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How IntoNow Plans to Monetize Your Conversations About the Shows You’re Watching

A new startup called IntoNow has been generating some buzz with a social TV app for the iPhone/iPad. Founder and CEO Adam Cahan told WebProNews about how it works, and why users will find it useful for entertainment content discovery based on what you have in common with your friends’ viewing habits. 

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Google Lets You Androidify Yourself

Google has launched an app called Androidify, which allows you to make a version of the Android mascot that looks like you. Expect these to start popping up everywhere like the South-Parkified avatars you currently see. 

There’s not much to say. It’s a free app that can be downloaded from the Android Market on your Android device. You can then share it with your friends. 

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Report: iOS Grew Faster Than Android in January

Millennial Media released its Mobile Mix report for January, looking at trends for connected devices, mobile manufacturers, operating systems, and apps. "Last month we saw significant OS and Manufacturer growth on our network," a representative for the firm tells WebProNews. "iOS outpaced all other operating systems experiencing a 47% increase month-over-month. HTC claimed the number two spot on our Top Manufacturers ranking and is quickly closing the gap with Apple for the top manufacturer spot."

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CitySearch Launches Daily Deals Aggregator

Taking advantage of all the buzz about daily deals, CitySearch has taken it upon itself to provide a convenient way for user to check out available deals from one spot (an iPhone or Android app). 

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RIM to Improve BlackBerry Contacts with Gist

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) announced that it has acquired Gist

Gist provides information about contacts, by creating a business profile for each one that includes recent news, status updates, and work details. It works by pulling contacts from various inboxes, address books, social networks, and other sources, then adding news, status updates, blog posts, etc.

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Smartphones Driving Mobile Media Consumption

Smartphones aggressively saturated the mobile market in 2010, driving an increase in mobile media consumption by users worldwide, according to a new report from comScore.

“2010 was a game-changing year for the mobile industry,” said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile. “Smartphone adoption, 3G penetration and unlimited data plans drove a surge of mobile media consumption across geographies and deepened the integration of mobile devices into everyday life.”

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MWC11: IE9 Coming to Windows Phones This Year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced several new features for Windows Phone today in a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. One feature is a "dramatically enhanced" version of Internet Explorer 9, which will become available for the mobile operating system in the second half of this year. 

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YouTube, LG Partner Over Mobile 3D Video

Owners of Android smartphones made by LG may soon begin to lead the way when it comes to mobile 3D video.  YouTube and LG announced a partnership this morning that will result in users being able to view, record, and share 3D clips without glasses.

Compared to needing spectacles and being limited to a handful of special big screens, this arrangement should provide viewers with a more convenient experience.  It also promises to increase the selection of content available.

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Cheap iPhones Coming This Summer?

Rumor has it that this summer, Apple will release a new line of cheap iPhones, which will cost about half as much as the current iPhone 4. 

A report from the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter," says:

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Nokia Deal Could Be Huge for Bing

As you may know, Microsoft and Nokia have entered a strategic partnership, which will see Nokia producing Windows Phone platform smartphones. More on that here.

One interesting part of the announcement that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of attention is that Bing will power Nokia’s search services across the company’s devices and services, and Microsoft adCenter will power search advertising across them as well. 

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eBay Expects $13 Billion in Revenues in 2013

eBay said it expects double-digit annual revenue and earnings growth over the next three years. The company outlined its growth plans in a meeting yesterday. eBay expects revenues to reach at least $13 billion in 2013 (compared to $9 billion in 2010). 

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Nokia and Microsoft Partner To Create “Third” Smartphone Horse

Nokia and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership for creating a new mobile ecosystem presumably aimed at taking on Apple, Android, RIM, and HP, though Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says it’s now a "three-horse race." 

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Twitter for Android Becomes More Like Other Twitter Apps

Twitter has launched a new version of its Android App. The company says its designed to feel more like its other official Twitter apps to provide a more consistent experience. 

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Details of Next iPad Revealed

The Wall Street Journal is reporting some new details about the next version of the iPad, based on what "people familiar with the matter" have revealed. Apple has not yet officially commented. 

According to the report, the next iPad will be available through both AT&T and Verizon, and will be thinner, lighter, and will have at least one camera on the front. It is also reported to have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor. 

