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Yahoo Enters Partnership To Help Users Find Apps

The market for apps seems to grow bigger every month, and one way for a company to get its name out there is to develop some apps of its own.  A different – and much easier – way is to just partner with a business that points people towards apps, and this is the approach Yahoo took today, partnering with Appolicious.

New Anonymous Social Network Set For Launch
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WebProNews spoke to Eddie Krassenstein, CEO of Anonymous You, a new social networking site launching on Tuesday April 27th.

The site AY.com allows users to create profiles similar to other sites such as Facebook, but differs in that users leaving comments on a profile page are completely anonymous.

Visa Buys CyberSource For $2 Billion
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Visa said today it has agreed to buy online payment processing firm CyberSource in an effort to strengthen its ecommerce business.

Visa said it will pay $26 a share or about $2 billion for CyberSource. The deal is expected to close in Visa’s fiscal fourth quarter. The transaction will dilute Visa’s earning for that quarter by about 4 or 5 cents a share.

Report: Google Discussing $1B Travel Acquisition

Even as news of Google’s acquisition of Agnilux is still making its way around the Web, another Google acquisition may be in the works, and this one would be pretty huge, according to a new report.  Google’s supposedly in talks to buy travel software specialist ITA Software for $1 billion.

Watch: Facebook F8 Keynote Live

Facebook doesn’t only want attendees of its F8 conference to see the keynote from CEO/Founder Mark Zuckerberg and Bret Taylor, Director of Product. They want anyone who wants to see it to be able to. That’s why the’ve provided a widget we can embed, so we’ve done just that.

Come here at 1pm eastern/10am Pacific to watch what Facebook has to say. A representative for the company says Facebook will explore a variety of topics including new tools and techniques, business growth strategies and open technologies.

Does Google Have a “Secret” Weapon in Apple Battle with Agnilux?

Google continues down its path of acquisitions, as it has now scooped up the mysterious tech startup Agnilux. It’s mysterious because there is very little information about it on the web, and even publications like the New York Times have had a hard time uncovering much information about it.

Thieves Rip Finger Flesh Off iPad Buyer
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In Denver, a man bought an iPad for a friend at the Apple Store in Cherry Creek Mall, but soon after had it stolen by thieves, who ripped the flesh off his finger while taking it.

The victim, Bill Jordan, told local media he had the cords of the bag tied around his hand, and when one of the thieves yanked it, he couldn’t let go, and it literally tore the flesh off his finger, leaving nothing but bone.

Yahoo Reports Impressive First-Quarter Profits
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Yahoo’s first-quarter earnings report is out, and it looks like the company got off to a decent start this year.  Most of Yahoo’s key financial stats either measured up to or exceeded analysts’ estimates, and the company’s stock hasn’t plummeted in after-hours trading.

YahooTo be clear: Yahoo reported $1.13 billion in revenue, while analysts thought it would bring in more like $1.17 billion.  And Yahoo’s stock is down 2.50 percent at the moment.

Teen Texting Sees Sharp Increase
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Cell-phone texting has become the preferred form of basic communication between teens and their friends, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Daily text messaging among teens has increased in the past 18 months from 38 percent of teens texting friends daily in 2008, to 54 percent of teens texting daily in 2009. The average teen sends and receives 50 or more messages per day, or 1,500 per month.

Apple Posts Best Non-Holiday Quarter Ever

Apple has posted its financial results for Q2 (ending March 27). These include revenue of $13.50 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.07 billion (or $3.33 per diluted share). As a comparison, for the same quarter last year, the company posted $9.08 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.62 billion, (or $1.79 per diluted share).

The True “Value” Of Facebook Fans

According to a recent study released by Vitrue last week, Facebook Fans are valued at $3.60 each in earned media for brands.

Yahoo Buys Me.me Domain Name For Social Brand
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Yahoo’s acquired a new domain name, and while we don’t expect that Facebook and Twitter are quaking in fear, there’s reason to believe it’ll play a significant role in Yahoo’s "social" future.  The Me.me domain name will, naturally enough, tie in to Yahoo’s microblogging site, Meme.

Meme has been described as a Twitter clone with random references to dogs instead of birds.  Otherwise, it’s attracted very little attention at all.

Offerpal Launches New Display Ad Network for Social Networks

The big question businesses have about social media these days is, "how can I measure ROI?" With straight advertising in social networks, that becomes pretty clear, and Offerpal has launched a new display ad network for social media. If you’re unfamiliar with Offerpal, it’s a platform that lets advertise and developers monetize social media apps.

AT&T: Buzz the “Best Way” to Get Your Business in Front of Facebook Users
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Update: AT&T Announced today that Buzz.com is now available to the pubic. To read more about the service, read our exclusive interview with AT&T about the services below.

Legal Online Gambling Would Create 32,000 New Jobs

The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative told WebProNews today it applauds a new study that projects regulating all forms of Internet gambling in the United States would create up to 32,000 jobs over five years.

Google Blasted Over Lobbying Expenditure

Google’s paying a whole lot of money to talk to politicians, and the consumer advocacy group known as Consumer Watchdog isn’t at all happy about it.  Consumer Watchdog condemned Google this morning for spending $1.38 million in the first quarter of this year.

That expenditure works out to a 57 percent increase over what Google spent during the same period in 2009, and Consumer Watchdog’s John M. Simpson observed as a result, "Google is relatively new to the influence-peddling game, but they’re now one of the highest rollers in Washington."

Twitter Names First CTO, Hires New VP Of Engineering

Twitter’s workforce grew in terms of both size and impressiveness this week.  The company has named its first CTO (promoting a current employee), and also hired someone away from Palm to act as its vice president of engineering.

LeapFish Giving Away Cash For Social Media Presence
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Yes, you read that headline right. It does sound kind of “backwards” to me, as well.

Amazon Sues North Carolina To Protect Customer Data

Amazon.com has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the North Carolina Department of Revenue, seeking to block the state’s demand for the "name and address of virtually every North Carolina resident who has purchased anything from Amazon since 2003, along with records of what each customer purchased and how much they paid."

International Data Protection Authorities Protest Buzz

It looks like Google isn’t going to be able to put Buzz’s initial privacy problems behind it anytime soon.  Late yesterday, representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK all signed a letter expressing concerns about the service and Google’s privacy practices in general.

Google Shares Privacy Comments Submitted to FTC

Google is sharing its FTC Roundtable Comments document it submitted last week in response to the FTC’s recent "Exploring Privacy" roundtable series. This series was designed for the discussion of ways to protect consumer privacy, and included leaders from government, advocacy, academia, and industry.

Google Announces Science Fair Awards
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A science fair that’s been around since 1950 is about to become an even bigger deal thanks to Google.  The company’s announced that it will give out three Google Special Awards at the International Science and Engineering Fair (which has been sponsored by Intel since 1997).

AOL Launches Self-Serve Ad Platform

AOL has launched a beta version of Advertising.com Ad Desk, a new self-serve display ad platform targeted at medium- sized advertisers.

AOL’s Ad Desk will allow advertisers to have more control of their online ad campaigns. Ad Desk will allow advertisers to access demographic information and audience size across AOL’s various properties.

Android Advocacy Group Woos Developers

Google may be stepping up its efforts to have developers pay attention to Android.  The search giant – or rather, a division of it known as the "Android Advocacy Group" – has supposedly gone on the offensive, emailing a developer and offering him (or her) a free device.