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Yahoo Prepping RSS Feed Alerts
The existing alerts service from Yahoo will gain the capability to add RSS feeds and send alerts when those feeds get updated.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Microsoft Ready To List Classifieds
The company plans to have its "Fremont" online classifieds service become part of Windows Live, and let users of various MSN services offer items for sale.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
How Not To Serve Your Customers Online
Verbal abuse, deceptive in-stock claims, high-pressure upselling, and attempts to charge a credit card when a customer posts negative feedback about a business comprise this primer on actions that could reflect poorly on one's business.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
A Crystal Ball Moment: iSeeTV Future
One of the beauties of the broadband revolution is the incredibly cool ability to become your own media figure. The weblog is the sounding board for the would-be or part time journalist; the podcast is an answer for jockeys who won't settle for $6 an hour and free CDs; and soon, consumer generated television, through monetized services like iSee TV will provide the catharsis for all Tom Brokaw wannabes.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Hispanic Online Market Booms
Three out of ten Hispanic buyers online spend over $200 on purchases, and big name brands have been working to attract more Hispanic business.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Nick Wilson Departs Threadwatch
SEOBook's Aaron Wall has taken over the Threadwatch community site, as Wilson moves on to focus on his developing professional blogging site, Performancing.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Google Dishes Content Network Ad Best Practices
The Inside AdWords crew has six suggestions for better targeting campaigns destined to run on Google's content networks.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Blogged! Googled! Busted!
The problem with blogs is anyone can read them and they do. The recent adventures of an Iranian man who became a Canadian citizen on the U.S./Canadian border were all based on his blog. Customs found out about him, googled him and found his blog.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
How About Some More Domain Options?
How useful would a single-letter domain be? Is, for example, Y.com a worthy investment for, say, the YMCA or someone wanting to set up a site that answers "why" questions? How about domains that use the company name instead of .com? Could podcast.mycompany be a craze that gains ground in the domain game?
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Google IPO 2.0 A “Defensive War Chest”
He didn't mention Microsoft as the specific threat, but when the CFO of Google cited a need for lots of cash to help fend off a bigger, richer competitor, Microsoft's name did come up.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
How Much For the Bloggy In The Window?
Sell your blog? Not in a million years. You're offering how much? Ah well… that's a different story then. I think maybe we could negotiate this deal. Blogs are starting to make big money for some folks with some impressive paydays. Recent buzz has been considering blog "exit strategies." Do you have one?
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
An Online Christmas Carol: Part III
"Christmas time…the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the [online] year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up [wallets] freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to [eBay], and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys…"
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Technorati Turns 3
Blog search engine Technorati turned three this week. They've had an interesting history and they're now tracking upwards of 22 million blogs covering just about every feasible topic that comes to mind and a few that probably don't.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
WPN Quickies: Ants, Xboxes, and Chicken Hugs
This week's online guide for the attention deficient is just plain weird. Enjoy.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Would You Believe Feed-jacking Exists?
No matter what kind of useful, interesting technology comes into existence, there's always some piece of thieving criminal slime willing to steal it.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Viacom Pumping Local CBS Sites With Ads
The media company has been revamping sites for local CBS affiliates to carry sponsored links delivered by Kanoodle's LocalTarget product.
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Date: 2005-11-30
 
Search Offers Challenges To Business Publishers
The growth and acceptance of search engines posed a conundrum to sites like the Wall Street Journal, and they still see a need for a more effective business model.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Firefox 1.5 Arrives Today
Despite a few fits and starts, and some bugs to quash, the Mozilla Foundation will make the full release of the Firefox browser, version 1.5, available this afternoon.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Google API Vulnerable To Cross-Site Scripting
Security advisory firm Secunia reported a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the Google API Search Engine Script version 1.x, and confirmed it does exist in 1.3.1.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Be The Google Cinematographer
A temp position listed on Craigslist seeks a Video Production Specialist to work at the search advertising company's Mountain View-based Googleplex.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Google Brings Ex-Pixar CFO On Board
The search advertising company appointed Ann Mather to its board of directors, and made her chairperson for Google's Audit Committee.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
An Online Christmas Carol: Part II
So after being told of a good way to avoid the traffic-and-tryptophan-induced fisticuffs breaking out at shopping centers everywhere in a way that made perfect sense, you realize you've been hornswaggled. Cyber Monday, like Valentine's Day, is a brand of marketing genius created a week in advance. Welcome to I-Feel-Stupid Tuesday, merry stinkin' Christmas.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
GCalendar Serving An Admin Screen
The GCalendar.com domain registered by Data Docket Inc, a company Google has used for domain registrations previously, is now delivering an admin login screen to visitors.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Online Video Ads Will Grow With Broadband
US Online advertisers are projected to triple their spending on video ads, reaching a total of $640 million by 2007, according to eMarketer. In 2005, online video advertising topped $225 million, suggesting that by 2010, advertisers will spend at least $1.5 billion on video ads.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
The Hunt For SEM Specialists
A new and complex industry that has grown up along with the adoption of search advertising finds few qualified people willing to stick with SEM in a firm.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
More Netizens Using Search Engines
Have you ever Googled for a shrimp curry recipe? Exclaimed "Yahoo!" when you found the complete discography of your favorite Scandinavian-folk-rap artist ...
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
eBay’s Day In Court
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has agreed to hear eBay's appeal of an appellate court ruling. The decision is the latest in a drawn out patent infringement suit in which online auction house eBay may get the short end of the stick.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
If You Can Say ‘Machinima,’ You Win Eyeballs
There has been much debate on the merits of motion pictures based on video games. Tomb Raider and Mortal Kombat will satisfy at least two aspects of your anima, but often are met by the scornful eye of the critic-which almost makes it art automatically. But what of online movies made with video games? Well, one-frame-at-a-timers, Gumby has just been booted, and a new medium is picking up steam.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Half The Internet Doesn’t Know How
It's not like asking directions because you don't have to admit to anyone you don't know. As many as 60% of men have looked for do-it-yourself or how-to information and instructions online. My guess is they lost the manual.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Icahn Hires Lazard To Look Over Time Warner
Carl Icahn's Icahn Group announced they hired the Lazard financial advisory firm to review Time Warner and to analyze alternatives to "maximize the value" of Time Warner stock. This is just the latest shot in an ongoing battle between Icahn and the Time Warner board of directors.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Listen To Mamma, You'll Get There
The popular meta-search engine Mamma.com has added the search capabilities provided by SLI Systems' Related Search technology that automatically suggests ways to refine your queries by "learning from search behavior."
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Want To Be A MSN Search Champ?
People interested in the development of MSN's search engine can apply to be one of their "Search Champs," and may be invited to spend some January days in Redmond.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Clusty Has No Lust For Personalization
Providing personalized search has become a big focus for sites like Yahoo and Google, but the CEO of Clusty.com's parent company Vivisimo thinks search personalization is a dead end.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Dr. McCoy's Tricorder Must Link To Google
Presented with a lengthy list of symptoms afflicting an infant, a group of physicians and medical staffers hashed out potential diagnoses with a visiting professor, without reaching consensus; the woman presenting the case then disclosed her diagnosis and how she reached it.
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Date: 2005-11-29
 
Google Calendar Guessing Renews
An early holiday present for Google fans may be ready to launch as several sources note the URL calendar.google.com has gone live, although it redirects to the main Google page at present.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
The Art Of Google's Deals
In Silicon Valley and elsewhere, the technology startup process works like this: have an idea, innovate, develop, test, test it some more, get some venture capital, and pray that Google acquires the company.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Search Engines Chart Paths To Map Success
Among the big four Internet search destinations, AOL's MapQuest leads a field that is getting very crowded with MSN, Google, and Yahoo pushing the mapping envelope.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
A Little Perspective On Google Book Search
The rush to digitize the contents of five huge libraries could end up having a crushing impact on a small British publisher.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Centro Could Upset Google Ad Plans
The online planning firm has experience with Ford, SBC, and Mercedes-Benz; now they want to help gather local Web sites into an advertising network. Unsurprisingly we tie Google into the mix.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Blogs Become “Dinner Table” In China
After a New York Times article outlined the blog-life of Mu Mu, a 25-year-old Chinese blogger, Communist party member, and now free-speech sex symbol, the slammed servers may deny you access to her blog more efficiently than the Chinese government. In short, she hasn't really said anything the government can object to-she's not an advocate, she's a dancer, and a symbol of the new dinner table rebellion.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Yahoo Stock Enters Holding Pattern
One Wall Street analyst sees Yahoo nearly at its full valuation and changes his firm's rating from "buy" to "hold" while remaining bullish on the company's long-term prospects.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Saddam Hussein’s Uniform Up For Auction
You just never know what's going to fetch a high price on the Internet. Online auction house Manion has come up with one of Saddam Hussein's daily dress uniforms. The uniform is being displayed with photos, a description and current bids.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
An Online Christmas Carol: Part I
There is so much to tell you, it's hard to find where to start. Start at the beginning? No, I think we'll start with today. Today is Cyber Monday, the latest buzz-phrase hitting commerce news and the online answer to the frantic, good-will-towards-men elbowing and man-handling that occurs on Black Friday, all in the name of a guy who told us to give all our stuff away, not collect more. Ahem. Sorry ‘bout the preachin'.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
TiVo Jumps Into Search
The phrase "TiVo it" may have just expanded its meaning. Next year, a new advertising search function with digital video recorder (DVR) producer, TiVo, will debut allowing pizza-hungry couch potatoes to "TiVo" a pizza delivery service.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Google, Yahoo May Go To Old Trafford
With current Manchester United sponsor Vodafone ditching its sponsorship of the Red Devils after the end of this Premiership season, the club's new owners have been looking for a new high-tech sponsor.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Connecting Google Boxes To Cubes
When last we left the inestimable Robert X Cringely, he had announced the big shipping container slash portable data centers secreted away in Google's parking garage; his newest column claims little cubes with lots of I/O ports and connectivity will connect those containers to Internet users.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Disney to Provide 'iPod' Content Insurance
A disaster befalling an iPod usually means having to repurchase content, but a plan from major content provider Disney will cover those lost songs and videos.
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Date: 2005-11-28
 
Does Target Need a Blog?
Does Target need a blog? The short answer is Yes and No. A Customer Blog is Overkill for Target ...
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Date: 2005-11-27
 
