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Firefox 2 Beta 2 Available To You
The obligatory notice about the Firefox 2 Beta 2 browser being a developer preview release made available for testing purposes only has been duly noted.
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Date: 2006-08-31
 
Madison Ave Spirals Out Free Music Downloads
The purists and pirate-pardoning, and by that I mean anybody outside the business, know that music wants to be free. The world's largest music company, Universal Music Group, seems to be the first megalith to get that. Before the end of the year, expect your music to ride freely on the back of a SpiralFrog, courtesy of Madison Avenue.
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Date: 2006-08-31
 
MySpace Drives More Retail Traffic Than MSN
You expect to see Google at the top the of list in pretty much any search breakdown, followed distantly behind by Yahoo!. But would you, in any category, expect MSN to be outdone by MySpace? Online shopping just got a lot more social.
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Date: 2006-08-31
 
Calacanis Wigs Out On Non-Blogging Employees
Weblogs Inc. CEO and AOL executive Jason Calacanis has a bone to pick with AOL employees not taking his directive to launch their blogs before he counts to three. His new directive: blog or die, man.
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Date: 2006-08-31
 
Grab For The Blog Traffic
SEOmoz's Rand Fishkin has twenty-one suggestions on ways to improve blog traffic, ranging from the choice of blogging software to building the brand.
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Date: 2006-08-31
 
AdWords API Users May Be Bugged
A couple of bugs have been reported at the Google AdWords API blog, and web developers using the API should be on the lookout for these issues.
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Date: 2006-08-31
 
Educators Push Linux Switch In India
Microsoft received a swift punch to the gut from an Indian state government looking to lower education costs by encouraging its school system to switch to Linux-based computers.
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Date: 2006-08-30
 
Squatters Fly Kites In Hurricane Season
As the morning news shows led their programs regaling the audience about nothing happening in Florida (you have to get Michelle Kosinski on camera somehow), disaster domain scammers were probably quite busy taking advantage of ICANN's five-day return policy.
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Date: 2006-08-30
 
Can MySpace Save Boxing?
Mixed martial arts events like the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the slick and savvy World Wrestling Entertainment bouts, draw more attention from the younger male fanbase than boxing does.
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Date: 2006-08-30
 
UK Gov't Violates Own Copyright On YouTube
Because of a copyright violation, the UK Cabinet Office, Britain's "head office," was forced to yank a public service video from YouTube. But the complaint came from an unlikely place - from an agency within.
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Date: 2006-08-30
 
Emoting Over Search With Ask.com
Some call them smileys, others refer to them as emoticons, and a lot of people put them in emails, SMS, and instant messages every day; Ask.com can help people figure out what some of the odder ones mean.
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Date: 2006-08-30
 
Yahoo A Go for Windows Mobile
Users of mobile handsets running the Windows Mobile operating system can now download Yahoo! Go for Mobile to remotely access Yahoo services.
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Date: 2006-08-30
 
Yahoo Searches For Mortgage Rates
As part of the revisions to their real estate site, Yahoo has added mortgage rate information to its search functions and returning those rates on the search results page.
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Date: 2006-08-29
 
Lycos Blinkx Back Into Existence
Blinkx founder Suranga Chandratillake admits that Lycos has been "out of the glare" for quite some time, largely due to foreign ownership. But Lycos reminds the industry the portal still has 25 million daily visitors, and plans to increase those numbers through a partnership with blinkx to launch "the new Lycos broadband search experience."
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Date: 2006-08-29
 
IBM Express Track Targets VARs
IBM's Express Track program "is reaching out to thousands of local IT resellers around the world" in a "$100 million global drive."
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Date: 2006-08-29
 
Microsoft/Red Cross Hope All Are Safe and Well
On the anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Microsoft announced an upgrade to its KatrinaSafe.org website, created through an extensive partnership with the Red Cross. A new site, called Safe and Well, allows disaster survivors to post information about their condition, and allows loved ones separated from it to search for information as it is available.
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Date: 2006-08-29
 
Greenpeace Rankings Slice Apple
The controversial group Greenpeace has published a Guide to Consumer Electronics, and Apple and Lenovo aren't happy about it. A number of companies were "ranked on their use of toxic chemicals and electronic waste (e-waste) policies," and those two corporations placed last.
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Date: 2006-08-29
 
AOL Kicks Off Football 2.0
Just in time for the flurry of 2006 kickoffs, AOL launched FanHouse, a football blogging community, with 75 blogs dedicated to NFL and NCAA teams.
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Date: 2006-08-29
 
Google Chief Joins Apple's Board
Apple today announced that Google CEO Eric Schmidt, was elected to Apple's board of directors. Schmidt adds the new position to Google's board of directors and Princeton University's board of trustees.
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Date: 2006-08-29
 
AOL PlayLincs Gamers Through AIM
The young male demographic may be found in concentration among the gamers in the world, and a new initiative by AOL and Super Computer International (SCI) makes features available to them via PlayLinc.
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Date: 2006-08-29
 
Google Apps No Microsoft Threat Yet
Google debuted its Apps for Your Domain as a hosted communications option for domain owners, and it is being touted in some places as a gauntlet being tossed down in challenge to Microsoft.
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Date: 2006-08-28
 