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comScore: Android Close To Taking Mobile OS Lead

This may not come as a surprise, but the end of 2010 didn’t pose much of a stumbling block for Google’s mobile operating system.  New numbers from comScore are out, and Android continued to make significant gains in December.

comScore pegged Google’s share of American smartphone subscribers at 28.7 percent in December, up from 26.0 percent in November.  That’s a big rise, suggesting Android devices were a go-to holiday present.

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Google Brings Priority Inbox To Gmail For Mobile

Google said today it is bringing its Priority Inbox feature to Gmail for mobile users.

Priority Inbox allows users to automatically flag important messages and reduce clutter. It was previously only available for the desktop and on Android devices.




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Does Your Keyword Strategy Take Mobile Into Account?

Google mobile search and Google search are two different animals and understanding more about both has become a necessary evil. Currently, the results returned when doing a search on a mobile device can vary greatly from those done on a desktop (SEORoundtable)

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Get Up to Speed on Location-Based Service Adoption

Many are claiming this year as the year of "social mobile".  Even Facebook’s CTO announced that one of the primary objectives for Facebook this year is mobile, a statement that is backed with increased emphasis on its geolocation tool – Facebook Places.

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Blogger Gets Android App for Posting On the Go

Google’s Blogger has released a new Android app that allows bloggers to update on the go. 

With the app, users can switch between different accounts and blogs (for which they have author rights) and post accordingly. You can compose posts, attach photos, assign labels, and save them as a drafts or go ahead and publish them. 

"Saving as draft is handy if you need to wait until you have Internet connectivity," notes Blogger’s Vinay Sekhri.

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Using Google Latitude For Business

Using Google Latitude is and should be a personal thing – only to be used with people you trust. I use Latitude with my friends and make sure to only confirm close friends. However, recently I met a woman that works in marketing for a health organization.

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Will Augmented Reality Leap-Frog the QR Code?

There continues to be a steady buzz about QR codes, those bar code-looking thingys that can be scanned by a smart phone to link you to added content, a website or perhaps even a coupon at the point of purchase. Here’s the Wikipedia definition.

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University of Kentucky School Trains Future Diplomats with iPads

The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky (UK) here in Lexington, has taken up an initiative to provide students with iPads for the duration of their degree cycle.

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Blekko Goes Mobile with Android and iPhone Apps

Blekko has launched new mobile apps for iPhone and Android, which include the search engine’s /date functionality and the ability to mark search results as spam.

If you’re unfamiliar with Blekko, it launched late last year as a human-curated approach to search aimed at eliminating spam from search results by way of human editing. With the new app, users can also "slash in" what they want and "slash out" what they don’t want. 

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Report Names Android World’s Leading Smartphone Platform

Android is now the leading smartphone platform according to Canalys, which just published its Q4 2010 report on the subject. Shipments of smartphones with Google’s mobile operating system reached 32.9 million. 

The fourth quarter saw 101.2 million smart phone shipments in all, representing an in crease of 89% year-over-year.

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Yahoo VP Leaving For Groupon

The company that’s said to have turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google has now lured an important employee away from the second-biggest name in search.  Michael Shim, Vice President of Mobile Business Development and Partnerships at Yahoo, will soon start at Groupon.

Shim’s resume is quite impressive.  After graduating from Georgetown University and Cornell Law School, he worked for a time as a corporate lawyer.  Then he collected some paychecks from AOL before starting at Yahoo in 2006.

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Layar Lowers the Barrier to Entry for Augmented Reality for Brands

As reported earlier, augmented reality app provider Layar announced that it’s making its AR technology available for all iPhone apps via the Layar Player platform. While only three apps are utilizing it so far, you can expect to see  a lot more innovative AR-related features in many apps down the road.  

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Facebook Shuts Down Facebook Phone Rumors…Again

Every now and then, rumors will start about a mythical Facebook phone. Eventually, Facebook will shoot them down, as is the case this week. 

The rumor, this time, was that HTC was going to launch a Facebook branded phone at Mobile World Congress next month. Details of the phone were made available as well, and rumors began to spiral into "Facebook’s going to compete with Apple and Android" territory. 

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6 Verticals See Triple-Digit Growth in Mobile Advertising

Millennial Media has released its latest monthly SMART report, looking at the mobile advertising landscape. The report looks at the top verticals (six of which had triple digit growth YoY).

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Google Buys SayNow, Adds to Google Voice Team

Google has acquired SayNow, a company whose slogan is "reinventing the phone call". Actually, SayNow has a hosted platform and series of applications for voice messaging, conversations, and group calls that can be integrated into Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Android and iPhone apps. 

