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GMC Partners With NFL For Online Contest

GMC has launched the “GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week,” in partnership with the NFL and ESPN that allows football fans to vote on the best moment or play of the week that represents determination at nfl.com/gmc.

Google Launches a New Site for Google Earth
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Google has launched a new Google Earth site featuring images, videos, tous, maps, and tutorials. 

"When you think of Google Earth, you might think about flying to the top of Mt. Everest, surveying the ancient Acropolis, or simply finding the house where you grew up," says Product Marketing Manager Tasha Danko.

Google Voice Gets New Android Widgets
Google has announced the launch of some new Android widgets for Google Voice. The widgets are available in an update to the Google Voice Android app. 

The widgets are designed to give users immediate access to their Google Voice inbox and settings from the home screen. 

Sports Fans Rely On The Internet Over Other Forms Of Media

Nearly one-third (31.5%) of sports fans cite the Internet or TV programming (30.4%) as the best resource for sports-related news and information according to a new survey from Burst Media.

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T-Mobile Unveils New Google Phone, G2
T-Mobile unveiled its G2 Google smartphone with 4G. The phone is the first designed for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which the company says covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. 

The G2 is of course the successor to the G1, which was the first Android-powered phone. It is designed by HTC. It has a 3.7-inch screen and opens to a QWERTY keyboard, and comes with Android 2.2 and a snapdragon MSM7230 mobile processor.

Adobe Launches New Flash Media Server Family
Adobe has made some announcements at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam. The biggest is Flash Media Server 4

"The release of Flash Media Sever 4 software changes the game for the delivery of rich interactive media," says David Wadhwani, SVP of Creative and Interactive Solutions at Adobe.

Yahoo Finance Chief Finds New Employer
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Yahoo Finance has long been a top property in its field, beating everything even giants like Google and Microsoft could come up with.  Unfortunately for Yahoo, Steve Schultz, the head of Yahoo Finance, found another job this week.

"Unfortunate" isn’t at all the same as "disastrous," of course.  Yahoo Finance didn’t rely on daily or monthly updates to stay ahead of the competition, and Schultz isn’t a household name, so the average user shouldn’t even notice the change.

Apple to Publish App Store Review Guidelines

Apple released a statement today regarding its App Store Review Guidelines. The company says:

Amazon Makes Checkout Easier On Third-Party Sites
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Amazon.com has introduced “Checkout by Amazon” (CBA) that allows people with accounts to make purchases on third-party sites using their Amazon account credentials without having to leave the merchant’s site.

Amazon says by streamlining the checkout process for customers that it reduces the potential for shopping car abandonment for merchants.

 

Argentina Becomes 25th Country to Get YouTube
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Google has launched YouTube in Argentina, making it the 25th country to have its own version of the site. 

"This means that Argentines will be able to more easily discover local talent like GuadalajaraMan, UESiglo21, farolatino, casiangeles or yoteloexplico, as well as view the most popular and most viewed videos in their country," says YouTube. 

Facebook in the Car, Turning an iPod into an iPhone

CrunchGear has an unconfirmed report that OnStar will begin including the ability to update your Facebook status. This would make sense, considering the recent launch of Facebook Places, which allows you to check in.

Zynga Strengthens Ties With Facebook Credits
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Facebook and a social game developer with which many (or maybe most) users are familiar are now closer than ever.  Zynga’s officially made Facebook Credits the exclusive payment option for most of its Facebook games.

This may not come as a surprise to many people, given that Facebook and Zynga announced a five-year partnership back in May.  But the companies didn’t mention anything about omnipresence or exclusivity at the time, meaning this is an important development.

Consumers Want Brands To Interact With Facebook And Twitter
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Email, Facebook and Twitter may compete with each other for their share of marketing budgets, but consumers expect brands to interact with all three channels according to a new report by ExactTarget.

“Consumers don’t isolate their communications to email, Facebook or Twitter and expect brands to communicate consistently across the channels,” said Jeff Rohrs, principal, ExactTarget’s Marketing Research and Education Group.

Breaking: “Google Instant” Introduced
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Update: The event has started. Marissa Mayer says, "In the past few months, Google has crossed one billion users each week." Caffeine makes index 50% faster, she says. 

She talks about Caffeine, real-time search, spelling corrections, enhancements to questions and answers, Google Squared (part of core web search now), stars in search, and the recent redesign. These are all presumably used in Google Instant. 

Here’s a URL for Google Instant:
NPR Launches Local Online News Sites

National Public Radio, in collaboration with 12 NPR member stations, has launched a dozen topic focused news sites today, debuting its Argo Network, an online journalism venture created to produce in-depth local coverage.

RIM Reportedly Acquires DataViz Assets

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has reportedly acquired most of the DataViz team. CrackBerry.com broke the news, which was confirmed by John Paczkowski at Digital Daily. DataViz is known for developing Documents to Go.

Mozilla Follows Google Into Gaming

Mozilla announced that Mozilla Labs is undertaking a new intiative with gaming. The effort will be focused primarily on games built, delivered, and played on the Open Web and in the browser. 

Google Doodle Drives $250K In Buckyball Sales

On September 4th, Google celebrated the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the buckminsterfullerene with a special doodle.  The search giant also, as it turned out, helped a site hawking buckyball toys rack up more than $250,000 in sales.

Salesforce Announces Chatter Mobile
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Salesforce has announced a mobile version of Chatter, its enterprise social networking platform. The product will be available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry.

The company points out that people who use Facebook through a mobile device are twice as active on the site than non-mobile users (according to IDC), and that mobile devices are beconing "the new enterprise desktop" for over 50% of the workforce. With these things in mind, Chatter Mobile should be a significant part of Chatter’s future. 

Netflix Makes Deal to Stream First-Run Theatrical Releases

Netflix announced a new deal with Nu Image/Millennium Films today. The agreement will allow Netflix to stream first-run theatrical films to its members. 

Netflix says the deal is an example of how it is moving to expand both variety and timliness of its streaming catalog. The deal is expected to provide five to ten theatrical films per year for Netflix streaming. 

Yahoo, Bing Start Off With Combined 25% Share
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New Experian Hitwise stats regarding the search market in August have arrived, and truth be told, they’re not that exciting; very little changed compared to July.  However, August did act as a sort of baseline for the Bing-Yahoo combo.

Experian Hitwise noted in an official statement, "The percentage of U.S. searches for the one-week ending Aug. 28, 2010 for the Bing combined powered search accounted for 24.56 percent, as Yahoo! Search and Bing received 14.32 percent and 10.24 percent, respectively."

YouTube Launches Travel Channel With Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Cruise Line said today it is working with YouTube to launch “YouTube Vacationer,” a travel specific channel.

YouTube Vacationer features travel advice and ideas from Lonely Planet, National Geographic and the Travel Channel.

"From a marketing perspective, this opportunity is compelling because it provides a truly organic user experience and represents another great way for brands to work with YouTube,” said Maria Miller, Norwegian Cruise Line’s senior vice president of marketing. 

 

Amazon Acquires Amie Street Music Startup

Amazon has acquired music startup Amie Street, which the company actually helped fund. Unfortunately for Amie Street users, the service will be shut down.

Amie Street has an interesting business model, which lets musicians upload music, which starts out free to users. The more downloads the songs get, the more the price goes up (up to a $1). Interesting as it may be, it apparently didn’t work. 

Is Google About to Give Results While You Type Your Query?
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Google is holding an even later today in which it is expected to unveil some new search-related product. Yesterday’s highly publicized Google doodle, which had the Google logo turning into a bunch of balls flying around as your mouse got closer to it, is presumed to be a clue to the new product launch.