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Google’s Music Strategy Revealed?
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Very interesting article from Billboard today. Apparently Google is circulating a proposal among major record labels regarding forthcoming music service. The proposal provides clues as to what we can likely expect. 

Billboard’s Ed Christman says the service would include an a la carte digital download store, as well as a subscription-based cloud-based locker. He cites "industry sources", reporting: 

Bing Takes Advantage of IE9′s Capabilities
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As you probably know, Microsoft launched the Internet Explorer 9 (beta) publicly today. It can be downloaded here

Will Bing Get Access to Facebook “Like” Data?

Facebook and Microsoft are reportedly talking about expanding their search partnership. Currently, Bing supplies web results for Facebook’s own search feature. These talks could lead to Bing getting Facebook "like" data for use in its own search engine. 

Google Android Closes In On Apple

Samsung was the top handset manufacturer in the U.S. in July with 23.1 percent market share, while RIM led the smartphone platforms with 39.9 percent market share, according to the latest report from comScore.

For the 3-month average period ending in July, 234 million Americans used mobile devices. Device maker LG ranked second with 21.2 percent share, followed by Motorola (19.8% share), RIM (9% share) and Nokia (7.8% share.)

Print from the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch with Apple’s Airprint
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Apple announced that its releasing a beta version of Airprint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch as part of the iOS Develope Program. The service will be included in the iOS 4.2 software update in November.

Google Health Gets More Useful, More Personalized
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Google has announced a new design and some new features for Google Health. The company says this comes as the result of feedback from users who want easier data tracking and more personalization. 

Arguing Against NFL In Game Tweets

I am a pretty big NFL fan. Have been all of my life. Why? Because the product is fun for me. The product of football that is. Anything else about the drama and the thoughts of players is something I see little to no value in unless there is a personal interest in the player.

Nintendo DSi XL Receives New Colors

The Nintendo DSi XL handheld gaming console, is set to have a technicolour makeover this autumn, as three bright new colours – yellow, green & blue make their way to stores across Europe on 8th October 2010 for all to enjoy!.

iPod and Blackberry Listed as Most Prized Possession

Only 1% of people regard their wedding ring as their most valued asset,  accroding to a survey  carried out on Facebook in August on behalf of insurance firm Protect Your Bubble, with 12% of the 500 respondents voting for their iPods as their most prized possession, just outdoing the Blackberry, which received 11.5% of the votes.

Meanwhile, cars were the favourites of only 4% of people on the social network. Dogs got 9% of the vote and cats received 5%.

Interest For Smartphones Continues To Grow

In their latest article, eMarketer highlights the growing interest of people to purchase smartphone. According to ChangeWave Research, and Nielsen expects smartphones to be in the hands of 50% of US mobile users by the end of Q3 2011

Yahoo Announces Connected TV Partnership with Toshiba

Yahoo just announced a new partnership with Toshiba to feature Yahoo TV Widgets on several models of Toshiba’s latest 6”-55” HDTVs, including the WX800 Cinema Series 3D LED. "With the addition of Toshiba, Yahoo! now has partnerships with some of the biggest OEMs in the world, including Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, Hisense and most recently, Vestel," representative for Yahoo tells WebProNews. 

What Yahoo’s New Hires Are Responsible For

Yesterday, Yahoo announced some new additions to the company. They provided some Q&A with the new hires, but didn’t really get into what exactly they will be doing. We reached out to Yahoo to find out a little bit more about each new hire’s role with the company. 

Yahoo Finance Incorporates Bloomberg Content

Less than a week ago, a company called Pageonce announced that it had hired away the head of Yahoo Finance.  Yahoo Finance doesn’t appear to be in any way floundering in the wake of that change, though, as the property is benefiting from a fresh content deal with Bloomberg.

eBay Partners With The National Federation Of The Blind On Ecommerce Jobs
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eBay and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) have formed a partnership to increase ecommerce job opportunities for blind Americans.

John-Donahoe-eBay eBay now includes improved features for users to buy, bid and sell using the keyboard only, along with better ways to navigate content using assistive technologies such as screen access software.

Google Talks Growing Customer Interest in Apps Marketplace

On one Tuesday of each month, Google spotlights some new apps in the Google Apps Marketplace. This week, it was Grockit, Elance, ERPLY, Insync, Rainmaker, Pipeline Deals, Idea2, Kashoo, SimplifyThis, Offiserv, Mindquilt, and RecMan. You can see details about these particular apps here

Ex-Googler Accessed Private Info of Minors
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Here’s a story that’s probably going to get a lot of people riled up. It involves an ex-Google engineer violating user privacy, and the privacy of minors no less. Valleywag’s Adrian Chen writes:

A Google engineer spied on four underage teens for months before the company was notified of the abuses.

Share Private Picasa Web Albums Privately with Buzz Followers

Google Buzz now lets you share private Picasa Web Albums privately. When you create a private album, the people you choose to share with will see a notification in Google Buzz.

More Google TV Release Date Confusion
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Google said right from the beginning (Google I/O in May) that Google TV would be available in time for the holidays. They were never specific about the when, however. A week ago, Eric Schmidt confirmed that Google TV would be out this fall. A day or two later, Intel CEO Paul Otellini reportedly said that Google TV devices should start shipping as soon as this month.

If Facebook and Twitter Aren’t Social Networks, What is?
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According to ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez, Twitter VP for business and corporate development Kevin Thau said today that Twitter is not a social network. I seem to recall Facebook saying the same thing a couple years ago. 

Google Works on White Spaces Trial for Hospital in Ohio

Google has teamed up with Spectrum Bridge and the Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan, Ohio on the deployment of the first TV White Spaces broadband trial network for healthcare providers. The solution enables healthcare providers to utilize affordable broadband while providing data transmission for telemedicine applications.

Apple And Android Making Gains In Europe

The Symbian platform has 54.4 percent of the smartphone market in Western Europe, according to a new report from comScore.

Even with Symbian’s continued growth in the number of smartphone subscribers, its market share has decreased as growth in the Apple OS and Android platform has risen in the past year.

Apple trails Symbian with 19.2 percent of the Western European smartphone market, followed by Microsoft (11.6%), RIM (8%) and Google with 6.1 percent.

Intel Launches AppUp – An App Store for Netbooks

Intel just announced a new software app store for netbook apps. At the Intel Devleoper Forum in San Francisco, Renée James, senior vice president and general manager, Intel Software and Services Group, announced the general availability of the Intel AppUp Center. 

Unconfirmed: Apple Acquires IMsense?

Numerous signs would seem to indicate that Apple has acquired a company called IMsense, which is known for  technology related to High Dynamic Range phototoraphy, a feature of the latest version of iOS Apple recently touted. Eric Slivka at MacRumors writes:

Microsoft Extends adCenter Support Hours During Transition
Microsoft just announced that it is extending its support hours for adCenter during its paid search transition. 

"Whether you prefer to tweet, post a question in our forums or pick up the phone and speak to a real person, you’ve got several options for getting help with all things adCenter," says Microsoft’s Tina Kelleher.