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Mobile Social Networking Grows 240%
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Social networking now ranks as the fastest-growing mobile content category, according to a new report from comScore.

"With mobile media consumption on the rise, the discussion of how consumers are accessing content — whether it is via application, browser or both — continues to be an important factor for companies looking to invest further in their mobile brands," said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile.

USPTO Lets Google Host 10 TB of Patent Info
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has entered an agreement with Google, which will see Google hosting unmodified patent and trademark public data.

The USPTO says it doesn’t have the technical capability to provide the information in a bulk machine readable format, and that the arrangement is to serve as a bridge as the USPTO develops an acquisition strategy for this.

Facebook Sees 400% Rise In Advertisers Since Early ’09

It seems that marketers can’t get enough of Facebook.  During a period in which many companies were just trying not to lay off workers and/or go bankrupt, Facebook managed to increase the number of organizations advertising with it by over 400 percent.

Add a Background Photo to Google’s Home Page
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It looks like Google is trying to attract some of the Bing users who use the search engine for the background images on its homepage. Google has now introduced the ability to personalize your Google home page with a photo of your choosing.

HubSpot Introduces New Social CRM Features

Internet marketing software firm HubSpot has released new social media features aimed at helping companies increase their reach and improving prospect relationships.

HubSpot software now features social media lead intelligence, automatically connecting Twitter, LinkedIN and Facebook profiles to a company’s leads, allowing marketers to lean about a potential customers’ interests.

The company’s software also creates social media follow and sharing buttons on almost all marketing content, so marketers can grow their audience and reach.

MySpace Tempts Developers With Discounts, Promotions

Never mind the tactics of Facebook, Google, and other popular online companies; with its latest appeal to developers, MySpace appears to have taken a (good) page out of the AARP’s playbook.  The social network has brokered deals with a number of companies so that developers can save money on products and services by teaming up with it.

New AP Stylebook Covers Facebook And Twitter Usage
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The Associated Press has released its 2010 edition of its Stylebook with a new section focused on social media for the first time and has announced that "website" is now one word.

The new social media guidelines section includes information and policies on using Facebook and Twitter, how journalists can apply them to their work and how to verify sources found through them.

AdMob Launches SDK, 2 Ad Formats for iPad

AdMob, which was recently acquired by Google, has announced the launch of its iPad App SDK (software developer kit). A representative for the company tells WebProNews, "AdMob was one of the first companies to launch ad units for both iPhone and Android applications, and now it is driving innovation on the iPad and helping developers start monetizing their iPad applications."

Google and Bing Launch Health Map Applications
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Today both Google and Bing released some health-related map applications. These releases coincide with the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosting their Community Health Data Forum event.

Google’s contribution includes a Google Fusion Tables project and customized map showing information from HHS. For example, you can see a map of "heart friendly" and "people friendly" hospitals.

Report: Google Acquires Invite Media

The difficulties Google encountered while trying to acquire AdMob apparently didn’t cause the company to give up on a related purchase.  A new report indicates that Google has bought Invite Media, which deals in advertising tech, for perhaps $70 million.

Invite Media’s specialty is display media, and as its homepage makes clear, it offers a universal buying platform with ties to all sorts of organizations.  Another item of interest is the second mention of Yahoo in the "News" column.

Simply Hired Launches Job Search On Facebook
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Job search engine Simply Hired has launched a personalized job search using Facebook.

Users who login with Facebook are able to find jobs based on their current or previous work titles, location, interests and their friends’ companies on Simply Hired. On the search results page, people looking for a job will be able to browse friends’ companies and search for job openings.

Amazon Rolls Out Wheels Store

Amazon.com said today it has launched its Wheels Store featuring over 10,000 wheels and nearly 4 million automotive parts and accessories.

Amazon’s Wheels Store features a wide range of brands including American Racing, Dip, Dale Earnhardt Jr., KMC, Mickey Thompson, Sacchi, Konig and Veloche.

