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Microsoft Employees Demonstrate Fondness For Google
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There once when a time when it was a very bad idea for American autoworkers to own foreign vehicles.  A lone Toyota in the employee parking lot might, according to some stories, get mysteriously overturned.  Fanatical Microsoft employees shouldn’t even think about enforcing a similar rule set, though, because almost half of the corporation’s workers use Google. 

Facebook Redesign Shakes Up App Popularity

Many Facebook users have complained about recent changes to the social networks design. Anyone who uses Facebook or follows Facebook news is probably well aware of that.

Facebook Use Impacts Students Grades

College students who frequently use Facebook spend less time studying and have lower grade point averages than students who are not members of Facebook, according to a new study from Ohio State University.

More than three- quarters of Facebook users said their use of the social networking site did not interfere with their studies.

Report: Most Businesses To Give Windows 7 Wide Birth

Professionals who still use XP machines shouldn’t plan on acting out a certain equipment destruction scene from "Office Space" anytime soon.  A new report indicates that, even though Windows 7 will be released in the near future, it may be quite some time before the average company decides to deploy the new operating system.

Mikeyy Worms Its Way Through Twitter

Update: A seventeen-year-old kid has taken credit for the worm creation.

Google Employee Sued For TOS Violation

Jeremy Schoemaker of ShoeMoney has sued a Google employee, who owns a website that uses the patented keyword “ShoeMoney” of the company.

TurboTax Using Social Media To Brighten Up Tax Season
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If you are among the millions of Americans dreading the next few days until April 15th, you are not alone. Tax season is upon us and as every form of media conspires to remind you of the significance of Wednesday, whether you do your own taxes or not, you are likely feeling some pressure.

Google Helps Identify Anonymous Blogger
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Free speech has always been an irritant to those who become the target of it; freedom in general is a frightening concept to some because of the broad blanket it throws over the righteous and the sinful alike. And as always it seems many people support the freedom concept so long as it supplies protections for the liberties they themselves choose to enjoy—enjoy the wrong set of liberties and you’ll suddenly find far fewer true believers in the founding principles of the American experiment.

Skype Founders Mull Buy Back From eBay

The founders of Internet telephone service Skype, currently owned by eBay, are interested in buying back the company they sold four years ago.

eBay To Buy Stake In Korean Retailer

eBay has plans to purchase a controlling stake in South Korean online retailer Gmarket for $413 million, at a 32.5 percent premium.

The move by eBay would help the online auctioneer to become a significant player in South Korea’s customer- to-customer online market by taking control of its key rival.

ebay will buy a 34.2 percent stake in Gmarket from its current top shareholder Interpark and Korean firm’s chairman, at $24 a share, according to unidentified sources.

Google Takes Google Update Open Source
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Google Update, which is now being referred to as Omaha, is a program that installs requested software and keeps it up to date. It comes with Google products like Google Chrome and Google Earth for Windows.

Google Goes the Privacy Route for YouTube in South Korea
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Last month, reports came out indicating that Google might have to make YouTube users in South Korea confirm their real identities if they wanted to upload or comment on content. There is a law in that country that went into effect on April 1st, that requires users to provide their ID numbers and would require Google to turn over information to the South Korean government when asked.

Amazon Removes Sales Listings For Gay Books
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Amazon.com has come under fire for removing the "Sales Rank" data for books with gay and lesbian themes.

Author Mark R. Probst wrote about the Amazon policy change on his blog Sunday.

"On Amazon.com two days ago, mysteriously, the sales rankings disappeared from two newly-released high profile gay romance books: ‘Transgressions’ by Erastes and ‘False Colors’ by Alex Beecroft. Everybody was perplexed. Was it a glitch of some sort?"

Facebook, MySpace Make Profile And App Recommendations
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Some VIP-ish individuals and application developers are about to become a lot more popular.  In what seems like a pair of noncommercial moves, Facebook and MySpace are starting to direct users towards various profiles and apps. 

CBS March Madness Traffic Up 75%
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CBSSports.com saw record-breaking traffic to its NCAA March Madness on Demand video player during the tournament this year.

In total, there were 7.52 million unique visitors to its video player, a 58 percent increase over 2008 figures. There were 8.6 million total hours of video and audio consumed, a 75 percent increase over 2008.

CBS Sports‘ coverage of the entire 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship was up 5 percent from the previous year.

Matt Cutts Answers Canonicalization Tag Question
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Google’s Matt Cutts continues to post helpful videos at Google’s Webmaster Central YouTube channel, in which he answers user questions. The latest question he tackles comes from a guy in Chicago who asks:

Does the new canonicalization tag make it safe to add tracking arguments to some of my internal links without fear that Google will split the quality signals between the two addresses?

Google Continues Market Share Climb
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Nielsen’s released its report on the March U.S. search share rankings, and there’s good news and bad news for companies that want to compete with Google.  The good: compared to other data providers, Nielsen still makes Google’s share to be out on the small side.  The bad: its share’s still increasing. 

Trading Diggs for Retweets?
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For quite some time, marketers and content producers have been seeking more diggs. While some still seek these (and others are less enthusiastic about Digg due to recent changes), we’re seeing a lot of people looking for "retweeting" of their content on Twitter.

Report: Ballmer, Bartz Talking Partnerships
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Everyone – and we know there must be a lot of you – who would rather not hear more about potential Microsoft-Yahoo deals should get ready to abandon the Internet for a little while.  It looks like a fresh round of rumors is on the way, led by a report that the two companies are discussing partnerships. 

Steve Ballmer

Interestingly, Steve Ballmer and Carol Bartz are supposed to be personally involved, which implies that some rather high-powered negotiations are taking place.  But it’s been said that a flat-out acquisition isn’t on the table this time.

Newspapers Finally Get Some Good News

It seems that the only time we write about newspapers these day is to gannett-logowrite another obituary or speculate on which newspaper is on its last legs

Google Familiarizes AdWords Users with New Interface

Google is of course testing a new interface for AdWords, and to prepare users for an easy transition, Google is putting out the resources to ensure they’re up to speed. For one, the company’s Inside AdWords Blog has announced "New Interface Thursdays." Each Thursday, they will provide an in-depth look at new features, tips and tricks, product updates, announcements, etc.

YouTube is Going Through Changes
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There are some big changes happening with YouTube. You’ve probably read recently that YouTube has teamed up with Universal on a site called Vevo that is supposedly going to be the Hulu of music videos.

Yahoo’s Focus Shifts to Social
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While Microsoft struggles with branding issues as it looks to gain some ground against Google, Yahoo is worried more about its social activities and how it stacks up against the social networks of the web.

Ask Makes Move to Cut Click Fraud

Ask.com has tapped Anchor Intelligence and will use its ClearMark software to score all of its paid search clicks.

The goal of Ask’s partnership with Anchor Intelligence is to protect its advertisers and partners from paying for fraudulent clicks.

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