Amazon Leading The Evolution of Trust
So a favoured shopping destination for us is the Amazon UK website. There, we can find nearly every gift we have in mind ...
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Date: 2005-11-27
 
PR Call To Action
The following byline appears in the new issue of PR Week out tomorrow. It is reprinted with permission from the publication.
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Date: 2005-11-27
 
Accidentally Clicking On Google Ads?
TDavid wins the "come up with a cool new word of the week" award for noticing "accidense."...
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Date: 2005-11-27
 
Resizable Textarea Extension for Firefox 1.5
The Resizable Textarea extension for Firefox has been incredibly useful for blogs and on-line forms (as well as forums).
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Date: 2005-11-27
 
Nielsen Reports RSS Users Visit News Sites More
Over on the CyberJournalist site they are reporting on a new report from Nielsen/NetRatings that says that RSS users are significantly more engaged ...
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Date: 2005-11-26
 
Submit Your Blog To DMOZ
Everyone talks about getting their blog or website listed in the free Open Directory Project, better known as DMOZ, but not everyone knows what to do about it.
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Date: 2005-11-26
 
Former Google Employee Blogging
Doug Edwards, who was Google's director of consumer marketing and brand management from 1999 until recently, has been blogging about his former employer for what appears to be the last week or so.
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Date: 2005-11-26
 
Google Emails Analytics Users
I received an email from Google just after midnight last night updating the status of Google Analytics.
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Date: 2005-11-25
 
Cray Co-Founder Coming To Microsoft
I was just reading about a hiring frenzy at some startup down in Silicon Valley. Seems we have our own hiring frenzy going on.
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Date: 2005-11-25
 
Steve Jobs Ruined My Thanksgiving
I recently got an iPod Nano, mainly because I'm annoyed at the limitations of my iPod Shuffle on long trips (like flying half way around the world).
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Date: 2005-11-25
 
Gates Sees MSN Passing Google In Relevance
Delivering relevant search results was the cornerstone upon which Google built its search advertising fortunes, but Bill Gates sees a new model for search relevance arriving with the MSN brand emblazoned on it.
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Date: 2005-11-25
 
An Ex-Googler Dishes Out Details
He's probably saving the best bits for a future book deal, but for now Doug Edwards is enjoying the free time millions of dollars can bring to someone and blogging about his experiences at the almighty G.
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Date: 2005-11-25
 
Telecoms, Media Can't Make VOD Work
The potential for video on demand isn't an issue; instead, money will remain a sticking point despite efforts at finding common ground at a recent conference.
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Date: 2005-11-25
 
Microsoft Holding Xbox Supplies Back?
In a few days I'll be at the European Xbox launch in Dublin, Ireland. Lots of sad faces as people can't get Xbox's.
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Date: 2005-11-24
 
Blogger Hacks Customer Service
ABC News World News Tonight just profiled blogger Paul English and his "Cheat Sheet to Find a Human." ...
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Date: 2005-11-24
 
Feedster 500: New and Improved
Feedster CTO Scott Johnston explains the improvements made to the Feedster 500, Feedster's listing of the "most interesting and important blogs." ...
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Date: 2005-11-24
 
What If Google Tanked?
Slate has an article that is sort of humorous and sort of scary, telling the story from the future of how Google failed spectacularly over the next few years.
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Date: 2005-11-24
 
Xbox 360 Buyers Really Windows Live Customers
Those who picked up the Xbox 360 just after midnight on its launch date may be surprised to know Microsoft has convergence with Windows Live planned for Xbox Live.
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Date: 2005-11-24
 
Google Space Is Very Down-To-Earth
Either London's Heathrow Airport will soon be replaced by one of Google's fabled space elevators, or the Google Space project at Heathrow is just an elaborate testing ground.
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Date: 2005-11-24
 
Browser Makers Put Up No-Phishing Signs
A meeting in Toronto featured representatives and developers for several web browsers, as they discussed methods of revealing phishing sites to users.
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Date: 2005-11-24
 
Google News Used To Be Better
Ever since Google News changed their algorithm 4 or 5 months back it just isn't as good.
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Date: 2005-11-24
 
BitTorrent And MPAA Find Common Ground
The creator of the high-speed file sharing application has linked up with Hollywood studios in an effort to clamp down on movie piracy and promote a way for film distributors to get their wares to users online.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Newspaper Drops Online Registration
The Houston Chronicle had required users trying to visit its pages to provide demographic information before proceeding, but has tossed that process in an effort to build traffic.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Another Award For Google Guys
This time the co-founders of Google have been recognized as the search engine company earns a "Business Leader of the Year" award.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Brightcove Networks With AOL, IAC Cash
Video startup Brightcove gets an early Christmas present with an infusion of $16.2 million and brings IAC chairman Barry Diller onto its board of directors.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Tired: Web 2.0; New Hotness: Classifieds 2.0
Newspaper veterans attending a talk by Oodle.com CEO Craig Donato at a Las Vegas conference learned they'd best get onboard with online advertising ASAP.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
World of Warcraft And World Of Lawsuit
Chinese parents, claiming the game led to the death of their 13-year-old son, are suing Blizzard Entertainment, makers of the game "World of Warcraft." They claim the boy was re-enacting a stunt from the game and fell from a 24-story building .
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Straight Scoop On Gay Advertising
A poll conducted by Harris Interactive and Witeck-Combs reveals that gay and lesbian consumers are less bothered by advertising, either on TV, in print, or online, than the general population and are more likely to appreciate product information. But like other demographics, gays and lesbians have little tolerance for pop-up ads or ads that block content.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Craigslist Aims For Community Journalism
A new project from the founder of popular online classifieds site Craigslist will extend citizen journalism to fix trust issues Americans have with journalism.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Worm Sobers Up FBI, CIA
The ever-popular Sober worm is making the rounds again in a new and exciting format. The ugly little worm is circulating through email and it looks all nice and official because someone is receiving email from either the FBI or the CIA. Many may ask what they've done wrong to warrant attention from the FBI or CIA. Nothing much really… you just happen to have an email account.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Guides To Google Services
The almighty G has released a number of products and services in its seven-plus years of existence; a couple of sites have made an effort to list the services in one place.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
WPN Quickies: We’re All Connected
This week, for your time-crunched perusal: a quick blogosphere round up that goes from cats to a stolen Xbox with eerie connectivity.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
X Marks The Vice President In The Blogosphere
CNN offered an apology on Tuesday after an apparent technical glitch put a big black "X" over the face of Vice President Dick Cheney. The mishap only lasted a fraction of a second but leave it to the blogosphere to turn it into a major diatribe.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Youngsters Spend $158 Billion Online
Teenagers have traditionally been a hot demographic to target. Lots of spending cash and little responsibility make them more attractive to marketers than they are to your typical Florida schoolteacher. A recent study gives us a glimpse into the modern teen's life and their online purchasing habits.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Secretsanta.com Is Coming To Town
So it's the day before Thanksgiving. Most people are dreaming of indulging in tryptofanic substances and watching games on the gridiron. Then on Friday, it's off to shop like the world is ending on Saturday. Interesting stories do creep up though, like the little burg of Secretsanta.com for instance.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Dot-US Domain Registry On The Rise
In the United States, where dot-com is still king, few have paid attention to the sudden spike in activity at the dot-us (.us) domain extension, which grew by 21 percent in the third quarter. Many of these .us domains are being bought by companies based outside the USA. Over the past 12 months, .US registry DNS lookups have increased by 250 percent to approximately 10 billion per month.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Match.com Tries To Extinguish Flames
The online personals service issued a statement, denying allegations of fraud made by a former subscriber in a lawsuit he filed against the company.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Email Advertising Back In Fashion
For all the incessant attention paid to RSS feeds and Microsoft's SSE proposal to make them bi-directional, email marketing still has a place, even in the very tactile world of high fashion.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Google Washes Base's Mouth Out With Soap
Google's SafeSearch proved to be less than safe when used with Google Base, but the glitch that caused some unsavory results to appear in searches has been fixed.
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Date: 2005-11-23
 
Google Base Gets Local With Froogle
Google may have finally found a way to get more traffic to its Froogle comparison shopping site, as the company makes a new feature in Base available to help local businesses.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Library Of Congress Googles $3 Million Dollars
The World Digital Library project has received an infusion of cash from the search engine company to digitize rare documents from Asia and the Middle East.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Dipsie Dispels Vaporware Claims Today
The long-rumored arrival of Dipsie's "deep web" search technology, called Dcloak, finally happened today.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Yahoo Premieres Movie Shortcuts
More Yahoo Search Shortcut features, for finding information about movies, can quickly retrieve a trailer or showtimes online.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
AOL Launches AIM Triton Service
The full release client arrives with instant messaging, email, SMS, voice, and video chat options, and includes access to the company's VoIP service, TotalTalk.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Technorati Moves Into the Fast Lane
Like a hot car, speed and performance are a standard many businesses shoot for, especially when the business is competitive. Back in July, David Sifry, CEO at Technorati, had his folks start working under the hood. The results are becoming apparent as his crew begins to turn up the idle and rev the engine.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Google Stock May Have A Date With $500
As shares of GOOG stay above $400, one analyst sees another mark glittering on the horizon: $500 per share and a market capitalization of around $150 billion.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Driving For ‘iTunes’
A site sponsored by Ford Motor Company offers education on driving safety and hazards for young drivers, and rewards users for passing a quiz on their knowledge.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Yahoo! Drops Shakira Into Times Square
Mad props to the PR team that put this stunt together. Yahoo! Music hosted a surprise live performance from wiggly Latin superstar, Shakira, under The Reuters Sign in Times Square Monday night. Whenever, wherever is right. Twelve teenage boys are reported to have spontaneously combusted upon her arrival.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
TiVo Shrinks To iPod Level
Video recording service, TiVo, Inc. announced an enhancement to its current TiVoToGo feature that will allow TiVo subscribers to easily transfer recorded television programming to Apple's iPod or Sony PlayStationPortable devices.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
eBayer Seeks e-Charity; PayPal Accepted
A New York City man put up a broken Sony Mini-Disc player for sale on eBay in the hopes of raising cash to get him out of "serious financial trouble."
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Yahoo! Pumping Content Into Malls
Just in time for Black Friday, Yahoo! has brokered a way to reach those bargain-mad shoppers in a captive food court environment. Yahoo! content and 30-second commercial spots will be broadcast in New York and Los Angeles malls on gigantic ceiling-suspended video screens.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Search Gaining On Email
On any given day, says Pew Internet and American Life, about 52% of American Internet users are sending and receiving email. And as of September, 41% of the American e-population are using search engines as part of their everyday routine.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
83% of Shoppers Online Says Yahoo
According to a new poll released by Yahoo! Small Business and Harris Interactive, 83% of holiday shopping this year will be done online. This reiterates research from other firms done earlier that this year's holiday season will be strong on the Internet for a number of reasons.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Match.com Burns Up Some Users
As Match.com faces a lawsuit from a man who claims the dating service set him up with an employee on a phony date, a couple of other users have come forward with their experiences with the online personals service.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
MSN Adds Instant Answers To Shopping
A feature of MSN Search has been extended to MSN Shopping, which the portal hopes will better connect shoppers with information.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
CBS Querying Google On Video Search
Video on-demand and video search scenarios marked talks between CBS and Google executives as they will build on the successful showing of "Everybody Hates Chris" on Google Video.
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Date: 2005-11-22
 
