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Will Square Power a Revolution in Credit Card Payments?
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We may be looking at a revolution in payments. Square, which launched late last year from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is now offering a way for anybody with the right mobile device to accept credit card payments for less hassle and fees than before possible.

New Bing Features for Windows Phones

Bing is launching two new updates for the Bing app on Windows phones today. "The first is a redesign of the home page, which gives people faster access to common searches such as Movies and Traffic," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews.

Obama Slams the iPad, iPod, XBox and Playstation
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Does President Obama realize that the iPod, Xbox and Playstation are specifically designed to be distractions, diversions and a form of entertainment? 

In a speech to the graduating class today at Hampton University in Virginia Obama said this:

Facebook Social Plugins on 100,000 Sites Since Launch

Facebook launched its new social plug-ins at its F8 developer conference last month, as part of the company’s Open Graph initiative. It was no surprise that so many sites rushed to implement them.

"It’s only been two and a half weeks since f8 and in that time more than 100,000 sites have tapped into the social graph by implementing Facebook’s social plugins," a representative for Facebook tells WebProNews.

UN Launches Global Broadband Commission
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have announced the creation of a high-level Broadband Commission for Digital Development aimed at speeding the roll out of high speed broadband globally.

Yelp Facebook Implementation Exposes Security Concerns
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If privacy concerns weren’t enough to get people thinking about deleting their Facebook accounts, they also have security concerns to consider. As Facebook takes over the web, user information goes with it. One can only imagine the potential threats that are lurking around the corner.

Doxo Takes Aim At Paperless Adoption

Doxo, a Seattle based start-up focused on helping people and businesses go paperless, said today it has received $5.25 million in funding.

The funding was led by Mohr Davidow Ventures and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Bezos Expeditions.

Doxo said the funding is aiding the company’s expansion and private trials with some of the largest U.S. utility, insurance, banking, Internet, satellite, phone, travel and cable providers.

Seven-Year Google Vet Goes To Work For Quantcast

It’s time for another personnel-related announcement, and this morning, Yahoo and Microsoft are off the hook.  Instead, it’s Google that someone is quitting, as a longtime employee of the company has decided to leave it in favor of a newly created position at Quantcast.

Mozilla: Firefox 4 Will Be Fast Too

Google’s Chrome browser has received a lot of buzz lately as it has showcased its efforts in speed testing using potato guns, paint, a pirate ship, lightning, etc. Meanwhile, Chrome has been creeping up steadily in web browser market share.

Perhaps in an effort to keep users from switching to Chrome, Mozilla wants it to be known that it is working on speed as well, and is enabling new open, standard web technologies ("HTML5 and beyond" it says).

YouTube Music Video Talks Break Down In Germany
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After more than a year of negotiations, talks between YouTube and a German group that represents musicians have broken down.  The group, GEMA, has demanded that YouTube block access to around 600 videos as a result, and hinted that other agencies could soon echo its call, too.

Some Businesses Get to Try Out New Twitter Business Accounts
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Businesses have been waiting for Twitter to launch some business features fore quite some time. While the company did finally launch its ad platform in the form of Promoted Tweets last month, businesses have still had to turn to third-party apps for many of the functionalities they have been looking for.

More Shoppers Going Online To Find Food Deals

Consumers, looking for deals and discounts on food purchases, are increasingly turning to online tools to save money on groceries, according to Deloitte’s "2010 Consumer Food Safety Survey."

The survey found 33 percent of respondents subscribed to receive emails/recipes/coupons directly from food manufacturers/companies, a six percent increase from 2008.

Adobe Intros New Flash Video Monetization Tools
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Adobe announced the availability of Flash Access 2.0 today at the Streaming Media East 2010 Conference. This is a content protection solution that enables the distribution and monetization of premium video content. The company is also showcasing HTTP Dynamic Streaming, a new protocol support for media streaming on the Flash Platform, and the Open Source Media Framework, aimed at accelerating the development of custom media players.

Google Looks To Hire “Social” Chief
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Google’s track record in terms of social media is not pretty.  Consider the facts: Orkut never caught on in the U.S., Lively was killed after about six months, and so far, Buzz hasn’t done much besides make people freak out.  Still, Google’s reportedly forging ahead by looking to hire a "Head of Social."

Agency Marks 10 Years Fighting Cybercrime
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The Internet Crime Complaint Center is marking its 10-year anniversary of fighting cybercrime.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was established in May 2000 as a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Since its launch IC3 has received more than 1.5 million complaints of cybercrime.

"This year marks the first decade of our partnership with NW3C addressing nearly 1.5 million Internet crime complaints to IC3," said Bill Hinerman, FBI Unit Chief for IC3.

Accept Fan Breaks Twitter
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All hell broke lose today when a fan of the 80s metal band Accept (sometimes considered the poor man’s AC/DC) tweeted "Accept pwnz". A bug in Twitter made user @pwnz his follower.

So the story goes, and the bug that let people steal followers was born.

Canadian Internet Usage Climbs
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The majority (80%) of Canadians, or 21.7 million people, used the Internet for personal reasons in 2009, up from 73 percent in 2007, according to a new survey by Statistics Canada.

Rates of Internet use increased in every province during this two-year period. The largest relative increase in Internet users occurred in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador (+15% each over 2007). Rates were highest at 85% in both British Columbia and Alberta, followed by 81% in Ontario.

Google Downplays Privacy Authorities’ Concerns
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Three weeks ago, data protection officials representing Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK wrote an open letter to Eric Schmidt, expressing concerns about Google Buzz and Google’s overall approach to privacy.  Now, Google’s responded, but the search giant was very selective in terms of which points it addressed.

AOL Names Microsoft Exec As CTO

AOL said today it has hired Alexander Gounares as its Chief Technology Officer and as a member of its Global Executive Operating Committee.

Gounares will lead AOL’s technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships, as a well as play a key role in the overall strategy and directions of the company. He will report to AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong and will be based at AOL’s Dulles, Virginia campus.

U.S. Consumers Reportedly Go for Android Over iPhone in Q1

It’s been quite clear that Android usage has been growing steadily, but a report from the NPD Group finds that in the first quarter of 2010, Android devices actually outsold iPhones (still behind RIM) in the U.S.

Here are the market share numbers for sales in the first quarter according to the report:

RIM: 36%
Android: 28%
Apple: 21%

How Relevant Are Homepages to the Web’s Future?
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Update: Yahoo tells WebProNews the video (embedded below) " highlights the philosophy & possible creative for Yahoo!’s campaign." So while it may be on the web, I guess it won’t necessarily be the approach for TV. In other words, it sounds like they’re just considering this approach.

Why New Google SERPs Might Mean More Traffic for You
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Now that the masses have access to Google’s newly redesigned results pages, it’s time to consider this in an SEO light if you have not already been considering it.

How do Google’s New SERPs Affect SEO? Comment here.

Popular eBay Competitor Bonanzle Gets Funding to Improve Service
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We’ve run several stories on e-commerce site Bonanzle in the past. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a site where many disgruntled eBay users turned for an alternative place to sell their goods. Last year, it reached a million listings in 6 months and was voted the best eBay alternative according to Examiner.com. Growth continued from there, with the company surpassing 100,000 registered users in September, representing 5,000% growth in a year. 

Are Likes and Retweets the New Links?
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Search has been evolving for years, and it looks as though its really starting to enter a new era entirely. While search and social media may be two different animals, it is becoming more clear that they’re directly related, and will continue to be more mixed into one another.