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Mozilla Readies App to Sync Firefox to iPhone

Mozilla is working on a new iPhone app for Firefox users, called Firefox Home. It’s based on Firefox Sync (formerly Weave Sync), and allows users to access their Firefox browsing history, bookmarks, and tabs from the most recent browser session on the desktop.

EU Authorities Find Search Engines Still In Breach Of Privacy Law

Even if Facebook’s received the lion’s share of attention from privacy advocates today, a group of European data protection authorities hasn’t forgotten about Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.  The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party said earlier they’re still not obeying an EU data protection directive.

The companies are all supposed to anonymize search data after no more than six months.  Google’s keeping it for nine, instead, and the Working Party asserted in an open letter to the search giant that it’s doing a poor job of anonymization afterward.

Amazon Ties Walmart In U.S. Online Music Share
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Apple’s iTunes store continues to be the top music retailer, with 28 percent of all music purchased by U.S. consumers, a 4 percent increase since Q1 2009, according to The NPD Group.

Amazon increased its music market share 3 percent to tie Walmart for the second spot at 12 percent. Sales of digital tracks and albums accounted for 40 percent of overall music market share in the first quarter of 2010, which is a five percent increase since Q1 2009.

National 2010 Doodle 4 Google Winner Announced
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Tomorrow, another special doodle will grace Google’s homepage, and if you like it, compliments should be directed at third grader Makenzie Melton, not a team of professional designers.  Melton has been declared the national winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.

The competition drew over 33,000 submissions, so Melton’s achievement is a rather big deal.  Google will give her a netbook and a $15,000 college scholarship by way of congratulations, and you can see her doodle (called "Rainforest Habitat") for yourself a little early below.

AdMob Compares Android/iPhone Stats
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AdMob, which Google recently got the green light from the FTC to acquire, has released its monthly Mobile Metrics Report (pdf), this time detailing the global base of Android, compared to that of the iPhone.

Verizon Diving Deeper Into Online Relationships With New Ad Campaign

  An often quoted stat about the new reality we lives in today points out that 20 years ago the average American had less than 25 friends. Today the average American has more than 200. Of course, we all realize on some level that this blossoming of friendship doesn’t equate to having 200 best friends. In fact, the ties we have to the outer fringes of our social network may be very thin indeed. That’s the subject that an interesting campaign launched by Verizon is trying to explore.

Carol Bartz Announces October Search Update

Even as its deal with Microsoft continues to draw towards a conclusion, Yahoo is apparently working on some significant upgrades in terms of search.  Indeed, Carol Bartz was quite adamant during her presentation at Yahoo Investor Day 2010 that her company will remain a contender in this field.

Facebook Introduces New Privacy Settings
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Facebook has introduced new privacy settings aimed at making it easier for users to have more control over their personal information and what they share.

A new control now makes it easy to share on Facebook with friends, and friends of friends or everyone in one click. The settings are immediately applied and displayed in a grid. Users will be able to customize their settings to control their level of sharing. The settings will now appear on a single page.

Facebook Acquires Group Chat/Share Platform Sharegrove
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Facebook has acquired Sharegrove, a social site that already utilizes Facebook Connect to let Facebook users have private conversations and share photos, videos, and links with groups of their Facebook friends at the same time.

One can only speculate that Facebook’s plan with this is to simply roll this kind of functionality into Facebook itself. Sharegrove will not remain a standalone product like Friendfeed did after Facebook acquired it. Sharegrove has already disabled registration.

Farmville Maker Zynga Teams Up with Yahoo
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Yahoo and Zynga, makers of the massively popular Farvmville and Mafia Wars games on Facebook, have struck a new deal. Yahoo now gets these games as well, which is a significant indication that Zynga will not need Facebook alone to thrive.

Adobe Talks Future Innovation with Both Flash and HTML5
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There were a lot of announcements to take in during Google I/O last week, but among them were some HTML5 efforts from Adobe, illustrating the company’s dedication to utilizing the technologies it sees playing significant roles in the future of the web.

Microsoft Exec On Cloud Computing: “We’re All In”
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Expect to see a lot more headlines with the words "Microsoft" and "cloud" both in them over the coming years.  Stephen Elop, President of the Microsoft Business Division, indicated today that his company is very, very interested in virtualization technology.

