Want Ochocinco on your iPhone? There
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The self-proclaimed "Interesting One", Chad Ochocinco, has taken the social media scene by storm. His Twitter account currently has 250,892 followers and his Ustream show has 3,353 followers and over 180,000 views. So what’s the next logical step for a social media savvy NFL star? Well, now he’s going mobile.

LinkedIn Announces 50 Million user Milestone
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LinkedIn today announced that the professional social network has 50 million users worldwide. Perhaps more impressive is its claim that it is growing by "roughly one new member per second."

The company says that when it launched back in 2003, it took 477 days to reach its first million member milestone. The 50th million came much easier, however, in jus 12 days.

Study: More Companies Ditching Old Media Habits for New

A new study from King Fish Media, HubSpot, Junta42, and UpShot found that where traditional advertising was once a "foregone conclusion" and a focal point of all marketing efforts, companies are now "revising old formulas" and creating new ones. They find that companies are abandoning other’s media platforms in favor of creating their own original channels and content.

Grooveshark Signs Deal With EMI
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Major music label EMI has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against music streaming service Grooveshark, reaching a deal to license its recording and publishing catalogs to the site.

"We think services like Grooveshark offer great music discovery options for fans," said Mark Piibe, EMI Music’s Global Head of Digital Business Development.

Email Not Just Alive, But Use Increasing
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ExactTarget released some new findings today about email use, finding that it is increasing, with social media and smartphones playing key roles.

MySpace Tackles Data Center Costs

MySpace has taken a rather huge step towards reducing its data center costs: The company announced that it’s replaced old servers using mechanical disk drives with Fusion-io’s flash memory products, and the benefits are almost literally off the charts.

According to a statement, "The power and cooling costs of Fusion’s ioDrives are less than one percent that of the hard disk arrays, and rack space usage is reduced to zero, as ioDrives are embedded directly within even the smallest of servers." 

Symantec Urges Windows Users to Patch Systems

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday for this week has been the largest ever from the company. 13 security bulletins addressing 34 vulnerabilities were released. 22 of these vulnerabilities were considered critical. Microsoft has never addressed so many in a single month. The previous record, set in June, was only 31.

Included in the most recent Patch Tuesday, were patches for two vulnerabilities previously made public: one in Server Message Block Version 2 (SMBv2) and the other in Internet Information Services.

Google’s Postini Suffers Problems
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Someone with a little too much faith in logic might argue that email is at its most secure when messages don’t get through.  However, the average person doesn’t see things that way, and this became an issue as Postini, Google’s email security offering, encountered problems yesterday.

Technorati Relaunches with Unique Content
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Technorati has launched a new version of its site. Among the changes is a feature that lets users post content directly to the site. This pretty much gives authors a chance to promote their blogs with links from their profile pages, while giving Technorati itself some unique content.

Google Tracks User Data to Monitor Load Times
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Google has a post up talking about how the company uses data it collects from Google Toolbar users, specifically in relation to its enhanced features. These features are opt-in.

Twitter: Don’t Change Your Email, Username, or Password
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Twitter has warned its users that changing their account information may put their accounts in jeopardy, as the company has received numerous reports of people who are getting shut out of their accounts upon trying to do so.

New Rumor Has Google Acquiring Akamai

At the moment, the Dow’s down 0.24 percent and the Nasdaq’s down 0.14 percent – it’s not a great day for the market.  One company’s stock is doing more than all right, however, as there’s a rumor that Google might acquire it.

Akamai, which deals in content delivery networks, is the organization that might be in Google’s good graces.  Some investors have accepted the idea to the point that they’ve sent Akamai’s stock up 3.38 percent so far today.

Expectations Improve for Media Advertising Revenue
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MAGNA released its US Media Advertising Revenue Forecast today, and reports that although the economy continues to face challenges, expectations for the future have improved significantly during the past two quarters.

Twitter Fights Spam With New Reporting Option
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Spam is something that can have a serious impact on Twitter: It annoys individual users, messes up lists of trending topics, and even makes the site look less suitable for businesses and monetization.  It’s a good thing, then, that Twitter’s going after spammers with a new spam reporting option.

Flickr Receives Four Billionth Photo Upload
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Yahoo-owned Flickr announced that its 4 billionth photo was uploaded over the weekend. It was uploaded by a user that goes by the name of "punimoe."

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YouTube Nonprofit Partners Get New Features

YouTube has added a couple of new features for its Nonprofit Program. These features include the option for nonprofit partners to choose custom thumbnails for videos and the ability to link to external websites through video annotations.

YouTube calls the features "game-changing". They are explained in this step-by-step walk-through:

“Invite A Friend” Links Coming To Google Voice
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It looks like a certain search giant is ready to let some more people get their hands (or, um, mouths and ears) on Google Voice.  Google announced today that users will soon have the chance to invite their friends and family members (or cash-equipped individuals) to the service.

Airlines Using Social Media To Relay Location In The Sky

No, this is not about God using Twitter so if you have any issues around that please put them aside now. This is actually about a service that some airlines are putting in place that utilizes Twitter and Facebook to update those who care where you actually are while flying from point A to point B. Just another update on every minute of everyone’s life brought to you by social media.

Mashable reports:

Search Engine Marketing Spend Stabilizing
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The Search Engine Marketing (SEM) industry continues to stabilize in the third quarter of 2009 and included some positive sings for the fourth quarter, according to a new report from Efficient Frontier.

"The third quarter results and a look beyond provide some encouraging signs for the Search Marketing industry as well as the overall economy," said David Karnstedt, President and CEO, Efficient Frontier.

Online Video Viewing up 25% Per Viewer

Nielsen released its latest findings on online video usage in the United States today. The firm found that time spent viewing online video is up 25% per viewer, year-over-year. In addition, they found that total streams were also up 25%.

The Nielsen Company reported overall online video usage and top online brands ranked by video streams for the month of September. Here are a couple of charts documenting their findings:

Advertisers Scammed By Invisible Impressions
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There are sites out there that may be selling you ads that consumers aren’t seeing. We’re not talking about just a lack of traffic to the pages they appear on. There is a lack of traffic because the pages are simply invisible to viewers, making them essentially worthless.

A report from the Wall Street Journal says that even large corporations like Kraft foods, Greyhound Lines, and Capital One Financial are among the victims of such scams.

Facebook Tries Harder at Page Verification
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Facebook has gotten tighter with its policy on page verification. There is now a form that Facebook requires page-owners to fill out in order to verify that they are indeed the rightful owner of a branded page. They have even been sending the form around to some of the larger page owners.

The new form asks users to verify that they are an "authentic representative of the entity" the page represents. Here’s a look at the form itself.

Gmail Aims to Save Embarrassment Yet Again
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Google has launched a new feature in Gmail Labs designed to spare users the embarrassment of sending an email to the wrong person. It’s probably happened to you at one time or another.