Canada Denies Request To Block Hate Content
Canadian telecom regulators denied the request of a Jewish human rights lawyer, asking the government to allow Internet service providers to block access to U.S.-based white supremacist's websites.
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Date: 2006-08-28
 
Are Employers Liable For Technology Addiction?
The advent of the always-connected workforce has spurred a management researcher to ponder the liability of employers who take advantage of employee's "propensity toward workaholism and technology addiction" as employees remain on-call even during leisure time.
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Date: 2006-08-28
 
Podcasters' Guide To Avoiding Lawyers
Boston attorney Jeffrey P. Hermes asks the question: "Do podcasters know their legal obligations?" The answer to that is largely, well, probably, "no." Though cases involving Internet content and properties are becoming more regular in the courtroom, the podcast is still virgin territory. Hermes believes that will change, and probably soon.
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Date: 2006-08-28
 
Geotagging Takes A Bow At Flickr
Flickr, which describes itself as "almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world," added a feature today that makes the site's lead even more of a sure thing. Called geotagging, this feature allows users to sort (and search) photos by place.
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Date: 2006-08-28
 
Yahoo, Upcoming Find Undiscovered Events
Upcoming.org and Yahoo unveiled several new features that combine Yahoo's social media aspirations and numerous events in Yahoo Local with Upcoming's event tracking services.
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Date: 2006-08-28
 
Forbes Pulls a Stupid; Bloghers Electra-fied
The first rule of Write Club is: do not anger the feminists. The second rule is: do not anger the blogosphere. And if you're stupid enough to anger the feminists bloggers, be prepared for the beating of your life. A little evidence to back up what you've suspected for a long time should be saved for the poker game, not for Forbes readers.
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Date: 2006-08-25
 
MySpace Ponders Print
When in doubt about proper market exposure, flood it. Looking for every possible way to profit from the purchase of MySpace.com, News Corp., like a good business, is mulling over the profitability of a MySpace magazine aimed at the new generation of hipsters.
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Date: 2006-08-25
 
Rate Hike Causes Sellers To Drop eBay
Frustrated customers often threaten that they'll never shop at a store again. Now, a number of online retailers have become angry at eBay, and many of them claim they'll never again sell on the site.
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Date: 2006-08-25
 
Google Bestows Much Love Upon Webmasters
The revamped Google Webmaster Central has enough changes in place that it merits a second look for our readers.
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Date: 2006-08-25
 
BellSouth Rescinds DSL Fee
BellSouth had planned to continue collecting a $2.97 per month fee from its 3.2 million DSL customers, even though that fee had been originally collected for the federal government's Universal Service Fund.
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Date: 2006-08-25
 
Google Joins Child Porn Fight
Google added its name to two lists of corporate heavy-hitters who've teamed up with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and its international sister agency ICMEC to combat child pornography on the Internet.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
German Ingenuity, As Applied To Wikipedia
The German-language version of Wikipedia may see some changes in the very near future. A new editing system, designed to reduce the amount of vandalism (and plain inaccuracy), is going to be implemented. These issues are commonly identified as the online encyclopedia's biggest problems.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
AOL Video Seals New Deals
AOL is strengthening its own entry in the battle against the likes of YouTube and Google Video. Early this morning, the company announced that AOL Video has formed partnerships with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
Enter Stage6, Exit Low-Quality Video Sites
As video-sharing sites flood the Internet in the wake of YouTube's blinding success, it becomes an exercise of patience to find one that sets itself apart with a new approach. Clones are only interesting in biology. But DivX's recently launched Stage6 could very well be the successor instead of the clone.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
Ask Counts Geiger For Exec Post
Ex-PayPal chief technology officer Chuck Geiger has taken on the executive vice-president of technology and engineering role for Ask.com.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
Brazil Barks Up Wrong Google
When pressuring a major corporation to comply with a major government mandate, it's a good idea to commence communications with said company's legal department. The sales team is generally clueless about these matters. The Brazilian government couldn't care less who they talk to at Google, but Google thinks they should try.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
China.com Brings On Google
Search and advertising services from Google are part of the China.com experience for visitors to the portal site.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
Canadians Consider Web Content Block
A neo-Nazi activist's call for violence of a Canadian lawyer on his Blogspot blog and his Website prompted that lawyer and others to request Canadian regulators to authorize ISPs to block Internet content.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
Google Patents Editorial Favorability
The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Google a curious patent on Tuesday, filed for in 2000. The patent covers a "system and method for supporting editorial opinion in the ranking of search results." Observers are still uncertain if the patent is merely an "artifact" or a signal for a new direction in Google News.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
Yahoo Flickrs Photos Into Search
Image search isn't just for the Yahoo index anymore; images posted to the Flickr photo sharing service will now show up in searches on Yahoo.
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Date: 2006-08-24
 
Google Base Releases GData API
Google released its Google Base data API, GData for short, that allows developers to write dynamic and interactive applications for Google Base. This opens up the possibility of Google Base mash-ups that combine content with other services.
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Date: 2006-08-23
 
