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Social Networks Consume 22% Of Australians’ Time Online
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Facebook (along with a few other social media sites) exerts a strong pull in many countries all over the world, and new stats from comScore confirm that one of them is Australia.  comScore’s found that Australians dedicated almost 22 percent of their time online in December 2010 to social networks, versus 16.6 percent a year earlier.

A quick note with regards to the timing of this report: don’t blame us.  comScore released it today (or actually tomorrow, since it came out of Sydney), so we haven’t been sitting on it since early January or anything like that.

Groupon Launches as Stardeals in Australia
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Groupon has officially launched in Australia, under the brand Stardeals. Why not Groupon? Because A company previously known as "Scoopon" has the rights to that name in Australia at the moment. 

Yahoo7 Purchases Group Buying Site For $40 Million

Yahoo7, which is the product of a partnership between Yahoo and the Seven Network in Australia, is now also part of the group buying phenomenon.  Yahoo7 announced today that it’s acquired Spreets, a group buying site with 500,000 members.

Bing-Yahoo Transition Moves Forward In Australia, Brazil, Mexico
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Australia, Brazil, and Mexico have populations of 22.5 million, 190.7 million, and 112.3 million people, respectively.  Which adds up to 325.5 million potential users, all in all.  It’s a big deal, then, that the Bing-Yahoo search transition progressed in these three countries today.

Groupon Sues Groupon to Get Groupon Name in Australia

Last week, it was reported that Groupon was expanding into Australia, but that it would be called Stardeals there, because another deals company had been granted the Groupon name there. 

Groupon Continues to Grow at Funding, Valuation, and Geographical Levels

Groupon has reportedly closed a new round of funding at $950 million. According to Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, who cites "a source with knowledge of the financing," Groupon is now valued at $4.57 billion.  Update: Arrington is now saying they have only closed half of that funding. 

Leading Australian Businesses “Go Google”
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Google Apps has been on something of a roll lately, sealing deals with a number of American universities and businesses.  But it seems to have achieved success on a grander scale in Australia, where two very large companies today announced plans to "go Google."

Booyah Taps Google Maps API, Places to Take MyTown International

Booyah announced today that it is taking MyTown international.

 The company has launched support for MyTown (for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) across Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company says this makes MyTown the first to support global check-ins utilizing the recently launched Places Web Service via the Google Maps API.

Google Found In Violation Of Australian Privacy Act
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Google’s indiscretions with regards to WiFi data collection have earned it – for now – three years of close supervision in Australia.  That appears to be about the maximum penalty Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis can impose after determining the company violated a privacy law.

Visa Launches its PayPal Competitor in Australia

Last month we saw MasterCard make a move to start gunning for PayPal. Now it’s Visa. Visa has launched a new payments service called PayClick in Australia, but reportedly has "a view" for global markets.

Google, Twitter Document Political History In Australia

This week, Australia got its first female prime minister (Julia Gillard replaced Kevin Rudd following a surprise challenge for the leadership of the Labor Party), and throughout all of the excitement, it seems that Google and perhaps Twitter provided two significant ways for people to keep up with events.

Australia Initiates Google WiFi Data Investigation

Google’s attempts to appease the international community with regards to its collection of sensitive WiFi data don’t seem to have paid off.  Instead, the Attorney-General of Australia, Robert McClelland, announced this weekend that a new investigation has begun.

Google’s Taxpaying Habits Scrutinized In Australia

Google’s practice of channeling its revenues through Ireland is getting the company into trouble yet again.  This time, onlookers in Australia have taken note, and although no government officials have become involved, people are definitely unhappy that Google may be shirking its tax obligations.

Google’s Aussie Filter Protest Makes More Waves

About one month ago, Google and Yahoo joined the Australian Library and Information Association and the Inspire Foundation in protesting an Internet filter that’s meant to affect all of Australia.  Now, the country’s government has processed their submissions, and the situation has started to receive a lot more attention.

Google, Yahoo Protest Australian Internet Filter
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Google and Yahoo have stepped up their opposition to a proposed Internet filter meant to protect children in Australia.  Together, the two companies joined the Australian Library and Information Association and the Inspire Foundation, and set out some "Core Principles for Effective Action for a Safer Internet."

Google Again Linked To Australian Data Center Plans
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The rumor that Google might build a data center in Australia has been circulating for some time; our first report on the subject was written in October of 2008.  Now, although construction crews haven’t exactly been mobilized, there’s at least been a sign that Google hasn’t given up on the idea.

Hitwise: Social Networks Neck And Neck With Search Engines
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As a group, search engines appear to be in the process of losing bragging rights in Australia.  Social networking sites and forums (also taken as a group) topped search engines in terms of market share over Christmas and are poised to assume the lead on a permanent basis.

Twitter Takes SMS Tweeting to Australia
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Twitter has partnered with Telstra to launch Twitter SMS in Australia.

"As always, it is free to receive notifications and standard text messaging rates apply to sending," says Twitter’s Kevin Thau. "It’s the same pricing as sending and receiving text messages from friends."

Australia, Canada Approve Microsoft-Yahoo Deal
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We’ll admit it: so far, most conversations concerning the Microsoft-Yahoo deal and antitrust issues have related to the U.S. and Europe.  Still, two potential roadblocks were eliminated yesterday when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau signaled their intent not to oppose the partnership.

Bebo May Beat Retreat From Australia
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Sometimes you just have to know when to call it quits, and a new report indicates that Bebo has decided now’s the time to cut its losses in Australia.  Bebo is supposed to end its operations in the country before the end of the year.

YouTube Launches Promoted Videos In Australia, Japan
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YouTube’s Promoted Videos program has spread again.  In addition to Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S., promoted videos are now available in Australia and Japan.

If you’re not familiar with the Promoted Videos program, the following video does a pretty good job of explaining its purpose (odd motorcycle accident metaphor aside):