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Vevo iPhone App Launches with a Bang – Over a Million Downloads in a Week

Last week, Vevo launched its mobile app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Today, the company announced that the app has already been downloaded over a million times.

Google Makes Scheduling Improvements to Google Calendar

Google is rolling out some changes to the event page in Google Calendar. The goal is to make scheduling events easier, while making the style more consistent with other Google apps.

The information that is most commonly used is displayed at the top of the screen, the layout is simplified, and they’ve added some other features.

Google Activity That May Have an Impact on Rankings
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There are currently some interesting happenings with Google search that webmasters may want to pay attention to. The company, which is always busy, has been making moves, which may greatly affect its flagship product – search. This is all in addition to everything the company is doing in social media, mobile, gaming, advertising and everything else (which all may have their own separate impacts on search).

Facebook Talks Questions, Lists, Mobile
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As usual, Facebook is making its way into a lot of headlines for a lot of reasons. While many of them have to do with legal issues, some are also based on the social network itself and other areas of innovation.

YouTube Offers Up 400 Movies In The UK
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Depending on their tolerance for awful writing and acting, YouTube users in the UK should now be able to watch around 400 movies for free on the site.  YouTube’s expanded its movies section due to deals with companies like Blinkbox, Lionsgate, MGM, and Sony.

Google Tweaks Algorithm to Show More Results from a Domain
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Gooogle announced today that it has made a change to its algorithm that is supposed to make it easier to find multiple pages from a single site.

NewsBasis Aims to Be Basis for News-Maker, News-Breaker Relationships

In a nutshell, NewsBasis is a site where journalists and bloggers can find sources, while experts and companies can find journalists and bloggers to write about them in their articles.

WebProNews had a conversation with NewsBasis Founder and CEO Darryl Siry (who also happens to be a contributor to Wired, and was formerly CMO of Tesla Motors) about how the site has performed since launching at the beginning of the month.

Google Beat Spotlights Weekly Search Trends
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Google has introduced a new video series about search called Google Beat. The series highlights search trends on Google in the U.S.

Google Beat taps into both Google Trends and Google Insights for Search, as well as some additional tools to come up with a snapshot of what people are searching for. Google’s Emily Wood writes:

Yahoo Top News Site In Malaysia

More than half of Malaysians online visited a news/information site in July, reaching more than 5.5 million visitors, according to a new report from comScore.

Yahoo News led as the most visited site in the category reaching 1.2 million visitors, followed by the New York Times Digital with 873,000 visitors.

Rumor: Facebook Goes On “Lockdown” Due To Google
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Even with its 500 million users and omnipresence in society, Facebook is not discounting the threat posed by Google’s supposed plans to launch a social network, according to a new report.  Instead, the company’s gone into a sort of "lockdown" in response.

Facebook, Venture Firm Partner To Support Startups

Social-minded startups with ties to Y Combinator, a well-known provider of seed funding, will soon get another benefit from the relationship.  Last night, Facebook announced that it will provide support to the startups in a number of ways.

Don’t look for more money to change hands; Facebook hasn’t quite decided to become a venture capital firm.  The organization’s ready to lend just about every other form of assistance imaginable, though.

Facebook Places, the Competition (Including Google) & Your Business
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A great deal of attention has been put on what Facebook Places means for the future of other check-in apps. This discussion has been around as long as the rumors of Facebook launching a location feature, which have been swirling for quite some time.

Will you check in with Facebook Places?
 Let us know.

The Search Market Isn’t Always What it Seems to Be
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Like most studies, surveys, and stat counts related to Internet user behavior, search market stats should generally be taken with a grain of salt. While they can give us a general idea of which search engines users flock to, there are too many variables to paint a completely accurate picture.

What’s your search engine of choice? Why? Let us know.

Facebook Tries To Own “Face” And “Book”
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As you may have read, Facebook is suing Teachbook for using the word "book" and being a competitor. To put it in Facebook’s exact words, the company’s Director of Policy Communications, Barry Schnitt, tells WebProNews:

How Far Would You Go to Control Employee Social Media Use?
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CareerBuilder released some survey findings this week, indicating that over a third of employers in the U.S. are using social media to promote their company, but it’s employee use that still has some businesses worried.

JibJab Turns To Google Site Search

A brand that seems to make a splash at least every few months, getting its videos featured on all sorts of blogs, talk shows, and news programs, has picked Google as a search provider.  As a result, Google Site Search now powers JibJab.com.

Search For Google Music Chief May Be Underway
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According to Google’s own people, Google Music – which might be a music download service designed to let users store songs in the cloud at some point – will launch this year.  Trouble is, the Google Music project doesn’t have any sort of public leader, and Google’s now supposedly trying to remedy that problem.

Over a Million Calls Made from Gmail in First 24 Hours
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Google announced (via Twitter) that over 1,000,000 people placed calls from Gmail within just 24 hours. This feature began rolling out yesterday (and as far as I can tell isn’t even finished yet).

Target Launches Online Weekly Ad Deals
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Retailer Target has introduced a new online weekly ad called “My TargetWeekly” that offers users deals.

My TargetWeekly allows users to create customized views and deal alerts so they know when items they are looking for are on sale. Users can also view coupons, see top 10 deals, share via Facebook and Twitter and create their own customized mobile shopping lists to use in-store or online.

 

Bing Maps Integration Comes to Hotmail

Microsoft has launched some new Bing Maps integration with Hotmail. When Hotmail users create a new email message, they can insert Bing Maps data.

When a user selects "Maps and Places", a task pane opens, which lets you add new locations or interact with previously defined locations. It will default to the address you have in your Windows live profile. If you add a new place, you can store it in a Bing Maps collection and pick it from a list later.

Yahoo Fights For “Search Engine” Label

Yahoo’s search results may now be accompanied by a "Powered by Bing" tagline, but the company remains adamant that it hasn’t exited the search race.  Shashi Seth, SVP of Yahoo Search Products, protested the idea in a recent blog post.

PR Firm Settles FTC Charges Over False Reviews On iTunes
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A public relations firm hired by video game developers will settle Federal Trade Commission charges it engaged in deceptive advertising by having its employees post favorable reviews on iTunes on behalf of the developers and not revealing the reviews came form paid employees.

Cisco Plans to Acquire ExtendMedia for IP Video Management

Cisco announced today that it intends to acquire ExtendMedia, a content management systems provider out of Newton, Massachusetts.

ExtendMedia’s systems manage video content through monetization for pay media and ad-supported business models. Cisco says that with ExtendMedia, it will be able to help service providers deliver multi-screen offerings as the market transitions to IP video.

YouTube Learns Four More Languages
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It seems quite safe to say that YouTube doesn’t like language barriers.  This week, the site introduced support for the Croation, Filipino, Serbian, and Slovak languages, and also detailed some impressive progress it’s made over the past few years.