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Google: “Buzz” Is Not a Trademarked Term
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Yesterday Google launched its new product called Google Buzz. The name immediately brought to mind a similarly titled product from another major search player – one of Google’s oldest rival’s – Yahoo. Yahoo has Yahoo Buzz, which isn’t exactly he same kind of product as Google Buzz, but it was still worth questioning why Google would choose "Buzz" as the name of its new product.

Who’s Got The Buzz: Yahoo or Google?
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UPDATE: Google’s Victoria Katsarou tells WebProNews…

"We chose the name Buzz because of the word’s connotations of activity, conversations, sharing of information… Buzz’ is not a trademarked term."

Dailymotion Partners With EMI On Music Videos

Dailymotion has reached a deal with EMI Music to offer the record label’s library of music videos on its website, mobile site, iPhone app and the Dailymotion channel on Internet connected TVs.

Beginning in April, Dailymotion users will be able to view EMI music videos from artists including Coldplay, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, David Guetta and others. The agreement makes use of Dailymotion’s ad platform, which will show ads with EMI videos on all three screens.

Good News for Google Buzz – Social and Email Top Mobile Priorities
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An interesting study has been released by PR firm Ruder Finn, which finds that 91% of mobile phone users go online to socialize, compared to only 79% of traditional desktop users. Meanwhile, Americans are spending an average of 2.7 hours on the mobile Internet.

February Tweets Forecast: 1.4 Billion

It’d be a big understatement to say that 140-character messages are becoming more common online.  Tweet-related data has been released (and analyzed), proving that rapid growth is taking place, and one prediction even puts the number of tweets that’ll be transmitted this month at 1.4 billion.

Believe it or not, Pingdom’s forecast is really quite sane.  In December, Twitter passed the billion-tweets-per-month mark.  Then, in January, 1.2 billion tweets were documented.  So 1.4 billion wouldn’t represent much more than the continuation of this trend.

Opera: Mini Will Save iPhone Users Money and Time

Opera is set to unveil its Opera Mini browser at a press event during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We contacted Opera to get some details.

AOL Adds Facebook To AIM
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AOL has integrated Facebook Connect with its Instant Messenger to allow users to chat with their Facebook friends directly from AIM.

AOL said in a blog post it is adding its Lifestream application to AIM allowing users to receive updates from social networking sites including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

Bing Makes Inroads Against Google, Yahoo In January

A few teasing emails may be on their way from Redmond to Mountain View and Sunnyvale this morning.  New comScore statistics shows that Bing managed to increase its share of the search market in January, while Google and Yahoo both lost ground.

Google and AP Together Again

After a seven-week-long hiatus, Google is now hosting content from the Associated Press again. The two have had a deal in place in the past, but AP content quietly went missing from Google, and that very fact became a topic of wide discussion last week. Now the deal appears to be renewed to some uncertain extent.

MySpace Tests Audio Ads With TargetSpot
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For most people, listening to music online is terribly convenient, and the occasional audio ad shouldn’t represent a deal breaker.  MySpace may be making a smart move, then, as it’s begun testing 30-second ads with help from an Internet radio advertising company called TargetSpot.

Looking at Different Functionalities of Google Buzz

This day will go down in history as the day of Google Buzz. After Google’s press event (which we live-blogged and discussed here) Google put up several posts explaining more about the "buzzworthy" new product.

Online Retail Spending Reaches $39 Billion In Q4

Online retail spending in the U.S. in the fourth quarter reached $39 billion, a 3 percent increase compared to a year ago, according to the latest report from comScore.

Total retail ecommerce spending reached $129.8 billion in 2009, slightly lower than the previous year’s total of $130.1 billion.

Google Takes Street View to Vancouver and Whistler

With the games in Vancouver and Whistler right around the corner, many wonder about the extraordinary view the world’s best skiers and snowboarders experience during the event.

Well to no one’s surprise, Google Maps can now take you there. That’s right, hold on to your helmets, because during February 12-28 anyone around the world can adventure down the trails of Whistler Mountain with the pros.The Street View team has explored a variety of different methods to capture imagery at 7,000 feet.

MSFT, Google Prepare For Mobile Future In China

More evidence that Google and Microsoft remain very interested in China has surfaced.  Both companies have struck deals with MediaTek, a semiconductor company that specializes in wireless communications, and said deals should help them make headway in China’s mobile market.

Yahoo Tech Slated For March Shutdown

As Yahoo continues to reconsider exactly which properties are core to the company, Yahoo Tech has failed to make the cut.  The site has been given an end-of-life date, and everything of value (including visitors) will just be used to provide another Yahoo asset a lift.

Search Engines Impact Perception Of Brands
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The search engine consumers use to find a brand’s website impacts both their perception of that brand and the decisions they make while on the site, according to new research by Wunderman, ZAAZ, and Compete.

"Search begins with the choice of search engine," said David Sable, vice chairman and COO of Wunderman. "What this means if you are managing a brand is this: you need to know how consumers relate to Bing, Yahoo! or Google and how that reflects on you."

How Over 400 Million People Use Facebook
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Last week, as Facebook celebrated its sixth birthday, the company announced that it was surpassing the 400 million-user milestone. That’s one good reason why it pays for businesses to have Facebook Pages. That’s not the only impressive number though.

Facebook has released a whole slew of statistics about how the site is used by those people. Following are those statistics:

UK’s Department Of Health Reveals $4.25m AdWords Tab
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Google users in the UK may be unusually well-informed with regards to their government’s healthcare policies.  The Department of Health revealed this week that it spent about £2.72 million (or $4.25 million at the current exchange rate) on AdWords over the past year.

To be exact: the department spent £2,720,457.11 between February 1 of last year and January 31 of this one, according to official records.  And a whopping 21,939 keywords (including ones like "health information" and "stop smoking") were covered by its campaign.

Apple
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UPDATE: The Apple store is finally back online and it looks like the only thing added was the recently announced photography software package, Aperture 3.

To say people aren’t pleased with Apple would be an understatment… as many were hoping for the new Core i5 and i7 MacBooks.

EU Calls For More Privacy On Social Networks

The European Commission is reminding teenagers to "Think before you post!" on social networking sites as Europe marks Safer Internet Day.

The Commission said 50 percent of European teenagers give out personal information on the web, which can remain online forever and be seen by anybody.

Yahoo Music Gets Former Universal Exec As New Chief

The music industry is a big business; there must be hundreds of thousands of performers and managers in the world.  But there are just four major labels – Warner, EMI, Sony, and Universal – and so Yahoo seems to have made a rather significant hire by securing a former Universal exec as the head of Yahoo Music.

[WATCH] Super Bowl 2010 Commercials
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Super Bowl XLIV had numerous memorable moments: the onside kick, the missed field goal, the Garçon drop, and the truly horrendous half-time show to name a few. But, for many viewers Super Bowl commercials leave the same lasting impact as the game itself, as they should with a price tag of $3.01 million per 30 seconds.

Google Lowers Controversial Nexus One Fee
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Update 2: Google has now reportedly lowered the $350 fee to $150, and launched a support line for the phone at 888-48-NEXUS.

Update: The FCC has sent letters regarding early termination fees to Google, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. In its letter to Google, it says:

Online Video Views are Not “Lost” on ABC.com

Last Tuesday, the season premiere of the hit television show "Lost" aired, and not only was it watched by over 12 million people, but it drove record online viewing at ABC.com the next day, with over 580,000 episode starts on the site. That’s over 34% more than last season’s premiere. ABC shared some details with us.