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Google’s Stock Gets More “Buy” Recommendations
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There’s good news for Google’s CFO (and the company’s shareholders) this morning: two different financial firms have declared now a great time to purchase Google’s stock.  MKM Partners declared Google a "buy" this morning, while Citi added Google to its "Top Picks" list.

Yahoo and Nokia Team Up on Mobile Messaging, Maps
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Yahoo and Nokia officially announced a partnership, which has been expected for several days.

The two companies, which have collaborated for five years,  will provide consumers with e-mail, instant messaging and maps and navigation services. Specifically under the partnership:

Yahoo: You Know, We’ve Got Web TV Offerings Too

A few days ago Google unleashed Google TV upon the world, and got a lot of people talking. Not everyone has been impressed initially, as Google is certainly not the first company to blend television and the web. However, having been present during the keynote presentation in which Google TV was introduced, I can tell you, there was a lot of excitement in the room (despite Google’s connectivity problems during the demonstration).

IBM Pays $1.4 Billion to Acquire Sterling Commerce from AT&T
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IBM and AT&T announced today that IBM is acquiring Sterling Commerce from AT&T for the price of $1.4 billion. Sterling Commerce provides B2B solutions for 80% of the Fortune 500.

Google Assimilates Travel Site’s Team

A few travel experts are themselves completing a trip this morning.  Google’s managed to get the folks behind Ruba – a travel site – to join its organization, and they’re all going to the Googleplex.

Ruba is 15 months old, and prior to this arrangement, was backed by Benchmark Capital (which has also invested in eBay, Twitter, and Yelp) and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (of Baidu, Hotmail, Skype, and Tesla Motors fame).  That speaks to some pretty interesting things taking place.

Google Has New Mobile Ad Formats
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Mobile advertising will continue to play a major role in Google’s revenue going forward. While the jury is still out, so to speak, on the proposed acquisition of AdMob, Google has been placing a great deal of emphasis here at Google I/O on the fact that it already knows a thing or two about advertising.

In fact, AdMob really hasn’t come up a whole lot in the discussions that I’ve been witness to. But that hasn’t stopped Google from talking about various mobile ad formats its offers. A portion of a lengthy keynote delivered Thursday morning was devoted to this.

Google Launches Encrypted Search Option
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Just in time for the weekend and hours-long browsing sessions at home computers, Google’s given privacy advocates a gift.  This afternoon, the search giant released the encrypted version of Google Search it mentioned after admitting to collecting sensitive data sent over Wi-Fi networks.

FTC Launches Site Warning Of Loan Scams
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The Federal Trade Commission has created a website for a fake lending company that warns people about how easy it is to be tricked by scammers charging upfront fees for bogus loans.

The website is part of a consumer education campaign to help consumers manage their money and learn how to spot scams.

MySpace Opens Offices To Social Gaming Developers

It’s becoming hard to imagine how MySpace could get more serious about social games.  This afternoon, the social network went several steps beyond encouraging or even paying game developers by instead offering to share office space with some of them.

Europeans Embrace Mobile Music More Than Americans

Nearly a quarter (23.8%) of mobile users across the five largest European mobile markets (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) listened to music on their mobile handsets during the first quarter of this year, according to a new report from comScore.

The 54 million total music users in the EU5 countries represent a 10 percent increase in the past year.

Ecommerce Spending Up 10 Percent In Q1
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Although the stock market has still been moving up and (mostly) down in a disturbing manner this week, comScore’s provided evidence that the ecommerce market is healthy again.  According to comScore, ecommerce spending for the first quarter of this year was up ten percent on a year-over-year basis.

Google Releases Playable PAC-MAN Doodle
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Google has released a really cool playable doodle of PAC-MAN to celebrate the game’s 30th birthday.

