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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.

BofA Merrill Lynch Lowers GOOG, YHOO, eBay Estimates
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Individuals who have invested in Google, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo might want to lower their expectations.  Bank of America Merrill Lynch cut its price targets on the companies’ stocks today, with Google by far bearing the worst of it.

Facebook Improves Analytics, Should Help Businesses Monetize
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At this point, most businesses have probably come to the realization that they are missing out on some serious opportunities if they do not have a Facebook presence.

Baidu Sets Sights On Market Share Of 79 Percent

Baidu’s share of the Chinese search market is going to get much bigger quite soon, if the company has its way.  An exec explained this morning that Baidu would like to see its share reach 79 percent next year.

NASA Will Fly Your Face In Space
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NASA is inviting people to send photos of their faces into orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions.

Visitors to the "Face in Space" website can upload their picture to fly with the astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission or Endeavour’s STS-134 mission. Participants will receive a special certificates from the Face in Space website once the mission is over.

Survey Suggests Majority Oppose Taxes to Save Journalism
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Update: NYT’s Brad Stone has written another post about Pulse. He quotes a spokesperson for the Times, who says, "We want to be clear that we are willing to work with Pulse, but only under our terms of use."

More here.

Google Maps Coming To OnStar
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OnStar and Google have reached a deal that will let OnStar users search for and find places using Google Maps and send those destinations to the Turn-by-Turn Navigation service in their vehicles.

OnStar eNav will be available on Google Maps at the end of June. Users can access the destinations at any time and get OnStar directions to the destination from wherever they are.

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NYT Doesn’t Want Its Feeds in Paid Feed Readers

Pulse News Reader, an iPad app that Steve Jobs himself showed off in his keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference was kicked out of the App Store later that day, because the New York Times sent Apple a notice that the app was using its content without license.

Twitter Hits Two Billion Tweets Per Month
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Twitter’s hit another major milestone on its way to becoming an omnipresent method of communication: in May, according to new stats from Pingdom, the site oversaw the transmission of two billion tweets.

That works out to about 64 million tweets per day, 2.7 million tweets per hour, 44,481 tweets per minute, and 741 tweets per second, which is all quite impressive.  The graph below proves that the rate of growth in tweets is rapid, too.

Demand Media Adds New “Talent & Expert Network” to Content Mix

Demand Media announced the beta launch of a new "Talent & Expert Network". This network resides within its current content creation platform (Demand Studios), and will include what the company calls "authentic and entertaining personalities." Content from this network will be integrated into articles and videos, and will be expanded to new episodic programming and branded entertainment content across hundreds of categories.

Google Launches Tools to Get People Using Wave More

Google has launched a new set of tools to increase user interaction with Google Wave. Among the tools are a "WaveThis" button, a "WaveThis" bookmarket and a chrome extension.

IMDb Reaches Deal With MovieTickets.com
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MovieTickets.com has reached a multi-year agreement to exclusively provide online movie tickets for Amazon.com’s IMDb

Under terms of the agreement, ticket buyers searching for movies and movie showtimes on IMDb are now able to purchase tickets via a co-branded site for theaters affiliated with MovieTickets.com. This offers ticket buyers access to MovieTickets.com’s network of 195 theater chains worldwide.

Twitter Advertises For Washington Liaison

Late last week, Twitter announced that it had 205 employees.  Now, the company is searching for number 206, and he (or she) won’t be your average engineer.  Twitter is instead breaking new ground by seeking a government liaison to represent it in Washington, D.C.

Gmail and Google Buzz Get Google Maps Previews
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Google has released a new Gmail Labs feature that lets you preview Google Maps within Gmail and Google Buzz.

"I often receive emails containing addresses in them — where to meet for dinner, the location of my friend’s new apartment, etc. To find out where these places actually are, I have to copy the address, open up Google Maps, and paste it in," says Google software engineer Mark Knichel, explaining the motivation for creating this feature.

Google Cloud Print’s Arrival Getting Closer

Google has provided an update on the Google Cloud Print service it announced back in April. Google Cloud Print was described as a service that would allow any desktop, web, or mobile app on any device to print to any printer that the user sets up.

Google now says development is progressing quickly, and they’re testing the service internally. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Google hopes to launch the service in the coming months.

CT AG Launches Another Google Probe

Lawyers – and particularly lawyers who know a lot about privacy laws – might want to send their resumes to Google.  It seems the company could use some extra legal representatives before long, given that Connecticut’s attorney general has now started yet another investigation concerning the collection of sensitive WiFi data.

Bing Becomes iPhone Search Option
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Although Steve Ballmer did not, as some outlandish rumors asserted he would, make an appearance at WWDC 2010 today, Steve Jobs did say something important concerning Microsoft’s search engine.  Jobs indicated that Bing will now be an official search option on the iPhone.

MySpace Music Hires Former Veoh Chief

The inner workings of MySpace Music – along with a lot of stuff users see – may be in for a significant upgrade.  The organization announced today that it’s named Dmitry Shapiro, who earned a degree of fame as the founder and former CEO of Veoh, as its chief technology officer.

Steve Jobs Rattles Off Some Interesting Apple Stats
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Steve Jobs of course unveiled the new iPhone today, and some new iPhone apps were revealed as well. However, between these unveilings, a lot of interesting statistics were rattled off, so here is a round of up of those (via this liveblogged account of the keynote).

Apple Unveils iPhone 4, Shows Off New Features
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Today at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, after the unveiling of apps for Netflix, Farmville and Guitar Hero, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4, just as everyone expected him to.

Features of the device (based on these liveblogged notes from the keynote) include:

Netflix, Farmville Coming to the iPhone

Netflix launched on the iPad earlier this year, and CEO Reed Hastings said that it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular platform. That’s why during the keynote at the Apple Worldwide Develoepr Conference today (via this liveblogged account of it), he announced that Netflix for the iPhone would be coming this summer.

Google Gives YouTube Advertisers Campaign Insights Tool
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Last year Google launched Campaign Insights for AdWords. This is at tool for advertisers to see data about their campaigns’ performance. Google has now launched this tool for YouTube ad campaigns.

It’s only available for campaigns that are reserved in advance, and not those bought in the AdWords auction. YouTube says it can only measure the effects of large campaigns, but it’s working hard on expanding into smaller ones.

Internet Users Over 50 Prefer Facebook

More than a quarter (27%) of Americans age 50 and over use social media websites, with Facebook being the most popular, followed by MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, according to new research from the AARP.

"The latest data tells us that more and more, social networking is becoming a part of everyday life for Americans 50+, and boomers in particular," said AARP Chief Communications Officer Kevin Donnellan.

Study Breaks Down The Demographic Of Bloggers
Social Media monitoring company, Sysomos has just released a study in which they analyzed over a 100 million blogs and reported data on age, gender and location of bloggers.

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