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Facebook Acquiring Search Company with Google Connections
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According to a report from Kara Swisher at Boomtown, Facebook has acquired a company called Chai Labs, though this has yet to be confirmed by either company. Also not confirmed is the price, but it is estimated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million.

Swisher speculates that the acquisition is more focused on acquiring talent, which would certainly fall in line with past Facebook acquisitions.

Google Reportedly Acquiring Like.com

Google is reportedly acquiring Like.com for over $100 million. According to Michael Arrington, the companies are in the final stages of the deal, based on word from "multiple sources".

At first glance, Like.com looks like your ordinary, run of the mill e-commerce site, but the technology behind it has apparently caught Google’s eye.

Gmail: The Game
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A Googler, by the name of Paul Truong (Creative Technologist) has created a game based on his love for Gmail. The game was created with HTML5, and runs a little choppy in Firefox.

The Gmail game is a throwback to arcade games of yesteryear in which you’re a spaceship flying around, shooting various flying objects. You know the kind – Galaga, Stinger, Lifeforce, and probably dozens of others.

Facebook Panic Button Reaches 55,000 Downloads
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The UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said today its ClickCEOP application on Facebook has been downloaded 55,000 times since its launch on July 12.

The ClickCEOP app gives Facebook users a link to advice, help and the ability to report a problem to CEOP if they are worried about someone’s behavior toward them online.

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Google’s Reponse to the Oracle Suit
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As you may have read, Google is being sued by Oracle, who claims Google is infringing on several patents it holds, related to Java. These patents came to Oracle through its recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property," said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman. "This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement."

Google Cries Foul Over California Email Contract
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As many people know, Google’s based in California, the City of Los Angeles is adopting Google Apps, and Google Apps for Government was recently announced.  But despite these facts, Google might have been more or less blocked from bidding on an email contract involving California’s state government.

That’s Google’s position, at least, as it looks like the $60 million contract will go to CompuCom Systems, an IT outsourcing company with ties to Microsoft.  Google isn’t exactly hiding its displeasure, either.

PayPal to Offer Micropayment Service
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PayPal may release a micropayment service before th year ends if reports are accurate. President Scott Thompson is said to have indicated as much.

The move would make too much sense not to come sooner or later, and sooner would no doubt be in PayPal’s best interest. Not only are social games among the biggest trends of the web, but news organizations are still experimenting with ways to drive revenues, and micropayments are not out of the question for some.

Google Looks at Why People Follow Brands on Facebook
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Update:  Google tells us it mistakenly attributed the data to a Google/OTX study in its post, but it is actually from an eMarketer report. 

Google Aims to Separate Fact from Fiction Around Net Neutrality Proposal
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Update: Wired is reporting that Net neutrality group Free Press and MoveOn.org will lead a protest at Google’s headquarters Friday.

Google Taps Secretary of State Staff for “Ideas”
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Google will reportedly be launching a "global think tank" called Google Ideas at some point. This according to Fortune’s Seth Weintraub. To lead the initiative Google is reportedly hiring none other than Jared Cohen of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning staff.

Cohen is known for is role in last year’s Iran protests and Twitter’s relationship to them. From Wikipedia:

NYT: HP Staff Despised Hurd
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A week ago, HP announced the departure of Chairman, CEO, and President Mark Hurd, following an investigation into sexual harassment claims that were later revealed to come from actress and former HP contractor Jodie Fisher.

Google Offers New HTML5 Tools and Resources
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In June, Google launched a new HTML5 resource site called HTML5 Rocks. They’ve now added a bunch of new content to it.

On this page there are numerous resources for reference and tools. This page has tutorials.

LinkedIn Gives Group Managers New Powers
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LinkedIn has launched some improvements to how groups are moderated. There are six basic changes.

Group managers can now delete threads directly. This helps them actively fight spam by deleting content from the "more" tab in the thread.

Google Finance Product Ideas Page Established

Yahoo Finance has long been a flagship product of sorts, earning praise and generating huge traffic numbers.  Now, to perhaps help Google Finance make up ground, Google’s effectively opened the floor to suggestions, seeking product ideas (and votes on product ideas) from anyone who’s interested.

Google Analytics Intelligence Gets New Alerts Features
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Google has announced the launch of new AdWords Alerts and more options in Custom Alerts in Google Analytics Intelligence.

If a user has their Analytics and AdWords accounts linked, Intelligence will provide important changes in AdWords campaigns performance within Analytics.

AT&T: Yep, Wireless is Different
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The net neutrality debate sparked (most recently) by Google and Verizon earlier this week continues. Now AT&T has weighed in, and unsurprisingly it appears to agree with the companies.

One of the biggest controversies of the Google/Verizon policy proposal is that wireless is being treated differently. AT&T says, "Wireless is different." In a post on the company’s public policy blog, they write:

Cable TV Coming to the iPad, Twitter Gets a Movie Trailer

Rupert Murdoch’s not the only one with tablet fever. The Wall Street Journal reports that at least seven of the ten largest subscription-TV providers in the U.S. are building new tablet apps to offer TV content to subscribers. Some might even be free.

Zynga Puts Owen Van Natta Over Business Operations

Zynga, the social gaming company that makes apps for both Facebook and MySpace, now has one additional connection to those two companies.  Zynga named Owen Van Natta Executive Vice President of Business Operations this afternoon.

Van Natta was, as you may remember, Facebook’s COO for a while.  He served as CEO of MySpace for a relatively short period of time, as well.  So this move is perhaps a bit of a step down for him, title-wise.

Net Neutrality Protests Underway at Google HQ
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The protesting has begun outside of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. This is in response to Google’s joint proposal with Verizon released earlier this week over net neutrality legislation. Mark Hachman posted the photo below to TwitPic.

Facebook Notes Feature Gets Tags and Improved Formatting
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Facebook has launched a new layout and some new features for Facebook Notes.

Facebook “Bug” Providing Names With Email Addresses: Fixed
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Update 2: The issue is reportedly resolved.

Update: Facebook is already fixing the issue. AllFacebook got a statement from the company saying: 

eBay Bucks Moves Out Of Beta
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eBay said today it is launching its first-ever rewards program called eBay Bucks.

Any eBay user who lives in the U.S. and is a registered member of the site can participate in the eBay Bucks program. eBay Bucks offers shoppers 2 percent back on most items purchased through the site with PayPal.

BBC.com Launches New Travel Site
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BBC.com has launched a new travel site in partnership with its sister company Lonely Planet.

BBC.com/travel is the first in a series of lifestyle sites, announced last month with the launch of the new BBC.com U.S. edition.

"We know the people who come to BBC.com are curious about the world and look to us to feed that curiosity," said Miranda Cresswell, SVP, BBC.com

Facebook to Broadcast Live Announcements, Celeb Events

Facebook is launching a new live video cahnnel today called Facebook Live. This is the company’s official live channel, broadcasting from Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto.

"Facebook Live will provide a deeper, more interactive look into what’s happening at Facebook," a representative for the company tells WebProNews.