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Amazon Kindle To Add Support For Facebook And Twitter
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Amazon has introduced a 2.5 software update for its Kindle, which features support for Facebook and Twitter.

The new Facebook and Twitter support will allow Kindle users to share book passages with their friends on the social networks.

Amazon said it is rolling out the new software update to a limited group of Kindle users and plans a full release in late May.

Google Improves Mobile Image Search
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Google has launched a new version of Image Search for Android 2.1 devices and iPhone 3.0+. This version provides a slicker user interface that fits in with how users of these devices would browse native images.

Here’s a demo:

Foursquare, The Next Social Up-And-Comer

It’s funny how early adoption works and how you start to see recurring patterns. When I started using Twitter there were numerous people who questioned what it was, why it was useful, and mocked it. A couple of years later, Twitter is still on a tear.

Baidu Reports Good Q1 Results, High Hopes For Q2
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Assuming they haven’t already done so, it wouldn’t be surprising if Baidu’s execs decide to send some thank you notes and fruit baskets to their counterparts at Google.  Baidu released its first-quarter earnings report late yesterday, and – due in large part to Google’s recent moves – the last few months went well, and the future looks even brighter.

PayPal Gives iPhone/iPad Developers In-App Payment Option

Some news from PayPal that slipped fairly under the radar this week is that the company opened its Mobile Payments Library to developers. A representative for PayPal tells WebProNews it will give developers an "easy way to get payments from within their apps."

Oregon Goes Google (Apps)
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Google scored a big win today, and by all accounts, the state of Oregon made out well, too.  This is because the Oregon school system will begin using Google Apps for Education, saving it a boatload of cash while allowing Google to increase its market share.

In fact, Oregon is the first state to agree to make Google Apps available to all of its public schools, meaning this is a significant breakthrough for Google.  And if all goes well, it could represent the start of a trend, since other states would want to reap the same benefits as Oregon.

US Still Main Source Of Spam

The United States continues to be the main source of spam, relaying more than 13 percent of global spam, according to a new report from Sophos.

Microsoft Previews New Windows Live Messenger Beta

Steve Ballmer just previewed the new Windows Live Messenger beta during his "Five Dimensions of Cloud Computing" speech to students at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Windows Live Messenger has over 320 million active consumers every month who send 10 billion messages to one another every day, a Microsoft representative tells WebProNews.

Facebook Ranked as The Top Search Term In March
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Facebook ranked as the top search term in March across all three major search engines, according to a new report from Hitwise.

Overall, Facebook related terms accounted for eight searches across the three top 10 lists.

Yahoo related terms accounted for six spots while MySpace terms accounted for four searches across the search engines. Other search terms that were among the top 10 searches for all three search engines include YouTube, Facebook login, craigslist, and Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Whips Up Clever Food Finder

It must be rare for a person to crave a certain restaurant ("ooh, those straight-backed chairs would hit the spot right now"); instead, most hankerings relate to food.  Yahoo seems to have introduced a very helpful feature, then, as it’s started allowing users to search for exact menu items instead of eateries.

Apple Buys 2 Companies For Edge in Competition with Google
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Apple and Google are becoming increasingly competitive, and it would seem that they’re even competing for who can acquire the most companies in the shortest amount of time. Apple has now acquired Siri and Intrinsity.

Siri is a voice command-based personal assistant app that lets you tell it what you want to do, and it will do most of the work for you, whether that be find the right restaurant and book a reservation, get a cab, or whatever. Watch this clip to see how it works:

FTC Launches Site To Teach Kids About Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a new advertising literacy campaign aimed at helping older children understand the ads they say and become smarter consumers.

"Today’s kids see advertising everywhere – in movies and TV shows, outdoors, on phones, in games," said David C. Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. 

Google: Facebook Similar to Gmail, Bing Similar to Dogpile
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Google has launched a new feature in its search results, which displays results that are deemed "similar" to the query. If you search for eBay, for example, you may get results for Craigslist, uBid, Buy.com, and ebayanuncios.es.

Basically, if someone searches for a brand, there is a good chance Google will inject links to the competition on that results page by default (though at the bottom).

Ask Jeeves Co-founder Takes Leadership Role at Interesting News Site

Ask Jeeves co-founder David Warthen has joined citizen journalism-meets-mainstream journalism site Allvoices as Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for the technical direction of the company.

Keyword Research Basics For SEO
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … there is no more important step in the SEO process than keyword research. One could make a compelling argument for link building or for architecture or for copywriting but at the end of the day – ranking highly for keywords that either don’t convert or which you close up shop waiting to rank for isn’t going to help too terribly much so in my opinion – I’d put keyword research higher in importance.

The iPad Debut Of UrbanSpoon

According to Techcrunch, app store veteran, UrbanSpoon, has officially launched their iPad app. I agree with them in that the iPad app will not be useful for quick dinner solutions (like it is when firing up the app on an iPhone), however the iPad app will be useful for longer, more thoughtful decisions. Details of the UrbanSpoon iPad app below:

Brands Get New High-Speed Moderation Tool For Facebook Walls
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Social network marketing company LiveWorld, has introduced a high-speed moderation tool for brands’ Facebook Walls and WebProNews spoke to Peter Friedman, Chairman and CEO of LiveWorld about the new tool.

Friedman said the moderation tool was created in direct response to requests from its Fortune 500 brand clients. "We provide both advanced power moderation tools and the actual moderators for our clients branded online community sites," said Friedman.

Hulu’s UK Expansion Plans Fall Apart

The only country mentioned by name in Hulu’s terms of service document is the United States, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.  Hulu is said to have abandoned plans to offer content to individuals in the UK.

MySpace’s VP Of Corporate Communications To Leave
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Today is not likely to be remembered fondly by members of MySpace’s PR department.  One of the most visible people on MySpace’s payroll announced this afternoon that she is leaving, and to complicate the situation, Dani Dudeck is actually the company’s vice president of corporate communications.

Nicorette Launches Facebook Contest Promoting Mini Lozenge

Nicorette has launched a Facebook contest promoting its new mini lozenge.

The contest called "mini Moments" ask smokers to share their most important reason for wanting to quit smoking. The mini Moments Facebook page is designed to help connect smokers who want to quit, allowing them to offer each other support during the quitting process.

Yellow Pages iPhone App Gets Voice Search
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Voice search is one of the more convenient features of phones these days (at least when it works). AT&T Interactive has launched the latest version of its Yellow Pages app YPMobile, and it comes with voice search, which should make the app a great deal more useful.

New Social Networking Site Aims To Streamline Communications
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A new social networking site has launched called RecreateMyNight.com and WebProNews spoke to Tejpaul Bhatia, President of the site about its offerings.

Bhatia said the idea for the site started last year when his team noticed that discovering and sharing media from special events was difficult due to the high fragmentation of photo sharing, video sharing and social networking sites.

If the iPhone/Gizmodo Incident Had Happened to Google
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Brad Stone at the New York Times Bits Blog has an interesting article up in which he talks to Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google and co-founder of Android. While the article is mainly about Android, there’s a part toward the end that is humorous when Stone jokes with him that his press relations colleague wanted to confess that he had left a prototype Android phone at a local bar.

Iams Sponsors Free Online Dog College Program
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Dog Fancy magazine and DogChannel.com are offering dog owners a chance to earn a free online degree by enrolling in Dog College.

The program sponsored by Iams Healthy Naturals runs from April 15-July 15. The three-month program consists of nine courses that give pet owners better insights into caring for their dogs.

The Dog College curriculum includes courses on physiology, natural nutrition, communication, genetics, environmental science and art history.