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Warner And YouTube Close To Music Video Deal

Warner Music Group and YouTube are close to completing an agreement that would allow the video sharing site to play videos from a number of artists on the Warner label. Advertising Age is reporting that sources familiar with the situation …

Twitter Hires User Experience Architect From Digg

People who have been complaining that Twitter’s site needs an overhaul should pay attention.  Twitter’s added someone to its design team, and Mark Trammell, who will start one week from today, hails most recently from Digg.

Pizza Hut Aims to Feed Hungry Through Twitter
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Pizza Hut, a brand that has been in social media-related news in the past when they sought a Twittering intern, has now launched a campaign combining social media marketing with philanthropy.

Washington Post Cracks Down On Journalists’ Social Media Activities

What is probably most ironic about the story that you are about to read is the fact that an journalistic icon, the Washington Post, is trying to maintain control of its staff while it can’t even keep an internal memo from going public. Having made that observation from the start you can see that this is not going to get any better for them. 

Online Video Viewing Sees New High in August
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In August, online video reached a record high, with over 25 billion videos watched during the month, according to data from comScore. A pretty good chunk of these were watched via Google sites (hardly surprising, considering the enormous popularity of YouTube). Google sites accounted for over 10 billion videos watched in August.

YouTube Insight, Content ID Come Together

YouTube’s done a decent job of winning over content creators and rights holders, and its Content ID system, which lets them identify and profit from user-uploaded clips, has been a big part of that.  Content ID may become an even more popular feature, too, now that a quirk has been ironed out.

Social Media Changing Marketers Approach
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Social media is causing organizations to rethink and evolve their marketing strategies, according to a new study by Alterian.

The research indicated that 60 percent of organizations think that personal one-to-one engagement with consumers requires a new way of creating content and on-demand services, while 60 percent also feel the existing strategies for understanding consumers needs can be improved significantly.

Watch the New Yahoo Commercial
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Yahoo’s first commercial from the big $100 million "Y!ou" campaign has hit the web. The clip has been posted at several video sites and social networks around the web, and has likely been embedded all over the place by now. The company says it will soon air on TV (via SIA).

More Social Media Use Means More Email Use

Nielsen set out to prove that social media use put a significant dent into email use, assuming that the more time people spent on social networks, the less time they were likely to spend using email. It didn’t quite work out that way in the firm’s experiment however.

Nielsen explains its methodology:

EU Plans To Limit MP3 Player Volume
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The European Commission said today it wants to implement new rules for the makers of MP3 players that would require them to follow new volume standards.

The Commission pointed to a study that found listening to personal music players at a high volume over a long period can lead to permanent hearing damage and 5 to 10 percent of listeners risk permanent hearing loss. It’s estimated that up to 10 million people in the EU may be at risk.

Washington Post Social Media Policy Faces Criticism

The Washington Post has sent a memo to its editors/journalists outlining the publication’s social media policies. They don’t leave too many options for what is actually allowed to take place on social networks. This is an issue that never really seems to go away, and is brought up every time a publication’s social media policies are discovered.

Nielsen Says Most Social Media Users Rich and Urban
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Research from Nielsen indicates that wealthier people and people who live in big cities (at least in the US) are more likely to use social networks than people with less money that live in smaller towns.

Nielsen Claritas, a branch of Nielsen that looks at segmentation in consumer behavior, says that there is a "marked difference" in the demographic makeup between the two largest social networks – Facebook and MySpace. According to Nielsen Claritas:

Yahoo Board Member Set To Resign

Yahoo’s board of directors is going to receive a shakeup at the end of this year.  Maggie Wilderotter, who’s been a member since July of 2007, has announced that she’ll vacate the position at that point in time.

Yahoo admitted in an SEC filing last week, "Mrs. Maggie Wilderotter notified Yahoo! Inc. (the ‘Company’) that she intends to resign from the Company’s Board of Directors on December 31, 2009."

Baidu Goes Wireless in Japan
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Baidu announced that it has launched a new mobile search service in Japan. The company says Baidu Japan wireless search will build upon the existing Baidu.jp services, which include web search, image search, and video search, and have special features tailored to Japanese users.

The company has already been offering wireless search in its home country China. There, it has partnerships with carriers and all of the major handset manufacturers.

Yahoo7 Acquires Major Travel Site
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The company that represents a 50-50 partnership between Yahoo and the Seven Network Limited, which is one of Australia’s largest media groups, is on the move.  Yahoo7 acquired Totaltravel.com for perhaps about $17 million.

McAfee And Adobe Partner On Security Software
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Security firm McAfee has partnered with Adobe to develop software that will offer companies’ data protection and digital rights management.

McAfee will uses its policy-based data classification with Adobe’s policy-based document protection to allow organizations to secure business information such as intellectual property or regulatory compliance data.

Twitter Traffic Slows as Money Increases
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You might say Twitter is "in the money." As WebProNews previously reported, Twitter has been raising funds at a $1 billion valuation. Twitter CEO Evan Williams wrote on the Twitter Blog today:

There’s a lot of talk today about our financing. Yesterday we closed a significant round of funding with a group of investment firms that we’re excited to publicly thank: Insight Venture Partners, T. Rowe Price, Institutional Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Benchmark Capital, and Morgan Stanley.

Barclays Analyst Upgrades Google
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Twitter’s financial affairs may be receiving a lot of attention today, but at least one analyst hasn’t forgotten about the search and advertising giant we all usually watch.  In fact, Doug Anmuth of Barclays Capital decided to upgrade his estimates for Google this morning.

Anmuth’s price target is now set at $575.00, which would represent an increase of about 16.2 percent over Google’s current standing at $494.97.  That’s a nice gain, especially given the still-iffy state of the overall economy.

Gmail Gets a New Label Feature
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Today Google introduced a new Gmail Labs feature, which lets users hide labeled messages that have already been read, when browsing through labels. The ones that have been read can be found under the "more" menu.

"A lot of people want to see their labels in order to see which ones have unread messages, but they don’t want a long list of label names cluttering up the left hand side of their inboxes," says Gmail software engineer David de Kloet.

API Makes Google Sites More Useful for Business
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Google has launched a new API for Google Sites as a Google Labs feature (meaning it may have some flaws). The Google Sites data API allows client applications to access, publish, and modify content within a Google Site. It is available to both Google account and Google Apps users.

Sean Salisbury (Allegedly) Threatens to Sue Gawker-Owned Deadspin
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Update: Deadspin has posted yet another set of messages from Salisbury, who claims he is finally finished sending them. In the latest set, he talks about how he wanted his messages off the record and not posted on the site, but then changes his mind.

Web Searches for Dead Manson Follower Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins, one of the members of the Manson Family (followers of Charles Manson), who infamously killed Sharon Tate in 1969 has been reported dead, and as a reflection of the morbid curiosity of the general public, Google shows that Atkins searches have become a hot trend (current rating: "spicy").

Susan Atkins Death - Hot Trends

Related searches appear on the list at least five other times.

Yahoo Launches New Ad Unit with Charity Contest

Yahoo is launching a new Yahoo Mail ad unit called "Tandem," to be reserved for "the most creative" non-profit campaign. The company has partnered with the Ad Council to launch the initiative, which it refers to as "Create for a Cause."

The Web Weighs In On Twitter’s $1 Billion Valuation
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We first reported that Twitter was raising funds at a $1 billion valuation eight days ago.  Since then, the amount of money Twitter’s supposed to be raising has doubled, and more details about who’s supplying the cash have surfaced.  As you might imagine, all of this has generated quite a lot of discussion.