SayNow announced the acquisition (without any financial details). From the announcement:

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Use Your Existing Number with Google Voice

Google announced Number Porting for Google Voice today, which means you’ll be able to use Google Voice with your existing phone number. News came out last week that the company was testing this, but they have already moved beyond the testing stage and are offering it as an option. 

There are some caveats you should know, however. 

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Facebook Buys Mobile Ad Company Rel8tion

Facebook has reportedly acquired Rel8tion, a mobile advertising company. While you’d be hard pressed to find much info about the company on its own site, it has been made clear that this is a talent acquisition, so look for interesting things in mobile ads to come to Facebook in the near term. 

The Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD, which broke the story, shares the following statement from Facebook:

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Will You Be Paying Restaurant Checks with iTunes This Year?

There has been no confirmation from Apple on this front, but word is that the next versions of the iPhone and iPad will include NFC (near field communication) technology, which means people will be able to use them to make payments out in the physical world (where the technology is supported – which will likely be a growing number of places). 

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Google Enables “Cloud Printing On The Go”

Let’s face it: smartphone adoption isn’t close to universal, and the average non-student probably doesn’t print documents on a regular basis.  But today, Google launched Google Cloud Print for mobile documents and Gmail for mobile, an interesting service that introduces new options concerning when and where people can print.

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Foursquare Grows By 3,400% – Are You Part Of It?

Foursquare grew by 3,400% in 2010, according to the company, with total check-ins reaching 381,576,305 around the world (in every country) – plus one from outer space, when an astronaut checked in from the International Space Station in October.  It has 6 million users.

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Mobile Email Usage Sees Significant Growth

In November 2010, the number of U.S. visitors to web-based email sites decreased 6 percent compared to the previous year, while email engagement declined at a greater rate, according to a new report from comScore.

During the same time period, the number of users accessing email via their mobile devices grew by 36 percent.

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Facebook Looks to Get More People Using the Site on Phones

Facebook has launched a new mobile app for feature phones in order to get more people in the world using Facebook via their mobile devices. This should help with that. 

"We want people to have a great mobile experience no matter what type of phone they carry," said Facebook program manager Mark Heynen. "Smartphones have offered better features for sharing with friends but aren’t used by most people around the world."

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Starbucks Launches Mobile Payments In All U.S. Stores

Starbucks has introduced mobile payments in all of its U.S. stores, allowing people to pay for purchases with select smartphones.

The new mobile payment program now includes 6,800 company-operated stores and more than 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target locations.




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Will Apps Unravel the World Wide Web?

The title we went with on this article may come off as a bit sensational, but some pretty high profile web veterans might not think so. 

Speaking at Bristol University in the UK, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, had some less than positive things to say this week about the direction the web is taking – the app direction. As quoted by

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BankSimple Makes Mysterious “Key Hire”

BankSimple, the startup that’s supposed to disrupt the banking industry, has apparently made an important hire that may or may not have a direct impact on whether that actually happens. 

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Skype Hits 28 Million Users Online Just a Week After Hitting 27 Million

Skype announced a new record today, and one that is even more interesting, considering the timing. 

"Almost exactly a week after we broke the 27 million barrier, we’ve done it again," says Skype’s Peter Parkes. "At approximately 1800 GMT today, there were over 28 million people online on Skype at the same time – a new record."

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Android Surpasses iOS For First Time on Millennial Media

Millennial Media has released its monthly Mobile Mix report looking at the smartphone market for the month of December. For the first time, Android surpassed iOS as the largest smartphone OS on the Millennial network, with an 8% increase month-over-month and 46% impression share on the firm’s network in December. iOS currently has a 32% share.

For context, Millennial’s network is the largest mobile ad network in the U.S. 

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iOS 4.3 Will Reportedly Give All iPhones Personal Hotspot

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Verizon is getting the iPhone next month. One part of the announcement that excited a lot of people, beyond the extension of the iPhone’s availability was that the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless would include new Personal Hotspot capabilities, enabling users to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. 

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Google Places with Hotpot App Released for iPhone

Google has launched Google Places with Hotpot for the iPhone. Given the iPhone’s pending availability to Verizon customers, this should provide a huge boost in use for Google’s recently launched local offering. Google Places with Hotpot has been available in Google Maps for Android, but now it’s a standalone iPhone app too. 

