, designed to provide followers with exclusive deals from the comapny’s advertising partners and other businesses. Now, the account is in full swing, as it has tweeted its first deal.

The deal comes from The Walt Disney Studios, and allows followers in the U.S. to get a special deal on tickets to the movie "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice."

Study: Just 2% Of Marketers Disregard Facebook
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It’s a very rare marketer who believes he (or she) can ignore Facebook, according to new data from SeeWhy.  SeeWhy found in a recent study that more than three-quarters of marketers have in fact already incorporated or decided to incorporate the social network into their strategy.

U.S. Remains Top Spamming Country
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The United States continues to be the top country for spam, accounting for 15.2 percent of all global spam, an increase from 13.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to a new report by Sophos.

India trails the U.S., accounting for 7.7 percent of worldwide spam, followed by Brazil (5.5%), the UK (4.6%) and South Korea (4.2%).

Symantec Reports the Most Spammed States in the U.S.

Symantec has released its annual MessageLabs Intelligence Special Report, ranking the most spammed U.S. states and territories.

According to the report, Idaho receives the most spam (for the second year in a row), at a rate of 95.2%. The top spammed states are Idaho, Alabama, and South Carolina, with spam rates above 93%. The national average is only 89.3%. Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire and North Carolina are next in line.

Google Apps Users Get New Mobile Security Options

Google has announced some new mobile device management options for Google Apps administrators. The options will be available to all Google Apps Premier and Education customers starting this week.

New options include:

Google Arranges To Scan Over 160,000 More Books
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The digital collection of public domain works Google Books maintains is in store for yet another major boost.  Google’s struck a deal with the National Library of the Netherlands that will see the search giant gain access to more than 160,000 additional books.

New Google Release Could Change Everything. Will it?
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This week, Google released a new Google Labs projectApp Inventor for Android. The product is designed to let anybody (as in non-developers) create Android Apps. This could go one of several ways.

Google Announces Partnerships with Ford and General Motors
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Google announced that it has extended its Google Maps Send-to-Car service to Ford and GM vehicles. This applies to Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles in the US that are enabled with Ford SYNC, as well as OnStar equipped GM vehicles, which include models from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Saab and Saturn.

Facebook Details Mobile Strategy
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Facebook has plans to expand its mobile strategy and become a platform for developers to distribute apps, according to Erick Tseng, Facebook head of mobile products.

"Where we’re going from here is a platform strategy. We’re going away from a one-off app strategy, said Tseng, at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat conference.

Part of its mobile platform strategy will likely include making it easier to find apps and distribution more social, he said.

Bing Crafts DonorsChoose Search Incentive
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Microsoft may have found a way to convince many more parents, grandparents, and teachers to use its search engine.  Starting today, individuals who make Bing their default search provider will get the chance to donate $3 of Microsoft’s money to a school-related project of their choice.

Opera Mini 5.1 Comes to Android

Opera announced today that Opera Mini 5.1 is now available for Android devices. The company claims this is the most popular browser for mobile phones, and places an emphasis on its speed.

Twitter Gives Users Visibility in Search Results
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Twitter is now showing "name results" for people in search results. The feature appears to still be in the process of rolling out, as not everyone is seeing the results, but I’d imagine that those who are not will soon.

Google Fiber For Communities Site Launches
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Sometime this year, Google’s supposed to name several communities in which it’ll install high-speed broadband networks, and for the sake of not getting anyone’s hopes up, we’ll say right here that "sometime" is not now.  But a site called Google Fiber for Communities did launch today so that everyone can stay informed and push for further progress.

Some Guy Says He Owns the Majority of Facebook
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Facebook has found itself the subject of a lawsuit from a guy named Paul Ceglia who claims to own an 84% stake in the company. The Wall Street Journal reports that in 2009, New York’s Attorney General accused him of defrauding customers of his wood-pellet fuel company.

Do You Need Help Sifting Through All the News?
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Many news consumers are increasingly relying on human-edited news aggregation and content curation to sift through their news and establish trust. While not all mainstream media sources are thrilled about the concept, it’s just how it is, and there is no doubt that plenty of people from that world are relying on these things themselves to one extent or another.