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Parents Say Social Networks Threat To Kids’ Privacy
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Three-quarters of parents (75%) don’t think social networking sites do a good job of protecting children’s online privacy, according to a poll conducted by Zogby on behalf of Common Sense Media.

The majority (92%) of parents are concerned that children share too much information online and 85 percent say they are more concerned about online privacy than they were five years ago.

 

Sony’s Crackle Launches Android App
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Sony’s online video entertainment site, Crackle, has launched a movie and television application for the Android platform.

The Crackle app streams full-length movies and television shows as well as originals content from the site.

 

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Google News Introduces Spotlight Video Section
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Stop by an average American house any evening, and the odds are good you’ll find the TV on.  You’re much less likely to see someone curled up with a book.  Google may be onto something, then, as it’s introduced a "Spotlight Video" section to Google News.

We’ll admit: assuming you can read faster than a person is likely to speak, videos aren’t the most efficient way of absorbing information.  Also, since lots of computer users share offices with other individuals, the videos might get passed over due to the distracting noise they’ll generate.

Facebook Top Mobile Social Site In U.S. And Europe

An analysis of mobile activities in Japan, the U.S. and Europe found significant differences among consumers by geography, according to a new report from comScore.

Mobile users in Japan were the “most connected” of the three markets, with more than 75 percent using connected media (browsed, accessed applications or downloaded content) in June, compared to 43.7 percent in the U.S. and 38.5 percent in Europe.

Yahoo Sets Target Dates For Final Bing Ad Transition
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The last step of transitioning Yahoo Search Marketing accounts to the Microsoft Advertising adCenter platform will begin (much) sooner rather than later.  Yahoo announced late yesterday that the process could in fact start on Monday, and the deadline for completion is the last week of this month.

That means things are continuing to run on – or even ahead of – Yahoo and Microsoft’s original schedule, which is good news for both companies.  They should begin to realize the predicted cost savings in short order as a result.

Can Twitter Make Google News Better?

Google is testing a feature that brings Twitter into Google News. It’s not just the addition of tweets into the news mix, but rather a way for users to personalize their experience using the people they follow on Twitter. It makes sense that Twitter is integrated with Google News, and I would not be surprised to see this emerge as a an actual feature, after testing. 

Facebook, Twitter Tally Impressive Gains In Brazil

So as not to mislead anyone, we’ll be clear from the start: Facebook’s nowhere close to overtaking Orkut in terms of unique visitors in Brazil.  But new comScore stats at least show that Facebook is growing at an amazing rate, and Twitter’s doing well for itself in the country, too.

Facebook saw its user base increase by 479 percent in the last year, according to comScore, which means its audience has gone from roughly 1.5 million visitors in August of 2009 to 8.9 million in August of this year.  Not bad.

Amazon Purchases Spanish Online Retailer

Amazon.com said today it has reached an agreement to purchase Spanish Internet retailer BuyVip.com for $96.5 million.

BuyVIP BuyVip is a fashion and lifestyle online buying community with more than six million members in countries including Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Portugal.

How Much Time Do eReader Households Spend Online?
Interesting study from Scarborough Research ties the relationship of households with eReader devices to newspaper readership, media website, demographics and Internet usage.

Mitsubishi Launches Online Test Drive Campaign

Mitsubishi said today it is hosting an online test drive of its new 2011 Outlander Sport starting November 1st through November 10th .

 People in the U.S. who are over and 18 and have a valid driver’s license, can start signing up on October 15 on the Outlander Sport microsite to get a code that can be used to queue for the live test drive.

Google Ties Into EU’s Statistical Office

There’s good news this morning for individuals with an interest in world events.  Google’s made it possible to search for World Bank Development Indicators in more languages, and integrated data from Eurostat for the first time ever.

A little background info: Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, was created in 1953.  It collects information about all sorts of things, including unemployment rates, government debt, and broadband penetration, and makes the data available for free through a list of links on its site.

Rackspace Launches a Match.com For Business Apps
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Rackspace has just launched Appmatcher, a "matchmaking engine" for businesses to locate apps tha can assist them in their duties. Businesses can use AppMatcher to find apps for everything from accounting to project management and human resources. 

