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Symantec To Make Big Push On Mobile Security
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Symantec said today it is introducing a new security initiative called "Norton Everywhere" aimed at protecting any Internet connected device.

As part of its Norton Everywhere initiative Symantec is launching Norton Smartphone Security Beta for Android in June. The new mobile application will give users the ability to remotely lock or erase data from the device via text if it is lost.

Google Completes Acquisition Of AdMob
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Google said today it has officially completed its acquisition of AdMob.

The Google Blog offers more details about the AdMob acquisition. "It’s clear that mobile advertising is becoming a much larger part of our clients’ and partners’ strategies and with this acquisition, it’s now a central part of our own business."

Official Facebook SDK For Android Released
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The number of Android apps with ties to Facebook – while already large – is likely to soar over the next few weeks.  Or the existing apps should get significantly better, at least, as the first official Facebook SDK for Android was released this afternoon.

YouTube Launches Communication Hub for Partners

YouTube has announced the launch of the YouTube Partner Communication Hub. The company calls this the "go-to spot" for news on the latest features, updates, and events for partners around the world.

Aside from providing such updates, YouTube says the Hub also provides an easy way to access the site’s various help resources.

eBay, Facebook, IAC, Yahoo Side With YouTube In Viacom Fight
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Earlier this month, Viacom’s supporters came out in force, formally taking the corporation’s side in its legal dispute with YouTube.  Now eBay, Facebook, IAC, and Yahoo have acted to sort of balance the situation, stepping forward to ally themselves with YouTube.

Sony To Release eReader In Asia/Pacific Markets

Sony said today it would launch its eReader along with digital content in new Asia/Pacific markets this year and expand its presence in Europe.

Sony said it will make its Reader available in Japan, China and Australia as well as in European countries including Italy and Spain.

In each country the company said it will work with local retailers, publishers and distributors to introduce the Reader along with local content.

Do You Go to MySpace for Friends or Content?
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What is MySpace at this point? According to News Corp, which owns it, it’s a content site. PaidContent quotes News Corp. COO Chase Carey: "In terms of the strategy, it’s not about going toe-to-toe with Facebook. MySpace is a content site. It’s not where we need it to be, but it’s headed in the right direction."

YouTube Channels Get Google Moderator Integration
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Earlier this month, we said to get ready to see more cool things based on Google Moderator, as Google launched an API for it. It turns out that Google’s own YouTube has one of the first cool things we’ve seen based on the product since then.

FCC Finds 30 Million Americans Experience Mobile Bill Shock
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The Federal Communications Commission has released the findings of an agency survey on the consumer mobile experience that found 30 million Americans have experienced "bill shock," a sudden increase in their monthly bill that is not caused by a change in their service plan.

In addition, the survey found nearly half of cell phone users who have plans with early termination fees (ETFs) and almost two-thirds of home broadband users with ETFs don’t know the amount of the fees they are responsible for.

Google Lets Brand Advertisers Target Top Sites

Google has announced a new filter for advertisers running brand campaigns, to allow their ads to only show on AdSense sites ranked among the top 1,000 largest on the web, as defined by the DoubleClick Ad Planner. Google says this will ensure ads reach a large number of users, but only on well-known sites "best suited for branding goals."

TweetDeck Adds Some Popular Features

Twitter desktop and iPhone utility Tweetdeck, a popular time saver for managing your presence across multiple social networks, has released an upgrade which includes:

Barnes & Noble Releases eReader App For iPad
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Barnes & Noble today launched its free BN eReader app for iPad joining Amazon and Borders as the latest company to develop an app for the popular Apple device.

Using Barnes & Noble’s LendMe option, BN eReader for iPad users can share eBooks with others and read them on almost any device.

Google Defies Regulators In Germany, Hong Kong
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Since Google first admitted that its Street View cars had collected private WiFi data, the company’s been quick to delete the data when asked.  But authorities in Germany and Hong Kong have asked Google to turn over the data, instead, and so far, Google has declined to cooperate.

