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Watch: Google-Sponsored Internet at Liberty 2010 Event

Google, along with Central European University, is sponsoring a conference in Budapest called Internet at Liberty 2010. The conference, Google says, "brings together grassroots global activists alongside representatives of NGOs, academic centers, governments and corporations in order to explore the many issues at hand."

Apple to Update Apple TV (with Netflix), iTunes, iPod Touch
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Apple announced that it will be streaming an event online today at Apple.com, at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern.

"Apple will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards," the company says.

The whole thing is so open, you have to use a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.0 or higher or an iPad. In other words you have to have bought an Apple device to view it.

Ask BP Oil Spill Questions Via YouTube at 3:30 Eastern
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YouTube has partnered with PBS NewsHour on an interview with Bob Dudley, President and CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. This is a chance for people and organizations to ask questions related to the oil spill and get responses from BP.

Google Celebrates Gay Pride Around the World
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Google is highlighting its Gay pride efforts in a post to the official company blog today.

Google says about 300 of its employees marched in the 40th annual Pride parade in San Francisco, and more participated in various events in Boston, New York, Chicago, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. Googlers will also take part in EuroPride in Poland, parades in Tokyo and other cities, and will celebrate Pride season in Singapore.

Symantec Urges World Cup Fans to Use Caution on Facebook and Twitter

Security firm Symantec has announced that during the World Cup it expects social media activity to spike dramatically, and predicts a concurrent rise in fraudulent activity on the web in general, and social networks in particular.

MySpace Launches Global Events And Calendar Platform

MySpace has introduced a global events and calendar offering users new tools to create, find, share and manage events across the site and multiple social networks.

MySpace Events organizes a catalogue of pop culture events and recommends concerts, sports, nightlife and the arts, allowing users to purchase tickets to events.

PayPal Talks This Year’s Twestival Efforts

Update: PayPal says this year, Twestival raised over $450,000 for Concern Worldwide.

Social Media Changes Event Planning
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It used to be you spent five minutes registering for an event, and then showed up on the big day, went to a few workshops, drank two free Coronas, and went home.

Social media changes all of that, enabling events and their planners to have long-term, nuanced, shifting interactions with attendees.

I gave a speech last week in suburban Cincinnati to the Mid-American chapter of Meeting Planners International, titled “7 Ways to Use Social Media to Create Buzz-Worthy Events”.

eBay Launches Series of Seller Events
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eBay is starting a new series of events to help small businesses and part-time eBay sellers "accelerate their businesses" on eBay, which has 90 million active users. The series is called eBay: On Location, and has dates set for Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and San Jose.

A Glimpse of This Year’s Upcoming Gadgets
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As you are probably aware, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been going on this week, and will continue to do so through Sunday January, 10. WebProNews is in attendance, and will be periodically posting exclusive video interviews and looks at new products, continuing after the show is over.

Samsung Unveils First E-Readers at CES

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Samsung introduced its first e-book reading devices. They’re called the E6 and the E101, coming in six and ten-inch screen sizes. 

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:

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.

Create Events From the Facebook Publisher
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Facebook has added a feature, which allows users to add events and invite people to them right from the publisher box. Now creating an event is pretty much as simple as sharing a link.

To add an event, just push the "more" arrow button on the publisher box, and you will find events. Once you fill out the form, it will be posted to you news feed, and you can invite guests from there.

Bing Search Summit Reveals More About Bing
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You could learn a lot from a #badabing hashtag. If you search that on Twitter, you’ll find all kinds of tweets from those in attendance at Microsoft’s Bing Search Summit.

It is interesting to see some of the things people are talking about with regards to Bing, and as the search engine is still in its infancy, everybody wants to know all they can. If you dont’ feel like wading through tons and tons of tweets, relax. I’ve done it for you (although I’m sure there will be plenty more since the time of this writing).

Engaging with the Kentucky Derby Online
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Not that this comes as a surprise, but the Kentucky Derby is in on the social media game. We’re seeing pretty much every major event become more engaging with the general public. Not unlike the Presidential Inauguration or the NFL Draft, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the Kentucky Derby online as well.

Little Things Can Make a Big Difference in Productivity

David Wallace of SearchRankSearchRank Founder and CEO David Wallace is a very busy guy. He has to have a schedule. At the SMX West session on Productivity Tips for the Busy Search Marketer, he says that when you’re busy you have to have a routine.

YouTube Leaps Into the Real World
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YouTube announced today that they are hosting a live event in San Francisco on November 22, appropriately titled, "YouTube Live". The event will be some kind of concert/variety show hybrid, and will revolve around so called Youtube "phenomenon".

If you are interested, but can’t make it to San Francisco, you’re in luck because they’re streaming it live on YouTube. They’ve created a channel specifically for the event (where you can also learn more about it.

Google Helps Presenters Prioritize Questions

Google has released a tool (in beta of course) called Google Moderator to help you prioritize questions for Q&A sessions. It’s hosted by the Google App Engine and lets users submit questions directed toward certain people. Then others can vote on the question’s worth.

Google Platform Engineer Taliver Heath talks a little bit about how the tool came to fruition:

BlogWorld: How To Build You, Inc.

I just arrived at Blogworld Expo and am getting ready for a weekend of great bonding with more than a thousand fellow bloggers as well as two great sessions that I am looking forward to. My first is on a panel moderated by my friend Kelly Feller from Intel all about social media case studies from the real world.

Yahoo! Opens Up
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Yahoo! kicked off Open Hack 2008 today at its headquarters in Sunnyvale. The company has already demonstrated new components of its "open strategy".  The below video is a teaser for the event.