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Yahoo, Bing Start Off With Combined 25% Share
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New Experian Hitwise stats regarding the search market in August have arrived, and truth be told, they’re not that exciting; very little changed compared to July.  However, August did act as a sort of baseline for the Bing-Yahoo combo.

Experian Hitwise noted in an official statement, "The percentage of U.S. searches for the one-week ending Aug. 28, 2010 for the Bing combined powered search accounted for 24.56 percent, as Yahoo! Search and Bing received 14.32 percent and 10.24 percent, respectively."

YouTube Launches Travel Channel With Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Cruise Line said today it is working with YouTube to launch “YouTube Vacationer,” a travel specific channel.

YouTube Vacationer features travel advice and ideas from Lonely Planet, National Geographic and the Travel Channel.

"From a marketing perspective, this opportunity is compelling because it provides a truly organic user experience and represents another great way for brands to work with YouTube,” said Maria Miller, Norwegian Cruise Line’s senior vice president of marketing. 

 

Amazon Acquires Amie Street Music Startup

Amazon has acquired music startup Amie Street, which the company actually helped fund. Unfortunately for Amie Street users, the service will be shut down.

Amie Street has an interesting business model, which lets musicians upload music, which starts out free to users. The more downloads the songs get, the more the price goes up (up to a $1). Interesting as it may be, it apparently didn’t work. 

Is Google About to Give Results While You Type Your Query?
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Google is holding an even later today in which it is expected to unveil some new search-related product. Yesterday’s highly publicized Google doodle, which had the Google logo turning into a bunch of balls flying around as your mouse got closer to it, is presumed to be a clue to the new product launch. 

Court Rules Government Must Get Warrant to Access Cell Phone Location Data
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According to the EFF, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that federal law allows judges the discretion to require that the government obtain a probable cause search warrant before accessing cell phone location data. 

Piper Jaffray Forecasts 50% Market Share For Android

Piper Jaffray, an investment banking firm that earned $7.4 million in net income last quarter, is betting on Android in a big way.  Today, Piper Jaffray predicted that Android’s market share will pass the 50 percent mark in the next five years.

Don’t look for the rise to the halfway mark to happen all at once.  The report explained, "We estimate Google will control 14.9% of the smartphone market through Android in 2010, growing to 23.2% in 2012."

Gowalla Gives Users New Trip Planning Tools
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Gowalla announced that it has some new trip tools and options today. 

"The Trips feature is one of our favorites on Gowalla, and it’s also a favorite of users, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations, you name it," the company says. "Something we’ve been meaning to knock out for a while and have finally gotten around to is making Trip creation an easier and smoother process, and we’re rolling it out today."

ACLU Sues Government Over Border Laptop Searches
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The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) policy allowing border agents to search laptops or other electronic devices at the border without reasonable suspicion.

Laptop-Searches The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Google Scribe Predicts What You’re Going to Type
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Google has a Google Labs project available called Google Scribe. Google Scribe provides text autocompletion as you type. It provides related word or phrase suggestions, using information you’ve already typed into a document. 

"In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use," says Google.

Google Voice Gives Users Missed Call Notifications
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Google is now letting Google Voice users get notifications for missed calls. Users can get notified via their Google Voice inbox or they can opt to receive email notifications (or both). 

This would appear to be another step in Google bringing together your different means of communication. Google Voice already gives you a number that when called reaches you through all of your phones. 

Google Lets Users Sign Up With Yahoo Accounts
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Google has announced that it is now using OpenID for its signup process. Yahoo users can sign up for a Google Account with their existing email address. 

Google says that "a much larger number of people" complete the email verification process when OpenID is used. 

Samsung May Make Android TVs

Earlier this year, an anonymous Samsung executive indicated that his (or her) company might build TVs based on Android.  Now, although Samsung hasn’t exactly released a list of shipping dates, an exec has at least gone on record saying that the possibility remains.

