Watch: Google CEO Eric Schmidt Talks to Stephen Colbert

Google CEO Eric Schmidt appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report yesterday. The show’s site has video of the interview, which it kindly encourages embedding of. 

More Voters Expect Political Candidates To Use Twitter

Three out-of-five Americans who consider themselves somewhat politically active are members of a social network, and 70 percent indicated they expect to vote in November, according to a new survey by HCD Research conducted on behalf of the E-Voter Institute.

Four out-of-five potential voters expect candidates to have a website, half expect candidates to participate in social networks and provide webcasts of events, and 41% expect candidates to use Twitter.

Google Uses Rich Snippets for Local Search
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Google announced that it is now using Rich Snippets for local search. Webmasters with pages that in some way pertain to real world places, can utilize these to reference those places and optimize for local search results. 

Google Launches Google New
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Google has launched a new site called Google New, which is designed to let users see all of the latest offerings from the company. Google launches new products and features (not to mention acquisitions) all the time, so this should be a good place to check up on everything. 

Netflix Launches in Canada Without DVDs, Smaller Streaming Catalog
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In July, Netflix said it would expand into Canada this fall, and the company made good on that promise as it made the announcement today. This marks the first international expansion of the company. 

Bing Rewards Program Launches
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Bing users and lovers of bribes, this could be your kind of day.  Something called Bing Rewards has launched in preview form, and the program is designed to help people acquire stuff in exchange for helping Bing in a few small ways.

“Google Me” is Probably Already Bigger Than Facebook
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The world discovered a little bit more about this mysterious "Google Me" project this week, when Googlers, including CEO Eric Schmidt opened up (just a little bit) at the company’s Zeitgeist event. 

Google Street View Stopped Again By Czechs

Data protection officials in the Czech Republic said Wednesday they would not give Google a new license for collecting data for its Street View service because its cameras are too tall.

“Google uses a camera that is positioned at a height of 2.7 meters. This impinges in an invasive fashion on the privacy of citizens, and that’s what they’ve been filing complaints about,” said Igor Nemec, director of the Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU).

Salesforce Announces Chatter 2 with Adobe-Powered Chatter Desktop

Salesforce has just announced Chatter 2, the next generation of its Chatter product, which has often been referred to as "Facebook for the enterprise". The new version includes a number of new features, including a desktop app. 

eBay To Lose President Of Marketplaces
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eBay Marketplaces is a core property of its parent company, encompassing eBay itself, Kijiji, Shopping.com, and StubHub, among other sites.  Unfortunately for eBay, the unit may soon be without a leader, as president Lorrie Norrington is resigning.

eBay critics shouldn’t draw too many conclusions about the cause of Norrington’s departure, as it’s rumored to be due to an illness in the family.  It’s more the aftereffects that could be problematic.

Apigee Launches Private Preview of Premium API Analytics Tool

In late June, Apigee launched a Facebook API Console, which enabled Facebook developers to learn, debug, interact with and develop on Facebook’s Open Graph API in a more simplified way. Now, the company (formerly Sonoa Systems) has launched a new  line of developer tools.

The Missing Credit of “The Social Network”
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Last year, Facebook settled a trademark dispute with Aaron Greenspan, CEO of Think Computer Corporation and Harvard classmate of Mark Zuckerberg, who built houseSYSTEM, a section of which was called "The Universal Facebook".

NFL.com Partners With Akamai On Higher Quality Video

The National Football League said today it will offer higher quality online video via the Akamai HD network.

The majority of video content on NFL.com will be offered in higher quality across the Akamai HD Network, including NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football, video highlights of every NFL game and coverage of other NFL events.


Google Goes After Rogue Pharmacies

Google’s online advertising guidelines are clear on many issues, including the fact that "Google AdWords prohibits the promotion of online pharmacies and prescription drugs."  But some organizations have pushed ahead, anyway, and in response, Google has decided to sue what it considers "rogue pharmacies."

Yesterday morning, Google filed a civil suit in federal court against advertisers that have intentionally defied its pharmacy-related rules.  More defendants are supposed to be named in the future, too.

Facebook Should Now Be Less Annoying to Those Who Don’t Play Games

Facebook has launched some new features related to controlling game updates seen in the news feed. Before, Facebook users could hide an application story or block it completely, but now game stories will only post to the news feed if you’re actually playing the game. 

Six Apart Gets Scooped Up By VideoEgg to Form SAY Media

VideoEgg announced that it has agreed to acquire Six Apart, makers of the TypePad blogging platform. Together, they are forming a new brand, called SAY Media. They have a combined global audience of  345 million, which should be attractive to advertisers. 

Nokia Exec Compares Android to Boys Peeing Their Pants
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Anssi Vanjoki , the soon-to-be former head of Nokia’s smartphone unit, has reportedly said that mobile phone makers that adopt Android are like Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter. This is according to an article from the Financial Times, which has gained a good deal of exposure today. If Android is cool, consider me Miles Davis

eBay Talks Policy Changes That Will Affect Buyers and Sellers
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eBay has announced some updates to its Feedback, Seller Standards and Buyer Protection systems. The company says they’re designed to ensure  your seller performance ratings are a "true reflection" of the service provided.

Google Launches New Gmail App for Android
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Google has released a new version of the Gmail app for in the Android Market. The company says Gmail updates are no longer tied to Android version releases, though the update does require Froyo (Android 2.2). 

Facebook Making Changes Towards Their ‘Rejection’ System

Whenever we bark about Facebook and privacy I liken it to complaining about politicians. In my mind, you have no, as in zero, right to complain about a politician if you didn’t cast a vote during the election of that official. Plain and simple. If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.

Site Compiles Google Instant Blacklist
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Last week, Danny Sullivan posted an article at Search Engine Land about the things Google Instant blacklists – the words you can type in the search box that won’t deliver Instant results, mainly due to potential offensiveness. 2600.com has taken things a step further, and is actually compiling what it is calling the Google Blacklist.


Google PowerMeter Gets New Partner

Powerhouse Dynamics, provider of eMonitor, a circuit-level home energy tool, has become an integrated device partner with Google PowerMeter.

“Powerhouse Dynamics’ integrated device partnership with Google PowerMeter provides our customers with one more level of convenience in viewing home power consumption,” said Powerhouse VP of Business Development Tim Durant.”


Facebook Users May Have People Following Them They Aren’t Aware Of

Facebook has a somewhat hidden feature that lets people follow your updates when you’re not actually friends with them. Before you freak out, this is only applicable for updates that are shared publicly. 

Major Security Flaw Discovered (and Exploited) on Twitter
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Update: Twitter has addressed the issue on the main company blog:

The short story: This morning at 2:54 am PDT Twitter was notified of a security exploit that surfaced about a half hour before that, and we immediately went to work on fixing it. By 7:00 am PDT, the primary issue was solved. And, by 9:15 am PDT, a more minor but related issue tied to hovercards was also fixed. 

The longer version of the story can be read on the blog