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Data use on cell phones up 50%

For the first time, the majority of cellphone users access data services. That’s driven a 50 percent increase in the average data use across all users.A forthcoming study by Validas shows 53 percent of all cellphone subscribers are data users, up from 42 percent last year. The average data usage per subscriber is not 145.8MB a month compared with 96.8MB a month last year. Most of that is simply the result of more data users, though it does suggest those with data capabilities are using slightly more each month.There’s a lot of attention paid to AT&T;’s iPhone data plans, ...

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Google Mobile Search Market Share Near 100%

Let’s be cautious about running too far with these numbers, but Royal Pingdom (using data from StatCounter) has reported/estimated Google’s global mobile search market share to be almost 100%.Google is clearly dominant in mobile search across smartphones (and feature phones). However these numbers may not be completely accurate. For example, the chart above shows PC and mobile search market share according to StatCounter. But while the general PC search share numbers may reflect selected markets (e.g., UK) they’re not accurate for the US and a number of other places around the ...

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YouTube Increasing Upload Limit from 10 to 15 Minutes

Since YouTube's launch, the longest video you could upload was 10 minutes. No longer!  Google reports that in the near future, that limit will rise to 15 minutes.SmartBox Web Marketing - Turnkey Local Online Advertising for Doctors & Professionals ...

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UK Government departments spend £6m on search engines

Four government departments spent almost £6m ensuring their websites appeared on search engine results pages in the last two financial years, according to newly released figures.The Department of Health was the biggest spender, running up a bill of £4.4m in "paid search" fees.It said the money was spent supporting campaigns on smoking and the flu pandemic.Organisations can pay search engines to ensure their websites appear at the top of users' searches. They are often charged for each person who accesses their sites via the link.The Department for Communities and Local Government spent over ...

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Goodbye Yellow Google AdWords Background & Hello Purple Backgrounds

Google has begun rolling out a new background color for the AdWords listings on Google’s search results. The new color is a pale purple, as opposed to the current pale yellow. Google has been testing the pale purple since May of this year and last week we have seen it ramp up in the number of people seeing it.The RKG Blog has a comment from Google, which Google confirmed to us, that Google is indeed replacing the yellow with the purple background color. More and more users will see the new purple color and by the end of this week, all Google search properties ...

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Write Your First Email Line Like a Tweet to Grab Interest

You notice it when you're reading email, but not so much writing it. Most email clients show just the first 50-75 characters of a message in the inbox view. Write your first line to that limit, and you'll likely get noticed.It's a tip offered up by web PR consultant Steve Rubel, who notes that an eBook author reached through his own crowded inbox and managed to get a click-through with a first line that grabbed him. Rubel dubs it "Tweetifying" of your email's lead sentence, but it's actually about half a 140-character tweet. The idea is the same, though—let the character limit guide you to ...

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Facebook claims half a billion members

The popular social networking site known as Facebook has achieved yet another significant milestone: 500 million members.An obviously pleased Mark Zuckerberg celebrated the occasion by launching a new applicationdubbed "Stories," which allows users to share their Facebook related tales and read hundreds of others."Our mission is to help make the world more open and connected. Stories or examples of that mission and are both humbling and inspiring," the young CEO wrote in a blog post commemorating the momentous event."I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when ...

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Google Maps Adds Built-In URL Shortening

Sending someone a Google Maps URL can be a pain, because they tend to be very long. To remedy this, Google has integrated their previously mentioned goo.gl URL shortening service into Google Maps, so you can shorten links right from the map.The feature is still in Google Labs, so you'll need to turn it on by clicking the green flask in the top right corner of the Maps page and enabling the "Short URL" feature. After refreshing the page, clicking on the "link" button will no longer give you a mile-long URL, but a concise link that you can paste into Twitter or send in an email. It does disable ...

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Google May Use Mouse Movements to Influence Search Rankings

How Google decides what sites come up first on any given search is a closely-guarded secret, a formula that changes regularly to keep people from gaming the system. But it may get a lot harder to predict.A new patent filed by Google on Tuesday would allow Google to analyze information about where on a page users hover their mouse cursor, presumably showing the search giant what people were sort of interested in by didn't actually click through on.It's a crazy idea, one that may have some merit. But then again, it may not. If you're doing any typing, for example, the chances are good that your ...

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NYC's Sexiest Billboard Doesn't Care For Dumphones

See that beautiful model there, frolicking with a few of her friends? No? Well, your smartphone can. This billboard—and two others like it—is one giant QR code that in this case gives particular significance to augmented reality.Calvin Klein has occupied that particular billboard space, over a prominent corner on Houston Street, for quite some time. But whereas before it might have looked like below.Through the end of the day it's just a bunch of big red and white blocks. Unless, of course, you have a smartphone that can read QR codes (there are plenty of apps for that). Then you're ...

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