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Google Improves Chrome’s Accessibility
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Unless you count the time Ford arranged for a blind man to drive a Mustang on the company’s proving grounds, speed and special nods to accessibility don’t often go together.  Today, however, Google made its speedy browser, Chrome, more accessible by introducing a new category of featured extensions.

Google, ITA Software Talks Causing Stir in Travel Industry
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Reuters is reporting that Google is in discussions to buy ITA Software (which has been rumored for months), an airline IT and services provider. The company is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and provides airfare info to airlines, travel agencies, and travel web services.

UK Adds 1.9 Million Internet Users
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The size of the UK Internet audience grew by five percent from 36.9 million people in May 2009 to 38.8 million people in May 2010, according to a new report from the UK Online Measurement Company (UKOM).

Among the 1.9 million new Britons using the Internet, 1 million (53%) were at least 50 years old.

Men over 50 were responsible for most of this growth, accounting for 722,000 (38%) new British Internet users followed by women over 50 who represented 284,000 (15%) new users.

“YouTube Ready” Captions Can Add to Your Search Strategy
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YouTube has begun rolling out a "YouTube Ready" designation for professional caption vendors in the U.S. This comes with both a logo and support from the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).

Those who have earned the "YouTube Ready" seal of approval have passed quality evaluation administered by the DCMP, have a site and YouTube channel, and have agreed to post rates for services offered for YouTube content, as to be of use to content providers looking for a caption provider.

Chrome Stable Release Gets Built-in Flash Player

Google has enabled Flash Player integration in the stable release of its Chrome browser.

Submit Various Content Types to Google in One Sitemap File
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Google now lets you submit various content types in one sitemap. For example, if you want to submit videos, images, mobile URLs, etc. in the same sitemap, you can do so.

What Would Google Have to Do to Make You Stop Using Facebook?
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Last week, it was talk about how Facebook’s "going to war" with Google. This was based on Facebook using "likes" as relevance indicators in it’s search results. As some pointed out, Facebook has a long way to go when it comes to competing with Google in search. Bing stands to gain more than anyone, as far as Facebook improving its search is concerned.

eBay’s BlackBerry App Offered In 6 More Countries

When announcing its acquisition of RedLaser one week ago, eBay noted that a purchase is made every two seconds using eBay’s mobile apps.  Only now, as impressive as that frequency is, the delay between purchases may decrease, since the eBay application for BlackBerry has become available in six more countries.

Google Wants Your Help to Reduce Webspam
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If you have any suggestions for Google’s webspam team, now is the time to make them. Google’s Matt Cutts, who leads the team, has called for suggestions for webspam projects for the year in a post on his personal blog.

Facebook Reveals Some Details About How it Handles Spam
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Facebook has revealed a little bit of information about how it looks at spam. The company says it wants to be more transparent about how it handles it.

Along with this transparency is a new message explaining why content might be blocked. It looks something like this:

Amazon Offers New Royalty Program For Kindle Authors

Amazon.com said today it is now offering independent authors and publishers who use its ebook self-publishing program, the Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP), a 70 percent royalty option.

For each book sold from the Kindle Store for Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Android phones, authors and publishers who choose the new 70 percent royalty option will receive 70 percent of the list price, minus delivery costs.

 

Google’s AdMob Reflects on 2 Years of Mobile Evolution

AdMob released its Mobile Metrics report for May, which focuses on changes in the mobile market over the course of two years. Unsurprisingly, a lot has changed. While AdMob’s network traffic itself has grown a lot in that time, the company says there continues to be strong regional differences with devices used to access the mobile web.

Hulu Plus Launches for Ten Bucks a Month
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We’ve known for quite some time that Hulu was working on a paid service, and the time has finally come. Hulu launched Hulu Plus today. It’s both ad-supported AND requires a subscription. Hulu says this is revolutionary.

Here are some details to know about Hulu Plus:

1. It’s available on select Samsung Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. This requires you to download a Hulu Plus app from the Samsung app store.

2. It’s available on the iPad. You can access it via Wi-fi or 3G.

Diagnose Keyword Issues with New AdWords Feature
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There is a new Keyword Diagnosis option in the Keywords tab in AdWords. This can give advertisers detailed diagnostic info for multiple keywords at a time.

"Whether you have ten keywords or ten thousand, making sure your ads are showing is a top priority," says Miles Johnson of Google’s Inside AdWords crew.

Watching Netflix on Android is Only a Matter of Time
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A job listing for an "Android Video Playback Expert" under Partner Product Development has been spotted on the Netflix job listing page (via BGR > Nerdcast).

Google Continues Experimenting with Different Ad Strategies

According to the Wall Street Journal, YouTube is looking to launch skippable ads in YouTube videos later in the year. Google reportedly talked about this in a press conference at its "Real-time Bidding, Banner Ads, Google’s Newest Big Business and Burgers" event.

Yahoo Promises Customer Care In More Languages

Yahoo’s products and services may soon establish a larger following among non-English speakers.  This morning, Yahoo promised to introduce new customer care services in nine different languages, with Arabic being a top focus.

IMDb Rolls Out Android App
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Amazon.com’s Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has launched an Android app and a new mobile and social feature called "IMDb Everywhere."

IMDb’s Movies & TV App for Google Android devices features voice search, sharing and option menus. The Android app allows users to look up local movie show times, TV listings, watch trailers, buy movies and share.

 

Ad.ly Launches its In-Stream Monetization Platform

Ad.ly announced today that it has launched its in-stream monetization platform for apps and websites. This means that apps or sites that publish streams from any source (like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.) can use Ad.ly’s API to serve contextually and locally targeted ads based on streams they are reading and where they’re located. The platform is called Ad.ly for Apps.

Foursquare Gains $20m, New Investor in Andreessen Horowitz

Foursquare has announced that it’s closed a new $20m Series B round of funding with Union Square Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and new partner, Andreessen Horowitz.

Google Puts Buzz Into Social Search

Google has expanded its social search feature to include additional links that appear in the Buzz tab of users’ Google profiles. Users who use Google Buzz have the option to add "connected sites" and post content from these sites publicly on their Google profiles.

Tech Stocks Suffer As Market Falls

Today marked the debut of Tesla Motors on the stock market, and the electric car company did rather well.  Lots and lots of other companies suffered losses, however, and the ones we tend to cover at WebProNews were hit especially hard.

Here are a few numbers for a frame of reference: at the end of the trading day, the Dow was down 2.65 percent, the S&P 500 was down 3.10 percent, and the Nasdaq was down 3.85 percent.

Brown University Strengthens Ties To Google
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Google Apps for Education is having a good week. Yesterday, public schools in Iowa and Colorado got onboard, and today, a representative of Brown University made another announcement.  By popular demand, Brown faculty, staff, medical, and grad students are all "going Google."

What the Display Ad Landscape Looks Like in the U.S.

comScore has revealed some findings on display ads in the U.S. Flash and rich media ads account for 40% of impressions, according to the firm’s report. JPEG ads led the market with over 42% of impressions in the U.S., while "leaderboard"-style banner ads (728 x 90) were the most commonly viewed display ad by size.