Seesmic Updates iPhone App with New Features and Ads

Popular social media client Seesmic has launched some new updates for its iPhone app. It now supports Retina Display, creating and adding users to Twitter lists, in-reply-to-converation and direct messages in threads, checking private Facebook messages, pull-down to refresh, and Instapaper & Read it Later integration. 

Street View Set To Cover All Seven Continents

Sometime today, Street View fans should be able to take in sights on all seven continents for the first time ever.  Coverage of Brazil and Antarctica will make this possible, and images of Ireland are supposed to become available, to boot.

CareerBuilder Launches Facebook Referral App

CareerBuilder has launched a new application called “Work@” that allows employees to share their company’s job openings on their Facebook page.

Work@ pulls open jobs housed on a company’s website or in their Applicant Tracking System.  After an employee adds the Work@ application to their Facebook account, CareerBuilder’s job recommendation engine identifies matches in that employee’s network to the company’s available jobs.

Forecast Puts Facebook’s 2010 Ad Revenue At $1.6 Billion

An investment bank that’s been around for over 90 years believes Facebook ads are going to make the social network a whole lot of money in 2010.  In fact, Cowen and Company predicted that the sum will exceed $1.6 billion.

That’s significantly larger than the last credible estimate to cross anyone’s desk.  Joseph Tartakoff recalled late yesterday, "It was only last month that eMarketer said Facebook’s ad sales for the year would likely total $1.2 billion."

Google Turns Failed Phone Store Into Android Gallery

Google has launched a phone gallery to display Android devices that "deliver the best Google experience today". The gallery can be found at google.com/phone. You may recognize the URL as the former destination of Google’s failed phone store. 

Google Adds Instant to More Search Types, Countries

Google announced some new features for Google Instant. They haven’t released it for the browser or for mobile yet, but they have added some desktop functionality. 

First off, they have added keyboard navigation, so you can use Google Instant without touching your mouse, should you choose to do so. The navigation lets you scroll through Google’s search suggestions to bring up more instant results. 

Facebook Likes Just Officially Became More Important to Search

Facebook announced a few Platform updates, including updates to the Live Stream Plugin, "liked" articles appearing in search results, and improvements to real-time updates.

2 Million Sites Have Added Facebook’s Social Plugins Since f8

Today at the Web 2.0 Expo, Facebook announced that in the five months since f8, the company’s developer conference where it unleashed its Open Graph initiative and social plugins, nearly 2 million websites have added social plugins. Facebook tells WebProNews, major sites in the media, sports, entertainment and commerce industries that have added social plugins, include:

– Media: WSJ.com, WashingtonPost.com, Gawker blogs, CNN, Bloomberg, FORTUNE, Fox News Channel, and Daily Beast

Microsoft Joins Yahoo In Criticizing Google Instant

Many people laughed when Microsoft chose to call Bing a "decision engine," but the logic behind that name was apparent today when Microsoft exec Yusuf Mehdi spoke at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.  Mehdi indicated that he thinks Google Instant represents a step in the wrong direction.

Brick and Mortar Retailers Will Benefit from Online Inventory Listing

Earlier this month, Google announced that it was making public its documentation for Local Shopping inventory for Google Merchant Center. This is a feature that lets retailers let consumers know about what they have in stock. Milo.com is another site that based upon a similar principle, and it’s doing pretty well.