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Apple Drops YouTube as Pre-Loaded App in iOS 6 (USA Today)
Apple has eliminated Google’s YouTube as a pre-loaded app on its mobile devices as the battle for users escalates between the two technology giants. “Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser, and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store,” said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller. The New York Times/Bits Blog In response, YouTube issued a statement: “We are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users.” The extent of Google’s disappointment in Apple’s move was unclear. The Verge Google will have a lot more flexibility with a standalone YouTube app. Apple, on the other hand, no longer has to pay whatever license fee may have existed for including YouTube in iOS. Reuters Analysts believe Google generates a significant portion of mobile advertising revenue from iPhone users. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt once sat on Apple’s board of directors, but the relationship between the two companies has frayed. TechCrunch YouTube was one of the first apps to be available on the iPhone when it was released, and has come pre-loaded on all iOS devices over the last five years. Of course, when it first came out, the world was a different place.
Twitter Now Available in Basque, Czech, Greek (PC Magazine)
Twitter on Monday added beta support for three more languages — Basque, Czech and Greek. With the latest additions, the micro-blogging service is now available in 33 languages. Los Angeles Times Curiosity (did you hear?) landed on Mars. Now come the jokes — on Twitter — such as this one: @supermario_47: “Curiosity is on #Mars. Sure went a long way after killing the cat.” AllTwitter Alongside the other Twitter trends and promoted products, you may have noticed a fairly new arrival, Twitter’s “trending events.” And you also may have noticed they appear to be exclusively focused on the Olympics.
Amazon Launches its Own Online Game Studio and First Facebook Game (VentureBeat)
Amazon has become a force in the distribution of mobile games with the Amazon App Store for Android in the past year or so. Now it’s moving deeper into the market with the launch of its own game studio, Amazon Game Studios, and its first social game, Living Classics.
Thumbnail Photo Previews Appear in Facebook Pages’ Admin Panels, Users’ Notifications (AllFacebook)
An AllFacebook reader who is also a page administrator shared a screen shot that features previews of photos on the page that were commented on within the page’s admin panel. Page administrators: Have you seen these thumbnail photo previews in your pages’ admin panels.
Here’s How the President Sends His Tweets [VIDEO] (Mashable)
Ever wonder how the president of the United States uses Twitter? You can find out in this video, shot during a Twitter Q&A that President Barack Obama held after a campaign rally in Newton, Iowa, earlier this year.
Forget ‘Social Media’ Olympics, These are the Mobile Games (paidContent)
Half of searches and video streams are coming from mobiles and tablets during the Olympic games. New Google data would seem to suggest the mobile Internet has reached a tipping point.
Microsoft Launches New Windows Phone Dev Center: Cleaner, Better Reporting, PayPal Support and More (The Next Web)
Attempting to make it easier for developers to design, build and manage apps within its Windows Phone ecosystem, Microsoft has pushed live its new Windows Phone Dev Center, picking up from the now redundant App Hub developer portal and offering a whole host of new features and tools. Alongside the launch of the new Dev Center, developers will soon be able to register their apps in four times as many countries (now totalling over 178 markets) and will be able to publish (191 markets) and get paid in three times as many regions (115 markets) as is possible today.
Should Brands Filter Fan-Created Content? (SocialTimes)
When should companies moderate social media content created by followers and the rest of the world? Matt Corey, chief marketing officer of social integration platform company Mass Relevance, answered that question at mediabistro’s Social Curation Summit.
Zynga’s ChefVille Will Help You Make Dinner (Mashable)
Zynga wants to help you cook dinner. Coming this week, ChefVille, the newest game from the company incorporates a new “Game to Table” model, allowing you to earn real-world recipes while you play.