Visitors looking for wheels will be able to use Amazon’s Automotive Part Finder, a search tool that helps them find the wheels to fit their specific year, make and model.

Chrome OS Release Set For “Late Fall”
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Anyone who’s interested in using Google’s first operating system shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to give it a try.  Earlier today, at Computex Tapei, a vice president of product management at Google indicated Chrome OS will launch in "late fall" this year.

Steve Jobs Talks More About Not Supporting Flash
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Steve Jobs starred in the latest episode of the soap opera about Adobe, Apple, and the future of Flash. He appeared at the All Things Digital  D8 Conference, discussing a variety of topics, but of course the subject of Flash came up.

comScore: Google Makes More Gains In Video
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Last month, the yet-to-launch Google TV did quite well for itself, grabbing a whole lot of headlines and getting all sorts of people excited.  And although this observation may not seem as timely, it turns out that Google’s existing video properties did well for themselves in April, winning an additional 1.4 percent of market share according to new comScore data.

YouTube Celebrates Internet Safety Month
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Today marks the start of Internet Safety Month, and even if that’s not the sort of thing many calendars will mention (this also happens to be International Children’s Day and Samoa’s Independence Day), visitors to YouTube will be made aware of the occasion.  YouTube’s celebrating the month on its homepage.

People Not So Eager to Quit Facebook After All?
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Yesterday was not only Memorial Day, but "Quit Facebook Day" as well – at least according to QuitFacebookDay.com and its highly-publicized initiative to get people to band together and leave the popular social network. That day has come and gone, and while it did manage to get 34,424 to quit (allegedly), it has pretty much been deemed a failure. Despite all the hoopla around Facebook quitting and privacy concerns, it appears that people are just not ready to part with their profiles, as they have become too big a part of their lives.

Majority Of Americans Don

The majority (80%) of broadband users in the United States do not know the speed of their broadband connection, according to a new survey released today by the Federal Communications Commission.

"Speed matters. The more broadband subscribers know about what speeds they need and what speeds they get, the more they can make the market work and push faster speeds over broadband networks," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Majority Of Americans Don

The majority (80%) of broadband users in the United States do not know the speed of their broadband connection, according to a new survey released today by the Federal Communications Commission.

"Speed matters. The more broadband subscribers know about what speeds they need and what speeds they get, the more they can make the market work and push faster speeds over broadband networks," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Majority Of Americans Don

The majority (80%) of broadband users in the United States do not know the speed of their broadband connection, according to a new survey released today by the Federal Communications Commission.

"Speed matters. The more broadband subscribers know about what speeds they need and what speeds they get, the more they can make the market work and push faster speeds over broadband networks," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Majority Of Americans Don
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The majority (80%) of broadband users in the United States do not know the speed of their broadband connection, according to a new survey released today by the Federal Communications Commission.

"Speed matters. The more broadband subscribers know about what speeds they need and what speeds they get, the more they can make the market work and push faster speeds over broadband networks," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Google Releases Savings Calculator Tool to Push Google Apps

As Google continues its push to get businesses using Google Apps, the company has now introduced the "Go Google Cloud Calculator". This is a tool that lets you enter your company’s name, tell it how many employees you have, and gives you Google’s estimates for how much money you could save, how much more productive you will be, how much more storage you will get, how many hours you will save, etc.

Yahoo Updates Set To Get More Social
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There’s good news and more good news for Yahoo fans this week: the company is preparing to upgrade one of its social offerings in a significant way, and while doing so, is trying very hard not to repeat the privacy-related mistakes that Google and Facebook have made in recent months.

Barnes & Noble Launches Online Storytime For Kids
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Barnes & Noble has introduced "Online Storytime," a new monthly program featuring well-known authors and celebrities reading picture books for children ages two through six.

Each Online Storytime features pan-and-scan filming of the picture book with the author or celebrity narrating.