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Online TV Revenue To Reach $6.3 Billion
Online TV and video are arguably still in their infancy, but are set to become a strong revenue earner on a global scale. In a new report titled "Online TV and Video: Beyond User-Generated Content" from Informa Telecoms & Media, online TV and video services stand to generate global revenues of $6.3 billion by 2012. That is close to 10 times the revenue generated in 2006.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Search Overtakes Porn In The UK
It is yet determined if patterns in the UK are mirrored in the US, but Hitwise is looking into it for us. Heather Hopkins' "lofty" look into the future of the Internet revealed that, in the UK, vice online is on the decline, while search, social media, and more utilitarian Internet activities are on the rise.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Restaurant Review Site Brings Little To the Table
Another restaurant review site has launched billing itself as an online personalized review guide that will provide a smarter way to find restaurants. The site called BooRah launched at the DEMO 07 a conference for new products, technologies and companies.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
MTV And There.com Hit The Avatar Zone
Hi and welcome to the WebProNews clarification zone, where we try to unmash the mashups of media, technology, public relations, and what's really going on.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Analysts Expect Blowout GOOG Earnings
In advance of the earnings call, any bets on how high GOOG can go today on Wall Street? Analysts have high hopes, so to speak, as tipsters come rolling in with unbelievable numbers for Q4 2006.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Ogilvy Partners With Technorati
Ogilvy North America is partnering with Technorati to offer clients blogs, vlogs, videos, photos, and other online user-generated media. The hope is for their clients to better understand the blogosphere and improve in building their brands.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Hitwise: Google Takes Nearly 2/3 Of Search
It was just last May that Hitwise reported Google controlled about 47 percent of the search market. What a difference nine months make. According to Hitwise's latest numbers, as of four days ago, Google captured 63 percent this month.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Mountain Commerce Overshadows PPC
Pay-per-click advertising doesn't always smile upon budget-minded businesses; even "clean" PPC campaigns (i.e., ones that aren't plagued by click fraud) can be costly.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Google Beats Estimates: Pulls $3.21 Billion
So Google's a money making machine. We knew that already. We didn't know, though we could have predicted based on the previous two quarters, how much Google would beat estimates this time around.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Top Web Properties For December 2006
comScore Networks, a digital measuring firm has released a report on the top Web properties for December, ranked by unique visitors and who the biggest gainers were for 2006.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Google Germany Loses Rights To "Gmail"
In the U.S., "Gmail" is synonymous with "Google." It looks like things are going to play out differently in Germany, however. The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) ruled today that Google can't use the term.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
Flickr Account Merge Drives Users Mad
Although it has been long expected that Flickr users would need to switch permanently to a Yahoo ID to use the service, the fast-approaching deadline has Flickrphiles furious and competitors gleefully offering enticements for them to switch.
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Date: 2007-01-31
 
MapQuest Has Gas. Prices, That Is
Online driving direction and map finder MapQuest has added tools to help people find per-gallon prices that do the least damage to one's bank account.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Strong Online Valentine's Day Sales
With Valentine's Day two weeks away small business owners are anticipating sales online to be stronger than they are offline. A new survey from Constant Contact titled "2nd annual Small Business Valentine's Day Outlook" finds that 55 percent of small business owners anticipated strong sales in 2006 but in 2007, only 37 percent feel the same this year.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
CBS Turns Blind Eye To Super Booble
We'll not pretend TV networks have a conscience any more than we might assume a 13-year-old is actually "sorry," or that he won't go for a joyride in the new car while you're sleeping without the weighty parental finger threatening near-death if he does.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Yahoo Answers Unicef And Widgets Vista
They have long supported charitable works by their employees and users, with the latest effort combining star power and Yahoo Answers to bolster the Up Close 2007 campaign to benefit Unicef.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Apple Ordered To Pay Legal Fees For Bloggers
A California court made it clear to Apple that if the company wanted to find out who leaked details of an in-development product to bloggers, they'd actually have to do it legally. That lesson cost the company almost $700,000 in legal fee reimbursement.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
World's Oldest Newspaper Moves Online
Sweden's Post och Inrikes Tidningar, known as the worlds oldest newspaper has ended publication of its print edition and will be available only online. The paper has become more of a government bulletin and has not reported news stories for over a hundred years.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Nickelodeon Launches Virtual World For Kids
Popular children's cable network Nickelodeon is venturing into the virtual world with their launch of Nicktropolis today. The site is geared towards children 6 to 14 and allows visitors to enter a virtual world where they can play games, watch video, interact with other kids, and create their own 3D rooms.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Pre-roll Ads Could Send YouTubers Running
YouTube is Google's new big stick, but the used-to-be-a-search company better learn to walk softly or lose the droves of devoted viewers. A new poll from Harris Interactive shows that while nearly a third of YouTube users are sacrificing TV time for online video, almost three-quarters of them won't take kindly to pre-roll advertisements.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Yahoo Europe Revises Minimum Bid Pricing
It may be a cliche, but it remains true: There's no such thing as a bad sale. And one search engine company just initiated a heck of a sale - more like a permanent price cut, actually - on its minimum bid prices. Americans may want to get out their currency calculators, though, because these bargains are only available through Yahoo Europe.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Topix.net, Tribune Partner On Classifieds
Topix.net, a local search news Web site has partnered with Tribune Interactive to run their online classifieds for general merchandising advertising. The general merchandise classifieds will launch in February starting with the baltimoresun.com and will be available on all 12 Tribune Interactive sites by the end of May.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Week's Top Searches Hit Rock Bottom
So the past week of memetic searches ain't all that exciting; it's down right vanilla: political self-congratulatory lollapalooza-esque barny-fied elitism, in a vanilla nutshell. We'll call it an accounting of what's on the mind of the search world, and expect an up-tick in excitement when Paris Hilton takes it over next week, once more of the world learns of her latest indecent lapse of judgment.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Searches For Microsoft Vista Surge
Despite Microsoft's best efforts, Vista isn't yet breaking any sales records. According to some reports, the launch of the new operating system didn't even draw a midnight crowd. People are curious about Windows Vista, though - data from Hitwise reveals that searches for the term are up 53%.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Vista Searches Hit Microsoft And Wikipedia
Searching the Net to find out more about Microsoft's oft-delayed, finally-arriving operating system, Vista, sends people where they want to go today; Vista's creator tops the list, followed by Wikipedia.
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Date: 2007-01-30
 
Virtual Property Auctions Nixed By eBay
Since the dawn of EverQuest, the godfather of Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (MMORPGs), companies have turned a tidy profit from selling virtual items and currency that only exist within the game in exchange for real life cash.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Internet Searches Valuable To Consumers
Marketers are becoming more willing to explore non-traditional advertising methods including word-of-mouth in order to capitalize on ROI. A new report from Bigresearch, "Simultaneous Media Study" examines the issue.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
eBay Needs To Extend Auction Endings
I've ranted a few times in the past about auction sniping, the practice of bidders using software to hop in at the last second and snag an item at a price below what other bidders may be willing to pay in open bidding.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Wikipedia Goes On Trial?
Professors at most major universities frown upon research papers that cite Wikipedia as a resource, given the socially driven nature of the site. The United States judicial system, however, seems to believe that using Wikipedia as a reference in court rulings is a good idea.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Lessons In Linking With Robert Scoble
The fastest way to anger the collective hive-mind that is the blogosphere is not to link to it. The second fastest way to anger the blogosphere is to accuse others of not linking to it. The lesson there is that not linking is the unpardonable sin, and PodTech.net's Robert Scoble stepped forward over the weekend to throw the first stone.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Web Site Wants You To Sing To Find Song
Have you ever had a familiar song stuck in your head but were unable to remember the title? There is a new search system that wants to help users identify those elusive songs and reduce the frustration that is involved.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Sydney Shot Down By Google Flyover
Disappointment reigned through the Sydney area, as Google's scheduled flyover for photographing the Australian city had to be altered to suit aviation requirements.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Microsoft Backs Off BlueJ Patent Claim
A useful piece of functionality in Visual Studio had been incorporated into the product without attribution to its creator, Michael Kölling of the University of Kent. Microsoft then submitted a patent application for the tool, which they have reasonably withdrawn.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Nintendo Launches Wii News Channel
Besides television, radio, Internet and newspapers where do you get your news? Would you consider using a game console to receive your news? That's what Nintendo and the Associated Press are hoping.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
U.S. Government Seizes Yahoo User Records
The United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) department issued a warrant last week for a particular user's information in connection with a series of money laundering scams.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
LinkedIn Gets "HookedUp" With $13 Million
LinkedIn has been done pretty well for itself; over 9 million "experienced professionals" have joined the online network, and a value of about $250 million was placed on the company. It's surprising, then, that LinkedIn recently went to the trouble of collecting $12.8 million more in a round of financing.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Citigroup Buys Online Egg Bank
Citigroup announced today that it has reached an agreement to purchase UK based Egg Banking (Egg) the largest online bank in the world. Citigroup is buying the company from Prudential PLC for $1.13 billion in cash for the bank. The deal is on track to be completed by the end of April.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Half Of E-Gift Certificates Distrusted
Wish-lists and e-gift certificates are necessities for sites that sell goods online. But usability flaws are potentially limiting their reach as the online marketplace swells. It doesn't help that a large portion of the population may not have psychologically accepted them, nor does it help that an emailed gift certificate has a high likelihood of being marked as a phishing attempt.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Google Leans On "Old" Blogger Users
Some people are creatures of habit; others are just the tiniest bit afraid of new things. Those who use old versions of Google's Blogger may soon have to embrace some changes, though - Google is going to start, in an entirely non-evil way, forcing them to switch to the new version.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Local Publishers Can Hold Against Craigslist
Somewhere at the top of the Silicon Valley, Craigslist has upset the status quo of publishing; only the most dedicated websites can survive the hazardous venture into the Valley and face down the Colonel Kurtz of online classifieds.
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Date: 2007-01-29
 