Mozilla Readies App to Sync Firefox to iPhone

Mozilla is working on a new iPhone app for Firefox users, called Firefox Home. It’s based on Firefox Sync (formerly Weave Sync), and allows users to access their Firefox browsing history, bookmarks, and tabs from the most recent browser session on the desktop.

EU Authorities Find Search Engines Still In Breach Of Privacy Law

Even if Facebook’s received the lion’s share of attention from privacy advocates today, a group of European data protection authorities hasn’t forgotten about Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.  The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party said earlier they’re still not obeying an EU data protection directive.

The companies are all supposed to anonymize search data after no more than six months.  Google’s keeping it for nine, instead, and the Working Party asserted in an open letter to the search giant that it’s doing a poor job of anonymization afterward.

Amazon Ties Walmart In U.S. Online Music Share
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Apple’s iTunes store continues to be the top music retailer, with 28 percent of all music purchased by U.S. consumers, a 4 percent increase since Q1 2009, according to The NPD Group.

Amazon increased its music market share 3 percent to tie Walmart for the second spot at 12 percent. Sales of digital tracks and albums accounted for 40 percent of overall music market share in the first quarter of 2010, which is a five percent increase since Q1 2009.

National 2010 Doodle 4 Google Winner Announced
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Tomorrow, another special doodle will grace Google’s homepage, and if you like it, compliments should be directed at third grader Makenzie Melton, not a team of professional designers.  Melton has been declared the national winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.

The competition drew over 33,000 submissions, so Melton’s achievement is a rather big deal.  Google will give her a netbook and a $15,000 college scholarship by way of congratulations, and you can see her doodle (called "Rainforest Habitat") for yourself a little early below.

AdMob Compares Android/iPhone Stats
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AdMob, which Google recently got the green light from the FTC to acquire, has released its monthly Mobile Metrics Report (pdf), this time detailing the global base of Android, compared to that of the iPhone.

Verizon Diving Deeper Into Online Relationships With New Ad Campaign

  An often quoted stat about the new reality we lives in today points out that 20 years ago the average American had less than 25 friends. Today the average American has more than 200. Of course, we all realize on some level that this blossoming of friendship doesn’t equate to having 200 best friends. In fact, the ties we have to the outer fringes of our social network may be very thin indeed. That’s the subject that an interesting campaign launched by Verizon is trying to explore.

Carol Bartz Announces October Search Update

Even as its deal with Microsoft continues to draw towards a conclusion, Yahoo is apparently working on some significant upgrades in terms of search.  Indeed, Carol Bartz was quite adamant during her presentation at Yahoo Investor Day 2010 that her company will remain a contender in this field.

Facebook Introduces New Privacy Settings
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Facebook has introduced new privacy settings aimed at making it easier for users to have more control over their personal information and what they share.

A new control now makes it easy to share on Facebook with friends, and friends of friends or everyone in one click. The settings are immediately applied and displayed in a grid. Users will be able to customize their settings to control their level of sharing. The settings will now appear on a single page.

Facebook Acquires Group Chat/Share Platform Sharegrove
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Facebook has acquired Sharegrove, a social site that already utilizes Facebook Connect to let Facebook users have private conversations and share photos, videos, and links with groups of their Facebook friends at the same time.

One can only speculate that Facebook’s plan with this is to simply roll this kind of functionality into Facebook itself. Sharegrove will not remain a standalone product like Friendfeed did after Facebook acquired it. Sharegrove has already disabled registration.

Farmville Maker Zynga Teams Up with Yahoo
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Yahoo and Zynga, makers of the massively popular Farvmville and Mafia Wars games on Facebook, have struck a new deal. Yahoo now gets these games as well, which is a significant indication that Zynga will not need Facebook alone to thrive.

Adobe Talks Future Innovation with Both Flash and HTML5
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There were a lot of announcements to take in during Google I/O last week, but among them were some HTML5 efforts from Adobe, illustrating the company’s dedication to utilizing the technologies it sees playing significant roles in the future of the web.