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Young People In The U.K. Go Online For Advice
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The majority (86%) of young people in Britain go online to find help with personal problems, instead of seeking advice from a family member or friend.

The findings come from a poll of 1,000 people under 25 commissioned by Get Connected, a national helpline line in the UK, and conducted by Maximiles Surveys.

Online one third of young people would turn to their mother to discuss a problem and just 5 percent would speak to their father. Fifty percent did say they would be likely to talk to a friend.

Spotify on the Future of Music Delivery
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I sat in on the Future of Music Delivery Keynote interview with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and author Eliot Van Buskirk on the last day of SXSW Interactive. Buskirk’s covered the digital media industry for ten years in various publications. This keynote was not nearly as crowded as the Evan Williams one was at the beginning, but definitely kept a lot more people hanging around through its entirety.

YouTube, Viacom Fight Gets Fiercer
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Almost exactly three years ago, Viacom sued YouTube for copyright infringement, and since then, neither side has been able to say much in public.  But today, 108 pages’ worth of court documents were released, and YouTube also issued a more comprehensible, 865-word statement.

Google’s Aardvark and Reasons for Social Search (from SXSW)

As you may know, Google recently acquired social search service Aardvark. I attended a panel on social search at SXSW this week, in which Max Ventilla, the service’s "Head Zookeeper" talked about not only the service, but what social search means for the industry in general.

More People Going Online To Watch TV Episodes
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The use of the Internet to watch full television episodes has tripled since 2006 among those aged 13-to-54, according to a new report from Knowledge Networks.

Among Internet users 13-to-54 viewing complete TV show episodes via streaming or downloaded video has grown from 8 percent  to 22 percent. For Internet users 18-to-34 viewing of complete TV show episodes via streaming or downloading has climbed from 12 percent to 30 percent.

Zillow Brings Mobile App To Android
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Real estate website Zillow.com told WebProNews today it has launched a free Zillow Android application.

The Zillow Android app uses GPS technology to find and follow users on an aerial map, and displays "Zestimate" values, homes for sale, homes for rent and recently-sold data on the homes around them.

Yahoo Lands Exclusive Mobile Deal With Telefonica

Here are a few facts about Telefonica: it’s a huge telecommunications company.  It’s based in Spain.  And it’s a good friend of Yahoo’s, considering that Telefonica has named Yahoo the exclusive search and search advertising provider on its mobile portal in Spain.

Amazon Releases Kindle For Mac App
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Amazon.com has released its free Kindle for Mac application that allows users to read books from the Kindle Store on their Mac computers.

Kindle for Mac is Amazon’s latest application aimed at expanding Kindle content to a wider range of devices. Kindle books can now be read on the iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC and Mac. Amazon said it also plans a Kindle app for Apple’s upcoming iPad tablet. Also look for Amazon to possibly release a Kindle app for Android somewhere down the road.

FTC Commissioner Takes Issue With Schmidt, Buzz
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FTC Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour will leave the agency next month, but that’s almost surely not soon enough for Google.  Today, Harbour criticized Eric Schmidt and the rollout of Buzz, and also asked her colleagues to adopt a tougher stance on some privacy-related offenses.

YouTube Video Upload Rate Tops 24 Hours/Minute
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Legend has it that St. Patrick performed a miracle by driving all the snakes out of Ireland.  Now, it seems that YouTube’s accomplishing an amazing feat of its own just by functioning.  A director of product management revealed this afternoon that a whopping 24 hours of video are now uploaded to the site every minute.

Yahoo Buys Citizens Sports
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Yahoo said today it is acquiring social sports site Citizen Sports in an effort to strengthen its strategy of aggregating and distributing social content online. Terms of the acquisition were not released.

YouTube Looking For Indie Bands
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YouTube has expanded its partner program and has introduced "Musicians Wanted" aimed at getting independent bands or artists to submit music videos to the site.

Interested independent bands or artist can apply for Musicians Wanted through YouTube’s Partner Program. Those who are accepted will have their own page where they can add details about where they will be playing, provide links to buying music and showcase their music videos.

