Open Web Challenged By Misuse of the Word “Open”
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In a recent article, we looked at how open web developers are trying to make social media better for you, the user. We’ve talked to Google’s Open Web advocate Chris Messina a number of times recently. He’s instrumental in the open web movement.

OneRiot Adds Facebook to Realtime Search API
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OneRiot has just announced some additions to its realtime search API. "We are integrating Facebook data into the stream, so Facebook users who publicly share links on their profiles are now influencing the realtime search results available through OneRiot’s API," Meredith Bagnulo with OneRiot tells WebProNews. "In doing this, OneRiot now reflects the pulse of a much broader social web."

Microsoft Tests New Local Mobile Ad Product
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Microsoft Mobile Advertising has started piloting a new local ad product for mobile. Geodelic, a third party publisher of a location-based discovery app is conducting the pilot.

Watch: YouTube Users Capture Lakers Fan Riot Footage
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YouTube’s CitizenTube, the citizen reporting site that will power YouTube’s news feed, has posted some videos of riot footage from after the Lakers won the NBA championship. 

Footage includes fire and explosions. Insanity:

YouTube Local News “News” Just Part of YouTube Direct?
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SF Weekly ran a story yesterday evening about YouTube having a "top secret news experiment" involving citizen journalism and "going local in San Francisco".

Microsoft Launches Internet Fraud Alert System
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Microsoft, eBay and PayPal have launched an Internet Fraud Alert system aimed at helping security researchers report information they find online about stolen data.

Microsoft says its Internet Fraud Alert service will allow security researchers to more securely share information with service providers, retailers, financial institutions and government entities about incidents where compromised account credentials have been discovered.


Yahoo Redirects Directory Pages to Search Pages
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Yahoo is reportedly redirecting directory pages to web search pages. Matt McGee at Search Engine Land received a tip from Sean Carlos about it, and confirmed it with Yahoo.

Apparently since as early as December, Yahoo has been doing this in four countries: France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Facebook’s (Rumored) 2009 Revenue: $800 Million
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For quite a while, we’ve been making favorable comparisons between the size of Facebook’s user base and the populations of different countries.  Now, Facebook may be able to measure up to a few nations in terms of finances, too, with a report claiming the social network generated $800 million in revenue last year.

150,000+ Create Their Own Version of Google Super Bowl Ad (Toy Story 3 Included)
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You may recall Google’s television commercial that played during the Super Bowl – "Parisian Love". This was Google’s first television advertisement, and YouTube says it led to over 150,000 users creating their own versions of it, as part of Google’s "Search Stories" campaign

Salesforce Intros Community Rewards & Recognition Program

Salesforce has announced a new Community Rewards & Recognition Program, which the company says brings rich metrics including a clear call out of who its top contributors are.

The Top 20 Mobile Phones in the US

Millennial Media has released its monthly Mobile Mix report, focusing specifically on various mobile devices and OS’s, and listing the Top 20 Mobile Phones in the U.S.  "Mobile Mix measures device, OS, carrier,  and now application trending data on our network. New to Mobile Mix this month, is a snapshot of the most active mobile app channels; and a quick view of the break-out of multi-platform app versus single platform app developers," Mack McKelvey, SVP of Marketing at Millennial Media tells WebProNews.

Apple Releases MobileMe Mail to All Members

Apple has announced that the new MobileMe Mail at me.com is now out of beta and available to all members.

MobileMe Mail has both widescreen and compact views and rules to keep your email organized. Apple explains, "Mail rules help you reduce inbox clutter by automatically filing messages into folders you select ahead of time. Set them up at me.com, and your rules organize your incoming email on the web and everywhere else — on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC."

OnLive – A Cloud Gaming Service Launches
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The evolution of gaming has taken interesting turns in its relatively short history. We’ve gone from arcade machines, to home consoles, with the latest breakthrough being downloadable gaming content. OnLive, is a gaming service which looks to be pushing the boundaries yet again; with cloud gaming.

Will OnLive be a successful venture? tell us

MySpace Confirms Departure of Co-president Jason Hirschhorn

Michael Arrington at TechCrunch let a cat out of MySpace’s bag a little early, revealing that the company would announce the departure of co-president Jason Hirschhorn tomorrow. A representative for MySpace just sent us the following statement from News Corp. Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller on the matter:

Yahoo Announces Another Shareholders’ Meeting

It’s time again for Yahoo’s shareholders to get a semi-exclusive earful regarding where the company is headed.  Yahoo’s scheduled a shareholders’ meeting for Thursday, June 24th, for the sake of filling everyone in.

The last time Yahoo held a shareholders’ meeting, the company led up to it by announcing a partnership with Nokia the day before.  So we should warn investors: there haven’t been any hints that something so exciting will occur this time around.  Yahoo hasn’t even promised that Carol Bartz or other top execs will appear.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Reveals New Mobile OS Plans
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly revealed by video this afternoon that a new mobile operating system for enterprise devices, as well as an enterprise version of Windows Phone 7 will be available in the near future.

The Most Followers Assembled On Twitter
Sysomos released a new social media report today which looks deeper into followers on Twitter and they try to explain how influence is not always measured by the number of people who follow you.

Limewire Looking To Be Put Out Of Business By Music Publishers

bers of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) have filed a massive copyright infringement lawsuit against LimeWire.

Google Docs Privacy Options Revised
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In the wake of privacy uproars about pretty much everything, Google’s taken steps to ensure Google Docs meets the highest possible standards.  This afternoon, the company introduced three easy-to-understand (and easy-to-set) document visibility options.

Here’s the most important thing to know: documents are private by default.  Documents’ visibility settings are now located right next to their titles, too, making them easy to confirm at any point in time.

Supreme Court – Gov’t Employees Texts Are Not Private
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Breaking eBusiness news bulletins ….

Second PayPal X Developer Challenge Announced
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Look for many, many interesting new PayPal apps and services to surface over the next four or so months.  The second PayPal X Developer Challenge was announced today, and the competition is sure to draw lots of participants with $150,000 in prizes on the line.

A PayPal representative explained in an email to WebProNews, "[T]he grand prize is worth $100,000 – $50,000 will be deposited directly into the winner’s PayPal account and the other $50,000 will go towards waived transaction fees."

FCC Seeks Comments On Broadband Regulation

The Federal Communications Commission today said it is seeking public comment on the best way to support its efforts to ensure universal access to high-speed broadband services while promoting innovation, investment, competition and protecting consumers.

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals derailed prior understandings about the FCC’s ability to ensure fair competition and provide consumers with basic protections when using broadband Internet services.

Google Introduces New Version of Commerce Search

Google has announced the launch of Commerce Search 2.0 for retailers in the United States and the United Kingdom. This is a new version that the company says provides a better online experience for shoppers, as well as greater control, while providing immediate ROI for retailers.

Google Commerce Search originally launched back in November. It was kind of like Google Site Search, specifically tailored to e-commerce and product sites. 

AdWords Advertisers Get Click-to-Call from Apps Format
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Google has made its click-to-call ad format for mobile apps and mobile website content available for all AdWords advertisers. The feature was demonstrated at Google I/O in May.

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