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Lollapalooza Turns to Facebook Via Mobile Apps to Connect Fans

Lollapalooza gets underway today for the weekend, and its promoters are using Facebook to get fans connected with one another. "This year, the Lollapalooza team is using Facebook to solve one of the hardest problems people face at music festivals – finding your friends. As people are drawn to different parts of the festival and often get separated, cell phone service gets hindered as thousands of people in close proximity try to call their friends," a representative for Facebook tells WebProNews.

PayPal Launches New Android App with Bump Technology

PayPal has announced the launch of version 2 of its Android app. This feature "bump" technology, which lets two users bump their phones together to send money (much like the existing iPhone app).

Apple Letting App Store Users Test Drive Apps

Apple has added a new section to its App Store aimed at letting users try out apps before paying for them. The section is appropriate called "Try Before You Buy".

Google Age Discrimination Suit Allowed To Proceed
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An age discrimination lawsuit filed against Google will be allowed to proceed.  Yesterday, the California Supreme Court ruled that certain "stray remarks" can’t be ignored, meaning former Google employee Brian Reid can take the search giant to trial.

Google Android Partners See Big Growth In Second Quarter

The global smartphone market grew 50 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), driven in part by makers of smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system, according to a new report by IDC.

Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 63 million units in 2Q10, compared to 41.9 million units in the same period one year ago. For the first half of 2010, vendors shipped a total of 118.3 million units, up 54 percent from the 76.8 million units shipped during the first half of 2009.

Group Accused of Politically Gaming Digg
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Digg is looking into accusations that a conservative group has been gaming the site to bury content it deems too liberal.

Yahoo’s Organic Results Will Be Bing-Powered By Late August
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Yahoo and Microsoft have provided an update on advertisers’ transition to adCenter as the Search Alliance gets underway.

Yahoo advertisers will soon either have to create a new adCenter account or link their Yahoo account to an existing adCenter account. Later this month, Yahoo advertisers will see an "adCenter" tab in their Yahoo Search Marketing account. This will take advertisers to the beginning of the account transition process where they’ll be walked through the steps.

Zynga Buys Japanese Gaming Company Unoh
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Zynga has acquired Japanese social gaming company Unoh, which will become a major part of Zynga’s mobile strategy. The company’s mobile product efforts will be a joint venture between SoftBank Group and Zynga.

Popular Unoh games include Machitsuku!, Band Yarouyo!, and Kaizoku Chronicle. Zynga says that in addition to maintaining Unoh’s games on mixi, Mobage-town, and GREE, Zynga Japan will also localize Zynga games and develop new games targeted at the Japanese market.

Google Wave – Ahead of its Time or Just Another Failure?
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Google Wave may be going away, but it is highly unlikely that the web has felt its presence for the last time. As Google said in its announcement, the company will "extend the technology for use in other Google projects."

Were you able to find a reason to use Google Wave?
 Tell us about it.

“Life In A Day” YouTube Project Receives 80K Videos
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Anyone who was concerned that YouTube’s "Life in a Day" project would run short of footage can put that worry to rest.  YouTube announced today that it received an almost incomprehensible number of submissions: 80,000 videos from 197 countries.

That’ll provide director Kevin Macdonald, whose job it is to piece together a documentary showing what the world was like on July 24th, plenty of material even if some people included copyrighted content or lots of foul language (the final product probably isn’t meant to be R-rated).

Unconfirmed Next-Generation iPod Touch Photos Surface

MacRumors has posted photos of what are supposedly pieces of the upcoming iPod Touch 4 with FaceTime. These have yet to be confirmed, however.

AppleInsider reports that Apple is rumored to be in talks to buy a Chinese mobile ISP and game developer for $148 million.

Top Tech Blogs in The UK During August
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Next week, European search engine and news portal Wikio will be publishing the rankings for August 2010 of their lists of the top blogs in the many categories under which they’re classified.

Social Media Aids in Boy’s Wheelchair Replacement

This story caught my eye today. It’s about a little 8-year old boy who’s dying from muscular dystrophy.

Booyah Taps Google Maps API, Places to Take MyTown International

Booyah announced today that it is taking MyTown international.

 The company has launched support for MyTown (for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) across Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company says this makes MyTown the first to support global check-ins utilizing the recently launched Places Web Service via the Google Maps API.


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Social media – in combination with overly chatty office workers – may be costing the UK billions in productivity, according to the results of a new study.  Indeed, MyJobGroup.co.uk determined after contacting 1,000 workers that up to



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