Search Closing On Email As Top Activity
People in the U.S. still read and write email more than they search, but the gap between the two activities has narrowed as nearly 60 million adults use search every day.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Take The Search Engine Relevance Test
An online blind test of Google, Yahoo, and MSN lets users discover which search engine is truly relevant to their queries; the results could be surprising.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
MSN Search Links Up With Times Online
The British news site will have its search functions powered by MSN, as Microsoft finds placement in an area where Google and Yahoo have dominated.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Google Ramps Up Chicago Hiring
The search engine company has been rumored to be prepping a foray into advertising in a Chicago newspaper, and some job openings in Chicago could indicate Google's focus there.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Microsoft Dynamically Refreshing CRM Product
Now that it is sold under the Microsoft Dynamics brand, the company's customer relationship management product will get a pricing change and lose one SKU.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Clinging To GoogleNet
Google says I'm wrong. Robert X. Cringely says it, too. Even WebProNews' David Utter disagrees. Okay, maybe so. But as cognitive dissonance has its way with me, I'm stickin' to my guns and siding with Om Malik's original assertion that we haven't heard the last of GoogleNet. After all, if our favorite search engine has the means and the motivation, why wouldn't it set up an ad-supported nationwide wireless network?
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
No Google Analytics For You
A crush in demand for the now-freely available Google Analytics service has led Google to turn on the "No Vacancy" sign and set up a waiting list.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
MySpace.com Closes To Show
Watching MySpace.com move past major competitors month after month in terms of page views has become a Churchill Downs experience. As the crowd cheers the underhorse, the bob-tailed eBay nag is getting a mouth full of dust. MySpace.com is in third place.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Wordpress Leaves Beta
Aspiring bloggers can join the same blog service that hosts the legendary Scobleizer and sign up for a Wordpress blog without needing an invitation.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Earth To AOL
America Online, doing exactly what you would expect from a company connected with Time Warner, is airing a special on-demand presentation of "Earth to America!" a star-studded comedy event that aired on TBS Sunday night. The Hollywood names involved are nothing short of phenomenal, all offering a laugh in the name of environmental awareness.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
AOL’s Kid-Generated Toy Rankings
A poll conducted through America Online's Kids Online service reveals what most kids want for Christmas-money. If giving a 10-year-old a heaping wad of cash seems like a bad idea to you, the rest seem to like the FLY Pentop Computer best.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Wonder Which Demo Napster’s Shooting For?
Um…[the writer wipes the sweat from his brow and tries to find the words]…um…have you guys seen the new Napster promo? Um… [heavy breathing has yet to subside as the writer grasps for some semblance of linguistic fortitude] Um, stripper…um…very, very hot…you guys hot?
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Google Headin’ to North Carolina?
Some reports are surfacing in the blogsphere of Google opening up an office in North Carolina. Andy Beal cites Jason Caplain's blog, Southeast VC, suggesting Google might be headed to Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
AOL’s A Potty-Mouth
Mix a wrong turn and a slight misspelling, and the results may shock you. This is user-generated error, and one that AOL needs to be aware of. After learning of AOL's program for kids that lets kids become certified toy experts by testing and reviewing them, a not-so-net-savvy parent (or kid) may land in R-rated territory.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Science.gov Embraces Metadata
The 3.0 version of the search engine at Science.gov should demonstrate better results when it comes to relevance.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Online Ad Revenues Charge Past $3 Billion
The Internet Advertising Bureau said third quarter 2005 revenues hit $3.1 billion, about a third higher than the same period in 2004.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Yahoo Buzzes Malls For The Holidays
Clear Channel and DAN Media will place big video screens in metro New York and Los Angeles malls, where they will display content from Yahoo! and advertising.
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Date: 2005-11-21
 
Google Not Planning To Unwire The World
Apparently all those reports about Google preparing to unleash an expansive wireless broadband network are simply fanciful dreams in the minds of columnists; Google says it just wants to unwire its headquarters city, Mountain View.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Yahoo's Hot Zone Getting Print Deal
The war correspondent reporting effort "Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone" will be syndicated for print by Scripps Howard.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
EFF Guides Student Bloggers
Some schools have had difficulty getting a grip on the free-wheeling blogosphere, and have punished students for blogging negatively about their learning institutions.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Yahoo, Google To Compete With VCs
The next startup that gets venture capital (VC) funding may very well be dealing with firms established by Yahoo and Google in addition to the Sequoias and Kleiner, Perkins of the world.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Mike McDonald's PubCon Wrap-up
PubCon 2005 in Las Vegas is over and done. While it's entirely possible that a 'wrap up' post is premature due to the fact that one of our primary hosts was borked for several hours this afternoon and our writing team may yet have notes to bring to the table, I'm gonna do one anyway. The following are some of thoughts and impressions from your friend and humble forum admin.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
FCC Not Kidding With Disney, Viacom
New limits on TV and Internet advertising aimed on children go into effect on January 1st, and efforts by the Walt Disney Company and Viacom to delay or stop them were brushed aside in federal court.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Google Sitemaps Thinks You Own eBay
File this one under "Oops." A security flaw with Google's new Sitemaps service has been dug up that allows anyone to "claim ownership" and view statistics for websites if they have improperly set up 404 error pages. Want to see site statistics for AOL, eBay, or About.com? The Sitemaps flaw will get you there, assuming you own them.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Verizon Offers New Map Services
With local search marketing at the forefront of e-businesses, retailers and electronic service providers are funneling their efforts into micro-scale services. Verizon Wireless announced this week that they're continuing that trend by offering three new map-based applications for subscribers seeking traffic and fuel information on the go.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Yahoo Successfully Queries For Andrei Broder
The former chief scientist for AltaVista, once the name in search until Google came along, has reemerged as Yahoo's vice president of emerging search technology.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
No Love For Match.com, Yahoo In Lawsuits
We take a break from the several thousand spam messages received from a certain online dating service to mention how Match and Yahoo have landed in separate court cases over their personals services.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Bloggers Bustin’ Sony
At this point, many who follow news in the Internet community know of Sony BMG's desperate maneuvers and unethical tactics to protect their copyrighted material. The largest forces against Sony were bloggers. The bloggers waged an assault against Sony and now Sony has relented somewhat and recalled those CDs.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Online Newspaper Readership Spikes
More and more Internet users are opting for carpel tunnel syndrome over inky fingers, according to a report from Nielsen/NetRatings done for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA). The percentage of Internet users visiting newspaper Web sites hit all-time highs in September.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Butternut Squash Searches Up 279%
"What's that got to do with anything?" you ask. For food and beverage websites, it has everything to do with it. As the holiday season approaches, reference sites posting recipes see a sudden spike in search engine-generated traffic. This year, just before Thanksgiving, everybody asking what the hell they're supposed to do with a butternut squash (and other vegetables) produced 48% of epicurean website traffic, according to Hitwise.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Capt. Kirk Beams Kidney Stone To eBay
Emmy-winning actor and science fiction legend William Shatner plans on beaming a rather rare rock on to eBay. Shatner recently passed a kidney stone, hopes to recover it from his doctors and sell it on eBay as the ultimate piece of Star Trek memorabilia. The sad thing is some goob will pay it.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Online Christmas Shopping Begins Early
According to Hitwise, online shoppers begin their Christmas season even before little Johnny can recover from his Halloween stomachache. For the week ending November 5th, US Internet searches on the term [Christmas] were up 41% over the previous week.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Text Messaging The Classics
A London college professor has compressed the essential parts of classic literature into tidy mobile text messages to help students study for exams. For example, (from my interpretation) a message about Charles Dickens' Great Expectations might read PipsASissyTheEnd.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
AOL Serves Up Turkey Searches
The US Thanksgiving holiday arrives next Thursday, November 24th, and online searchers have been hunting for menu suggestions and recipes on AOL.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Google Onsite Advertiser Sign-Up Debuts
Google has been getting into the referral game, with enticements for users to download Firefox and join AdSense; now, publishers can offer advertisers the chance to join AdWords and create an ad for that publisher's site.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Kotaku Blog Drops Xbox 360 Stories
A number of posts generated from a 26-page Best Buy internal document leaked to Gawker Media property Kotaku have been removed by the site under legal threat.
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Date: 2005-11-18
 
