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Bing Maps Gets OpenStreetMap App

Microsoft has launched a new Bing Maps app for OpenStreetMap. The app adds a layer on Bing Maps as a new style option.

Report: Mobile Broadband to Reach 1 Billion Connections in 2012

The worldwide mobile broadband market will reach 1 billion connections during 2012, segmented by 3G and 4G network technologies, according to Pyramid Research.

Google’s YTD Acquisition Tab: $1.1 Billion
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Sometimes, when acquiring a company, Google puts out multiple press releases and blog posts, sharing financial details and all other sorts of information.  Sometimes the search giant just mentions the purchase.  Today, though, Google had to disclose a few details for the sake of satisfying the SEC.

Groupon Working Too Well For Some Businesses
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Groupon may be working a little too well for some businesses. As Mark D. Carlson and Emily Fredrix explore in an article, some local shops around the country are struggling to handle the customer loads that deals from Groupon are bringing in.

Visa Launches New Comparison Shopping Tool Called RightCliq
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Visa has released a new online shopping tool called Rightcliq which lets users bookmark products on shopping sites, add notes, and add them to a "wishspace". The company touts it as a tool that improves the way you browse and compare products.

Study Shows British Population Trusts Internet More Than Friends

Brits trust the internet more than friends and colleagues when it comes to handing over personal information, according to a study published today by data storage specialists NetApp.

The research, which polled 3000 adults, revealed that while the average adult freely divulges a string of personal details on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, most would not give friends or colleagues their PIN number.

Tweet Milestone Accelerating Beyond Expectation

Twitter hit  a new milestone yesterday – 20 billion tweets.

According to Mashable, the milestone comes just two months after the service hit 15 billion tweets and about five months since it reached 10 billion, indicating that activity levels on the microblogging service continue to accelerate.

Facebook To Double Size Of Custom Data Center
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When Facebook announced that it had reached the 500-million-user milestone, many people expressed a mixture of surprise and awe.  Now, it seems as if Facebook might have been caught off guard, too.  The company’s said it will double the size of its not-yet-complete data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Early this year, Facebook committed to building the custom data center (its first).  The center was supposed to be 147,000 square feet in size, and the first quarter of 2011 was set as the target for completion.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Coming in October

Microsoft announced today that it will make Office for Mac 2011 available in over 100 countries at the end of October. It will be available in Home and Student and Home and Business versions.

The company also announced that starting today, if customers purchase Office 2008 for Mac, they’ll be able to upgrade to 2011 for free when it becomes available.

Amazon’s New Kindles Already Sold Out
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Update: The new Kindles are already sold out (temporarily obviously). On the product page, the company says, "Due to strong customer demand, Kindle is temporarily sold out. Order now to reserve your place in line. Orders are prioritized on a first come, first served basis.

Have Google’s Plans Fallen Into the Wrong Hands?
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According to Michael Arrington, an unnamed Faacebook engineer attended TechCrunch’s party the other night and bragged to a group of people that Facebook "knows all about Google’s social product plans". This person evidently said or implied that Facebook has obtained copies of internal Google documents that outline the company’s social strategy.

Connecticut AG Probing Amazon And Apple Over E-Book Pricing

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating Apple and Amazon.com over potentially anticompetitive e-book deals.

Microsoft Launches Online Circular Ads for MSN Local

Microsoft Advertising has unveiled new localized deals through interactive online circulars (like those ads that fall out of your newspaper, the company notes) as part of MSN Local Edition.

The site is geo-targeted, so only location-relevant circulars will be shown to consumers.

IBM Closes Coremetrics Acquisition

IBM has announced the closing of its acquisition of web analytics firm Coremetrics, based in San Mateo, CA. The acquisition will boost IBM’s business analytics offerings through cloud services.

Android Shipments Off the Charts

The smartphone market grew by 64% during the second quarter by Canalys‘ calculations. BlackBerry shipments grew by 41% and Apple’s share grew by 61% thanks to the iPhone 4′s release. However, it is Android that is getting the most attention from this report. According to Canalys, Android shipments grew by 886%.

Toyota Launches Facebook Contest For Prius Anniversary

Toyota has launched a Facebook contest to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Prius.

Toyota is inviting people to submit a video or several photos that show their enthusiasm for the Prius for a chance to host the 10 Years of Toyota Prius Anniversary Celebration in their hometown.

Toyota will select the top 10 finalists and then let the Facebook Prius community decide who should names the most passionate fan.

 

Funny or Die Launches Redesign, New Ad Opportunities
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Popular comedy site Funny or Die has launched a new redesign, adding adds new content and features. The site now provides new themed photo galleries, top 10 lists, and special guest blogs. It also gives advertisers a larger presence on the homepage and more in-video opportunities across the site.

Indian Police Use Facebook To Issue 665 Tickets
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India is often considered a place of car guys’ nightmares, where the roads are packed with vehicles and anything from a motorcycle to a bus is likely to swerve across lanes and run red lights.  But Indian police are now addressing the problem in an innovative fashion, using Facebook as a sort of crowdsourced traffic camera.

The Hotlist Comes to the iPhone

Geo-social aggregator The Hotlist has launched a new iPhone app aimed at letting users see the latest on their friends’ present and future social destinations, as well as venues and activities near the user’s current location.

The Hotlist launched last year, claiming to be the first geo-social aggregator. Its platform calculates the popularity of events and venues, offering analytics and ratings for social planning.

Major Mobile Carriers Teaming Up to Eliminate Credit Cards?
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Will the mobile phone replace the credit card? It sounds a bit like science fiction, but it appears that mobile carriers are trying to make it a reality.

Bloomberg reports that AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA are "planning a venture to displace credit and debit cards with smartphones". The companies would work with Discover Financial Services and Barclays Plc to test a system starting in Atlanta and three other unnamed U.S. cities.

Americans Spending More Time On Facebook And Twitter

Americans spend nearly a quarter of their time online on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and blogs, up 15.8 percent from a year ago (43% increase) according to new research from Nielsen.

The report called "What Americans Do Online," found that Americans spend a third of their online time (36%) communicating across social networks, blogs, email and instant messaging.

Roger Ebert Finds Many People Would Pay For Twitter

Last month, Twitter fans received a shock when a study revealed that exactly zero percent of its 1,900 participants would consider paying for the service.  Last night, film critic Roger Ebert challenged those findings, showing that a significant number of his followers feel differently.

About 4,000 of Ebert’s followers responded to a one-question survey he created, and out of that group, 19.4 percent indicated they’d be willing to pay for Twitter.  That’s a pretty huge number compared to zero.

“King of Bing Maps” Soon To Be Determined

Update: Microsoft announced that the "King of Bing Maps" contest is now closed. They will determine the winner soon.

Original Article: Bing has announced that it’s searching for "someone to worship." By this, they mean lead the way in Bing Map App development. So naturally, they’ve launched a contest.

Guy Who Claims to Own Facebook Says His Arrest Made Him Remember Alleged Contract
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Bloomberg has published a fascinating interview with Paul Ceglia, the guy who is currently suing Facebook, claiming that he owns 84% of the company. For more background on the story, go here.