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US Ad Spending Saw 15% Decline in Early ’09
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A report from Nielsen indicates that ad spending in the United States fell 15.4% in the first half of the year, compared to the first half of last year. Preliminary estimates show that US ad expenditures fell over $10.3 billion to a total of $56.9 billion.

"While some of the larger categories have cut back spending, we see others that continue to raise the ante on their media investments," said Annie Touliatos, VP for Nielsen’s advertising information services.

August Was Big for Tweeting for Causes
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In mid-August, Experience Project launched TwitCause, a Twitter-based social cause program, which featured the V Foundation cancer charity. Since its launch, it has gained 30,000 followers (and climbing).

Chrome To Come Aboard Sony Computers
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People who buy new Sony computers may now get an introduction to Google Chrome as part of the deal.  Google and Sony have sealed a deal that will see Chrome preinstalled on some Sony products. 

Google Adds “Real-Time” Suggestions to Google News
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Google has added its Google Suggest feature to Google News in its English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions. Now when you go to search for something on Google News, Google will attempt to guess what you may be searching for.

eBay Sells Skype, Which is Worth $2.75 Billion
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Update: The announcement has been made. Some details from the press release:

Twitter Tops MySpace In UK, Spurs Data Center Expansion
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Although the maximum length of tweets remains locked at 140 characters, Twitter itself is turning into something of a giant.  This morning, there’s news that the site managed to beat MySpace in terms of UK Internet visits, and it also seems to have caused a data center specialist to find new facilities.

Let’s hit the MySpace-related development first.  In truth, Twitter’s accomplishment here isn’t as impressive as it might sound; Twitter’s conquest is probably due more to MySpace’s fall than its own rise.

Bing And Yahoo See Small Decline In August
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Bing’s search market share in the U.S. grew by just 0.23 percent in August to 9.64 percent, the slowest monthly growth rate since its launch, according to a report by StatCounter.

The report also found that Bing and Yahoo combined declined a small amount in August to 20.14 percent from 20.36 percent in July.

Opera 10 – The Final Chapter
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Today Opera released the final version of Opera 10, the long-awaited new entry in the company’s browser family. It’s free and comes in 43 languages.

Opera points out three things that it says users "must try" in this version:

CBS Sports And SI.com Enter Into Content Agreement
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CBS Interactive and Sports Illustrated have entered into a content sharing agreement focused on high school sports, which will include print and online elements.

CBS’high school sports site, MaxPreps.com will be featured on SI.com’s high school section and it will also be integrated with Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd section in both print and online. In addition Sports Illustrated writers, including David Feherty and Seth Davis, will be syndicated on CBSSports.com

Facebook Takes Steps To Increase Users’ Sharing
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Facebook developers may soon see more user interest than ever before, thanks to a site tweak.  The Facebook Share prompts have been altered in a way that Facebook thinks will have some significant effects.

Tesla Hires YouTube’s Communications Head
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Tesla Motors has held the attention of most car nuts for some time; it is perhaps the leading manufacturer of electric automobiles that work in the real world.  And now, Tesla has gotten hold of YouTube’s head of global communications and public affairs, too.

Ricardo Reyes, who started collecting paychecks from Google in 2007, is set to officially begin working for Tesla in two weeks’ time on September 14th.  He’ll hold the title of "Vice President for Communications" within the company.

Google Translates 9 New Languages
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Google announced today that it has added nine new languages to Google Translate. That brings the total number of languages supported up to 51, as well as 2,550 language pairs, including all 23 official EU languages.

Global Search Market Grows Tremendously YOY

comScore has released some new numbers for the global search market. The highlight of the findings is that the market draws over 100 billion searches per month.

To be more specific, over 113 billion searches were conducted in July. This is a whopping 41% increase from a year ago. Obviously, Google sites received the bulk of these searches.

Samsung Set To Launch App Store
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Samsung Electronics announced today it will launch a new app store for its smartphone users on September 14.

The app store will open in the U.K., France and Italy, with more than 30 countries including Germany and Spain to follow. Initially the store will be focused on users of Omnia and I8910 HD devices and later expand to other models.

Users will be able to browse a variety of applications including games, references, social networking, e-books and health related tools.

Could Hulu Potentially Harm Quality TV Shows?

There’s just one problem with the chart below:

Walmart Brings Other Retailers on Board for Online Sales

Over the years, Walmart has been widely criticized in some circles for essentially stamping out small businesses across America with its ever-expanding presence. There have even been documentaries made about this. But that’s about the offline world right?

Walmart has now introduced "The Walmart Marketplace," a new online initiative, in which it bolsters its inventory by partnering with other online retailers with large inventories themselves.

The Massive Stats of Online Video

Of course everyone knows that Americans watch a lot of video. Why not, right? We spend a lot of time online and we like to make excuses to not exercise. It’s the perfect storm for YouTube and Hulu and the rest of the video distribution sites of the world. It is somewhat amazing though to see the numbers attached to it, though.

Baby Boomers Getting in the Online Dating Scene

If you are single and have not yet tried online dating, you will!   According to the Pew Internet & American life Project’s Online Dating Survey , by 2006 the majority of actively dating Americans had tried to score online at least once.  Highlights of the survey:cute blond online dating

Twitter Conferences Are All The Rage

As part of the Internet marketing industry have you done the conference circuit? Have you been to SES, SMX (put cardinal direction here), Adtech, PubCon etc, etc? On a yearly basis how many of these trips can you justify or get away with?

More Things to Look For From New YouTube Channels
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The full launch of YouTube’s new channels is getting to be long overdue, but the date is still unknown at this point. As YouTube keeps saying however, they’re getting closer.

Meanwhile, the channels have been available to those who have tried hard enough to gain access to them, and YouTube continues to make improvements to them. One such improvement just made, is the ability to reorder your uploads, favorites, and lists of playlists.

Tool Launched for Audio Status Update Creation

Oddcast has released an interesting new audio status-updating tool for publishing your voice to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. You may recognize the company from its SitePal service, which provides animated characters for websites.

The new tool called AudioPal lets users create 60-second personal voice messages that can be posted to their personal web pages, blogs, and social networks.

Wi-Fi Caf

 Mobile consumption of Wi-Fi is on the rise as consumers become increasingly mobile, according to a new report by JiWire.

Overall, the number of mobile devices accessing Wi-Fi hotspots grew by 79 percent in the first half of this year. While the iPhone and iPod Touch remain the most popular Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices, collectively representing 97.8 percent of all mobile device connections, the Palm Pre launched as the fifth most popular mobile device in June 2009, just within the first three months of its introduction.

Wi-Fi Caf

 Mobile consumption of Wi-Fi is on the rise as consumers become increasingly mobile, according to a new report by JiWire.

Overall, the number of mobile devices accessing Wi-Fi hotspots grew by 79 percent in the first half of this year. While the iPhone and iPod Touch remain the most popular Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices, collectively representing 97.8 percent of all mobile device connections, the Palm Pre launched as the fifth most popular mobile device in June 2009, just within the first three months of its introduction.

Wi-Fi Caf

 Mobile consumption of Wi-Fi is on the rise as consumers become increasingly mobile, according to a new report by JiWire.

Overall, the number of mobile devices accessing Wi-Fi hotspots grew by 79 percent in the first half of this year. While the iPhone and iPod Touch remain the most popular Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices, collectively representing 97.8 percent of all mobile device connections, the Palm Pre launched as the fifth most popular mobile device in June 2009, just within the first three months of its introduction.