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Digg Launches Android App, Announces Hiring

Last week Digg launched its iPhone app, along with an iPad contest. Now, Digg has launched its Android App.

Google Prepares For iPad With Five Services/Apps
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The iPad’s become almost inescapable – really, it’s hard to imagine that anyone with a TV or Internet connection hasn’t heard of the device by now – and to those people who actually buy one, Google would like to be similarly omnipresent.  The search giant discussed five iPad-specific tweaks and apps this afternoon.

Google Acquires Video Monetization Platform Episodic
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Update: Google gave us the following statement:

The New York Times Rolls Out iPad App
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The New York Times has introduced its free app for the iPad called "The Editors’ Choice app."

The Editors’ Choice app offers two pages of content from the top eight to ten articles in news, business, technology, opinion and feature sections from The Times along with videos and slideshows.

Search for More Search Marketing Opportunities
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Since Bing launched last year, it has placed a great deal of emphasis on giving answers beyond just the "ten blue links." In reality, the major search engines each offer much more than these ten blue links  (the standard of the old days of search). Google, Yahoo, and Bing each offer a variety of ways for users to obtain the information they’re looking for through various search options, blended search results, and other products altogether.

Facebook Names Manager Of Custom Data Center
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Facebook moves fast.  On January 21st, the company broke ground on a custom data center in Prineville, Oregon.  Now, it’s named the facility’s manager, and proven with a handful of photos that construction is coming along quite nicely.

Yahoo Entertainment For The iPad Debuts

If the iPad lives up to the hype (as you may know, Apple’s actually termed the device "a magical and revolutionary product"), it’ll provide companies an important way of connecting with millions of consumers.  And Yahoo may be one of those companies, since it launched Yahoo Entertainment for the iPad this morning.

Disney Offers Host Of Apps For iPad
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Disney has announced it will offer applications from all of its businesses on Apple’s new iPad, including an ABC Player app.

The new ABC Player app will allow iPad users to watch free, ad-supported episodes of 20 ABC programs via a Wi-Fi connection. iPad users will also be able to buy downloads of episodes through the iTunes store.

Hitwise Dubs Facebook “Most Searched On Brand In U.S.”
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It looks like Mark Zuckerberg is going to have to make more room in his trophy case.  Hitwise has devised a new metric termed "breadth volume," and Facebook is beating brands like Google, Yahoo, and Craigslist is this respect by quite a lot.

Google Has All Kinds of April Fools Day Fun
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April Fools Day is upon us, and that means of course that you’ll be fed lies all day long. It’s an interesting day, particularly in the tech, news, and tech news industries, where even companies get in on the fun. Google is no stranger to April Fools tom foolery, and they’ve got a number of silly announcements up today.

ConnectU Founders Claim Facebook Fight Not Over
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After a false start or two, it appeared that an argument about the founding of Facebook was resolved in 2008, with an out-of-court settlement ending the quarrel between Facebook and ConnectU founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.  The Winklevoss twins have now claimed that’s not the case, though, implying that more lawsuits might be on the way.

DOJ Supports AP Digital News Registry

The Department of Justice said today it supports a proposal by the Associated Press (AP) to develop and operate a voluntary news registry to manage the licensing and online distribution of news content created by the AP, its members and partners.

The department said the registry is not likely to reduce competition among news content owners and could offer procompetitive benefits to both participating content owners and content users.

eBay Wins Tiffany Case (Again)
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We’re not taking sides here, but April Fools’ Day seems like an appropriate time for some lawyers representing Tiffany to find out that they’ve wasted over a year and a half of their professional lives.  This afternoon, a court affirmed a previous ruling that favored eBay in a trademark infringement lawsuit.

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Goober Thinks It Has the Better iPhone VoIP/IM Apps
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Goober announced the availability of a new VoIP app and an IM app for the iPhone and iPod Touch this week. The company shared a few details with WebProNews about what makes its apps stand out from the competition.

"Goober, besides Skype, is the only company offering versatile and flexible flatrates," a Goober representative tells WebProNews. "The flatrate prices are about the same as Skype’s while the per minute rates are drastically lower."

Yahoo Arranges Transfer Of 200 Employees To Microsoft

Although it’s unlikely that anyone’s printing up new business cards just yet, it looks like Microsoft and Yahoo have decided how to deal with the post-partnership personnel situation in at least one country.  According to a Yahoo exec, about 200 of Yahoo’s engineers in India will switch companies.

Yahoo Enhances Search for Sports and News
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Yahoo is rolling out some new search enhancements for Yahoo Sports and Yahoo News on this April Fools Day, and Yahoo’s Tricia Stream tells WebProNews it’s "no joke." She says it’s evidence of the company’s "continued innovation in search and the benefits of weaving compelling search experiences throughout the Yahoo! network."

Justin Bieber Buys Funny or Die
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If you’re in the dark to exactly who Justin Bieber is, well you’re about to get very familiar with him as he’s purchased FunnyorDie.com and transformed it into Bieber or Die.

Touch Screen Mobile Phones Lead To Higher Satisfaction
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Overall satisfaction among smartphone and traditional handset owners whose phones feature touch screens is significantly higher than owners that don’t have touch screens, according to a new report from J.D. Power and Associates.

Among smartphone owners that have a touch screen, satisfaction averages 771 on a 1,000-point scale, nearly 40 points higher than among those whose smartphone features other input methods.  Currently just over half of owners indicate their smartphone has a touch screen for navigation.

Microsites Drive Brand Engagement, Purchase Intent
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Microsites are commonly used by brands in online marketing. Dynamic Logic, a firm that evaluates the effectiveness of branded microsites, says that 7.8% of people become aware of a campaign’s message who otherwise would not have, when there is a microsite involved.

FTC Promoting Online Child Safety

The Federal Trade Commission reported to Congress it is getting the word out about Internet safety for children by heavily promoting a new free booklet, "Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online," to schools, law enforcement agencies and PTAs across the U.S.

Social Media Changes Event Planning
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It used to be you spent five minutes registering for an event, and then showed up on the big day, went to a few workshops, drank two free Coronas, and went home.

Social media changes all of that, enabling events and their planners to have long-term, nuanced, shifting interactions with attendees.

I gave a speech last week in suburban Cincinnati to the Mid-American chapter of Meeting Planners International, titled “7 Ways to Use Social Media to Create Buzz-Worthy Events”.

Hulu Cops To Two Straight Quarters Of Profitability
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Never mind the ever-present threat of a pay wall, or the fact that Comedy Central’s reclaimed The Daily Show and The Colbert Report; Hulu seems to be doing quite well for itself.  The company’s released some figures that suggest it’s in solid shape, financially.

Nearly Half Of Americans Say Newspapers Will Disappear
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Nearly half (49%) of Americans agree with the statement "In the future, there will be no more newspapers because everyone will be getting their news over the Internet," according to a new survey from Arbitron and Edison Research.

This is a significant increase compared with results from just three years ago when only 27 percent agreed with the same statement.
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Are You Getting Your Content in Front of News Seekers?
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Getting press coverage can mean a great deal for gaining traffic and overall exposure for your business. That said, there are also ways to take some initiative yourself in getting some exposure from news search.