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Rumors Have Apple Acquiring Polar Rose
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9to5Mac is pointing to a Norwegian Mac site called Mac1, which claims that Apple has bought all of the shares of Polar Rose, a facial recognition company based out of Sweden. The news is unconfirmed, at this point. 9to5Mac provides this Google Tranlsated excerpt:

Monetizing What Users Are Already Forced to Pay Attention To

Peter Kafka at All Things Digital’s MediaMemo is reporting about a startup focused on advertising from the CAPTCHA. Solve Media aims to take a web element, which already requires user attention (the CAPTCHA) and monetize it through advertising. 

It’s really not a bad idea, but it’s not exactly a new one either. We’ve seen examples of this in the past, though I can’t honestly say I’ve encountered it much in everyday web browsing. 

Fewer Teens Concerned About Texting While Driving
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Even with academic research indicating the consequences of texting while driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, some teens don’t see it that way, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of State Farm.

Among 14-17 years olds who intend to have or already have a driver’s license, the survey found 36 percent strongly agree that if they regulary text and drive it could lead to a fatality. In contrast, more than half (55%) of teens strongly agree that drinking while driving could be fatal.

IBM to Acquire Netezza for $1.7 Billion

IBM announced it is acquiring Netezza at $27 per share or approximately $1.7 billion, to expand its business analytics initiatives.

Netezza provides analytics in a data warehousing appliance. IBM says that the combined strengths of the companies are a "key differentiator at a time when organizations of all sizes are looking to gain more insight from their business information."

 

Yahoo Opens Data Center In Lockport, New York
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One year and three months ago, we reported that Yahoo was interested in building a data center in Lockport, New York, and that the company had set a target date of September 2010 for its completion.  Now, right on schedule, the state-of-the-art facility’s being opened.

Are Ad Pixel and Tag Issues Costing You Traffic and Sales?
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TagMan, a marketing tag management firm that deals with problems associated with site tagging and tracking of online marketing campaigns, is sharing some interesting results from a survey about ad pixels and tag implementation. The firm surveyed 100 client and agency ad execs around the world, and found that 99% of those surveyed faced problems with ad pixel/tag implementation and management, costing them traffic and sales.

Google: 3 Million Businesses Have “Gone Google”
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Google announced today that over 3 million businesses have "gone Google", meaning they’ve switched to Google Apps. in addition to that, Google says over 30 million individual users within businesses, schools, and organizations are using the company’s messaging and collaboration tools. 

Google Launches 2-Step Verification for Google Apps
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Google has introduced a more secure sign-in capability for Google Apps accounts with two-step verification. The company says this "significantly increases the security of the cloud."

Facebook: We’re Not Working on a Phone
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Update: The following statement from Facebook was left in the comments:

Google Talks More About Keeping Ranking Factors Secret
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Yesterday, we looked at a video Danny Sullivan posted at Search Engine Land, in which he grilled Google CEO Eric Schmidt about listing Google’s 200 ranking signals. 

Google Instant in the Browser Means Google Results ALL the Time
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When Google launched Google Instant last week, the company said it would come to mobile and the browser (search boxes and the Chrome Omni box) within the next few months. WebProNews asked Google about how the feature would translate to the browser.

New MySpace Coming Next Month? CNN Still Using AP Reporting?

According to Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, the new MySpace (aka: Project Futura) is coming to some users on October 15, though that is subject to change. According to his sources, it will include a lot of white space and focus on the activity stream. Sounds like another familiar social network. 

Yahoo Engineer Calculates Two Quadrillionth Bit Of Pi
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With the help of 1,000 computers and Yahoo-backed cloud computing technology, a Yahoo engineer has set an interesting world record.  Tsz Wo (Nicholas) Sze determined that, when the mathematical constant pi is in binary, the two quadrillionth bit is 0.

Facebook Product Review Features on the Way from PowerReviews

Later this month, PowerReviews will announce several new Facebook-related additions to its social commerce suite. "This news is evidence of an important trend – retailers and brands combining customer reviews with the reach of Facebook and the credibility of friend-to-friend recommendations to drive loyalty and sales," a representative for the company tells WebProNews. 

Google Continues Efforts to Predict What Users Want
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Google is hellbent on predictions, it would seem. At Google I/O earlier this year, Google announced the Prediction API. More recently, it launched Google Instant, with the goal of giving you your results before you even finish typing the query.

Google Eager To Detect Searchers’ Frustration
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Similar to the way in which pencils come with erasers, modern homes come with smoke detectors, and cars come with airbags, Google may soon prepare something interesting for when searches go wrong.  The search giant’s trying to detect when searchers become frustrated, anyway.

Google Analytics SDK Now Supports Apple’s iOS 4

Google announced the release of the latest version of its mobile SDK for Google Analytics. This version supports the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 4. 

The new version of the SDK (version 0.8), which is in beta, also includes fixes for Android. 

ChaCha CEO: We’ll Drop T-Mobile if They Implement the “Twitter Tax”

Update: Gibbs is now reporting that T-Mobile’s move only affects messaging aggregators "that serve as kind of a middleman" between businesses and carriers. Companies with direct ties to T-Mobile ( a group that includes Facebook and Twitter) will reportedly not be affected.

YouTube Gets New Content, TV/Film Leaders, Snags Netflix Acquisitions VP
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YouTube announced a couple of new additions to its team. Neither are Feross Aboukhadijeh, the creator of YouTube Instant, who was recently offered a job by the company. 

BlackBerry Users Get New Gmail, Google Docs Search Features
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There were a couple significant announcements for BlackBerry users today. First off, Google announced that its Google Mobile App for BlackBerry can now not only search for email and contacts on the device, but also search the cloud to find items in Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Docs. 

Amazon.com Launches Motion Gaming Site

Amazon.com has introduced “Amazon Motion Gaming 101,” a new section in its video game store aimed at offering information about motion-gaming technology.

The site focuses on providing easy-to-find information about motion-sensitive gaming, including educational videos, customized game recommendations, customer reviews, buying guides and gift suggestions.

 

Eric Schmidt Tired of Being Asked About Google’s Ranking Factors
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Danny Sullivan has posted a few videos from Google’s Zeitgeist event, and one of them is a fairly entertaining banter between Sullivan and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  Sullivan  asks why Google doesn’t list its 200 ranking factors. Schmidt’s response:

Facebook Throws Rotten Tomatoes at Movie Fans

Facebook has formed a new partnership with Rotten Tomatoes, which will make Rotten Tomatoes personalized for the user, if they are logged into Facebook. 

Twitter Usage Among College Faculty Increases
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More than a third (35.2%) of college faculty members now use Twitter in some capacity, an increase from 30.7 percent in 2009, according to a new survey from Faculty Focus.

 Nearly half (47.9%) of those surveyed said they have never used Twitter, down from 56.4 percent in 2009. The remaining 16.9 percent said they tried Twitter but stopped using it – a four percent increase from 2009.

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