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Nearly Half Of Americans Say Newspapers Will Disappear
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Nearly half (49%) of Americans agree with the statement "In the future, there will be no more newspapers because everyone will be getting their news over the Internet," according to a new survey from Arbitron and Edison Research.

This is a significant increase compared with results from just three years ago when only 27 percent agreed with the same statement.
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Are You Getting Your Content in Front of News Seekers?
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Getting press coverage can mean a great deal for gaining traffic and overall exposure for your business. That said, there are also ways to take some initiative yourself in getting some exposure from news search.

The Next Big Thing in Social Media – Using Your Brain
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What’s the next big thing in social media? Is it Google Buzz? Is it Chat Roulette? Is it Foursquare? Is it Gowalla? Is it something you won’t hear about until tomorrow, next week, or next year? While it is certainly a good idea to be aware of trends, it’s also important for businesses not to get to fixated on them, and go rushing into things that may or may not make sense for them.

Shiny Object Syndrome

Twitter “Share” Button Most Common Among Top Blogs
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Many blogs depend on the practice of sharing for survival, or at least profitability; they can’t count on millions of people to find their own way to every article.  And it turns out that, when it comes to "share" buttons, popular blogs depend more on Twitter’s than any other option out there.

Incentives Keep Broadband Customers Loyal
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Offering loyalty incentives, such as discounts on monthly fees, service upgrades and other benefits, provides a significant boost in customer satisfaction with fixed and mobile broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK, according to a new report by J.D. Power and Associates.

Around 15 percent of fixed broadband customers and 16 percent of mobile broadband customers report having received incentives from their ISP to reward their continued loyalty.

YouTube Makes Changes to Where Users Spend Most Time
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Update: YouTube is reportedly making the new design live on all YouTube video pages today.

Panasonic Turns Down Android Due To Costs

One of Android’s biggest selling points (so to speak) is that it’s free; Google doesn’t charge anybody a dime to use the operating system it would like to see powering phones, netbooks, and all other sorts of devices.  Unfortunately for Google, a major electronics manufacturer has concluded that using Android is still an expensive proposition.

Yahoo Publisher Network Shutting Down in a Month
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Yahoo is closing the doors on the Yahoo Publisher Network. The Yahoo Publisher Network was launched in the summer of 2005, and never left beta status.

The YPN lets publishers display ads that are relevant to the content of their site, and earn money based on the clicks, much like Google’s AdSense program. The program will be shutting down at the end of April.

Google Launches “Ad Innovations” Destination

Google has launched a new site to showcase its latest innovations in advertising. It’s called, appropriately, Google Ad Innovations.

Bing Launches Maps Apps for World Tour, Oodle, Foursquare
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Microsoft launched a few new apps for Bing Maps today: the World Tour App, the Oodle App and the Foursquare App.

UK Leads Europe In Smartphone Adoption

Smartphone adoption in the EU5 (U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy) has grown 32 percent compared to a year ago to 51.6 million subscribers, according to a new report from comScore.

Growth can bee seen across the range of monthly subscription fees, but the mid to low tier is growing faster that high tier subscriptions in each of the EU5 markets.

Asus To Take On iPad With Google OS
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Google and Apple have clashed a number of times in recent months, and a Taiwanese hardware manufacturer is poised to ensure that the two companies butt heads yet again.  Asus has indicated that it will challenge the iPad with a tablet PC powered by either Android or Chrome OS.

Twilight Author To Release Short Story Online

Popular Twilight author Stephenie Meyer said on her website her next book "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" will be available as both a physical book and online.

The book will be available for purchase in bookstores on Saturday, June 5 in hardcover for $13.99 and free online starting at noon on June 7 until July 5 at www.breetanner.com.

Could Forums Be More Valuable to Your Brand Than Facebook/Twitter?
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Social media marketing is largely about engaging with your audience, and a big part of that is knowing where your audience is. A lot of brands may find that their audience is easiest to reach through forums, which are kind of the old school social networks.

Do you use forums to engage with your audience? Tell us about it.

Google Detects Malware Targeting Vietnam Dissidents
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Google said it has detected malware targeting Vietnamese-language users opposed to bauxite mining in the Communist country.

The malware infected the computers of "potentially tens of thousands of users" who downloaded Vietnamese keyboard language software, Google Security Team member Neel Mehta wrote on the company’s security blog. The attacks targeted opposition to the mining of bauxite, an ore used to make aluminum.

Gmail Opens Up To Apps With OAuth Support
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Sharing one’s password is considered a huge security sin; a recent Symantec survey made clear that telling it to even a boss or spouse is verboten.  Gmail users may be glad to hear, then, that Google has figured out a way to encourage the creation of Gmail-related apps without asking everyone to compromise on the password issue.

Google Takes Limit Off AdSense Category Filtering

Google has eliminated the limit to how many categories AdSense publishers can filter from their sites. There are 11 categories, and users can filter as many of them as they want.

Yale’s Deployment Of Google Apps Delayed

When we first reported that Yale was poised to adopt Google Apps, the development seemed like a big win for Google.  The situation’s now looking a bit different, though, as the prestigious university has postponed its school-wide switch to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and other products from Mountain View.

Social Network Users Improve Privacy Habits

As the amount of activity on social networks continues to increase, more users are taking steps to protect their privacy but security risks remain, according to a new report released by Webroot.

The survey included more than 1,100 members of Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter and other social networks. The survey found an increasing awareness among social network user of how to keep personal information private. At the same time, it indicated how social network users still put their identities and information at risk.

Analyst Bets Apple Search Engine Might Be On The Way
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An investment firm that was founded in 1895 and earned almost $470 million in net revenue last year thinks it’s likely that Apple will build its own search engine.  Specifically, Piper Jaffray assigned this outcome a 70 percent chance of taking place sometime within the next five years.

Twitter Tests New Home Page
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Twitter is testing a new home page, aimed at showing more of the information that "flows through Twitter."

"This builds on a series of changes starting last year when we redesigned the homepage to make search and trending topics more visible and easily accessible to everyone," says Twitter Designer Doug Bowman. "With that version, we brought the power of search.twitter.com to the homepage and let people explore the value of Twitter without an account."

Google Gives AdWords for Mobile Interface to Advertisers

Today Google has made AdWords for Mobile the default mobile interface for a small percentage of English-language advertisers.

Google, Microsoft Part of Coalition to Get Privacy Law Updated

A coalition that includes Google and Microsoft is aiming to get the Electronic Communications Privacy Act updated to reflect the needs of today’s technologically fast-paced world, where much consumer and business data resides in the cloud. I listened in on a conference call this afternoon, which featured several members of the coalition, including representatives from both companies.

eBay Launches New Classifieds Site

eBay said today it is launching two iPhone selling apps, one for its online marketplace and one for its new classifieds site.

With the new eBay Selling and classifieds apps users can photograph and list an item in less than a minute.  On April 3, the company will introduce a new version of the eBay app for iPad.