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UK Kids Ignoring Facebook Age Limits
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A quarter of children in the UK aged 8-12 who use the Internet at home say they have a profile on Facebook, Bebo or MySpace, although the minimum age is 13, according to new research from communications regulator Ofcom.

Twitter Business Lessons from Justin Bieber
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If you’re not familiar with Justin Bieber (you’re excused if you’re not a 12-year-old girl), he is 16-year -old singer, who was discovered by his manager on YouTube, apparently after his mom uploaded videos of his performances so his loved ones could see them.

Google Launches YouTube Channel To Showcase Apps Marketplace Additions
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Google has launched a YouTube channel for its recently released Google Apps Marketplace. The Apps marketplace is a place where developers can create apps that integrate with Google Apps and sell them to users. According to Google, they can reach over 2 million businesses and 25 million users.

The YouTube channel should be a good place to checkout some of the apps that are available in the marketplace, and see what they can do.

Facebook Revisits Privacy Policy Ahead Of New Features

At this point, it seems inevitable that people will object to every little tweak Facebook makes; even a 99.9 percent success rate would leave around 400,000 users unhappy.  But Facebook has proposed some revisions to its Privacy Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities in what appears to be an attempt to prepare everyone for some rather big changes.

SEMPO Talks State of Search Engine Marketing
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The Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) has shared the results of its annual State of Search Marketing Report. WebProNews talked about the findings with SEMPO’s outgoing president Sara Holoubek at the Search Engine Strategies conference in New York (more exclusive interviews from the conference can be viewed here).

Google Talks Next Steps for Fiber Network
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Update: Google has posted some info regarding the next steps for its fiber network as the submission deadline approaches today. Product Manager James Kelly says:

Internet Access Vital For Those With Chronic Disease
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Only 62 percent of adults living with chronic disease go online, compared with 81 percent of adults with no chronic diseases, according to a new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Conversions Rely on Usability of Both Search Engines and Your Site
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WebProNews talked to a lot of interesting people at Search Engine Strategies in New York this week, and one theme that ran through more than one of these conversations was the relationship between user attention and usability and how this relates to search marketing.

Note: There is plenty more useful information in the videos embedded in this article than the points I have referenced. I suggest watching the interviews in their entirety for some helpful advice.

Significant Wikipedia Makeover Announced
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As if to make up for its brief outage earlier this week, Wikipedia has come back with some big news: the site will soon change in several important ways.  It’ll change soon, too, with an overhaul of the English-language version of Wikipedia scheduled to start late next month.

Why MapQuest Should Be Considered in Your Local Marketing Mix
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I don’t think too many people will dispute the fact that location is buzz topic of 2010 so far within the online marketing industry. Big players in this space include Foursquare, Gowalla, Twitter, Facebook (soon), and of course Google.

As reported earlier this week, Google noted that a third of its searches via the mobile web pertain to some aspect of the searcher’s local environment, and that they think of location as a "hugely important signal".

UK Newspapers To Charge For Online Access
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News International, News Corp’s British newspaper unit said today it will begin charging readers for access to the websites of The Times and Sunday Times of London starting in June.

Both titles will launch new websites in early May, separating their online presence for the first time and replacing the existing, combined site, Times Online. The two new sites will be available for a free trial period to registered customers.

Have an Employee Social Media Policy for FTC Compliance
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The FTC guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials that were updated in December have been the cause of a lot of concern and confusion among the industry, and this continues to do this day. A lot of the confusion has been around how the guidelines apply to social media use.

Motorola Splits With Google In China
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Google’s decision to redirect Chinese searchers to Google.com.hk is having some serious repercussions.  On Monday, Chinese Internet company Tom Online distanced itself from Google.  China Unicom followed suit on Wednesday.  And now, Motorola has also turned its back on the search giant.

Selling Through Facebook Doesn’t Mean Spamming Your Fans
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Small businesses are getting more and more opportunities to get some real use out of Facebook. For example, AT&T’s Buzz.com has created a way for brick and mortars to get some positive recommendations through Facebook users’ news feeds.

Android Surges In AdMob Report
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Sometime this month, Googlers who work on Android probably earned the right to pop the corks on a few bottles of champagne.  New stats from AdMob (which unfortunately only run through February) indicate that Android was poised to pass the iPhone in terms of U.S. market share.

Google: Location a “Hugely Important” Signal
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Google made a couple of interesting comments at a mobile marketing and advertising event in Vegas. Michael at Mobile Marketing Watch reports that Diana Pouliot – Director of Mobile Advertising at Google says a third of all Google searches via the mobile web pertain to some aspect of the searcher’s local environment.

Internet Use Surpasses TV Viewing In Canada
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For the first time ever weekly Internet usage of online Canadians has surpassed the number of hours spent watching television, according to a new report by Ipsos Reid.

Over all online Canadians are now spending more than 18 hours a week online, compared to 16.9 hours watching television. Internet usage is up from 14.9 hours last year. The number of hours watching television also increased in the last year, rising from 15.8 hours.

City Of Orlando Cuts Costs 62 Percent With Google Apps
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The city of Orlando loves Google, and it’s not hard to understand why – according to the city’s own estimates, switching to Google Apps cut its IT costs by a massive amount.  So now Orlando’s CIO, Conrad Cross, is returning the favor (and maybe helping Orlando secure a special prize) by spreading the Google gospel.

Bing Launches Search Updates, Foursquare App for Maps
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Microsoft announced some new updates to Bing today at SES NY, where WebProNews covered the event live (during which a representative for Bing also let me know that live.webpronews.com would be a good place to check it out).

Will Bing’s updates affect your search strategy? Discuss here.

YouTube EDU Celebrates First Birthday

YouTube EDU turned one year old today, and it’s now one of the largest online video repositories of higher education content in the world, according to the company. "The team’s work in the last 365 days shows," YouTube’s Chris Dale tells WebProNews.

Dale shared the following highlights of YouTube EDU’s first year:

Updated Internet Gambling Bill Would Generate $30 Billion For States
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The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative told WebProNews today it strongly supports Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) for the introduction of an updated version of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2010.

The updated legislation would guarantee taxes and fees are collected from wagers placed online in order to raise much-needed revenue for federal and state budgets.

Google Lets Advertisers Expand Audience Reach

Update: Anytime interest-based advertising is mentioned, privacy concerns usually follow, based on its use of browser history.  A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, "An advertiser can only remarket to users who have visited their site (or who have interacted with their YouTube homepage ad or brand channel)."

Justin Bieber’s Manager Arrested for Not Tweeting Quickly Enough
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Justin Bieber’s manager was arrested today, and WebProNews talked to his lawyer as they awaited arraignment.

FTC Considers Updating Online Child Privacy Law
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The Federal Trade Commission is considering revising rules surrounding the online collection of children’s personal information due to the growing popularity of mobile Internet usage among young people.

The FTC’s Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule imposes requirements on operators of websites or online services that are aimed at children under 13 years of age, or that knowingly collect personal information.