The Google Blog offers all the fun details. "Today, on PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday, you can rediscover some of your 8-bit memories-or meet PAC-MAN for the first time-through our first-ever playable Google doodle. To play the game, go to google.com during the next 48 hours (because it’s too cool to keep for just one day) and either press the ‘Insert Coin’ button or just wait for a few seconds."

Major Yahoo-Nokia Announcement Expected Monday

Yahoo may soon announce a partnership with a very big mobile phone company.  Supposedly Nokia – which reported around $12.7 billion in sales for the first quarter of this year – is prepared to start integrating Yahoo’s services into its products.

Where Does Google TV Fit Into Search?
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It’s time to start optimizing your web content for the big screen. Here at Google I/O, as I’m sure you’ve heard, Google announced the much-anticipated Google TV. Naturally, search plays a big role in the service, particularly in the form of the Quick Search Box.

Here are a few things to think about if Google TV really takes off:

- Optimizing video content is going to be more important than ever – not just optimizing the content itself, in terms of quality, but making your videos visible in search results in Google and YouTube.

“Gingerbread” Android Release Already Scheduled
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Sometime between the start of October and the end of December, a statue representing a large, man-shaped cookie should be unveiled next to the cupcake, donut, and eclair figures already on display at the Googleplex.  A WebM FAQ revealed that the next version of Android will be called "Gingerbread," and that it’ll land in the fourth quarter of this year.

Android Team Talks Focus and Challenges at Google I/O
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Today was expected to be Android’s day out here at Google I/O, and that has certainly been the case. Of course Google TV has been the most talked about announcement to come out of the conference, and with good reason, but Android plays a significant role in that, and between that and the announcement of the new version, Froyo, there has been plenty to talk about. And that talk has been going strong since 8:30 this morning.

NASA To Hold Tweetup At The World Science Festival
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NASA and the World Science Festival said today they are inviting Twitter followers to a behind-the-scenes Tweetup at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 5, in New York City.

The event will bring together 100 Twitter users with some of the world’s brightest scientific minds.

Yahoo Arranges Investor Day Event
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Yahoo shareholders (and perhaps Microsoft and Google shareholders, too, for that matter) might want to consider clearing their calendar for a special event.  Yahoo’s announced that it will hold an Investor Day/Analyst Day meeting on Wednesday, May 26th.

Walmart Launches Online Video Game Store
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Walmart has launched a new online video game store called Gamecenter, which the company describes as a one-stop destination for video game previews, first look exclusives and special savings.

To promote the launch of the site, Walmart.com is offering a $50 eGift Card to people that preorder three or more new titles, including "Medal of Honor," "Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood," and "Fallout: New Vegas." Walmart said all videos games ordered can be shipped for 97 cents each.

Google Announces Purchase Of Simplify Media

Two months ago, a company called Simplify Media went off the radar, halting new account creations and disabling one feature of a service it kept alive.  Many users panicked.  Now, it turns out Simplify Media wasn’t so much crawling under a rock to die as getting swallowed up by Google.

What Was Announced At Google I/O 2010?
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There has been a wide range of interesting announcements coming out of Google I/O this week where WebProNews is covering the event.

What do you think has been the most interesting announcement from Google I/O so far? Let us know in the comments!

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Bing Maps Adds Three Useful Apps

Bing Maps, which was already impressive in quite a few ways, has gotten better again with the addition of three new apps.  A distance calculator, gas prices tool, and parking finder promise to help people plan trips and go about their daily lives more efficiently.

Google Introduces Froyo, Google TV and More

Word is that today is Android day here at Google I/O. The keynote is about to begin, and it is widely expected that an announcement about a Google TV offering (or Smart TV as it’s been referred to thus far) will be made.

Watch the keynote live here.

Online TV Guide Turns Heads At Google I/O

Finding online videos using the traditional couch-and-TV setup can be an awkward experience; all sorts of menus and interfaces just aren’t meant to be seen and used from ten feet away.  Clicker has introduced a very sleek solution, however, in the form of Clicker.tv, which was unveiled at Google I/O.