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Microsoft Jumps on the News Alert Bandwagon
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Google has been offering news alerts for years. It’s been a handy way to get updates on particular topics of interest via your inbox, or more recently, your feed reader.

Wireless Networks Prepare For Inauguration Traffic Jam

With the 2009 Presidential Inauguration taking place Tuesday, wireless companies are working to optimize their network capacities in and around Washington, D.C. to prepare for the expected increase in demand.

"For months, wireless carriers have been working hard to prepare for what could be an unprecedented Inauguration week," said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association.

YouTube Offering Downloadable Videos
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YouTube is now allowing downloads of some of the videos it hosts. While competing sites have offered the ability to download videos for some time, this is not a feature that YouTube has made available.

Mobile Phone Users Confused By Technology
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The complexity of mobile applications and services is preventing their adoption and usage, according to a survey by mobile device management company Mformation.

The majority (95%) of consumers said they would be more likely to try new mobile services if setup was easier. Difficult setup issues are also preventing 45 percent of people from upgrading to new, more advanced mobile phones. More than half (61%) of these mobile users say phone setup is a frustrating as changing a bank account.

iPhone Version of iGoogle Dropped
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Last year, Google was kind enough to tailor a specific version of its personalized homepage tool iGoogle, to the ever-popular iPhone. They even offered a video showing how nice and convenient it would be for iPhone users.

Google Reflects on Knol’s First 5 Months
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Knol is a service from Google that lets people write "authoritative articles about specific topics." Recently, the 100,000th "knol" was published since the service’s launch in July.

RIAA Hearing To Be Broadcast Online

On Thursday, the Recording Industry Association of America will confront yet another university student in court over file sharing allegations.  This time, though, the RIAA may have to do so in front of an unfriendly audience, as U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner has agreed to allow live online coverage of the hearing.

MySpace Launches Reality Series

MySpace has partnered with Endemol to launch a new reality web series, "Get Married on MySpace."

Engaged couples wanting to Get Married on MySpace can submit videos to the series profile starting in March. MySpace users will vote on the finalists to select the bride and groom.

The series will debut on MySpace in May with the announcement of the chosen couple and wrap up in early August. Each week MySpace users will vote on two wedding details leading up to the event.

MySpace Launches Reality Series

MySpace has partnered with Endemol to launch a new reality web series, "Get Married on MySpace."

Engaged couples wanting to Get Married on MySpace can submit videos to the series profile starting in March. MySpace users will vote on the finalists to select the bride and groom.

The series will debut on MySpace in May with the announcement of the chosen couple and wrap up in early August. Each week MySpace users will vote on two wedding details leading up to the event.

MySpace Launches Reality Series

MySpace has partnered with Endemol to launch a new reality web series, "Get Married on MySpace."

Engaged couples wanting to Get Married on MySpace can submit videos to the series profile starting in March. MySpace users will vote on the finalists to select the bride and groom.

The series will debut on MySpace in May with the announcement of the chosen couple and wrap up in early August. Each week MySpace users will vote on two wedding details leading up to the event.

MySpace Launches Reality Series
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MySpace has partnered with Endemol to launch a new reality web series, "Get Married on MySpace."

Engaged couples wanting to Get Married on MySpace can submit videos to the series profile starting in March. MySpace users will vote on the finalists to select the bride and groom.

The series will debut on MySpace in May with the announcement of the chosen couple and wrap up in early August. Each week MySpace users will vote on two wedding details leading up to the event.

YouTube User Created Help Center Videos Rolling In

Back in September, YouTube announced that it was calling upon users of the popular video site to make "informative and creative" videos to embed in YouTube’s own help center.

Google Reiterates Proposition 8 Opposition
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Sergey BrinGoogle is calling for Proposition 8 opposition support. A post on the Official Google Blog talks about the company’s opposition to legislation that eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry. Back in September, Google Co-founder Sergey Brin posted this:

American Idol Meets Guerilla Marketing
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Dave Desvousges has skills. Not nunchuk skills or bow hunting skills (he might, I don’t know) but mad SEO skills and a ton of entrepreneurial spirit. Turns out, he’s also the manager and agent for “international superstar” Renaldo Lapuz.

Who?

Google Showing More Ads in Image Search
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Google is now showing text ads in image searches regularly. This is not the first time people have noticed such ads, but it is probably so for this frequency.

"Since 2005, we have reported signs of Google placing ads on their image search service," notes Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable. "In May 2008, Google said they would run ads on image search and then signs of text ads on image search back in December. But it has really not stuck and people saw the ads on and off."

Report: LinkedIn Better for Enterprises Than Facebook
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CMS WatchCMS Watch has released a report suggesting that LinkedIn is moving more rapidly to address enterprise social computing needs. While Facebook received much of the buzz in this area a year ago, LinkedIn is more appealing in an enterprise scenario, it implies.

Microsoft In Still More Antitrust Trouble

Microsoft apparently drew one step closer to getting in serious trouble with the European Commission yesterday.  This afternoon, the company admitted to finding out that the European Commission believes its handling of Internet Explorer has been breaking antitrust laws.

iLike Via Google Friend Connect
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iLike, the popular maker of social applications, which supplies music to Facebook, now has a social playlist gadget for use with Google Friend Connect. Once implemented, this gadget allows site users to contribute to forming a soundtrack for the site that it is on.

New Yahoo CEO’s Salary Based ‘Mostly’ On Performance

Let me walk you through my two reactions to learning about the compensation package for newly appointed Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz.

First:

Moms Invest In GirlAmbition
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Predators on MySpace, drive-by porn on YouTube, pervasive sexting, pop-idol vacuous value systems, self-esteem crushing reinforcement of preferred body-type hegemonies, and general lack of female role models. What’s the parent of a tween girl to do?

If you’re Hilary DeCesare, or one of her cofounder moms, you take matters into your own hands and set up GirlAmbition.com, a website for tween girls a concerned parent can be comfortable with.

Yahoo Looking to Revolutionize Fashion eCommerce?
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Bill Slawski at SEO By the Sea talked about a very interesting concept today regarding a social fashion search engine in which you would submit measurements and create a 3D model of your body to create a profile. You would then more easily be able to shop for clothes and shoes online based on a variety of variables.

Is There Room for a MySpace Email?
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According to Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, "sources with knowledge of the product" say that MySpace is working on a full-fledged email product that would compete with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, etc. With this product, all myspace users would be assigned an email address that would be something along the lines of myspaceuser@myspace.com.

The Repetitious Nature of the News Media
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When will we get tired of pointing out what a great tool Twitter is for breaking news? This is essentially the question asked in this CNET article.

Yahoo’s New CEO To Be Richly Rewarded
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People often ask themselves how much money they’d require in order to perform an unpleasant task.  Think about an actor considering a really stupid role, for example, or that entire show "Fear Factor."  And, well, it seems that $19 million was enough to get Carol Bartz to take charge of Yahoo.