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F1 Driver Wins Lawsuit Against Google
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Orkut, Google’s social network that never caught on in America, looks set to cost the company some money in Brazil.  Google’s lost a lawsuit brought against it by Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello.

The lawsuit revolved around several fake profiles set up in Barrichello’s name.  They ridiculed him for being second driver (or more specifically, second fiddle) to Michael Schumacher, and Google wasn’t quick to take the profiles down, despite being notified.

U.K. Internet Accounts For 7.2% Of Economy
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The U.K. Internet economy contributed $159 billion (£100 billion) in 2009, representing 7.2 percent of U.K. GDP- more than construction, transport, or utilities, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

YouTube Starts “On The Rise” Spotlight Program
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Some lesser-known participants in the YouTube Partner Program are about to get a serious leg up when it comes to promoting their channels.  Late yesterday, YouTube introduced a contest-like feature called "On the Rise" which will grant crowd favorites a spot on the homepage.

Google Tweaks Gmail for iPhone and iPod Touch

Google has been rolling out new features for Gmail in mobile Safari for the iPhone. They’ve sped up scrolling to reflect the speed of the swipe gesture, and the toolbars stay on the screen while the user is scrolling, as opposed to moving down into view after each scroll. 

FTC Ends Google Street View WiFi Inquiry
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At least where one controversy and a single group of U.S. regulators is concerned, Google is off the hook.  Today, the Federal Trade Commission weighed in on the company’s collection of sensitive data sent over WiFi networks, and the organization announced that it would drop its inquiry.

Most Of The Gamers On Facebook Are Women
Very cool infographic below designed by All Facebook showing statistics related to gaming on Facebook. Sources of the data include Nielsen, InsideFacebook and Games.com.

Google Intros Place Search to Deliver Local Results More Efficiently
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Google announced a new kind of search result called Place Search today. These results can be accessed from the new "Places" option in the left panel on Google search results pages, but unlike many of the other search options available in the panel, Google will actually return you these results for queries automatically, when it thinks you are looking for local information. 

Place Search results are marked with red pins, much like you’re used to seeing on Google Maps. 

The Empire State Building Joins Facebook And Twitter

The iconic Empire State Building (ESB) has made a move into social media with the launch of a Facebook Page and a Twitter account.

On Facebook, people can post comments, share their photos, view images taken by others, purchase tickets and receive news about the building.

On Twitter, people can follow the ESB Observatory for real-time updates.

 

Newspapers and Magazines Come to Kobo eReader, iPhone and iPad Apps
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Kobo announced that it is now offering newspapers and magazines for the Kobo Wireless eReader and its iPhone and iPad apps. The selection includes "dozens of top U.S. and Canadian publications". As an added bonus, the company is offering a two-week free trial period. 

Thinking of Check-Ins As Searches That Aren’t Going to Google
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Businesses are still struggling with finding the right social media strategies, let alone strategies for check-in apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, and the recently launched Facebook Places. WebProNews spoke with Lawrence Coburn, CEO of geolocation app provider DoubleDutch about where this industry is headed and what it means for businesses looking to take advantage.

StumbleUpon Starts Taking Video More Seriously

StumbleUpon has launched a new version of StumbleUpon Video aimed at personalized video discovery. The company says its recommendation system has been "fine-tuned" to better personalize the viewing experience. 

Microsoft, Yahoo Complete Search Transition in the U.S. and Canada

Microsoft and Yahoo have completed their "Search Alliance" transition in the U.S. and Canada. 

Kodak Gallery Launches iPad App

Online photo service, Kodak Gallery has released a new free application for the iPad.

 The Gallery HD iPad App for Kodak Gallery is aimed at helping users upload, browse and share photos stored on the Kodak Gallery directly on the iPad.

 

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Is Social Media Part of Your Corporate Culture?

WebProNews recently spoke with C.C. Chapman, founder of Digital Dads, Co-author of Content Rules, and self-described Boston Media Maven. He says, "Social media has to be ingrained in you culture. All the tools in the world aren’t going to save you."

Google Announces 10,000-Unit Google TV Giveaway
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Developers with an interest in Google TV might want to start clearing space in their dens for a set-top unit.  Google’s announced that it intends to give away a whopping 10,000 Logitech Revue devices in order to spur interest in the Google TV ecosystem.

We should note that Google’s not just trying to get apps built; this promotion is designed more to encourage the optimization (or creation) of websites for Google TV users.

Yahoo Mail Goes Social With Facebook and Twitter

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Mail Beta, which the company boasts is twice as fast and offers more social networking connectivity from directly within the inbox.

 Users can opt-in to try Yahoo Mail Beta.  The new mail service allows users to view and share updates from Twitter and Facebook without having to leave the inbox. An automatic slideshow feature allows people to see photos and videos from sites like Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube from within their email messages.

MySpace Gets Reborn, With Emphasis on Entertainment
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MySpace announced its new redesign along with a new suite of products today. These, the company tells us, will "redefine the company as a social entertainment destination for Gen Y." We’ll see. 

Buzz Names Ross Levinsohn As New Yahoo Exec

A man with a very interesting history when it comes to social media and tech investments may soon be brought in to replace a high-ranking exec at Yahoo.  Rumor has it Hilary Schneider, EVP, Americas Region will step aside in order to make room for Ross Levinsohn.

Remember Levinsohn?  He used to work for Fox Interactive Media, and is credited with making the then-smart decision to purchase MySpace.  Plus, more recently, he’s been involved with some venture funds, perhaps gaining exposure to important up-and-coming companies.

Virgin America Goes Google With Gmail
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Airline Virgin America said today it is moving its operating systems into the cloud with Google Apps and will use Gmail as its email provider. Virgin America said the move to Gmail will improve its productivity for its more than 1,700 employees and it will help to streamline its IT infrastructure.

Twitter Celebrates Hiring Of 300th Full-Time Employee
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Any Twitter historians out there may want to mark today on their calendars as a milestone of sorts.  This afternoon, the company announced that it’s hired its 300th full-time employee.

To provide a rough timeline documenting Twitter’s growth: it supposedly had 22 employees at the start of 2009, 110 at the start of 2010, 140 as of February 14th, and 205 as of June 4th.

Google Donates $5 Million To Support Digital Journalism
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Some people like to argue that search engines are killing journalism, but if that’s the case, Google at least deserves credit for trying to perform a sort of first aid.  Google announced this afternoon that it’s donating $5 million to "encourage innovation in digital journalism."

Where $3 million of that sum will wind up is unknown at this point.  Google has only said that it’s looking to fund one or more journalism projects not based in the U.S.  As for the other $2 million, it will go to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

NASA Holding Tweetup For Space Shuttle Launch
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NASA said today it will give 50 of its Twitter followers the chance for a closer look at the next space shuttle mission during a Tweetup Tuesday, November, 9, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center. Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station on Nov. 1 at 4:40 p.m. EDT.

Google Places Moves Forward With Pics Of Firms’ Interiors

Early this year, a rumor circulated that Google was exploring a concept called Google Store Views – basically a version of Street View that would photograph the interiors of businesses.  Now, pictures that were taken as part of a pilot program can be viewed on some companies’ Place pages.

Former Google Employee: Flying Easier Than Using Sony Google TV Remote
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It’s no secret that Google TV is having a rougher launch then some might have envisioned. (Some users have even said that it’s the first Google product that needs the "beta" label but doesn’t have it.) Mark Cuban has even blogged about how Google TV could hand Netflix the entire streaming universe.

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