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YP Q2 Local Insights Report on Search Traffic and Ad Spending YP Q2 Local Insights Report on Search Traffic and Ad Spending
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YP, a joint owned local publisher and ad network, has released their second quarter Local Insights report on the U.S. population utilizing data collected from the first quarter of 2012. The report features impressions from the network’s over 300 online, …

Telefonica Joins Forces with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and RIM Telefonica Joins Forces with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and RIM
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Today, Telefonica Digital announced a new deal with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and RIM. The deal is a great opportunity for the companies involved to better monetize mobile content by incorporating payments into a user’s mobile phone bills. Telefonica, which is …

Twitter Could be Acquiring Sense Networks Twitter Could be Acquiring Sense Networks
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The company has given no official word on the matter, but there’s a rumor floating around that Twitter might be interested in acquiring New York-based Sense Networks. According to Tech Crunch, the two companies are hammering out the details of …

Mozilla Testifies at U.S. Senate Committee Hearing on Do Not Track Mozilla Testifies at U.S. Senate Committee Hearing on Do Not Track
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Last Thursday, Mozilla testified at a United States Senate Commerce Committee hearing on do not track . The purpose of the hearing was to determine if voluntary efforts by those in the industry are enough to safeguard user privacy or …

Chitika Insights: June Market Share Reports [Infographic] Chitika Insights: June Market Share Reports [Infographic]
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Yesterday, the Chitika Online Advertising Network released their June Insights Reports and there are a number of findings which may catch your attention. While the reports are packed with great information on everything from who the top search engine provider …

Jude Law and Radiohead Lend their Voices to Save Polar Bears Jude Law and Radiohead Lend their Voices to Save Polar Bears
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Yes, you read correctly, Jude Law and Radiohead have teamed up with Greenpeace to raise public awareness on the latest and greatest efforts by the big oil companies. This time, the oil companies are seeking out the rights to start …

Netflix is Officially as Popular as Cable Television Networks Netflix is Officially as Popular as Cable Television Networks
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Cable television costs around $50 per month depending on what you subscribe to. Netflix costs around $10. While many of us are going to have an internet connection regardless of whether we have cable or not, dropping the extra $50 …

New Google Publisher Toolbar Allows You to Block Ads New Google Publisher Toolbar Allows You to Block Ads
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At the beginning of the year, Google introduced the AdSense Publisher Toolbar to help us monitor account performance. Recently, they changed the name to the Google Publisher Toolbar. On top of now being able to support DoubleClick for Publishers, they …

Yahoo’s Reconditioned Board will Reconvene Next Week Yahoo’s Reconditioned Board will Reconvene Next Week

Yahoo and their board of directors have been through a lot lately. Most recently they have lost their CEO, Scott Thompson after a brutal proxy battle with activist shareholder Dan Loeb. They have also lost Pati Hart, co-founder Jerry Yang, …

Yahoo Homes Partners with Zillow for Content Listing Yahoo Homes Partners with Zillow for Content Listing
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Zillow and Yahoo have had a partnership for awhile. Zillow has been handling their Homes for sale listings, but now the companies are expanding that relationship to include rental properties as well. This latest deal makes Zillow the exclusive provider …

VMware to Acquire DynamicOps, Inc. VMware to Acquire DynamicOps, Inc.

VMware out of PaloAlto, California just announced a definitive agreement to acquire DynamicOps, Inc., a provider of cloud automation solutions and management of IT services across diverse environments. While the terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, the …

Fandango Mobile Movie Ticket Purchases Up 107% Fandango Mobile Movie Ticket Purchases Up 107%
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Fandango just had their biggest growth quarter in company history. After twelve years in the business, online movie tickets have really taken off. Driving a lot of those sales is an explosion in mobile purchases, which jumped 107% from last …

ComScore May 2012 Report on Mobile Market Share ComScore May 2012 Report on Mobile Market Share

ComScore just released the results of their May 2012 research from their MobiLens service, which reports on trends in the mobile phone industry. In this case case, they were looking at three month period from February 2012 to May 2012. …

Groupon Co-Founder Simplifies the Equation Groupon Co-Founder Simplifies the Equation

Many times, we see successful people get bogged down by day to day operations losing sight at what they are really good at and passionate about doing. Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky is one of those people. As an entrepreneur, Lefkofsky …

Google Works to Settle EU Antitrust Probe, and Schmidt Says Larry Page is Fine Google Works to Settle EU Antitrust Probe, and Schmidt Says Larry Page is Fine
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You might recall, Google was accused of discriminating against their competitors in search results by European regulators. The European Commission confirmed today, Google has in fact responded to the antitrust concerns. Google sent a proposal to European regulators addressing four …

Nielsen Acquires Vizu Brand Metrics Measurement Platform Nielsen Acquires Vizu Brand Metrics Measurement Platform

Today, Nielsen, the ratings and research people, announced they have definitive plans to acquire, Vizu, an online advertising performance meter and optimizer. This acquisition is part of Nielsen’s recent commitment to cross-platform advertising measurement. Vizu’s unique solutions will be integrated …

Google is Excited About How Much Impact the Web is Having on Local Commerce Google is Excited About How Much Impact the Web is Having on Local Commerce
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Google is excited about recent research that suggests the web and their internet products/services are having a positive impact on local commerce and how people access deals in their communities. According to recent research, 97% of consumers are using online …

Facebook Wants to Keep “FB” on the Nasdaq Exchange Facebook Wants to Keep “FB” on the Nasdaq Exchange
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As of yesterday, Facebook executives have decided it’s a good idea to keep their stock, ticker symbol “FB”, listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Previously the company had debated taking their shares over to the NYSE after Nasdaq experienced a …

Google AdWords Location Targets to be Phased Out Google AdWords Location Targets to be Phased Out

Google AdWords is making some critical changes and updates. Location criteria, first introduced in v201109 in particular, is being revised for the v201206 release. The location criteria object has a new field, targetingStatus, which can be one of active, obsolete …

Dell Acquires Quest Software for $2.4 Billion Dell Acquires Quest Software for $2.4 Billion
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Today, Dell announced definitive plans to acquire end-to-end IT software provider Quest Software. The deal is all part of Dell’s most recent initiative to grow their enterprise solution portfolio and further distinguish their capabilities from those of their largest competitors. …

Google Inherits FTC Investigation with Motorola Acquisition Google Inherits FTC Investigation with Motorola Acquisition

With their recent acquisition of Motorola and their essential technology patents, Google Inc. has also received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. If you remember, Motorola was locked in a battle with Microsoft and Apple regarding …

GutCheck Revolutionizes Online Marketing with Instant Research Communities
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GutCheck out of Denver, Colorado just made the branding game a lot easier for online advertisers. With the introduction of their Instant Research Communities, marketeers are able to gain access to a plethora of consumer insights almost instantly. Advertisers can …

Tablet Traffic Has Grown 10x Faster Than Smartphones Tablet Traffic Has Grown 10x Faster Than Smartphones

The latest news from Adobe’s Digital Index report is tablet computers will generate more traffic than smartphones by early 2013. Apparently, many consumers find browsing on tablets almost as engaging as on PCs. The news comes at a time when …

Eddie Van Halen Goes Back to the Future Eddie Van Halen Goes Back to the Future
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Apparently, there has been some debate in the past over a scene from the first Back to the Future movie. We all know Marty McFly was a big guitar geek in the flick, or at least we think he was …