Google Heads South Of The Border
The kids in Mountain View announced on Thursday international expansion as they opened two new offices, one in Mexico City, Mexico and the other in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This move will give Google a presence to advance in the advertising markets in the respective countries.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Bring PPC Management On Home
Dana Todd talked about bringing PPC campaigns in-house at PubCon and the intricacies of staffing and managing them once they arrive.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Picture This: Google May Buy Riya
Sure it's just rumor and speculation from sources not associated with Google or nascent photo facial recognition firm Riya, but Google could toss $40 million at Riya soon.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Google Vs. AAP, AG At NYPL SRO
When Google faces off against foes of its Print project at the New York Public Library tonight, it will be in front of an audience in a sold-out venue.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Christmas Tips, courtesy of the Shoposphere...Yahoo!
Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages... We are proud to welcome you to the one, the only, the uniquely meglomartical Yahoo Shoposphere!
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
AOL Pictures Itself In Photo Sharing
Yahoo's Flickr gets some extra competition from AOL today, as the Time Warner portal relaunches its photo sharing presence online.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Google Adds Optimization Tool
Yesterday at PubCon Las Vegas, Matt Cutts dropped a hint that there would be a new Google service launched. That new service is an SEO tool addition to Google Sitemaps, that will SEO companies cringing as webmasters are given easy guidelines for optimization and error correction.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
MSN Search Gets Chippy At PubCon
Microsoft's Eytan Seidman, a product manager for MSN Search, came out swinging at Google during the ‘Search Engine Smackdown.'
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Yahoo And Human Knowledge
WebProNews' publisher, Rich Ord, continued his PubCon crawl by attending the Search Engine Smackdown session. The session included a bit of smack talk but was more informative than anything else. One speaker, Tim Mayer of Yahoo provided a glimpse into the mind of Yahoo search for today and the future.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Digg Could Revolutionize Search Relevance
Users of Digg.com know how effective the process for promoting stories by votes or "diggs" has become; imagine if Digg was the way to get into a new search index with a Google-like algorithm to deliver results from it.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Name Change For Google Print
Feeling that the name would cause confusion, the folks in charge of the Google Print program have changed the name of the program to Google Book Search.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Cogent’s Major Internet Backup
Reports are coming of a serious Internet disruption along the eastern half the United States. Cogent, which owns and controls one of the cornerstone Internet networks reported its fiber network was cut in two separate locations.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
WPN Quickies: Doodles, Feds, And Posers
What do schoolgirl doodles, the IRS, and instant messaging have in common? Absolutely nothing. But we know you're busy, and sometimes you just want to read something short and sweet and then get on with your day. Well, here you go.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Microsoft Strikes Cable Agreement
In conjunction with the hotly anticipated holiday release Xbox 360, Microsoft announced an agreement with Cable Television Labratories, Inc. (CableLabs) that will pipe high definition digital cable programming through Windows Media Center-based PC's without the need for a set-top box add-on.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Travelocity Joins RSS Game
Travelocity is making customized RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds available to subscribers to notify them when lower destination fares are found. Travelocity developed the RSS offering with the help of Internet marketing company, E-site Marketing.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
eBay Wants To Be The Yellow Pages
They have the phone component in place from their purchase of Skype, and now eBay wants all the listings it can get to be the online resource for local search.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Google Share Price Tops $400
The search engine company has gone from being an exercise in delivering relevant results for web queries to a global corporation with a market capitalization of $110 billion dollars.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
CMP Media Buys Black Hat
The cutting edge of network security gets a new corporate sheen as CMP Media acquires Black Hat, and bolsters its security portfolio in doing so.
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Date: 2005-11-17
 
Yahoo, AOL Rejecting Adware
In early 2006, an initiative backed by the two Internet portals will require developers to prove their software can be user-friendly and easy to uninstall before being certified as such by a new anti-spyware initiative.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Yahoo Distributing Gawker Blog Content
The portal company will include stories from Gawker Media blogs throughout its network of sites.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
EFF Promoting Bloggers' Rights
With Congress likely to exclude bloggers from the same protection afforded journalists, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has begun a fundraising campaign to help with the potentially nasty legal impact on bloggers.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Internet Portals Reap Huge Profits From Ads
Massive demand for prime placement on sites like MSN, Yahoo, and AOL means rates have skyrocketed, advertisers have to plan out campaigns well in advance, and smaller niche sites are profiting from the overflow.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Blogs, Podcast, and Vlogs: Thumbs up or Down?
Last night Yahoo had a mixer at Caesar's club, Pure. Of course, Rich and I attended solely out of our journalistic sense of duty.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
US Will Keep Control Of Internet
An agreement was reached at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, Tunisia late Tuesday night whereby the United States, through quasi-independent Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will remain in control of the Internet's root servers and addressing system.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
OSM Launches
Open Source Media (OSM) launched their new web portal for bringing together online writers, journalists and commenters under their umbrella. The debut happened today and they are loaded with celebrity pundits from across the board.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Niche Retailers Win In Online Poll
According to a recent poll from Yahoo! Small Business, consumers will be turning to the Internet for their holiday shopping needs to offset gas prices, for increased convenience, and for hard to find items. Nearly two-thirds of holiday shoppers said niche stores were their best bets for finding unique gifts.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Andy Beal Makes Pilgrimage To PubCon
In his first appearance at the conference, Beal reflected on his "dumbass decision" to give over the keys to Search Engine Lowdown, and jokingly asked the audience at his talk to change their links from SEL to his new Marketing Pilgrim site.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
RSS Feed Ads Available From Yahoo
The Yahoo Publisher Network has begun to make advertising for placement in RSS feeds available as a new feature for site publishers.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Cutts Answers Google Analytics Speculation
With the launch of Google Analytics, there was some speculation in regard to whether the data collected through the program could impact search results or raise privacy concerns. According to Google insider Matt Cutts, neither is probable. And yes, Virginia, there is a Sandbox, kind of.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Your Website Better Be Tha Shiznit
Online shoppers have no sympathy for crappy web design and if the utility of your website doesn't impress, they ain't stickin' around and they ain't comin' back. A new survey released Monday suggests than 89% of online shoppers have experienced problems making online transactions. One-third said problematic websites turn their coveted eyeballs to competitors.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Q&A With Google's Matt Cutts
A lot of questions were tossed Googler Matt Cutts' way at PubCon in Las Vegas. iEntry Inc.'s Mike McDonald and CEO Rich Ord were there pitching a few of their own. Here's a transcript of that question and answer session.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Search Engine Copywriting At PubCon
Lots of great information floats around at conferences, particularly good ones like PubCon. Our editor, Mike McDonald, attended the seminar on writing copy for search engines and picked up some great tips to pass along in order to help get the most out of copy when building your Internet strategy.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Spiders With Ears, Searching The Podcast Future
The potential as well as the rapid early adoption of the podcast has the Internet industry buzzing to the point that some media aficionados are singing the dirges of print and traditional radio. At the forefront of the phenomenon is WebmasterRadioFM, a company that is developing the kind of artificial intelligence capable of spidering mp3 files for indexing. Yes, spiders with ears.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Jarboe & Zawodny/RSS & Podcasting
Our publisher and CEO, Rich Ord, is spending quality time at the tables in Vegas, but he's nowhere near the casinos. He's listening to industry gurus Greg Jarboe and Jeremy Zawodny talk about making the most out of RSS and podcasts.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Google Updates Sitemaps
The webmaster-friendly project started by Google over the summer has its own blog and some new features available for its users.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Hey Google, Where's The Linux Apps?
A member of a Denver Linux development shop wonders why Google hasn't made its applications available for Linux systems.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Equant Talking Networks With Google
It could be networking, it could be VoIP, but whatever it is, data communication and networking firm Equant is definitely chatting with the search engine company.
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Date: 2005-11-16
 
Microsoft Deploys Enterprise Desktop Search
Chasing Google on the business PC, Microsoft has updated its Windows Desktop Search product with support for installation via System Management Server.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
MSN: China In Top 5 By 2010
Online advertising in China could hit revenues of $500 million this year, and Microsoft plans to be part of the future growth of the 100 million user Chinese market.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Pheedo Debuts RSS Analytics
The blog network will enhance its advertising products by moving its analytics product out of beta testing; one finding of the beta test was the optimum number of words for an ad.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Amazon Adds Tags To Product Pages
Users browsing Amazon's web site can add their tags to items, making them easier to remember and find when shopping later.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Opera Brings AJAX To Mobile Developers
Creators of Asynchronous Javascript and XML applications can obtain a beta release of the Opera Platform software development kit to use in building web applications for mobile phones.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
CIA Leaks Google Shares
As Google stock approaches $400 per share, the Central Intelligence Agency has decided to get while the getting is good. The CIA's venture capital firm, In-Q-Tel, announced a plan sale of Google stock on November 4th.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Time Adds Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish
Hot political blogger Andrew Sullivan is moving his Daily Dish to Time Magazine's web site. Time magazine is aiming to get into the blogosphere and they see Andrew Sullivan as the way to do it.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Communicators Still Tiptoeing Around Blogs
Though professional communicators are aware of the weblog boom, the majority still seem reluctant to embrace the medium amid fears of the inherent lack of control of information that comes with it, according to a recent poll.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Using Tags To Advertise
Someone has taken Steve Rubel up on his tagtextual advertising idea and built a proof-of-concept site to demonstrate how it could work.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Analytics Firms Respond To Google
Once Google discarded the Urchin label, renamed the service Google Analytics, and ended the fees it charges, several firms felt the ripples of the search engine company cannonballing into their swimming pool.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Friendster Seeks A Takeover Friend
Intense competition from News Corp's MySpace may have 2002 social networking darling Friendster ready to play "Let's Make A Deal."
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
PBS Expanding Online Programming
Responding to the demand for online programming, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) announced a five-year initiative to be sure Barney, Bert and Ernie are in line with the digital age. The initiative will include a number of new online offerings for preschool and early elementary school kids including a 24-hour multicast service, both launching in Fall 2006. PBS will not change its name to Public Multicasting System for obvious reasons.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
New Partnership Offers Podcast Stats
Podtrac, a new podcast advertising company, has teamed up with Mediamark Research Inc. (MRI), a provider of magazine audience and multimedia research company, to provide advertisers and podcasters with demographic information about listeners to help them make better advertising choices.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Gather Ye Blogs Whilst Ye May
Claiming to be the eBay of user-driven media, Gather.com announced the public launch of its new blogging platform, a sort of coffee house for bloggers and readers, collecting content on a variety of topics under a single, organized platform.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Upping Your Budget
Budget Rent-A-Car has an interesting viral marketing campaign going on right now. It's called "Up Your Budget" and the prize is a hefty $10,000. The deal is it isn't just one prize, there're many and people are treasure hunting for clues all over the country.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Sumner Redstone Tracking CNet Again
Rumors about a possible CNet acquisition have begun to swirl, with Viacom once again the central figure with the big checkbook poised to buy the company.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Google Breeding Skynet With Print Project
File this under either Really Bizarre or Warnings We Ignored, depending on whether or not Google's plan to scan millions of books will instead give rise to an artificial intelligence.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
Google Base May Be Live Wednesday
Ever since Google's "inadvertent" debut of base.google.com, all we've had are a few screenshots and a recursive login screen to keep us busy, but that could change in the next few hours.
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Date: 2005-11-15
 