It’s interesting because it aims to match apps to businesses based on their profile information. RackSpace tells WebProNews it will will "revolutionize business apps".

Yahoo Rolls Out New Search Features
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Yahoo has introduced new search features with an emphasis on helping users access  entertainment and news content in a more streamlined fashion.

Yahoo has added slideshows above search results for topics on its Trending Now lists, an app for Netflix members to add DVDs to their queue directly from the search results page and shortcuts for entertainment related topics that include images, articles, videos, tweets, event listings and ratings.

Yahoo Announces Android Deals With Sprint, T-Mobile

With the help of Sprint and T-Mobile, Yahoo is moving onto Google’s turf.  The company announced late yesterday that it intends to make Yahoo products and services more accessible to users of certain Android devices.

Twitter Search Can Now Index 50 Times More Tweets Per Second
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Twitter has changed its entire search architecture, and nobody noticed for weeks until they pointed it out. It must be successful right? It’s supposed to be so powerful that it can index about 50 times more tweets per second than Twitter is currently getting. That’s a lot. 

Twitter is no longer using the technology it originally acquired from Summize, which became Twitter Search. Twitter’s Michael Busch explains the new technology:

New iPhone for Verizon Coming Soon?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of the year that would allow Verizon to sell it in early 2011. It would be similar to the iPhone 4, but would be based on a different wireless technology – CDMA, which is used by Verizon. The WSJ’s sources are "people briefed by Apple".

Rumor Pairs Android Market, PayPal

Love it or hate it, a huge number of people are more familiar with PayPal than with any other online payment system.  And so the Android Market may soon seem more much accessible to them, as a new rumor indicates Google is about to reach a payment-related agreement with eBay.

That would represent a significant about-turn on Google’s part.  For a long time, the search giant did all it could to downplay the importance of PayPal and promote Google Checkout, linking to its service from Google.com and offering shoppers significant discounts.

Facebook is Hardcore (and Other Facebook Trivia)

As you may know, Facebook made three major announcements today: a new Groups feature, a way to download all of your Facebook profile information, and a Dashboard to see how apps are using your data. For as simple as these things are, the company took a great deal of time explaining them and their thought process behind each feature. 

Bing To Become Firefox 4 General Search Option
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Most modern software offers users dozens of ways in which they can customize and optimize everything.  The average person probably does little more than pick a pretty background photo or font before abandoning the options menus forever, though.  So it’s potentially quite important that Bing will be included as a standard search option in Firefox 4.

Facebook Makes Three Big Announcements
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Facebook made three major announcements today. These include: a way to download your Facebook info, a new dashboard for applications you use, and a new Groups feature. The theme each of these was presented under is that of giving users more control.

Download All Your Facebook Info in One File

E-Reader Owners More Engaged Online

More than three-quarters of adults in the U.S. in e-reader households read a newspaper in print or online during the past week, compared to 71 percent of all adults, according to a new report from Scarborough Research.

Forty-one percent of adults in E-Reader Households visited a newspaper website during the past month, compared to 27 percent of total adults. They are 48 percent more likely than all consumers nationally to have visited a newspaper website during this time frame.

Now You Can Deposit Checks Into PayPal With Your iPhone
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Update: As far as availability, PayPal tells us, "Mobile Check Capture is currently available in the US only. The underlying technology that makes this possible is based on legislation passed by US Congress in 2004 as a result of the 9/11 attacks. The legislation, called "Check Clearing for the 21st Century," or "Check 21," gives US financial institutions the opportunity to clear checks using imaging technology rather than transporting the paper itself.

comScore Documents Another Android Growth Spurt
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Today, new comScore statistics regarding the mobile market were released, and it looks like RIM and Apple – and Microsoft and Palm, for that matter – are in trouble.  Android was the only mobile operating system to increase its market share between May and August.

Amazon Introduces New Royalty Option For UK Kindle Authors

Amazon said today its 70 percent royalty option for its Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) is now available in the UK.

Amazon began offering the same 70 percent royalty option in the U.S. in June. For each book sold from the Amazon UK Kindle Store, authors and publishers can choose to earn a 70 percent royalty, minus the delivery costs.

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