Google To Create Its Own Virtual World?
Google Earth has become a very popular application among users wanting to explore various parts of the glob via satellite imagery. Rumors are now circulation that Google is looking to take its technology a step further and implement facets of Google Earth in a project aimed a creating a virtual environment, much like that of Second Life.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Amazon Launches Amapedia
Integrating user-generated submissions with existing content is one of the hottest new trends these days, mostly thanks to the success of Wikipedia. Now Amazon is jumping on the bandwagon with its launch of Amapedia; a wiki intended to serve as a companion to its extensive product catalog.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
MySpace Popular With Mobile Users
Social networking sites are the primary force driving US and UK mobile phone users to upload content to a variety of Web sites.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Videopinion: Yahoo Exposes Itself Sundancing
Well, that's a better title than "Sunning Your Yahoo At the Dance" right? On to business. Yahoo is adding two new channels to its video platform: the Sundance Channel for the latest outrage over creepy Dakota Fanning scenes; and Expo TV, a consumer-generated product review channel featuring "videopinions."
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Opera Mini Has A Ninjarific Birthday
The adoption of web browsing on mobile devices has helped Opera Mini enjoy a successful first year in and out of the pockets of people around the world.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
FTC Pushes 'Stop' On Free CD Scam
The Federal Trade Commission put the kibosh on Think All Publishing for alleged deceptive online marketing and billing practices. A US Magistrate judge recommended an injunction against the company to pull the reins on its "Free Software CD" Internet scam, and ordered the company's assets frozen.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Shop.com Has Record Year
Shop.com, a multi-merchant ecommererce site reached 100 percent growth in revenue year over year in 2006. The company also had a record level of traffic in December with 7.5 million unique visitors according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
The Top Time-Suckers On The Web
The pageview's not dead, just weaker. There will be certain types of sites where those numbers matter - especially textual sites. But increasingly, as video and interactivity thrive, it is time spent per user rather than pages viewed that gets the attention of marketers. This is more of a TV model than a billboard one.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Wikipedia, YouTube Become Top Brands
For the second straight year, Google tops the list of worldwide brands in BrandChannel's annual survey. The surprise, however, is the surging popularity of YouTube and Wikipedia, with both claiming spots in the top 5 rankings for the first time.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Salesgenie Hopes To Score With Super Bowl Ad
Database services firm infoUSA will run a commercial for its Salesgenie.com service during Super Bowl XLI, which will be broadcast on Sunday, February 4 on CBS. The ad will air during the first half of the game and will be a 30 second spot.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Microsoft's Cool With Third Place
The good news for Microsoft is that the company pulled in something like $12.5 billion last quarter. The bad news is most of that didn't come from search, and the company expects less of its revenue to come from search in the near future.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Google Book Search, Google Maps Team Up
It's an all-too-common problem: you're reading War and Peace when the name "Vyzama" stops you dead in your tracks; you simply can't continue with the novel until you know where this Russian town is located. Google Book Search and Google Maps are now teaming up to render such problems obsolete.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Record Labels Balk At Ad-Driven Downloads
Earlier this week, Baidu announced a partnership with EMI to bring streaming music to Chinese users by implementing an advertising supported free digital music network. There are other companies eager to take this sort of approach, but the major record labels are reluctant to embrace such practices.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Email Experience Council On Image Rendering
A new study by the Email Experience Council says that images and links in emails are often not visible because of email reader restrictions and coding errors. The EEC Rendering Report examined 1,000 emails from business-to consumer and business-to business to find out the renderability of the messages.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Page, Brin Chat About Google At The WEF
The World Economic Forum draws a lot of powerful people, and this year, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were in attendance. The guys took a short break from deciding the Earth's fate, though, to discuss their little search engine company.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Can't Fix Stupid, But Congress Will Try
First let's echo Ron White when he says, "you can't fix stupid." Now that we agree on that, let's also doubt that imposing stiffer penalties on those stupid enough to post video evidence on YouTube of themselves committing a crime won't really act as a deterrent. Because, again, you can't fix stupid.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
Semel "Laser-Focused" On Search Business
Yahoo ended its fiscal year by announcing an early arrival for its Panama search advertising platform, and CEO Terry Semel thinks it will help their overall search business.
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Date: 2007-01-26
 
AOL Wants To Play Show & Tell
America Online has announced the arrival of it's "Show Me" website, a user-generated forum geared at providing a means of self-help for visitor in any number of various topics.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
New Google Penalty Revealed, And It Sucks
The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. Like jilted lovers, webmasters jettisoned into the sandbox, hit with the -30 penalty, or even the -950 death kiss, like to wag an accusatory finger at Google. But, some SEO experts are saying, there is a whole other penalty webmasters are often unaware of - a penalty that says "it's not me, it's you."
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Google Reveals More About YouTube Plans
Back in October, Google purchased YouTube amid a frenzy of media coverage and speculation about how the search company would implement the user-generated video site into its everyday operations. In a statement today, Google shed some more light onto its long-term plans for YouTube.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Social Media Too Sweet For Websites
There's a reason why every single news article you read today, whether at the New York Times or on an individual blog, has one or more links to submit that article to a social media service - the publisher wants the massive traffic a Digg or a Reddit can deliver.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
"MySpace" Most Searched Term In 2006
The top search term for all of 2006 was MySpace according to online research and measurement firm Hitwise. MySpace related search terms had five spots in the top 10 across all categories. EBay and Yahoo held the number 3 and 4 spots respectively.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Ask Gets Smart For Children
Ask.com has added something new to their Smart Answer collection by making the International Children's Digital Library available as a top-of-page resource for children's literature-related queries.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Spending On Mobile Music To Reach $32 Billion
Consumers have a variety of choices when it comes to listening to music. Satellite and broadcast along with online radio, CDs and downloads. Mobile phone handsets and mobile music are emerging to become an important channel.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Search Engines, Quit Worrying About Google
Research performed at The Wharton School suggested a 'Myth of Market Share' may compel companies to focus way too much attention at eroding the market share of competitors.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Social Media: Is It Viral, Or Just A Virus?
Much praise and adoration has been lauded on the alleged marketing and inbound link potential that social media sites, Digg in particular, present to companies looking to increase their incoming traffic and search rankings.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Consumers Downloading More Films
Americans romance with Hollywood is slowly moving from the silver screen to the small screen. As the movie industry gains ground through Internet distribution a new study finds consumers becoming more comfortable with downloading films.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Google And Intel Kiss, Make Up
Intel has finally won Google back, and the Santa Clara-based company will now resume selling servers to the search engine giant. Reports indicate that Intel had to pull out all the stops to earn Google's business, though; to be more exact, Intel produced some custom equipment.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Hillary Traffic Doubles Obama Traffic
Okay, so I may have been wrong when I said Hillary Clinton wasn't as popular as some gym socks. That was based on a completely unscientific straw poll of every sensible person I know. Hitwise has data, though, that suggests otherwise. Traffic to Hillary's website after her big announcement trounced Barack Obama's website traffic.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
AOL And Students Go Exploring
AOL has partnered for a second time with Quest Network's Blue Zones to allow kids to explore the longest living people in Costa Rica. The first expedition explored the healthy lifestyles of people living in Okinawa, Japan. KOL, AOL's kids service will be involved in KOL Blue Zones Expedition an educational project that will allow students to participate in directing a team of scientists, explorers and journalists as they explore places where people live the longest.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Microsoft Achieves Record Revenue
Microsoft, on the precipice of launching Vista to the public, released record revenue reports today of $12.54 billion for the last quarter of 2006, which figured to be a 6% increase over the same period of the prior year.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
AdSense Gains Ad Placement, Other Features
Google AdSense appears to be eyeing a few new features, and - if you're lucky - you may be able to take a look at them, too. An "Ad Placement" tab has become available to all users, while "My Publishers" and "Message Inbox" are still in a limited release phase of testing.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Fox Presses YouTube To Reveal Pirate
What's scarier than a Rosie O'Donnell pole dance? How about Rupert Murdoch with a subpoena? Twentieth Century Fox will test Google's privacy resolve in much the same way the federal government did this time last year by demanding a YouTube user who uploaded entire Fox TV shows be identified.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Yahoo HotJobs Frozen Out Of Canada
A partnership with Workopolis will put Hotjobs on the sidelines in Canada while giving Yahoo listings from the dominant job board in the Great White North.
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Date: 2007-01-25
 
