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Firefox 4 Gets Panorama and Sync

About a month ago, Firefox Creative Lead Aza Raskin revealed "Tab Candy", a Firefox feature designed to make managing tabs easier. It shows an overview of all tabs so they can be quickly located. It also includes other organizational features like tab groups.

Pandora Improves Its Music Discoverability

Pandora announced today that it is giving users the ability to launch genre-based Internet radio stations.  While Pandora is known for the creation of personalized stations, based on artists or songs, this gives users the opportunity to listen to broader stations, while remaining in their musical comfort zone.

Intel and Nokia Collaborate on 3D Mobile UIs

Intel and Nokia announced that they have created a joint laboratory at the University of Oulu aimed at creating new user interfaces and experiences. It’s called the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center, and will employ about two-dozen R&D professionals.

Intel says the lab will initially conduct research for mobile user experiences that could leverage the rapidly increasing capabilities of mobile devices. They’re looking for an experience that does for mobile what 3-D graphics have done for movies.

Overstock Launches Private Sales Site
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Online retailer Overstock.com has launched a private sales website today called Eziba.com.

Eziba offers exclusive deals on home decor products from a variety of popular brands. Items will be offered in daily sales starting each day at 11 EDT. Each sale will last between 48 and 72 hours.

 

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Yahoo Completes Bing Transition for Organic Results (in US and Canada)
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Last week, Yahoo announced that it had begun transitioning Bing results into Yahoo results – a product of the Search Alliance between Yahoo and Microsoft. Now, the companies have announced that the transition of organic results in the U.S. and Canada is complete.

This applies to web, image, and video search on Yahoo for both the desktop and mobile experiences of Yahoo Search.

Google Earth For Android Goes Underwater

Google Earth fans who own smartphones and tend to spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, sitting in dentists’ offices, and bored during commercials can now explore a part of the planet that was previously unavailable for sightseeing.  The latest Google Earth for Android update adds underwater terrain.

Online Ad Spending To Reach $51 Billion

Online ad spending is set to grow almost 14 percent, from $45.6 billion, in 2010, to $51.9 billion, in 2011, according to a new forecast from Borrell Associates.

By next year, local online advertising should grow by almost 18%, from $13.7 billion, in 2010, to $16.1 billion, in 2011.

 

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Can Bing Win More Search Market Share Through iPhone and Android?

I’ve written several times about Bing’s chances of increasing search market share through various avenues. While nobody expects Bing to overthrow King Google anytime soon, those chances are pretty good.

One of the keys I’ve repeatedly referred to, is the launch of Windows Phone 7, which will make Bing the default search option. If these devices take off, they could help push Bing’s share tremendously (not to mention the company’s deals with Yahoo and Facebook).

Yahoo to Make Mobile Presence Felt in Brazil

Yahoo announced a partnership with TIM Brasil, one of Brazil’s largest mobile carriers. The partnership will see Yahoo powering the search experience on TIM’s mobile portal. Yahoo will also provide links to various Yahoo mobile services.

iTunes U Downloads Surpass 300 Million

Apple has announced that it has surpassed 300 million iTunes U downloads in three years. iTunes U is an area of the iTunes store dedicated to educational content.

iTunes U includes content from Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, University of Melbourne and Université de Montréal. Users can experience university courses, lab demos, sports highlights, campus tours, and special lectures from participating universities.

Dish Network Now Offering Online Viewing
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Satellite TV company Dish Network has launched DishOnline.com, a new video portal that integrates live and recorded TV with more than 150,000 movies, TV shows, clips and trailers.

DishOnline allows users to watch live TV, their DVR recordings, and view movies, TV shows, and clips from the Food Network, Discovery Channel, MTV, EPIX, Starz and Encore with a paid subscription. Users can search for content by title, network, actor or genre.

 

Deutsche Bank Downgrades Baidu

Today is perhaps not a day on which a lot of investors will conduct spending sprees; the Dow’s down 1.10 percent right now, which isn’t at all encouraging.  But Deutsche Bank has come to believe that investors almost definitely shouldn’t acquire shares of Baidu, downgrading the stock from "Buy" to "Hold."

