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Chatroulette is Down, and is About to Relaunch

Chatroulette is currently not available. The Chatroulette that we’ve all known has apparently just been an "experiment". It will be back today, however, if a message on the site is any indication.

If you go to the site, it says, "The experiment #1 is over now. Thanks for participating. Renewed and updated version of the website will be launched today."

Man Spreads Homelessness Awareness on YouTube
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Saturday was Invisible People.tv day at YouTube. InvisiblePeople.tv is a site/project that utilizes social media tools like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace to spread awareness about the growing homelessness problem.

The channel was featured on YouTube’s home page over the weekend, and YouTube discussed it in a company blog post, speaking with Founder Mark Horvath.

Kevin Rose Says Apple Will Take Down the Cable/Satellite Industry
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Digg founder Kevin Rose is at it again. Earlier this year he was dropping rumors about Google working on a new social network project (which has since become known as "Google Me", though this is an unconfirmed name). Now he is saying Apple TV, a new set-top box from Apple running iOS will not only be out in September, but will "change everything."

LinkedIn Updates iPhone App
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LinkedIn has announced the launch of LinkedIn for iPhone version 3.2, which the company says makes it easier to stay up to date and find important changes happening in your professional network.

The app comes with some changes to how LinkedIn displays profile updates from connections. You can see more info about what changed from All Updates or Profiles.

Like.com Announces Acquisition by Google
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Rumors surfaced recently that Google was buying Like.com. Those rumors have now been confirmed, as Like.com has announced the news on their site. Founder and CEO Munjal Shah writes:

Tweet Button Bookmarklet Introduced
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Eight days ago, Twitter introduced its Tweet Button for the sake of letting people share links from many other sites.  Now, to allow for the fact that not every publisher has taken advantage of the Tweet Button, Twitter’s made a Tweet Button Bookmarklet available.

New Smartphones, Tablet on the Way from LG
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LG plans to launch 10 new smartphones and sell five million devices by the end of the year. In addition they will launch a tablet by the fourth quarter under the Optimus line. This is all according to the Wall Street Journal.

North Korea has reportedly joined Facebook and according to Valleywag has 65 friends. Meanwhile, it’s being blocked by South Korea.

Changes To Facebook Fan Pages Coming Soon

Facebook has announced that effective August 23, there are new sizing requirements for Fan Pages (and they are removing the Boxes tab – to which I say yay!!).

The new width for custom pages is 520 pixels wide.

Facebook is offering a preview now so you can see what your page will look like (go to your Fan Page while logged into the account that “owns” the page and you will see the preview).

YouTube Marks The Fifth Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina
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YouTube is inviting Gulf Coast residents to submit videos sharing their reflections on Hurricane Katrina to mark the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

“The YouTube Blog offers more details. In 9 days we will commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a collection of videos on the YouTube homepage created by New Orleans area residents.”

 

Google Announces New Features for Doublclick Ad Exchange

Google announced that it will roll out some new tools for DoubleClick Ad Exchange buyers. These features, the company says, will help buyers buy quality inventory and check their campaigns.

The DoubleClick Ad Exchange was launched in September as a real-time marketplace where online publishers and ad networks/agencies can buy and sell ad space for prices set in a real-time auction.

Analyst Suggests Yahoo Interested In Hulu Stake

If and when Hulu goes public, Yahoo might be interested in purchasing a significant number of shares, according to an analyst.  What’s more, the company supposedly wouldn’t purchase them as a standard compound-your-worth investment, but instead to really buy into the business.

We’ll note right here: this seems to be one man’s opinion, not any sort of official plan.  Also, it’s of course hard to say when Hulu will hold an IPO and what Yahoo’s financial state will be at that time.

Google Makes it Easier to Monetize iPad Apps

Google has launched a new feature for its Mobile for AdSense apps, which lets developers in the U.S. and Canada, who are participating in the beta program, to monetize their iPad apps.

Facebook Catches a Hot Potato
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Last month, rumors emerged that Facebook may have been buying Hot Potato. As Doug Caverly described, "Hot Potato is a check-in service that takes possibilities other than physical locations into account.  Users can, for example, say they’re listening to a particular song or reading a certain novel, not just check in at a concert or a bookstore."

UK Online Retail Reaches $7.8 Billion In July
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Online retail spending in the UK reached $7.8 billion (5 billion) in July the most of any month this year according to IMRG Capegemini e-Retail Sales Index.

Brits spent an average of $126 per person online, marking a turning point since the lows of the last two years.

The Index has grown by 18% compared to last July, in the biggest annual jump for the month of July since before the recession in 2007. As retailer promotions drew shoppers online, an impressive growth rate of 14% was recorded compared to June.

Nokia to Acquire Mobile Analytics Firm Motally

Nokia announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Motally, a mobile analytics firm. The company provides in-app tracking and reporting, enabling developers and publishers to optimize the development of their apps.

Google Enables Voice And Video Chat On Linux
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About 22 months ago, Google launched a voice and video chat feature within Gmail, allowing many people to have live, face-to-face conversations with their friends and colleagues.  Now, a few more folks – Linux users – will finally be permitted to take advantage of it, too.

Using and Attracting Customers with Facebook Places
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Facebook Places is going to be huge for businesses. It already is. You’ve probably been hearing about all of the opportunities that come with check-in apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, etc. Facebook has half a billion users. This takes things to a whole new level.

AT&T Yellowpages Gets New Homepage

AT&T has introduced a new redesign of its Yellowpages.com homepage with an emphasis on image-based layout.

AT&T is rebranding its homepage as YP.com with tagline "Click Less. Live More." YP.com is focused on helping users "eat, play, and live" locally.

"We want to give today’s user more access to content that allows them to explore and stay locally connected," said David Krantz, president and CEO at AT&T Interactive.

 

Yahoo Lets Store Owners Offer Customer Registration
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Yahoo announced that it has released the first phase of Customer Registration for Yahoo stores. This introduces registration, sign-in, and account features for store owners to offer their customers. This way, customers can register their info for quicker checkout experiences in the future.

Customer Registration uses OpenID, which should make things even smoother for customers. They won’t have to remember new log-in info, and can simply sign in with a Yahoo, Google, or AOL account.

Google Movie (Maybe) Coming To A Theater Near You
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There’s no point in trying to preorder tickets – or avoid going within 100 yards of a movie theater – just yet.  But a new report indicates that a movie about Google might be on the way, and at least one of the entities behind it has indeed managed to turn out some big films in the past.

Verify Your Site in Webmaster Tools with Google Analytics Snippet
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Google announced that you can now verify your site in Webmaster Tools with a Google Analytics JavaScript snippet.

StumbleUpon Comes to the iPhone and Android
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StumbleUpon has finally released its mobile apps for the iPhone and Android.

"Think about all those times when your’e riding the bus, sitting at the airport gate, or waiting for friends, playing with the same mobile apps again and again," says StumbleUpon’s mobile apps team. "Now you can have the perfect boredom-buster: with StumbleUpon for the iPhone and Android, the best of the web is, literally, at your fingertips."

As Long As There Are Links, The Web Will Live
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An article from Wired caught a lot of attention this week when it proclaimed that the Web is dead. Obviously, this is a sensational headline and a perfect example of linkbait, but it worked. It received the attention it was looking for, and it is still an interesting and thought-provoking read, though the web is far from dead. 

Google Counts 100 Million Maps For Mobile Users

Google Maps for mobile may not get a lot of headlines, but it’s quite the hit.  This afternoon, Google announced that the tool, which has been helping people find things (including themselves) for about five years, is currently attracting over 100 million unique users per month.