Microsoft Unveils New Tools For The Disabled
Microsoft, along with assistive technology (AT) vendors, has announced a whole slew of products and services for people with disabilities at the eighth annual Assistive Technology Industry Association conference.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Baidu & EMI To Offer Streaming Music
Baidu and EMI Music have agreed on a deal to launch an ad-supported streaming music service to Chinese users. Under the terms of the deal, Baidu will set up a page entitled the "EMI Music Zone" as part of its music search channel.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Brightcove And Medialink Online Video Venture
Medialink, a producer and distributor of short form video and audio has announced it will use Brightcove Internet TV to distribute video content to its clients on the Web. The content produced by Medialink will contain source disclosure and contact details for users to learn more about products and services featured in the video clips.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Windows Vista Incompatible With Korea?
On January 31, Windows Vista will hit the shelves in Korea. Microsoft's latest operating system, however, may leave many Korean users unable to reach many of their favorite web destinations.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Simply Hired Links Blogs To Jobs
The release of the Job-a-matic tool will give bloggers and website publishers the option to add job listings to their sites, and to profit from them too.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
SEO Vs. The Microniche
Part of competing on the Internet is finding a niche and crawling into it. It's not a small town game where you may be one of two vendors - it's a sea of would-be competitors. Many have found reasonable success with so-called "microniches," partially because narrowly targeted products and services rank well in search. But does the microniche provide a get-out-of-SEO-free card? SEO experts say it doesn't.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
AP To Wire Libby Bloggers To Readers
As a pair of bloggers take their media seats in the highly visible Scooter Libby trial in a Washington federal courtroom, it has been learned that the Associated Press will carry the bloggers' trial coverage.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
WhitePages.com Searching For You
WhitePages.com has launched a new people search application that will allow users to find information they need on a specific individual. The search will now include Web results from providers and an email database of verified addresses.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Um, It's Gone, Vint Cerf Did It
Surprising news comes from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); they have removed the top-level domain .um, for United States "minor outlying islands," from the list of available domains.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Super Sunday Ad Poll By AOL
AOL announced today that it would be hosting the 5th Annual Super Sunday Ad Poll. Fans will be to watch, vote and share their favorite Super Bowl commercials at AOL Sports. The ad poll will start after kick-off and the winning commercial will be revealed on Monday after the game.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Bidding On Top Ad Spot A Waste of Money?
All sponsored search listings are created equal, or so decrees Brandt Dainow, CEO of ThinkMetrics and Internet ad veteran, after reviewing click-through trends over the past three years. In a nutshell, you can start saving money by not bidding on that top spot. Others, like Enquiro's Gord Hotchkiss, aren't convinced.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Wikigate '07 - Much Ado About Nothing
The informational integrity of Wikipedia has long been debated throughout the ranks of academia, business communities, and the like. While some cynicism can be lent to the validity of the online reference guide's volume of information, today's blogosphere explosion may represent a bit of an overreaction.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Google Images Cleans Up Its Act
Google Image Search has undergone a mild facelift, and the search results page is no longer cluttered with text about pictures' dimensions, file sizes, and url sources. That information is less than a mouse click away, however - positioning your cursor over an image will cause all of the info to appear in a familiar blue box.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
China To Have The Largest Internet Population
China is on pace to surpass the number of Internet users in the U.S. Last year the country had a 23 percent increase in Internet users brining the total to 137 million.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Immortal Computing Is A Little Creepy, Microsoft
In my grandparent's basement, on the wall, there are pictures of ugly, frowning people, relatives of mine, in that ghostly, milky sepia coloring all those 19th Century photos have. They're dead, those people, and some part of them is part of me - but if they had ever spoken to me through those dusty frames (and I imagined they did), Great Great Grandfather would be dead twice, his second life smashed on the mantle.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Wikio Receives $5.3 Million In Funding
Wikio, which is basically a European version of Digg (more on that later), just received a considerable amount of funding to continue its growth. Reports indicate that Lightspeed Venture Partners and Gemini Israel Funds have endowed the company with $5.3 million.
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Date: 2007-01-24
 
Performancing Partners Crashes Out
The blog advertising network operated by Performancing will shut down by the end of January, with lack of funds for investment cited as the cause.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Germany, France Join Crusade Against iTunes
Consumer groups from France and Germany have joined a European coalition aimed at forcing Apple to make files downloaded from its iTunes music store compatible with digital music players manufactured by competing companies.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
IBM Becomes More Socially Inclined
Social networking has become one of the most buzz-worthy news terms in recent memory as the concept as spread at a viral rate throughout the realms of marketing and eCommerce, respectively.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Online Music Sales Reached $2 Billion In 2006
Digital music sales in 2006 doubled over the previous year. As did the number of songs made available online. Record labels have become somewhat more comfortable as they continue to try and find the right combination of distribution models along with digital music products.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
SEMPO Opens Online Institute For Marketers
People who have an interest in search marketing can learn or refine their skills over the Internet as the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization launches its training arm, SEMPO Institute.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
BBC To Launch Virtual World For Children
The BBC has plans to launch an online virtual world geared toward children. The site will be for 7-12 year olds and allow users to go online and explore content that will feature animation, games, music, and videos.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Brewer Hopes To Be The King Of Video Content
Anheuser-Busch has announced it will launch a new online entertainment network on February 4, Super Bowl Sunday called Bud.TV The site will feature content similar to late night TV. They have also teamed with Aristotle Inc., based in Washington, D.C. to implement an age verificication system for the online network.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
A Little Blog Buzz Goes A Long Way For Artist
Nina Sachie Matsumoto, better known as "SpaceCoyote" on the Net, knows full well the power of Internet buzz. A Japanese manga-style rendering of "The Simpsons" traveled from social networks to office bulletin boards to the desk of Matt Groening himself, who just happens to be her hero, who just happens to be her newest boss.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Want Offline Sales? Place Product Info Online
Brick-and-mortar commerce has a powerful ally in the Internet, as many people research a potential purchase online first before heading to a local business to buy.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Podcasting Trends of 2006
PodZinger has published the results of a study, revealing the top searches and trends on its site for 2006. The statistics showed that sports, talk personalities and world news topped audio search, while current events and pop culture accounted for the majority of online video searches.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Mr. Softie Continues To Shed Search Share
Out of the top 10 most-searched search engines ranked by Nielsen//NetRatings, only one had negative growth in December. Can you guess which one? Here's a hint: it starts with M, ends in N, has an S in the middle, and is down in search market share almost another 10 percent.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Lycos, PlayPhone Offer Up Mobile Content
Lycos has announced the launch of its new mobile marketplace. PlayPhone, Inc., a company that specializes in direct-to-consumer wireless distribution, will power the online store.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Searchers Say: 'The iPod Is So 2006'
Remember all that caterwauling outside of MacWorld a couple of weeks ago? The ecstatic throngs seizing up and falling to the floor upon sight of the iPhone, bringing back memories of Michael Jackson tours in the Eighties where girls would cry themselves into comas? Yeah, well, if searches for the term "iPhone" are any indication, expect that mass market hysteria to continue.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Google.de Slips Its Leash
Google users in Germany got a surprise on Tuesday morning when, for a brief period, the search engine company seemed to have lost ownership of its home page. Google is now back in charge of Google.de, though, and all is well with the search engine company's world.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
MySpace Looks To Dethrone 'Spam King'
MySpace has filed a federal lawsuit against well-known spammer, Scott Richter also known as the "Spam King" for the reputation he has earned. The suit filed in the Central District of California, says Richter's companies OptInRealBig, CPA Empire and Media Breakaway are responsible for millions of MySpace bulletins being sent through its system between July and December of last year.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Google Sprinkles Seedfund With Cash
Google's made one more step into India, but it's done so in an uncharacteristically quiet manner. Rather than buy out another company, or at least throw up a new research center, the search engine giant merely contributed an "undisclosed amount" to a seed investment firm known as Seedfund.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Top Search Gainers Are Idol-licious
This week's Zeitgeist, Google's list of top search gainers, is a mix of homage and pop culture, as the searching populace remembers past leaders and ailing crooners while keeping up with current events.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
Yahoo Ranking Model Scoring In February
Project Panama receives its formal entrance to the commercial market on February 5th, providing a new ranking model for search marketing.
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Date: 2007-01-23
 
SEO-No! Wikipedia Nofollows Outbound Links
If using a well-made Wikipedia entry to boost a site's PageRank has been part of your search optimization strategy, you will have to cross that tactic off the list.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Online Retailers And Transactional Email
As the number of consumers shopping online continues to grow, more marketers are becoming interested in transactional emails.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Japan Reconsiders Copyright Law For Search
The Japanese government plans to amend existing copyright laws to make allowances for search engine indexing, according to Japan Today.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Lotus Makes The Collaboration Play
Information overload has led to communication being a chore in the workplace, but IBM thinks its latest goodies from the Lotus division will make work time more like play time.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Online Video And The Consumer
Thirty-seven percent of consumers with high-speed Internet access are interested in watching TV online in either short or long form according to a new report from Jupiter Research, "Programming for the Three Screens".
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Europeans Buying More Online
Europeans are spending more time online and many are shopping online as well. Since they are spending more time online they are also purchasing more items.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
BBC, Google Video Near Deal
Want to find an old Monty Python clip? Or watch a Mr. Bean sketch? Odds are that you can do so at Google Video, even though the BBC never gave its permission. This story isn't about some impending lawsuit, though - reports indicate that "the Beeb" wants to strike a deal with Google and make even more content available.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Google, Yahoo, MS Devising Code of Conduct
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Vodafone quietly disclosed they were working together with human rights organizations, investors and legal experts to develop a code of conduct for technology companies to help protect online free speech and privacy. The move is likely in response to proposed legislation that would be much more restrictive.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Sydney Prepares For Its Google Close-Up
In their existence, Google Maps and Google Earth have displayed quite a few odd images. Prepare to see a lot more, courtesy of the citizens of Sydney, Australia. Google is going to take some new pictures of the area, and the search engine company has not only given the public a heads up - it's encouraged them to put on a show for the cameras.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Pay $3 And Keep A Cheap Fare
Farecast has dropped the price of its new Fare Guard service from $9.95 to $3, but the change only lasts until February 1st.
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Date: 2007-01-22
 
