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Virgin America And Twitter Partner On Airfare Sale

Virgin America is partnering with Twitter on a 24-hour "Fly Forward, Give Back" fare sale which aims to raise funds for educational causes.

Virgin America will donate five dollars for each booking over the next 24 hours to education focused nonprofits.

 

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DealOn Launches OfferEx, Calls it “Groupon’s Biggest Threat”
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DealOn, which has declared itself "Groupon’s biggest threat", has announced the launch of what it calls the web’s first ever daily deal offer exchange called OfferEx. "Think DoubleClick for daily deals. This is revolutionary and reduces the risk and increases profits for both sides of the table," a representative for the company tells WebProNews. She calls it "a technology that will level the daily deal playing field."

Study Indicates 60% of Handsets Will Have Mobile Browsers in 2015

ABI Research is sharing a new report in which it forecasts that over 60% of handsets will have mobile browsers in 2015. At 3.8 billion mobile devices, that would double today’s penetration rate, the firm says.

AOL Offers Former Google Offices To Startups
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AOL’s managed to tempt a number of employees away from Google over the past couple of years, with the list including names like Tim Armstrong, Caroline Campbell, Tim Castelli, Erin Clift, David Eun, Kristin Kovner, Jeff Levick, Jeff Reynar, and Maureen Sullivan.  Now, it looks like AOL will – with Google’s approval – take some office space, too.

Barnes & Noble Launches “NookStudy” for Students

As you may know, the digital book war between Amazon and Barnes & Noble has been heating up. Last week, Barnes & Noble announced an important move it is making, adding Nook boutiques to its brick and mortar stores across the country.

China Blocks Google’s Latest Hong Kong-Based Site

Google’s new question and answer site for people in China is not off to a great start.  Although the site was based in Hong Kong for the sake of avoiding problems related to censorship, would-be users have been unable to access it today.

Amazon Calls On Customers To Create Kindle Commercial

Amazon.com said today it is launching a "Your Kindle Commercial Contest" that invites people in the United States to create a 30-second or less Kindle advertisement for the chance to win $15,000 in Amazon gift cards.

"We’re constantly impressed with our customers’ ideas and creativity," said Rich Williams, director of advertising.

Google-Backed VigLink Acquires Driving Revenue

VigLink has acquired outbound traffic monetization company Driving Revenue, which brings over $100 million of merchandise transactions to the company. VigLink says this makes the combined entity the "definitive leader" in the space.

VigLink is a company that is backed by Google Ventures, Google’s venture capital arm. It’s a content monetization and affiliate marketing company aimed at bloggers. 

Bing Maps Gets OpenStreetMap App

Microsoft has launched a new Bing Maps app for OpenStreetMap. The app adds a layer on Bing Maps as a new style option.

Report: Mobile Broadband to Reach 1 Billion Connections in 2012

The worldwide mobile broadband market will reach 1 billion connections during 2012, segmented by 3G and 4G network technologies, according to Pyramid Research.

Google’s YTD Acquisition Tab: $1.1 Billion
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Sometimes, when acquiring a company, Google puts out multiple press releases and blog posts, sharing financial details and all other sorts of information.  Sometimes the search giant just mentions the purchase.  Today, though, Google had to disclose a few details for the sake of satisfying the SEC.

Groupon Working Too Well For Some Businesses
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Groupon may be working a little too well for some businesses. As Mark D. Carlson and Emily Fredrix explore in an article, some local shops around the country are struggling to handle the customer loads that deals from Groupon are bringing in.

Visa Launches New Comparison Shopping Tool Called RightCliq
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Visa has released a new online shopping tool called Rightcliq which lets users bookmark products on shopping sites, add notes, and add them to a "wishspace". The company touts it as a tool that improves the way you browse and compare products.

Study Shows British Population Trusts Internet More Than Friends

Brits trust the internet more than friends and colleagues when it comes to handing over personal information, according to a study published today by data storage specialists NetApp.

The research, which polled 3000 adults, revealed that while the average adult freely divulges a string of personal details on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, most would not give friends or colleagues their PIN number.

Tweet Milestone Accelerating Beyond Expectation

Twitter hit  a new milestone yesterday – 20 billion tweets.

According to Mashable, the milestone comes just two months after the service hit 15 billion tweets and about five months since it reached 10 billion, indicating that activity levels on the microblogging service continue to accelerate.

Facebook To Double Size Of Custom Data Center
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When Facebook announced that it had reached the 500-million-user milestone, many people expressed a mixture of surprise and awe.  Now, it seems as if Facebook might have been caught off guard, too.  The company’s said it will double the size of its not-yet-complete data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Early this year, Facebook committed to building the custom data center (its first).  The center was supposed to be 147,000 square feet in size, and the first quarter of 2011 was set as the target for completion.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Coming in October

Microsoft announced today that it will make Office for Mac 2011 available in over 100 countries at the end of October. It will be available in Home and Student and Home and Business versions.

The company also announced that starting today, if customers purchase Office 2008 for Mac, they’ll be able to upgrade to 2011 for free when it becomes available.

Amazon’s New Kindles Already Sold Out
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Update: The new Kindles are already sold out (temporarily obviously). On the product page, the company says, "Due to strong customer demand, Kindle is temporarily sold out. Order now to reserve your place in line. Orders are prioritized on a first come, first served basis.

Have Google’s Plans Fallen Into the Wrong Hands?
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According to Michael Arrington, an unnamed Faacebook engineer attended TechCrunch’s party the other night and bragged to a group of people that Facebook "knows all about Google’s social product plans". This person evidently said or implied that Facebook has obtained copies of internal Google documents that outline the company’s social strategy.

Connecticut AG Probing Amazon And Apple Over E-Book Pricing

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating Apple and Amazon.com over potentially anticompetitive e-book deals.

Microsoft Launches Online Circular Ads for MSN Local

Microsoft Advertising has unveiled new localized deals through interactive online circulars (like those ads that fall out of your newspaper, the company notes) as part of MSN Local Edition.

The site is geo-targeted, so only location-relevant circulars will be shown to consumers.

IBM Closes Coremetrics Acquisition

IBM has announced the closing of its acquisition of web analytics firm Coremetrics, based in San Mateo, CA. The acquisition will boost IBM’s business analytics offerings through cloud services.

Android Shipments Off the Charts

The smartphone market grew by 64% during the second quarter by Canalys‘ calculations. BlackBerry shipments grew by 41% and Apple’s share grew by 61% thanks to the iPhone 4′s release. However, it is Android that is getting the most attention from this report. According to Canalys, Android shipments grew by 886%.

Toyota Launches Facebook Contest For Prius Anniversary

Toyota has launched a Facebook contest to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Prius.

Toyota is inviting people to submit a video or several photos that show their enthusiasm for the Prius for a chance to host the 10 Years of Toyota Prius Anniversary Celebration in their hometown.

Toyota will select the top 10 finalists and then let the Facebook Prius community decide who should names the most passionate fan.