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Is Cable Purposefully Delaying Super Fast Web?

Depending on whom you ask, you’ll get a much different answer to this question: If Japan can have 160 megabits-per-second over cable for $60 per month, why can’t we have that in the US?

Currently, the best one can do in the States is 50 Mbps for $140.

Google/Twitter Concept Inspires Imaginations
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There’s been an unbelievable amount of buzz circulating around an acquisition that everyone likes to fantasize about, but may or may not ever actually occur. I’m talking of course about Google buying Twitter.

Credit Crunch Driving Small Town Industrial Espionage?

It’s a bit of a vicious cycle: Greedy, bad actors taking advantage of the good times until good times end in bad times and a different set of greedy, bad actors start taking advantage of the bad times—and there goes a little more faith in humanity.

When the press and the security industry weren’t obsessed with the non-event of the Conficker.C worm, warnings went out about laid-off employee sabotage and theft, spam targeting the financially concerned and technological clueless. Today’s stern warning is about industrial espionage.

AP Launches News Content Protection Initiative

Protecting News Content?The Associated Press has announced its plan to launch an initiative to protect news content from "misappropriation" online.

"We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories," says AP Chairman Dean Singleton.

Google Car Harassed By British Villagers/Cops
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Google Street View cars are hitting roadblocks in England, quite literally. If it’s not the cops in one town, it’s human shields in another.

I’ve never been England, and all I know about British roads is from movies, and from what I gather they are often clogged with sheep. In one village, called Broughton, people shooed off the sheep to block the road personally. They heard they Google car was coming.

No More PPC for Amazon Associates
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Amazon is ending the payment of referral fees to associates in North America using pay-per-click (PPC) to get traffic. This is effective beginning May 1st.

The change is not temporary. Amazon will not reinstate payment of referral fees to paid search associates. They say the decision to make the change is based on their review of how they invest their advertising resources.

Google Launches Gadget for Insights for Search

Google has introduced an iGoogle gadget for Insights for Search. It displays the top rising searches and top related searches on your Google home page. Users can change the settings to show results for a specific location, keyword, category, or source.

Google Health And CVS Expand Partnership

CVS Caremark has expanded its partnership with Google Health by offering its pharmacy customers the ability to download their prescription and medication histories to their Google Health account.

Customers filling prescriptions at CVS pharmacy stores can now add their medication history to their online medical record directly from CVS.com.

FCC Chair Proposes Fifth Toothless Internet Principle

Michael Copps, who is sitting in as Interim FCC chairman in Kevin Martin’s absence until the approval of White House nominee Julius Genachowski, suggested a fifth Internet non-discrimination principle be added to the regulatory agency’s Internet Policy Statement.

Steve Case’s PayPal Rival Gets Big Funding

Steve CaseRevolution Money is an online payment company owned by AOL co-founder Steve Case.

YouTube Has More Expenses Than Revenue

First, the good news. YouTube is the most popular video site on the Internet. They’ill make $240 million in revenue. They just signed a deal with Disney to help bring in that money.

Facebook Finds Way To Save On Photo Storage

Facebook’s users are known for loving photos; the social network’s become a more popular place to upload pictures than even Flickr.  This popularity has had its price, however, and Facebook’s now trying to address the problem. 

Netflix Now Streaming South Park And Nickelodeon Shows

Netflix has announced it will be offering programming from Viacom’s MTV Networks and Comedy Central via its streaming service.

The first nine seasons of  "South Park" featuring 139 episodes are now available to be instantly streamed from Netflix.

Report: T-Mobile Finding New Uses For Android

T-Mobile’s G1 cell phone has been on the market for about six months now, and the communications company must be quite happy with its performance.  A new report indicates that T-Mobile intends to tie the Android operating system to a home phone and tablet PC, as well. 

Online Journalists Optimistic About Future

Online journalists are more optimistic about the future of their profession than those who work in traditional media, according to a new survey by the Online News Association and the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

A majority of those surveyed (57%) say the Internet is " changing the fundamental values of journalism." The biggest changes, the respondents said, were a loosening of standards (45%), more outside voices (31%) and an increased emphasis on speed (25%).

UK Online Shoppers Want Sales

UK retailers are benefiting online from the beginning of spring sales. Accroding to research from Hitwise, UK Internet visits to sites in the shopping and classifieds category increased by only 0.9%, while the "traditional" category, which features UK High Street department store sites like John Lewis, Debenhams, Littlewoods, etc. saw an increase of as much as 21%.

Many of these sites saw their first big increase since the Holiday Season. This is illustrated in the following graph:

Guardian Asks British Govt. To Investigate Google
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We’re not witnessing the death of newspapers or journalism, just the apathetic and bloody culling of evolution; those with sustainable business models will survive, and those without, well, it’s curtains for ya. Nothing personal, just the way it’s gotta be.

Yahoo Upgrades Image Search Preview Panes

Well, Yahoo’s as good as its word.  Two weeks ago, the company showed off some image search improvements and promised more were on the way.  Now it’s announced a thorough overhaul of its image search preview page.

Analysts Estimate YouTube’s Losses At $470M This Year
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It’s been about two and a half years since Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion, and according to a new report from Credit Suisse, Google’s not going to stop paying for that decision anytime soon.  YouTube might lose in the neighborhood of $470 million in 2009. 

TV Still Dominates Media Consumption
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Nielsen has shared results of its "State of the Media" research. Not that this fact is surprising, but television is still the most preferred gateway for media consumption.

Digg Gets Ready For Search Improvement
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Digg announced the unveiling of its new DiggBar yesterday to much enthusiasm. The toolbar makes Digg a direct competitor with StumbleUpon and TinyURL. You can check that out here:

AT&T Versus The Future
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If consumers and competition win, there will eventually be no dividing line between your phones (mobile and home line), your computer, your Internet access, and your TV. Ideally, it all merges into one, consumers have a choice of providers of all those services, and the providers do nothing but provide access. You can attach whatever you like that doesn’t harm the network. You can download anything legal. You can use whichever service available.

Google Rumored To Be Breaking Up With Firefox
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Google is obligated to support Mozilla’s Firefox browser through a search contract until 2011. But rumors suggest that may be the end of the Google-Firefox alliance.

People were relatively stunned when Google launched its own web browser, Chrome, and they wondered allowed what that would mean for Google’s relationship with the browser that quickly rose to the second most used browser in the world.

Drop in Email Marketing Performance Among British Retailers
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If there’s ever been a time when email marketers need to be on the ball with their communication, it’s right now. Consumers are harder to part from their cash and the competition for sales is hotter than ever. However, dotMailer’s annual benchmark study, “Hitting the Mark”, shows that the overall email marketing performance of the U.K.’s leading retailers is actually down on last year.