Yahoo Launches Personal Finance Website
Seeking to increase its already sizeable lead as the Internet's leading financial portal, Yahoo has launched a new addition to its Finance site, which is geared at helping users make more informed decisions concerning their personal finances.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
CareerBuilder Launches New site
If you work in a stressful environment and feel like your job is driving you closer to old age and death there is a new site that may be of interest.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Google To Sell TV Time Online?
The Internet, magazines, newspapers, mobile phones, radio, and recently, maybe even billboards. But is Google going to top all those media this year by working with CBS to set up an online auction for TV advertising spots? Reports conflict, and Google, as usual, will not "comment on rumor or speculation."
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
USA.gov Flags Down FirstGov.gov
The former name of the US Government's information portal has been mercifully replaced with the domain name USA.gov and a Spanish-language counterpart, GobiernoUSA.gov.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
MSN adCenter Showcases New SEM Offerings
In the face of recurrent search losses, this week Microsoft showed off what its much-touted adCenter Labs has been working on. At Demo Fest in Redmond, Mr. Softie showcased what the company called "breakthrough digital tools" focused on improving keyword and content technologies, ad selection and relevance, audience intelligence, social networking, video, platforms, and devices.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Google Unbound And Free Online Books
Google wants publishers and authors not to fear giving away electronic books online saying that it will ultimately lead to more book sales. At the Google Unbound conference yesterday at the New York Public Library the focus was the marketing potential of offering free books online.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Perspectives on Google Reader
Hitwise is reporting that Google Reader is still lagging pretty far behind both Bloglines and Rojo in terms of market share, despite much love from tech writers throughout the blogosphere.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
adCenter Unveils Video Ad Technology
In addition to some new search/keyword technologies, Microsoft also took the lid off of some interesting new online video ad technology developed by adCenter Labs. These developments could easily expand advertising options beyond pre-roll and post-roll spots.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Online Research Influences Offline Sales
Online browsing and research will increase offline retail sales by 12 percent over the next five years according to JupiterResearch. In their new report, "U.S. Online Retail Forecast, 2006-2011" growth of offline sales will reach 40 percent of total U.S. retail sales.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
New Data Center for Google
Google has announced plans to open a new data center in Lenoir, N.C., according to state officials. Local residents hope that Google's presence in the region will boost the local economy and spur job growth.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Google's Latest Hotspot: Librarian Central
Google wants to speak - presumably using an "inside voice" - with librarians. To facilitate this, the search engine company has launched the Librarian Central blog. And while some of us might just accept that information and move on, there have been some surprisingly strong reactions to the development.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Kellogg, Yahoo, And The Glass Teat
When Kellogg pulled a Pontiac and told TV viewers to search for its Special K brand cereal on Yahoo!, Hitwise wondered if people really were the sheep Kellogg hoped they'd be. A line graph later, sure enough, people generally do what they're told, as long as it's on TV.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Senate Rejects Blogging Bill
The U.S. Senate has shot down a proposal that would have required some political bloggers to register as lobbyists or face prison time for up to 10 years. The Senate approved an amendment that removed the section that would have required some bloggers to be regulated.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Yahoo Releases School Search Service
Yahoo's unveiled a new search tool that may prove extremely valuable to parents. Created in conjunction with GreatSchools.net, the service allows users to search for elementary, middle, and high schools within a particular city or zip code. The tool then provides fairly detailed reports on the schools it finds.
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
Outsourcing a Digg Army
This is probably a non-starter, but it's fun to think about. It's well known among the most ardent click fraud combatants that there are armies of low-paid workers in the world that are paid to do nothing but click on ads all day - in India, Vietnam, Thailand, and others. But what if the pay-per-digg model was expanded by some crafty, unethical, profiteer through outsourcing?
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Date: 2007-01-19
 
AdSense Changes To Thwart Competitors
Google now says that sites displaying AdSense or Google search boxes may not display other ads or services using the same layouts and colors as the Google products. That applies to all ads an AdSense member might have displayed anywhere on his website.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
Brady Creates Search Buzz After Playoff Win
The New England Patriots pulled off an improbable upset by defeating the top seeded San Diego Chargers last Sunday in an AFC Divisional Playoff showdown. Coming off the victory, Patriot quarterback Tom Brady is enjoying a newfound surge in popularity according to the Yahoo Buzz Log.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
Google Phone To Challenge Apple iPhone?
Engadget is reporting that they have received information from an inside source with product information about the near-mythical Google branded cellular phone, which has been the topic of much speculation over recent months.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
Joyner, Waas To Blog Libby Trial
The first two credentialed bloggers to gain access to a federal trial should begin their blogging next week, after Media Bloggers Association president Robert Cox wraps up his voir dire (jury selection) coverage.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
European Online Advertising To Grow
Online advertising in Europe has been seen as minimal. A new report suggests that the online ad market in Europe will see significant growth over the next three years.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
Google To Announce 4Q Results
Google will announce the company's fourth quarter 2006 results during a conference call on Wednesday, January 31, the company reported.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
MIVA Skates InLine With Ad Solution
The newly launched MIVA Monetization Center offers a self-service method of enabling web publishers to add content and search ads to their sites; the product also offers pay per click InLine ads connected to specific keywords in a page's text.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
Internet Important To American Voters
The number of Americans who used the Internet as their main source of news about the 2006 mid-term election slightly more than doubled over the 2002 mid-term election. A new report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project called "Election 2006 Online" said that 15 percent of Americans used the Internet as their primary source of information about the 2006 election. That was an 8 percent increase since 2002.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
SEMPO Brings SEM Survey to Europe
The Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) is a group focused on better understanding the role of search in the marketing landscape, as well as developing best practices for search engine marketing professionals employed throughout the industry.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
Yahoo Answers Gaining Star Power
If you're a regular contributor to Yahoo's Q&A portal, you might find that the company has added some additional features to the service. The latest additions give Yahoo Answers a social networking flare that could propel it into contention with other user submission portals, such as Digg.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
Malls Should Make Ready For Google Billboards
Google is a very powerful Internet company, but it's still, for the most part, just an Internet company; consumers aren't very likely to encounter the search engine and advertising giant unless they're near a computer. That may change, though, given some recent patents that relate to digital billboard technology.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
EBay Focuses On Security
Because of online scammers, executives at eBay are shifting their focus to security in hopes to improve buyer and seller experience as well as protect the company's reputation.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
LG Drops iPhone Competitor, Web Yawns
Seoul, Korea-based LG Electronics was noticeably quiet last week when Apple revealed iPhone to the world. Bloggers had noted a mystery touch-screen phone produced by LG that was strikingly similar a month ago. LG announced the KE850 Prada today, but don't expect to see it in the US.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
UK Hangs Search Engines Out To Dry
Search engine companies are out of luck, at least for the time being; the British government has announced that it will not support "a change to the UK E-commerce Regulations which would give greater legal protection to search engines and other intermediaries." A European Commission review will decide the matter instead.
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Date: 2007-01-18
 
MySpace Develops Parental Monitoring Software
In recent times, MySpace and sexual predators have become closely associated terms in the minds of parents and lawmakers across the nation. The social networking site is currently developing software designed to allow parents to more closely monitor their children's MySpace activities.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
The Beatles And Apple Come Together ?
It seems that The Beatles and Apple have finally struck a deal to make the groups songs available on iTunes. The buzz about the deal is being widely reported though no official announcement has been made. A fan site called Abbey Road Best sites a source that says a deal has been reached but as of now it's unofficial.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Google XSS Flaw Patched
Two things we've learned: Google is quick about patching security flaws; we can expect that as Google increases its dominance on the Web, it will become a bigger target for hackers.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Getting Started in Business Podcasting
Podcasting is quickly becoming one of the preferred platforms in which to distribute content to large numbers of individuals in short order. With the ability to reach such a massive audience, podcasting presents a unique and potentially explosive opportunity for businesses to market their products and services to an already plugged-in audience.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Insurgents Use Google Earth To Target British
During a raid on Iraqi insurgents, British Army intelligence made a chilling discovery. Insurgents were using Google Earth to locate soft targets at British bases in Basra.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Got Issues? Yahoo Wants The Video
Yahoo and the Film Your Issue website are jointly promoting the "Issue Film" competition to highlight the concerns of young adults over topical issues.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Spam And Viruses Continue To Grow
The problem of spam continues to be a major annoyance for many. Over the past two years the amount of spam has increased. According to Postini, a communications security firm they blocked more than 25 million spam messages in December. This was a 144 percent increase from December 2005 to December 2006.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Digg Love Is Not A Right
Within the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that citizens should have rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No one owes you a spot on the front page of Digg.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Microsoft & Nortel Unveil BizCom Roadmap
Last July, Microsoft and Nortel announced a strategic partnership in order to develop innovative methods of business communication by focusing on integrating voice, e-mail, instant messaging, multimedia conferencing and other forms of communication.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Blogs Increase Online Newspapers Traffic
Blogs have given the nations top 10 newspaper sites a much-needed increase in traffic. Over the past year Web traffic to the blog pages of the top 10 online newspapers grew 210 percent. Over all the unique audience growth has increased by 9 percent in the past year. Unique visitors to blog pages accounted for 13 percent of Web traffic in December 2006. That's up 9 percentage points from 4 percent in December 2005.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Obama Channel Comes To Brightcove
Many are expecting 2008 to be the year of the YouTube presidency, with candidates using every effective communication tool at their disposal. Senator Barack Obama, who likes to pretend he may not run for president, is taking the video-sharing helm by setting up the Obama Channel at Brightcove.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Rumors Swirling Around Apple's Fairplay DRM
Tech.co.uk is reporting that Apple will announce this week that it is opening up it's Fairplay DRM so that it may be licensed by device manufacturers who are members of the "Made for iPod" group of manufacturers.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Google Checkout Promo A Cause For Concern?
Google Checkout appears to be branching out, and not everyone is happy about it. Google purists are annoyed that product information is taking up an increasing amount of space on the main results page; other observers are concerned that the search engine company is no longer being fair to competitors.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Web Site Competes For Textbook Market
Buying and selling college textbooks was probably my least favorite part of my collegiate experience. I always had the feeling that I was being royally ripped off on both ends of the deal. Both the purchase and the buy back of textbooks seemed shady. Knowing that you were probably paying too much and that when you went to sell the book back you would be lucky to get a fraction if anything for what you paid.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Yahoo Responds To "Wired" Slams
An article titled "How Yahoo Blew It" has been making the rounds, and although similar stories appear every day, this one had a bit of heft: it appeared in Wired. Yahoo is now firing back - or, to be more accurate, politely responding.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
Live Search Clicks For The Cause
Using Microsoft's 'Click for the Cause' Live Search site will help generate donations to NineMillion.org, the United Nations' child refugee organization.
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Date: 2007-01-17
 