NetSuite Plugs In Keyword Marketing
The Keyword Marketing Module provided by on-demand business software firm NetSuite would be available to its customers at no additional charge.
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Date: 2006-08-23
 
Ohayo, GMail. Welcome to Japan
Gimeru. That's how they're going to say it in Japan, to the excruciating annoyance of thousands of ex-patriot English teachers, harping again that its goo-guhl, not goo-goh, it's jee-may-uhl, not jee-meh-roo.
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Date: 2006-08-23
 
Indeed Hits a Million Per Month
Job search engine Indeed.com pinged me to brag on themselves a little. The company has broken the million job seekers per month barrier, a 300 percent increase in 2006.
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Date: 2006-08-23
 
Blogs Of The Washington Post-Adolescents
Anybody with kids knows an unedited comment can fly from the little darlings' mouths in the most inappropriate of places, making socially conscious parents sudden candidates for a Child Services interview. Toddlers are forgivable, but what happens when post-adolescents let loose in the blogosphere, only to be quoted in the Washington Post?
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Date: 2006-08-23
 
BellSouth Also Grifting DSL Fees
Just as Verizon has replaced the Universal Service Fund fee customers paid each month with a new fee that goes straight into their bank account, BellSouth will likewise keep the charge in place and pocket the cash.
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Date: 2006-08-23
 
Microsoft Says Let My People Go
If they don't have reasonably unfettered Internet access at work, younger jobseekers may look for an employer with less draconian policies.
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Date: 2006-08-23
 
Firefox Developers Invited To Microsoft
Sam Ramji of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab extended an invitation to Mozilla's Firefox development team to spend some time at Redmond to receive Vista support for the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email program.
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Date: 2006-08-22
 
LibreDigital Answers Google Books
Google's dustup with publishers around the globe last year over its plan to digitize every book in its path, sans permission, gave someone an idea. What if we do that with their permission? LibreDigital general manager Craig Miller says his company's digitization service isn't in direct response to Google, but a "natural extension" of what they were already doing.
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Date: 2006-08-22
 
Verizon Replaces Fed Fee With House Money
Now that the Universal Service Fund has drawn to a close, Verizon Communications will impose a fee on new and existing digital subscriber line (DSL) customers.
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Date: 2006-08-22
 
Yahoo Japan Covers Gypped Auction Goers
The concept of "face" in Japan is an important one. Yahoo! Japan appears very committed to maintaining its business honor in the country by footing the bill for its auction site customers who ordered but never received jewelry from a defunct company.
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Date: 2006-08-22
 
Google Audio Player Comes To Light
Google has entered a new market yet again, although the company isn't doing its own press on this one. Intrepid bloggers found, while exploring Gmail, that there is a new feature present - an MP3 player. This is probably not going to replace any other player you use, but it's a nice bonus.
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Date: 2006-08-22
 
YouTube's Night In Paris
YouTube's quest to maximize its monetary potential culminates with a night in Paris. Sorry. Wrong preposition. A night with Paris. Kicking off the premiere video site's venture into rich media advertising, Paris Hilton gets her own channel to promote her music video and album release.
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Date: 2006-08-22
 
SEO: Cutts Scratches A Niche
It took Google blogger Matt Cutts about six paragraphs to produce SEO advice that made more sense than a host of other articles on the subject.
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Date: 2006-08-22
 
IE7 Closer To CSS Compliance
Microsoft has the next version of its web browser ready for shipping, and the IE team detailed a number of changes and tweaks they have made to the browser to get it ready for debut.
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Date: 2006-08-22
 
Google Base Adds Traffic Stats
The Google Base team added a few new features to its "My items" dashboard, allowing merchants to monitor search engine results pages (SERPs) impression, click-throughs, and page views.
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Date: 2006-08-21
 
AT&T Yahoo! Collaborate On Photo Sharing
AT&T and Yahoo! recently launched a photo-sharing service named, rather to the point, AT&T Yahoo! Photos, for subscribers to the companies' jointly offered broadband service.
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Date: 2006-08-21
 
Zazzle Turns To API For Dazzle
The Create-A-Product API will be available to site publishers as part of Zazzle's effort to enable product creation and monetization through affiliate websites.
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Date: 2006-08-21
 
Go Ogle Somebody, Not Google Them
Google doesn't like Boggle or Scrabble or word jumbles in court. Neither do judges, it seems. All those exercises in logic, or perhaps regular arguments with teenagers, proved helpful to Google's legal team when the owner of googlecheckout.com, googlematching.com, and googleoutdoors.com insisted it wasn't GOOGLE, but GO OGLE.
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Date: 2006-08-21
 
Google Mapping KML Applications
Google used the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas this week as a launching pad for mobile maps functions based on key markup language (KML) files, downloadable from fellow Trekker developers.
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Date: 2006-08-21
 
YouTube Ripe For Purchase By Apple?
Rumors abound about who wants to, who can, and who will buy YouTube (assuming that it's ever offered for sale). Some of the most-mentioned names include Google, NewsCorp, and Time Warner. A GigaOM article recently presented another option - Apple - and made a convincing argument for that possibility.
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Date: 2006-08-21
 
