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Versatile Bug Labs Embraces Android

It’s been no secret that the Android operating system will wind up on all sorts of devices; last year, for example, we talked about home phones and set-top boxes that were in development.  Now, however, it may almost literally wind up on "all sorts of devices," as the BUG 2.0 platform has introduced support for Android.

Facebook And Google Get Most Visits During Super Bowl
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The number of people who went online while watching the Super Bowl increased 2 percent this year to 14 percent, according to Nielsen.

Time spent online for those multitaskers was up from 24 minutes last year to 29 minutes with much of that time spent on social networks.

Google Apps Maybe Going To Yale

One of America’s oldest universities is going to turn to Google for a lot of new software, according to a new report.  Indeed, Yale is supposed to get the whole Google Apps for Education shebang, including email, Google Calendar, and Google Docs.

Google’s promoted Apps for Education as a cutting-edge and yet user-friendly solution for quite some time.  Yale’s utilization of it would be quite the PR win, considering how the school’s so well regarded.  A lot of other universities might accept Yale’s decision as a smart one and follow its lead.

Google Views Apple Relationship As Valuable

Google said today it views its relationship with Apple as valuable and does not see any reason for that to change, even with the rumors Microsoft’s Bing may replace Google search on the iPhone.

Mobile Subscriptions To Hit 5 Billion Globally In 2010

The number of mobile phone subscribers is on track to increase from 4.6 billion to five billion globally by the end of 2010, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The ITU says the increase is driven by advanced services and handsets in developed countries and growing adoption of mobile health services and mobile banking in the developing world.

Carl Icahn Cuts Yahoo Stake By 80 Percent

For better or for worse, it looks like Carl Icahn has cut some ties to Yahoo.  The activist investor, who once bought a great many shares as part of an effort to force out Jerry Yang and Yahoo’s board of directors, reduced his stake by about 80.2 percent during the last six months.

Google Continues to Adjust Buzz to Ease Concerns

Google has been rigorously responding to user feedback about its recently launched Buzz social media product, and adjusting the service as it sees fit. There has been a lot of criticism about user privacy associated with Buzz, and after making a few adjustments late last week, over the weekend, Google announced some more.

Quantcast Finds Chrome, Firefox Have Trouble At Home
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Here are a couple odd facts for you: compared to people everywhere else, folks in North America dislike Chrome.  And individuals who live in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada are unusually big fans of Internet Explorer.  That’s what new Quantcast data implies, anyway.

Nielsen Grants Bing Small Win Against Google
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We heard earlier this week from comScore and Hitwise, and today, still more evidence that Bing performed well in January arrived.  Nielsen has released its monthly report regarding the U.S. search market, and according to the firm, Bing managed to increase its market share by exactly 1.0 percent.

Internet Plays Vital Role For Auto Dealers
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 Auto dealers say the Internet has provided them with the highest return on investment (ROI) over the last five years, according to a new survey from Autobytel.

 

Gmail-Free Version of Buzz Being Considered

Update: In case there is any confusion, Google will not be taking Buzz out of Gmail. The company issued this statement after some confusion in the blogosphere:

Aardvark Already Part of Google, Answers will Show Up in Search
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Yesterday, news broke that Google was acquiring social Q&A site Aardvark for about $50 million. Aardvark sent its users an email today saying:

Dear friends,

Aardvark has just been acquired by Google!

Report: EU To Approve Microsoft-Yahoo Deal
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The proposed Microsoft-Yahoo search partnership may soon be approved by one set of regulators, at least.  A new report indicates that the European Commission will give it a green light one week from today.

Apple Holds iTunes Contest Marking 10 Billionth Download
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Apple is holding a contest on iTunes called "Countdown to 10 Billion Song Downloads."

The user who downloads the 10 billionth song from iTunes will receive a $10,000 gift card from Apple.

"iTunes changed the way you buy music, making songs and albums available for download, day or night," Apple said.

Google: “Buzz Will Be Just Another Node”
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When Google announced Google Buzz earlier this week, the company made it abundantly clear that it was interested in Buzz being as open as possible. Looking at the Google Buzz API page, you’ll see that support for Activity Streams, AtomPub, OAuth, PubSubHubbub, Salmon and WebFinger are things that are "coming soon."

LinkedIn Greets 60 Millionth Member
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LinkedIn is getting rather large.  Yesterday evening, the network’s vice president of marketing announced on Twitter that it had hit a milestone in terms of users, attracting its 60 millionth member.

LinkedIn had just 55 million members as of December 17th, so this new declaration means it’s grown by a little more than nine percent in less than two months (which translates to a rate of at least 109 percent per year).  That increase in size is, it should be needless to say, impressive.

Video Site Veoh Files For Bankruptcy
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Online video website Veoh has announced it will be shutting down and filing for bankruptcy.

Veoh launched in 2005 and its backers included Shelter Capital, Spark Capital, Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, Intel Capital, Adobe, Gordon Crawford, Firefly3 and Jonnathan Dolgen. Those backers supported Veoh with $70 million in investments.

Bing, Google, and Yahoo All Making Maps More Interesting
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At TED, Microsoft unveiled some new features for Bing Maps. "This work builds on the idea of spatial search that Microsoft discussed in December when the company launched its new version of Bing Maps," a representative for Microsoft tells WebProNews.

Some of the new features are available today, but some you will have to wait on a little bit. Microsoft highlights the following new features:

New Chrome For Mac Beta Boasts Extensions

It doesn’t really help anyone that Chrome for Mac isn’t on a level with the regular version of Chrome; Mac fans must feel neglected, and Google’s missing out on a lot of potential users.  The gap between versions narrowed today, though, as a new Chrome for Mac beta with extensions and a few other upgrades was released.

Consumers Favor Companies Engaged With Social Media

A majority of consumers react positively when companies respond to postings on social media sites, indicating the value of the channel as way to engage people in a dialogue while building a company’s image, reputation and brand, according to a new study by The Center for Client Retention.

The study found 55 percent of consumers felt positively when companies responded to a social media posting, with only 5 percent reacting negatively and 40 percent remaining neutral.

Ask Says it Has a Head Start as Google Acquires Q&A Site
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Update: Ask.com-U.S. President Doug Leeds offered the following additional statement:

YouTube Advertises Presence Of New Iran Protest Clips
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Yesterday, Iranian authorities enacted a ban on Gmail, saying they’d introduce a government-sponsored (and presumably government-monitored) email service to replace it.  Now, as YouTube’s seeing an influx of protest videos, Google’s taken a moment to mark the Iranian government’s lack of control.

eBay Loses Court Case To Louis Vuitton
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The Paris District Court ruled today that eBay is liable for harming the reputation of luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton through its use of trademarks, company name and domain name.

The Paris court has ordered eBay to stop using keywords which harm the reputation of the Louis Vuitton brand to promote its sites and will impose penalties of  $1,372 (1,000 euros) for future violations.

Google Reconnects With/Acquires Aardvark

Aardvark has, in a sense, returned to its roots.  Or in other words: Two of the four men who created the social search engine are former Googlers, and now, it’s been confirmed that the search giant’s acquired Aardvark.