WikiSeek Dives Into Wikipedia
It's a little confusing around Wikipedia these days. You can search Wikipedia from within Wikipedia, or seek data from Wikipedia from WikiSeek. Eventually there will be another Wikipedia search from Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales and company, but everyone who thinks it will be called Wikiasari is mistaken because that's a different project entirely and not the Search Wikia that Wales is developing.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Searching Through The CIA
The Freedom of Information Act has enabled many people to request previously classified documents from federal agencies. Few agencies elicit as much interest from individuals as does the Central Intelligence Agency.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Netflix to Offer Streaming Movie Content
Reports that have touted the eminent demise of Netflix may be a bit premature, especially now that the company has announced plans to offer downloadable movies for no additional fee as part of its standard membership package.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Is Joost The Answer For Internet TV ?
The Creators behind the Venice Project have officially announced a name for their new online video service. Joost will be the name for the company that promises to revolutionize the way Internet television is watched. They are still in private beta testing and offer invitation only visits to their site.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Online Gambling to Get a Second Life?
Second Life presents its residents with many unique opportunities for social interaction, commerce, and entertainment. Could virtual gambling be the next "feature" to be offered in Linden's online world? If so, what would the offline legal ramifications look like?
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Google, Yahoo Get December Search Boost
The rich got richer during the big holiday month of December, as Google and Yahoo gained in comScore's search engine rankings while the competition gave ground.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
YouTube Vs. Gandhi In Death Match
A New York-based clown-turned-stand-up-comedian-slash-yoga-mime posted a video of himself on YouTube impersonating Gandhi doing a pole dance. Stop laughing. India doesn't think it's funny, and the government has threatened to take action against YouTube if the video isn't removed.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Online Advertisers Should Consider Smaller Sites
Online advertisers should be open to placing their ads on smaller sites and not always focus on large sites according to new research from Media-Screen. The "Net pop| Response" study found that small long-tail Web sites are valuable to consumers and online advertisers.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
TMZ.com Makes Move To TV
The popular online entertainment celebrity site TMZ.com will soon be a daily television show starting in the fall. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and the Fox Owned Television Stations have joined together for the multi-year deal. The show will simply be called TMZ.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Google Cuts Ties With Competitors' Maps
When one company is in competition with another, it usually won't point consumers towards the competitor's products. Sure, it happens - some corporations believe that they shine in comparison tests - but it's fairly rare. The practice just became even more unusual, as Google ceased to promote MapQuest and Yahoo Maps on its main results page.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
AIM & GoogleTalk Edge Closer to Interoperability
Plans to develop technology that would allow users of AIM and GoogleTalk to communicate with each other were originally announced in December of 2005, and have yet to provide any tangible results.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Nielsen: Brits Addicted To Online Poker
The British are betting. They're betting a lot, says Nielsen//NetRatings. Measuring British use of online applications, the analytics company credited broadband for the rise of "addictive" activities. Online poker was the application of choice.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
The Next Step For Online Video Sites
User generated online video made up 47 percent of the total online video market in the US in 2006. By 2010 over half of all video content viewed online in the US will be user generated.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Baidu, EMI Partner, Launch Music Service
A search engine will soon provide its users with free music, but before you get too excited, know that the tunes are mostly Chinese in origin. And even fans of Asian music shouldn't get too worked up, because the initial offering will be a streaming service (as opposed to a download service). Nonetheless, any and all thanks should be directed to Baidu and EMI.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Kosmix, Healthline Had Death Cap Cure
Our earlier story about a doctor in California who turned to Google Scholar to find a treatment for death cap mushroom poisoning has an interesting coda: he wasted too much time on the Big G.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Obama Versus Clinton - The Net Battle
Freshman Senator or former First Lady, that could be the choice Democratic primary voters face when selecting a Presidential nominee for the 2008 election. Tendencies of their demographics have begun to emerge on the Internet.
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Date: 2007-01-16
 
Israeli PM Gets The Google Bomb
Prime Minister Ehud Ohmert learned that the benevolence of Google can rapidly sour if one's critics emulate their politically charged American counterparts and tag one's name with a less-than-flattering phrase.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
AOL Looks to Acquire TradeDoubler
Early Monday, Time Warner announced plans to purchase TradeDoubler, a European provider of online marketing and sales services. The deal, which has yet to be finalized, is reported to cost the company around $900 million.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
Napster To Take Over AOL Music Now
AOL and Napster announced Friday that Napster will become the exclusive music subscription provider for AOL Music. The two companies will partner to migrate approximately 350,000 paid subscribers of the Music Now service to Napster's digital music subscription service.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
Alan Cox Files DRM Patent
Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology is a method of content protection that can limit the use of content to specific platforms, devices or other such methods as deemed by the content manufacturer. The practice has been widely scrutinized as of late, specifically in terms of digital music.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
First HD-DVD On BitTorrent, MPAA Trembles
The first HD-DVD movie has finally found its way into the hallowed halls of BitTorrent. The move could be the first small pebble that starts an avalanche of HD-DVD content to be ripped, released, and scorned by the MPAA as a bane to civilization itself.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
UN Will Not Control The Internet
The new head of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Hamadoun Toure has no new plans to change the oversight of the Internet.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
Blogging: Random Thoughts & Predictions
Citizen journalism, word of mouth marketing, not to mention good old-fashioned seditious libel, mark some of the more prominent aspects of this generative beast we call the blogosphere.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
Online Video Helps Cisco Grow
The rapid growth of online video is forcing service providers to upgrade their networks to deal with the increased Internet traffic and broadband demand. Companies that provide infrastructure for the Internet are seeing their products sell at a rapid rate and are turning healthy profits.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
Yahoo Inks Deal With Gotham Group
Cartoons are popular with the young, the young at heart, and Yahoo. This is, at least, what some people may conclude after hearing about the search engine company's deal with the Gotham Group, a self-proclaimed "premier management firm representing animation and family entertainment talent and content."
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
MPA Says Google Is Evil
Google's partner in China, Shenshen Xunlei Networking Technologies is under scrutiny for allegedly encouraging piracy according to the Motion Picture Association.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
Crosby Discusses, Promotes Google Analytics
For the inside track on Google Analytics, one need look no further than Brett Crosby, its senior manager. In a recent interview, Crosby spoke about becoming part of the team, what it's working on now, and what difficulties it may face in the future.
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Date: 2007-01-15
 
Bloggers Going To Libby Trial
The Media Bloggers Association will have two seats available to its members once the Scooter Libby trial begins in Washington after the Martin Luther King holiday.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
Online Consumers Less Concerned About Privacy
Privacy, security and how much information consumers are willing to share with online businesses are becoming less of an issue. Consumers are seemingly becoming more comfortable with information they provide to online retailers in exchange for improved service and personalization.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
Live Blogging Leads Macworld Keynote Coverage
Coverage of the Steve Jobs keynote at the Macworld conference took on several different forms this year. Some publications took the traditional journalistic approach by writing articles after the fact, while others experimented with the less formal, more reactionary approach of blogging.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
Cutts: PageRank Zero Problem Fixed
Reach for your copy of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and press the DON'T PANIC! button; the problem with some sites seeing a zero PageRank after Google's latest update should be corrected by now.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
2007, The Year of the Online Game?
2005 was the year of the social network. In 2006, online video was the chief cause of acquisition hysteria. Will 2007 be the year of the online gaming site? Why not? Where else do you find an audience so devoted they'll forfeit sleep and food? A growing audience that is loyal, habitual, and young seems ripe for the picking.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
Marketers To Focus On Email Marketing
In a new survey by Alterian, a marketing software provider says that marketers will turn their attention online in 2007. Out of 500 direct marketers and service providers surveyed 85 percent said they expect to increase their online marketing budgets. The projected spending increase is the largest since the survey began in 2003.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
Self-Destructing Video Email
Have you ever had an entertaining video of yourself that you wanted to share with a friend through email but were not comfortable with the possibility that it could end up on YouTube for the world to see? A video that may be funny to your group of friends but beyond that would cause serious embarrassment if made public and leave you contemplating the rest of your life in a monastery.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
The Art of Landing Page Content
Blogosphere buzz surrounding Google's recent algorithmic changes to the way in which in evaluates landing pages for index inclusion and minimum bidding for keywords has propelled many site designers into a mindset revolving around updating, optimizing, and even totally revamping landing page content.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
With Liberty and Downloads For All. . .
Our image of pirates has changed a bit since the high seas are largely under control (though there are some unruly ne'er-do-well factions marauding about in Indonesia). Pirates today seek digital booty, and as of this week, to buy a country so they can download in peace.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
Yahoo Dons A Black Hat?
Competition between Yahoo and its competitors has been pretty fierce at times, and any number of onlookers have compared it to a war or a fight. Now it appears as if Yahoo has thrown the cyber equivalent of a "low blow": The company may be trying to trick users into abandoning Firefox and Google.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
A Yahoo-ized Google Homepage
eWeek's Steve Bryant wondered what Google's homepage would look like if it looked more like Yahoo's. The purists look at him like they're smelling onions, but others look at it and think it's not such a bad idea.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
Holiday Season Starts Early For Online Retailers
For most of us the holiday season is the beginning of Thanksgiving and lasts through the end of the year. For online retailers the holiday season starts at the end of October according to a study from Oneupweb titled, "2006 Holiday Online Retail Buying Trends".
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
UK Newspapers Dress To Please (Google)
Although certain Belgian news associations have tried to distance themselves from Google, British newspapers are taking the opposite approach. Some have bought search terms in order to "up" their exposure; others have attempted to optimize their websites and their articles according to the search engine's preferences.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
Some Wild Web 2.0 Rides
If there were a contest for dramatic Web 2.0 stories, these two bloggers would be neck and neck for the winner this week. While their anecdotes demonstrate the effectiveness of a little buzz, the social media snowball effect has had them bouncing around a little more than they wanted - well, it worked out for one of them in the end.
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Date: 2007-01-12
 
