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iPhone 4 Most Successful Product Launch in Apple History
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Apple announced that it has sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4s, as of Saturday, June 26th. It only launched on June 24th.

"This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."

Amazon Adds Video/Audio to Kindle Apps

Amazon has announced an update for its Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch that lets users see embedded video and hear audio clips within Kindle books. Of course new books that actually take advantage of this functionality have been announced as well.

The first books to utilize it were Rick Steves’ London from Rick Steves and Together We Cannot Fail by Terry Golway. However, there are 13 on the list currently (including more Rick Steves books).

What’s More Important in Search? Freshness or Quality?
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It’s been a while since we looked at one of the Google Q&A webmaster videos that Matt Cutts does, but I found this recent one particularly interesting, considering the emphasis that has been put on freshness in search engines lately.

How important is freshness to you as a search engine user? Share your thoughts here.

The user question in this particular video says:

Suite101 Shares Thoughts on Google/Demand Media Patents

Google was recently granted a patent called "Identifying inadequate search content" that the Financial Times says appears to replicate part of the Demand Media approach to algorithmic content – a style of content production that is becoming increasingly popular among media c

Bing Changes Could Attract More Users, More SEO Focus
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As we talked about in a recent WPN article, it’s time to start taking your Bing optimization seriously if you haven’t been already. For one, Bing will soon power Yahoo search. For two, Bing deliver’s Facebook’s web search results, while Facebook is giving people more reasons to search with them.

Smartphones Continue to Threaten GPS Device Usage
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comScore has released some numbers about smartphone and feature phone browser and app usage, as it relates to map access and mobile navigation in the U.S. These numbers are based on a study, which found  14% of mobile users in the U.S. accessed maps on their devices in April, as the mobile map audience reached 33.5 million users, a 44% increase from last year.

More mobile users are also now accessing maps via apps as opposed to the browser, the study found.

Facebook Thinks Email is “Probably Going Away”
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Facebook thinks email is dying. Classic. How many times have we heard this now? Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave a speech at the Nielsen Consumer 360 conference recently, essentially claiming as much.

Do you think email is dying? Comment here.

Chrome Incorporates Flash Player
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Google’s support of Flash, while never a secret, is now very much a matter of public record.  The latest stable version of Chrome – 5.0.375.86, if you’re keeping track – includes Flash and even has it programmed to start "on."

Jimmy Kimmel and Drake Make Twitter Less Funny
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Jimmy Kimmel Live showed a video this week featuring the titular Kimmel and currently-popular entertainer Drake singing/rapping about tweets. Something has clearly jumped the shark here, and it’s just a question of what: Jimmy Kimmel Live or Twitter-related comedy.

Twitter Ads Impress Coke
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Twitter’s Promoted Trends concept is a hit.  A marketing executive at Coke, which was only the second company (after Disney) to give it a shot, could hardly say enough good things about the new ad platform in an interview, using words like "great" and "phenomenal."

Millions Of Viewers Tune Into YouTube In May
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comScore recently released their monthly numbers in regards to online video usage and rankings for the month of May. Below are some highlights from the release:
  • Google Sites attracted 144.6 million unique viewers during the month (101.2 videos per viewer), followed by Yahoo!

Bing Highlights Why You’ve Been Using Google News
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Along with many other features Bing has launched this week, it has revamped Bing News, which now includes some new features.

For one, you can set your local hometown to get headlines from. Google has let you do this for quite some time, but Bing hasn’t, and now it does. Although you can include multiple locations in your Google News mix if you wish.

Twitter Breaks its Tweets Per Second Record a Week After Setting it
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Last week, Twitter announced that it had broken a record for tweets per second (3,085), courtesy of the Lakers beating the Celtics in the NBA Championship. Now they have already topped this a week later.

Today, Twitter announced the new record of 3,283 tweets per second, this time coming as a result of Japan’s 3-1 victory over Denmark in the World Cup. These tweets came in as the final whistle was blown in the game.

Fox Launches Mobile TV For BlackBerry users
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Fox Mobile has introduced the U.S. launch of Bitbop, a wireless entertainment subscription services that allows smartphone users to view full-length television shows on demand.

The service offers high-quality video and subscribers can choose from a selection of programming from a number of content partners. Full-length movies will be available later this year.

Webmasters Cry Mayday for Google Rankings Again
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A lot of people had something to say about Google’s Mayday algorithm update from the beginning of May. A lot of people felt that it was costing them rankings and revenue.

Google Books Releases Scans of Ancient Texts

Google has announced the release of over 500 scans of Ancient Greek and Latin texts for research purposes. These are from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, and are available through Google Books

Google Can Delete or Install Apps on Your Android Phone
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Yesterday, Android Security Lead Rich Cannings posted on the Android blog about using its ability to remotely remove apps from Android devices. This came shortly after a questionable report (widely deemed as inaccurate) discussed alleged security issues with Android apps.

Hulu Gossip: Subscription Service Might Debut Next Week
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Speculation about Hulu’s subscription service is beginning to feel never-ending; inaccurate rumors concerning the date of its arrival and other details have been circulating for far too long.  But one new report indicates that a beta test of the subscription service might finally begin next week, and another hints that a deal with PlayStation is in the making.

PayPal Lets Apps Accept Credit Cards
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PayPal has announced that it now accepts credit cards in apps. The company’s payments platform, PayPal X, now has a Guest Payments feature.

"With this new feature, developers will now be able to accept credit card payments without requiring customers to open up a PayPal account," a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews.

Cheaper Knock-Off Phones Reportedly Doing Well in Smartphone Market
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According to a new report from ABI Research,  Smartphone shipments are expected to grow 21% this year to 224 million, but "Shanzai" devices may be getting a fair share of consumers’ money.

iPhone 4 Sells Like Crazy, but Not Without Complaints
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The Huffington Post has an article putting together the biggest iPhone 4 complaints so far. Among these complaints are: camera malfunctions, supply, screen discoloration, scratchable cases, poor reception, switched volume keys, and search limitations.

URL Shorteners and Community-Driven Link Building
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You hear over and over again how important it is to participate in the community when it comes to social media and search marketing. Well, that’s mostly because it’s true.

Google acknowledged this in a recent post to the Webmaster Central blog, which we discussed further here.

Likes Mean Relevance in Facebook Search
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Nick O’Neill at All Facebook reports that Facebook has confirmed that "all Open Graph-enabled web pages will show up in search when a user likes them." He also calls this Facebook’s "war on Google."

Two New Directors Elected At Yahoo

Patti Hart, the CEO of International Game Technology, and Brad Smith, the president and CEO of Intuit, now have ties to Yahoo, too.  Yesterday, Yahoo’s shareholders effectively welcomed these individuals to the company by electing them to its board of directors.

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