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Facebook Developers’ Business Models Threatened or Maintained?
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Update: WebProNews received a call from David Swain, Communications for  Facebook Platform, who wanted to give the company’s side of this story. Basically, he says that they view the move as actually maintaining developers’ business models (rather than threatening them), so that advertising can continue to be successful and users will actually trust it.

Yahoo Increases Reach of New Mobile Homepage Fivefold
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At a keynote at CTIA Wireless today, David Ko, SVP of Yahoo Mobile showcased the new Yahoo mobile homepage, which the company refers to as "the world’s most advanced mobile homepage."

"The site simplifies and enhances the mobile Internet experience for people around the world by offering an open environment where consumers can bring together their favorite content and services from across the Internet," a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews.

eBay Launches Green Shopping Campaign
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eBay’s Green Team has launched a six-week "re+purpose" campaign designed to get people to make more sustainable shopping choices and increase awareness about green products.

eBay’s re+purpose campaign starts today with a partnership with The Uniform Project, an organization that is focused on raising awareness about sustainable fashion.

Street View Coverage Of Two More Countries Goes Live
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A new batch of Google Street View imagery has been released, and it’s a significant one.  Rather than hit a few more American towns, Street View’s documented sights in two countries – Canada and the Czech Republic – for the first time.

Let’s start with the Czech Republic, where coverage is a bit more limited in terms of total footage captured.  Indeed, most of the imagery is focused on Prague and a handful of nearby, smaller towns.  Then, perhaps one or two Street View drivers headed southeast and spent a little time driving around Brno.

Google Updates Maps with New Dataset

Google announced the launch of a new dataset for Google Maps, which opens up a lot more scenery. Now Google is able to provide better imagery and maps for things like parks, college campuses, and hiking trails.

Microsoft And EU Close To Agreement On Browser Choice

The European Commission said Wednesday it will invite comments from consumers and software companies about an improved proposal by Microsoft to allow users to choose other Web browsers.

The improved proposal by Microsoft comes after the Commission expressed concerns that the company may have infringed EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant position by tying its web browser to its Windows operating system.
 

YouTube Forms New Content ID Partnerships
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YouTube has announced several new partnerships with broadcast video delivery and management companies – Harmonic, Telestream, and Digital Rapids. YouTube says these partnerships will make it possible for many media companies to provide them with reference files for their content at about the same time it is being produced.

Most Enterprises Taking Social Media Seriously

Deloitte, Beeline Labs and the Society for New Communications Research have released findings from a study of companies sponsoring online communities. The study found that enterprises are continuing to invest in social media tools and online communities.

Top Gartner Analyst Predicts Android Will Be #2 In 2012

The good people of Gartner believe that, given a little bit of time, Android is going to become a big deal.  In fact, one high-ranking analyst recently predicted that it’ll be the second-biggest operating system on the mobile market by 2012.

Android Demands as Much Marketing Attention as iPhone
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At Search Marketing Expo East in New York, where WebProNews is on location, Michael Martin of Internet Marketing Inc. delivered a presentation about the growing Android market. He spoke about how Android is becoming an increasingly important mobile platform for marketers to keep in mind. In other words, it’s not just about the iPhone.

Microsoft Launches H1N1 Flu Website

Microsoft has launched a new website, "H1N1 Response Center," which provides people with up to date relevant content and allows them to monitor symptoms and get advice using an H1N1 self-service tool.

The H1N1 Response Center’s self-assessment tool is licensed from medical and public health experts at Emory University. The service helps people determine if their symptoms could be caused by the H1N1 flu virus and provides recommendations about what they can do next.

 

Hitwise Finds Bing Down By Five Percent
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Last week, StatCounter indicated that Bing had experienced its first bad month, losing market share between August and September.  Some people, perhaps understandably, had trouble accepting this.  But Hitwise has now provided its own figures, and they, too, show that Microsoft’s new offering hit a rough patch. 