DRM Is On Life Support
Digital Rights Management (DRM) has been a topic of much buzz and speculation throughout the blogosphere over the past several months. With the advent of rival content providers offering music in non-DRM formats, the practice seems to be standing on its last legs.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Spending On Digital Media To Reach $7.8 Billion
Online user-generated video content was huge in 2006. 2007 has the potential to be a good year for the TV and movie industries as they enter the digital arena and hope for the success that the music business has been able to achieve with paid content.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
UK to Shut Down Most Government Websites
The British government has announced that it will close at least 551 websites in order to streamline as part of a plan to revamp its online presence. The decision is outlined in the Transformational Government Annual Report 2006, which was released earlier this week.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Google Earth 4 Out Of Beta
The fourth incarnation of Google Earth was released this week with some interesting new features being heralded by enthusiasts. A new 3D building layer has been added in answer to Microsoft's Virtual Earth 3D beta.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
"Pimping" Your MySpace Page
While the popularity of MySpace is no secret there is a site that has become popular by riding the coattails of the social networking giant. The design of users profiles has become an important part of the social networking scene.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Yahoo Says Your Love Life Sucks
Welcome to Dumpsville, Population: You. It's National Break-Up Season according to Yahoo, and I can't wait to see the Hallmark cards for this.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
iPhone Has An iTwin, Made By LG
It didn't take Cisco long to slap Apple for a severe case of hubris in launching a product with the same name as a Cisco product. It also didn't take Engadget long to notice that Apple's version looks strikingly similar to an LG phone that recently won the International Forum Design Product Design Award for 2007.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
CBS And Google Ready Radio Deal
A big test for Google's dMarc purchase could be announced very soon, with Google providing up to ten percent of CBS Radio's ad inventory.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
StubHub Acquired by eBay
eBay announced the acquisition of StubHub, an online marketplace for the resale of event tickets.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Oh Give Me A Digital Home...
The prospect of a digital home seems like a good idea. Being able to control multiple appliances or electronic devices from a central location or a remote location would be the definition of luxury convenience. Are consumers ready to embrace the brave new world of a digital home?
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
BBC Weighs Its Social Networking Options
When I think of the BBC, I think of great television . . . of shows like "Monty Python," "As Time Goes By," and "Top Gear." Then there's MySpace, the social networking site that is most commonly associated with giggling teenage girls. Well, the BBC has announced plans to pursue social networking, but adults need not worry that the corporation is chasing after "that crowd."
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Net Neutrality Bill Reaches Senate, YouTube
The Net Neutrality debate is now front and center in the US Senate (well, when their not talking about Iraq) as Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduce the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. Dorgan didn't stop with the floor of the Senate, he also took his case to YouTube.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Google Becomes Buddies With Friendster
Google has been successful in many different, almost unrelated, endeavors, but one thing that it lacks is a popular social networking site. The search engine giant has, however, managed to establish an advertising deal with MySpace, and Friendster's CEO recently indicated that Google made a similar arrangement with his company.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Presidential Candidates Look Online
The Internet has played an increasing role in politics. It has become a tool for potential candidates at the local, state and national level. Politicians know that using blogs or video is just another way to get their message out and further build their base.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
PayPal Stonewalls Charitable Deadspin Effort
The editor and participants at the lively sports blog Deadspin attempted to establish a fund to benefit the family and platoon of Adam Knox, who died in the service of his country.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Google Offers Free Real-time Stock Quotes
Recent upgrades and enhanced design features implemented within Google Finance have analysts wondering if Google can close the financial services gap and catch up to Yahoo as a comprehensive market resource.
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Date: 2007-01-11
 
Cranky Boomers Get A Search Engine
The arrival of Cranky.com comes with features its founder, Jeff Taylor of Monster.com fame, thinks will be well received by the 50 and over crowd.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
CBS Playing On The Digital Field
CBS plans to continue its relationship with new types of media. CEO, Leslie Moonves in a keynote address at CES in Las Vegas outlined plans for the media company. He believes CBS can continue to be relevant by changing with the times and further embracing new technology. He dismissed the perception that CBS was old media.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Lee Odden Reads A Lot Of SEM Blogs
His list of over 250 blogs either directly cover search engine marketing, or provide a look at companies that are essential to the SEM world.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
French Politics Goes To The Blogs
The next president of France may owe the blogosphere a debt of gratitude after toiling in "la toile," the fabric of the Internet.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Internet Ad Future Is A Load Of Bull
Expect a bull market for Internet advertising in 2007. Expect that bull to keep charging for the foreseeable future. In fact, says Susquehanna Financial Group (SFG), 2007 will mark a crucial turning point in the industry. Think Google. Think targeting, video, social networks, and online gaming. And don't stop thinking about them. But forget about the page view altogether.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Nielsen Tracking Online Usage
Nielsen Media Research is in the early stages of installing Internet tracking software on the home computers of people in its TV ratings households. The goal is to measure traditional TV and online video content. So far they are only measuring a small number of homes.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
The Mobile And Ask On Phones
Google dropped into bed with Samsung, as did Yahoo when they weren't announcing deals with Opera and a slew of other firms at the start of the CES event in Las Vegas. Microsoft was busy unveiling its Home Server and decidedly not talking much about mobile, leaving me to wonder one thing: where is Ask.com?
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
MySpace Goes French
Social networking site MySpace will officially launch in France this Thursday. The company has been running a beta site in France. The launch is viewed as a broader move into Europe.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Employment Site Traffic Has Ups and Downs
The first week of a new year, people want two things overall: a new body and a new job. Last week we found out that on New Year's Day, visits to dieting websites spiked by 57 percent. By the end of the week it seems all that dieting is going toward a new suit as visits to job site jump by 31 percent.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Google Delves Further Into Home Design
Google's modeling applications received an upgrade earlier this week; SketchUp 6 (free) and SketchUp Pro 6 (not free) are now available. Most of the new features relate to the software's 3D capabilities.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Venture Firm Heavily Finances Heavy.com
Heavy.com an online video site catering to males 18-34 has closed a $20 million financing round from Polaris Venture Partners. This is the second round of funding from Polaris, which forked over $10 million to the company in early 2006. The funding will be used to broaden Heavy's network globally and create new brands.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Day After Christmas Big eShopping Day
Shopping online the day after Christmas is becoming a family holiday tradition, says Nielsen//NetRatings. Overall visits to Internet shopping sites that day jumped 35 percent over last year, adding eight million more people to the virtual elbowing party.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Google Voted "Most Popular Brand" In Britain
According to the Millward Brown research consultancy, Google is Britain's most popular brand. And while that accomplishment in impressive enough its own right, the search engine company achieved it while spending remarkably little money on advertising.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Cisco Calls Apple On Trademark Infringement
Cisco has sued Apple over its use of the term iPhone for its newly announced mobile device, despite reports that they were near an agreement with Apple to share the name.
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Date: 2007-01-10
 
Google To Work Through Conduit
Google has signed a deal with Conduit, a relatively modest company that deals in customized toolbars. Now, thanks to the agreement, those toolbars are powered by Google search.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
SEO Is About To Change
Highly regarded SEO expert and Enquiro head, Gord Hotchkiss, while chiming in on SEO mythbusters, came to a harrowing conclusion: SEO as we know it is about to change drastically. Change is inevitable, but SEOers are soon to be in a sink or swim situation.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
Hearst Acquires Social Networking Site
Hoping to capitalize on the online teen market Hearst Magazine's digital unit has acquired eCrush.com a conglomerate of entertainment and social networking sites for teens and young adults. The purchase price has not been disclosed.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
More Trouble In Brazil For YouTube
YouTube appears to be out of options in Brazil.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
Video Entices Malware Creators
Fake video sites and associated downloads look like they will be the proverbial pain in the keyboard for Internet users this year as criminals shift their efforts to them to get malware on computers.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
Keyword Advertising In The Clear
The issue of using trademarks in keyword advertising has been resolved (at least for now). According to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, "you may use trademarks when buying search ads. Just don't use the names in actual ads that consumers will see."
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
P&G Launches Online Site For Women
Proctor and Gamble has launched a new web site geared toward women called Capessa.yahoo.com. P & G Productions along with Yahoo and the Zizo Group created the site. The online community is a place where women can share stories, tips and information that apply to their lives.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
AOL To Premiere Documentary
AOL is debuting a documentary film today called Darkon on its site True Stories. During the month of January the film will be available online free prior to its theatrical release. Darkon documents the fantasy adventures of people who gather in parks in the Baltimore/D.C. area.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
iPhone Drops, Everyone Starts Cussin'
Just try to look at Apple's new iPhone without cursing. Go ahead, try it. You know who else is cursing? Microsoft, RIM, Nokia, Verizon, and Sprint, to name a few. This daggum rickafrackin thing is going to smash the bejeebers out of everything else.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
FTC Sues Payment Co. For Role In Web Scam
Try to access the website of payment service InterBill and you'll get a white-screen notice that the site is "under construction." We can, for lack other information, assume it has nothing to do with the Federal Trade Commission filing suit over the company's affiliation with a major scam.
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Date: 2007-01-09
 