According to Jun Yang and Pavel Alpeyev, Yoon Boo Keun, President of the Visual Display Division at Samsung, made the comment offstage at a forum in Seoul, South Korea.

Labor Department Launches Website For Job Seekers

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new website aimed at helping people find jobs.

The site is called “mySkills myFuture” and it allows users to view local job postings, find training and education providers. The site offers job descriptions, salary information and common tasks related to a new occupation.

"Americans deserve good jobs, and mySkills myFuture is one of the ways we’re ensuring they can find and access them," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. 

 

Google TV to Arrive This Autumn
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When Google unveiled Google TV at Google I/O in May, the company said it would be out for the holidays. CEO Eric Schmidt is now saying more specifically, this autumn, according to Reuters. It’s unclear whether this is ahead of the originally planned schedule or if it was always intended to be Autumn (as opposed to Winter), but Apple’s release of Apple TV may provide a little motivation to get Google TV on the market as soon as possible. 

AOL Partners With Ellen DeGeneres
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AOL has entered into a partnership with The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the program and its website.

AOL will promote The Ellen DeGeneres Show on its websites KitchenDaily.com and AOL Television. Ellentv.com will promote AOL content daily, providing links to other AOL sites and working on larger promotional deal with related content.

Top AdWords Spenders IDed By Leaked Document

Google shareholders who have a few extra thank you notes sitting around might consider sending them to AT&T, the Apollo Group, and Expedia, along with a handful of other companies.  New data identifies these organizations as the biggest AdWords spenders in June (and pins down the dollar amounts involved).

Is Google Really As Evil As This Video Suggests?
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Consumer Watchdog has created a new anti-Google video portraying Google CEO Eric Schmidt has some kind of evil ice cream man. The video is a commentary on what the group perceives to be Google’s lack of regard for consumer privacy. 

Wetpaint Launches Content Network for TV Fans
Wetpaint is launching a new content network of 15 sites, dedicated to popular television shows. "Wetpaint has created a sophisticated prescriptive publishing system that taps into trending data, commentary, tweets, Facebook comments, forum topics to build a network of sites that focus on what we all love best – TV," a spokesperson for Wetpaint tells WebProNews.
Twitter Sees Big Usage Increase Over Summer
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For some people, summer’s a time to live at the pool.  For others, it’s a season better spent vacationing in another state or country.  But as it turns out, a lot of people used this summer to become better acquainted with Twitter, increasing the overall number of tweets by 33 percent.

AP Updates Attribution Guidelines, Links Not Mentioned
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The Associated Press has revealed some new guidelines for its reporters with regards to credit and attribution. The guidelines come in the form of a letter from AP Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes.

ABC Opens New Online Store With CafePress

ABC and CafePress have introduced a new ABC Online Store where of fans of the TV networks shows will be able to buy official merchandise along with merchandise designed by other fans.

CafePress technology will allow visitors to the site to design their own t-shirts, posters, water bottles and other custom products. These fan-designed products will live alongside official merchandise in the ABC Online Store.

Facebook Testing Feature That Would Make it More Valuable for Search
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AllFacebook has discovered that Facebook is now testing showing all liked news articles in its search results. This would obviously be a significant move as the company competes with Google. Nick O’Neill writes:

Apple’s Ping Draws a Great Deal of Criticism
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Apple’s Ping social network, which the company launched as part of the new iTunes 10, has drawn a big mix of excitement and criticism. While most seem to agree that the concept beind Ping is a pretty good idea (social network-meets-music-buying) it’s not exactly the seamless experience one might hope for.

Let’s take a look at some points made around the Blogosphere.

How Will Bit.ly Work with Twitter’s Link Wrapping?
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Besides hinting at new features and talking about user stats, Twitter also made a couple announcements this week. One is that all Twitter apps use OAuth. The other is that it will start tracking every t.co link users click. This is Twitter’s own default URL-shortener.