AOL's Data Valdez Takes First Staff Casualties
It was assumed around the office, well, pretty much everywhere, that after AOL's Data Valdez, heads were going to roll at the company. According to the Wall Street Journal, they have officially rolled - three of them.
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Date: 2006-08-21
 
EFF Says To Search Responsibly
After calling privacy reform legislation and for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate AOL's Data Valdez, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued a set of guidelines for keeping you private search history private.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
Conspiracy Theories And AOL
AOL has made a few missteps in the past few months, with its ill-advised posting of millions of search queries to the Internet discovered on the eve of the biggest search engine conference of the year; one reader has suggested issues like these are not only self-inflicted, but intentionally so.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
Mozy Backs Up To IBM's Turf
The swirl of discussion about online backup service Mozy should not center on comparisons to online storage services, because they are a different type of technology.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
WaPo BlogRolls the C-Listers
The Washington Post Online launched a program to give C-list bloggers a leg up. The company launched BlogRoll, which offers ad revenue sharing and links to participating bloggers from the front page of the news publication website.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
CIOs Tackle Data Storage
Data storage is becoming a problematic issue for many CIOs. The cost and complexity of storage, along with the sheer amount of information that must taken care of, can make for "a data retention nightmare." There are ways to deal with the matter, however.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
Amazon Soon To Unbox Video
It wasn't too long ago that Ad Age reported that big-mouthed television executives let it slip that Amazon was preparing an online video content service, called Amazon Digital Video. A Net detective proves that keeping a secret online is like hiding a ham in your shorts.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
Google Opens Writely, Forgets To Tell Somebody
Google nearly sneaked this one in us. Late Thursday, Google quietly made Writely, the online word processor the company acquired in March, available to the online populace again. As 4PM EDT Friday, there's still no mention of at the Press Center.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
PPC Patent Bid War On The Horizon
According to a couple of sources, there are some very early patents (filed in 1996 and awarded three years later) on pay-per-click advertising that could spark a bidding war. The patents cover systems and methods for online advertising rather than the technology for it, and have been dormant for years after the filing company went under.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
Forget Googling, Go Ahead And Yahoo
Upon hearing that the big name in search has been objecting strenuously to having its name used as a verb, Yahoo decided to have some fun with the controversy.
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Date: 2006-08-18
 
CORRECTION: Mozilla Did Not 'Abuse' Oats
Yesterday, we published an article that mentioned Mozilla's creation of an Oregon crop circle in the shape of the Firefox logo. Someone involved in the project contacted us, appalled at the idea Mozilla had "abused" 45,000 square feet of oats. The representative insists that no oats were harmed in the making of the crop circle.
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Date: 2006-08-17
 
Del.icio.us Samples Ads, Thumbnails
There is "more shiny" on the Yahoo-owned social bookmaring site, Delicious, including thumbnail images of bookmarked websites on the home page, plus contextual search ads too.
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Date: 2006-08-17
 
Politicians Drop Saxophone, Look To MySpace
Mr. Luksgudnasuit, running for office this fall, is looking for a leg up in his freshman campaign. He intends to focus on the largely absent young voter crew, a group of freshmen for the freshman. Where could he reach the impressionable, the passionate, and those who haven't quite developed a healthy distrust of politicians? Oh! MySpace!
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Date: 2006-08-17
 
Online Video May Be Screened In China
A YouTube fact sheet states that over 65,000 videos are uploaded to the site on a daily basis. Now, imagine how many of those would make it if every single one had to be screened by a live person. Fear not - this isn't going to happen at YouTube - but it is what the Chinese government has proposed as policy for its own online video content.
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Date: 2006-08-17
 
AdSense Finds Way To Search From Within
Google updated their AdSense for Search offering, which allows searchers to search from a publisher's website and display revenue-generating ads alongside search result.
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Date: 2006-08-17
 
Mystery Site Is "Not For Noobs"
Microsoft may have something really cool up its sleeve. A strange site has appeared at www.notfornoobs.com. It features a static-filled television that shows glimpses of the Microsoft logo, a three-headed snake, and a countdown timer. Then it requests your e-mail address.
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Date: 2006-08-17
 
Katie Couric To Be Broadcast And Webcast
CBS Digital Media plans to make their news anchor an omnipresent figure by simulcasting her evening news show online and over-the-air.
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Date: 2006-08-17
 
Beta Blogger Becoming Better
The migration of users from the old version of Google's Blogger service to the new beta will happen at an "incremental" pace.
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Date: 2006-08-17
 
Live From Mountain View, It's Google WiFi!
The search advertising company lit up its freely available WiFi network for its home city of Mountain View, CA, for citizens to try.
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Date: 2006-08-16
 
Online Oddities: Fact or Fiction Edition
W's AOL search records, orangutan dating site, Firefox crop circles, and Microsoft on LSD. Chalk these incongruent pairings up for what makes this week in August 2006, the best online week ever.
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Date: 2006-08-16
 
Link Popularity On The New Web
Link building experts Andy Hagans and Aaron Wall say the world of link building has changed. But even though the rules have changed, as search engines become more effective at measuring trusted links, link building is ultimately still "the trump card for higher rankings." And so, Andy and Aaron have compiled a new list of link building tips.
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Date: 2006-08-16
 
