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Google Labs Project Breadcrumb Surfaces
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Google launched  a new Google Labs project today. It’s called Breadcrumb. Here’s the official description:

Breadcrumb enables you to create a variety of mobile learning applications and allows you to make your application work with only three additions to plain text. Infinitely scalable, easy to create, and readable on Internet-enabled smart-phones or computers, Breadcrumb gives you maximum output for the development time.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Announces Startup:Education
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As noted earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to public schools, starting in Newark, New Jersey. He’s set up a foundation called Startup:Education. 

Google Partners With POLITICO On Technology And Politics
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Google and YouTube are partnering with POLITICO to host an event on Monday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to talk about technology’s role in democracy and the political process.

The Google Blog offers more details.  “With less than six weeks until the midterm elections, we wanted to hear from some of politics’ most creative minds about what innovation and democracy mean in 2010.”

YouTube Focused On Mobile Growth

YouTube’s very interested in mobile users, and mobile users are also very interested in it, according to a YouTube exec named Francisco Varela.  Varela recently spoke about YouTube’s mobile strategy and success yesterday at a conference in Norway.

Good Week for Netflix Marred by Gaffes
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You would think it would have been a good week for Netflix, given that the company began its first expansion into another country. Netflix launched its Canadian streaming-only service earlier this week. 

Google Pairs Chrome Web Store With Checkout
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It looks like Google is either going to hobble the Chrome Web Store or (more likely) help Google Checkout.  The company’s announced that developers who intend to use Chrome Web Store Payments to charge for apps must have Checkout accounts.

That’s a big step, considering the degree to which Google Checkout has failed to catch on.  By pairing it with the Chrome Web Store, Google’s shown that it’s not ready to just cede the market to PayPal.

Netflix Adds More Streaming Content From NBC

Netflix has signed an expanded license agreement with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution that will allow its subscribers to watch content from the NBC Television network and some of NBC Universal’s cable channels.

YouTube Instant Gets A Million Visitors in 10 Days, Creator Accepts YouTube job
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Feross Aboukhadijeh, a Facebook intern and student at Stanford, launched YouTube Instant, just after Google rolled out Google Instant. It quickly became a viral hit. If you’re not familiar, read here. We received an email from Aboukhadijeh early this morning. 

More “Super Angel” Fun

Update 2: This story is getting more and more interesting. See these reactions from Ron Conway and McClure, as well as this post by Robert Scoble

Facebook Explains Outage

Facebook was down for over 2.5 hours for some users, according to a post from the company. A post in Facebook’s engineering notes says:

The key flaw that caused this outage to be so severe was an unfortunate handling of an error condition. An automated system for verifying configuration values ended up causing much more damage than it fixed.

White Spaces, Verizon Tiered Data Plans & Facebook Troubles

The FCC voted today on rules that will enable the use of TV white spaces to provide wireless broadband connectivity. Google and Microsoft both issued updates applauding the ruling. 

Dell Evaluating Google TV Tech

Dell and Google have worked together a lot over the years, from the time they partnered on a toolbar in 2006 to when Dell’s CEO flashed an Android-powered tablet earlier this week.  As for what’s next, it seems possible they’ll coordinate something related to Google TV.

LinkedIn Gets Integrated with Windows Live Messenger

LinkedIn and Microsoft announced today that Windows Live Messenger users can now link their Windows Live profile to LinkedIn. There are four main areas Microsoft says its focused on with its LinkedIn integration. These are:

- Keeping your contact list organized with auto contact linking across Hotmail, Messenger and the rest of Windows Live

- Helping you use Messenger to keep up with what your LinkedIn contacts are doing.

- Making it simple to share updates from Messenger to your LinkedIn contacts.

Flickr Introduces Browser-Based Uploads On Android

Users of Yahoo’s popular photo-sharing site can now more easily interact with it through Google’s mobile operating system.  Today, Flickr made it possible for Android device owners to bypass the old upload-by-email approach to transmitting pictures.

A Yahoo spokesperson explained in an email to WebProNews, "Flickr has introduced new browser-based photo uploads on Android 2.2 today to enable more seamless uploading from your mobile device to the Flickr site."

Those Getting Feet Wet in Online Marketing May Find Visa Business Network Helpful

You may or may not be aware of the Visa Business Network. This is a site the company recently launched as a way to connect small business owners with one another, providing resources like goal toolkits, mentors, content-ranked information and more. 

We think some of our readers may find this valuable, so we spoke with Michael Lee of the Visa Business Network Outreach Team. He talked about how it helps businesses get started with building their Facebook and Twitter presences. 

Phishing Gangs Focusing On Social Networks And Classifieds

Phishing gangs have been increasing their tactics against brands, social networks, online  classifieds and online gaming, according to a new report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

Bing for Mobile for BlackBerry Gets Update
Microsoft announced an update for its Bing for Mobile BlackBerry app. The app can now access Bing Maps by pressing the Bing Maps icon from a user’s BlackBerry device. 
In addition to this, the home screen has been updated, and a launcher has been added, so local, maps, directions and news can all be accessed faster. 

 

Amazon Launches New Version of Kindle for Android

Amazon announced a new version of Kindle for Android that comes with several new features. These include:

MySpace Gets Synced with YouTube
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MySpace has introduced a new Sync with YouTube feature. This enables YouTube users to automatically distribute YouTube video content through Myspace. 

Apple Tops In Smartphone Satisfaction

The average amount of time people keep their cell phone has increased by 17 percent from 2009, according to a new study from J.D. Power and Associates.

 People are keeping their mobile devices for an average of 20.5 months, which is the longest period off time since the study began in 1999, when the average was 17.3 months. The current level of ownership does differ by brand, with the highest ownership at an average of 27.8 months, and the lowest at 17.5 months.

CBS President Expresses Interest In Hulu Plus
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Although there are no guarantees, the president and CEO of CBS has indicated that he might finally allow some of his network’s content to be shown by Hulu.  The interesting catch: it’s actually the premium service Hulu Plus with which Leslie Moonves wants to deal.

Hotmail Gets a New Round of Feature Upgrades

Microsoft announced that it is rolling out some new features to Hotmail. These include: the ability to track packages referenced in your email from Hotmail itself, chat with Facebook friends, sharing photos more easily with expanded coverage and new features, viewing more videos from inside Hotmail, and organizing and finding important email with subfolders.

mSpot Android App Gets 500,000 Downloads in Two Months

mSpot announced today that the Android app for its streaming music service has been downloaded 500,000 times.This is fairly impressive as the app has only been out for two months.

If you’re unfamiliar with mSpot, it lets you upload your music files to store in the cloud, and stream them from your computer or mobile device. 

YouTube Gets

YouTube has won a copyright infringement case brought by Spanish television broadcaster Telecinco, Spain’s largest commercial station.

Telecinco had accused YouTube of violating its intellectual property rights by broadcasting images that the TV station owned.