Facebook Shares to Be Sold in Less Than a Month
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Facebook LogoBack in August, information surfaced indicating that Facebook would begin allowing its employees to sell some of their shares in the company this fall. Now, a date has been set for this to begin, and that date is the 1st of November.

Microsoft Creating Still More Search Centers
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We think Microsoft might just be rubbing it in at this point.  Even as Yahoo’s stock plunges and major layoffs are rumored to be on the way, Steve Ballmer has announced that his company is opening research centers in London, Munich, and Paris.

Google Was Almost on TV
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Google is straying from its old ways and moving more toward traditional advertising methods, says the Wall Street Journal. We’re not seeing Google commercials on TV yet, but could that be on the horizon?

Apparently, Google employees had plans of slipping a Google ad in during the Olympics, but Sergey and Larry weren’t having it, because such an ad wouldn’t "fit the company’s image." WSJ reports:

Online Health Sites Announce Merger
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Online health sites Waterfront Media and Revolution Health Network have reached an agreement to merge and will pose a potential threat to WebMD’s top position in the health care category.

Potential Hulu/Joost Killer Begins Beta Testing
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A new player in the online video game is emerging in Sling.com. Well the service is new, not really the player. Owners Sling Media have been around for a while, focusing primarily on hardware, but that is all about to change, starting with Sling.com, which has just begun beta testing to select users.

Facebook Finds a Home for International Affairs
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Tanáiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment, Mary Coughlan TD announced today that Facebook is making Dublin the location of its international headquarters.

From there, they will run all of their international operations and provide support to Facebook users in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

National Advertisers Target Locally Online

Almost half of national advertisers are currently turning to local online advertising, and more than 40 percent are pouring at least a quarter of their online marketing into local targeting, according to a new study by Sterling Market Intelligence, commissioned by Marchex.

The study found that the utilization of local online advertising is hindered by confusion about the best tactics and traffic sources to use, and how to effectively measure the results and return on investment.

Gphone Already Sold Out!

It’s been just over a week since T-Mobile premiered the G1, the first cell phone with Google’s Android OS. Although the phone won’t be available for three more weeks, T-Mobile has already sold all of its preorder units.

That’s right, folks. The Gphone is sold out.

Nokia Launches New Music Service In The UK
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Nokia announced today that it is set to introduce its new music offering Comes with Music in the UK on October 16.

Nokia said Carphone Warehouse will be the exclusive retailer in Britain for the first Comes with Music model, which will sell for $230 and includes a Nokia 5310 XpressMusic handset.

Yahoo! May Be Dumping A Lot More People
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If there is any merit to an anonymous tip received by Silicon Alley Insider, about 3,500 Yahoo! employees may be losing their jobs when the company begins it’s next set of layoffs.

YouTube Leaps Into the Real World
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YouTube announced today that they are hosting a live event in San Francisco on November 22, appropriately titled, "YouTube Live". The event will be some kind of concert/variety show hybrid, and will revolve around so called Youtube "phenomenon".

If you are interested, but can’t make it to San Francisco, you’re in luck because they’re streaming it live on YouTube. They’ve created a channel specifically for the event (where you can also learn more about it.

YouTube Putting Commercials in Videos
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The other day, YouTube released its "HotSpots" feature as part of YouTube Insight. It is an analytics feature that allows users to pinpoint the moments in their videos that are the most popular.

Google Blog Search Gains Focus On Browsing
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The name of Google Blog Search has always been both self-explanatory and complete; the product, which was made by Google, helped users search the blogosphere.  But now Google Blog Search has a new homepage that encourages casual browsing, as well.

A Closer Look at Search on the Google Phone
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Google is giving those interested in the new Google Phone (the G1 from T-Mobile) a closer look at the different aspects of it on the Google Mobile Blog. Today Android Software Engineer Andy Stadler talks about the search capabilities on the device:

Google Unveils $4.4 Trillion Clean Energy Plan
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Google has introduced an ambitious $4.4 trillion energy plan in an effort to reduce U.S. use of fossil fuels by 2030 by using alternative sources, including wind and solar power.

Through its nonprofit organization Google.org, the company is exploring a number of alternative energy initiatives to also find more efficient ways to power its data centers around the world.

Savvy Competitor Analysis and Keyword Research Your Competitors Arent Doing
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First, let’s tackle competitive analysis. As an entrepreneur, you’re no doubt familiar with some of the conventional wisdom about how to handle competitors. Do your research. Check public records and disclosures about big name firms in your industry. Assess your goals, branding plans, and future efforts in the context of the presumptive goals of your industry rivals. Understand why customers choose competitors over your firm — both why they like your rivals and why they refuse to work with you.

Facebook Redesign, Not Bad

 Last night, my husband was logging in to Facebook when he noticed something was different.

Marc Andreessen Joins eBay’s Board Of Directors
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Marc Andreessen has long been a busy man; he’s worked at or invested in Netscape, AOL, Ning, Digg, and Twitter, for starters.  Now, Andreessen’s interests seem to have turned towards boards of directors, as he joined Facebook’s earlier this year and hopped aboard eBay’s yesterday evening.

U.S. Consumers Opposed To Bandwidth Caps

A new survey of U.S. consumers conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) finds that consumers have a much different view of broadband access and telecom policy that is at odds with many telecom policy makers.

The majority (94%) of respondents see value in broadband service providers (BSP) that dynamically allocate premium bandwidth for some types of traffic, such as video, VoIP, and gaming.

More Men Find Happiness Online
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Men find they are happiest when they are surfing the Web and women are happiest spending time with their families, according to a new Australian study on what makes people happy.

The "Happiness Index" study, polled more than 8,500 Australians between the ages of 18-64 and found that rest and relaxation were the most pleasing activities, while physical exercise was the least likely to make people happy.

Netflix Opens API to Developers
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Netflix has opened its API to third party developers to use within their own applications, and has even authorized commercial use of it. The company is supplying Javascript, REST programming, and Atom feed API components. The API can be used in the following capacities:

Netflix Partners With Starz On Instant Streaming
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Online movie rental service Netflix has reached a deal with Starz Entertainment to make movies from Starz through its broadband subscription movie service, available to be streamed on Netflix.

Internet Radio Is Saved By Congress

There is new hope for Pandora and other webcasters, but any deal is far from done.

Microsoft Launches SearchPerks Program
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At any search engine conference, Google’s setup tends to draw the biggest crowds.  Next come the companies that happen to have booth babes.  But swag is also popular, and since Microsoft can’t easily change its name or distribute women, a new SearchPerks program aims to capitalize on this last idea.