Survey: Online News Credibility Increasing

For the second year in a row, ARAnet has shared survey results about the news consumption habits of Americans. This year’s survey found that Americans are increasingly turning to online sources, as well as radio for their news, while going less to daily newspapers and television.

Google Brings LIFE Magazine Archive Online
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LIFE Magazine has announced that more than 1,860 issues from its archive are now available online through Google Books.

The scanned magazines include LIFE Magazine issues from 1936-1972, allowing readers to search and view full content.

The scanned issues include articles and issues from LIFE’s staff of editors and photographers including Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White and Gordon Parks. In addition to the covers, articles and photographs, readers will be able to search and view original covers, advertisements, and letters to the editor.

Facebook Caught In Another Patent Infringement Suit

It looks like some of Facebook’s lawyers will soon be making a trip to Delaware.  A small company called WhoGlue, which is based in Baltimore, has sued the large social network over a patent WhoGlue was granted in July of 2007.

Succeeding In Ecommerce
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Knowing what online shoppers expect when visiting an ecommerce site is just one part of the puzzle. Online retailers need to offer consumers a variety of useful features to build loyalty and get conversions.

Watch Out for the Twitter Worm

There are numerous reports of a new Twitter worm that steals your log-in information and spreads its evil cause. The worm comes in the form of a direct message from someone you may know, and maybe even trust.

eBay’s Donahoe Prepared To Spin Off PayPal
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Despite being on the job for less than six months, new-ish president and CEO of eBay John Donahoe certainly isn’t afraid to make changes.  Even as obstacle after obstacle pops up to interfere with the sale of Skype, Donahoe announced that he often considers parting with PayPal.

Doctor Trainees Sharing Private Patient Information on Facebook

Social media has become the newest and possibly best way to expose just how stupid people can be. Last week we talked about the rocket scientist burglar who left Facebook’s equivalent of breadcrumbs to his front door. Hey, he is 19 years old and probably not the sharpest knife in the drawer anyway so maybe it’s not that unusual (actually it is but for this post we’ll say it).

Obvious: People Don’t Want to Pay for Online News
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Paid Content UK conducted a Poll with Harris Interactive, asking respondents how much they would pay for online news, and what they would do if they’re favorite news sites started charging. The findings, perhaps not so shocking, indicate that users basically don’t really want to pay.

Social Media Influencing High Income Consumers
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Nearly 30 percent of higher-income consumers said social media influenced their decision making when it came to home repair services, a higher percentage than other income groups, according to a new study by Ad-ology.

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The study found this group had significantly high reports of recent maintenance services performed.

Using Twitter And Social Media To Build Your Brand
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Social media is becoming increasingly important to retailers and brands. With the meteoritic rise of Twitter, finding the right approach to successfully engaging an audience is key.

Schmidt Forecasts Monthly Acquisitions
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Eric Schmidt has laid out a good news/bad news scenario for people who would like to become part of Google.  On the one hand, he intends to acquire about one small company per month.  On the other, it sounds like most of Google’s "now hiring" signs are going to remain in storage. 

Google Adds Ovation TV As TV Ad Partner

Google has reportedly worked out another deal for its TV Ads unit. According to AdWeek, Google now counts Ovation TV, the arts cable channel among its TV Ads partners.

Where the Traffic Went in August

comScore Media Metrix released its top 50 web properties list for August this week, and found that educational sites and humor sites were quite popular for the month. Home sites also saw some significant gains.

Facebook Movie Cast Announced

Following months of bloggers’ casting suggestions and seemingly unfounded rumors, it’s been announced who will star in the upcoming Facebook movie.  Jesse Eisenberg will play Mark Zuckerberg, and lead roles have also gone to Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield.

Howard K. Stern Arraigned – Video

Howard K. Stern has plead not guilty of charges stemming from the death of Anna Nicole.  Stern was arraigned on 11 counts including using aliases to obtain opiates.

Here are some of the hundreds of tweets now appearing on Twitter:

Obama and Gaddafi Address UN – Videos Hit Web

President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations today in a speech in New York City. The event has of course inspired a lot of buzz and conversation on the web and Twitter.

Videos of the speech have been uploaded to YouTube:

Safety Commission Joins YouTube And Twitter

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is fully embracing social media with its launch of "CPSC 2.0"

The goal of the social networking initiative is to provide consumers with additional resources about product safety information and recalls.

"Through social media, CPSC can directly reach millions of the moms, dads and others who need our safety information the most," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

Companies Struggle with Social Media and Employee Discipline

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) have conducted yet another social media-related survey, finding that company policies have not yet caught up with the incredible growth in social media use among employees. The survey looked at what management is doing to manage employee social media use.

Australian Dust Storm Videos Are Amazing
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 Amazing videos hit the web showing a Mars-like view of Australia today. 

Youtube poster TwilightSuspension writes, "Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Just lucky I was up to film it. Dust storm over the Hawkesbury, Australia. Taken at about 5:30am. The color is perfect and completely unexaggerated.

Amazon Announces Winner Of TV Ad Contest
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Amazon.com has announced the winner of its "Your Amazon Ad Contest" its first national competition for the best customer-created television commercial.

Angela Kohler, of Los Angles, was voted the winner by the company as well as Amazon customers. Kohler will receive $20,000 in Amazon gift cards along with a trip for two to the 15th Annual Gen Art Film Festival in New York City next April where her commercial will be screened.

Pee Wee Herman is Back…in Twitter Form
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Pee Wee Herman, the alternate identity of actor Paul Reubens, made famous in the 80s from a couple of TV shows and movies (namely Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Tim Burton’s greatest acheivement in my opinion), is back. You probably know the story. He was busted for exposing himself in a theater and Pee Wee Herman pretty much fell off the face of the planet, although Reubens has popped up from time to time.

Making Retail Mobile

It’s no secret that today’s mobile phones put early supercomputers to shame, and really, smartphones can almost keep up with today’s laptops in terms of letting people email, search, listen to music, and shop.  So a session at the Shop.org 2009 Annual Summit explored how retailers should embrace the mobile market.

Most Businesses Implementing Social Media Without Measuring ROI

Mzinga and Babson Executive Education recently conducted a survey, which examined the adoption, use and current state of social technologies in business. The findings revealed that 86% of respondents use social technologies in one or more areas of business, including marketing, internal collaboration/learning, customer service and support, sales, and HR.

Google Collects Industry Research on New Site
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Google recently launched a new Internet statistics site, called simply "Google Internet Stats." The site provides industry data from third-party sources for use in research.