Fortune Learns It's Great To Work At Google
Now that Google has been around long enough to be eligible for Fortune Magazine's "The 100 Best Companies to Work For" list, it promptly debuted at number one.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Sony to Release Internet Ready Television
Sony has unveiled a new TV feature called "Bravia Internet Video Link" that will allow most of its new televisions to access free Internet video content. Online content, including high-definition feeds, will be available from providers such as AOL, Yahoo, Grouper, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony BMG Music.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Yahoo China To Change Strategy
Plans are in the works to reorganize Yahoo's China portal. The company plans to shift towards being a business oriented search engine. Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba Group that oversees Yahoo's China operations said the change would make Yahoo more competitive.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Google, Earthlink Clear MuniFi Hurdle
On Friday, Google and Earthlink came to finalized terms on the contract to build infrastructure for a free wireless network for the city of San Francisco. The city's Board of Supervisors must now approve the deal in order for the companies to move forward with construction.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Yahoo Gets Around, A Lot, With Go 2.0
Yahoo! announced a flurry of new partnerships today as part of a global launch of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 (beta). The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company teamed up with Motorola, Nokia, Opera, Research In Motion, Samsung, and 3 Group, hoping to maximize exposure of the new platform and Yahoo!'s new oneSearch mobile search engine.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Opera Goes Yahoo For Mobile Search
A year ago, Opera announced Google would be the default search provider on its mobile browser. That has changed to Yahoo, a fundamental shift that seems surprising on the surface.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
SEO Tips for Your Blog
Blogging can be an effective tool when it comes to building a brand, establishing company credibility, and promoting new products and services. Creating a blog, however, is merely not enough. The content needs to be optimized in such a way that the major search engines can easily index it.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Online Consumers Rocking The Music Business
Digital online music is nothing new. Once thought by the music industry to be the enemy it is now proving to be a profitable ally as digital download sales continue to increase. Over the past three years digital music sales have steadily risen according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
ICANN Reconsiders Virtual Red Light District
Nearly seven years after its initial proposal, the controversial .XXX domain, intended as an online "red light district" for pornographic websites, is soon to be reconsidered by the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which voted not to approve (but did not reject) the proposal in May of 2006.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Second Life Client Goes Open Source
Linden Lab, creator of the popular Second Life virtual world, is making the code for its Viewer interface available in open source format. Developers will now be able to access the source code for the Second Life client in order to make modifications, enhancements or to add new features.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Google, Samsung Get Moving
Yahoo was quick with a blitzkrieg of press releases this morning and Samsung is for sure double dipping. Included among a host of major mobile phone manufacturers in bed with Yahoo, Samsung later was seen leaving the Googleplex a little extra smiley. Whadda hound.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Google,Stopbadware Make Mistakes
A service call Stopbadware.org that is supposed to warn users of sites containing malware was recently involved in some confusion along with Google. It seems Stopbadware flagged the site misterpoll.com as a potentially dangerous site to visit. Then the Google search results for misterpoll.com had the warning:" Visiting this Web site may harm your computer!"
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Google Testing Drive-by Video Ads
As online video has evolved, the question of how to advertise and when to advertise has been burning. There are no experts in this realm, only testers, debating about post-roll or pre-roll ads, layered content, and how long an online video viewer would view a commercial. Google is latest to try it out, and they may have a winner.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
ChaCha Receives $6 Million To Keep Dancing
Google may own well over 50% of the search market, but there are still those who are willing to support other engines. A group of companies and individuals recently proved this by giving $6 million in funding to ChaCha, a "smart search engine powered by human intelligence."
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Spain Goes After Anorexia Sites
Yeah, if in the US, it would be a freedom issue. But it's in Spain, and most of us won't mind. The same crew that made no bones about stripping too-skinny fashion models from the runway has now gone after pro-anorexia websites.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
UC Berkley Offers Free Podcast Courses
Students at UC Berkley might be surprised to find out that the very same courses for which they pay full tuition are available as a free download from an iTunes site specifically set up by the university.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Teens Savvy On Social Networking Sites
Social networking sites have generated controversy and concern for many parents and teachers. Just who is your teen chatting with on MySpace? Is it a friend from school or some dirty old man down the street pretending to be someone else?
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Google's Most-Asked Questions (And Answers)
Ever wonder what sort of questions people are asking about Google's services? Well, just in case you were, there's a new list showing the "top questions" from the help files of 26 different services. And if that's not enough to draw you in, a number of "funny, funky, noteworthy or weird quotes" from those same help files follows afterward.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Yahoo China Goes Vertical
Alibaba CEO Jack Ma plans to remake Yahoo China into a more business-focused vertical search engine.
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Date: 2007-01-08
 
Digg Users Sparring With OfficeMax
A pricing mistake on the OfficeMax website that offered a 4GB USB drive for the low, low price of $17.98 each has Diggers up in arms over the company's refusal to honor that price.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Google Buys Stake in Xunlei
Google announced on Thursday that it would purchase a small state in Chinese web site Xunlei.com. The company, located in Shenzen, allows users to download music and video from the Internet.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Pregnancy Searches Jump In January
You probably only have to review your checkbook to understand a lot of people are born in late summer, early autumn. August and September are birthday season. Yahoo's buzz index reveals that, yes, the holiday season is all about the love - hence birthday season 40 weeks later.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Kim Family Holds Benefit Auction On eBay
The family of James Kim, the CNet editor who passed away in November in an effort to save his stranded family, has set up an online auction to raise money for the James Kim Memorial Fund, established to support his bereft family.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
LiveJournal Protest Tops Nielsen List
The most popular blog post of 2006 landed on a LiveJournal blog, while missives from Michelle Malkin, Dave Sifry, and CrooksAndLiars.com ranked among the most linked 100 posts for the past year.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Not Using LinkedIn Is Unprofessional
"People with more than twenty connections are thirty-four times more likely to be approached with a job opportunity than people with less than five," writes former Apple evangelist and founder of Garage.com, Guy Kawasaki about the professional benefits of actively maintaining a LinkedIn profile.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Google is The Top Brand of 2006
Landor Associates, a New York based design agency, conducted a survey of the most popular brands among consumers.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Google Takes Up Stargazing
Google will be teaming with a consortium of 19 universities, national labs and private foundations to build the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The LSST is scheduled to commence operation by 2013.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Online Holiday Spending Passes $100 Billion
The year 2006 was a record breaker for e-commerce as online retail spending passed the $100 billion mark, according comScore.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
MapQuest Upgrades; Google, Yahoo Sigh
In a market where Yahoo's stake trails Google's by just one percentage point, a third company is beating them both by a solid 30%. Even worse (from the search engine companies' perspectives), that margin could soon increase. On Thursday, MapQuest announced plans to enhance its wireless offerings.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Google Swipes NBC Executive
Because in California, there is no such thing as a noncompete clause. Reports began flying last night that Google plucked NBC Universal general manager of strategic ventures Michael Steib to head up a to-be-created online video unit.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Custom Domain Names Catch On At Blogger
Google's Blogger just got a lot more flexible: It will now support custom domain names for your blog. "We'll continue to host all your content as before, but it will be displayed at your new address," promises a post at Blogger Help.
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Date: 2007-01-05
 
Google and China Mobile Team Up
China Mobile and Google have announced a partnership aimed at providing mobile and Internet search services in China. They will provide Chinese Mobile users with mobile search products and services in order to find relevant content on their cellular phones.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Google Pitching Kirkland To Engineers
For virtually everyone who dreams of working in the wonderful world of technology, Silicon Valley draws them like a mosquito to a bug zapper. Google would like some of those aspirants who dream of working for the search advertising giant to consider a landing point some 800 miles north of Mountain View.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Lessig: IP Reform? Fuggedaboutit
Now that Democrats have won control of Congress, one might have expected intellectual property law reform to take place. Creative Commons backer and noted law professor Lawrence Lessig says it won't happen.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
2007: The Year Of The Google Calendar?
It's a new year, and perhaps one of your resolutions is to get more organized. Using a calendar would certainly help with that, right? If you're in the mood to play "Follow the Leader," new data indicates that you'll likely select Google Calendar - it just surpassed MSN Calendar in terms of traffic, and looks poised to catch up with Yahoo Calendar.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
GOOG Target Raised To $630
Nobody really wants to come out looking too Pollyanna on Wall Street, even if the numbers are there. An $800 per share Google is whispered, or tossed out at the pub and reeled back in by the words "just kidding."
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Social Networking Meets Stock Investing
TheStreet.com, Inc. has announced an agreement with A.R. Media, a New York-based media holding company, in launching a new Web site entitled Stockpickr - "The Stock Idea Network."
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Disney Goes Social
Disney will launch a new site next week focused on social networking for kids. The site will be similar to MySpace.com but will have parental controls and feature chat and video clips. Analysts are skeptical about the success of the site despite the strong brand behind it.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Lycos Cinema Now Offering Indie Music
World Digital Media Group, L.L.C., (WDMG) today announced a partnership with LYCOS, Inc. to become the first music content provider for its newly launched proprietary entertainment platform Lycos Cinema.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Toyota Introduces "Hybrid" Social Networking
Social networking is a bandwagon; the number of companies that haven't taken a shot at it is decreasing on what seems like a daily basis. But in its newest incarnation, social networking may have become a reliable and fuel-saving bandwagon: Toyota has gotten on board with a redesigned site for the owners of hybrid vehicles.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
PA Gets Special Treatment From Google Earth
Google has a lot of fans, and has made friends with any number of businesses. Now the company has befriended the state of Pennsylvania. The "Google Earth geospatial image browser" is set to launch "on the official tourism website of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, VisitPA.com."
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Google Updates Search Appliance
Last month, Yahoo and IBM announced a Yahoo optimized version of OmniFind, an enterprise search utility. Less than three weeks later, Google is now offering up new features found within its own business search utility.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
New Amazon Site A Shoe - In ?
Amazon.com has launched a new Web site that will focus solely on shoes and handbags. The name of the site is Endless.com and will offer 250 brands and 15,000 styles. The site also boasts that it will offer free overnight shipping on all items. It will be interesting to see if the overnight free shipping will remain permanent or if it is just an initial promotional tool.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Google Slapped By Sausage Manifesto
Something entitled "The Sausage Manifesto" harkens to memory surreal Kids In The Hall sketches - kissing the sausage box; a scratchy-throated table-pounding old Canadian with a one-track disgustingly syrupy mind - but that's not what it is. The Sausage Manifesto is a marching order written in the chilly twilight of a Chicago morning: a writ demanding that search engines do more about click fraud.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Lights, Camera, AskCity Has The Action
Oscar makes his annual appearance in late February, and the latest service from Ask.com wants to get you to the cinema to catch some celluloid masterpieces before the Oscar pools begin at work.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Internet Explorer Unsafe For Most of 2006
It seems that every time Microsoft releases an update to its Internet Explorer browser, there's a zero-day exploit waiting to be taken advantage of by hackers and identity thieves the world over.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Yahoo Local Search Added To GPS Device
A new GPS manufacturer is the first to add an in-car local search engine to its features, and the umpteenth millionth company to issue a rotten press release. But let's stick to the good news. Dash Navigation's soon-to-be-released GPS device will feature Yahoo! Local search.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
YouTube And The Brazilian Sex Video
YouTube cannot seem to stay away from controversy. From being sued and threatened both domestically and globally over copyright issues to the latest scandal south of the border. This new trouble involves a video of a Brazilian model and her boyfriend "befriending" one another on a beach and in the water.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Google Gets a Raw Deal From Blogosphere?
A firestorm of negativity has surrounded Google in recent weeks concerning the company's practice of advertising its own services as "tips" in SERP pages queried by users. At least for today, the company has put that practice on hold.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
How To Write Press Releases For Web Reporters
As an e-commerce journalist, my inbox is flooded with press releases. I choose, maybe, two percent of them to cover. That's a generous estimate. Why so few? Sometimes it's because of a plate already full, or an irrelevant or uninteresting topic (so-and-so promoted to VP of something or other). But most of the time, it's because of poor writing.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Moonves: Digital Media Helps Primetime
Despite the contention that more Internet usage equals less time in front of the television, CBS has found more online connectivity equals more engagement with lucrative primetime broadcasts.
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Date: 2007-01-04
 
