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Google, LVMH Cheer Trademark Infringement Ruling
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Anyone who had hoped the French Supreme Court would be able settle the dispute between Google and LVMH over keywords, advertising, and trademark infringement is in for an unpleasant surprise.  The French Supreme Court did in fact rule on the case today, but now both sides are celebrating.

Google Eyes Mouse Movement as Possible Search Relevancy Signal
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Google was granted an interesting patent today. The title is "System and method for modulating search relevancy using pointer activity monitoring". Here is how the abstract for the patent describes it:

Google Integrates Picnik with Picasa Web Albums
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Today, Google started integrating some features from Picnik (acquired earlier this year) into Picasa Web Albums. The features allow users to edit photos.

Picasa Web Albums users using English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese versions will be able to use Picnik photo editing.

Twitter Users Are More Social And Politically Active
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Americans who use Twitter are more likely than the average adult to be highly active on the Internet and in their communities, according to new survey by Gfk MRI.

Conduit: We’re Doing for Web Apps What iPhone Did for Mobile Apps

Mobile apps have captured much press and imagination this week, as Google has unveiled its App Inventor project, but Conduit is reminding everyone that web apps are big business.

The company has announced that its network has grown to over 250,000 app publishers & 170 million users, with adoption of apps by end-users increasing 233% between last July and last month.

YouTube To Provide Upcoming Video Producers With $5 Million

  Think you’ve got a video idea cooler than OK Go, but don’t have the cash to produce it?  If you’ve already had some success on the online channel, help may be on the way.

Microsoft Achieves Facebook-Outlook Integration

Checking one’s email and signing into a social network are similar acts, allowing a person to catch up with friends and colleagues.  Microsoft’s latest move seems both smart and natural, then, as the company’s given Outlook users the option to integrate their Facebook and Windows Live experiences.

This opportunity is possible due to the Outlook Social Connector, which had already established ties between Outlook, LinkedIn, and MySpace.  Microsoft’s looking very well-connected in the social media space as a result.

Reddit Taking Donations for Reddit Gold (and Gettting Them)

Update: Reddit is already calling the effort a triumph and says, "We’re getting a much-needed cash infusion."

More Consumers Using Facebook And Twitter For Brand Engagement
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Nearly 40 percent of consumers visit Facebook and Twitter to supplement the news, information or deals they receive via email marketing, according to a new study by ExactTarget.


The Discovery Channel has partnered with social game company Hive Media, to develop a game based on the television show "Deadliest Catch."

The social media game is set to be released in November on Facebook.  The game will be available only in North America.


The Discovery Channel has partnered with social game company Hive Media, to develop a game based on the television show "Deadliest Catch."

The social media game is set to be released in November on Facebook.  The game will be available only in North America.


The Discovery Channel has partnered with social game company Hive Media, to develop a game based on the television show "Deadliest Catch."

The social media game is set to be released in November on Facebook.  The game will be available only in North America.


The Discovery Channel has partnered with social game company Hive Media, to develop a game based on the television show "Deadliest Catch."

The social media game is set to be released in November on Facebook.  The game will be available only in North America.

Efficient Frontier Documents Search Spending Bounceback

Marketers are returning – or even rushing back – to the practice of employing search ads, according to the latest data from Efficient Frontier.  Efficient Frontier found that spending on search ads increased by 24 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2009.

Bing Takes Users to Mars
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Microsoft has added Mars imagery to Bing Maps and to its WorldWide Telescope project. The imagery comes straight from NASA itself.

More Cloud Announcements from Microsoft

Yesterday Microsoft had plenty of news coming out of its Worldwide Partner Conference, and today the news continues.

The company’s new channel chief, Jon Roskill, addressed the Microsoft partner community for the first time, and unveiled business strategies and resources to help partners utilize the cloud (a major theme of Microsoft’s during the event).

RIM Unveils BlackBerry Protect Security App
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Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled a new security application for BlackBerry called BlackBerry Protect. The product allows users to wirelessly backup, restore, and locate their BlackBerry smartphones.

BlackBerry Protect comes equipped with remote device wipe, remote device lock, a "lost and found" screen, the ability to locate the device on a map, remote activation of the loud ringer.

Google Continues To Make Healthy Showing In Asia-Pacific

As everybody knows by now, the whole Google-China scuffle has not done the search giant’s market share any favors in that country.  But it’s been quite a while since we’ve checked in on Google’s performance in the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, and today, comScore was good enough to provide some relevant data.

Google fans will be pleased to know that the company’s still doing well, especially in terms of unique visitors.  comScore determined that Google reached about 55 percent of the region’s online population in May, which is impressive.

Less Print Magazines Being Launched, But Also Less Dying
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According to MediaFinder, which claims to be the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian publications, 90 magazines were launched in the first half of 2010. That is way down from 187 titles launched during the same period in 2009.

comScore: Yahoo Loses “Time Spent” Fight
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June did not go at all well for Yahoo, judging by new statistics from comScore.  In fact, at least in terms of time spent on the company’s properties, June was terrible, with Yahoo managing to set a couple of records of the wrong sort.

Consumer Reports Gives iPhone 4 a Thumbs Down

Today, Consumer Reports called it "official". The iPhone 4 has reception problems. The organization says it reached the conclusion after testing three iPhone 4s purchased from separate retailers, in a controlled environment.

More Employees Visiting Social Networks At Work
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Even though more companies are regulating social networking sites, employees are finding ways around security blocks, according to a new survey from Trend Micro.

The survey included 1,600 users in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan, found globally social networking at work increased from 19 percent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2010. The highest increase in social networking in the workplace during the last two years was found among users in the U.K., which had a 6 percent increase, and Germany with a 10 percent increase.

Microsoft Unveils Dynamics CRM 2011, Dynamics Marketplace

Microsoft demonstrated its next-generation CRM release at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference today. Previously known as CRM5, the product’s official name is Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Along with the release (coming in beta in September), will be the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, described as an online catalog to provide an easy way for partners to market and distribute solutions to Microsoft Dynamics customers.

mSpot Launches Streaming Movie App for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
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mSpot has announced the launch of a free app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, which lets users watch full-length streaming movies instantly.

"The Mobile Movies iPad app makes them the first company to make streaming full-length movies available across Apple devices (beating Netflix to the punch)," a representative for mSpot tells WebProNews.

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