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Yahoo’s VP Of Social Platforms Turns To eBay

Even as Facebook and Google continue to gear up for a battle for social supremacy, Yahoo’s losing an important member of its social media team to a different organization.  Neal Sample, the company’s vice president of social platforms, is taking a job at eBay.

Chatroulette Comes Back to Disappoint

Last week, Chatroulette was down, displaying nothing but a blank screen and a promise of a quick return. That return didn’t come so quickly, but the site is back now…somewhat.

Teachbook Says it Doesn’t Know Why Facebook Wants to Impede Teaching
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Update: See comments section for comment from Facebook.

Original Article: WebProNews reached out to both Teachbook and Facebook for comment on the suit the latter has filed against the former. So far, we’ve only heard back from Teachbook.

Intel Pays $1.4 Billion for Infineon Wireless Solutions
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Intel has acquired Infineon‘s Wirless Solutions (WLS) business for $1.4 billion. WLS, which provides cellular platforms to global phone makers, will operate as a standalone business, and will continue to serve its existing customers.

Intel says WLS will also contribute to its strategy to make connected computing ubiquitous across laptops, smartphones, and embedded computing.

YouTube to Get Newer Movies for $5 A Piece?
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YouTube is reportedly in negotiations with Hollywood studios to expand its movie offering. The product of these negotiations may be much more significant than any of YouTube’s previous movie offerings.

Why Are People Searching Less Than They Were a Year Ago?
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Nielsen released its version of the U.S. search market rankings for July this week. Google is of course on top with 3 out of 5 searches (64.2%). Yahoo came in second with 14.3%, leaving Microsoft in third at 13.6%.

Yahoo and Microsoft both gained in month-over-month share (2% and 4%, respectively). This is all good for Microsoft, as Bing has now completely overtaken Yahoo’s organic results in the U.S. and Canada. We’ll see our first glimpse of how this is working out next month.

“Photo Memories” Tab Spotted Attached to Facebook Places

It’s become clear that check-ins are becoming about more than just locations. While location is obviously a big part of it, we’ve seen several examples of non-place "check-ins". For example, Booyah recently released product check-ins. Third parties have already begun using Facebook Places for physical items.

Cheezburger Network Offers to Buy Reddit

Ben Huh, who runs the Cheezburger Network, has offered to buy Reddit. This comes after Condé Nast, which owns Reddit, rejected Prop 19 ads on the site (Facebook also rejected them).

Yesterday, Reddit posted the following message:

Measuring Social Media Effectiveness May Have Just Gotten Easier
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Everyone knows that social media provides some great opportunities for marketing, but measurement issues continue to plague businesses. You know content is being shared, but you don’t know how people who its being shared with are responding to it.

Are you content with your ability to measure social media effectiveness? Let us know.

The Top Ten U.S. Web Properties
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comScore released its monthly Media Metrix top 50 revealing the top 50 U.S. web properties. Here are the top ten:

Google Exits Conference Due To Oracle Suit

Organizers of the JavaOne and Oracle Develop conference may be fielding more than a few emails and phone calls about refunds this afternoon.  Google, which was supposed to have a significant presence at the event, backed out today due to the lawsuit Oracle brought against it.

Baskin-Robbins Launches Free Ice Cream Campaign On Facebook
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Baskin-Robbins has launched a new campaign for its Facebook fans to get free scoops of ice cream.

Baskin-Robbins Facebook fans can sign up for “Group Scoop” on Facebook and start their own group or joins someone else’s. Once the number of people in a “Group Scoop” reaches 31, the organizer and all 30 other members will receive a coupon for a free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream or a 3 oz swirl of soft serve.

 

Microsoft Co-Founder Sues Google, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Yahoo, Apple, Etc.
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has a company called Interval Licensing, and it is suing the following  eleven companies: AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.

The claim, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington, alleges that these companies have infringed upon patents held by Interval. The patents in question include:

Google Expands “Analyze Competition” AdWords Feature
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A couple months ago, Google introduced the "Analyze Competition" feature for AdWords advertisers. This can be found in the "opportunities" tab.

The feature was initially only available to a small number of advertisers using the English language AdWords interface. Today, Google announced that it is expanding. Now the feature is available for all English language accounts.

Google Acquires Social Startup Angstro
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A company that was founded for the specific purpose of addressing one of Google’s weaknesses has now been acquired by the larger corporation.  Angstro should help Google (and whatever sort of social network it’s building) distinguish between lots of results for a given name.

Angstro is shutting down due to the acquisition, and Google’s given no sign of when anything will resurface, so don’t count on being able to try the tech out for yourself in the near future.  But the company’s search powers do sound impressive.

Google Draws New Round of Scrutiny Over ITA Deal

Even before an acquisition was announced, talks between Google and ITA software were causing a stir in the travel industry. Once Google announced its intent to acquire the company at the beginning of July for $700 million, plenty of talk about regulatory obstacles ensued.

Older Adults Embracing Twitter And Social Media
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Social networking use among Internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled from 22 percent in April 2009 to 42 percent in May 2010, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Social networking use among Internet users ages 50-64 grew by 88 percent over the past year, from 25 percent in April 2009 to 47 percent in May of 2010.  During the same period, use among those 65 and older grew 100 percent from 13 to 26 percent. By comparison, social networking use among users ages 18-29 grew by 13 percent from 76 percent to 86 percent.

Google Gives Realtime Search a Homepage
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Google has given its realtime search feature its own homepage at google.com/realtime. Searches from this destination still take you to the updates section of a regular Google search.

While realtime search on Google itself isn’t new, there are still some new features Google has revealed along with the homepage. Product Manager Dylan Casey writes:

Vevo iPhone App Launches with a Bang – Over a Million Downloads in a Week

Last week, Vevo launched its mobile app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Today, the company announced that the app has already been downloaded over a million times.

Google Makes Scheduling Improvements to Google Calendar

Google is rolling out some changes to the event page in Google Calendar. The goal is to make scheduling events easier, while making the style more consistent with other Google apps.

The information that is most commonly used is displayed at the top of the screen, the layout is simplified, and they’ve added some other features.

Google Activity That May Have an Impact on Rankings
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There are currently some interesting happenings with Google search that webmasters may want to pay attention to. The company, which is always busy, has been making moves, which may greatly affect its flagship product – search. This is all in addition to everything the company is doing in social media, mobile, gaming, advertising and everything else (which all may have their own separate impacts on search).

Facebook Talks Questions, Lists, Mobile
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As usual, Facebook is making its way into a lot of headlines for a lot of reasons. While many of them have to do with legal issues, some are also based on the social network itself and other areas of innovation.

YouTube Offers Up 400 Movies In The UK
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Depending on their tolerance for awful writing and acting, YouTube users in the UK should now be able to watch around 400 movies for free on the site.  YouTube’s expanded its movies section due to deals with companies like Blinkbox, Lionsgate, MGM, and Sony.

Google Tweaks Algorithm to Show More Results from a Domain
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Gooogle announced today that it has made a change to its algorithm that is supposed to make it easier to find multiple pages from a single site.