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YouTube EDU Celebrates First Birthday

YouTube EDU turned one year old today, and it’s now one of the largest online video repositories of higher education content in the world, according to the company. "The team’s work in the last 365 days shows," YouTube’s Chris Dale tells WebProNews.

Dale shared the following highlights of YouTube EDU’s first year:

Updated Internet Gambling Bill Would Generate $30 Billion For States
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The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative told WebProNews today it strongly supports Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) for the introduction of an updated version of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2010.

The updated legislation would guarantee taxes and fees are collected from wagers placed online in order to raise much-needed revenue for federal and state budgets.

Google Lets Advertisers Expand Audience Reach

Update: Anytime interest-based advertising is mentioned, privacy concerns usually follow, based on its use of browser history.  A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, "An advertiser can only remarket to users who have visited their site (or who have interacted with their YouTube homepage ad or brand channel)."

Justin Bieber’s Manager Arrested for Not Tweeting Quickly Enough
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Justin Bieber’s manager was arrested today, and WebProNews talked to his lawyer as they awaited arraignment.

FTC Considers Updating Online Child Privacy Law
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The Federal Trade Commission is considering revising rules surrounding the online collection of children’s personal information due to the growing popularity of mobile Internet usage among young people.

The FTC’s Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule imposes requirements on operators of websites or online services that are aimed at children under 13 years of age, or that knowingly collect personal information.

Social media: Where

Brand FansExamples of a real-dollar Return on Investment (ROI) from social media marketing programs are rare.

Social media: Where

Brand FansExamples of a real-dollar Return on Investment (ROI) from social media marketing programs are rare.

Social media: Where

Brand FansExamples of a real-dollar Return on Investment (ROI) from social media marketing programs are rare.

Social media: Where
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Brand FansExamples of a real-dollar Return on Investment (ROI) from social media marketing programs are rare.

Most Targeted Attacks on Senior Officials Come from China
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Symantec has a released a new report looking at the nature of industrial espionage and targeted attacks, a big issue right now, considering the whole Google/China situation. A representative for the firm tells WebPronews, "Further analysis of targeted attacks shows that the top five targeted roles are senior officials (VPs, Directors) and the individuals that receive the most targeted malware are responsible for foreign trade and defense policy, especially in relation to Asian countries."

China Unicom Turns Back On Google
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Regardless of its intentions, Google’s other undertakings in China continue to be affected by its decision concerning search.  China Unicom, which is the country’s second-largest mobile operator, has decided to cut its ties with the American company.

Libraries Key Resource For Internet Access
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Some 77 million Americans used a public library computer to access the Internet in the past year, according to a new report by the University of Washington Information School and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Low-income adults are more likely to rely on the public library as their main resource to access computers and the Internet than any other income group. Over all, 44 percent of people living below the federal poverty line used computers and the Internet at their public libraries.

Facebook E-Commerce: What Online Retailers Have Been Looking For?
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Facebook has over 400 million active users. In the U.S. Facebook surpassed Google as the top site about a week and a half ago in terms of visits for a week. Consider that consumers are getting more comfortable with online shopping from their mobile device, and that social media (at least in significant part), is driving mobile usage.

Baidu Closes Above $600 For First Time

To be a Baidu shareholder must be a wonderful thing.  The Chinese company’s stock went up yet again today and was at $608.50 when the closing bell rang, making this the first time it’s ever ended a trading day above $600.

Here are a couple other numbers sure to make other investors jealous: shares of Baidu actually gained 2.29 percent today, which represents a significant increase, not a symbolic tic.  Also, since January 12th (the day Google announced its "new approach to China"), shares are up a whopping 51.91 percent.

AOL Launches Patch.org To Fund Hyperlocal News

AOL said today it is launching Patch.org, a charitable foundation to support access to local news and information in underserved communities.

Patch.org will partner with community foundations and other organizations to launch sites and bring local news and information to communities that lack adequate news media and online local information.

Google Alerts Users of Suspicious Gmail Log-In Activity
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Google introduced a new security feature for Gmail today. It notifies the user when a suspicious log-in activity is detected on their account. This notification will come in the form of a message saying ""Warning: We believe your account was last accessed from…" along with the geographic region that Google can best associate with the access. Engineering Director Pavni Diwanji explains on the Gmail Blog:

GoDaddy Washes Hands Of Domain Names In China
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A company that has over 40 million domain names under its management – and is perhaps better known for controversial ads featuring busty women – has effectively followed Google’s lead in China.  GoDaddy will stop registering domain names in the country.

AT&T Launches New Music App
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AT&T has launched a new music application that combines a number of different apps into one multifaceted application.

The AT&T Music application is available on three feature phones including the LG Xenon, Samsung Solstice and Samsung Impression. The company said it plans to make the service available as a download on additional handsets soon and will being preloading it on devices this summer.

Search Analytics Ideas From SES
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For all sorts of reasons (more on that in a minute), Avinash Kaushik is an authority on search analytics.  He’s also a likable and entertaining speaker.  SES New York attendees were in for a treat, then, as Kaushik delivered a keynote address titled "Be Awesome: Ideas for Approaching Search Analytics Differently."

Would Your Company Benefit from an Internal Twitter?
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It’s no secret that Google and Microsoft are in heavy competition in the enterprise application space. This competition may extend into a relatively new sub-category of this space – internal microblogging. Think Twitter, just for within the enterprise.

Google Exec Page Turned to Chinese
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Something fishy is going on. If you search for "Google executives" on an English-language version of Google, you may get a link to http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html, which would be Google’s page where it has profiles for its executives (go figure). However, you may also notice that the text appears in Chinese characters.

Behaviorally-Targeted Ads Get More Conversions
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Behaviorally-targeted advertising is more than twice as effective at converting users who click on the ads into buyers (6.8% conversion vs.2.8% for run-of-network ads) according to a new study by the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI).

Based on proprietary data from twelve major ad networks, the study found in 2009, behaviorally-targeted advertising pulled in an average of 2.68 times as much revenue per ad as non-targeted advertising.

Google Introduces AdWords Search Funnels Reports
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Last night, your humble author watched an episode of The X-Files in which a sick boy got a new liver.  The twist was this: the boy got a new liver after a man who built Rube Goldberg machines survived four attempts on his life and won the lottery.  And a new set of reports known as AdWords Search Funnels acknowledges the same principle of cause and effect.

Twitter “Contributors” Feature Spotted on Salesforce Account

Back in December, Twitter announced that it began beta testing a new feature called Contributors. The feature is aimed at businesses, and gives them a way to allow multiple users to tweet under the company account, while displaying exactly who from the company is doing the tweeting, with a clickable name that directs the reader to that person’s own Twitter account.