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 Mobile consumption of Wi-Fi is on the rise as consumers become increasingly mobile, according to a new report by JiWire.

Overall, the number of mobile devices accessing Wi-Fi hotspots grew by 79 percent in the first half of this year. While the iPhone and iPod Touch remain the most popular Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices, collectively representing 97.8 percent of all mobile device connections, the Palm Pre launched as the fifth most popular mobile device in June 2009, just within the first three months of its introduction.

Wi-Fi Caf

 Mobile consumption of Wi-Fi is on the rise as consumers become increasingly mobile, according to a new report by JiWire.

Overall, the number of mobile devices accessing Wi-Fi hotspots grew by 79 percent in the first half of this year. While the iPhone and iPod Touch remain the most popular Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices, collectively representing 97.8 percent of all mobile device connections, the Palm Pre launched as the fifth most popular mobile device in June 2009, just within the first three months of its introduction.

Wikipedia to Start Coloring Trust

Last week, it was revealed that Wikipedia would be making some changes to its rules for editing. It was reported that the site was testing pages that would require people editing entries to have their changes approved by "experienced" editors before the changes would be made.

Now it appears that some other specific editorial changes are in store for the widely used encyclopedia site. The people behind Wikipedia reportedly intend to implement a color coded system of trust, called WikiTrust.

AdWords More Competitive, AdSense Publishers Could Earn More
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Google announced plans to give AdSense publishers a new way to generate revenue by allowing multiple Google-certified ad networks to compete for display ad space on their sites. This means that AdWords advertisers may end up having to pay more competitively, while AdSense publishers could reap the benefits.

What do you think of this idea? Comment here. Google explains the concept in the following video:

Bing Commercials Infringe on Patent?
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A set of product placement ads for Microsoft’s Bing ran during NBC’s The Philanthropist. The ads showed two of the characters from the actual show in scenes in which Bing was being used – clearly ads, but still integrated with the actual program.

Social Networks Leaking Users Data To Tracking Sites
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Many popular social networking sites typically make personal information available to companies that track users’ browsing habits and allow them to link anonymous browsing habits to specific people, according to a new study by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

"When you sign up with a social networking site, you are assigned a unique identifier," says Craig Wills, professor of computer science at WPI.

Yahoo Steps Up SearchMonkey Rollout
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More of the goodies Yahoo and different developers have been working on as part of the SearchMonkey effort are becoming available to normal searchers and site owners today.  The upgrades cover a very wide swath of categories, too.

Google Expands AdSense Euro Reporting
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Google has expanded the number of European places where Euro reporting is available for AdSense. Users who are in the following locations can now switch to local currency reports to view their earnings in Euros:

Facebook Reportedly Readying New Ads Manager
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Facebook will reportedly begin testing a new Ads Manager soon, as well as a new bulk uploading tool for advertisers. The company told Inside Facebook that these would be rolling out to a few advertisers soon.

"Unlike today’s Ads Manager, the new version will include in-line editing and search, which should make campaign management much more efficient for those managing many Facebook Ads," says Inside Facebook’s Justin Smith.

Facebook Set To Revise Privacy Policy

Facebook has announced plans to improve user’s control over their information and allow them to make better choices about their privacy. The new improvements will include new notifications, additions to Facebook’s Privacy Policy, and technical changes aimed at giving people …

Get More Traffic from Bing’s Image Search
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In a previous article, we discussed why and how to rank in image searches. The article was based on discussion from the recent Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose. Bing’s Todd Schwartz was part of that discussion, and he has now shared additional insight into Bing’s image search.

Microsoft Launches Bing Developer Kit for iPhone/Mac
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Microsoft announced that the Bing iPhone and Mac software developer kit (SDK) is available for download at Bing’s CodePlex. It is open source under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).

Criminals Using Social Networks To Target People
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Users of social networks are giving away vital information about themselves and their whereabouts that is being used by criminals to create a list of targets, according to a new report by the British-based insurance firm Legal & General.

The report "The Digital Criminal," found 38 percent of users of sites such as Facebook and Twitter have posted status updates detailing their vacation plans and 33 percent have posted status updates saying they are away for a weekend.

Wojcicki, Brin Give $500,000 To Creative Commons
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People who don’t really believe that Google wants to make the world’s information "universally accessible and useful" will, going forward, have a more difficult time arguing their point.  Yesterday, Creative Commons announced that it’s received a $500,000 gift from Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin.

UK Yahoo Portal Switches to Google, Not Bing
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UK site Connected Internet this week found that BT Yahoo, which is an online portal for BT Broadband users, and is run by Yahoo, is using Google Search now, rather than Yahoo search, which has been in place.

Latest Google AdWords API Available to All
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This week Google released the latest version of the AdWords API (v2009) to all advertisers after releasing it to a limited group back in June. The new version offers users some new features, and Google says it comes with greater speed at a lower cost.

Google Now Identifying Businesses in Street View
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Google has now made it easier to view businesses in Street View on Google Maps. When a user conducts a local search, the bubble that pops up on business results will show a Street View link.

Users can click on that link and see the business marked with a 3D marker in Street View, just like the one you’d find on the map. When you click the marker, details about the business are shown right within Street View.

Real-Time Search Engine Attracts $7 Million Funding
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OneRiot, one of the real-time search engines whose name we keep hearing again and again has secured $7 million in Series C funding from Appian Ventures, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and Spark Capital, the company’s existing venture capital firms.

"This commitment from our existing investors is a big vote of confidence in the realtime search market, OneRiot’s product offering, and our team’s ability to execute," said Kimbal Musk, OneRiot’s CEO.

Executives See Value And Danger In Social Media
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Social media has become a common communication tool in the U.S., driven by the fact that Americans’ time on social networking sites has increased by 73 percent in the past year, according to a new survey from Minneapolis-based Russell Herder and Ethos Business Law.

When it comes to using social media in a corporate setting, fifty-one percent of executives surveyed said they fear social media could reduce employee productivity, while 49 percent said that using social media could damage a company’s reputation.

Update: Your Twitter Account is Still in Jeopardy
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Update: There is now a video up on Dave Naylor’s blog about the Twitter exploit, which I have embedded below. Meanwhile, Twitter has yet to respond to the issue via either the Official Twitter Blog or the Twitter Status Blog. They were kind enough to post a Ryan Seacrest video however.

Today’s Content Relevant to Tomorrow’s Real-Time Searches
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We all know that social media is "where it’s at" these days. People are spending more and more of their time on social networking sites. Many are checking their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts before even checking their email (or even getting out of bed in some cases).

Facebook Makes Subtle Changes to Design
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Facebook has quietly made a few changes to its design. It’s not exactly a huge overhaul that will provoke the backlash that last year’s big redesign did, but just a few simple things that people shouldn’t have too much of a problem with.

Tips for Getting Crawled Faster by Google
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Probably the most important step in getting your site found in a search engine is the one in which the search engine crawls it. There are things that can be done and things that can be avoided to make this process as painless as possible for the search engine, which will in turn, make it as painless as possible for the webmaster.

Google TV Ads Gets Game (Show Network)
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Companies that haven’t yet given Google TV Ads a shot should consider themselves presented with about 65 million new reasons to do so.  Google TV Ads has connected with the Game Show Network and its 65 million viewers.

To a certain degree, this move makes more sense than other advertising tie-ups.  Game shows often involve money and products that are available for purchase, after all, putting their viewers into a consumer-y frame of mind.