eBay Could Drop Developer Fees
Fees charged to third-party developers may be ending today, as eBay seeks to remove that barrier to entry for those who want to build software upon eBay's APIs.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Urchin Goes Free, Becomes Google Analytics
Google has removed the fees from its web analytics package, which should be a welcome bonus to AdWords users who may have shied away from it previously.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
New AOL Service Is Old Television
Dubbed "In2TV," the service will pair AOL and Warner Bros in delivering vintage television shows over the Internet to viewers, on an ad-supported basis.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Google Ponders Book Rental Plan
The possibility of a for-pay rental scheme for books scanned into the Google Print project has been raised with at least one publisher.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Spam Blogs Plague Newsweek
When the Washington Post and Newsweek began working with Technorati to point readers to blogs discussing articles on those two web site, spammers followed close behind.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Developer Contest Starting On eBay
The online auction firm will put $5,000 up for grabs for individual developers in the eBay Developers Challenge; a developer team of up to four people could win matching Xbox 360 consoles.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Blurring The Lines Of Life Or Web
The World Wide Web turned 15 on Sunday, marking a world-changing phenomenon that has reached adolescence, faster and more able than in its infancy, but still awkward in some ways, untamed, irreverent, and lacking in respect for tradition. What will the next 15 years bring? Equality? In some ways, yes. But when the Web turns 30, many think the digital divide will expand until the virtual world more closely matches the real world.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Google Stock Brushing Against $400
Investors could be partying like it's 1999 again if GOOG manages to clamber over the $400 per share barrier, hitting a price that even the height of the dot-com era would have seen as excessive.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
AOL: Free Ads Sponsored By Commercials
How about a commercial to go with your commercial? In conjunction with the portal's roll out of newly available classic television, AOL also announced a trial of "Hi-Q," a free DVD-quality video service offering visitors access to movie and video game trailers and music videos to broadband users, sponsored by GM.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Your Private Life In Search
A pair of notable observers of the search and tech industries has raised questions about all the private information people enter into search query boxes online.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
How Not To Kill Your Wife With Google
Not to provide a how-to guide for researching the right way to kill your wife or anything, or rather, a how-not-to, but this guy's just made a whole bunch of mistakes. Mistake # 1: Being openly Pagan in a small southern town. Mistake #2: Googling all the information about how to kill your wife on your own computers. Mistake #3: Not clearing out your cache. Mistake #4: Defending yourself in court.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
The Audible.com Debacle
Audible.com recently announced its new service Wordcast - essentially they are adding a propriety twist to podcasting that will enable publishers to ...
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Wichio Browser Pushes Buttons
The battle for a better browser is on and hopefully end-users will reap the benefits. One of the latest browsers vying for your attention is Wichio, also known by its full name, 27 Tools-in-1 Wichio Browser, an Internet Explorer-based web browser that will talk to you, automatically find song lyrics, and alert users when their favorite web page is updated, among 24 other things.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Internet Popularity: What Are People Reading
When surfing the net for stories, you never know what's going to grab the public's curiosity. Some stories are a sure bet, but others, like say puggles, make you scratch your head bit.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
New Napster Signs 4th Music Deal
Snocap, the digital media company founded by former Napster pioneer Shawn Fanning inked a deal with Warner Music Group Corp. one of the world's largest record companies, to allow the authorized distribution of WMG's music across Snocap-enabled retail services. The deal with Warner means that snocap has now allied with all four of the world's largest record companies, including EMI Plc., Sony BMG, and Universal Music.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Google The Next Commerce Giant
Analyst Safa Rashtchy at Piper Jaffray thinks we're in the midst of E-commerce 3.0, where Google stands ready to become the next great online commercial power.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
The Google Algorithm: 400 Million Variables
A century ago (well, ok, 1999) an article on Larry Page and Sergey Brin's new company described the nascent Google as a search engine that (gasp) just searches.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
BoardTracker Does Forum Searching
The site, run by Pidgin Technologies, focuses only on message boards and forums and can do message tracking and send instant alerts based on user criteria.
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Date: 2005-11-14
 
Live Podcasts at Portable Media Expo
I was searching Google and Technorati looking for podcasts that were live or recorded at the Portable Media Expo in Ontario, California.
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Date: 2005-11-12
 
Pubcon 10 Las Vegas Starts Tuesday
Monday I leave for Las Vegas to attend Pubcon 10, WebmasterWorld's Search Engine Marketing Conference.
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Date: 2005-11-12
 
FTC Busts BlogSpot Spyware Ring
The Federal Trade Commission has shut down three companies that tricked bloggers into placing code on their sites that delivered spyware to user machines.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Google Expanding In Microsoft's Backyard
The search advertising company should soon have more office space in Kirkland, WA, home to the University of Washington and not real far from Redmond, either.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Google Details Mountain View WiFi Plans
The proposal from Google to the leadership of its home city of Mountain View would place 300 transmitters on lightpoles to make the city one big wireless hotspot.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Podcast Expo Opens Today
The Portable Media Expo opens in Ontario, CA, today with a sizable attendance and a slew of significant tech names giving keynotes and hosting panels.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
MSN Supports Lazy Shoppers
Not about to sit on the sidelines as other websites reap the influx of online shopping, MSN announced a "new and improved" MSN Shopping service with new comparison shopping tools, links to free shipping, and services for procrastinators. And if Danny Bonaduce rehab TV has left you cold, "America's favorite mother," Shirley Jones will be at your service with gift ideas.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
White House Wants Harder Line On Piracy
The Attorney General told a Chamber of Commerce conference the government needs more laws to better protect intellectual property creators.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Microsoft Pays Off Daum, Korea Still Probing
A $30 million settlement will see Lycos-purchaser Daum Communications of South Korea resolves antitrust accusations, but won't stop Seoul investigators from checking claims of improper business tactics.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
IM Becoming Medium Of Choice
Instant messaging is overtaking email as the preferred way to communicate, especially among teens and young adults. Overall, IM's are up 19 percent year over year, with many Americans sending as many, if not more, IM's than they do emails, according to AOL's Instant Messaging Trends Survey.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
AdWords Offers Metrics For Google Ads
A note at the SEW blog pointed out this little gem on Google's web site, where users can view search metrics by industry as they plan their paid search campaigns.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Blogs, Judy Miller And News Media
The recent retirement of Judith Miller from the New York Times (NYT) has been part of a political scandal that's gone past the two-year mark. While the scandal itself has dominated the headline during that time, one major part of the mix was blogs, at least in regards to Miller.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Why Delete Old Content?
One of the ideals of putting information online is that information can stay there indefinitely, accessible to anyone for as long as a website operator chooses. But as a couple of people have pointed out, if you earn money through advertising, it's a bad idea to take down old content that is still useful.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Yahoo Samurai (beta)
If Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc. screams at the ravaging intentions of the pirate Rakuten, Yahoo Japan Corp. may become the fair television company's white knight. It's so romantic!
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Email That Stinks
"Oh, kaori!" said the Japanese teenager sniffing her…cell phone? "It-su my friend-o," she reveals holding up a screen indicating she has mail. She's just dropped about $20 for a smelltone accessory that emits a 5-second aroma whenever she gets a message. If this were to fall into the wrong hands…
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
WebProBlog Launched Today
We are proud to announce the launch of WebProBlog, a weblog run by iEntry Inc. Chief Executive Officer Rich Ord, focusing on the trends, issues, and e-business skills fundamental to the e-commerce professional.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Yahoo Stock Not Enough To Sway AOL
Twenty percent of Yahoo for eighty percent of AOL added up to a big fat zero for Time Warner executives, who decided the proposed swap wasn't a good value.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Audible Debuts Comprehensive Podcast Solution
At the Portable Media Expo in Ontario, CA, Audible announced its Wordcast solution, which incorporates tools to build advertising-based and subscription-based podcasts.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Windows Vista Beta 2 Slips To '06
A release candidate will be sacrificed in order to keep the oft-delayed next-generation operating system on schedule for a late 2006 release.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
eBay Stores Get RSS, Users Get Research
eBay users who prefer one or more stores run by eBay sellers will be able to subscribe to feeds for those stores, and see their new offerings via their feedreader of choice.
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Date: 2005-11-11
 