YouTube Wants "Every Music Video Ever"
YouTube, the company without a business strategy, seems to have developed at least one idea about what it wants to "do." Co-founder Steve Chen announced his goal "to have every music video ever created up on YouTube" within the next year and a half. I'm not sure how to phrase this in a more mature manner, so I'll just say it: that would be pretty cool.
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Date: 2006-08-16
 
Brown Says FirstGov Does Heckuva Job
The FirstGov information website serves as the US Government's official portal on the Internet, and Brown University recognized it as the top-ranked federal site.
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Date: 2006-08-16
 
WebProNews Hits The Opera
Users of the Opera web browser now have a new choice when customizing their Opera Portal news selections - Top News from WebProNews.
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Date: 2006-08-16
 
Google Launching A Beta Blogger
A slate of updates to the Blogger platform run by Google provides some new features for bloggers and their readers.
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Date: 2006-08-15
 
Alltel Mobilizes Podcasts
Alltel Wireless will be the first in the US to combine podcasting and mobile phones, after inking a deal with podcast community Melodeo, Inc. Called Axcess Mobilcast service, subscribers will be able search and listen to podcasts on their mobiles for about $4 a month.
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Date: 2006-08-15
 
BBC Exec Wants To Open The Archives
How would you like to have access to 1.2 million hours of video footage?
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Date: 2006-08-15
 
eBay Vendors Call For Google Auction Site
At first, the cause sounds like it might be a write-off; just one angry person's crusade against eBay.
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Date: 2006-08-15
 
Comcast Cohen-cidence? I Think Not
Comcast veep and "uber-lobbyist" David Cohen provided a saber-rattling editorial to The Mercury News reminding the pro-Net Neutrality ilk that the sky's not really falling without regulation. But if there is legislation passed to protect it, they can expect people to die, kids to be exposed to porn, the Internet industry to crash, and Bill Murray's prophecy of cats and dogs living together to be fulfilled.
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Date: 2006-08-15
 
Yahoo Extends Answers To The API
Web developers can get to the question and answer site, Yahoo Answers, through an application programming interface recently made available on the Yahoo Developer Network.
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Date: 2006-08-15
 
Blogger Unblocked In China
The Chinese government's ban on Google's Blogger service has apparently been lifted after four years of unavailability. Chinese Netizens were able to regain access to the service as of last Thursday, according to CIO Magazine.
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Date: 2006-08-14
 
Homer's Odyssey? I Missed That Episode
A poll conducted by AOL and Mark Burnett Productions ahead of its online reality show "Gold Rush" finds that more people know Homer from the Simpsons than Homer's work on "The Odyssey" or "The Iliad."
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Date: 2006-08-14
 
SES: Link Baiting - Experienced Marketers Only
Link building sessions at Search Engine Strategies shows are always popular and draw some of the most substantial crowds from the ranks of webmasters and corporate SEO's attending conferences.
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Date: 2006-08-14
 
AOL Snakes In A Userplane
AOL's mergers & acquisitions department lands it Userplane, a provider of private chat and instant message technologies.
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Date: 2006-08-14
 
Windows Live Writer Gets Warm Welcome
Microsoft has released a new desktop-based blogging client called Windows Live Writer, and reports and reviews of it are flooding in. The general consensus is a positive one, although there are a few nits to pick.
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Date: 2006-08-14
 
Glitches Surface In Google Checkout
It appears that the good people of Google may have a bit more fine-tuning to do on one of their newer products. Users have reported experiencing a few glitches as they tried to take advantage of Google Checkout. Long delays are also trying the patience of some.
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Date: 2006-08-14
 
On The Sublimity of Searching AOL
A week into news about AOL's ginormous data dump and investigators have yet to tire of mining the minds of AOL users. As mirror sites spring up to face server overload as a product of morbid curiosity, the tales, well, inferences mostly, become darker and darker.
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Date: 2006-08-14
 
Go Jam With Google Code
The fourth annual coding competition presented by Google offers the top 100 programmers in the contest cash prizes.
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Date: 2006-08-14
 
Google Parks Trailers With Movie Listings
Searching for a movie on Google will return a link to the film's trailer along with the reviews and showtimes that have been appearing in the Google Onebox.
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Date: 2006-08-12
 
SES: Marketing with Social Media
This is actually the first session that I covered at the San Jose Search Engine Strategies conference, but I did not get a chance to clean up my notes and post until now. It was a good session about a topic that is very close to the consulting practice of our PR and marketing agency.
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Date: 2006-08-11
 
Checkbooks Ready: Social Media Booms
This is Web 2.0's day in the sun. Since Yahoo! bought del.icio.us last December, traffic to the site has more than doubled. In July, user-generated content sites made up five out of the top ten fastest growing Web brands. What's more, the traffic to particular social websites is neatly compartmentalized into demographic packets, which speaks to the advertising power these sites can offer.
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Date: 2006-08-11
 
AOL Renews Privacy Concerns In Congress
AOL's shocking searcher log release has reignited the debate in Congress over whether to restrict Internet companies' use and storage of user data. Though a bill aimed at protecting user privacy has been effectively tabled since February, the fallout from AOL's data dump may bring it back into light.
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Date: 2006-08-11
 
