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Twitter Establishes Deceased User Policy
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Whether the relatives of a deceased person would prefer to clean up his (or her) online presence or save his (or her) tweets for eternity, Twitter’s now prepared to help them act.  A new "How to Contact Twitter About a Deceased User" protocol has been established.

Many people are sure to welcome this move.  Certain dead users’ tweets might be a little on the embarrassing side, after all; imagine if someone wandered in front of a bus minutes after telling the world he’d set a new personal best in terms of downing vodka.

Korean Police Raid Google’s Offices Over Street View
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In spite of the apologies Google’s issued and the corrective actions the company’s taken, Google’s Street View-related problems appear to be growing worse, not going away.  Earlier today, Korean authorities raided its local offices in connection with the case.

Malware Reaches An All-Time High

Malware reached its highest levels ever in the first six months of 2010, according to a new report from McAfee.

McAfee found 6 million malicious files in the second quarter, compared to 4 million in the first quarter.  Threats on portable storage devices were the most popular malware, followed by fake anti-virus software and social media specific malware. With 55,000 new pieces of malware that appear everyday, globally AutoRun malware and password-stealing Trojans round out the top two malware threats.

Blockbuster Adds Xbox, Playstation, Wii Games to Subscription Rental Service
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Blockbuster has announced that it’s adding games to its mail rental service. Customers now have access to over 3,000 titles for Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii through the company’s mail subscriptions service.

Blockbuster says the move makes them the only entertainment company to offer rentals of games, movies, and TV shows for home delivery through a single subscription service.

GeoEye Gets $3.8 Billion For Satellite Imagery Initiatives

GeoEye, the satellite provider, whose GeoEye-1 provides Google with what the company calls the world’s most advanced commercial satellite imagery, was just awarded a new $3.8 billion contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for increased commercial satellite-imaging capacity.

GeoEye highlights the following items that are included in the contract:

Netflix Enters Deal with Epix to Stream More New Releases

Netflix has entered a new deal with Epix, through which it will let Netflix users instantly watch new releases and library titles from Epix. The movies will begin streaming on September 1, and include content from Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM.

Google Docs Gets New File Conversion Feature
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Google has announced a new file conversion feature in Google Docs that lets you convert files that are already uploaded to your document list into a Google Docs format, as opposed to only being able to do so upon upload.

For example, you can convert PDFs to text using Google’s Optical Character Recogniton technology. Files that can be converted include:

Twitter Lures Sales Execs Away From Facebook, Yelp

Whatever company handles Twitter’s business cards should soon be tasked with printing a lot more batches.  Twitter’s hired two people away from Facebook and Yelp, and these individuals will act as sales execs, establishing teams and presumably "meeting and greeting" lots of potential advertisers.

AT&T Launches iPhone App for U-Verse

AT&T has launched a U-Verse iPhone app, which gives U-verse subscribers the ability to download and watch TV shows on their phones.

The company says it is the first to provide an integrated mobile app that lets you manage your DVR and download/watch select shows. The app replaces the Mobile Remote Access for iPhone app.

FBI Picks a Fight with Wikipedia
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This week, the New York Times and BBC News both reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent the Wikimedia Foundatation a letter, ordering the removal of an image of the Bureau’s seal from its Wikipedia entry. The Wikimedia Foundation’s response thus far has basically  been, "no."

TweetDeck Coming to Android – Beta Test Starts This Week
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The developers of TweetDeck are getting ready to beta test TweetDeck for Android, a move some might call long overdue. The incredible growth that Android is seeing is making the operating system hard to ignore (as a Netflix employee recently pointed out).

Google Said To Make Another Social Acquisition
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Time and time again, critics have said that Google can’t create a successful social product, and pointed to Google Buzz, Google Lively, and Google Wave as evidence.  Google can buy successful social products, however, and it’s reportedly done so again today by acquiring Jambool.

Yahoo Readies More Search-Related Add-Ons
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Some relatively minor tweaks have had a major impact on clickthrough rates at Yahoo, and more are on the way.  Yahoo announced this afternoon that its "Trending Now" lists have been a major success, and adjustments to both them and Yahoo News are in the works.

Google Makes Reputation Management Easier for Local Businesses
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Google is now letting businesses respond to reviews posted on their Place Pages in Google Maps. This should be huge for reputation management, particularly as Google continues to place increased emphasis on these pages.

Do you monitor your Place Page for negative reviews? Let us know.

FTC Shuts Down Domain Name Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission said today it has shut down the operations of Canadian con artists who allegedly acted as domain name registrars and convinced thousands of U.S. consumers to pay bogus bills by making them believe they would lose their website addresses unless they paid.

Google: Flying Camera Drone Just for Exec’s Personal Use
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Update: As I said, we weren’t going to jump to any conclusions, and that’s a good thing, because Google isn’t doing anything with this. Google got back to us with the following statement.

Google is not testing or using this technology. This was a purchase by a Google executive with an interest in robotics for personal use.

Gowalla Launches OAuth-Based Check In API

Gowalla has announced the launch of its new Check in API. This is different than the Gowalla API, which was launched in February, which first let developers tap into Gowalla data for their apps.

"With today’s release, we’re expanding what’s possible, enabling your applications to create check-ins on behalf of users," the company says. It utilizes OAuth 2.0 to do so.

The company gives developers the following guidelines for using the API:

Consumer Reports Recommends Numerous Android Devices
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While Apple may have dominated the headlines with iPads and iPhones, 2010 has been a pretty good year for Android. Now Consumer Reports is recommending a variety of Android devices.

Android Headlines points to September’s issue of Consumer Reports, which ranks smartphones. Eight different ones made the "Recommend List" including:

- Motorola Droid
- HTC Droid Incredible
- HTC Droid Eris

Twitter And Facebook Playing Bigger Role In Disasters

More Internet users are turning to social media to get help for themselves or others during emergencies, according to a new survey from the American Red Cross.

StumbleUpon’s Platform Getting Advertisers’ Attention
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Earlier this year, StumbleUpon launched its new advertising system, which it said helps cost-effectively deliver advertiser content to targeted audiences, while increasing the opportunity for content to go viral. Since then, the platform has experienced some pretty significant growth.

The company announced today that it has experienced 20% growth since the launch in March, with about 2,000 active monthly customers running about 3,000 campaigns daily.

RIM Announces BlackBerry Curve 3G

Research in Motion (RIM) announced its latest smartphone today, the BlackBerry Curve 3G. The plan for the device appears to be to win over non-smartphone users.

“Save Google Wave” Site Forms
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In the official blog post announcing the discontinuation of Google Wave, a Google exec claimed that the service had earned "numerous loyal fans."  Now, in an effort to save Google Wave, they’ve banded together and created a special site.

The "Save Google Wave!" site can be found, appropriately enough, at SaveGoogleWave.com.  It offers visitors the chance to express their support by giving the cause a virtual thumbs up, and a little over 20,500 individuals have done so to date.

Skype Files for IPO

Skype announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering. From the release:

Wowd Launches Social Search App For Facebook
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Real-time search engine Wowd has released a free downloadable social discovery and search tool for Facebook aimed at cutting through the clutter and helping users find the most relevant information.

Wowd’s "Social Discovery Client for Facebook" offers users "at a glance" view of what’s trending among friends, customized news feeds by people or topics and the ability to block game spam.