Alibaba Reloads Yahoo China
The new look for the Chinese portal, removing a lot of its clutter and simplifying the home page, now resembles its search engine competitors in China.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Google Grants $107,112 To Info Researcher
An assistant professor at the University of North Texas working on a project to find information from scanned texts has scored a grant from the search advertising company.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Yahoo Not In Running For AOL
The high-stakes match for a stake in Time Warner's AOL has now seen Yahoo fold its hand and walk away from the table, leaving Microsoft and Google to battle over AOL.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Bill Gates Email Aftermath
In the aftermath of the Ray Ozzie and Bill Gates memos and emails I am seeing a few trends in the reaction.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Google Makes WiFi Proposal To Mountain View
A proposal similar to its September response to San Francisco's request for information would have Google transform its home city into a free wireless hotspot.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
AOL Has Eye On CBS Video Content
Video and text news from CBS Digital Media will be part of AOL's portal, and should increase brand awareness of CBS as it transitions to a broadband-first news focus.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Killing Bill's Browser Myths
A tongue-in-cheek parody of Quentin Tarantino's sword-swinging films encourages users to switch to Firefox, but maybe it serves better as an object lesson in browser mythology.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Google Personalization Patent Filed
Google has applied for a patent that, at face value, looks as if they are thinking of radically altering the way they rank websites in the general organic search results.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
OzzieGate - Microsoft Ship in Changing Seas
A memo that reportedly leaked from Microsoft has been making the rounds of the tech media.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Google's Jagger Update - Dust Begins to Settle?
What happened? Webmaster's, site owners, online businesses and SEO companies everywhere have been desperately trying to decipher the fallout from the longest and most grueling algorithm update in the history of the Internet.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Teens, Suits Favor IM
While instant messaging has increased across all user ages, teens in particular have been sending a lot more IMs than email; business users send nearly a billion IMs each workday.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
E-Company Helps Creatives Get Online
So you've got a great creative product and everyone says, "you've got to get your creative, artistic butt online!" Problem is, you don't really know much about getting it there. You're not a techie, and like laws and sausages, you'd rather not learn about the process-web marketing isn't you're business anyway. This is why many online aspirants and creative types are turning to outsourcing to move their wares to Web.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Google Ads Coming To A Chicago Paper
It hasn't been confirmed which Chicago newspaper will be the one displaying Google print ads, but the company did confirm a test is being evaluated.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
SEM Blogger Is Suddenly Interesting
Everybody's talking about this guy today, so I figured I'd better get on the bandwagon. Search Marketer Chris Zaharius, who runs Efficient Frontier, has a weblog with several nifty quick tips and creative advertising suggestions. The most recent post involves setting up AdWords campaigns that target reputation management, use poetry, or set up an advertising scavenger hunt.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Yahoo Snuffing Focus Groups
The portal company decided in September to do away with traditional focus groups for research, and switched to the use of "immersion groups" instead.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
JupiterImages Expanding, Grabs French Firm
Alan Meckler disclosed on his blog today that JupiterMedia has picked up PR Direct, a French-based royalty-free photo distributor.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Not So Grumpy Old Bloggers (OK, Some Are)
How often can you be up at 4:30 in the morning to converse with an old man who counts every day, noting the change in the leaves, and reminding you constantly how much he loves you? Probably not so often bordering on never-it's a benefit that comes with age. We have things to do-lots of them, and as one old blogger has noted, mostly on the weekends.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Microsoft Dupes Developer, Sort Of
It became clear to an Australia man a couple of weeks after the fact that Microsoft legal representatives hadn't been exactly forthcoming about the purpose of having him sign over the rights to a product name. What he thought was a trademark case, turned out to be "give us that!" case.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Has Yahoo! Cooled Its Temper?
Some activity in the Webmaster World forum is suggesting website operators can get out of Yahoo!'s penalty box for good behavior a bit faster and easier than they used to. Though the length of the penalty is unclear, Yahoo! may forgive and forget in less than a week.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Ask Jeeves Expansion Underway
Rapid growth has led Ask Jeeves (isn't it Ask.com officially yet?) to add more staff to it offices in Oakland and open a new branch in Campbell, CA.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Revenue Triples In AdSense Case Study
The AskTheBuilder.com web site gets the Google case study focus, as the AdSense team trumpets the site's jump from $10,000 to $30,000 in monthly revenue.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Google Publication Ads Available For Print
The pilot phase of Google's Publication Ads component of AdWords has debuted online and is available currently by invitation only.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
Google News Gets Some History
Google has expanded Search History to include Google News. Now, all of your searches and the pages you click through to will be saved in your search history, and you can save pages and tag them in the history.
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Date: 2005-11-10
 
The Google Search Appliance Giveaway
Google wants to expand its place in the enterprise and will throw in a Google Mini with each purchase of a Google Search Appliance that replaces an existing competitor product.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Research Firm Calls For Skype Ban
Skype poses five issues for enterprises, the study claims, and should be kept out of the business on security and privacy grounds.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
IBM Goes Buzz Hunting
Big Blue's Public Image Monitoring Solution will let an enterprise delve into the depths of the web and the murky haze of the blogsphere to find out what people are saying online about a business.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Bill Gates Lunchbox Design On eBay
A benefit for the Food Bank of New York and the Lunchbox Fund includes lunchboxes with designs by a number of celebrities, one of which just happens to be the world's richest man.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Google Print Troubles UK Children’s Hospital
The latest controversy surrounding Google's ambitious Print for Libraries project, where the aim is digitize and make available online all works of literature, comes after a heart-string tugging plea from a British hospital for terminally-ill children that receives much of its revenue from its copyright of Peter Pan.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Motorola Dials Up iTunes With RAZR V3i
The second-leading global manufacturer of cellphones has released two new models of its ultraslim RAZR phone; one model will be compatible with Apple's iTunes Music Store. A couple of color choices will be available soon too.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Google Poetry Outdoes The Vogons
Google Mobile Team's Matt Waddell has reached a place of distinction. His lyrical tribute to Google Local for mobile on the Google Blog has just replaced Vogon poetry as the third worst in the Universe. Congratulations on the development of a truly difficult skill.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Google Automat Says Sayonara To Craigslist
An analyst with Classified Intelligence has found a Google patent application for Automat, a system where users can develop and post classified ads.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Google Adds Usage Rights Search Filter
Google has added a feature to its advanced search function allowing the searcher to filter by copyright provisions that allow reuse, sharing, or modifying, and whether the source can be used commercially.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
NY Public Library Hosting Google, Scanning Foes
An event to be held in New York will have Google in attendance, along with representatives from the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Microsoft, AP Teaming Up To Broadcast Video
The biggest test for Microsoft's AdCenter will come early next year, when the company launches an advertiser-supported video network featuring content from the Associated Press.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
I’ll Take eBay Abuse For $200, Alex
Though some people do willingly pay for abuse, like dealing with the local post office, harassing and threatening your customers on eBay is most likely a bad way to do business. It may even lead the press to your front door, which is worse.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Google Earth Is For The Birds (Flu)
Texan Lynda LeCompte has created an avian flu outbreak add-on for Google Earth mapping out confirmed cases of the bird virus worldwide, contributing to the rash of Google Earth/Maps mash-ups. Get it? Rash…outbreak…
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
GoogleMania Smackdown At The NYPL
Next week, intellectual heavy hitters from both sides of the Google Print for Libraries debate will be squaring off at the New York Public Library for a "discussion" about the competing interests and issues raised by the project. This could get ugly, and you can see it for as little as $10.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
French Riots And Google Adwords
French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy tried an interesting tactic to steer bloggers toward his site on the Internet regarding the two-week old riots in and around Paris. He bought adwords for suburbs and riots (banlieue, emeute) and tried to swing traffic his way.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Pixar Pushes 125,000 Movies Through 'iTunes'
Short films like "Boundin'" and "For The Birds," which appeared at the beginning of full-length Pixar movies, have sold briskly on Apple's iTunes new video marketplace.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Dana Todd Goes With Her Gut
Speaking at New York's Ad:Tech conference, SiteLab VP and SEMPO president Dana Todd told an audience SEO gets overlooked despite offering the best return on investment for businesses.
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Date: 2005-11-09
 
Yahoo Testing Pay Per Call Ads
Yahoo has been giving pay-per-call a test drive in Yahoo Local, and using Ingenio's service to provide the ads.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
MySpace In Trouble Over School Threats
After students at a San Antonio high school posted messages on MySpace threatening the school, the school district said it would hold MySpace "accountable" for the problem.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Blogger Offers Comment Moderation
Another tool to help fight comment spam in blogs hosted by Google's Blogger service lets bloggers enable comment moderation for their sites.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Keyword Prices Drop, Shopping Promos Rise
Search engine advertising saw a small drop in year-over-year prices from October 2004 to this October, with a new average price of $1.45 for keyword ads.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
School Settles With Student Over Web Site
Kids are fighting authority and winning. In a recent case in New Jersey, a school district will pay out $117,500 to a student they punished for putting up his own website critical of the school district.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
AOL UK To Launch LLU Broadband
After nearly a year of speculation, America Online's rumored launch of broadband service in the UK via local loop unbundling (LLU) is reported to be a reality soon. Yes, I understand I just said nothing.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Pubcon 10: Interview with Brett Tabke
One of the hottest topics in marketing is search marketing and many webmasters, company marketers and agencies are scrambling to acquire the knowledge necessary to serve their clients.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Curry Starting Podcast Ad Network
Targeted podcasts that focus on specific niche audiences appeal to advertisers, and the Podfather himself will launch an ad network to bring marketers together with podcasters.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Google Ads Vs. Paris Riots
Searching from the French Google page for terms related to the rioting that has rocked Paris for several days returns a Google Ad seeking support for a political party.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Search Regulators, Mount Up
You know it's only a matter of time before governments begin regulating the search industry. Yale Law School is banking on it, holding a symposium next month to discuss the implications of the emerging online marketplace.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Is Privacy Sacrificed Upon Search Ads Altar?
All the search engine/portal personalization, tailoring, and customization come at a price: unique user data, and that may be a tradeoff that more users become unwilling to make.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Link Popularity Tool Online
Tossing a website address into the Link Popularity tool gives back a list of pages linking to it from several search engines.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
FeedBurner Ad Network Seeks Right Eyes
Left eyes accepted, too, with the proper paper work. FeedBurner announced the launch of its RSS advertising network today as part of an expansion of subscription services for publishers. The network already has a long list of well-known participants desiring a more targeted online ad campaign.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Hollywood Undead Opens For MySpace
Within hours of uploading their songs to MySpace.com, unknown indie band Hollywood Undead became, well, known. Their music hit the top of MySpace charts winning them not only new-found fame, but now a record deal with MySpace Records, a merger of the social networking website and Interscope Records.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Is Old Media And Advertising Dead?
Henry Copeland of BlogAds seems to think so. He spoke at Ad:Tech on Monday and said the online advertising model is faster to change and gives advertisers more control and even better, it's much less expensive in both money and resources.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Amazon.com Sprouts Ears, Becomes Elf
The thing about Santa's helpers is that North Pole legislation disallows Papa Noel from outsourcing. That means you're on your own with a mile-long list. That could be the reasoning behind Amazon.com's "virtual gift assistant" offered through a new site it calls Gift Central.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Schoolgirl Blogs About Poisoning Mother
A sixteen-year-old Japanese girl slowly poisoned her mother into a coma while keeping a regularly updated weblog about the crime, alleges Japanese authorities. The unnamed Shizuoka Prefecture minor, from the tiny town of Izunokuni, emulated the infamous Teacup Poisoner, Graham Young.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
A War Over Google Maps
Can you say cool waste of time, boys and girls? I knew you could. Someone has taken the Google Maps API and created an online version of Risk, the classic military strategy game.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Mr. Cerf Goes To Washington
Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet will be in Washington on Wednesday. He was asked to speak at a House Committee meeting but blew them off to go hang out at the White House. It's something about some Presidential Medal of Freedom. Anyway, while's he not going to talk to Congress, he did send them a letter and it's posted on Google's blog.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Google Hybrid Drivers Cash In
Among the many tech companies rewarding employees for opting for hybrid vehicles, Google pays if Googlers either buy or lease a hybrid.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Cuban Proposes Turning Blogs Into Newsstands
NBA owner and spam blog crusader Mark Cuban sees an opportunity to turn content piracy into content profitability...possibly.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Divining The Uniqueness Of Google
One blogger delved into the offerings from the world's top search engine, placed them into matrices against Yahoo, AOL, and Microsoft, and sought to find if Google was truly unique.
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Date: 2005-11-08
 