Google Video Link Swap Spikes Video Traffic
If you follow this industry long enough, you know the slightest alteration of any Google offering, from holiday logos to something between Sergey's teeth, gets extensive coverage in the blogosphere. Google swapping out the Froogle link on its homepage for Video was another snoozer.
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Date: 2006-08-11
 
SES 2006 Week In Review
As per usual, this year's Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose, Calif., was jam-packed with useful information on the latest online marketing and web design techniques.
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Date: 2006-08-11
 
AOL Wants To Be Your StudyBuddy
Under the shadow of the AOL data leak, you may have missed something decent from the controversial company. This week, AOL launched StudyBuddy.com, a search engine created to help kids with their homework.
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Date: 2006-08-11
 
Bloggers On The UK Terror Story
The aftermath of a number of arrests in the United Kingdom, and the revelation of a massive plot to destroy US-bound airliners with explosives, may be the point where New and Old Media begin to work in cooperation instead of competition.
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Date: 2006-08-11
 
Seven Ways To Better SEM
Business optimization software company Omniture now offers a free guide to improving a website's search engine marketing in seven steps.
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Date: 2006-08-11
 
Yahoo Answers Call For Quality Content
Voting has a place on Yahoo Answers, as users of the popular question and answer site will see that become part of the site.
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Date: 2006-08-10
 
SES- Two Peas in a Pod: Usability and SEO
Moderated by Rebecca Lieb of ClickZ with presentations by Matt Bailey of SiteLogic and Shari Thurow of Grantastic Designs. First up is Shari who answered questions about usability and search.
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Date: 2006-08-10
 
SES: Schmidt on Privacy, Proprietary Algorithms
The sensitivity of search string data is suddenly on everyone's mind due to news of the AOL data leak on a research site this week.
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Date: 2006-08-10
 
SES 2006: The Lighter Side of Link Buying
The discussion on buying links at SES San Jose got a little more philosophical than Doug Caverly might have expected. Conference attendees were greeted with a band of Linking Jedi Knights expounding on the light and dark side of the link buying Force. Yes, on Day Four of the conference, I'm reaching.
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Date: 2006-08-10
 
AOL Execs: These Are Our Darkest Days
The year 2006 is not one AOL will forget, if it survives. It's only August and already the company has been yanked in front of legislatures, slammed by activist groups, embarrassed by its own customer service, and, most recently, tainted by "the data Valdez."
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Date: 2006-08-10
 
Google Party Plane Lawsuits Settled
The legal dispute between Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Oklahoma designer Leslie Jennings over the so-called "party plane" has been settled, according to a report in the New York Sun.
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Date: 2006-08-10
 
Yahoo Redirects Webmaster Queries
Webmasters on the hunt for certain information through Yahoo Search will begin seeing their queries redirected to Site Explorer, which just received a significant update.
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Date: 2006-08-10
 
SES: Google, Yahoo & MSN Research Laboratories
The Research Laboratories session at SES San Jose 2006 brought representatives from the top 3 engines to talk about how projects emerge from their labs to become actual search tools.
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Date: 2006-08-09
 
SES 2006: Optimizing Your Feed
This is a continuation of an earlier offering about blog and RSS feed optimization. Because the information is dense, we thought it best to present it with another spray of bullets. Managing editor Mike McDonald is one heck of a note-taker.
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Date: 2006-08-09
 
SES: SE Algorithms: Can you Please Them All?
Search engine specialists use to spend inordinate amounts of time creating pages that ranked well at just one search engine due to algorithmic weighting of known and very specific ranking factors.
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Date: 2006-08-09
 
Selling Out the AOL User
The New York Times was the first to capitalize on AOL's colossal blunder, publishing an account of a woman in Georgia who acknowledged she was User 4417749. You should be prepared for more of the same in the coming weeks as media outlets everywhere exploit what should never have become public.
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Date: 2006-08-09
 
SES 2006: It's Hard Out Here For A Blogger
Mike McDonald found himself in a room with a larger A-list than a Nathaniel Hawthorne character sketch. San Jose (or thereabouts) is where the big search engines and their famed bloggers live. The only thing better than this, says Mike, would be Danny Sullivan in lederhosen.
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Date: 2006-08-09
 
Google Adds UC To Books Project
Google Book Search announced the addition the University of California library to the Google Books Library Project. One of the world's largest libraries, UC's is made up of 100 libraries on 10 campuses and is considered to have the largest research and academic library in the world.
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Date: 2006-08-09
 
Google Planning For Shanghai R&D
A new research and development center in Shanghai will be Google's third in the country, and should open up in 2007.
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Date: 2006-08-09
 
Google Sitemaps Now Webmaster Central
They have renamed the website to Webmaster Central and launched some new tools to help their Sitemaps users get more out of the service.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
Topix.net Debuts Humongous News Search
The Topix.net News Search now covers news and blog results going back a year, and provides a capital way of searching through that index.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
Perl Plus Jifty Equals Hiveminder
Yes, Jifty is another web application builder, and yes, Hiveminder is another to-do list; but it is Perl that made them possible.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
Publishers: Rock; Advertisers: Hard Place
Some ado was made recently about Google AdSense sensitivity filters blocking revenue-generating ads based on the nature of the content, and replacing those spots with public service announcements. There is additional concern that publishers will refrain from hard-hitting content to protect that revenue. We got in touch with Google to their side of it.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
Google Disputes Third Party Fraud Detection
Engineers at Google have performed an analysis of click fraud consultants and claimed they have fundamental flaws in their approaches.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
SES 2006: Fiery Click Fraud Session
The potential for click fraud to drain an advertiser's budget requires those entrepreneurs to audit their paid search ads and be aware of the impact click fraud can have.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
SES 2006: A Case Of Duplicate Content
Site publishers worry about being penalized for having duplicate content; the panel at SES 2006 in San Jose took on that topic in a session today.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
SES: Blog/Feed SEO: Watch Out For Bullets
The information flooding out of the Blog and Feed Search SEO session at SES San Jose was so rapid and powerful it knocked all of Mike McDonald's hair off. Because the information is so plentiful, we'll cut the right to the bald and shiny of Mike's notes.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
Yahoo Unearths Site Explorer Updates
Webmaster fans of Yahoo's Site Explorer will enjoy the service's biggest update since December 2005, as Yahoo responds to feedback and requests.
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Date: 2006-08-08
 
Business Wire, Newsforce Partner On SEO
Members of Business Wire will have access to a selection of tools from Newsforce, as Business Wire reveals its SEO solution.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
Day One of SES San Jose 2006
Yesterday was a day of travel and a nice afternoon of downtown San Jose. Here are a few photos.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
Microsoft Fixing Windows Live Spaces Issues
After relaunching MSN Spaces as a Windows Live-branded service with updated features, a combination of issues caused plenty of problems for users.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
AOL Forks Itself, Leaks User Search Data
AOL's public relations nightmare just turned into a night terror. On the heels of months and months of bad news, AOL Research flubbed on a scale so massive that New Coke rears its head back and laughs. Hundreds of thousands of users' formerly private search queries were made public.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
Google Strikes Deal With MTV
Google wants its MTV and has tapped Viacom to team-test a video distribution model intended for use by consumers, web publishers and advertisers. Under the deal, Google will distribute ad-supported content from MTV Networks.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
AOL Admits To Search Data 'Screw Up'
After the potentially personally identifying search logs of over 650,000 AOL users were published by AOL Research this weekend, AOL issued an apology and a vow to investigate the matter.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
PRWeb Acquired by Vocus
A big day for PRWeb! It's been difficult keeping this under wraps, but Vocus, a public relations software company, has acquired press release distribution service, PRWeb in a deal worth $28 million.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
SES 2006: Demographic Targeting
This session focused on demographic targeting. It has become a serious issue for online advertisers who want to find higher quality customers online.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
SES: It's Not Persuasion; It's Presence
Our trusty Doug Caverly woke up this morning on California time and hoofed down to the Search Behavior Research track at the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose. After grooving a little too much to the Radiohead intro, Doug relays insight from Yahoo's Anne Frisbie.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
Google Snares Fox In Exclusive Net Deal
Hot on the heels of news of Google's agreement to run MTV Networks' videos on its AdSense network, Google has announced a blockbuster deal that will have it powering search and keyword targeted ad sales on MySpace and other Fox Interactive Media properties.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
SES San Jose 2006: Leveraging Social Media
Attending morning SES (Search Engine Strategies) sessions after a 4am wake-up, airport crowds, public transit shuffles and schlepping luggage all morning - I was a bit cranky by the time I finally arrived at the San Jose Convention Center for morning sessions.
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Date: 2006-08-07
 
Gliffy Does Flash Diagramming Online
The usefulness of Flash for applications in the browser takes a giant step forward with Gliffy, a tool that provides the kind of diagramming functionality one has to pay for with Microsoft Visio.
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Date: 2006-08-04
 
Brand Association: SES Advance Look
Hitwise global research general manager Bill Tancer will present "Google, Yahoo!, and MSN: Brand Association" at Search Engine Strategies 2006 in San Jose on Monday; his blog post reveals an advance look at the information he will deliver during that session.
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Date: 2006-08-04
 
Apple Goes Mobile With Ford, GM, And Mazda
From the makers of the "people's car" (Volkswagen) to the manufacturers of the car-for-people-with-a-whole-lot-of-money (Ferrari), automakers are prepared to accommodate iPod users. The Americans have gotten in on the deal, too - Ford and GM made an arrangement with Apple that was announced yesterday.
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Date: 2006-08-04
 
Search Advertising For P2P?
Though many aspects of the search market appear difficult to crack - Google's not going anywhere and blog search is flooded - many contend that an untapped search market lies deep in the lands of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. Skyrider, a P2P platform developer that launched today, seeks to mine those realms via user-generated content.
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Date: 2006-08-04
 
Chinese Base Spotted On Google Earth
The latest Google Earth user report stirring up conspiracy theory and head scratching is the image of a Chinese military site that is a scale replica of the ancient country's border with India, mountains and all.
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Date: 2006-08-04
 
