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Ecommerce Spending Up 10 Percent In Q1
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Although the stock market has still been moving up and (mostly) down in a disturbing manner this week, comScore’s provided evidence that the ecommerce market is healthy again.  According to comScore, ecommerce spending for the first quarter of this year was up ten percent on a year-over-year basis.

Google Releases Playable PAC-MAN Doodle
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Google has released a really cool playable doodle of PAC-MAN to celebrate the game’s 30th birthday.

The Google Blog offers all the fun details. "Today, on PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday, you can rediscover some of your 8-bit memories-or meet PAC-MAN for the first time-through our first-ever playable Google doodle. To play the game, go to google.com during the next 48 hours (because it’s too cool to keep for just one day) and either press the ‘Insert Coin’ button or just wait for a few seconds."

Major Yahoo-Nokia Announcement Expected Monday

Yahoo may soon announce a partnership with a very big mobile phone company.  Supposedly Nokia – which reported around $12.7 billion in sales for the first quarter of this year – is prepared to start integrating Yahoo’s services into its products.

Where Does Google TV Fit Into Search?
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It’s time to start optimizing your web content for the big screen. Here at Google I/O, as I’m sure you’ve heard, Google announced the much-anticipated Google TV. Naturally, search plays a big role in the service, particularly in the form of the Quick Search Box.

Here are a few things to think about if Google TV really takes off:

- Optimizing video content is going to be more important than ever – not just optimizing the content itself, in terms of quality, but making your videos visible in search results in Google and YouTube.

“Gingerbread” Android Release Already Scheduled
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Sometime between the start of October and the end of December, a statue representing a large, man-shaped cookie should be unveiled next to the cupcake, donut, and eclair figures already on display at the Googleplex.  A WebM FAQ revealed that the next version of Android will be called "Gingerbread," and that it’ll land in the fourth quarter of this year.

Android Team Talks Focus and Challenges at Google I/O
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Today was expected to be Android’s day out here at Google I/O, and that has certainly been the case. Of course Google TV has been the most talked about announcement to come out of the conference, and with good reason, but Android plays a significant role in that, and between that and the announcement of the new version, Froyo, there has been plenty to talk about. And that talk has been going strong since 8:30 this morning.

NASA To Hold Tweetup At The World Science Festival
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NASA and the World Science Festival said today they are inviting Twitter followers to a behind-the-scenes Tweetup at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 5, in New York City.

The event will bring together 100 Twitter users with some of the world’s brightest scientific minds.

Yahoo Arranges Investor Day Event
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Yahoo shareholders (and perhaps Microsoft and Google shareholders, too, for that matter) might want to consider clearing their calendar for a special event.  Yahoo’s announced that it will hold an Investor Day/Analyst Day meeting on Wednesday, May 26th.

Walmart Launches Online Video Game Store
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Walmart has launched a new online video game store called Gamecenter, which the company describes as a one-stop destination for video game previews, first look exclusives and special savings.

To promote the launch of the site, Walmart.com is offering a $50 eGift Card to people that preorder three or more new titles, including "Medal of Honor," "Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood," and "Fallout: New Vegas." Walmart said all videos games ordered can be shipped for 97 cents each.

Google Announces Purchase Of Simplify Media

Two months ago, a company called Simplify Media went off the radar, halting new account creations and disabling one feature of a service it kept alive.  Many users panicked.  Now, it turns out Simplify Media wasn’t so much crawling under a rock to die as getting swallowed up by Google.

What Was Announced At Google I/O 2010?
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There has been a wide range of interesting announcements coming out of Google I/O this week where WebProNews is covering the event.

What do you think has been the most interesting announcement from Google I/O so far? Let us know in the comments!

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Bing Maps Adds Three Useful Apps

Bing Maps, which was already impressive in quite a few ways, has gotten better again with the addition of three new apps.  A distance calculator, gas prices tool, and parking finder promise to help people plan trips and go about their daily lives more efficiently.

Google Introduces Froyo, Google TV and More

Word is that today is Android day here at Google I/O. The keynote is about to begin, and it is widely expected that an announcement about a Google TV offering (or Smart TV as it’s been referred to thus far) will be made.

Watch the keynote live here.

Online TV Guide Turns Heads At Google I/O

Finding online videos using the traditional couch-and-TV setup can be an awkward experience; all sorts of menus and interfaces just aren’t meant to be seen and used from ten feet away.  Clicker has introduced a very sleek solution, however, in the form of Clicker.tv, which was unveiled at Google I/O.

Android Ad Requests On The Rise

While just about everyone knows that Android is becoming more and more popular, a new report indicates that the mobile operating system is racking up not only users, but also ad impressions.  Millennial Media found that Android ad requests increased by a huge amount between March and April.

P&G Rolls Out Ecommerce Site

Proctor & Gamble officially introduced its new online shopping website today called the eStore after several months of testing with 5,000 consumers.

The eStore is owned and operated by ecommerce firm PFSweb and will feature a wide range of P&G brands including Tide, Pampers, Olay, CoverGirl, Swiffer and Febreze.

Google Previews Storage Service for Developers at Google I/O
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Today Google introduced Google Storage for Developers at Google I/O. This is a RESTful cloud service built on the company’s storage and networking infrastructure. They are showcasing the service in the Developer Sandbox here at the event.

Google Latitude API Launched at Google I/O
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During Google I/O today, out here in San Francisco, Google announced among many other things, that it is opening up a Google Latitude API.

Google Latitude is of course the company’s major component in the increasingly competitive location space. With the release of the API, its presence will be felt much more greatly throughout the mobile web. The company calls the API an "easy and safe way" to use Latitude location with any apps/services.

MySpace Offers New SDK To Android, iPhone Developers

It’s possible that MySpace will soon become much more popular with people who own iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, and Android devices.  MySpace announced this afternoon that it’s launched a new SDK designed to make it easier for developers to integrate the site into their applications.

Google Launches Buzz APIs at Google I/O
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In a session here at Google I/O called "What’s the hubbub about Google Buzz APIs," Google announced, well, Buzz APIs.

The session was aimed at "taking a deep dive into building with the Buzz APIs and the open standards it uses, which include ActivityStrea.ms, PubSubHubbub, OAuth, Salmon, and Webfinger."

Chris Chabot, developer advocate at Google announced the launch and a number of partners that have helped the company get it started. Among these: Seesmic, Tweetdeck, and Ping.fm.

Judge Orders Fraudulent ISP Shut Down
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A U.S. district court judge today permanently shut down a rogue Internet Service Provider that recruited, hosted and actively participated in the distribution of spam spyware, child pornography, and other malicious and illegal content, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.

The ISP’s computer servers and other assets have been seized and will be sold by a court-appointed receiver, and the operation has been ordered to turn over $1.08 million in illegal profits to the FTC.

Twitter for iPhone App Made Available
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A process that began about six weeks ago has now reached its conclusion.  Twitter for iPhone and iPod Touch, an app that was known as Tweetie until Twitter acquired it on April 9th, was (re)released today, and as promised, it’s free and doesn’t take direct aim at third-party developers.

Google Announces Chrome Web Store

During the very long and drawn out keynote here at Google I/O today, there were many speakers and many topics addressed, including a number of new announcements from Google. Among these was the announcement of the Chrome Web Store, dubbed an open marketplace for web apps that helps people find the best web applications across the internet and allows developers to reach new users. The announcement was only a preview.

New Open Video Project: WebM Announced at Google I/O

In the keynote here at Google I/O a little bit ago, Google announced the Web M Project, a new open codec for web video with support from Mozilla and Opera.

Web M includes: