Diginews - Twitter integrates Google Friend connect - Davos WEF on Youtube - Ecom fraud touches $4B - Teacher sells ad on tests - NY Times freezes wages - Top innovations 2008 - China 3G license -

Google wants "fast track" for its content
Google has approached Internet carriers with a proposal to create a "fast lane" for its own content, countering its previously stance of equal network access for all content providers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Google on Monday announced that its Google Friend Connect service has been integrated with the Twitter microblogging service.

This year Youtube is back with a new format called The Davos Debates. And the best part of it is, whoever creates the best video gets a free all expense paid trip, including a press pass, to the event. This is no small prize. Davos is arguably the most exclusive and interesting conference in the world, and you will have the chance to interact directly, one-on-one, with world leaders.

YouTube users are asked to answer one of four questions:

  • Are you confident that global growth will be restored in 2009?
  • Will the environment lose out to the economy in 2009?
  • Will the Obama administration improve the state of the world in 2009?
  • Should company executives have a code of ethics similar to doctors and lawyers?
Merchants expect to lose a record $4 billion to online fraud in 2008. They also think the fraud loss rate will hold constant at 1.4% of revenue (same as '07 and '06), writes the tenth annual CyberSource Corporation survey of e-commerce fraud, reports Retailer Daily.

America's public schools are being sorely tested by the economic crisis, with states and cities across the nation cutting their education budgets. That's forcing teachers to come up with unusual solutions: San Diego teacher Tom Farber is selling advertising on the bottom of math tests. The ads appear as lines of text - "Braces by Stephen P. Henry D.M.D.,"

The New York Times Company told print and Web employees of its flagship New York Times newspaper this afternoon that non-union staff would receive no pay raises next year. "Advertising revenues at both the paper and the Web site remain weak and the financial outlook for 2009 is daunting," the staff was told in an internal e-mail from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., obtained by Forbes.com

Barack Obama, whose team harnessed the power of the Web as no "brand" ever had, changed how political races are run, and won. Apple's iPhone 3G juiced up the mobile medium. And NBC's multimedia spectacle from the Beijing Olympics had the quadrennial event finally living up to the hype, and became the standard for how those contests will get played—with or without Michael Phelps' star turn.

China will issue licences for third-generation mobile telecommunications services by the beginning of next year and expects this will generate Rmb200bn ($29.1bn) in investments from the three operators, the industry regulator said Friday. The news will be a boon for companies like Nortel and Alcatel Lucent whose financials are in dire straits due to slowing spends from operators.

Consumers are flocking to blogs, social-networking sites and virtual worlds. And they are leaving a lot of marketers behind. For marketers, Web 2.0 offers a remarkable new opportunity to engage consumers. If only they knew how to do it. That's where this article aims to help. WSJ interviewed more than 30 executives and managers in both large and small organizations that are at the forefront of experimenting with Web 2.0 tools.

Honda is doing the best job of keeping its customers of any company selling vehicles in the U.S. According to J.D. Power and Associates' "2008 Customer Retention Study," 64.7% of Honda buyers are returnees. Second place goes to Toyota with 63.2% and then Toyota's Lexus at 60.4%.

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