PayPal Users Find Unauthorized iTunes Charges – Phishing Suspected
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Some iTunes users are finding that scammers are stealing their money through PayPal. Numerous people have been claiming as much on Twitter and Facebook.

AOL Gives Parents Tool for Eavesdropping on Kids’ Social Networking
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AOL has released the results from a new survey, conducted by Nielsen, about parenting and social networking. The survey found that over half of children don’t knows all of their "friends" personally.

The survey also found that 76% of parents with kids on Facebook have "friended" their teenagers, while 29% of these teens would un-friend their parents if they were given the option. Heartwarming isn’t it? These kids are twice as likely to un-friend their mothers as opposed to their fathers.

MySpace and Fox Audience Network Get Integrated
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News Corp. is integrating its Fox Audience Network (FAN) business directly with MySpace. The company says this will allow MySpace to leverage the FAN team and technology platform. This comes as FAN President Adam Bain leaves the company for Twitter.

Study: 20% Of Americans Have Played Social Games

FarmVille, Happy Aquarium, Mafia Wars, and the like are gaining ground.  A new report from the NPD Group indicates that about 20 percent of the U.S. population has played a game on a social network sometime in the last three months.

That works out to around 56.8 million individuals, which is a rather stunning number.  What’s more, 35 percent of them (or 19.9 million people) are supposed to be new to gaming, meaning growth will likely continue to take place on a large scale.

Apple Turns Down Apps for Requiring Registration?

According to the Next Web, Apple may be rejecting apps that require user registration first. The publication looks at an email a developer reportedly received from Apple saying:

Microsoft Increases Bing Crawl Rates
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Microsoft announced today that it is making some ad relevance improvements, namely, a temporary increase in Bing crawl rates. The adCenter team writes:

Twitter Names President Of Revenue
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Here’s something for individuals who have expressed concern about Twitter’s underwhelming financial achievements: three and a half years after the company was officially founded, Adam Bain has been appointed Twitter’s president of revenue.

Bain previously enjoyed the title "President, Audience Network" at Fox Interactive Media.  He’s worked for Fox Sports, the Los Angeles Times, and Cleveland.com, too.

Will Bit.ly Make Email Better?
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While some have all but written email’s obituary, it continues to become clearer that email is not going away. Facebook infamously implied that it was on the way out, yet has done nothing to lend any legitimacy to this.

Google sought to change email forever with the launch of Google Wave. A few weeks ago, the company announced that Wave was being shut down (though some of the technology behind it will likely resurface in other products).

Google Extends AdSense Category Blocking to More Languages

Google announced it has expanded its sensitive category blocking feature for AdSense to Japanese, Chinese, Polish, and Portuguese. The goal is to expand it worldwide eventually.

The feature is already available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Arabic (with testing being done for Russian).

Should Google Change Search Results as You Type?
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Google is reportedly testing a feature that would have search results appear as you type your query, in real-time. You know how suggestions appear as you type? Imagine the entire search results page doing that.

A video has been going around the Blogosphere illustrating this functionality. It comes from Rob Ousbey:

You Can’t Block Mark Zuckerberg From Your Facebook Profile
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Update: A Facebook spokesperson tells WebProNews, "This error isn’t specific to any one account.  It’s generated when a person has been blocked a certain large number of times.  In very rare instances, a viral campaign will develop instructing lots of people to all wrongly block the same person. The purpose of this system is to protect the experience for people targeted by these campaigns.  We’re constantly working to improve our systems and are taking a closer look at this one."

Google Updates iPhone App with Notifications

Google announced today that it has updated its Google Mobile iPhone app to push notifications from users’ Google accounts to their phones. Now, an icon badge will show when you’ve got new mail in Gmail or when a reminder for a Google Calendar event comes up.

The badge will appear right on the home screen.

"We’ve also added spiffy features to get you information faster — when looking for flight info, weather, stock quotes or currency conversion you’ll see answers before you even hit ‘Search’," says Google engineering manager David Singleton.