Yahoo/Microsoft Search Alliance in Cartoon Form
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Microsoft and Yahoo have released a new video illustrating how the two companies intend to create a "powerful new choice in search" with their Search Alliance, due to begin making its way to customers before the end of the year.

There is not much in the way of news about the alliance to come from the video, but it does put its goal into a simple, easy-to-understand 2 minutes without going into all of the specifics.

Warrant Related to Controversial iPhone Leak Withdrawn

Remember the whole Gizmodo-iPhone-leak controversy? Today, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the San Mateo County D.A. has withdrawn the warrant obtained to search the house of Gizmodo’s Jason Chen.

Local Merchants Utilizing Social Media More as Confidence Remains Flat
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This week, MerchantCircle shared the results of its "Merchant Confidence Index," in which about 10,000 local merchants shared their confidence levels in the current economy. While confidence has remained generally flat, the index also found that many of these merchants are more prominently using social media as a free online marketing tool to increase their customer base and revenue.

Google Acquires Metaweb For Smarter Search Results

Two days ago, Marissa Mayer published an article in which she mentioned the wide range of meanings a simple search term like "jaguar" can have.  Now, Google’s taken a big step towards improving its grasp of language, with the company announcing this afternoon that it’s acquired Metaweb.

MapQuest Makes Improvements to Route Planner

MapQuest announced that it has enhanced its Route Planner product with some new features. Route Planner is a tool that lets users plan trips that include up to 26 stops, giving the quickest route and most efficient order for those stops.

iPhone 4 Owners to Get Free Cases or Refunds
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Apple kicked off today’s press conference by playing a YouTube video of the iPhone antenna song, which can be seen below:


How Can You Learn Marketing From The Grateful Dead?
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Sometimes we learn best about doing things in new and innovative ways by understanding them in terms of something we already know. Stories provide useful context and perspective and that’s exactly what David Meerman Scott has done with his latest book that’s just been announced: “Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History“.


Oakland PD Using Flickr Photos To Identify Looters

I saw an article on the the San Francisco Chronicle web site today entitled “Oakland Police Looking for Looting Suspects.” The article reports on the Oakland Police Department’s latest efforts to prosecute looters who participated in last week’s Johannes Merserle protest that turned violent with rioting and looting taking place after dark. Oakland PD has now released a number of photos of alleged looters from that evening’s protest.

Top Public Figures That Influence Purchases

Top 10 People Who Influence What Americans Buy

As the effects of the global recession linger, consumers are changing the way they shop, becoming more budget-conscious, eco-aware and cause-oriented, while paying greater attention to what, why and from who they are buying. Arnold Worldwide has named the top ten public figures, across entertainment, business and politics, who are helping to promote the era of “mindful spending.”

Google Continues Adding Options for Google News
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At the end of June, Google made some big changes to the Google News home page. In fact, Google called these changes the biggest redesign of Google News since its beta launch in 2002.

Old Spice Man Viral Marketing Campaign Impresses

…Maybe you should watch it for yourself:

Barnes & Noble Looks to Build Digital Libraries, Gives Classic Books Away
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Barnes & Noble is encouraging customers to build their own personal digital libraries with a promotion called Barnes & Noble Classics.

Movie Trailer For ‘The Social Network’ Releases
Justin Timberlake posted a trailer to the new Facebook movie (The Social Network) on his blog in which he plays Napster’s founder Sean Parker. In the "Social Network" Parker gives advice to the young entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg – played by Jesse Eisenberg.

MySpace Redesigns Profile Pages

MySpace has long been criticized for poor design and as part of a turnaround effort, the struggling social networker has finally done something about it.  The new profiles are not available throughout the site, but Sean Percival, MySpace’s VP of Online Marketing, tweeted about his own "clean new" profile early on Friday.

Yahoo And Gannett In Local Advertising Deal

Yahoo and Gannett have entered into a local advertising partnership under which all of Gannett’s 81 newspaper sites and seven of its broadcast sites will sell Yahoo advertising.

The partnership expands Yahoo’s Newspaper Consortium which includes more than 800 newspapers and has sold more than 40,000 local ad campaigns.

MySpace Acquires Threadbox Assets, Team

MySpace’s messaging interface may soon take a turn for the better – and/or the Facebook-like.  Late yesterday, MySpace acknowledged that it’s acquiring the assets and team of Threadbox, which deals in real-time social messaging and takes some amount of pride in comparisons to Facebook.

Mozilla Launches Firefox Home for iPhone, iPod Touch
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Mozilla has launched Firefox Home for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This is a free application that works with Firefox Sync.

eBay Talks Upcoming Updates for Sellers
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eBay announced its upcoming seller updates for the fall. eBay’s Dinesh Lathi says the updates will help sellers take advantage of increased holiday traffic, maximize sales, and streamline their operations. "As promised, we’re continuing to consolidate changes that impact your selling into two or three releases per year with lead time to adapt," he says.

YouTube And Yahoo Top Video Sites In June
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More than 177 million U.S. Internet users watched video content in June, according to the latest report from comScore.

Google sites, driven by video viewing on YouTube, ranked as the top video content property with 144.5 million unique viewers, followed by Yahoo sites (44.9 million viewers) and Vevo (43.7 million viewers).

Google’s Q2 Earnings Disappoint Shareholders
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Google neither blew estimates out of the water nor bombed with its second quarter financial report this afternoon.  Shareholders seem to be focusing on the targets the company missed, however, sending the stock down sharply in after-hours trading.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.  Google reported earnings per share of $6.45, even though analysts had hoped to see $6.52.  Also, paid clicks decreased three percent compared to the first quarter, which isn’t exactly a positive development.

Chrome Team Names Favorite Extensions
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Anyone who’s still at a loss as to why they should try Chrome – or is using it, but feels a little adrift – may want to look at a new list Google’s put into circulation.  The Chrome team has identified 19 apps that can make the browser much more useful.

Apple To Address iPhone 4 Problems Friday
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Apple is holding a press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to address the issues surrounding the iPhone 4 and it antenna problem.

Many users of the iPhone 4 have reported weak reception when it’s held a certain way, leading to it being called the "iPhone 4 death grip."

Millennial Media Finds iOS Outpaced Android In June

For quite some time, Android has been gaining on Apple’s mobile operating system, looking more and more like it would become a favorite among advertisers.  Millennial Media has determined that Android’s growth slowed a bit in June, however, while Apple saw some impressive increases.

The Weather Channel Launches Redesigned Website
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The Weather Channel said today it has launched a redesign of its website, weather.com aimed at offering users a more localized and customized experience.

"The weather.com redesign is all about consumers and creating a site that addresses how they want to view the weather," said Monisha Longacre, vice president of product strategy and development for The Weather Channel.

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