FTC Supports Better Protections For People Selling Jewelry Online
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The Federal Trade Commission told the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce on Thursday it supports proposed legislation aimed at protecting consumers who sell gold and jewelry to online buyers.

Jim Kohm, Associate Director of the Enforcement Division of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, testified that the FTC supports the proposed Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act, which would strengthen the FTC’s ability to protect financially stressed consumers.

Google Unleashes Android/Nexus One Ad On UK Homepage
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People who visit Google UK, type "meet Android," and click the "I’m feeling lucky" button are in for a treat.  At the time of writing, at least, Google’s showing an advertisement for Android and the Nexus One in response, and it goes a bit beyond some boring paragraph of text or a single pic.

(Spoiler alert – stop reading now if you want to watch the ad on your own before encountering a summary of it.)

Upgrading Local AdWords Ads to Location Extensions

Google is about to transition local business ads in advertisers’ AdWords accounts to ads that are compatible with the location extensions the company introduced last year.

Schmidt: 65,000 Android Phones Ship Per Day
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Manufacturers are moving (and presumably, consumers are buying) a whole, whole lot of Android phones.  At Google’s annual shareholder meeting yesterday, CEO Eric Schmidt indicated that something like 65,000 Android phones are being shipped on a daily basis.

Facebook Overtakes Yahoo In Display Ads
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Facebook has surpassed Yahoo to become the leading publisher of display ads in the U.S. according to a new report from comScore.

In the first quarter Facebook delivered 176 billion display ad impressions, representing 16.2 percent market share. Yahoo sites ranked second with 132 billion impressions (12.1%), followed by Microsoft sites with 60 billion impressions (5.5%) and Fox Interactive Media with 53 billion impressions (4.9%).

Acer Chrome OS Devices Said to Appear in About 2 Weeks

While reports of an upcoming tablet from Verizon to run software from Google, which would presumably compete with Apple’s iPad have captured much of the industry’s attention, it has not been revealed whether the device will run Android or Chrome OS, but Android seems the more likely fit. However, Chrome OS systems are on the way, and we may see some as early as within the next couple weeks.

Mobile and Location Fueling the Design of Future Search

There’s no question that location is playing an increasingly great role in how people obtain and share information. We recently looked at where location fits into the SEO equation.

Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos Of All Time
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Have you ever wondered what the most popular video on YouTube was? How about the top 10 most viewed videos of all time?

How many times a day do you find yourself watching a YouTube video? Let us know.

Apple Unveils New iPad Commercial
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Apple begun airing a new iPad commercial last night entitled "What is iPad?" The new ad is a slight departure from their "normal" advertising. As the name of the ad suggest, Apple asks the very simple question and proceeds to answer it in a very whimsical way…

Facebook Introduces New Login Security Features
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Don’t be surprised if you see a drop-off in "John Doe is the worst boyfriend ever"-style status updates on Facebook starting this week.  Facebook has introduced two measures designed to make sure no one other than an account’s rightful owner is able to take control of it.

NBC Turns To Twitter And Facebook To Promote Shows

NBC is hoping to take advantage of the popularity of social media by launching a new program called "Fan It" which will reward users for liking its shows on a number of social networks.

Yahoo Answers Questions About Microsoft Integration
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Last week, Yahoo posted an update about the search alliance with Microsoft, indicating that it would "protect the holiday period," "ensure a quality transition," and "provide a window-of-time." Advertisers were still left with questions, however, and Yahoo has addressed some of them today.

Yahooplex Plans Greenlit
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Yahoo’s cleared a significant hurdle on the path to building a new headquarters.  The Santa Clara City Council has approved its proposal to construct a 3-million-square-foot campus, although whether Yahoo intends to move forward with the idea is now very much unknown.

Online Ad Revenue Hits Record High for Q1
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The Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers have shared some new findings indicating that online ad revenues in the U.S. hit $5.9 billion for the first quarter of 2010. That’s the highest first-quarter revenue of all time.

Online Banking Satisfaction Sees Slight Drop
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Customer satisfaction with online banking dropped two points in 2010, from 83 in 2009 to 81 (on a 100-point scale), according to a new study by ForeSee Results and Forbes.

The study found that despite the drop, online banking still faired better than offline banking channels and most other online industries with the score of 80 considered to be the threshold for excellence.

Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available. Better Than Google?
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Update: Microsoft has now announced the worldwide availability of Office 2010 and Sharepoitn 2010. See all the details here.

Also, Microsoft has a response to Google’s claims here (thanks Pradeep).

NASA Invites Twitter Followers To Space Center In Houston
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NASA is offering its Twitter followers a chance to personally get an up close look of a space shuttle mission at the agency’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

NASA is hosting a Tweetup on Wednesday, May 19 during Atlantis’ STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, May 14 at 1:20 p.m. CST.

Sprint Introduces Prepaid Offering With Walmart
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Sprint has introduced a new pay-as-you-go service which it will begin offering at Walmart stores on Saturday May 15.

The new offering called "Common Cents Mobile," one of Sprint’s prepaid brands, includes 7- cent per minute phone calls and 7-cent text messages.

Common Cents Mobile includes a round down feature, so if a user talks for 1 minute and 46 seconds they will be charged for 1 minute and not 2.

European Data Protection Authorities Blast Facebook
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The group of entities that have a problem with Facebook’s privacy policies has grown again.  Late yesterday, the Article 29 Working Party (which has quite a bit of pull in Europe) expressed its concerns over recent changes.

Next iPhone OS Rumored To Incorporate Facebook
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Here’s a story – or more properly, a rumor – for the folks who are never more than five feet from their iPhones and don’t let a day go by without signing into Facebook: the next iPhone operating system will supposedly feature a certain level of integration with the social network.

Broadband Making Gains In Rural Markets
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Broadband penetration in rural markets in U.S. has experienced double-digit growth in the past year, driven largely by regional providers continuing to increase their market share in these areas, according to a new report by comScore.

Gmail Expands Drag-And-Drop Feature

About four weeks ago, Gmail gained a drag-and-drop feature that made attaching files to emails considerably more convenient.  Now, as a sort of complement to that text-focused upgrade, another new feature is set to make inserting pictures into emails easier, as well.

A noteworthy point here is that Google’s skipped past the beta/lab stage, offering the new option to lots of ordinary Gmail users.  Another important fact is that it’s user-friendly – the sort of thing even people who don’t read WebProNews and official Google blogs might discover for themselves.

MerchantCircle Aims to Duplicate U.S. Success Internationally
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MerchantCircle is going international. The local business social network, which gets nearly six million unique monthly visitors (according to Compete data), should be increasing that number greatly as it expands into Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

HTC Sues Apple, Calls for Halt of iPhone, iPad Sales
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HTC announced today that it is suing Apple. The company says it took legal action against Apple, filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States. HTC’s complaint outlines five patents it claims are infringed upon by Apple products.