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Google Sky Ups Ante With Slooh Partnership

If Google’s earnings report hadn’t gone well yesterday afternoon, we’d perhaps raise an eyebrow over the company’s latest partnership.  Google posted some stellar financial results, however, making a deal involving Google Earth and a firm called Slooh look like just one more endearing quirk.

Slooh is, by the way, a company that deals in astronomy.  It describes itself as "an online Space Camera that streams live views from robotic telescopes stationed in the Canary Islands, Chile and Australia."

Newspaper Websites Attract More Than Half Of U.S. Internet Users
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Newspaper websites in the U.S. pulled in 102.8 million unique visitors in September, accounting for 61 percent of all adult Internet users, according to research from comScore for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA).

John-Sturm The report also found newspaper websites reach more than half (55%) of 25-to-34-year-olds and 73 percent of individuals in households earning more than $100,000 a year.

Are Social Signals the New PageRank?
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Microsoft  partners with Facebook to bring social relevance to its Bing search engine. This is a huge announcement  with deep implications for the future of search and whether Bing can make gains on Google. Microsoft is leveraging it’s ownership stake in Facebook to strike an exclusive relationship that can’t be matched by Google. In essence, Bing is betting that social signals are better than link signals in determining search relevance. 

Livestrong Aims to Beat #beatcancer Hashtag Record

LiveStrong CEO Doug Ulman spoke at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo today, where he announced an initiative to beat a record set last year for tweets with the #beatcancer hashtag. Last year’s record was 209,000 and change. This time PayPal and SWAGG will donate 5 cents for every hashtag. It starts at 9:00 AM on 10/15. 

Survivor Creator: What Kind of Idiot Changes a Successful Format?
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Mark Burnett, an executive television producer behind shows like Survivor, The Apprentice, The Shark Tank, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and many others (he was even behind the MTV Movie Awards where Bruno landed on Eminem), took the time today here at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Vegas to draw some parallels between his  experiences in television and searching for success in new media. 

Google Trounces Earnings Report Forecasts

It’s time again for Google’s shareholders to toss some confetti and raise glasses of not-particularly-cheap champagne.  The search giant released its third quarter earnings report this afternoon, and it beat analysts’ forecasts by an impressive amount.

Google was supposed to report a net revenue figure in the neighborhood of $5.25 billion.  Instead, the company was able to report $5.5 billion.  Then it scored an even bigger victory in terms of earnings per share, managing to generate $7.64 rather than $6.67.

Netflix Adds Dolby Surround Sound To Streaming Content

Netflix said today it has tapped Dolby Digital Plus to provide 5.1 channel surround for its TV shows and movies streamed over the Internet.

Netflix-PS3 Netflix also said, starting October 18 PlayStation 3 will be the first consumer electronics device to get 5.1 channel surround sound on movies streamed from the company. Netflix said it would add more devices over time to its streaming digital surround sound.

Google Counts 10 Million Apps For Education Users
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Google Apps for Education has really, really caught on.  Whether or not you noticed, Google’s been making an announcement here and an announcement there for quite some time, and today, the company acknowledged that all those deals have added up to the tune of about 10 million users.

Mozilla Introduces Gary Kovacs As New CEO
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There will soon be a new general (or even supreme commander) in the browser war.  Mozilla announced today that Gary Kovacs, who’s currently employed by SAP, will assume the title of "Mozilla CEO" starting November 8th.

Kovacs has an impressive resume.  Aside from SAP, he’s worked at Sybase, Adobe, Macromedia, Zi Corporation, and IBM, meaning he’s familiar with lots of tech and the inner workings of companies large and small.

Barclays Trims Microsoft Price Target

Today’s big financial event will be Google’s third quarter earnings report.  Or perhaps Yahoo’s wild ride due to acquisition rumors.  But there’s also news concerning Microsoft, as respected investment bank Barclays Capital has lowered its price target on the company’s stock.

If Your Blog’s Mobile Experience Sucks, You’re Throwing Away Traffic
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So, we’re sitting in the opening Keynote at BlogWorld in Vegas. Scott Stratten of Unmarketing is talking about "awesome content". You’ve heard the general spiel before, but he’s making plenty of valid points, including some that often go overlooked. 

NASA And Gowalla Partner On Virtual Search For Moon Rocks

NASA has partnered with Gowalla to create new ways for people to learn more about space exploration and the agency in general.

The partnership populates Gowalla with NASA-related information and four virtual items — moon rocks, a NASA patch, a spacesuit and a space shuttle — that can be found at agency-related venues.