Yahoo Your TiVo From Anywhere
Fans of the digital video recording service can now use Yahoo to remotely program their TiVo from a newly opened portal on Yahoo's web site.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Topix Tagging 15,000 Blogs
Search results on Topix now include blog results, and the site said blog posts should show up in the index and on the site within 3 minutes of being crawled.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Yahoo Replaces Googleplex With Fish Store
It's not all algorithms and Ajax in the search engine business; Yahoo's map team found some time to playfully poke Google while building the latest beta of Yahoo Maps.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Microsoft Scanning British Library
The competition with Google Print begins in the UK as Microsoft and the British Library have reached an agreement that will see 100,000 books digitized.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Live.com To Get Firefox Support
By the way, remember last week when I said Microsoft doesn't care about influentials because we don't support Firefox and didn't get it working in Live.com ...
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Free Shipping Gives Customers Gas
During the holiday season, more online retailers are offering free shipping to attract customers by way of offsetting gas prices. Though free shopping may squeeze profit margins a bit, four out of five shoppers say free shipping can be the deciding factor on where to buy their stocking stuffers.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Google, Authors Guild Facing Off At Yale
The Ivy League school will host an academic conference on search engine law, and provide a backdrop for speakers from Google, the Authors Guild, and other organizations.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Yahoo Consolidating Europe, Korea Holdings
The portal company plans to buy out Softbank's stakes in Yahoo Korea and in several European Yahoo sites.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Google Talking Serious Eye Candy
A new plug-in from Santa Cruz Networks, called "Eye Candy" enables Google Talk users to see who they're talking to. At the same time it disables all "5'10 curvy 34 D blondes" from lying to their online boyfriends.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
AtomShockwave Dropping Ads Into Games
The marketing quest for the young male demographic continues, as AtomShockwave announces it will put ads in its games.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
It’s Not Spying, It’s Business Intelligence
A new subscription service for marketers allows subscribers to keep an ear to the blogosphere and other social media realms with automatic keyword updates. Similar to Google News Alerts, PubSub struck a deal with business intelligence company Cymfony to deliver the latest buzz.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
MSN Search Puts Premiership Up For Grabs
A UK-based promotion with MSN Search at its center will reward someone who can quickly find quiz answers faster than anyone else.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Yahoo Gets Cheeky
Since the battle for email users could mean an arm and a leg in revenue for the major online portals, Yahoo has been trying to get ahead of Gmail, or we should say, trying not to fall behind.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Feedster Launches Self-Service Ad Pump
RSS search service provider, Feedster, announced today that it has launched an automated "self-service" engine for the Feedster Media Network. The service is designed to make it easier for online publishers to sign up and participate in the company's RSS targeted advertising program.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
IBM Discovers What Willis Is Talking About
The same day as PubSub's announcement about a similar service aimed at harnessing the ever-evolving information-overloaded blogosophere and using that power for good, IBM introduced new software enabling businesses to make sense of and manage information emerging from social networks about their company-a type of gossip monitor, called Public Image Monitoring Solution.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Google Offers AdWords Support Group
Are looking for ways to improve your AdWords campaign? Of course you are. Need a support group? Of course you do. Google Groups has just such an online forum where advertisers lend a helping hand to other advertisers. Remember, the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Yahoo Lowers Deposit For Sponsored Search
Yahoo Search Marketing has followed its October move to eliminate a minimum spending requirement with a drop in the minimum deposit from $30 to $5 for US advertisers.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Grokster Gone
The aftermath of the Supreme Court's finding that Grokster marketed itself as a method of infringing copyright sees the company shutting down and paying $50 million to settle piracy complaints.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
Yahoo Helps Japan Hunt Fugitives
Pages on the Yahoo Japan web site will display wanted posters for five suspects sought by Japan's National Police Agency.
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Date: 2005-11-07
 
SEM as Mass Tourism
"Gibberish doesn't sell" didn't exactly convey the theme I wanted, so my Big Idea for ad:tech has been tweaked slightly to "search is like mass tourism." ...
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Date: 2005-11-05
 
Teens’ Thoughts On Downloads
In case you're awake at night wondering about the upcoming generation's thoughts on things like music and movie downloads, get some sleep. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, teens not only download the movies and music at no charge, they don't much care about copyright infringement and other pesky federal laws.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
FBI Arrest California Zombie Profiteer
A 20 year-old was taken into federal custody and accused of compromising 400,000 computers with adware, and letting others use the zombie machines to send spam or launch denial of service attacks.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Amazon Wants You To Be Its Turk
Complete a task for Amazon under its Mechanical Turk program, and the online retailer will reward people with a small deposit to their Amazon accounts.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
AdSense Terms Changed Since Outage
Publishers who use AdSense experienced a brief outage this week, and one industry insider makes the connection between periods of AdSense unavailability and new policies coming into play.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Creative-Weblogging: Ripoff Or Just Competition?
Jason Calacinis has been incensed over the existence of Creative-Weblogging for some time, and now he's calling in the litigation airstrike.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
EA Recordings Distributing Digital Music
Electronic Arts and the Nettwerk Music announced a collaboration to distribute digital music. The new service will cover ringtones, mastertones and mp3s and will be distributed through iTunes, MSN, Yahoo Music, AOL Music, Rhapsody and others.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
IDC: IM Market Growing In Enterprise
The market for enterprise instant messaging applications saw 37 percent growth from 2004 to 2005, and should more than double by 2009.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Microsoft Grabs FolderShare
Adding yet another facet to its Windows Live™ lineup, Microsoft announced the acquisition of FolderShare™, a file synchronization and remote access service that allows users to access their files via the Internet and share them with others.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Google Plane Boarding Soon
The search engine company has some big plans for its 767-200 passenger jet; two staterooms and plenty of leg room for 50 passengers will be among its features.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Burger King Heavy Into ‘iPod’ Shorts
The home of the Whopper has become a sponsor for short films on Heavy.com, a move that will likely see other marketers follow for a chance to be seen by video iPods buyers.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Family Guy Freakin’ Podcast!
Evil genius baby that plots to kill his mother. Sophisticated talking dog who often reverts to dog-like tendencies. Really stupid fat man. Ahhhh, Family Guy, you make my heart sing. And now you have a podcast to complement your weblog. Holy freakin' crap, I never get to write about this stuff at work! Thank you, Seth MacFarlane.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Google Adds Licensing To Advanced Search
Terms of usage can be included as part of an advanced query performed on Google, and follows a similar move by Yahoo in recent months.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Microsoft Wants India Workers To Go Home
Other tech companies would love to see business-savvy Indian workers join their initiatives in India, but Microsoft drew the most interest at a Silicon Valley recruiting event.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Google Paying For AdSense Referrals
A new Google AdSense feature was announced today that allows website operators to place referral buttons on their sites for AdSense or Mozilla Firefox browser with the Google Toolbar. Every referral wins cash for webmasters.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Zvents Going With Yahoo
Very strange. I went to the Zvents blog a few minutes ago and they had a whole post here about how they are announcing that they are adding a "powered by Yahoo's Web services" logo to their site ...
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Libyan Blogger Jailed
Libya sent a political dissident blogger up the river for 18 months after criticizing the government on the Internet. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported this as they posted a letter from the blogger's family requesting the release of the dissident.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
IE Loses More Ground To Firefox
A recent report from web analytics firm One Stat reveals that Mozilla Firefox usage worldwide has increased by nearly 3 percent since April 2005, pulling Web surfers away from Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Online Teens, Mainline Content Creators
Ever wonder what your teenagers are doing? How are they spending their time? There's a legitimate chance they're loading something online. According to the new Pew Internet and American Life Project study, 57% of online teens create content for the Internet. This means about 12 million kids, 12-17 or about half of all teens are content creators.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
How User Content Will Change Everything
Google, the advent of weblogs and social networks, and the proliferation of broadband Internet are changing the advertising world in two very important ways: first by loosening the grip advertisers hold on content; and second by exchanging that control of content with better targeting and return on investment. These seismic shifts make a sound that is the death rattle of traditional media.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Have Porn, Will iPod
The video iPod is one of the hottest new toys of the fall and adult entertainment industry is making it a lot hotter. With the development of new media, sex is always there and the little iPod is no different.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
CBS Follows ABC, NBC, WB, & UPN Online
Only Fox hasn't made a full-length episode of a broadcast TV show available in some manner online, now that CBS has plans to do so with 'Threshold'.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Vint Cerf To Receive Medal Of Freedom
The White House announced President George W. Bush will present Cerf and Robert Kahn with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Fool Says Google Missed Out On Skype
Letting eBay scoop up Skype was a mistake, one that Google shouldn't make again; the Motley Fool suggests a few purchase options it could make instead.
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Date: 2005-11-04
 
Yahoo Hacks Maps
Local search will benefit most from the upgrades Yahoo has made to its mapping service, and developers get some new APIs to use to develop their applications.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Marketing Thy Blog
Katy Whitton has a few basic tips on making one's blog a more appealing one for visitors, and pulling in those sweet advertising dollars.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Google Personalization Goes Global
Personalized home pages have been limited to the United States until recently, as Google has expanded the number of countries where they will be available.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
AOL Confirms Discussions with Search Engines
Two weeks ago, AOL CEO Richard Parsons dismissed speculation that his company, part of the Time Warner media empire, was in negotiations with Yahoo, MSN and/or Google. Rumours of these talks had been circulating for weeks in publications as diverse as the Wall St. Journal and Search Engine Watch.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Yahoo’s New Pretty Maps Are Doomed
Has Google disrupted the businesses of Yahoo and Microsoft? Yes! It got me out of bed to write this post.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Yahoo! Local Events Browser Demo
One of the coolest things I've seen recently came out of a small group of hackers in the Search group at Yahoo.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Democrats Apply Election Laws To Bloggers
Political bloggers beware. Democrats on Wednesday halted a bill designed to amend election laws to exempt bloggers from massive federal election regulations. The vote went pretty much down partisan lines with only 46 Democrat out of over 200 voting in favor of the bill.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Google Patenting Attention Data Display
Is your attention important? Google is patenting the display of it, the search engine journal is reporting today.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Teens Do Lots Of Content Creation
Pew Internet and Life said in a recent report that 57 percent of teens now create Internet content, whether it is a blog, a web page, or simply sharing offline content online.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Microsoft Adds To VoIP Repertoire
As part of their latest online initiative for extending Microsoft services to the masses through Windows Live and Office Live, the software giant announced their acquisition of Swiss software company media-streams.com to offer voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) for office communications.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Planet Earth Notes Google Downtime
The world's greatest search engine experienced a bit of an outage recently, and tremors were felt throughout the blogosphere.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
The Greatest Blog In The World
Scoot over, Scoble; bump in a bit, Batelle; there's a blogger out there who's worthier than anyone, and with no apologies to Mark Cuban, her blog is on Blog*Spot.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Calling “Dibs” In E-Business
The 21st Century, where all things tech, software, media, and e-business will converge and boom with deafening force, is creating a new realm of specialization that is vital to an evolve or die type of market. That realm, as many are learning through litigation and deflated new product hopes, is intellectual property rights. Intellectual Ventures, a company spawned by two former Microsoft employees, recognizes the potential of this burgeoning market, collecting patents rather than products.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Online Travel Industry Hits $104 Billion By 2010
JupiterResearch did some digging in the metrics for the online travel market in the U.S. and came up with some big numbers in the coming years. Their report entitled, "U.S. Travel Forecast, 2005 to 2010," predicts $68 billion by the end of 2005 and $104 billion by 2010.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
AOL Acquires MusicNow
America Online announced today the acquisition of digital music subscription company, MusicNow LLC, a company previously owned by Circuit City Stores, for an undisclosed amount of money. The MusicNow website will be integrated as part of AOL's online offerings.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Amazon’s Own Digital Book Program
Digital book programs seem to be all the rage since a particularly large search engine company decided to put most all books online. Online retailer Amazon decided to offer an alternative to publishers that should sit well with them. They will SELL digital books.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
AJDS Upgrades
Search engine Ask Jeeves released the latest cog in their search engine wheel, the desktop search tool updates. After thorough polishing the butler felt like it was time to get some more shine out of tool. He's added a number of new features that should make the AJDS more workable.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Google Print Goes Public
After resuming their controversial book scanning of five major libraries on Tuesday, Google has announced that a number of public domain books (books out of copyright) are now available for browsing online.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
On eBay, 'It' Can Be A Job As Mayor
When eBay debuted its recent marketing campaign, they said you could find It on eBay, whatever it is; for one man, 'It' is the keys to the mayor's office in Danville, IL.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
United Online Joins VoIP Arena
The company plans to offer free computer to computer calling, and five tiers of computer to telephone call pricing topping out at $14.95 per month plus international call rates.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
MySpace, Interscope Pair On Record Label
Another music label will extend its muscle online as Vivendi Universal's Interscope plans to deliver a compilation of music available from established and new acts featured on News Corp's MySpace.
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Date: 2005-11-03
 
Inside AdSense’s Black Box
An interesting line of conversation has been circulating around the blogosphere for the last few days. The conversation has to do with AdSense and how one poorly performing site can bring down the price paid per click down on all of them in a single company's sites.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
People Spend $1 Billion Online On Music, Dating
The Online Publishers Association attributes $986.8 million in content purchases to continued strength in entertainment purchases like music, and this is only for the first half of 2005.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
GUBA Does Graphical Search For Usenet
With a lot of multimedia content floating around in newsgroups, one company decided the best way to find it would be via a web browser.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Google Goes To Manchester
The first regional office in the United Kingdom will be established in Manchester, to work with advertisers and clients in the north.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
A Little AdSense Tweak Helps
Google's AdSense blog discusses how one site made a simple adjustment in how AdSense displays on its pages and increased its click-through rate.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
British eBay Phisher Gets Four Years
The head of a six-man ring of phishers led their criminal enterprise to steal around $360,000 from eBay users.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Microsoft Could Be In Deep Kimchee
The South Korean Fair Trade Commission may require Microsoft to unbundle its media player and instant messaging software from Windows.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Parsons Goes From ‘No’ To ‘Maybe’ On AOL
Time Warner's chief executive officer Richard Parsons now confirms his company is talking to a number of potential partners about investing in AOL.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
SEMPO Setting Second Search Spending Survey
The non-profit Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization will launch its 2nd annual survey of North American corporate SEM spending on November 3rd.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Oodle Mouses Into Orlando
The online classifieds search site has extended into another metropolitan area, this time arriving in Central Florida.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Blogging Enterprise Consensus: RSS is Plumbing
Here are my notes from a panel on the enterprise use of RSS, from the Blogging Enterprise conference.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Yahoo Updates Their Index
Yahoo announced last night on the search blog a minor update in the ranking of their index. This means some may want to check out their Yahoo results to see if they need to make any modifications in their search tactics.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Blogging Apple
A new blog kicked off yesterday about the all things Apple. The blog over at the brilliant BusinessWeek called "Byte of the Apple" will be written by Peter Burrows, Arik Hesseldahl and Cliff Edwards. It should provide some interesting insight into the world of Apple.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
AtomShockwave Adds AddictingGames.Com
AtomShockwave, the combined entity of Atom Films and Shockwave announced on Tuesday the acquisition of AddictingGames. AddictingGames serves as a directory for casual games. This acquisition will create the largest privately owned entertainment company on the web.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Clone The Google API
Oh, Dave, I couldn't say "clone the Google API" in public! But you did. So I'll riff on it. I agree with it. I'll even repeat it.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
A New Google Blog
The debut of the Inside Google Desktop blog follows the Google Video blog launch, and will be another grass roots PR tool for the company.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
IBM Helps Chicago Cops Go Wireless
All of Cook County, Illinois public safety communications will be wireless when IBM places a system to move data between phones, laptops, cameras, and digital video recorders.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
SEC Vs. The Estonian Spiders
It's not a pre-season NCAA basketball exhibition matchup, but a case where the Securities and Exchange Commission has accused an Estonian financial firm of spidering confidential Business Wire information and profiting on trades.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Defending Microsoft's Live.com
Joel Spolsky gives us hell for Live.com. Tags us with "Marimba effect." I don't think it was clear. This was the beginning of a major rudder turn on Microsoft.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Yahoo and Google Algo Update Information
Yahoo announced yesterday that a minor update to its ranking algorithm was implemented over the weekend.
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Date: 2005-11-02
 
Google Workforce Triples From 2003
Some of that secondary stock offering cash the company raised will go toward paying a workforce of nearly 5,000 people now.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Firefox Jumps In Browser Market Share
After a couple of steps back over the summer, Mozilla's Firefox browser now holds 11.51% of the market in browsers used.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Even Dilbert Uses Contextual Ads
Scott Adams, the former bank employee turned cartoonist, runs his Dilbert Blog on Typepad and isn't above getting a few bucks from ad clicks either.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Microsoft Battered By Supreme Court
The company had hoped to get a potential judgment against it reduced by $360 million, but the high court declined to hear its appeal.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Time Warner Loses Case For Revolution
Citing a desire to focus on his lifestyle and healthcare startup, Revolution, America Online co-founder Steve Case is stepping down from Time Warner's board of directors. Case, one of the largest shareholders of Time Warner, will his retain his shares in the company.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Google Print Continues Amid Controversy
Google will resume scanning in-copyright works today at partner libraries as part of its Google Print for Libraries program. The project was temporarily suspended after author and publisher outrage over potential copyright infringement so the search company could negotiate the terms.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Forrester CEO: Google Leads To X Internet
Like lots of people trying to divine the inner workings and possible futures for the search engine, George Colony has some thoughts on the topic.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Can MSN Search Best Google?
Competition in the search engine world is fierce and none more fierce than the big three. Google rules the roost by far. There's no question. MSN runs a distant third. One question floating around is what could MSN do to catch up or perhaps beat Google?
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
A Chinese Google In Firefox Clothing
A feature from Mozilla Firefox extension, Customize Google, is reported to provide an underground railroad of sorts around the Chinese government's firewall that blocks Google's cached URL's.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Forecasts of $26 Billion in 2005 Holiday Sales
JupiterResearch released their projections for the coming holiday season and they look promising. The report, "Holiday 2005 Forecast: Addressing The Impact of Macro-Economic Factors on Holiday Online Retail Sales," examines not only promised higher percentages of sales but also some problems for the coming holiday season.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
MS Answers GoogZilla With Online Services
For months, the blogosphere was abuzz about potential "Microsoft killers," mainly because of the advent of open source, customizable, server-based applications put forth by whippersnapper companies like Google and Mozilla. Worldwide governments, too, forced the Redmond, Washington-based software giant to open up its code to competition. How would Microsoft deal with it? Gates and company answered today during a preview of two Web-based software services-Windows Live™ and Microsoft® Office Live.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Microsoft Sees Super Duty
The age of the high-tech redneck is at hand. The Ford Motor Company plans to offer wireless mobile offices in F-series trucks as an option for people who do business on the road. The office will come equipped with a mobile computer running Windows XP and will include a version of Microsoft Office.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Web-ertainment Drives Online Spending
US consumer spending for online content hit nearly $1 billion in the first half of 2005, a 15.7% increase from last year spurred by growth in online music sales, according to the Online Publishers Association (OPA).
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
NBC Nightly News Available Online
Television network NBC announced their "Nightly News" broadcast will be available online beginning November 7th. The streamed program will show up immediately following the regular television broadcast at anytime. This will mark the first and only network newscast offered online in its entirety.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Subaru Launches Online Game
Auto manufacturer Subaru launched an online game competition, the "Shakedown: Subaru Impreza Challenge" at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show on Tuesday. This game is to showcase the 2006 makeover for Subaru's Impreza.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Microsoft Turning On A Dime
Today Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie (respect) are expected to announce the third coming of Microsoft.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Microsoft Challenges Google On Web Services
Bill Gates gave demonstrations of Windows Live and Office Live to journalists in San Francisco today, as the 30-year-old software company tries to show it isn't quite ready to be pushed aside by Google.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Jupitermedia Earnings Up, Stock Down
Shares dropped 70 cents before Jupitermedia announced after market-close that revenues and net income grew for the company in the third quarter.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Facebook Sees Looks Of Concern On Campuses
Social networking via the popular Facebook service on college campuses has drawn some unwelcome attention and posed harbingers of future consequences for inserting certain types of content.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
Confused By Windows Live?
Scott Hanselman, one of our best customers, is confused by Windows Live. Shhh, Scott, don't tell anyone, but this isn't about just the portal.
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Date: 2005-11-01
 
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