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Graphic.ly Introduces Android App

Online comic service Graphic.ly has launched an app for Android that offers users access to more than 150 publishers and over 2,000 titles.

 Publishers include Marvel Comics, Archaia Entertainment, Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios and IDW Publishing.

“Like our community, we are firm believers in the explosion of the Android market,” said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphic.ly.

 

Zagat Introduces New Website
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Restaurant information company Zagat has relaunched its website to include more free content and increased recognition of its user reviews.

“Zagat has always been a brand powered by people and passion. Having listened to our users, we’ve re-envisioned Zagat.com,” said Nina Zagat, Co-Founder, Zagat Survey.

 

Yahoo Japan Agrees To Video Deal With Ooyala

Yahoo Japan’s approach to online video technology will soon change a great deal.  Indeed, the company’s partnered with Ooyala, an online video specialist, and its tech is supposed to be incorporated into just about everything Yahoo Japan owns.

Libya Protest Tweets Mapped Using Google Maps
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An activist has put together a Google Maps mashup, mapping out tweets from those involved in the protests in Libya. 

Twitter Poaches MySpace’s Director Of Business Development

Depending on your perspective, Twitter’s recruiters have either succeeded or struck again.  After luring employees away from Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, they’ve now also brought Rita Garg, Director of Business Development at MySpace, onboard.

Garg has a rather impressive resume.  For starters, she attended both Stanford (getting a BA in Economics) and the Harvard Business School (earning an MBA).

Yahoo Launches Finance App For The iPad
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 Yahoo has introduced a finance app for the iPad called MarketDash.

 MarketDash allows iPad users to manage views of stock charts, scroll across hours, days or months of market activity; plot points in time; and compare multiple stock tickers in one chart.

 

 

Amazon Launches New Netflix Competitor

Amazon has announced the launch of an unlimited, commercial-free instant streaming movie and TV show service for Amazon Prime members. The service will give subscribers access to 5,000 movies and shows. 

Prime members will not be charged any extra. The price will remain $79 per year for the membership. The service also provides members with "all-you-can-eat" free 2-day shipping, which the company says has already attracted millions.

Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake – People Finder Tool Released by Google
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Google has launched a people search tool to help people affected by the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. With the tool, users have to options:

- I’m looking for someone
- I have information about someone

The tool can be accessed here

Google allows people to embed the tool on their own sites as such:

Google Simplifies Bidding on the Display Network

Google’s display network is a great way for small business advertisers to dabble in the banner advertising space.

Whilst the planning, set up and management of banner advertising through Google’s display network is fairly straight forward, one part of the process was a bit more convoluted than it should have been – the bidding on managed placements.

People who’ve used “managed placements” in the display network might have recalled seeing 3 default bids for their ad groups – namely:

Skype Breaks Record with 29 Million Users Online

Skype has broken a new record, hitting 29 million people online. On Skype’s "Big Blog", Peter Parkes writes:

We’ve passed another milestone – at approximately 1800 GMT yesterday, there were more than 29 million people online on Skype. Another record broken, and an opportunity for us to remind you that you can get Skype in all sorts of places – on your computer, on your mobile and even on your TV.

Eric Schmidt’s Mobile World Congress Speech: Full Video

Google has made video available of CEO Eric Schmidt’s speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. 

At the event, he discussed the company’s current operating system focuses: Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and Chrome OS. "We’ve got an OS for phones called ‘Gingerbread’ and one for tablets called ‘Honeycomb’. G and H. You can imagine that the next will begin with I and will be named after a dessert, and it will unite them," he said. 

Apple In-App Subscriptions Not for SaaS Apps, According to Steve Jobs

Apple’s subscription policy has been the subject of a great deal of controversy since it was introduced a week ago. It has been heavily in the spotlight this week, with app developer Readability having posted an open letter to Apple, 

In the letter, Readability creator Rich Ziade wrote:

If Google Tweaked Its Search Results …
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Google’s search quality has been a heated topic of discussion in recent weeks – mainly with regard to content farms permeating search results. It’s not only an issue with Google, but Google is by far the largest search engine, dominating the market by a landslide, so it gets the most scrutiny. 

