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Google Looks to Make ID Info More Transparent
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Google has an interesting post on its Public Policy blog, talking about how users can identify (or not identify) themselves, when using Google services. The company says it’s looking at ways to make such information more transparent.

According to Google there are three types of product use, and they each "have a home" at Google, but for different purposes:

Search Google For Just Businesses That Are Currently Open

Google has launched a feature for its iPhone and Android mobile search that lets you see results for only local businesses that are actually open at the time of the search. While this may not seem incredibly helpful during normal business hours, it marks a tremendous boost in relevancy for late night searches. 

Murder, Abortion and Googlebombs

Proving the adage that what’s old is new again, Googlebombs are back in the news, and, of course, they’re being used to grandstand about a sensitive subject. Considering the subject matter — murder and abortion — the back and forth for this one should be a clean and respectful discourse concerning the different reactions such a subject produces… and maybe the iPad 2 will be free for everyone.

In other news, clearly, the time format on my Google Reader must be set to 2004.

FBI: Internet Crime Complaints Top 300,000 In 2010
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In 2010 there were 303,809 complaints of Internet crime, the second-highest total in 10 years according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

The IC3 received an average of 25, 317 complaints per month in 2010. Non-delivery of payment or merchandise accounted for the most common complaints (14.4%). Scams using the FBI’s name (13.2%) and identity theft (9.8%) rounded out the top three types of complaints.

 

YouTube Movie Service May Launch In UK
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YouTube users in the UK may soon gain access to a bigger and better selection of movies through the site – if they’re willing to fork over a fee.  Rumor has it that Google intends to begin testing a Netflix-like subscription service in the region.

Demand Media Responds to Google Content Farm Update
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Demand Media issued a statement in response to Google’s algorithm change, announced last night. The update "noticeably impacts" 11.8% of Google queries, according to Google. While Google’s announcement doesn’t come right out and use the phrase "content farms", the update is widely considered to be aimed at them. 

Social Media: More than Twitter and Facebook? Uh, yeah.
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The following post is based on a discussion at the Cincinnati Social Media LinkedIn Group.

In what seems to be a race to oversimplify EVERYTHING, we’re creating misdefinitions. In many cases there’s simply (a lot) more to the story.

Social media provides the latest example. Do you know anyone with "T&F Tunnel Vision?" This unfortunate condition involves the assumption that the social media landscape starts and ends with Twitter and Facebook.

Fashion Brands Using Facebook To Best Effect
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Lots of companies have a strong presence on Facebook, with Chipotle, Ford, and NBC all making significant moves just this week.  But when it comes to effective marketing in the UK, new data from Experian Hitwise indicates that fashion brands know how to use Facebook best.

Can Groupon Own The Deals Space?
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Can Groupon own the deals space the way Google owns search? It’s hard to imagine the space being dominated by any one company. Forget for a second that it has Google and Facebook to contend with, and even LivingSocial (previously cited as its closest competitor). 

What deals sites have you tried? How successful were your campaigns? Tell us about it

Netgear Talks Ramifications of Transition to IPv6
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It was recently revealed that the pool for IPv4 addresses had been depleted, meaning that the protocol for the Internet as we know it has been used up, and the transition to the next-generation IPv6 is beginning. 

Drew Meyer, Senior Director of Marketing for Networking product vendor Netgear shared some thoughts on the transition with WebProNews. 

Report: Pres. Of MySpace Music To Step Down
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In fairness to MySpace: its brand recognition is off the charts, and it still receives traffic for which many sites’ owners would kill.  But just about everyone who doesn’t work for the unit agrees that it’s declining, and now it looks like the president of MySpace Music has joined that crowd.

ChaCha Sues HTC Over ChaCha Trademark

Earlier this month, HTC unveiled some new mobile devices with Facebook hardware buttons. One is called the Salsa, and the other is called the ChaCha. Believe it or not, ChaCha, the company, wasn’t thrilled with the name. 

ChaCha is suing HTC over the trademark. ChaCha co-founder Scott Jones gave us the following statement:

MyBlogLog Coming to An End
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Yahoo is shutting down MyBlogLog, a service acquired by the company a few years ago, that lets you see who’s been visiting your blog. It’s been known for quite some time that it would happen, but users received an email today setting the date. It said: 

You have been identified as a customer of Yahoo! MyBlogLog. We will officially discontinue Yahoo! MyBlogLog effective May 24, 2011. Your agreement with Yahoo!, to the extent that it applies to the Yahoo! MyBlogLog, will terminate on May 24, 2011.

Google Gets Cooking With Recipe View
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Google has introduced a new way to help people better find recipes with a new feature called Recipe View.

Recipe View allows users to narrow their search results to show only recipes, and it displays ratings, ingredients and pictures on the search results page.

Another Shake-Up in the AOL Content Leadership Department

AOL recently lost a couple of editors of its popular gadget blog Engadget. Now, an even bigger player in the company’s content strategy is leaving. President of AOL Media and Studios, David Eun told staff he is leaving the company in an email. The letter started:

Demand Media Goes on the Defensive About Content Quality
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Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt mentioned in the company’s earnings call the other day that Demand Media was ready to set out and rigorously start defending its content, as it falls victim to a great deal of criticism over quality. 

Corona Launches Text Campaign To Raise Money For Cancer Cure

 Corona is launching a new text donation campaign to help The V Foundation for Cancer Research raise money for a cancer cure.

 Starting March 1 through April 5, the “Find a Cure” text donation campaign invites people to text “DontGiveUp” to 85944 to donate $5 to The V Foundation, with all of the money going to fund cancer research.

Bing Spreads Facebook “Liked Results”
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People who use both Facebook and Bing should soon become more familiar than ever with the concept of "social search."  The integration of Facebook "Likes" into Bing’s results is continuing so that searchers can see which sites have earned their friends’ approval.

Google Launches Cloud Connect Worldwide

Google has announced the worldwide availability of Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. The product was first announced in November, spawned from the company’s acquisition of DocVerse, which specialized in real-time sharing and editing of documents. 

Cloud Connect lets Office users automatically sync and backup their documents with Google Doc, so they’re always accessible on the web, and able to be shared with others. 

Overstock.com Hit with Google Penalty
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There is an interesting trend of big brand sites getting busted for gaming Google, and gaining mainstream media attention lately. A couple weeks ago, JCPenney was busted for paid links, then Forbes attracted some similar attention.

Payvment Opens Social Shopping Mall On Facebook
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Social ecommerce platform Payvment has launched the first-ever shopping mall on Facebook.

Payvment says its “Shopping Mall” on Facebook offers over one million searchable products and includes a directory of ecommerce stores, from celebrity brands to local merchants.

 

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Apple Macbook Pro Release Complemented by Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview
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Apple made a couple significant announcements today. The major one is that it has updated its Macbook Pro family of devices, but they have also launched a developer preview of the Mac OS X Lion operating system. 

Content Marketer or Content Farm?
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You’ve probably been hearing a lot about content farms, the low-rent district for content marketing. Google has avowed a crackdown on content farming, threatening to lower their rankings in search results.

Apple Macbook Pro Gets Processor, Graphics, Thunderbolt I/O Update
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The Apple Macbook Pro family has been updated with new next-generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. 

FaceTime has become a popular selling point of Apple’s iPhone, and the iPad 2 is expected to accommodate it as well.