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Google just announced its new content payment system One Pass that gives publishers a very flexible and affordable option for charge their readers for access to their content. With One Pass, publishers can charge readers on the Web and in mobile apps for subscriptions, metered access, day passes, single articles and "freemium" conten

On January 19th, Starbucks launched its virtual Starbucks Card mobile payment app for the iPhone and select BlackBerry devices nationwide after running a number of tests in a few select markets last year. Today the company announced that it has already processed more than 1 million transactions since the

After World War II, the United States launched the Voice of America broadcasting service to get its message to the citizens of America's friends and foes. Now, after social media played such pivotal roles in the successful revolution in Egypt and the earlier uprisings in Iran and Tunesia, the U.S. State Department has begun sending Twitter messages in Farsi to Iranians from an account called USAdarFarsi.

Skype just announced its mobile partner program for operators at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This program aims to bring the company's services to markets with "low 3G broadband penetration." Skype aims to introduce a new client for feature phones and smartphones that can utilize bandwidth more efficiently and will have "minimal impact on battery life and data usage.

Have you this kind of comment lately: "Wow, Thats kinda crazy when you think about it dude" or "Wow, this really does make a lot of sense dude. Wow." Usually it is followed by a link to a site like www.net-privacy.at.tc, www.anonymize.edu.tc or www.anon-tools.tk. You're not alone. Virtually every high-profile site on the Internet that features comments is currently full of messages like these. Of course, comment spam is nothing new, but these guys are not only targeting high-profile sites - their comments actually make it onto these sites with alarming regularity and most are never removed by the site owners.

Today Microsoft launched two major new feature for Bing, its increasingly popular search engine. Bing can now show local search results based on your current location and personalize results based on your previous searches and clicks.

Google just announced that it is rolling out its 2-step authentication program to all of its users over the next few days. Until now, this enhanced security feature was only available to Google Apps users. I've been using Google's 2-step authentication process on a standard Google Account for the last few months already. While it does indeed represent a major step forward in ensuring the safety of your account, it can also be a bit of a hassle.

Remember Boutiques.com, Google's shopping site for fashion goods that launched in November 2010? Unless you are a regular Vogue reader and can't wait for the New York Fashion Week to begin, chances are you don't, but the site is doing quite well and Google just launched a number of new features for Boutiques.com. Most interestingly, Google is brining some of its core competencies to the site by introducing two Google's Analytics-like features called Designer Analytics for its partners and Trend Analytics for the rest of us.

The Daily, News Coprp.'s much hyped and buggy iPad-only newspaper just got a much-needed update. Even though the launch of The Daily was delayed by months, the first version of the app quickly turned out to be extremely buggy (I couldn't even start it for the last few days) and quite a disaster when it came to usability. Today's update does little to fix any of the usability problems, but at least the app loads again.

It's not quite Reddit, which now sees 1 billion pageviews per month, but YCombinator's Hacker News just announced that it now serves 1 million pages per day. Hacker News, which is a social news site that specializes in news stories related to technology startups, was founded by YCombinator founder Paul Graham in February 2007 and has quickly become on of the go-to sites for anybody who is interested in the world of tech startups.

The latest beta version of Firefox 4 introduces lots of bug fixes and other improvements, but most importantly, it introduces Mozilla's new opt-out mechanism for ad tracking. What this feature does is add a message to the messages your browser send to the web server when it requests pages that lets the server know that users do not want to be tracked.

Last month, Google launched an Android app for Google Translate, which allows users to write or speak a phrase in one language and then read or hear a translation in another. Today, Google also launched a native iPhone version of this tool, which works surprisingly well. The app accepts voice input in 15 languages (including German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Japanese), as well as text inputs in over 50 languages. Spoken translations are available for 23 languages.

It isn't quite the Pacman doodle, but today's version of Google's iconic logo introduces a whole new degree of interactivity to the animated logos the company sometimes produces for special occasions. Just in time for Jules Verne's 183rd birthday, the company produced a whimsical logo that allows you to steer the submarine from Verne's famous 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with the help of your laptop's or tablet's built-in accelerometer. You can also play along by using the keyboard.

Gmail's Priority Inbox has been a major hit for Google and, according to the company's own research, saves its users a lot of time. Until now, though, it was only available in the desktop and Android version of Google's email service. Starting today, however, you can also access in the Gmail mobile web app on most mobile browsers that support HTML5. These include early Android devices that don't natively support Priority Inbox yet, as well as Apple iOS devices (version 3 and up).

When it finally ships later this year, Firefox 4 will have gone through at least twelve beta releases since. The first beta was released in July 2010 and the final release is now set for around later this month. Going forward, however, Mozilla's director of firefox development Mike Beltzner envisions a very different release schedule. Indeed, if it is up to Beltzner, we will see Firefox 4, 5, 6, and 7 later this year as the organization changes the way it defines major versions and ships updates.

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Android users already know about this, but with the latest update to the Google Search app for iOS, Apple users now also get to enjoy this feature. When Google realizes that you have an upcoming trip on your schedule, it will show you info about your destination, including weather and some tourist info. Nifty stuff.