Alibaba CEO and COO Step Down
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According to reports, Alibaba CEO David Wei and COO Elvis Lee have both resigned, following findings of fraudulent activity among thousands of sellers.

Neither executive was found to be actually involved in the fraud, but the company found a significant increase in claims against particular sellers over the last year.

$1 Billion Yandex IPO Set For This Summer

Anyone who would like to invest in Russia’s most successful search engine may want to start saving pennies and talking to his (or her) stockbroker.  Reports indicate that Yandex, which has had little trouble fending off Google in its home market, will go public and try to raise $1 billion this summer.

Facebook Chat In Hotmail Goes Live Worldwide
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Five months ago, Microsoft announced that Hotmail users in Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. could begin to chat with their Facebook friends while checking their email.  Now the integration of Hotmail and Facebook Chat is complete in every place where Facebook is available.

We’ll admit: this may not sound like a big deal insofar as it’s pretty simple to toggle between a Hotmail tab and a Facebook tab.  But the development at least goes to show that relations between Microsoft and Facebook are as good as ever.

Readability to Apple: “Your New Policy Smacks of Greed”
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The Apple subscription drama continues. Apple has rejected the Readability app, pointing to a section in its App Store Review Guidelines, which says, "Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or services in an app will be rejected."

Access The Oscars Online
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched an online “All Access” pass for Oscar night on Oscar.com.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT, Sunday, February 27, visitors to Oscar.com will be able to view red carpet arrivals of actors and celebrities via multiple camera angles. During the broadcast on ABC, users can view the backstage “Thank You Cam” where winners make their acceptance remarks.

 

Zynga Launches CityVille In More Languages

Zynga said today its newest game “CityVille” is now available in Indonesian and Turkish bringing the number of offered languages for the game to eight.

Indonesian and Turkish are more language ‘firsts’ for Zynga and are important markets for the company as it expands internationally. Building from the  success of CityVille, an increased number of players around the world will now be able to play the game in their native languages.

Yahoo Highlights Role In Creation Of Watson

Pretty much everyone knows by now that Watson, the Jeopardy-playing supercomputer that was able to cream two human champions, was created by researchers at IBM.  And IBM’s made clear that Watson doesn’t work its magic by searching the Internet.  But apparently Yahoo tech did play a role in the creation of the machine.

Augmented Reality To Become Our Sixth Sense?

Late last month, augmented reality developers Layar announced that it was making its platform available to all developers of iOS apps, opening the door for a lot more innovation and practical use-cases for AR technology. "All apps and services that have a location aspect can now easily and without license costs be enhanced with an AR view of their content," Layar co-founder, Maarten Lens-Fitzgerald told WebProNews. "It fits with the new trends within the AR industry, which is the democratization of this new medium – lowering the barrier to enter the new realm of AR."

Wajam Makes Google and Bing Results More Relevant
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Personalization is one of the key components of search relevancy. It’s not the only component (Google uses over 200 signals for a reason), but it’s a pretty big component. If results are tailored to you specifically, there’s a good chance they will often provide relevance to you. One of the best ways to achieve personalization through search is to get you results based on your established connections with other people. Google knows this. This is why Google is putting more emphasis on social search.

Verizon Updates V Cast Music App For Android

Verizon said today it gas updated its V Cast Music app for Android smartphones.

 The new version of V Cast Music is available for Android 2.1 or higher. The service allows users to buy full-track songs in an MP3 format without DRM.

Report: Baidu Execs Visiting Facebook In CA

A partnership between Facebook and Chinese search giant Baidu – long the subject of rumors and speculation – might be closer than ever.  An unconfirmed report indicates that Baidu execs are visiting Facebook in California for the sake of discussing a deal.

Bill Bishop, who’s bilingual and thereby able to read the original story, wrote yesterday, "Sina News reported on Friday afternoon that unnamed Baidu executives have flown to Silicon Valley to discuss possible cooperation with Facebook."