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Bump CEO Talks Future Plans

Mobile app maker Bump Technologies has raised a $16m series B round of funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz, and including investments from Sequoia and others. Netscape founder Marc Andreessen will also be joining their board along with Greg McAdoo from Sequoia.

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iPhone for Verizon Coming February 10

Apple and Verizon officially announced the iPhone 4 for Verizon today. Verizon includes the tagline, "The phone that changed everything. Coming to America’s most reliable network."

The iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10, and qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the opportunity to pre-order it online on February 3.

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Google Goggles Gets An Upgrade

Google has launched a new version of Google Goggles, the application that lets users point their phone’s camera at a variety of things and get search results by taking a picture. The new version, version 1.3, is faster and smarter, according to Google. It can scan barcodes "almost instantly," the company says. 

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Netflix Spotted on Android Device, Doesn’t Mean Yours Will Get It

A Netflix app for Android was spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which wrapped up yesterday. Verizon, showing off its new LG Revolution 4G phone with Android, showed evidence that the app is indeed in existence. 

Android users have been waiting for a Netflix app for quite some time, and have had to wait idly by while apps for the iPhone, iPad, and even Windows Phone 7 were released. posted the following video of the demo, which is now making the rounds: 

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Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone?

Verizon Wireless subscribers have been waiting a long time for the iPhone to come to the carrier, and soon they will be waiting no longer, as Verizon is expected to offer Apple’s game-changing device within the next several weeks.

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Is Augmented Reality the Future of E-Commerce?

eBay has launched a new version of its eBay Fashion iPhone app. This one lets users virtually try on sunglasses by using their phone’s front-facing camera to capture an image of themselves and fit the sunglasses to their faces. 

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Android Tablets and the iPad’s Lead in the Enterprise

Pundits have predicted the growing adoption of tablets as a top 10 trend for 2011. According to Mashable, a new Forrester report estimates that 44 million tablets will be sold in 2015, surpassing even laptop sales by nearly 5 million and desktop PC sales over 25 million.

Android-based tablets are expected to capture a significant share of the overall tablet market and they’re making quite the splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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Skype Buys Mobile Video Company Qik

Skype announced today that it has entered an agreement to acquire Qik. The price has yet to be announced, but rumor has it that it’s about $100 million. 

What Qik does is let people capture video instantly from their phones. It’s already available on over 200 different phones running Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Mobile. On many of them, Qik comes preloaded. 

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb Previewed by Andy Rubin

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Google previewed the next version of Android – 3.0 AKA Honeycomb. VP of Engineering Andy Rubin provided the following explanation of what to expect from Honeycomb, as well as the video below: 

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Amazon Appstore for Android Apps Should Help Android

Amazon has launched its Appstore Developer Portal, aimed at letting Android developers submit apps for the launch of the Amazon Appstore for Android. The date of this launch is still undetermined. 

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Google: We Already Have Groupon-Like Products

Google’s Marissa Mayer recently made the switch from the company’s VP of search products to focusing on the company’s geo and local products.

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Top Searches Will Be Influenced By Changes in Search Habits, APIs

Tired of top ten of 2010 lists yet? Me too. We’re 4 days into 2011 now. Enough is enough. Yahoo got the memo, as now it is looking back on the past decade in search beginning with 2001, and looking at how much has changed (and how much hasn’t). 

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Will You Be Paying Restaurant Checks with Google This Year?

Google may launch a mobile payments service as early as this year, according to a report from Bloomberg BusinessWeek. This would be based upon NFC (near field communication) technology, which lets mobile device exchange data at close ranges. 

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Amazon Shows What People Bought (and Wanted) Most in 2010

Amazon released its "Best of 2010" lists today, which list the bestselling, most-wished-for, and most popular gift products of the year. 

Kindle Dominates Electronics

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Skype Takes Video Calls to the iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

Skype has launched a new version of its iPhone app that features video calling – a bold move considering Skype is fresh off a major outage issue, and that this will directly compete with Apple’s new FaceTime feature of the latest iPhones. 

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Report: 7 Trillion SMS Messages Will Be Sent in 2011

ABI Research, which released a study on Mobile Messaging Services, is saying that over seven trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2011. That’s worldwide, from about 4.2 billion mobile subscriptions.

ABI says SMS is being increasingly regarded as something of a commodity by users, due to falling delivery costs and high competition. 

