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Fandango Launches App For The Android Platform

Fandango today introduced a free movie app for Google’s Android platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

 The Fandango Movies, Times & Tickets app allows users to find movies and showtimes, view trailers, locate theaters, view fan ratings and buy tickets.

Users can find movies playing in their local area by using Android’s GPS feature and connecting to Google Maps for driving directions, or they can browse films under "Opening This Week", "Top Box Office" and "Coming Soon" features.

Google Offers On2 An Additional $26.5 Million

Squeaky wheels may get a little grease, but apparently, it’s better still to be an angry and litigious shareholder.  Following Google’s acquisition offer to On2 in August, On2 shareholders complained, and now, they may receive an extra $26.5 million for their trouble.

Rumor: AOL May (Not) Be Buying Mashable
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Update: According to Business Insider, Pete Cashmore had this to say on the matter: 

We’re very open to partnerships and always talk with those that get in touch. We’ve certainly spoken to lots of potential partners, some of those conversations more significant than others. But I don’t feel that any of those conversations reached a point at which Mashable is likely to cease being independent.

Hitwise: Vevo Still Dependent On YouTube
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Different opinions exist regarding whether or not Vevo will ever be a big success; on the one hand, it doesn’t offer anything that other video sites don’t.  On the other, well, music labels’ lawyers may work to ensure it’s something special.  But either way, Vevo owes YouTube its life at this early stage.

Warner Bros. And Netflix Reach New Deal
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Warner Bros. said today it has reached a new agreement with Netflix to make new Warner titles on DVD and Blu-ray available to Netflix members after a 28-day window.

The move by Warner is an effort to squeeze all the potential profit it can from its new releases. Warner says under the deal Netflix will benefit by paying the studio less for new releases. The agreement also expands the license for Warner Bros. streaming content allowing Netflix to offer its members more movies they can watch instantly.

HD Radio Tech a Big Theme Throughout CES
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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, there will be a total of 25 new HD Radio products introduced, making for this technology’s broadest product category coverage ever. This year, 15 automotive brands will produce over 80 vehicle types, and 36 of them will include HD Radio Technology, according to iBiquity Digital.

Brands include:

Online Holiday Spending Hits $29.1 Billion
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Online holiday spending during 2009 reached $29.1 billion, representing a four percent increase over the same period last year, according to a new report from comScore.

"The 2009 online holiday shopping season was a positive one as its growth rate slightly surpassed our forecast and returned to solidly positive rates after nearly a full year of marginally negative growth," said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni.

Nexus One Sales Of 5-6 Million Units Forecast
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Google’s given its presentation, tech reviewers have had their say, and, after months of buildup, the Nexus One should soon start appearing in the real world.  So how – in a sales sense – will it fare?  According to a Barclays Capital analyst, the Nexus One will be a rather hot item.

Google Talks to People About Online Auto Habits
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Are you familiar with "Google on the Street"? This refers to a series of videos Google has put together in which it goes out and talks to people on the street about various online behaviors, to see how responses stack up against their own Insights for Search findings.

DivX Rolls Out Online TV Platform At CES
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Digital media company, DivX, said today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it is introducing an embedded Internet TV platform called DivX TV, which offers access to online media content streamed directly to any connected device.

DivX TV does not require a PC or a set-top box to access online content. The platform can be supported on almost any kind of Internet connected device, including digital televisions, blu-ray players and gaming consoles.

Use Your BlackBerry to Give Presentations

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas, Research in Motion (RIM) unveiled a new device called the BlackBerry Presenter, which is a way for users to wirelessly present Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF, and other image files right from their BlackBerry smartphone. Pretty cool.

Opera Releases New SDKs and New Browser

Opera is unveiling three new releases at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This includes two new software development kits (SDKs), the Opera Devices 10.15 SDK for Linux and Windows CE (WinCE) platforms, and the company’s new standalone browser, Opera Devices 10 for WinCE (beta).

Global Consumers Willing To Pay For Some Online Content
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Many global consumers are willing to pay for some online content or are open to increased advertising, but attitudes vary greatly by geography, demographics and content type, according to a new survey by Nielsen.

Nielsen polled more than 27,000 consumers in 54 countries to determine attitudes about paying for online content and to gauge what types of content consumers were most likely to support financially.

HP Unveils New Touch Notebook and Some New Minis

HP unveiled a few new mobile devices today at CES. These include a new TouchSmart notebook, and a handful of minis.

Google Reader’s Mobile Interface Upgraded
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Google’s announcements relating to mobile didn’t end with the launch of the Nexus One yesterday.  Google Reader received some updates that are intended to work within the world of cell phones (along with one Web interface upgrade), too.

The list of changes is fairly long, and all together, they do a good job of bringing the mobile version of Google Reader in line with the Web edition.  For starters: Google added support for "liking," tagging, and sorting feeds according to items’ ages.

Amazon.com Launches Kindle DX Globally

Amazon.com said today it is making its larger electronic reader, Kindle DX available in more than 100 countries.

Kindle DX features a 9.7-inch electronic paper display, about 2.5 times the surface area of the original Kindle. Kindle DX with Global Wireless is available for pre-order starting today for $489 and ships January 19.

Cisco Showcases Big Video Plans

Cisco has quite a large presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year. The company is showcasing some interesting new video experiences at the event.

CES About to Kick Off the Year in Technology

The Consumer Electronics Association is hosting the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, and WebProNews will be there to provide coverage. Last year we came away with about 25 video interviews and product demos. This year, our entire video crew will be out there, so expect a lot of good stuff.

Look for a lot of new innovations in mobile, television, cars, and apps. There will no doubt be a lot of cool things unveiled.

Google Shares Proposal for White Spaces Database
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Last night, Google announced that it filed a submission to the FCC, asking it to designate Google as one of potentially several administrators of a "white spaces" geolocation database. Back in November of 2008, the FCC approved the use of these White Spaces, or unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels, for public wireless broadband service.

On Google’s Public Policy Blog, Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, writes:

Are Google’s Ads So Relevant That People Won’t Block Them?
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A while back, Google launched an extensions gallery for its Chrome web browser. Ad-blocking add-ons are among the most popular for Mozilla’s Firefox, so it stands to reason that they will be for Chrome as well. With Google’s primary source of revenue being its ads, a lot of talk has surfaced about Google letting people block its own ads with its own product.

Google Increases Lead In Online Video

There may come a point at which Google’s popularity maxes out, but we haven’t reached it yet.  A new report from comScore concerning online video sites indicates that the search giant’s properties attracted considerably more eyeballs in November than the previous month.

Online Music Most Popular Digital Content Among Kids

The majority (79%) of kids age 2-14 have purchased some form of physical or digital content in the past year, with 31 percent acquiring both physical and digital content, according to a new report from The NPD Group.

Google’s One-Minute Guide to Search-Based Keywords
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Google has put together a one-minute guide to using its Search-based Keyword tool. The tool was launched just over a year ago in beta. It lets paid search advertisers see what keywords they may be missing out on based on searches on their site.

Google Unveils Nexus One “Super Phone”
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Update 3: Google is now advertising the Nexus One on its homepage.

Update 2: They have also posted a video showing Google Maps on the Nexus One: