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Google Takes Popular Email App from iPhone For Itself

The competition between Google and Apple appears to be getting fiercer by the day. Google has now acquired popular iPhone app reMail, and has discontinued it in Apple’s App Store, and most likely offer it in the Android Market (although this has not been confirmed).

Yapta Taps Kayak For Flight Search

Airfare tracking service Yapta said today it is partnering with travel search site Kayak to power its flight search engine.

"By introducing Kayak’s best-in-class flight search engine, Yapta members now have greater access to flight data and are able to track prices for virtually any flight in the world," said Tom Romary, president and CEO of Yapta.

Firefox Mobile For Android Due Out This Year
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A new way for Android users to get around the Web should debut this year.  Jay Sullivan, Vice President of Mobile at Mozilla, has indicated that Firefox Mobile for Android will land sometime in 2010.

HBO Launches Video Service For Verizon FiOS Customers

Verizon FiOS customers who subscribe to HBO will be able to watch the cable television’s programming online for free, starting tomorrow.

Customers must subscribe to both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet to gain free access to the online video site HBO Go. HBO Go will support Verizon subaccounts and allow up to three users in the same house access content.

Wrapsol’s New Scratch-Free Film Protector

Today, protecting our cellphones, ipods, and other electronic devices is important to us due to their worth. At CES 2010, WebProNews came across Wrapsol’s unique film creation that protects our mobile and other electronic devices that we love so much.

HSTi Wireless Media Stick Allows Streaming Media
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During CES 2010, WebProNews discovered an interesting product for media streaming. The HSTi Wireless Media Stick allow users to stream media files from any computer connected to a wireless network to any USB enabled device (TV, gaming console, or stereo).

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All-in-One Keyboard, Mouse and Remote Control
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"Simple is better" seems to be the way of thinking with much of the new technology that is approaching us all so quickly.

At CES 2010, WebProNews  took a look at the all-in-one device that Cideko is offering. Combining the keyboard, mouse and remote control the new Air Keyboard has an 80 key mini keyboard that includes function keys along with many other cool features.

Blockbuster Partners With T-Mobile On Movie Download Service
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Blockbuster is trying to make some gains in the mobile space by being the exclusive movie download service for T-Mobile’s upcoming HTC HD2 smartphone.

"Available exclusively from T-Mobile, the HTC HD2 is like putting Blockbuster in your pocket," said Kevin Lewis, senior vice president of digital entertainment at Blockbuster.

"T-Mobile and HTC have a long history of partnering to deliver innovative, cutting-edge products – and we’re glad to provide customers the latest way to enjoy entertainment from Blockbuster."

Twitter Reaches 140-Employee Milestone
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Twitter’s long been associated with the number 140; it is, of course, this number that defines how the site’s users communicate with each other.  And the number now represents the size of the company’s payroll, too, as Twitter’s hired its 140th employee.

Biz Stone announced the milestone late yesterday by simply tweeting, "Today we are celebrating our 140th employee at Twitter!"  No details about whether the newest staff member is a janitor, programming whiz, or high-ranking exec then followed.

Google Gives Life to the Online News Story

Update: Google has now open sourced Living Stories, giving all developers the code to build their own living stories pages. This means anyone can participate now.

Consumers Getting More Comfortable with Mobile Shopping
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As you know, smartphone usage is on the rise, and that means more opportunities for businesses to sell to customers via their mobile devices. We often hear about how important mobile is to the marketing strategy and especially future strategies, but how much are consumers really into shopping from their phones?

Google Getting Wrong Kind Of Buzz
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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Google’s new social networking service Buzz violates federal consumer protection law.

The EPIC complaint calls on the Trade Commission to require Google to make the Buzz service fully opt-in, to stop using Gmail users’ private address book contacts to gather social networking lists, and to give Google users more control over their personal data.

New Boxee Beta Resolves Over 500 Issues

Update: Boxee has just announced it has released an updated version of the Boxee Beta, after making over 500 adjustments to it. On the Boxee Blog, Avner Ronen writes:

Since releasing the Beta we have seen significant uptake in usage. Some stats:

Google Gives $2 Million To Wikimedia Foundation

Courtesy of Google, the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation has received a significant gift.  Google donated $2 million to the organization, which is responsible for keeping Wikipedia up and running.

Mitch Kapor, who’s on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced the contribution late yesterday on Twitter.  Jimmy Wales followed up soon after with a tweet of his own soon after.

Google Shows How it “Gets Inside” the Olympic Games

Update: Google has posted its entire press conference from British Columbia so anybody can see it. In it, Google shows off the different ways it is involved in the Olympics experience:

Social Media and Email Continue to Get Cozy
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Update: Microsoft also reportedly has deals in place with Facebok and MySpace which will see these social networks integrated with Outlook as well.

Google Talks Spam Control for Buzz
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Update: WebProNews contacted Google to find out how they handle Google Buzz spam. The company tells us:

"We have several spam and abuse checks in place for Google Buzz content. On the abuse side, we recompress images that are uploaded, and links are scanned by the same technology that helps protect Google web search and browsers that implement our Safe Browsing data. Users can also click "Report abuse" in the drop-down menu for each Buzz message. We will suspend accounts for abuse that violates our terms of service."

ChaCha Introduces New Facebook App

Mobile answers service ChaCha has introduced a new Facebook application that allows users to access answers from both ChaCha and their Facebook friends.

Google Adds Real-Time Results From MySpace
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Google and MySpace have taken the real-time plunge.  This afternoon, Google implemented the MySpace Real-Time Search API, meaning that searchers can now find all sorts of content moments after it’s created on the social network.

Intel and Cineform Create 3D Video
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3D video is a growing interest among many individuals today. Intel and Cineform have come together to make it possible to make your own 3D video.

WebProNews caught up with an Intel representative at CES 2010 to discover more on Intel and Cineform’s new 3D video.

Checking Out the OtterBox Tandem Series

OtterBox introduced the new Tandem Series of products at CES 2010. WebProNews talked with Kristin Golliher of OtterBox, and she explained what the new products had to offer.

Consumers More Likely To Pay For Professional Online Content
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Not surprisingly, the majority (85%) of online consumers prefer free content, but some categories they would be willing to consider paying for access, according to a new survey from Nielsen.

Nielsen asked more than 27,000 consumers across 52 countries about what types of online content they would be willing to pay for. The survey found consumers are most likely to pay for online content they would pay for offline including movies, music, games, and television shows.

Google Checkout Gift Messaging Gets Some Changes

Google Checkout’s Advanced Buyer Messaging (gift messaging) feature has been taken out of beta. This feature, which was released over a year ago lets Google Checkout customers add gift messages, add additional instructions, and request gift receipts.

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