Searching Bing By Voice from Your Phone
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Back in 2007, Microsoft acquired Tellme Networks, the company that provides the Tellme service, which is a technology that allows mobile users to "get what they want" on their phones with their voice.

Google Celebrates the Barcode

Google is celebrating the invention of the bar code today, with its latest doodle. There is an interesting history of the barcode available on Wikipedia, which of course is the top natural result in Google’s search results for barcode (which you are taken to upon clicking the doodle).

Marketers Ignoring Customer Feedback from Social Media
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A Social Media Survey conducted on behalf of PRWeek and MS&L by PRWeek and CA Walker found that marketers don’t make changes to their products based on customer feedback, despite monitoring feedback being one of the most common business uses of social media in the first place.

The survey found that 70% of marketers say they’ve never made a change to a product or marketing efforts based on feedback from consumers on social media sites.

Why Your Robots.txt Blocked URLs May Show up in Google
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Matt Cutts has appeared in yet another Google Webmaster Video, and this time he has a whiteboard with him so he can illustrate what he’s talking about. What he’s talking about this time are uncrawled URLs in search results.

Cutts says Google gets a lot of complaints from webmasters who say the search engine is violating their robots.txt files, with which they intend to keep Google from crawling certain pages. Sometimes those URLs still end up in search results.

MLB.com To Offer Entire Playoffs Online
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MLB.com has partnered with Fox Sports and Turner Sports, the rights holders to postseason baseball games, to allow fans to watch all of the playoffs online at Postseason.TV.

Postseason.TV will launch Wednesday, October 7, when the Division Series begins on TBS. It will be accessible from MLB.com, FoxSports.com, MSN and MLB.com/TBSHotCorner.

Google Goes Back To Browser Basics

Leave it to Google to (try to) plug an odd little knowledge gap.  Even as people can’t find Iraq on a map and push the limits of irony by misspelling "embarrassed," the search company has, for some reason, created a site to teach what a Web browser is.

WhatBrowser.org is a very simple site that is able to tell visitors what browser they’re using.  A 69-second video also defines the term, while other sections talk about useful tweaks and offer speed tests.

Facebook Tries to Monitor Happiness
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Facebook has revealed the United States "Gross National Happiness," the results of a study on the collective mood of Facebook users. Facebook "data scientists" started a project earlier in the year to measure the overall mood of people from the US on the social network, based on what they said in status updates.

54% of Businesses Prohibit Employee Social Media Use
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New research from Robert Half Technology indicates that over half of chief information officers (CIOs) do not allow employees to visit social networking sites for any reason while they’re at work. This information comes from a survey of 1,400 CIOs from companies around the US with 100 or more employees.

Bloggers Can (Not?) Be Fined Up to 11K Per Post for Non-Disclosure
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Update 2: The FTC is now saying that the $11,000 fine is not accurate, at least for the first violation. Fast company got some responses from Richard Cleland, assistant director, division of advertising practices at the FTC, who says:

Google, Bing Reps Talk Best Practices
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Google and Bing employees know tons of useful stuff about search engines, and many people find their tips useful.  But let’s admit: a lot of SEO experts have seen the same pieces of advice repeated at conference after conference for years, and so at SMX East, two speakers went a little bit off the beaten path into the subjects of speed and security.

Mobile Subscriptions To Reach 4.6 Billion

Global mobile subscriptions are on track to reach 4.6 billion by the end of the year, and mobile broadband subscriptions are set to surpass 600 million in 2009, according to a new report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

More than a quarter of the world’s population is online and using the Internet, as of 2009. Increasing numbers are opting for high-speed Internet access, with fixed broadband subscriber numbers more than tripling from 150 million in 2004 to a projected 500 million by the end of 2009.

The Most Loyal Traffic Comes from Facebook
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There’s no question that search engines can be a tremendous source of traffic. Social networks are also proving to be big traffic generators for a lot of content producers, and Twitter is one of the big ones.

However, it is Facebook and Digg that are driving the most repeat readers according to a study conducted by online ad network Chitika. Traffic is great, but traffic that returns is even better.