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eBay Mobile Holiday Sales Up 166 Percent

Earlier this month, eBay released two separate statements saying that mobile sales rose over a very short period.  Now, the company’s opened up a third time on the subject, and it turns out mobile sales for the complete holiday shopping season (defined by eBay as November 25th through December 25th) grew by an impressive 166 percent.

That 166 percent was measured on a worldwide basis year-over-year, and helped eBay record $230 million in gross merchandise volume.  The company may be able to report a pretty profitable fourth quarter as a result.

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Massive Smartphone Growth Predicted For 2011

A whole lot of smartphones – and in particular, Android phones – are going to find their way into new owners’ hands next year, according to one expert.  Seth Weintraub recently predicted that 500 million smartphones might sell, with Google’s mobile operating system accounting for a lot of the purchases.

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Salesforce Chatter Mobile Goes to BlackBerry

Salesforce released Chatter Mobile for Blackberry. Chatter, if you’re not familiar with it, is the company’s social product, that’s often been referred to as a "Facebook for the enterprise."

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Google Sends Android to Near Space

Google sent seven of the new Nexus S phones into "near space" via weather balloon to do some exploring. The phones were equipped with Google Maps for Mobile, Google Sky Map, Google Latitude, etc. 

Does Google have too much time and money on its hands? Perhaps. A publicity stunt for these products? Maybe. It’s pretty interesting either way.

Here are a couple videos showing off the experiment:

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Microsoft Said to Be Launching New Windows for ARM Soon

In a recent article, we asked if Microsoft could compete with the iPad? Well, it would appear that they may be trying in more ways than one. 

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Nielsen Names YouTube Top Mobile Internet Video Channel

To mark the end of 2010, Nielsen published a document called "The Top Trends for 2010" this morning, and it’s an interesting read, even if most of the lists don’t fall within the scope of this site’s coverage (FYI: "frozen novelties" were the top consumer packaged good on the basis of unit volume growth).  But one thing that is relevant is the fact YouTube was crowned "Top Mobile Internet Video Channel."

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iPad Gets Verizon FiOS Mobile App

Verizon announced today that it is extending its free FiOS mobile app to the iPad. With this, FiOS customers with iPads can remotely control their DVRs, and use the iPad as a TV remote control. 

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AdMob Partners with Coke On Holiday Android App

Google’s AdMob team has partnered with Coca-Cola to create a mobile holiday live wallpaper app for Android.

The animated live wallpaper app features a snow globe. The Google Mobile Ads Blog offers more details. “Coke’s live wallpaper takes the user into this snowglobe experience.”


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Why 2011 Will Be a Huge Year for SMBs

I am declaring 2011 the Year of the Online SMB.

For the uninitiated, SMBs are small and medium businesses. They are the Holy Grail for business service providers because there are so darn many of them. They account for around 95% of the businesses in the US. (Either that or they supply 95% of the jobs but either way, it’s pretty impressive.) I like the definition of an SMB being under 100 employees, but up to 500 employees can be deemed an SMB also. There are no hard and fast criteria for determining SMB status but we all know one when we see one.

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Can Microsoft Compete with the iPad?

Reports indicate that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to unveil some new slates from Samsung and Dell at CES next month that are designed to compete with Apple’s incredibly popular iPad. 

The company has not confirmed, and the sources of the info are unnamed, but evidently trusted by the New York Times, which reports

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LinkedIn Launches Android App

LinkedIn has launched a new Android app in beta. The app lets users view updates, search for people, respond to invitations, and keep in touch with connections. 

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Google Maps Goes 3D and Offline on Android

Google introduced a new version of Google Maps for Android, which brings several new features. These include 3D map interaction and offline reliability features. 

Google is now using vector graphics for the maps, so you won’t see the map load in squares as it has done in the past. Instead, it will "dynamically draw" the map as you use it. Google lists the following features that come with this functionality:

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Google Nexus S Phone Now Available Through Best Buy in U.S.

Google announced today that its Nexus S Google phone, announced last week, is now available in the U.S. starting today. The device can be purchased through Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores online and offline. 

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eBay Acquires Critical Path, Which Has Worked on eBay’s iPhone Apps

eBay announced that it has acquired Critical Path Software, a mobile app developer, which it has been working with for over two years. The company has worked with eBay on creating iPhone apps for eBay, StubHub, eBay Classifieds, and 

eBay’s Richard Brewer-Hay on the eBay Ink Blog shared the following interview with Steve Romero, Critical Path president and founder, and Steve Yankovich, VP of eBay Mobile:


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Facebook Gets More Useful on Android Devices

Facebook has updated its Android app. It’s a pretty significant update because it adds Facebook Chat functionality, which was previously unavailable, and for some people a big part of Facebook use. 

