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Will People Pay for App-Based News Publications?
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A couple weeks ago, reports surfaced that News Corp. was working on a new app-only publication. Even before much was known about the project, some heralded it as a "game changer". I find that notion to be a bit premature.

Will this be a game changer? Tell us what you think.

LinkedIn Adds New Features to Recruiter

LinkedIn has launched a couple new features for LinkedIn Recruiter, aimed at making it easier to manage projects and talent. They have added one-page project management and the ability to set reminders on profiles.

Half.com Launches iPhone Comparison Shopping App
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eBay owned Half.com has released an iPhone application Buying Wizard aimed at helping users comparison shop for deals on textbooks.

The Half.com iPhone app is the first eBay buying application to integrate barcode scanning technology. The app allows users to scan barcodes on items to find the best deal on textbooks, DVDs, novels and video games.

 

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Market Research Firm Says Internet-Connected Devices Will Surpass 5 Billion This Month

IMS Research has shared some findings indicating that the number of Internet-connected devices is expected to pass the 5 billion milestone this month. Furthermore, the organization forecasts 22 billion by 2020.

Yahoo Japan Acquires Cirius Technologies

An organization that bears Yahoo’s name – even though Yahoo just holds a 35 percent stake in it – has acquired another company.  Cirius Technologies, which deals in location-based advertising tech, is now part of Yahoo Japan.

Cirius’s primary business is a service called AdLocal.  It acts as a location-based mobile advertising network, allowing marketers to pick where and when consumers will see an appeal to buy something, along with who (in terms of demographics) the consumers will be.

Facebook Driving Social Media Ad Spending
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U.S. advertisers will spend $1.68 billion on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter in 2010, according to a new report from eMarketer.

The $1.68 billion figure represents a 20 percent increase over 2009 on social network advertising spending and is set to climb to more than  $2 billion in 2011.

 

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Intel Increases Cable Presence with Purchase of Texas Instruments’ Cable Modem Unit

Intel just announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments’ cable modem unit. Intel says this will enhance its focus on in the cable industry and related markets.

Hulu Said To Aim For Fall IPO

It may not be long before it’s possible to track the stock symbol HULU in addition to tech mainstays like GOOG and YHOO.  A new report has indicated that Hulu intends to go public sometime in the next few months.

New York Times-Owned Paper Puts Paywall Around Online Content
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Telegram.com, the website for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Massachusetts, which is owned by the New York Times Company, has now put up a paywall. On Telegram.com, users are granted with a message, which reads:

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.