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Are Credit Card Payments the Biggest Obstacle to Mobile Commerce?

Retrevo has provided us with some results from a recent survey looking at consumer behavior with regard to making purchases using mobile phones. Based on these findings, it appears credit cards may be getting in the way.

Key findings include:

FCC Forms Working Group To Improve Broadband

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has introduced a Universal Service Working Group aimed at providing a collaborative approach to the FCC’s reform of universal service programs to better support broadband.

Quantcast: Android’s Market Share Near 20 Percent

Look for (or hide from) more debates about the iPhone and Android devices.  Even as Apple fans prepare for all the hoopla surrounding another iPhone launch, it seems that Android’s achieved another victory, with Quantcast putting its U.S. market share up by a significant amount for May.

Quality Of The iPhone 4.0 Screen

Yeah, people are arguing about whether it really is a “retina display.” IE, can your eye see individual pixels on the new iPhone’s screen?

I say hell with that. The screen is the best one I’ve seen — by far.

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Take A Virtual Tour Of The Anne Frank House

As part of the official 50th anniversary of the Anne Frank House, LBi Lost Boys and Anne Frank House have developed a 3D version of the house at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam where Anne and her family lived in hiding for two years during the Second World War.

MTV Looks for its First “TJ” or “Twitter Jockey”

If you are not too young, you may recall when MTV regularly played music videos. There was a time, when that was pretty much all they played. In between the videos, a person called a "VJ" would talk about the videos, introduce them, etc. Now MTV is looking for its first "TJ", or Twitter Jockey.

Can You Put a Dollar Amount on a Facebook Fan?

Facebook is bigger than anyone ever imagined it would be, and it’s not done growing. Businesses are finding more ways to use it to their benefit, and more people seem to be willing to get involved with brands on the social network.

What value would you place on a Facebook fan? Let us know.

TripAdvisor Goes Social With Facebook

TripAdvisor has introduced "TripAdvisor Trip Friends" feature, which allows users to get advice from their Facebook friends about planning their next vacation.

When researching a destination, hotel, attraction or restaurant on TripAdvisor, users who have logged in using Facebook will now see a list of friends who have been to that location, via TripAdvisor Cities I’ve Visited (CIV) application on Facebook.

YouTube, Guggenheim Partner To Seek Creative Vids

YouTube, HP, and the foundation behind some of the most famous museums in the world have teamed up to discover creative online videos.  Winners of the YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video competition will then get to see their videos presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, along with the Guggenheim museums in Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice.

Kinect – The Xbox 360 Enhancement Formerly Known as Project Natal
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Microsoft has unveiled Kinect, a controller-free gaming device for Xbox 360, previously code-named Project Natal.

Ben Huh Talks Building a Business Founded on Lolcats
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Do you think lolcats are silly? You may be right, but that doesn’t mean they can’t provide important business lessons (if you can get lessons from Justin Bieber, why not lolcats?).

Symantec Urges World Cup Fans to Use Caution on Facebook and Twitter

Security firm Symantec has announced that during the World Cup it expects social media activity to spike dramatically, and predicts a concurrent rise in fraudulent activity on the web in general, and social networks in particular.

Facebook’s Guide to the World Cup
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Facebook has posted the Facebook Guide to the World Cup, which shows soccer/football fans how to get the most out of the World Cup experience on the social network. "Facebook is helping football fans make the World Cup a more social experience, a Facebook representative tells WebProNews. "Fans around the world can take part in the World Cup action by joining the more than 2.5 million Facebook users who have liked and supported their favorite teams on the Goal! Leaderboard."

Google Looks at World Cup Search Activity

Google broke out its Insights for Search tool (as well as some other internal sources) to paint a picture of search activity related to the 2010 World Cup.

The World Cup’s 30 days of soccer began on Friday, and there will no doubt be plenty more related searching in the coming weeks. Google Consumer Operations Strategist Jaime Forman-Lau says:

Google’s Short Answers Move To Mobile Phones
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Ten blue links may never be less useful than when a person who’s in a hurry is forced to squint at them on the screen of a cell phone.  Google’s taken an important step, then, by making the short answers it introduced a month ago available to folks who are on the go.

Why Recent Google Algorithm Update is Costing Some Sites
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Google’s recent algorithm update, nicknamed "Mayday" by webmasters got a lot of people riled up, as many claimed it seriously affected their rankings, and potentially their revenues.

Do you think the update has affected your revenue? Comment here.

Promoted Trends May Mean More Ad Revenue For Twitter
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Twitter’s preparing to take another step away from its revenue-less past, according to a new report.  Rumor has it that a fresh "Promoted Trends" feature will complement the system of Promoted Tweets the company’s already devised.

MySpace Offers Interactive World Cup Content Site

MySpace has an interactive, media and feature rich World Cup profile it’s showing off, as the event kicked off today.

"We’ve built this community for our users to act as an aggregate of the flurry of World Cup activity not only across MySpace but across the entire web including videos, live status updates and tweets via Kosmix, World Cup content from Fox Sports and Univision and much more," MySpace Manager of Corporate Communications Jessica Bass tells WebProNews.

Bing Talks New Webmaster Tools
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Microsoft made some significant announcements related to Bing at SMX Advanced in Seattle. Later this summer, Bing will offer a redesigned version of Bing Webmaster Tools based on feedback from webmasters. The tools will provide webmasters with a simplified, more intuitive experience that delivers a comprehensive view of how Bing indexes their sites, a representative for Bing tells WebProNews.

 Highlights include:

Broadband Continues To Drive Online Video Viewing

High definition television, DVRs, and the Internet are creating higher quality and better experiences for consumers, leading to an increase in the amount of videos Americans watch, according to a new Nielsen Three Screen Report.

"Consumers are driven by the convenience and quality that today’s technology now enables," said Matt O’Grady, Executive Vice President, Audience Measurement, Nielsen.

Pew Predicts Cloud Computing Dominance By 2020

The term "cloud computing" might well be shortened to just "computing" by the time 2020 rolls around.  The results of Pew’s latest study show that a significant majority of Internet experts believe cloud computing will represent the main way in which people will interact with software at that point.

Bing Launches Facebook Maps App

Bing has launched a new Facebook Maps apps, which a Bing representative tells WebProNews uses Facebook APIs to pull in your friend’s information from Facebook. It lets you see your Facebook friends right in Bing Maps.

EA Sports Launches Free World Cup Game On Facebook

EA Sports said today it has launched a free social soccer game on Facebook to mark the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

 The game, EA Sports FIFA Superstars, was developed by Playfish and will be available on additional social networks soon.

"We are leveraging our soccer expertise with the experience of our partners at Playfish to create a casual soccer game for a broader audience," said Matt Bilbey, vice president of soccer, EA Sports.

Freshness May Count More in Google These Days (Not Just Because of Caffeine)
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Google’s new SERP design (you know, with the left-hand panel), has created more areas for webmasters to focus their SEO efforts on. While most of the options available here have been available for quite some time, they are now in the user’s face and they will be used more.

Has the new user interface affected your traffic? For better or for worse? Tell us.

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