The update also adds push notifications to Android devices running version 2.2 or above. Chat doesn’t require this high of a version, however. 

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Google Voice Spreads to the iPad, iPod Touch

About a month ago, Google finally launched Google Voice for the iPhone. Today, Google launched a new version that also supports the iPad and iPod Touch devices. 

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Give Google Your Voice. Literally.

Google has launched personalized voice recognition for voice search on Android 2.2 and higher. If you’ve used Google’s voice search much, you probably know how inaccurate it can often be. This feature should (theoretically) help with this. 

Google will get to know your voice and understand it, and your search queries will become more accurate. Google’s Amir Mané and Glen Shires explain:

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eBay Enjoys “Busiest Mobile Shopping Day Ever”

It apparently took eBay a little while to tally the numbers and write up the press release, but Sunday was a great day for the company.  eBay saw mobile shoppers flock to the site, establishing December 12th as the busiest mobile shopping day ever.

An official statement from the company declared, "In the U.S. mobile gross merchandise volume (GMV) grew 127 percent over the same Sunday last year, generating nearly $5 million in GMV; worldwide, mobile GMV grew 165 percent generating $13 million in GMV."

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Google Lets Advertisers Use Seller Ratings Extensions in Mobile Ads

Google announced that its extending its Seller Ratings extensions for AdWords ads to mobile. These let advertisers show users when they have positive ratings, which can of course inspire clicks. 

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Google Brings Priority Inbox to Android

Google announced the launch of Gmail for Android 2.3.2, which brings Gmail’s well-received Priority Inbox feature to mobile. 

"While Priority Inbox on your Android phone doesn’t have all the features offered in the desktop version of Gmail, we think this is a good start and plan to add even more functionality moving forward," says Paul Westbrook of Google’s Gmail for Android team. 

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Google Instant Goes Mobile Globally

Google announced today that Google Instant for mobile is now available globally – in 28 languages and in 40 countries. You have to have an Android 2.2+ or iOS4 device to use it though. 

If you have one of these devices, you can simply go to in your mobile browser, and it tap on the Google Instant link beneath the search box to enable it. This is somewhat interesting considering when Google Instant was first launched, you had to disable it if you didn’t want it, rather than enable it if you did want it. 

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Yahoo Tests New Local Site for Mobile Users

Yahoo has launched the new Yahoo Local for Mobile experience in beta. 

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Facebook Adds More Privacy Controls to Mobile

In August, Facebook brought its privacy controls to browser-enabled mobile devices. In October, the company added a dashboard to give users a way to see and control the ways applications use their information. Now, Facebook is making these same controls available on mobile phones, so users can update and manage the info they share from wherever they’re at. 

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Android Comes Up On iOS In October

A new comScore report concerning the state of the mobile market is out, and it should surprise exactly no one that Android’s market share continues to rise.  The rate of Android’s growth is sure to displease some Apple fans, however, as it looks like Android may have eclipsed iOS in terms of smartphone subscribers.

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Will Location-Based Services Break Out in 2011?

Location-based services continue to get a great deal of attention as more services pop up, existing ones add features and integrations, and businesses find ways to take advantage of them. You can bet that this space is only just getting started. Over the next year, we’re going to see a lot of innovation in location-based services/check-in apps. 

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Google Finally Releases Google Reader Android App

Google has finally released an Android app for Google Reader, and as the company acknowledges itself, "It’s been a long time coming." I couldn’t agree more as a user. I already use a bookmark for Google Reader probably more than any app on my phone, so having an actual app for it should be pretty nice. 

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Opera Confirms Mobile Web Use Soaring

Mobile Web use is soaring on a global basis, at least if the newest data from Opera holds with respect to other browsers.  Opera reported today that page views and data consumption – along with sheer user numbers – are all increasing at a rapid pace.

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Mobile Users Are Using Their Devices in Your Store. Are You Taking Advantage?

9 out of 10 mobile Internet users have accessed the mobile web while at a store, according to a new study from Yahoo and Nielsen. Furthermore, 51% of those users indicate that they make a purchase after doing research on their mobile device. 

