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eBay’s Q4 Earnings Not Apocalyptic
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People have, at least to some degree, become accustomed to the recession.  Yesterday’s 330-point drop in the Dow didn’t seem so bad, for example, following the recent string of 500-point losses.  And yet, even under conditions such as these, eBay’s fourth quarter financial report didn’t look too good.

Using the Data that Site Search Uncovers
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I recently posted about ways to get more conversions out of Google Site Search. This was based on tips that Google itself offered for capitalizing on its potential. These tips were:

1. Make your search box easy to find
2. Make sure search is always available
3. Customize the appearance of search to fit your site
4. Experiment
5. Be open to feedback
6. Learn what users are looking for

Hudson Plane Crash & Obama Show Social Media Legitimacy
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I’ve seen at least two stories today that remind us why social media can be a legitimate venue for good information. If you haven’t been able to grasp the concept yet, perhaps this will help.

Microsoft Ready to Throw Big Bucks at Yahoo Search?

Well, Microsoft, you just cut 5000 jobs and missed your Wall Street estimates. What are you going to do now? If you guessed they’re going to Disney World, you’re wrong. No, according to Steve Ballmer, they’re looking to drop some big bucks on Yahoo search.

Twitter Surpasses Digg in Traffic
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Hitwise has shared some data showing that Twitter has surpassed Digg in terms of market share of visits for the first time since its launch. They’re not exactly the same kind of service, but it is still an interesting comparison between two popular social sites.

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Socializing Advertising
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In these uncertain economic times, advertisers need to make their ads count if they don’t want to throw away precious dollars on ineffective Internet advertising. Online advertising is still a great way to market your business, as it is highly targeted, and can provide both an unparalleled branding appeal and instant conversion (depending on the nature of the ad). But effective ads must be engaging. They must give a viewer a reason to care. That is a large part of the battle.

Caring and Sharing

Global Internet Audience: One Billion and Counting
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comScore is reporting that the total global Internet audience (age 15 and older from home and work computers) has surpassed 1 billion visitors in December 2008. Take a look at what share of that is in what region:

Mr. Cauz, Tear Down This Wall
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Fans of general resource material likely had mixed emotions about Encyclopedia Britannica president Jorge Cauz’s announcement and subsequent fightin’ words this week. Adding public editing Britannica.com is an exciting step, but bloviated rips on Wikipedia was all ooh and no ahh.

That’s because there’s no need after all (for us, Google, or Wikipedia) to feel defensive—any thunder Cauz could bring down is still a long way out.

Remember Scrappy Doo? Don’t know why I bring him up. Just thought of him for some reason.

Hate Mowing Your Lawn?
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RoboLabs has introduced a handy little product that could be the salvation for all the people out there who dread mowing their lawn.

SmartMow Series-1 takes the work out of cutting your lawn by autonomously mowing your yard.

After installing a perimeter wire in your yard, SmartMow can be activated by using a security card. It moves in a circular pattern to detect the perimeter wire and follow it back to the docking station. When it reaches the docking station, it continues mowing in a random pattern.

The Pope Goes YouTube
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The Vatican has launched its own YouTube Channel. Now the site is the destination of choice for both the President of the United States of America and the Pope.

Google Offers Employee Option Exchange Program
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As you’re probably aware by now, Google released its financial results for the fourth quarter yesterday, and although they managed to beat the analysts’ expectations, they also had a drop in profit.

LinkedIn Eases Content Sharing
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LinkedIn has had a bookmarklet available for Firefox for some time, but now it is available for both Internet Explorer and Firefox. Previously, the bookmarklet did not allow users to share news with user created groups.

With this new release, users can share news with their LinkedIn Connections, Company Groups, or user Created Groups from anywhere on the web.

Google Base Help Forum Rolls Out Welcome Mat
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The Google Base Help Forum – or at least a person who runs it – doesn’t want you to forget that the resource is there.  A "new" layout that’s more than two months old is getting a little spotlight time.

China Continues Online Crackdown
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China is continuing its Internet crackdown on pornography in what it claims is an effort to protect youth from vulgarity while maintaining it has nothing to do with quieting political dissent.

YouTube to Let Big Content Providers Sell Ads
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YouTubeReports suggest that YouTube will soon begin letting big content providers sell ads on their content that appears on YouTube. This would be an interesting way to break legal tension between the hugely popular video site and the content owners who feel their copyright is being infringed upon when users upload it.

Belkin

There it is again, you hear it? That’s the sound of consumer trust clinking against the sides of the shaft as it falls, down, down, down. Belkin is just the latest company to drop trust equity down the sewer.

Belkin

There it is again, you hear it? That’s the sound of consumer trust clinking against the sides of the shaft as it falls, down, down, down. Belkin is just the latest company to drop trust equity down the sewer.

Belkin

There it is again, you hear it? That’s the sound of consumer trust clinking against the sides of the shaft as it falls, down, down, down. Belkin is just the latest company to drop trust equity down the sewer.

Belkin
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There it is again, you hear it? That’s the sound of consumer trust clinking against the sides of the shaft as it falls, down, down, down. Belkin is just the latest company to drop trust equity down the sewer.

Washington Post Launches Political Database
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The Washington Post has launched a new site called WhoRunsGov.com that consists of comprehensive profiles of people in politics and the government.

Currently the site is focused on people involved in the government and politics on a national level but plans are in the works to expand it to include state officials, experts at think tanks and interest groups.

Google Beats Analysts’ Expectations Yet Again

Google was one of few successful companies on the stock market today; it provided a little bit of green within big lists of numbers that were otherwise mostly red.  This trend continued as the search giant released its fourth quarter financial results. 

Britannica Goes 2.0, Prez Slams Wikipedia/Google
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Encyclopedia Britannica is finally giving in to user-generated crowd wisdom—to an extent but not without some harsh fightin’ words aimed toward Google and Wikipedia.
Britannica Goes 2.0, Prez Slams Wikipedia/Google

AOL Sites Saw Solid Growth In 2008
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AOL has announced that its sites saw significant growth in 2008 with page views increasing to 71 billion from 48 billion, up 47 percent for the year.

Unique visitors grew from a monthly average of 70.4 million to 73.4 million, and total minutes increased from 40 billion to 47 billion year-over-year, up 17 percent, according to comScore.

Digg CEO Talks Future Plans

Jay Adelson  - Digg CEODigg CEO Jay Adelson announced some plans for Digg in 2009 today. They involve reducing workers in certain areas and adding workers in others.