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MySpace Acquires Threadbox Assets, Team

MySpace’s messaging interface may soon take a turn for the better – and/or the Facebook-like.  Late yesterday, MySpace acknowledged that it’s acquiring the assets and team of Threadbox, which deals in real-time social messaging and takes some amount of pride in comparisons to Facebook.

Mozilla Launches Firefox Home for iPhone, iPod Touch
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Mozilla has launched Firefox Home for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This is a free application that works with Firefox Sync.

eBay Talks Upcoming Updates for Sellers
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eBay announced its upcoming seller updates for the fall. eBay’s Dinesh Lathi says the updates will help sellers take advantage of increased holiday traffic, maximize sales, and streamline their operations. "As promised, we’re continuing to consolidate changes that impact your selling into two or three releases per year with lead time to adapt," he says.

YouTube And Yahoo Top Video Sites In June
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More than 177 million U.S. Internet users watched video content in June, according to the latest report from comScore.

Google sites, driven by video viewing on YouTube, ranked as the top video content property with 144.5 million unique viewers, followed by Yahoo sites (44.9 million viewers) and Vevo (43.7 million viewers).

Google’s Q2 Earnings Disappoint Shareholders
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Google neither blew estimates out of the water nor bombed with its second quarter financial report this afternoon.  Shareholders seem to be focusing on the targets the company missed, however, sending the stock down sharply in after-hours trading.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.  Google reported earnings per share of $6.45, even though analysts had hoped to see $6.52.  Also, paid clicks decreased three percent compared to the first quarter, which isn’t exactly a positive development.

Chrome Team Names Favorite Extensions
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Anyone who’s still at a loss as to why they should try Chrome – or is using it, but feels a little adrift – may want to look at a new list Google’s put into circulation.  The Chrome team has identified 19 apps that can make the browser much more useful.

Apple To Address iPhone 4 Problems Friday
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Apple is holding a press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to address the issues surrounding the iPhone 4 and it antenna problem.

Many users of the iPhone 4 have reported weak reception when it’s held a certain way, leading to it being called the "iPhone 4 death grip."

Millennial Media Finds iOS Outpaced Android In June

For quite some time, Android has been gaining on Apple’s mobile operating system, looking more and more like it would become a favorite among advertisers.  Millennial Media has determined that Android’s growth slowed a bit in June, however, while Apple saw some impressive increases.

The Weather Channel Launches Redesigned Website
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The Weather Channel said today it has launched a redesign of its website, weather.com aimed at offering users a more localized and customized experience.

"The weather.com redesign is all about consumers and creating a site that addresses how they want to view the weather," said Monisha Longacre, vice president of product strategy and development for The Weather Channel.

Google Apps Goes To India
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A country that’s known for its fast-developing tech industry – and for its enormous population – should soon have improved access to Google Apps.  Google and Tata Communications announced a deal today that involves both Google Apps and India (for starters).

Cloud Music Service Coming To iTunes?
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More than a quarter of Apple iTunes users have a strong interest in a free cloud-based music option, and many would be willing to pay a subscription fee to access their own music libraries on multiple devices, according to a new report by The NPD Group.

BBC.com Launches New U.S. Website

The BBC said today it is launching new U.S. edition website along with a redesign with advertising partner HP.

"Building on the incredible journalism already available on BBC.com you’re going to see more analysis, more insight and more perspective that connects the dots on events and issues that affect us all in the U.S.," said Miranda Cresswell, SVP, BBC.com. 

"Our new redesign will make it even easier to find, use and share this great content."

 

Hulu Plus Makes It To PS3

Although a fair number of people have hooked computers up to televisions, and a few folks might be willing to stare at their monitors for hours on end, a new development should help Hulu reach a much larger crowd.  Hulu’s now available through the PS3.

A couple of quick notes regarding the current state of things: only PS3 Plus subscribers are allowed access to Hulu Plus (meaning there are two fees involved), and this is still considered a "limited preview," so even among PS3 Plus subscribers, not everyone will be allowed to participate.

Netflix Gets More Streaming Content From Warner
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Warner Brothers and Netflix said today they are expanding their existing streaming content agreement that will add a number of TV shows to the Netflix catalog.

Under the agreement, Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to all 100 episodes of "Nip/Tuck," "Veronica Mars," "Pushing Daisies" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."

Omnicom Makes Big Commitment To Google Display Ads

Google’s display ad business is about to explode (in a positive way), according to a new report.  Omnicom Media Group has supposedly committed to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on Google’s display ads over just the next couple of years.

eBay Launches Social Media Seller Initiative

eBay sellers who use Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis might soon receive a bit of recognition for their efforts.  Something called the eBay Ink Social Media Seller program has launched, and while it’s still very much in the early stages, it’s not looking like a terrible idea.

Google Promotes AdSense In Your City Program
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AdSense publishers who live near Boston, Chicago, or New York – or can travel to one of those cities on short notice this summer – should consider filling out an application and maybe packing a bag.  Google’s looking for people to participate in what it calls the AdSense in Your City program.

Google Keyword Targeting Tool Launches Globally
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Google said this week it is launching its broad match modifier tool for AdWords globally after a successful beta test in the UK and Canada.

Twitter’s @earlybird Starts Offering Deals
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Last week, Twitter announced its new @earlybird account, designed to provide followers with exclusive deals from the comapny’s advertising partners and other businesses. Now, the account is in full swing, as it has tweeted its first deal.

The deal comes from The Walt Disney Studios, and allows followers in the U.S. to get a special deal on tickets to the movie "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice."

Study: Just 2% Of Marketers Disregard Facebook
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It’s a very rare marketer who believes he (or she) can ignore Facebook, according to new data from SeeWhy.  SeeWhy found in a recent study that more than three-quarters of marketers have in fact already incorporated or decided to incorporate the social network into their strategy.

U.S. Remains Top Spamming Country
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The United States continues to be the top country for spam, accounting for 15.2 percent of all global spam, an increase from 13.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to a new report by Sophos.

India trails the U.S., accounting for 7.7 percent of worldwide spam, followed by Brazil (5.5%), the UK (4.6%) and South Korea (4.2%).

Symantec Reports the Most Spammed States in the U.S.

Symantec has released its annual MessageLabs Intelligence Special Report, ranking the most spammed U.S. states and territories.

According to the report, Idaho receives the most spam (for the second year in a row), at a rate of 95.2%. The top spammed states are Idaho, Alabama, and South Carolina, with spam rates above 93%. The national average is only 89.3%. Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire and North Carolina are next in line.

Google Apps Users Get New Mobile Security Options

Google has announced some new mobile device management options for Google Apps administrators. The options will be available to all Google Apps Premier and Education customers starting this week.

New options include:

Google Arranges To Scan Over 160,000 More Books
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The digital collection of public domain works Google Books maintains is in store for yet another major boost.  Google’s struck a deal with the National Library of the Netherlands that will see the search giant gain access to more than 160,000 additional books.