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More Americans Going Online For Government Information

More Americans are turning to government agencies websites for information, according to new research from Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Some 40 percent of Internet users have gone online for raw data about government spending and activities.

Online activities related to the government include:

*23% of Internet users have gone online to see how federal stimulus money is being spent

*22% have read or downloaded the text of legislation

PayPal Lands Alibaba Deal
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Earlier this week, Alibaba.com launched a new business-to-business platform, and now, it looks like eBay and PayPal will get a boost from it, too.  It’s been decided that AliExpress will offer PayPal as a payment option.

This may turn out to be a significant moment for both sides.  Alibaba is a successful ecommerce platform based in Asia, with about 47 million registered users, but of course AliExpress is brand new.  And PayPal is a big moneymaker for eBay, with roughly 84 million active accounts in existence, but Asia isn’t its home market.

Opera Claims it Has the Fastest Browser for Mac
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Opera has released its new browser for Mac, and the company claims it is ten times faster, based on speed comparisons between Opera 10.52 and Opera 10.10.

"To all Mac users who value fast browsing, please meet Opera," CEO Lars Boilesen says. "Opera is a consistent performer on even the most congested networks, giving people the fastest browsing experience, coupled with a powerful feature set that is finely attuned to the needs of Mac users."

Google Acquires Widget Developer Labpixies
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Google has acquired widget developer Labpixies, which developed some of the first gadgets for Google’s personalized homepage iGoogle. It also develops apps for Android and iPhone.

"Over the years, we worked closely together on a variety of projects, including the launch of a number of global OpenSocial based gadgets. Recently, we decided that we could do more if we were part of the same team…" says Don Loeb of Google’s iGoogle team.

Google Earth Sandwiched Into Google Maps
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Ready or not, another integration of Google’s products has occurred.  Now, when Google Maps users go looking for a terrain view, they won’t find it (easily — see correction); instead, a new option that essentially functions as a link to Google Earth is at the ready.

Papa John

Papa John’s has launched a social media campaign on its Facebook page, called "Papa’s Specialty Pizza Challenge," asking customers to create and name its next specialty pizza.

Whatever the name and combination of ingredients, Papa John’s is offering the contest winner a "slice" of the sales in return for the winning recipe.

Papa John

Papa John’s has launched a social media campaign on its Facebook page, called "Papa’s Specialty Pizza Challenge," asking customers to create and name its next specialty pizza.

Whatever the name and combination of ingredients, Papa John’s is offering the contest winner a "slice" of the sales in return for the winning recipe.

Papa John

Papa John’s has launched a social media campaign on its Facebook page, called "Papa’s Specialty Pizza Challenge," asking customers to create and name its next specialty pizza.

Whatever the name and combination of ingredients, Papa John’s is offering the contest winner a "slice" of the sales in return for the winning recipe.

Papa John
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Papa John’s has launched a social media campaign on its Facebook page, called "Papa’s Specialty Pizza Challenge," asking customers to create and name its next specialty pizza.

Whatever the name and combination of ingredients, Papa John’s is offering the contest winner a "slice" of the sales in return for the winning recipe.

YouTube Direct 2.0 Unveiled
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Don’t be surprised if more YouTube-sourced content starts to appear on news sites and in televised news programs.  A fresh version of a tool that encourages that sort of thing has been rolled out, and it looks like YouTube Direct has received some significant upgrades.

Dictionary.com Illustrates How Search is Becoming More Diversified
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Ask’s Dictionary.com has reached the 10 million download milestone for its mobile apps in just over a year. Dictionary.com gets about 50 million unique visitors a month between its site and its mobile apps.

The company’s new iPad app already has over 100,000 downloads to date. I spoke with Dictionary.com President Shravan Goli who expressed a great deal of excitement about the iPad and tablet-style devices in general.