Intertainer Blasts Google From The Past
Video on demand company Intertainer reportedly filed a lawsuit against Google, Apple, and Napster for infringing on its digital distribution patent.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
2007 Predictions Call For Money, Money
Billions will be spent in online advertising and social networking, but if the predictions are right then Facebook probably won't be one of the companies being sold this year.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Online Video In The Corporate World
Video online is nothing new. In 2006 it was used mainly for entertainment purposes. Now more businesses are realizing the value of video to educate and inform customers, critics and shareholders. It is becoming an essential tool for companies to communicate their message.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Orkut Sued Over 300 Year Old Dead Guy
If you're ever in India, steer clear of snide remarks about one Chhatrapati Shivaji. He's been causing trouble for Google's Orkut social networking site and Internet café owners in India. And he's been dead for three centuries.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Yahoo Says You Want A New Job
See the woman in the next cubicle, crunching hard on a spreadsheet? Don't be fooled. She's working the job search sites like a machine.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Blogger Reaches The Senate
When Republican Senator Mitch McConnell returned to Washington to get to work, he brought along Jon Henke to serve in a position in the US Senate.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Gay Community More Active In Social Networks
Extrapolate all you want about why it is or whether it's good, the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community has found a home online in social networks, taking to the new medium like rams to, well, other rams. According to a poll by Harris Interactive, the GLB community is much more active in Web 2.0 than their heterosexual counterparts.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Record Labels Soften Stance on Podcasting
When Podcasting burst onto the scene in 2004, the music industry hardly embraced the format with open arms. Sony BMG, however, has decided to cross the invisible line of demarcation and license its content for podcasting purposes.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Newspapers Looking to Tighten Print & Web Ties
The lines that separate print and online journalism are becoming ever blurred as we move into a new year. Old media has been hesitant to embrace the Internet as a new frontier of information, but it appears at least one major newspaper is looking to create a holistic, three-dimensional reading experience for its subscribers.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Local Blogs Aggregate
There seem to be countless numbers of local blogs around the country covering local news and events. The one down fall is that there has not been a place to see all the local blogs in one place until now. Lisa Williams a local news blogger from Watertown, MA realized the problem and did something about it.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
2007: The Year that DRM Died
This year promises to mark even more innovations in the realms of marketing, search, and digital music technology. The greatest feat of 2007 may not come in terms of an addition, but rather the removal of Digital Rights Management (DRM) practices from online music stores such as iTunes and the Zune marketplace.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Resolutions for The Big Three
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo all have potential to experience vast success in the upcoming year. By the same token, a missed step here or there could be all that stands between any of these three companies and failure of a colossal magnitude.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Mobile Marketing A Challenge
Mobile Marketing is not something the majority of Americans are looking forward to. That is according to a new report from Forrester Research titled "Is the U.S. Ready for Mobile Marketing?" 79 percent of online users cannot abide the idea of ads on their mobile phones. Only 3 percent are willing to trust text ads on their mobile phone.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
The Top Linked-To Blog Posts In 2006
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's news analysis mockup, "The Colbert Report," had a big year on the Internet. In addition to orchestrating a "wikiality" check for Wikipedia, Colbert attracted the second most number of links to a blog covering the White House correspondents' dinner.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Should Happy New Year Virus Be Forgot ?
Spammers rang in the New Year with a "Happy New Year!" e-mail virus attack. Israeli security company Commtouch reported that there were 3,262 variants in 65 hours. During that period the virus accounted for nearly 12 percent of all e-mail sent worldwide.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
Online Dieters Learn You Can't Eat Web Cookies
We kick the dirt as we return to work after the holidays, noticing as we button those new pants from Mom that they're a little snug. Okay, a lot snug. It's comforting to know we're not alone, as visits to dieting websites spiked by 57 percent on New Year's Day.
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Date: 2007-01-03
 
YouTube Anti-Piracy Software Still Vaporware
A promise to deliver software that will detect infringing content uploaded by YouTube's enthusiastic video sharing users has not been fulfilled.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Google Welcomes New Year, Breaks Calculator
2006 was a good year for Google, but 2007 didn't start off too well. The primary search engine apparently forgot how to do math, as both its calculator and currency conversion functions stopped working. The proverbial hangover has passed, however, and things are back to normal now.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
E-Government Sites Stagnant
Satisfaction with federal government Web sites rose slightly in the fourth quarter of 2006.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Options, Bugs, Phones - Time For Macworld
The Macworld Conference & Expo starts next week in San Francisco, but the parade of Mac fandom led off by Steve Jobs' keynote will have negative news about stock option shenanigans, earnings restatements, and a daily diet of Apple bugs offsetting the positive Mac vibe.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Google Expected To Invest In Chinese Company
Google may have made friends with Shenzhen Xunlei Network Technology Ltd., a Chinese company that deals in online videos. Reports indicate that Google will invest in the company, although there are no details yet about the alleged deal.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
AT&T Crying Uncle Is Kinda Sorta A Milestone
The biggest merger in telecommunications history was approved quietly at the end of the news day Thursday just before the world stopped caring for a few days. Gerald Ford and James Brown are dead, a new year is upon us, and AT&T was forced to admit there is such a thing as Network Neutrality.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Saddam Searches Flood Search Engines
As news of Saddam Hussein's execution made its way around the web (rather quickly), people flocked to the search engines looking for video, images, and any other pertinent information about the hanging.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Google Stumbles Into 2007
After a 2006 marked with unparalleled growth, high-profile acquisitions, and launching of new services, Google has a lot of work ahead to top itself in 2007. As the new year begins, the company seems to have stumbled coming out of the gate.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Most Popular Blog Posts Of 2006
The top blogs in 2006 mainly focused on politics and satire according to a report from Nielsen BuzzMetrics. The top blog, based on the number of inbound links from other blogs between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2006, was mother.livejournal.com's petition against changes in the livejournal interface. The single post was linked to in 801 posts by 786 other blogs.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Gmail Storage Growth Grinds To A Halt
One of Gmail's biggest bragging points is that it offers an ever-increasing amount of storage. It's a new year, though, and the times, they are a-changing (with apologies to Bob Dylan for that line). Gmail's storage capacity appears to have leveled off at 2800 megabytes.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Google Defends "Meaningless" Zeitgeist
When Google put out its year-end Zeitgeist, an account of the hottest searches in 2006, bloggers immediately felt the list's creators were fudging it a little for decency's sake. Google responded on its blog saying the list was edited to save us from the boredom of constants and givens.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
The Demise Of The Scoop
Being first to a story when there were only three to six outlets in competition for a scoop meant a lot for the media of yore. Now that nearly anyone can be a bastion of insight and analysis in the time it takes to register a domain name and configure some blog software settings, the euphoria of Extra! Extra! Read All About It seems downright quaint in comparison.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Yahoo Has All The Answers (Well, 96% Of Them)
Question and answer (Q&A) sites have a long way to go if they want to take market share away from Yahoo Answers. A really long way. Hitwise's LeeAnn Prescott reports that Yahoo Answers controls a little over 96 percent of it.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Firefox Developer Criticizes Google
Firefox and Google have enjoyed a quaint partnership as of late. The search engine giant has helped sponsor the development of the increasingly popular web browser, and in return Firefox has embedded Google as the default search engine and start page in the application.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Grad Student Gets Grant to Study Click Fraud
University of Louisville graduate student, Li Ge, has been awarded a $149,923 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to engage in research regarding data mining and click-fraud detection.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
AOL Poll: Heroes And Villains
Not many times in American politics or history do you have a person on both a hero's list and a villain's list. In a new poll from the Associated Press and America Online News President George W. Bush is top of the list for being both a hero and a villain in 2006.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Wikipedia Did Not Ban Qatar (Not Exactly)
Wikipedia founder Jim Wales wants everybody to know that he or his editing team did not ban the entire country of Qatar. While he shouts that correction to the zealous blogosphere, we are suddenly chilled at David Utter's proclamation that the Scoop is dead.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
What To Look For In 2007
One of the traditional acts of the New Year's celebration is the posting of lists that either look back at the year that was or look ahead at what potentially lies ahead. Of course, the Internet industry is not immune to these year-end lists. Just ask the search industry.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Google, Apple, Napster Sued By VOD Company
When it comes to litigation, I remember the lessons of one Steve Dallas - only sue those who have deep pockets. Apparently, video-on-demand (VOD) specialist Intertainer received the same lesson and has decided to act on it.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Powerset Embraces Ask Jeeves Model
At Powerset, they call it 'natural language search'. We call it a $12 million homage to the days of the butler at Ask Jeeves, when that search engine proved more useful for entertainment value than actual quality search results.
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Date: 2007-01-02
 
Quest For The Next Google
A new year is upon us, and many industry analysts are speculating about whether or 2007 will be the year in which a new competitor arises to challenge Google. Reality, however, suggests that this type of scenario may not be quite as simple as it looks.
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Date: 2007-01-01
 
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