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Yahoo-Bit.ly Acquisition Rumored Possible

Bit.ly, the URL shortener with a fish logo, might itself be snapped up in the not-too-distant future.  A new report indicates that Yahoo and several other (unidentified) companies are in talks to acquire the company, although it’s not time for business card shops to send out congratulatory notes/ads just yet.

Nokia Siemens to Acquire Motorola Wireless Network Infrastructure for $1.2 Billion
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Nokia Siemens Networks and Motorola today announced that Nokia Siemens  will acquire the majority of Motorola’s wireless network infrastructure assets. Said assets come at the price of $1.2 billion in cash.

Adap.tv Adds Dailymotion As A Partner

Online video advertising marketplace Adap.tv has added new publishers including Dailymotion, Redlasso, Blastro, Clipsyndicate, Mindjolt, Nabbr and Videojug.

Adap.tv’s onesource (ato) platform allows publishers to better optimize their online video inventory with video ad-trafficking, yield optimization and simple syndication management tools. Since its launch six months ago, the adapt.tv marketplace has had a 90 percent repeat buy rate, an increase in average campaign budgets by 15 times and more than 100 daily campaigns bidding on 900 market placements.

BusinessWire to Give Businesses More Ways to Increase Press Coverage

BusinessWire, the popular newswire service, is set to launch some new services for businesses and organizations next month. These are the NewsHQ online newsroom and the InvestorHQ investor center.

Redbox May Soon Look for its Slice of Netflix’s Online Pie
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Netflix appears to be facing increasing competition from all sides. In addition to long-time rival BlockBuster, retailer-based rental services and Hulu’s recently launched Hulu Plus paid service, Coinstar’s Redbox is reportedly looking to launch an online strategy.

Google Makes Google Search Appliance More Accessible with OpenSearch

Google announced today that it has integrated the Google Search Appliance with the OpenSearch protocol, which is a collection of formats for sharing search results. OpenSearch can be used to describe a search engine, so that it can be used by search client applications.

Video Viewing And Social Networking Continue To Grow

Consumers have been streaming more movies and TV shows than a year ago (12 percent and 5 percent more, respectively), according to new research from Interpret.

Netflix has significantly increased its share of the streaming video market, up 36 percent from the first quarter of 2009. Streaming continues to be the main way for viewing content online, as downloading TV and movies has remained flat.

State Media Targets Baidu Over Counterfeit Drug Ads

Chinese search giant Baidu may be in trouble.  China Central Television (CCTV) – which is state-owned and easily the country’s largest broadcaster – has accused the company of allowing sites that deal in counterfeit drugs to buy ads.

Netflix To Launch In Canada This Fall

Netflix said today it will expand into Canada this fall offering streamed movies and TV episodes to users there.

The launch is the first for Netflix outside of the United States, but it will not include the company’s DVD mailing service. Netflix says it’s the first time it has offered a streaming-only service.

Apple Releasing iPad to 9 More Countries on Friday

Apple announced today that the iPad will be available in nine new countries this Friday. These include: Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.

All models of the iPad will be available through Apple retail stores and through authorized resellers. Currently, the iPad is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

Foursquare Coming to a Search Engine Near You?

Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley says the company is in talks with "everyone" in the search space including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, according to a report from the UK-based Telegraph.

Android Market Sales Commence In Korea

South Korea has a reputation for being home to some of most ardent smartphone users in existence, and Android devices are supposed to be among the world’s most advanced smartphones.  It never made much sense, then, that Koreans were only allowed to access free Android apps, and Google’s now (mostly) corrected the oversight.

Yahoo/Microsoft Search Alliance in Cartoon Form
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Microsoft and Yahoo have released a new video illustrating how the two companies intend to create a "powerful new choice in search" with their Search Alliance, due to begin making its way to customers before the end of the year.

There is not much in the way of news about the alliance to come from the video, but it does put its goal into a simple, easy-to-understand 2 minutes without going into all of the specifics.

Warrant Related to Controversial iPhone Leak Withdrawn

Remember the whole Gizmodo-iPhone-leak controversy? Today, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the San Mateo County D.A. has withdrawn the warrant obtained to search the house of Gizmodo’s Jason Chen.

Local Merchants Utilizing Social Media More as Confidence Remains Flat
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This week, MerchantCircle shared the results of its "Merchant Confidence Index," in which about 10,000 local merchants shared their confidence levels in the current economy. While confidence has remained generally flat, the index also found that many of these merchants are more prominently using social media as a free online marketing tool to increase their customer base and revenue.

Google Acquires Metaweb For Smarter Search Results

Two days ago, Marissa Mayer published an article in which she mentioned the wide range of meanings a simple search term like "jaguar" can have.  Now, Google’s taken a big step towards improving its grasp of language, with the company announcing this afternoon that it’s acquired Metaweb.

MapQuest Makes Improvements to Route Planner

MapQuest announced that it has enhanced its Route Planner product with some new features. Route Planner is a tool that lets users plan trips that include up to 26 stops, giving the quickest route and most efficient order for those stops.

iPhone 4 Owners to Get Free Cases or Refunds
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Apple kicked off today’s press conference by playing a YouTube video of the iPhone antenna song, which can be seen below:

 

How Can You Learn Marketing From The Grateful Dead?
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Sometimes we learn best about doing things in new and innovative ways by understanding them in terms of something we already know. Stories provide useful context and perspective and that’s exactly what David Meerman Scott has done with his latest book that’s just been announced: “Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History“.

 

Oakland PD Using Flickr Photos To Identify Looters

I saw an article on the the San Francisco Chronicle web site today entitled “Oakland Police Looking for Looting Suspects.” The article reports on the Oakland Police Department’s latest efforts to prosecute looters who participated in last week’s Johannes Merserle protest that turned violent with rioting and looting taking place after dark. Oakland PD has now released a number of photos of alleged looters from that evening’s protest.

Top Public Figures That Influence Purchases

Top 10 People Who Influence What Americans Buy

As the effects of the global recession linger, consumers are changing the way they shop, becoming more budget-conscious, eco-aware and cause-oriented, while paying greater attention to what, why and from who they are buying. Arnold Worldwide has named the top ten public figures, across entertainment, business and politics, who are helping to promote the era of “mindful spending.”

Google Continues Adding Options for Google News
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At the end of June, Google made some big changes to the Google News home page. In fact, Google called these changes the biggest redesign of Google News since its beta launch in 2002.

Old Spice Man Viral Marketing Campaign Impresses

…Maybe you should watch it for yourself:

Barnes & Noble Looks to Build Digital Libraries, Gives Classic Books Away
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Barnes & Noble is encouraging customers to build their own personal digital libraries with a promotion called Barnes & Noble Classics.