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A Slow Year For Web Traffic (So Far)

AT Internet Institute has provided some interesting data looking into the evolution of web traffic. So far growth is slow this year.

Twellow, the First Twitter Directory Adds Features
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Twellow is expanding nicely into different areas of Twitter-related usefulness. Today a new feature was launched, which allows you to search among your own friends and followers.

Microsoft Kumo Screenshot Emerges
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LiveSide has snagged a look at the home page of Kumo, courtesy of some un-named Microsoft employee Twitterers. It looks something like this:

Kumo Screenshot

Upon first glance, it look pretty similar to say, this:

Wanted: New Media Business Models
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What we’re seeing on the Internet right now is a major upheaval of business models, a revolution that’s going to be viciously fought from both sides, by the newbies disrupting everything, and the old-world powers very upset at how the newbies are breaking down what were lucrative barriers for them.

More to Real-Time Search Than Twitter
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Google’s Seattle site director Brian Bershad told TechFlash.com, "There’s relatively little data in Twitter," Bershad said. "I think if you could take a Twitter-like service and combine it with a lot of other data sources about the users, you might be able to come up with something more interesting."

March Madness Comes to Facebook
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March Madness is a time-honored tradition for college basketball fans in the US, and this weekend is "Selection Sunday." That means it’s bracket time.

Millions of fans will be getting online to find brackets to fill out and chart their visions for the path to the NCAA championship. Many will likely turn to Facebook, and they’re in luck because developers like CBSSports.com, Watercooler and Citizen Sports have created March Madness apps where users can create brackets, participate in discussions and pools, and find news, scores and videos from the tournament.

Create Trust, Reduce Spam with Google Friend Connect API
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Yesterday, at PubCon South, Matt Cutts talked about Google Launching the Google Friend Connect API. Shortly after WebProNews broke this story, Cutts sat down with our own Abby Johnson for an exclusive interview in which he discussed the API launch in a litle more detail.

Economy Won’t Dampen NCAA Office Pools

You might think a rough economy would put a damper on March Madness office pools this year. Not so, says Microsoft. In fact, according to their survey, Americans are betting their brackets will outperform their 401(k) this year.
NCAA Basketball

Facebook’s Extended Growth Spurt Still Going On
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The phrase "growing like a weed" really only applies to Facebook if you say it with the plant from "Little Shop of Horrors" in mind.  New Hitwise stats once again prove that the social network is attracting users at an incredible rate.

“Twitterview” Scheduled Between McCain, Stephanopoulos
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The average person, if asked to visualize George Stephanopoulos interviewing John McCain, would probably imagine both men in a television studio, wearing suits.  But this Tuesday, it seems that McCain and Stephanopoulos will instead be hunched over keyboards and possibly dressed in their jammies.

Developers Taking Advantage of Best Buy’s API
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Last month Best Buy announced a new social and API-driven initiative to give its web business a boost. The Best Buy Remix Developer Network comes with an affiliate plan that lets developers earn commissions if the traffic they send to BestBuy.com results in a sale.

As Time Runs Out, MySpace Starts Counting Pennies
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You’ve got a hundred million registered website visitors. Now what? Some say focus on growth and retention. Another might say the next step is to try and sell them things. Perhaps a third voice says both. MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe is looking for the fast track to MySpace money—his job’s on the line this year—or at least to where he last saw a few hundred million bucks laying around. 

Facebook Vanity URLs Could Help Search Engine Rankings
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Facebook is the most popular social network in the world. In areas where others have advantages over it, Facebook seems to be making changes to improve.Obviously there is the new Twitter-like functionality of its real-time news feeds/filters. But Mike Arrington points out another thing that Facebook is starting to do – vanity URLs.

Would Jesus Game Digg?
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The United States Marines, the Mormon Church, and the Korean Department of Tourism are all paying Australian-based uSocial to game Digg.com for them, according to a blog post at the Los Angeles Times.
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eBay Claws Way Out Of “Sell” Wasteland
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It may be time for investors to stop feverishly disposing of their eBay shares.  Financial firm Collins Stewart has given the online auction company a small nod of approval by upgrading it from "sell" to "hold." 

The Anti-Zen Of Keyword Analysis
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I suppose the best way to look at a list of popular search queries is from a kind of Taoist it-is-what-it-is perspective. Trying to find meaning in the collective conscience could drive one batty, especially if you’re the judge and despair type.

Google Reader Now Offers Comments For Entries

Google is not not not building a social network. Really. They’re not. They’re just adding features to every product ever made to enable you to communicate and otherwise share information among your peer group and store all your information in a centralized place. That’s soooo not a social network, so I don’t need anybody telling me about how Google Reader’s new comment feature shows that they’re a social network.

Reporters Without Borders Names “Internet Enemies”
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PR reps at Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft can breathe a small sigh of relief; in a new document from Reporters Without Borders titled "Internet Enemies," they’re not among the things identified as foes.  It even looks like Reporters Without Borders might be starting to regard them as allies. 

Skype Could Be For Sell, Would You Buy?

eBay has been busy announcing changes and fueling speculation around others. According to the WSJ the online skype-logomarketplace is going back to its roots as an “internet flea market” , as well as moving away from the retail model that Amazon owns and concentrating more on PayPal.

Searching for Answers Google Doesn’t Have
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A new way of searching is on the way, and will come under the label Wolfram Alpha. This is a "knowledge engine" built by Stephen Wolfram, which allows users to ask questions and receive a single definitive answer rather than a page of results pointing to pages that may or may not have the answers they are looking for.

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Time Warner Inc has named Tim Armstrong, Google Senior Vice President, as its new Chairman and CEO of AOL, in a move it hopes will help the company improve its advertising sales and prepare it for a spin-off.

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Time Warner Inc has named Tim Armstrong, Google Senior Vice President, as its new Chairman and CEO of AOL, in a move it hopes will help the company improve its advertising sales and prepare it for a spin-off.

Google

Time Warner Inc has named Tim Armstrong, Google Senior Vice President, as its new Chairman and CEO of AOL, in a move it hopes will help the company improve its advertising sales and prepare it for a spin-off.

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Time Warner Inc has named Tim Armstrong, Google Senior Vice President, as its new Chairman and CEO of AOL, in a move it hopes will help the company improve its advertising sales and prepare it for a spin-off.