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Twitter’s @earlybird Starts Offering Deals
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Last week, Twitter announced its new @earlybird account, designed to provide followers with exclusive deals from the comapny’s advertising partners and other businesses. Now, the account is in full swing, as it has tweeted its first deal.

The deal comes from The Walt Disney Studios, and allows followers in the U.S. to get a special deal on tickets to the movie "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice."

Study: Just 2% Of Marketers Disregard Facebook
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It’s a very rare marketer who believes he (or she) can ignore Facebook, according to new data from SeeWhy.  SeeWhy found in a recent study that more than three-quarters of marketers have in fact already incorporated or decided to incorporate the social network into their strategy.

U.S. Remains Top Spamming Country
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The United States continues to be the top country for spam, accounting for 15.2 percent of all global spam, an increase from 13.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to a new report by Sophos.

India trails the U.S., accounting for 7.7 percent of worldwide spam, followed by Brazil (5.5%), the UK (4.6%) and South Korea (4.2%).

Symantec Reports the Most Spammed States in the U.S.

Symantec has released its annual MessageLabs Intelligence Special Report, ranking the most spammed U.S. states and territories.

According to the report, Idaho receives the most spam (for the second year in a row), at a rate of 95.2%. The top spammed states are Idaho, Alabama, and South Carolina, with spam rates above 93%. The national average is only 89.3%. Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire and North Carolina are next in line.

Google Apps Users Get New Mobile Security Options

Google has announced some new mobile device management options for Google Apps administrators. The options will be available to all Google Apps Premier and Education customers starting this week.

New options include:

Google Arranges To Scan Over 160,000 More Books
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The digital collection of public domain works Google Books maintains is in store for yet another major boost.  Google’s struck a deal with the National Library of the Netherlands that will see the search giant gain access to more than 160,000 additional books.

New Google Release Could Change Everything. Will it?
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This week, Google released a new Google Labs projectApp Inventor for Android. The product is designed to let anybody (as in non-developers) create Android Apps. This could go one of several ways.

Google Announces Partnerships with Ford and General Motors
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Google announced that it has extended its Google Maps Send-to-Car service to Ford and GM vehicles. This applies to Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles in the US that are enabled with Ford SYNC, as well as OnStar equipped GM vehicles, which include models from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Saab and Saturn.

Facebook Details Mobile Strategy
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Facebook has plans to expand its mobile strategy and become a platform for developers to distribute apps, according to Erick Tseng, Facebook head of mobile products.

"Where we’re going from here is a platform strategy. We’re going away from a one-off app strategy, said Tseng, at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat conference.

Part of its mobile platform strategy will likely include making it easier to find apps and distribution more social, he said.

Bing Crafts DonorsChoose Search Incentive
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Microsoft may have found a way to convince many more parents, grandparents, and teachers to use its search engine.  Starting today, individuals who make Bing their default search provider will get the chance to donate $3 of Microsoft’s money to a school-related project of their choice.

Opera Mini 5.1 Comes to Android

Opera announced today that Opera Mini 5.1 is now available for Android devices. The company claims this is the most popular browser for mobile phones, and places an emphasis on its speed.

Twitter Gives Users Visibility in Search Results
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Twitter is now showing "name results" for people in search results. The feature appears to still be in the process of rolling out, as not everyone is seeing the results, but I’d imagine that those who are not will soon.

Google Fiber For Communities Site Launches
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Sometime this year, Google’s supposed to name several communities in which it’ll install high-speed broadband networks, and for the sake of not getting anyone’s hopes up, we’ll say right here that "sometime" is not now.  But a site called Google Fiber for Communities did launch today so that everyone can stay informed and push for further progress.

Some Guy Says He Owns the Majority of Facebook
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Facebook has found itself the subject of a lawsuit from a guy named Paul Ceglia who claims to own an 84% stake in the company. The Wall Street Journal reports that in 2009, New York’s Attorney General accused him of defrauding customers of his wood-pellet fuel company.

Do You Need Help Sifting Through All the News?
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Many news consumers are increasingly relying on human-edited news aggregation and content curation to sift through their news and establish trust. While not all mainstream media sources are thrilled about the concept, it’s just how it is, and there is no doubt that plenty of people from that world are relying on these things themselves to one extent or another.

Google, LVMH Cheer Trademark Infringement Ruling
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Anyone who had hoped the French Supreme Court would be able settle the dispute between Google and LVMH over keywords, advertising, and trademark infringement is in for an unpleasant surprise.  The French Supreme Court did in fact rule on the case today, but now both sides are celebrating.

Google Eyes Mouse Movement as Possible Search Relevancy Signal
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Google was granted an interesting patent today. The title is "System and method for modulating search relevancy using pointer activity monitoring". Here is how the abstract for the patent describes it:

Google Integrates Picnik with Picasa Web Albums
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Today, Google started integrating some features from Picnik (acquired earlier this year) into Picasa Web Albums. The features allow users to edit photos.

Picasa Web Albums users using English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese versions will be able to use Picnik photo editing.

Twitter Users Are More Social And Politically Active
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Americans who use Twitter are more likely than the average adult to be highly active on the Internet and in their communities, according to new survey by Gfk MRI.

Conduit: We’re Doing for Web Apps What iPhone Did for Mobile Apps

Mobile apps have captured much press and imagination this week, as Google has unveiled its App Inventor project, but Conduit is reminding everyone that web apps are big business.

The company has announced that its network has grown to over 250,000 app publishers & 170 million users, with adoption of apps by end-users increasing 233% between last July and last month.

YouTube To Provide Upcoming Video Producers With $5 Million

  Think you’ve got a video idea cooler than OK Go, but don’t have the cash to produce it?  If you’ve already had some success on the online channel, help may be on the way.

Microsoft Achieves Facebook-Outlook Integration

Checking one’s email and signing into a social network are similar acts, allowing a person to catch up with friends and colleagues.  Microsoft’s latest move seems both smart and natural, then, as the company’s given Outlook users the option to integrate their Facebook and Windows Live experiences.

This opportunity is possible due to the Outlook Social Connector, which had already established ties between Outlook, LinkedIn, and MySpace.  Microsoft’s looking very well-connected in the social media space as a result.

Reddit Taking Donations for Reddit Gold (and Gettting Them)

Update: Reddit is already calling the effort a triumph and says, "We’re getting a much-needed cash infusion."

More Consumers Using Facebook And Twitter For Brand Engagement
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Nearly 40 percent of consumers visit Facebook and Twitter to supplement the news, information or deals they receive via email marketing, according to a new study by ExactTarget.

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