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Businesses Can Offer Customers Deals for Checking In with Yelp

Yelp has announced check-in offers for businesses, meaning that businesses can offer Yelp users special deals for checking in at their place of business. Check-ins are tied to Twitter and Faecbook (for Android and iPhone users), so when a user checks in, they are potentially sharing it with a lot of their friends. 

The feature is part of the business owner dashboard on Yelp, and the company says it gives businesses a measurable way to reward their loyal customers while attracting new ones. 

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Threats to Expect in Mobile, Social, Location and Email in 2011

It’s getting late in the year, and it’s about time to start looking forward to 2011. While we can speculate about a great many topics, few trends are going to be as important to anticipate as those related to security. We asked an expert in the field about some of the things he is anticipating. WebProNews interviewed Paul Wood, MessageLabs Intelligence Sr. Analyst at Symantec Hosted Services about what businesses and consumers can expect to deal with in order to stay secure over the next year. 

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What Does Path Have to Offer vs. Facebook and Others?

This week a new photo sharing social network received a great deal of attention. It’s called Path and has a pretty impressive list of names backing it. These include Ashton Kutcher, Ron Conway, Kevin Rose, Keith Rabois, Dustin Moskovitz, Marc Benioff, Gary Vaynerchuk, Steve Anderson, Tim Draper, Joi Ito, Fadi Ghandour, Matt Cohler, Sam Lessin, Bill Randuchel, Karl Jacob, Paul Buchheit, Ruchi Sanghvi, John Couch, Michael Parekh, Claudio Chiuchiarelli, Maurice Werdegar, Don Dodge, and Chris Kelly. 

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Speed: Recommended for Content, Conversions and Holiday Traffic

It’s become clear that site speed and performance have become increasingly important on the web, particularly with Google. The company has made a plethora of announcements over the past year or two directly related to making the web faster in general. Most recently, for example, Google announced mod_pagespeed, a tool for webmasters to use to automatically optimize their sties. "It’s like Page Speed, but makes the changes automatically," Google told WebProNews.

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What Does The Future Of Search Look Like?

Tim Mayer, the former head of search product and business at Yahoo, spoke in the keynote session “Future of Search: Mobile, Social, and Vertical.”

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Google Aims to Prevent Losing Mobile Users to Bing on Windows Phone 7

Google has launched a Google Search app for Windows Phone 7. The first Windows Phone 7 devices in the U.S. became available today.

While, we will no doubt see a flood of apps for the platform rush in, it is smart for Google to get theirs out there immediately, as Windows Phone 7 devices come with Bing as the default search option (via a hard key).

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Windows Phone 7 Devices Available in the U.S. How Will They Sell?

Windows Phone 7 devices went on sale in the United States today with models available in AT&T and T-Mobile, stores.

Microsoft is sharing results from a Harris Interactive survey to help push its new operating system. The thinking is that Windows phones are "designed to get users in, out and back to life."

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Is Creating a Unique Experience Enough To Get People to Pay for Digital Content?

John Loughlin, Executive VP and GM of Hearst Magazines, which publishes Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and other popular titles, provided an inside look into Hearst’s content strategy for the digital age here at ad:tech NY. 

Do you think Hearst’s success in traditional publishing will extend to triumph in the online world? Let us know in the comments section.

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Google Instant Now Available For iPhone And Android Devices

Google said today it is introducing a beta version of Google Instant to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S.

Users can access Google Instant on their iPhone or Android the same way they can on a desktop.

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Get to the Point With Your Mobile Marketing

I probably don’t have to tell you that mobile marketing is incredibly complex. Why is this? Because mobile encompasses nearly all other forms of media in one. Mobile is talking on the phone, the mobile web, images, video, radio, interactive apps, location, etc. 

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Considering Check-In App Strategies for Business

It’s been an interesting day for location-based services. Facebook of course made its announcements. Yelp announced it will soon introduce check-in offers

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Facebook Announces Single Sign-On, Location Upgrade, Deals Platform

Following an introduction by Brandee Barker, Mark Zuckerberg kicked off this afternoon’s live Facebook event by talking about the mobile platform.  As of today, 200 million people are actively using the Facebook Mobile product across all platforms, he noted, which is triple the number that were using it last year.

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Chris Brogan Talks Online Video’s Ongoing Evolution

Online video has come a long way in the last few years, and it’s only going further. With the release of new devices and formats, online video content production is going to do nothing but grow. WebProNews recently spoke with Chris Brogan, popular social media guy, President of New Marketing Labs and part of the Pulse Network, about where it’s all heading and where it already is.

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