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Twitter Talks Excessive Service Outages
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Twitter has acknowledged its latest increase of outages not only on its status blog (as usual), but on the Official Twitter Blog. The company says it has been Twitter’s worst month since October, from a site stability and service outage perspective.

Flock Taps Google’s Chromium to Bring Speed and Social to the Browser

Flock has announced a complete redesign of its browser, originally based on Mozilla Firefox. The new one is based on Google’s Chromium platform (the open-source project behind Google Chrome), and like Chrome, places a great deal of emphasis on speed.

White House Press Secretary To Take Questions On YouTube
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Everyone who intends to watch President Obama speak about the Gulf oil spill on TV tonight may also want to be near a computer monitor 15 minutes later.  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has said he’ll answer user-submitted questions on YouTube in front of what has the potential to be a more global audience.

Google Earth Becomes Available For iPad

iPad owners who are looking for a surefire way to draw more attention to their big, shiny screens should proceed straight to the iTunes store and download Google’s latest offering.  The company’s made Google Earth, which has been a popular sort of eye candy for years, available for the iPad.

This represents a quick turnaround on Google’s part, considering that Google Earth 5.2 was just launched yesterday.  The search giant didn’t cut any corners, though, as Peter Birch, a product manager, was sure to explain.

Facebook Taking Over The World

Not only has Facebook gathered huge numbers of members – half a billion at the last count – but the social network has also become the number one social presence in many countries, displacing some home-grown domestic social networks.

New Video Shows How Google TV Works
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Google has posted a new video showing off Google TV. Those who watched the keynote at Google I/O won’t see much new here, but it does show some of the different things you can do with it that previous videos didn’t show. It shows actual footage, rather than animation, anyway.

Watch here:

Social Media Accounts For 22% Of Time Spent Online
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The Web is a vastly more social place now than it was a year ago, according to new data from Nielsen.  Double-digit growth occurred in a couple of categories, and at this point, Nielsen believes an impressive 22 percent of all time spent online is spent perusing social networks and/or blogs.

Consumers More Likely to Buy From Ads on Media Sites Than Social Media?
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The Online Publishers Association has revealed some findings from research on how brands are perceived across content in different online environments. Specifically, it looks at how environments like media publications (such as ESPN.com, iVillage, NYTimes.com, Wall Street Journal, etc.), portal channels (such as AOL News, MSN Money, Yahoo Sports, etc.), and social networks (Facebook, MySpace, etc.) impact content and its advertisers.

ForeSee Results Launches Social Media Measurement Tool

ForeSee Results has introduced a "Social Media Value Calculation" tool aimed at helping its clients understand the impact of their social media marketing campaigns on revenue.

Larry-Freed-ForeSee-Results "Most businesses have accepted the marketing value of social media without any real proof points," said Larry Freed, president and CEO of ForeSee Results.

Apple Launches Apple Store App
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Apple has introduced a free mobile application, the Apple Store App, that allows users in the U.S. to buy Apple products including the new iPhone 4, directly from their iPhone or iPod touch.

Google Gains Access To 400,000 More Books

This morning marks the start of another big day for Google Books.  After what felt like months of little or no news about its digitization program (except perhaps for updates concerning legal challenges), another breakthrough’s occurred, with the Austrian National Library ready to offer Google access to as many as 400,000 books.

Video Game Play Becoming More Social

Computer and video game use is widespread with 67 percent of American households playing, according to a new report from the Entertainment Software Association.

The report found a social aspect of game play with 62 percent of gamers reporting they play with other gamers in person at least one hour a week and 48 percent of parents said they play with their children at least once a week.

Yahoo Takes Control Of Flicker.com

Typo-prone photographers appear to owe Yahoo a "thank you."  After making at least one generous offer and then resorting to a lawsuit, the company’s acquired Flicker.com, presumably for the sake of saving people who misspell "Flickr" from visiting the wrong site.

Twitter Places Includes Integration with Foursquare, Gowalla

Twitter announced that Twitter Places is now available on Twitter.com and mobile.twiter.com. This is a feature that lets you tag tweets with specific places by sharing your location.

Spanish Lawsuit Joins Stack Against Google
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Google’s collection of sensitive WiFi data sent over personal networks will cause the company problems for a long time if a group with a long name has its way.  The Association for the Prevention and Investigation of Crime, Abuse and Malpractice in Information Technology and Advanced Communications has filed a lawsuit in Spain.

Is the Future Getting Brighter for Google Buzz?
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As I talked about a couple weeks ago, Google has been making some moves that could greatly increase Google Buzz’s shot at more widespread adoption. This includes the addition of some features, and perhaps more importantly, the release of the Buzz API (announced at Google I/O).

Starbucks, Yahoo Partner Over Free WiFi
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Individuals who tend to both tote laptops and drink lots of coffee will have reason to think better of Starbucks and Yahoo in coming months.  Starbucks intends to provide free WiFi in all of its stores, and then a partnership with Yahoo should result in the creation of a unique "Starbucks Digital Network."

Citi Cuts Google Price Target
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Google investors should say goodbye to a projected $10 per share, according to new data from Citi.  The financial services company kept its "buy" and "Top Pick" ratings while revisiting Google’s stock today, but lowered its price target from $640 to $630.

YouTube Begins Testing News Feed Feature

YouTube announced today that it is testing a new feature called the YouTube News Feed, which it is working on with the University of California at Berkley’s Graduate School of Journalism. The feature would track news as it breaks on YouTube.

News Corp. Makes New Moves For Online Content Monetization

Update: Journalism Online tells WebProNews it cannot reveal its publisher partners at this time, due to confidentiality agreements.

Original Article: News Corp. announced today that it has acquired Skiff, and that it has made an investment in Journalism Online, LLC.

Consumers More Interested In Content Delivery Than Gadgets

When it comes to technology trends people are most excited about, online content delivery is at the top of the list, according to a new study from market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey.

The study asked over 1,200 U.S. consumers ages 18-65 which of the recently hyped technologies they are most excited about. Topping the list was movie rentals via the Internet with 29 percent of consumers being "extremely excited" by this. Having the ability to surf the Internet via TV also came in high at 24 percent.

Are Credit Card Payments the Biggest Obstacle to Mobile Commerce?

Retrevo has provided us with some results from a recent survey looking at consumer behavior with regard to making purchases using mobile phones. Based on these findings, it appears credit cards may be getting in the way.

Key findings include:

FCC Forms Working Group To Improve Broadband

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has introduced a Universal Service Working Group aimed at providing a collaborative approach to the FCC’s reform of universal service programs to better support broadband.

Quantcast: Android’s Market Share Near 20 Percent

Look for (or hide from) more debates about the iPhone and Android devices.  Even as Apple fans prepare for all the hoopla surrounding another iPhone launch, it seems that Android’s achieved another victory, with Quantcast putting its U.S. market share up by a significant amount for May.