Google Sponsors New Computer Science Prize
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Australians who study computer science now have an added incentive to accomplish impressive things.  Today, it was announced that a certain search company will give away $10,000 once per year in the form of the Google Australia Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science.

PayPal To Add 1,000 New Jobs In Asia Pacific Region
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Ebay’s online payment service PayPal said today it would double the number of employees in Asia Pacific from 1,000 currently to more than 2,000 by the end of the year.

PayPal said it plans to add more than 100 new jobs at its international headquarters in Singapore. New jobs will be located at all seven offices including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. For its Singapore business headquarters, PayPal will be seeking Singapore-based people with background in technology, product development, infrastructure design, risk and engineering.

Mobile App Market To Soar To $17.5 Billion
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The worldwide mobile applications market is on track to be worth $17.5 by 2012, according to a new report commissioned by GetJar, the globe’s second largest app store.

Mobile app downloads across all handsets are estimated to climb from over 7 billion downloads in 2009 to almost 50 billion in 2012, a year-over- year growth rate of 92 percent.

 

Thinking Ahead Is Key To Business Success

The fourth annual We Media Conference hosted at the University of Miami offered a peek into the future of media. The common thread from Tuesday’s mind-meld was not the same old “newspapers are dead” theme that so many of these conferences run into the ground. Instead, the focus was on the changing media landscape — an evolution that ultimately leads to a completely social and interactive media.

Google Re-Imagined As World’s Third-Biggest ISP

It’s common knowledge in the U.S. search industry that Google has a market share of about 65 percent.  Lots of people know (or at least know how to check) the search giant’s market cap, too (it’s currently at $180 billion).  But another measure of Google’s size was presented yesterday, and it turns out that Google is on par with all but the biggest ISPs.

To Get Clients, You Need To Pull, Not Push
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In marketing, there are two main categories: Push Marketing, and Pull Marketing.

Push Marketing, also known as “interruption marketing,” is basically when you force your marketing message upon potential clients when they’re in the middle of doing something such as driving a car, surfing the web, or just spending time with friends or family. While they’re doing something else, you push your message in front of them.

Tactics of Push Marketing include:

Facebook Unseats Google As Most-Visited Site
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Although the "thud" wasn’t verified until this afternoon, it seems that an online giant fell a couple of days ago.  According to new data from Hitwise, Facebook managed to beat Google in terms of visits between March 7th and March 13th, becoming the most visited website in the U.S. for the week.

The graph visible below makes the changeup pretty clear (blame the sloppy enlarged bit on us, not Hitwise).  What’s more, it doesn’t look like Facebook’s going to relinquish its lead anytime soon.

Facebook Tweaks Search Suggestions For Relevancy
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Facebook’s search suggestions are about to get significantly better.  Rather than just suggest the names of people, events, groups, and Pages a person’s already connected with, suggestions are going to draw from users’ networks of friends and the entire site.

Google Gives Advertisers Another “In” On YouTube

In a move that investors and marketers alike should applaud, Google’s figured out another way to make money off the site it bought for $1.65 billion three and a half years ago.  Today, Google explained that it’s come up with a tool to help small organizations advertise on YouTube.

Google Hopes Mobile Ad Rates Beat Desktop Standard
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Investors and online advertising experts may want to consider for a moment what, exactly, has contributed to Google’s stupendous financial success (current market cap: $180 billion).  Now consider this: Google thinks mobile ad rates might surpass what’s come to be deemed the industry standard.

Google China Shows “Tank Man,” Tibet Search Results
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The clash between Google and the Chinese government appears to be coming to a head.  Various sources have reported that Google ignored a cut-off date to reregister as an Internet content provider in China, and more importantly, that the company has stopped censoring search results.

Droid Beats iPhone In Sales Comparison
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There’s good and bad news for Google this morning with respect to Android and the mobile market.  In terms of how many units were sold during their first 74 days of availability, it seems the Droid beat the iPhone to the million-unit mark, but the Nexus One is lagging far behind.