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Tweet Button Bookmarklet Introduced
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Eight days ago, Twitter introduced its Tweet Button for the sake of letting people share links from many other sites.  Now, to allow for the fact that not every publisher has taken advantage of the Tweet Button, Twitter’s made a Tweet Button Bookmarklet available.

New Smartphones, Tablet on the Way from LG
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LG plans to launch 10 new smartphones and sell five million devices by the end of the year. In addition they will launch a tablet by the fourth quarter under the Optimus line. This is all according to the Wall Street Journal.

North Korea has reportedly joined Facebook and according to Valleywag has 65 friends. Meanwhile, it’s being blocked by South Korea.

Changes To Facebook Fan Pages Coming Soon

Facebook has announced that effective August 23, there are new sizing requirements for Fan Pages (and they are removing the Boxes tab – to which I say yay!!).

The new width for custom pages is 520 pixels wide.

Facebook is offering a preview now so you can see what your page will look like (go to your Fan Page while logged into the account that “owns” the page and you will see the preview).

YouTube Marks The Fifth Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina
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YouTube is inviting Gulf Coast residents to submit videos sharing their reflections on Hurricane Katrina to mark the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

“The YouTube Blog offers more details. In 9 days we will commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a collection of videos on the YouTube homepage created by New Orleans area residents.”

 

Google Announces New Features for Doublclick Ad Exchange

Google announced that it will roll out some new tools for DoubleClick Ad Exchange buyers. These features, the company says, will help buyers buy quality inventory and check their campaigns.

The DoubleClick Ad Exchange was launched in September as a real-time marketplace where online publishers and ad networks/agencies can buy and sell ad space for prices set in a real-time auction.

Analyst Suggests Yahoo Interested In Hulu Stake

If and when Hulu goes public, Yahoo might be interested in purchasing a significant number of shares, according to an analyst.  What’s more, the company supposedly wouldn’t purchase them as a standard compound-your-worth investment, but instead to really buy into the business.

We’ll note right here: this seems to be one man’s opinion, not any sort of official plan.  Also, it’s of course hard to say when Hulu will hold an IPO and what Yahoo’s financial state will be at that time.

Google Makes it Easier to Monetize iPad Apps

Google has launched a new feature for its Mobile for AdSense apps, which lets developers in the U.S. and Canada, who are participating in the beta program, to monetize their iPad apps.

Facebook Catches a Hot Potato
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Last month, rumors emerged that Facebook may have been buying Hot Potato. As Doug Caverly described, "Hot Potato is a check-in service that takes possibilities other than physical locations into account.  Users can, for example, say they’re listening to a particular song or reading a certain novel, not just check in at a concert or a bookstore."

UK Online Retail Reaches $7.8 Billion In July
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Online retail spending in the UK reached $7.8 billion (5 billion) in July the most of any month this year according to IMRG Capegemini e-Retail Sales Index.

Brits spent an average of $126 per person online, marking a turning point since the lows of the last two years.

The Index has grown by 18% compared to last July, in the biggest annual jump for the month of July since before the recession in 2007. As retailer promotions drew shoppers online, an impressive growth rate of 14% was recorded compared to June.

Nokia to Acquire Mobile Analytics Firm Motally

Nokia announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Motally, a mobile analytics firm. The company provides in-app tracking and reporting, enabling developers and publishers to optimize the development of their apps.

Google Enables Voice And Video Chat On Linux
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About 22 months ago, Google launched a voice and video chat feature within Gmail, allowing many people to have live, face-to-face conversations with their friends and colleagues.  Now, a few more folks – Linux users – will finally be permitted to take advantage of it, too.

Using and Attracting Customers with Facebook Places
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Facebook Places is going to be huge for businesses. It already is. You’ve probably been hearing about all of the opportunities that come with check-in apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, etc. Facebook has half a billion users. This takes things to a whole new level.

AT&T Yellowpages Gets New Homepage

AT&T has introduced a new redesign of its Yellowpages.com homepage with an emphasis on image-based layout.

AT&T is rebranding its homepage as YP.com with tagline "Click Less. Live More." YP.com is focused on helping users "eat, play, and live" locally.

"We want to give today’s user more access to content that allows them to explore and stay locally connected," said David Krantz, president and CEO at AT&T Interactive.

 

Yahoo Lets Store Owners Offer Customer Registration
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Yahoo announced that it has released the first phase of Customer Registration for Yahoo stores. This introduces registration, sign-in, and account features for store owners to offer their customers. This way, customers can register their info for quicker checkout experiences in the future.

Customer Registration uses OpenID, which should make things even smoother for customers. They won’t have to remember new log-in info, and can simply sign in with a Yahoo, Google, or AOL account.

Google Movie (Maybe) Coming To A Theater Near You
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There’s no point in trying to preorder tickets – or avoid going within 100 yards of a movie theater – just yet.  But a new report indicates that a movie about Google might be on the way, and at least one of the entities behind it has indeed managed to turn out some big films in the past.

Verify Your Site in Webmaster Tools with Google Analytics Snippet
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Google announced that you can now verify your site in Webmaster Tools with a Google Analytics JavaScript snippet.

StumbleUpon Comes to the iPhone and Android
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StumbleUpon has finally released its mobile apps for the iPhone and Android.

"Think about all those times when your’e riding the bus, sitting at the airport gate, or waiting for friends, playing with the same mobile apps again and again," says StumbleUpon’s mobile apps team. "Now you can have the perfect boredom-buster: with StumbleUpon for the iPhone and Android, the best of the web is, literally, at your fingertips."

As Long As There Are Links, The Web Will Live
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An article from Wired caught a lot of attention this week when it proclaimed that the Web is dead. Obviously, this is a sensational headline and a perfect example of linkbait, but it worked. It received the attention it was looking for, and it is still an interesting and thought-provoking read, though the web is far from dead. 

Google Counts 100 Million Maps For Mobile Users

Google Maps for mobile may not get a lot of headlines, but it’s quite the hit.  This afternoon, Google announced that the tool, which has been helping people find things (including themselves) for about five years, is currently attracting over 100 million unique users per month.

Apple to Close Quattro Wireless, RIM Looks for Its Own Ad Network
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Apple’s VP of iAd (formerly Quattro’s CEO) Andy Miller sent Apple employees a memo saying that the Quattro Wireless Network will be shut down at the end of September. Apple bought Quattro, which would lead to iAd, last year for $275. Silicon Alley Insider has a look at the memo

Facebook Moves Toward OAuth 2.0, IFrames, Drops App Tabs from Profiles
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Facebook posted an update for the Facebook Platform Roadmap today. Interestingly, Facebook Places isn’t mentioned once, though it will certainly be a significant part of the picture. 

Google Apps Gets Another Endorsement
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We’ll admit from the start: this development doesn’t rival Los Angeles’s embrace of Google Apps in terms of importance.  Or Orlando’s, for that matter.  But the City of Westerville, Ohio (which is home to about 37,000 people) has adopted Google Apps and is officially pleased with the result.

Google Launches Chrome Web Store Developer Preview
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In May at Google I/O, Google revealed the Chrome Web Store, a gallery for web apps. Earlier this week, the company demonstrated it again, focusing on HTML5 games.

Microsoft adCenter Expands Negative Keyword Limits
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Microsoft announced that it has expanded negative keyword limits in adCenter. This should be of particular interest now that Yahoo and adCenter are coming together.

If you’re not familiar with negative keywords, advertisers can prevent their ads from appearing in response to certain search queries using negative keywords (specific words or phrases that help prevent ads from being displayed to customers who are unlikely to click).