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Kinect Price Drops in the U.S to $109.99 – Launches Presidential Election 2012 Hub on Xbox LIVE; Nissan Pathfinder Virtual Showroom Powered by Kinect for Windows; Kinect Magic Cursor App for Windows 7

Microsoft reduces the permanent pricing of its gaming controller Kinect. The new reduced price will be US $109.99 in the United States.

In additon, there will be also a “permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold,” Microsoft stated.

Additionally, on October 4, …

Google Ads APIs Adds OAuth2 Support; DFP API v201208; App Engine 1.7.1 Released; Enterprise License Manager API for Apps Admins; U.S. Elections Live on YouTube Elections Hub

v201208 of the DFP API released as on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, adds new types of creatives, support for optimization, rich media, and video interaction report columns, along with new options for downloading reports.

A full list of improvements from this release can be found on the release notes page. …

Congressional District Targeting for Google AdWords; Google Custom Search Element v2 Now with Asynchronous Code Launched

Starting today, in addition to targeting specific zip codes in AdWords, Google introduces “Congressional District Targeting for Google AdWords,” that allows political campaigns to reach voters within a specific Congressional District.

Now, “with congressional district targeting in AdWords, campaigns can quickly and easily target their search, display, mobile and video ads solely within …

Twitter Working on a Archive Tool to Help Retrieve Your Old Tweets; PolitickerUSA Stream of U.S. Congress Tweets; Politwoops Brings Comprehensive Collection of U.S. Politicians Deleted Tweets

Trying to remember that nicely composed tweet — you need not anymore! Twitter is working on a project that will give you access to an archive of all of your past tweets.

Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo in an interview with New York Times recently said that the company is building a tool that …

Inspired by @Google Twitter Transparency Report Published Ahead of U.S. Independence Day

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Twitter on Monday, July 2nd, released its first “Transparency Report,” which is aimed as an important reminder to hold governments accountable, “especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves.”

The report unveiled just two days before the Independence Day of United States …

Google Adds Removed ‘Blog Posts, Videos, Hand-over User Information’ Data to Transparency Report

Google Transparency Report launched abot two years ago, an interactive Google initiative disclosing data about government requests — today, began showing data about the government requests to remove “blog posts” or “videos” or “hand over user information” made from July to December 2011.

Google also added today, a feature update which makes it …

Google Responds to ‘Monopoly and Internet Freedom’ Claims, Defends its Algorithms & Practices – Launches French Politics and Elections Website

Google French Politics and Elections website: Politique et électionsGoogle French Politics and Elections website: Politique et élections

French citizens heading to the polls again on Sunday for Parliamentary elections just after electing a new President in last month May. Google together with French news agency AFP (Agence France Presse) built a new site designed to give easy access to up-to-the-minute information about the election.

Vint Cerf Says Google Applied for News TLDs Include ‘.google, .doc, .lol, .youyube’; Testifys Before the U.S. House of Representatives on ITU

Vinton Cerf: Testifies on ITU; Google Applies for TLDs .google, .doc, .lol, .youyubeVinton Cerf: Testifies on ITU; Google Applies for TLDs .google, .doc, .lol, .youyube

To expand its operations, Google today submitted an applications for new TLDs, which generally fall into four categories as mentioned below. “We’re just beginning to explore this potential source of innovation on the web, and we are curious to see how these proposed new TLDs will fare in the existing TLD …

China Approves Google-Motorola Deal; Daily Mail Reveals Tory Ministers and Google’s Proximity

The Chinese authorities have approved Google’s bid to buy phone maker Motorola Mobility, clearing the way for the $12.5 billion deal to close early next week. China was the last country that needed to give its approval before the deal could officially close. The US and Europe had already approved the merger in February.

Federal Court Upholds Google NSA Relationship Secrecy Documents Citing National Security

The U.S. Federal appeals court on Friday upheld the National Security Agency’s decision not to release the public documents confirming or denying any relationship it has with Google concerning encryption and cybersecurity.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, invoking the Freedom of Information Act, had sought such documents following the January 2010 cyberattack on …

Audit Marketplace App Logins in Google Apps; Google Politics & Elections Toolkit Adds ‘Four Screens to Victory’

Google launches “Four Screens to Victory” inside the Google Politics & Elections Toolkit where candidates and staff can make the web work for you.

“Voters use an average of 14.7 sources of information to help make their candidate selection and are connected to multiple devices throughout the day (Google/Shopper Sciences, 2011). …

Hangout with President Obama; Watch & Vote Super Bowl XLVI Ads on YouTube Ad Blitz

NBC with YouTube is bringing the Super Bowl XLVI online commercials to YouTube Ad Blitz, a premier online gallery of Super Bowl commercials.

NBC Sports and YouTube Bring Super Bowl XLVI Online Commercials to YouTube Ad BlitzNBC Sports and YouTube Bring Super Bowl XLVI Online Commercials to YouTube Ad Blitz

“YouTube Ad Blitz puts all the online commercials Super Bowl coverage in your hands, letting you view and vote on the top ads of the Super …

In 2012 U.S. Election Time Google Launches Politics & Elections Portal; Iowa and Obama Most Popular News Search Terms

Google Politics & Elections Web siteGoogle Politics & Elections Web siteJust in time for the Iowa Caucuses, Google launched “Google Politics & Elections” portal to enable voters, journalists and campaigns to quickly sort through election info by popularity, race or issues.

The site is an election hub where citizens can study, watch, discuss, learn about, participate in and perhaps even make …

Rebecca Black, Jennifer Lopez, Zach Wahls Tops YouTube Rewind 2011: The Year in Review

YouTube Rewind 2011YouTube Rewind 2011YouTube team just released “2011: The Year in Review” timeline of th 2011 year’s most popular videos and events and to see what the world watched in 2011.

In total, there were “more than 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion) playbacks on YouTube this year (yep, count ’em, 12 zeroes). That’s about 140 views …

FTC Settles Google Buzz Privacy Complaint, Calls for ‘Regular, Independent Privacy Audits for the Next 20 Years’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Google reached a settlement about Google Buzz’s deceptive privacy practices. The FTC gave the bill unanimous support (the vote was 4 – 0) in the official vote this month.

Under the settlement, Google agreed to prominently disclose when it transfers user information to third parties, identify the …

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