Is MasterCard Declaring War on PayPal?
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This week MasterCard announced a new developer initiative, which will place MasterCard payment technology in mobile and online apps.

"We are excited about tapping into the ingenuity of software developers around the globe to help create the next generation of game-changing payment applications," said Josh Peirez, Chief Innovation Officer, MasterCard Worldwide. "We feel this will unleash innovation within our industry especially in the burgeoning areas of e-commerce and mobile payments."

BBC Ties Facebook, Twitter Into iPlayer

The iPlayer, which is a popular video-on-demand service offered by the BBC in the UK, is getting a lot more social.  A new beta version ties into both Facebook and Twitter (for starters), offering users the option to let friends know what they’re viewing and recommend different shows.

This integration was accomplished through the creation of a new login called a BBC iD, and it’s supposed to offer a bit beyond the standard click-here-go-there functionality, effectively creating a "social recommendation ecosystem."

FDA Partners With Drugs.com On Health Information
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today it is partnering with medication information site Drugs.com to expand access to the FDA’s consumer health information.

Drugs.com is focused on providing people with information to better manage their own health care and to assist in reducing medical errors. The site attracts more than 12 million unique visitors each month.

Google and DISH Network Renew Advertising Partnership
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Last week at Google I/O, we witnessed the unveiling of Google TV. One of Google’s launch partners is DISH Network, who will offer the service to its customers beginning in the fall, via its HD DVR receivers.

Metacafe Launches Site Focused On Movies

Metacafe is introducing a new site focused on movies called Metacafe Movies.

The company says Metacafe Movies will offer original programming, behind-the-scenes clips, trailers and a 3-D showcase. The site will also feature a section for HD movie trailers along with a guide to summer blockbusters.

"Our singular focus is on building the premier movie and entertainment online video site, delivering a great experience for our viewers and valuable marketing results to our advertisers," said Erick Hachenburg, CEO of Metacafe.

Why Google and Sony Chose One Another For Google TV
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During the final day of Google I/O last week, we saw Google unveil Google TV along with its launch partners Adobe, Logitech, Intel, Best Buy, Dish Network, and Sony. The CEOs of each of these companies made their appearances and spoke with Google CEO Eric Schmidt on stage about what Google’s offering will mean to the future of television, as well as what each of their respective offerings would bring to the table.

DOJ To Probe Apple’s Music Dominance

The U.S. Department of Justice is in the early stages of an investigation into how Apple runs its digital music business, according to several reports. While the probe is broad in scope, reportedly of particular interest to the Feds are alleged heavy handed tactics used against labels that participated in Amazon’s Daily Deal promotion, which Hypebot reported in early March.

Fly.com Makes It Easier To Search For Flights

A new concept in online flight search officially takes off in the UK today with the launch of Fly.com.

LinkedIn Tightens Integration With Twitter
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LinkedIn users who are interested in what their professional contacts are thinking on a minute-to-minute basis should now find it much easier to track down their tweets.  Late yesterday, LinkedIn upgraded its Tweets application by improving the app’s people-finding features.

That’s right – no more having to go to Twitter and perform a search every time you forge a connection on LinkedIn.  Or worse yet, having to go to Twitter, perform a search, and sort through 2,031 Jim Smiths, comparing thumbnail pics and bios.

More Spam Including Legitimate Social Media Links

Security firm Symantec tells WebProNews that nine out of ten spam emails now contain a URL link in the message, and this month, around 5% of all domains found in spam URLs belonged to genuine websites. The top four of those belong to well-known social networking, blogging, file sharing and user-generated content sites.

Google Reveals AdSense Revenue Share, Is it Satisfactory?
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Google has kept its AdSense revenue share numbers a secret for quite some time, but has now decided to disclose them – or at least some of them. They’ve revealed the percentages for AdSense for Content and AdSense for Search, but are remaining mum on some of the other offerings. Still, content and search are the two biggies.

Is Google’s revenue split better or worse than you expected? Let us know.

Facebook Schedules Privacy Briefing For Congress
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Facebook’s employees in Washington, D.C. are going to be in a very uncomfortable position if whatever privacy changes the social network implements tomorrow aren’t well-received.  Facebook has invited members of the House and Senate to attend a special, privacy-centric briefing later this week.