Lists Of The Most Important Internet Personalities

Internet Evolution has come up with their first-ever list of the top 100 most innovative and influential people in the Web 2.0 world. In the social networking category, Mark Zuckerberg, the Founder of Facebook, beat out Kevin Rose, the Founder of Digg.

Do You “Like” How Facebook Phrases Your Likes?
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Now that most of the web is scrambling to get like buttons and/or recommend buttons on their sites, there is going to be more "liking" and "recommending" on Facebook than ever before. While users may like or recommend a piece of content, that does not necessarily mean they like or recommend what that piece of content is about.

Rhapsody Updates iPhone Offering Offline Playback

Rhapsody has introduced a new version of its iPhone app that allows users to store subscription music in the phones memory and stream it when they don’t have an Internet connection.

Rhapsody says it is the first U.S. service to allow people to download subscription music to the iPhone. By downloading playlists directly to the device, users can listen to Rhapsody from any location.

"Today marks a turning point for Rhapsody and subscription music," said Jon Irwin, Rhapsody’s president.

Dell To Match Android With Advanced Tablet, Netbook
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Courtesy of Dell, it looks like Android will be paired with a couple of somewhat large and advanced devices in the near future.  A leaked Dell roadmap indicates that both a netbook tablet and a true netbook will launch later this year.

Dell appears to be going with a sort of ancient Greece theme in terms of giving these devices codenames, dubbing them Sparta (the netbook tablet) and Athens (the true netbook).  It doesn’t appear that the company is in any way creating antiquated gear, though.

Big Money in Facebook Marketing
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Wildfire Interactive has received $4.04MM in Series A funding lead by Summit Partners. Additional investors include Jeff Clavier, Aydin Senkut and Gary Vaynerchuk. CEO Victoria Ransom tells WebProNews, "To our knowledge, we are the first fbFund company to raise a multi-million dollar round." fbFund is a $10M seed fund and joint venture partially run by Facebook.

Amazon Hopes to Drive 3D Sales Via Consumer Education
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Amazon has taken the initiative to educate consumers about 3D technology for the home, so it can sell more products that fall into that category. Still, for the home 3D technology space at large, this may prove to be a helpful act, as Amazon obviously plays a huge role in retail.

New Civil War Exhibit Promoted On Twitter And Facebook

The National Archives has launched a social media scavenger hunt to promote its new exhibit "Discovering the Civil War."

The social media campaign is launching on the National Archives main Facebook page at 12:00 p.m. EDT today.

Senator Contests Facebook’s New Approach To Privacy

Privacy experts and random users are no longer the only ones complaining about how Facebook’s latest moves have affected privacy.  Senator Charles Schumer made an objection of his own yesterday, and in fact asked the Federal Trade Commission to provide guidelines concerning the use of private info.

Yahoo and Samsung Announce New Global Partnership
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Yahoo announced a global partnership with Samsung today, which will see Yahoo services coming pre-installed on a variety of mobile devices from the manufacturer. The two companies have partnered since 2007, but that relationship is now being greatly expanded.

Google Gives Qualified Agencies Preferred AdWords API Pricing

Today Google announced new preferred AdWords API pricing.  Qualified AdWords Certified Partners who manage client AdWords accounts get free use of the API based on managed client spend.

Google Scraps GAP, Launches AdWords Certification Program
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Google is retiring the Google Advertising Professionals (GAP) program, and replacing it with the new Google AdWords Certification program.

Majority Of Facebook Users Don

A majority of Facebook users say they connect to the social networking site from work, but 73 percent have not "friended" their boss, according to a new report from F-Secure.

More than half (58%) of Facebook users said they visit the site at least occasionally at work and 77 percent report they actively use the privacy settings on the site.

Sean-Sullivan

Majority Of Facebook Users Don

A majority of Facebook users say they connect to the social networking site from work, but 73 percent have not "friended" their boss, according to a new report from F-Secure.

More than half (58%) of Facebook users said they visit the site at least occasionally at work and 77 percent report they actively use the privacy settings on the site.

Sean-Sullivan