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TwitVid Launches SocialAds to Help Brands Gain Followers, Retweets
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Twitter advertising is becoming big business, and not just for Twitter. As Twitter works on building its Promoted Tweets feature and sells sponsored Trending Topics spots, other companies are finding their own ways of capitalizing on the Twitter buzz.

Facebook Users In The UK Get Safety App
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Facebook has partnered with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) on a safety application for teenagers in the UK.

The application ClickCEOP will appear on a user’s profile page when they add or bookmark it, allowing teens to report suspicious or inappropriate behavior.

Report: Google Invested $100-$200 Million In Zynga
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Google Games – along with the company’s social efforts – may stand a better chance of getting off the ground than most people thought.  Reports indicate that Google’s established ties with one of the top organizations in the social gaming space by investing $100-$200 million in Zynga.

Google App Inventor Aims to Let Anybody Easily Create Android Apps
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Google has a new Google Labs project designed to let anybody (as in non-developers) create Android Apps. The project is called App Inventor.

While in beta status, App Inventor could become a huge factor in Android growth, should it find semi-mainstream use. If you can get people of all ages creating any kinds of apps they want with little to no friction, Android becomes a much more personalized platform for mobile phone users (not to mention eventually tablets, TVs, etc.).

Will Search Become a Public Utility?
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When you think of public utilities, you think of things such as water, electricity, and telecommunications, right? Well, what if search were added to that list? How would you feel about that?

Millennials Won

Millennials are expected to make online sharing a lifelong habit, according to new research from Pew Internet and Elon University.

In an online survey of 895 technology stakeholders and critics, 67 percent agreed with the following statement:

Millennials Won

Millennials are expected to make online sharing a lifelong habit, according to new research from Pew Internet and Elon University.

In an online survey of 895 technology stakeholders and critics, 67 percent agreed with the following statement:

Millennials Won

Millennials are expected to make online sharing a lifelong habit, according to new research from Pew Internet and Elon University.

In an online survey of 895 technology stakeholders and critics, 67 percent agreed with the following statement:

Millennials Won
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Millennials are expected to make online sharing a lifelong habit, according to new research from Pew Internet and Elon University.

In an online survey of 895 technology stakeholders and critics, 67 percent agreed with the following statement:

YouTube Announces Support For 25-Foot Screens
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This development may be a sign that YouTube’s engineers have run out of things to do.  Or it could just be a not-particularly-hilarious joke.  But for whatever reason, YouTube recently announced support for videos that are meant to be shown on 25-foot screens.

NTP Sues Google, Apple, Microsoft And More!
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NTP, the patent holding company best known for developing wireless email, has filed lawsuits against Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Motorola, for infringing on eight of its patents related to the delivery of electronic mail over wireless communications systems.

NASA Invites Its Twitter Followers To Tweetup
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NASA is inviting its Twitter followers to a special Tweetup with astronaut T.J. Creamer at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 29.

The event will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington.

While in space, Creamer set up the International Space Station’s live Internet connection. He posted updates about the mission to his Twitter account and sent the first live tweet from the orbiting outpost.

Online Subscriptions Driving Magazine Sales
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Online subscription will generate 24 percent of new business sales for magazines in 2010, according to a new report from the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA).

The percentage of subscriptions generated from the Internet has increased steadily since 2006:

Google Delves Into 45

Satellite views of a town are often neat – until you realize it’s hard to recognize places by their rooftops.  So Google seems to have made a wise (and possibly Microsoft-inspired) update to Google Maps by releasing what it simply calls "45° imagery."

45° imagery is quite similar to what Microsoft/Bing Maps has termed a "Bird’s Eye" view.  Or, in fairness to Google, it’s just what you get when Street View and a top-down view are sort of averaged out.

Google Delves Into 45

Satellite views of a town are often neat – until you realize it’s hard to recognize places by their rooftops.  So Google seems to have made a wise (and possibly Microsoft-inspired) update to Google Maps by releasing what it simply calls "45° imagery."

45° imagery is quite similar to what Microsoft/Bing Maps has termed a "Bird’s Eye" view.  Or, in fairness to Google, it’s just what you get when Street View and a top-down view are sort of averaged out.

Google Delves Into 45

Satellite views of a town are often neat – until you realize it’s hard to recognize places by their rooftops.  So Google seems to have made a wise (and possibly Microsoft-inspired) update to Google Maps by releasing what it simply calls "45° imagery."

45° imagery is quite similar to what Microsoft/Bing Maps has termed a "Bird’s Eye" view.  Or, in fairness to Google, it’s just what you get when Street View and a top-down view are sort of averaged out.

Google Delves Into 45
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Satellite views of a town are often neat – until you realize it’s hard to recognize places by their rooftops.  So Google seems to have made a wise (and possibly Microsoft-inspired) update to Google Maps by releasing what it simply calls "45° imagery."

45° imagery is quite similar to what Microsoft/Bing Maps has termed a "Bird’s Eye" view.  Or, in fairness to Google, it’s just what you get when Street View and a top-down view are sort of averaged out.

YouTube Announces $5 Million Grant Program
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Let’s face it: while there’s some fantastic content on YouTube, there’s also some stuff that features good writing and acting, but is recorded using a bad cameraphone and a poorly disguised studio apartment.  YouTube intends to address that problem with the new YouTube Partner Grants program.

Google Found In Violation Of Australian Privacy Act
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Google’s indiscretions with regards to WiFi data collection have earned it – for now – three years of close supervision in Australia.  That appears to be about the maximum penalty Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis can impose after determining the company violated a privacy law.

Facebook Set To Close Gift Shop
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Facebook will be phasing out its virtual gift shop and closing it on August 1, the company announced in a blog post Thursday night.

So what does this mean? The Facebook Blog provides more details. "The gifts you’ve already received on your Wall will remain visible, and you still will be able to view your sent and received gifts on your gifts page."

 

Yahoo And Zillow Partner On Real Estate Ad Deal
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Yahoo and Zillow.com have partnered to create a real estate advertising network, bringing together the second and third most trafficked property websites.

The move expands on existing partnership between Yahoo and Zillow that began in 2006, when Yahoo integrated Zillow’s home valuations on its own real estate site. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

China Renews Google’s Internet License
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After months and months of censorship, workarounds, and harsh words between them, it’s been decided: the Chinese government will not force Google out of the country.  Google announced this morning that its Internet Content Provider license has been renewed.

Google’s announcement was quite understated, with no gloating evident.  Indeed, it just came in the form of a one-sentence update to the most recent China-related post on the Official Google Blog.

Google Knocked By Another Financial Analyst
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Google is not having the best possible week.  Yesterday, an analyst representing J.P. Morgan cut his price target on the company’s stock by $73, and today, an analyst with Oppenheimer followed suit, actually cutting his price target by an even-more-dramatic $115.

Not all is lost.  Jason Helfstein still feels Google’s doing well in the U.S., and even believes the company deserves an "outperform" rating, which is about as good as it gets.

MLB.com In Streaming Deal With Global Crossing
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Global Crossing said today it has partnered with MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, to provide a high-speed network for all 30 Major League ballparks, to allow the league to offer live video streaming to its online subscribers.