Google Maps Remembers Your Address
Google's Maps team has implemented a little feature that has been present for a while in competing products like Windows Live Local - the ability to save locations.
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Date: 2006-08-04
 
UC Libraries May Join Google Project
The University of California (UC) system could take part in Google's book-scanning project, and would make 34 million volumes available to the search engine.
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Date: 2006-08-03
 
Channel Your Way To AdSense Profits
Placing AdSense blocks on your site is just the first step to using them effectively; get the best information about their performance by using channels.
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Date: 2006-08-03
 
AOL Opening Free 5GB Xdrive Storage
As part of the company's shift to an audience-supported model, AOL will offer all Internet users 5GB of free online storage through the Xdrive service it purchased in August 2005.
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Date: 2006-08-03
 
Cutts Less Kidnapped, More Video-y
Google's Matt Cutts continues his SEO video tutorials, which began over the weekend, adding six more short segments. Apparently the first three were a hit.
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Date: 2006-08-03
 
Google Radio Ads Could Get Personal
On his way to a hot date, Joe Goodguy flips on his satellite radio. A voice comes over the car speakers, "that's what you're wearing?" Joe eyeballs his "good shirt" and second-guesses. Voice: "The Shirts Chicks Dig store is two lights ahead."
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Date: 2006-08-03
 
ReallyReady Really Better Than Ready.gov
The Department of Homeland Security developed the Ready.gov website as a disaster preparedness information point of presence; one member of the Federation of American Scientists initiated a challenge to improve on the Department's work.
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Date: 2006-08-03
 
Yahoo Yodels With New Blog
The Yodel Anecdotal site, debuting as "yet another self-serving corporate blog," will offer an inside look at life within Yahoo.
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Date: 2006-08-02
 
Windows Live Spaces Debuts
The successor to Microsoft's MSN Spaces blogging service launched this week with an assortment of new features for its users.
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Date: 2006-08-02
 
Google, Apple Join Khronos Group
The Khronos Group, which focuses "on the creation of open standard, royalty-free APIs," has attracted some powerful new members. Google, Apple, Dell, and several other companies have joined the consortium. Khronos made the announcement at the SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition in Boston.
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Date: 2006-08-02
 
MySpace Users Are Pervs
When the MySpace masses were kicked offline due to last week's power outage, they shut down their computers and went outside for a change, right? Nope. They hit Google and started looking for skin.
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Date: 2006-08-02
 
Internet Winners and Losers
A fact of life is that there are always winners and losers. The same is true online and in computing and so far this week has been filled with them. Let's review a few of them.
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Date: 2006-08-02
 
Ask.com Gets Ready For SES 2006
When the Search Engine Strategies 2006 conference in San Jose gets under way next week, plenty of staffers from Ask.com will be on hand to give presentations.
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Date: 2006-08-02
 
Google Code Offers Midterm Reports
The Summer of Code continues at Google, which presented a midterm report on the state of the project during the recently-held OSCON 2006.
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Date: 2006-08-02
 
SEMPO Sponsoring Three SES Events
The Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization will sponsor three major networking events at this month's Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose.
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Date: 2006-08-01
 
Attensa Heats Up Its RSS Appliance
RSS technology continues to move forward in the enterprise world, and if Attensa has its way their Feed Server technology will provide the guiding hand toward greater RSS utility and usage.
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Date: 2006-08-01
 
Developer: Windows Vista Is Not Ready
High-level Microsoft executives may be in for more of what they don't want to hear. After one developer says what many were thinking, those inside Vista development fulfill their own prophecy. Vista's not ready.
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Date: 2006-08-01
 
Eons: For Life (And Death) After 50
Imagine that you're reading through your computer's "alerts" one morning. There's a Windows update available, your anniversary is in one week, and, by the way, Bob died. That last piece of information would be brought to you courtesy of Eons, a new website for people "50 plus everything."
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Date: 2006-08-01
 
IBM Unveils Email Archiving For SMBs
The CommonStore eMail Archiving Preload runs on an AMD-powered blade server and works with Exchange and LotusNotes to provide email search, storage, and management functionality.
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Date: 2006-08-01
 
Microsoft's Photosynth: "Immersive"
Microsoft has unveiled an impressive new technology, which the company described as a "unique, immersive online photo-sharing experience." A press release also bragged about how it "renders images with stunning realism and detail." I tried it, and can't argue with either assertion.
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Date: 2006-08-01
 
YouTube Did Not Beat MySpace, Not Even Close
A Guardian Unlimited story has floated around all day with the headline "YouTube overtakes MySpace," detailing how the video-sharing website had surpassed MySpace in daily global Internet visits. Unfortunately, it's flat out wrong. YouTube's not even close.
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Date: 2006-08-01
 
Ted Stevens Tries To Pull a Fast One
Senator Ted Stevens may not have a grasp on how, exactly, the Internet works, but the veteran politician could teach Congressional rookies a thing or too about getting your way in Washington. Net Neutrality supporters are hitting the phones trying to prevent Stevens from orchestrating a backdoor vote.
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Date: 2006-08-01
 
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