Google’s Chrome Untouchable At Security Conference
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For the longest time in hacker folklore Internet Explorer and Microsoft Windows were the key targets and most exploitable while Macintosh and Safari were virtually ignored. But times they are a-changin’, roles are reversing, and Google’s Chrome comes out as a dark horse.

Rumor: Plethora Of Android Phones On The Way From Orange

Fair warning: a new tale concerning Google’s Android operating system actually started in another language and remains unconfirmed.  That said, it looks like the software may be ready to really take off, as telecommunications giant Orange is supposed to launch around half a dozen more Android phones in the next nine months. 

MySpace Launches Free Wedding Contest
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Weddings can be exciting events, especially if its your own and you agree to get married on a social networking site while allowing users to plan all the details for you or that could be something of a nightmare.

MySpace has launched a contest for one couple to win the wedding "of their dreams" in its new reality web series, "Married on MySpace."

Google Insights for Search Gets 3 New Features
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Google has launched a few new features for Insights for Search, which should make the tool even more useful to marketers than it already was. If you are unfamiliar with the tool, it was launched last summer, and it helps marketers find trends in search so they can be applied to your own marketing campaigns. It was discussed fairly extensively here.

Twitter Tweak Could Improve Search Rankings
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Twitter has adjusted the title tags for member pages. Where they used to go "Twitter / username" they now go "User’s Real Name (username) on Twitter"

Blockbuster To Offer Movies On TiVo

Blockbuster said today it would start offering movies and TV shows over TiVo’s DVRs.

Users will have access to about 10,000 movies and TV shows that can be purchased or rented on TiVo Series 2, Series 3 or HD series device. Films on Blockbuster’s OnDemand service will be available for $2 to $4 for rental and purchased movies start at around $10.

1 in 5 Google Visits Come from Browser Search Box
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AT Internet Institute released its monthly Search Engine Barometer for the month of February, revealing some interesting findings. For one – one out of every five Google visits is attributed to the browser search bar. That’s 20.1% of Google visits – three times more than Live Search (7%) and ten times more than Yahoo (2.3%).

AdSense Team Gets Twitter Account
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Any people still arguing that Twitter isn’t useful may want to reconsider their position.  Thanks to a new development, AdSense publishers should be able stay up-to-date on all of the latest info pertaining to the service.

A Million Facebookers Vote On New Layout
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Yesterday, I wrote about apparent dissatisfaction with Facebook’s change in layout. A Facebook app designed to take a vote on the matter is proving to be popular, and so far, it’s not looking good for the redesign.

Tweeting For Tacos
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It’s sort of a digital/real world combo imitation of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist; instead of trying to find a band, people in L.A. are trying to find a Korean taco truck, latest locations tweeted, of course.

FTC To Bar Atypical Results Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission plans to get tougher on advertisers’ use of testimonials and endorsements by requiring more transparency and ending the practice of using disclaimers like “individual results may vary” and “results not typical.”

Can Digg Restore the Enthusiasm That Made the Site Popular?
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Update:  Digg CEO Jay Adelson says Digg is working on a new search tool. Dan Frommer references a Facebook Status update from Adelson: "Playing with the yet-to-be-released new Digg search…holy crap…Sammy kicked ass on this one. Filled with awesomeness."

Sullivan Calls Out Google’s Favorite Sons
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During a discussion on Sphinn, SearchEngineLand’s Danny Sullivan poses an interesting question: Does Google give automatic credit to A-list ventures in the search results?

Yahoo FareChase On Its Last Legs

According to the Wikipedia yardstick, Yahoo FareChase is pretty unimportant – it doesn’t even have a two-line entry.  Poor FareChase isn’t likely to get one, either, as it will be forced to stop hunting for travel deals after today.

Using Social Media For Your Small Business
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Social media is being used by small businesses to help build their brand and attract loyal customers while on a modest budget. The SES session "Small Voices, Big Impact: Social Media for the Little Guy" focused on ways smaller companies can improve business and increase sales.

Stay tuned to WebProNews and the WebProNews Video Blog for continued coverage of the Search Engine Strategies New York event.

A Google-Spangled White House Town Hall

Welcome to the Google Government.  As the new administration continues to get settled in, more and more software from Mountain View is coming into play, with Google Moderator, App Engine, and YouTube all getting a turn in the spotlight this week.

China Blocks Access To YouTube
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Internet users in China have been denied access to YouTube since late last night.

"Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact it is just the opposite," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.

Qin maintains that China’s 300 million Internet users and 100 million blogs proved that "China’s Internet is open enough, but also needs to be regulated by law in order to prevent the spread of harmful information and for national security."

Google AdWords Gets a New Payment Option

Google has introduced a new feature for AdWords called "Make a Payment," which allows users to initiate a credit card payment for any amount they want, when it’s convenient for them. The feature allows for overpaying to cover future costs as well.

Facebook Responds To Users Complaints
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Facebook has responded to user complaints over the sites recent redesign and is promising to make improvements based on the feedback it has received.

"Since we launched Facebook’s home page design, we’ve received thousands of emails, Wall posts and comments from you along with direct feedback from all of our friends and family," said Christopher Cox, Facebook’s director of product in a blog post.

Tips for Getting Serious About Mobile Marketing
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Cindy KrumThe Mobile Marketing Strategies session at Search Engine Strategies New York focused on mobile SEO, while also touching on driving traffic and conversions with mobile applications, text messaging and mobile email.

MySpace Music Adds To Executive Team

The next time MySpace Music’s senior executive team gets together, it looks like the meeting room is going to be rather more full.  Courtney Holt, the president of MySpace Music, announced three key additions this afternoon. 

Phishing Scam Leads To Four Years In Prison For Connecticut Man

A Connecticut man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a phishing scam that tricked AOL users into turning over personal information.

Charlie Blount, JR., 25 of West Haven, along with Michael Dolan and others conspired to "harvest" email addresses of AOL subscribers from the Internet, according to court documents.


Pingdom Names Most Reliable Blogging Services
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Running a blog can be a big nuisance; you’ve got keep up with current events, write posts, and monitor comments on at least a daily basis.  But new Pingdom statistics should lighten the load by helping people make sure their blogs remain accessible.

Microsoft Partners With NASA To Put Images Online

Microsoft has partnered with NASA to put the space agency’s most interesting content, such as high- resolution images of Mars and the moon online.

Microsoft’s online virtual telescope, WorldWide Telescope will feature the images. Under the agreement, NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California will process and host the data.