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Apple And LG Rank High In Consumer Satisfaction

Overall satisfaction among smartphone owners has increased significantly over time as manufacturers continue to improve their offerings, according to a new report from J.D. Power and Associates.

Satisfaction among consumer smartphone owners has increased 14 index points (on a 1,000 point scale) from just six months ago, while satisfaction among business owners has increased by 43 index points from 2008 as these devices have become more stylish, customizable and user friendly.

Stone: Twitter Not Interested In Video

Twitter users shouldn’t feel any pressure to start carrying around bags of cosmetics or spare shirts.  A rumor that Twitter might introduce a "video tweeting" option has been denied by cofounder Biz Stone.

Report: Paid Search Spend Up 10%

SearchIgnite has released a report, which indicates that paid search spending in the United States was flat year-over-year in the third quarter, yet up 10% quarter-over-quarter. This comes largely from multi-channel retailers, who increased paid search spend by 40% in the quarter, according to the firm. This is despite flat conversion rates and average order value.

Arthur Levinson Leaves Google Board of Directors

Google has announced that Arthur Levinson has resigned from the company’s Board of Directors. He has been on the board since April 2004.

Erich Schmidt, who considers him both a "good friend" and "valued colleague," had this to say: "Art has been a key part of Google’s success these past five years, offering unvarnished advice and vital counsel on every big issue and opportunity Google has faced. Though he leaves as a member of our Board, Art will always have a special place at Google."

Yes, Your Company Really Does Need A Blog
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The term has become so common that most people don’t know that “blog” is a condensed version of “weblog.” It is not a new form of communication, by any means. People have been blogging since man began painting on cave walls, really; it’s just that the tools have changed and the definitions of writing styles have evolved a bit (but just a bit). When the Internet was still without its graphic interface, the World Wide Web, there were the bulletin boards and file-sharing services that allowed the distribution of text files.

New Michael Jackson Song Hits Web
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Talk about Michael Jackson took the web by storm after the King of Pop’s death, and it’s back again as a new (or previously unreleased, rather) song from him has been released on the web. The song is called "This is It," and it’s from the upcoming Jackson film of the same name.

Miley Cyrus Says Good-Bye To Twitter
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 Miley Cyrus deleted her 2 million follower Twitter account last week and has posted a rap video on YouTube telling her fans exactly why. The video which was posted Friday already has over 1 million views. 

Searching on Android Just Got Quicker
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Google has launched what it refers to as a "fast and versatile new system-wide search experience" for Android. it’s called the Quick Search Box or QSB and it was announced for developers back in September. It appears on the home screen of Android devices.

Hitwise: Facebook’s Social Market Share Up 194 Percent
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More stats regarding Facebook’s astonishing growth rate were released today.  Hitwise puts the social network’s market share of U.S. Internet visits up on a month-over-month basis, way up on a year-over-year basis, and it made significant gains in the "time spent" category, too.

Let’s first look at the market share data.  Hitwise created a custom category of social networking sites, and within it, Facebook’s market share was 58.59 percent in September of this year.  That puts it up by a fair amount over its standing of 55.15 percent in August.

Google Sites Gets New Image, Feed, and Template Features
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Google has made it easier to insert Picasa Web Albums photos into Google Sites. They have added a photo option to the "insert menu."

In addition, users can upload photos directly to Picasa Web Albums from within Google Sites, using the "upload photo" tab in the insert dialog. It should be noted, however, that Google Apps users will not see the options, because Picasa Web Albums is not available in Google Apps.

Social Media And Paid Search Leads To Success

Is there a connection between social media exposure and search behavior? A new study by GroupM Search and comScore titled, “The Influenced: Social Media, Search and the Interplay of Consideration and Consumption,” focuses on answering that question. The study found …

10% of Display Ads in Major US Markets Locally Targeted

comScore has released the results of a study on locally targeted online display ads in the US, which focused on four major markets: Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. In these areas, the results indicate that about 10% of all display ads are locally targeted.

"Locally targeted ads are an increasingly important component of the digital ad landscape because they represent a more efficient allocation of ad dollars," said comScore vice president Brian Jurutka. Here’s a look at some additional numbers:

Yahoo Adds Paid Search Listings to Filtered Results
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Yahoo has given Yahoo Search Marketing advertisers the ability to have their ads shown in filtered searches. When Yahoo launched its new search results pages last month, they added the ability for users to filter results by site. Relevant ads are now appearing with these results.

Hulu Launches 2 New Labs Features
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Hulu has added a couple of new features to Hulu Labs. These are Hulu Desktop for Linux and Hulu Publisher Tools.

Android May Power New Barnes & Noble E-Reader
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Reports indicate that another new e-reader is on the way, this time from Barnes & Noble.  The interesting thing – or at least the interesting thing that makes this development connect to the search industry – is that Barnes & Noble’s e-reader will supposedly use Android as its operating system.

Digg Does it Again with Advertising

Digg has launched a new kind of ad called "Digg Content Ads," which the company describes as widgets that contain previous Digg homepage stories that are relevant to the industry or company being advertised.

To illustrate how this works, Digg provides an example of Adobe testing the concept with banners that utilize popular government-technology stories from Digg’s archive. This is illustrated below:

YouTube Gets Well Over a Billion Views Per Day
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YouTube announced that it is has been serving well over a billion views a day. This announcement comes three years after Google acquired the company. 

Chad Hurley, CEO and Co-founder of YouTube wrote on the company blog that since the early days, YouTube has been committed to three basic principles as described:

Government Adds New Features To Flu Website
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Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has introduced new features to the government’s flu website in an effort to better educate the public.

Google: IT Departments Moving Toward the Cloud
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Google has been pushing Google Apps use big time this year. They took out billboard space, and they recently sponsored a survey about IT departments and cloud computing.

The poll covered 1,125 IT decision-makers. Google has prepared an entire report based on the findings, which is available for perusal here (pdf).

Microsoft Throws Two Vets, Three Labs Behind Social Effort

If two heads are better than one, then bringing together two top veterans and three different labs may really accomplish something special.  Microsoft’s going to see what happens, anyway, as it announced the existence of the FUture Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs today. 

Yahoo Snags Microsoft Sales Exec

It would be an understatement to say that Yahoo’s experienced a rough patch recently, and Microsoft, with Bing launched and a search deal on the way, seems to be doing better.  But Yahoo may still have a few tricks up its sleeve, and the company pulled off one by getting a Microsoft sales exec to join its ranks.

UFL Debuts Tonight, Partners with AOL
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Football has been a common theme in the United States in search trends and traffic, as discussed recently. That has mainly been related to the National Football League and college football. However, a new league debuts tonight, and while it may not come close to achieving the amount of popularity of these other two, a fair amount of people will likely be searching for information about it tomorrow (and late tonight).

Email Attacks Put Other Types of Accounts in Jeopardy

You’ve probably seen reports of big webmail phishing attacks over the week. A spokesperson for Symantec‘s Message Labs tells WebProNews, however, that most reports have glossed over a key point to consider. That is that the potential impact on other aspects of victims’ online lives are in jeopardy as well.

Bringing Targeted Content Together for Targeted Advertising
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Yahoo is showing off a new advertising campaign it’s running for General Mills. A spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews it’s a "good example of how advertisers are turning to Yahoo for more than a typical search or display ad buy."

General Mills is targeting "boomers" with the campaign, which is themed around "vitality" and is a content-based program. It includes news content, as well as retirement, travel-related content, and games.