Eventbrite Puts A Price On Social Sharing
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Twitter, LinkedIn, and especially Facebook are valuable marketing tools in a quantifiable sense, according to new data from Eventbrite.  Eventbrite, which deals in online ticket sales, found that a single "share" on Facebook is worth about $2.52.

Note that Eventbrite’s exact figures may not hold true for businesses selling things other than tickets to conferences, concerts, fundraisers, and so on.  Just the same, the company conducted its study over 12 weeks, making its findings hard to question.

Google Lands T-Mobile Europe Deal
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Millions of mobile phone users in Europe should soon start seeing a lot more of Google’s properties.  The search giant has secured a search deal with Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile.

Google will now be T-Mobile’s default search provider in Europe, and that means its engine will be accessible through both the standard T-Mobile homepage and an "idle" screen. It’s hard to imagine Google won’t see a bump in market share as a result.

Skype Becomes More Social With Facebook Integration

Skype has introduced an updated version of 5.0 beta for Windows along with the integration of the Facebook News Feed.

The Facebook integration makes Skype more social. Skype users can interact with their Facebook News Feed, including posting status updates, commenting, and liking, directly from Skype. The Facebook Phonebook in Skype allows users to call and SMS their Facebook friends directly on their mobile phones and landlines. If a Facebook friend is also a Skype contact, users can make a free Skype-to-Skype call.

 

Reports Name Yahoo A Takeover Target (Again)
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Despite the whole Microsoft debacle, it’s still possible – and perhaps likely, judging by the reaction of some investors – that one or more organizations will buy Yahoo.  Rumors about takeover plans have begun to swirl, and Yahoo’s stock has begun to soar.

Corona Light Launches Facebook Campaign
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Crown Imports has launched an online campaign for its Corona Light beer brand targeting people in their 20s.

The campaign promotes a movement for Corona Light to be the most “liked light beer on Facebook.”

LinkedIn Labs Opens
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LinkedIn fans who would like to get their hands on a couple new features are in luck.  Today, something called LinkedIn Labs launched, and as the name might lead you to expect, it acts to spotlight tools and potential upgrades that haven’t been released to the general public.

Google-NBC Universal TV Ad Partnership Dissolves

One of Google’s biggest victories in terms of television advertising partnerships has unraveled.  Google and NBC Universal have dissolved the pact they established two years ago, meaning would-be advertisers will lose access to a number of high-profile channels.

Facebook And Bing Talk Social Search
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Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President, Online Business, Microsoft  says they are  grateful for the Facebook partnership. We are going to show how search gets better because of your friends.

Editor’s note. This article was live blogged.

Qi Liu, President, Online Services Division Microsoft, talks about partnership between Facebook and Bing and taking search to the next level. We will harness potential of social, take it to the next level.

Unfolding a new era of search. Create search capabilities that were not available.

“New Twitter” Rollout Complete
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It looks like the term "new Twitter" will soon have to be retired (at least until the next major overhaul).  The rollout that began a month ago has been finished, meaning every single Twitter user can see what can now be accurately labeled "current Twitter."

Twitter considers this a major success, and since not too many fail whales showed themselves due to the launch, that seems like a reasonable conclusion from a technical standpoint.  As for a more subjective evaluation, Twitter’s Carolyn Penner had something to say.

September Search Report Tells Of Yahoo Stumble

A new report on the state of the search market has been released, and, in keeping with tradition, it represents good news for Google.  The search giant gained a significant amount of ground in September, according to comScore, although the real story might be Yahoo’s loss.

Yahoo’s market share fell from 17.4 percent to 16.7 percent on a month-over-month basis, which is rather a lot if you consider that 0.7 points count as four percent of 17.4 points.

AOL Brings Back Local Food And Entertainment Guide
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AOL said today it is relaunching its City’s Best online guide to provide local food and entertainment reviews in 25 metro areas.

City’s Best local editors and writers in each market have visited and selected the best food,  and entertainment destinations in each city creating directory listings for each. AOL will invite local users to chose the most popular spots.

 

Verizon Adds Kindle App To Android
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Verizon Wireless said today it will begin pre-loading Amazon’s Kindle app on some of its Android phones.

Verizon will pre-load the Kindle app on the new Samsung Fascinate, Droid 2 by Motorola and the Motorola Droid X.

Features of the Kindle app for Android include:

*The ability to synch bookmarks across devices so users can pick up where they left off.