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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.

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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.

What’s Going on in Search and eBusiness
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At SMX East in New York, Bing announced new Webmaster Tools features including a link report. Google also added percent change data to its own Webmaster Tools query reports. More on these here.

New Google-MySpace Deal May Save Google $200M Per Year
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Two months after their original three-year, $900 million search deal was supposed to expire, there’s word that Google and MySpace have reached a new agreement.  The terms are supposed to be rather different, too, saving Google as much as $200 million per year.

Wouldn’t it Be Useful to Have Dictionary Functionality From Any App?
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Dictionary.com has launched a new API Developer Center, which has some pretty interesting implicatons for mobile apps, given that words are pretty universal. Developers can integrate Dictionary.com content and features into their products and services. 

Here’s What a Google TV Remote Looks Like
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ABC Nightline ran a story last evening about Google’s plans to take over the living room with Google TV. As you may know, Sony is one of the launch partners and will launch HD TVs and Blu-ray players supporting the service. 

Yahoo Acquires Display Ad Specialist Dapper
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Dapper, a company that deals in both creating and optimizing display ad campaigns, is now the property of Yahoo, Inc.  Yahoo announced the acquisition this afternoon.

There are at least a couple reasons for Yahoo fans to be excited about this development.  One is Dapper’s impressive list of clients and partners, which includes organizations like AdBrite, AOL, DoubleClick, Expedia, Kayak, Microsoft, and PubMatic.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Google Goggles

Now that Google has released Google Goggles for the iPhone, I think it’s same to assume usage of the feature will go up tremendously. While Goggles may still be in experimental Labs status, the new iPhone release will surely have plenty of people playing around with it. 

Now iPhone Users Can Search Google By Taking Pictures

Late last year, Google launched Google Goggles, an experimental Android app that lets you simply take a picture with your phone’s camera to conduct a search – no query entering necessary. Today, Google announced that Goggles is available for the iPhone via the Google Mobile app. 

Hulu Should Be Better at What it Does
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Late last week, a deal between FOX and DISH Network came to an end, leaving DISH Network subscribers without FX, FOX Sports, and the National Geographic Channel. FOX raised their rates and DISH didn’t want to pay. While the two companies continue negotiations, some of us wonder how we are going to watch the shows that we regularly enjoy. 

Google Seeks Dismissal Of Oracle Suit

It’s official: Oracle’s accusations of patent infringement did not go over well at the Googleplex.  This week, Google responded to Oracle’s lawsuit by asking for the suit to be dismissed and Oracle’s patents declared invalid.  Google would like some money, too.