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Baidu Receives Go-Ahead To Sue Registrar

What with Google, Facebook, and other Web heavyweights seemingly getting drawn into courts on a weekly basis, it would make sense for Baidu to star in a lawsuit, and now the Chinese search giant will indeed become involved in another one.  Only Baidu won’t have to defend itself, as the company will actually be suing its domain name registrar.

Facebook Tweaks the Homepage Navigation
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Facebook has made an adjustment to the left-hand navigation on the user’s home page. The company says this aimed at making it easier for users to access the fundamental parts of the social network.

Google Playing Copy-Cat to Bing

If you have been paying attention to what Google has been doing as of late to improve its user experience, you might be noticing something strange. It seems that almost every time that Google makes an improvement in its aesthetic appeal, it looks more and more like Bing. Remember the short-lived attempt to customize the Google home page recently which has since been removed?

Facebook On Ceglia Suit: “We Strongly Suspect The Contract Is Forged”
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Brace yourself for a long and detailed series of discussions about the way Mark Zuckerberg does (or doesn’t) zag his "Z"s and loop his "g"s.  The argument over a contract that supposedly gives Paul Ceglia ownership of 84 percent of Facebook has escalated, with Facebook hinting that the contract is a fake.

Internet Gambling Bill To Get Mark-Up Tuesday
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The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act (H.R. 2267) which was debated at a Congressional hearing this week is set to be amended or marked up by the House Financial Services Committee next Tuesday.

Verizon Shares Earnings, AT&T Transitions Acquired Verizon Customers
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Verizon announced its Q2 earnings today, reporting strong wireless and FiOS customer growth, increased enterprise revenues, and $9.8 billion in cash flow, up 29.8% from the same period in 2009.

YouTube Teams Up with ABC Station to Offer Local News from Citizens
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Last month, reports came out that YouTube had a "top secret news experiment" in the works, which would involve citizen journalism and "going local in San Francisco." This was played down as simply a version of YouTube Direct.

Dell Settles with SEC for $100 Million
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Dell announced that it’s reached a settlement with the SEC, resolving an investigation into Dell’s disclosures and alleged omissions from before Fiscal Year 2008, regarding its relationship to Intel, as well as other accounting and financial reporting issues.

YouTube Selects YouTube Play Jurors (Including Darren Aronofsky)
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YouTube has just unveiled the jury for YouTube Play, which was announced last month. The project features over 6,000 videos from 69 countries. The YouTube Play Channel had had over 2 million views.

The jury includes musician Laurie Anderson, the group Animal Collective, visual artists Douglas Gordon, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter and Takashi Murakami, artists and filmmakers Shirin Neshat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Darren Aronofsky, and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister. Guggenheim Chief Curator and Deputy Director Nancy Spector is serving as jury chairperson.

Google to Churn Out New Chrome Releases
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Google has unveiled a new strategy for Chrome: accelerate the rate at which stable releases are made available. The company even thinks it can get a new stable version out once every six weeks. That’s double what it currently does.

Google says it has the following three goals:

Microsoft Trounces Earnings Estimates

Yesterday morning, thousands of Microsoft employees celebrated Steve Ballmer’s 30th year with the company.  This afternoon, they – along with many independent shareholders – are probably cheering again, as Microsoft reported record results for the past fiscal quarter.

Is the Internet Looking at Y2K Part 2?
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Richard MacManus at ReadWriteWeb ran a very interesting story about how the Internet will run out of addresses in less than a year. This is what John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) says. Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf has also reportedly made a similar claim.

Bing Launches Gallery of All Past Homepage Photos
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In case you’ve ever wanted to browse an archive of Bing’s homepage images, you can now do so. Microsoft has launched the Bing Homepage Visual Search Gallery.

Whereas with the arrows on the homepage itself, you can view a week’s worth of Bing photos, you can access any of them from this gallery.

Amazon’s Earnings Show Kindle Doing Very Well for the Company
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Amazon sold three times as many Kindle books in the first half of 2010 as it did in the first half of 2009.  It was revealed earlier this week that Amazon is now selling more Kindle books than hardcover books. This was reiterated in the company’s earnings announcement today.

Amazon Announces Q2 Sales of $6.57 billion

Amazon announced its second quarter earnings today. Net sales were up 41% at $6.57 billion, compared with $4.65 billion in the second quarter of ’09.

"Excluding the $48 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales would have grown 42% compared with second quarter 2009," the company said.

Symantec: Short URL Spam Reaches Historical Peak
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A new report from Symantec’s MessageLabs finds that short URLs in spam have reached a "historical peak". This type of spam has increased significantly over the past year.

Spam containing shortened links hit a one day peak of 18%, or 23.4 billion spam emails, on April 30, 2010, doubling last year’s peak levels when spam with shortened links accounted for 9.3% of spam (more than 10 billion spam emails) on July 28, 2009.

Virgin America Flights Get Enhanced Google Maps Data

Google announced today that it has completely updated the Google Maps data on the touchscreens of airplane seats on Virgin America.

RockYou Swears Allegiance To Facebook Credits

Facebook’s virtual currency has scored a significant win.  Today, RockYou, which is the developer behind apps including "SuperWall" and "Pieces of Flair," announced that it will effectively recognize no form of virtual money other than Facebook Credits for the next five years.

YouTube Shows Future Standard Embed Code
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YouTube has introduced a new way to embed videos. The new style uses an <iframe>.

Viewers of videos which use the following embed code style will be able to view the embedded video in one of YouTube’s Flash or HTML5 players, depending on viewing environment and preferences:

Consumers Becoming More Comfortable With Online Tracking

The growth in the use of mobile technology has made U.S. consumers more comfortable with safeguards as fewer are voicing concern about privacy and security on their wireless devices, according to a new global survey by KPMG.

KPMG found that 48 percent of the U.S. consumers surveyed on the use of technology (e.g. computers, smart phones, mobile applications and the internet) were very concerned about privacy when using a mobile device, which was down from 58 percent when KPMG conducted a similar survey in 2008.

Google Speeds Up Dialing on Google Voice Apps
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Google announced today that it has launched an enhancement for the Google Voice mobile app on Android and BlackBerry devices. The tweak is designed to make placing calls quicker. The feature itself is called "Direct Access Numbers."

Flickr Updates iPhone App to Utilize iOS 4 Capabilities, Adds Twitter Sharing

Flickr has released an updated version of its iPhone app, specifically targeting new features of the iPhone 4 like multi-tasking and support for HD-video uploads.

AOL Launches New Mobile Portal and Android Apps
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AOL has launched a new smartphone portal at m.aol.com and 2 new Android apps. In fact, AOL specifically says that it’s increasing its focus on Android.

The smartphone portal is for HTML5-supporting smartphones, providing a touch-driven interface that allows for easy scrolling through articles and content, as well as location-based services for weather, movies, traffic, etc. There is also an app directory for users to find mobile apps, and it supports video content.

Finding Alternatives To Facebook
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With the news confirmed that Facebook membership now exceeds 500 million people worldwide – that’s nearly 10 percent of the world’s total population – it’s a worthy reminder to note that, never mind its size or seeming monolithic ubiquity, there are other social networking places to complement Facebook.