Pownce Founders Joining Six Apart Team

The first major micro-blogging casualty has emerged over the past week. Pownce, a Twitter-like lifestreaming service, announced it was closing its doors (figuratively speaking) mid-December.

MySpace Video Expands To Mobile
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MySpace announced today that it is launching video content for mobile users in beta globally and says it is the first social portal to offer streaming video for mobile.

 Amy Walgenbach, MySpace Manager of Communications, told WebProNews that, "Users are increasingly interested in portability and on-the-go access to content, so video is the natural next step for us in mobile."

Google Gives Details On Ads Quality Updates

Ads Quality concerns any and every marketer who’s the least bit interested in his ads’ positions and prices, and Google recently complicated things by making a few changes.  Luckily, Google also documented the updates’ specifics, and advertisers should find two new videos on Ads Quality very useful.

What States Have The Fastest Internet Speeds?
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If you live in Nevada, Virginia or Pennsylvania you reside in states with the fastest surf speeds in the country, according to a new study from PCMag.com.

The bottom ranking states were Wyoming (379 Kbps), Hawaii (378 Kbps) and New Mexico (322Kbps), twice as slow as top ranked Nevada.

Making Your Internet Business Eco-Friendly
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The growth of the Internet world as a means for producing revenue and gainful employment has provided those in it a unique opportunity. Rare is it to find an industry where one can produce little in the way of non-recycleable garbage and can easily and painlessly offset the negative impact they have on the world. Can those involved with the oil industry claim to be eco-friendly?

Differences Between the Most Commonly Used Keyword Suggestion Tools
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Rigid, unchanging procedures threaten any business activity. With Internet-enabled and -related enterprises, keeping up with technological progress is absolutely essential to survival. As opposed to static (unchanging) websites that are not looking to strengthen or increase their industry share, any dynamic (changing) website will have new copy, even new strategies, on an ongoing basis. Regular, extensive, ongoing keyword research is not a luxury, but a basic survival tactic.

Monster.com Founder Andrew McKelvey Dies
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Hulu Adds More User Experience Enhancing Features

Hulu introduced a couple of new features today to enhance the user experience. This comes only a week or so after the site launched other features to improve its search functionality.

The first new feature is a recommendation section for users with accounts. To get Hulu’s personalized recommendations, simply login and go to your profile page and you will find a new tab for this area.

Google Looks to Inspire Women Tech Leaders

Google is hosting a workshop for women engineers in an effort to reward female graduate students in computer science and provide inspiration for women to become "active participants and leaders in creating technology." Jessica Bagley at the Google Student Blog says it’s part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encouraging women to excel in computing and technology.

Google Reveals Fastest Growing Search Terms
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Yesterday, we looked at the top question searches on Ask for 2008, Dictionary.com’s Top Gainers of 2008, Ask’s Top Celebrity Baby Mamas of 2008, and Ask’s Top Deals & Steals Searches. We looked at the top mobile searches and the top viral videos.

Corporate Wolves Circle Yahoo’s Goose

Alright, my first prediction for 2009: Yahoo gets carved up like a Christmas goose. No more corporate pussyfooting, no more billionaire shouting matches, just the stealthy, calculated approach toward the crippled wheezing of the would-be carrion. Soon it will all be over in a rush of feathers and blood.
Corporate Wolves Circle Yahoo's Goose

Ex-AOL CEO May Have A Mind To Buy Yahoo

Jon Miller knows a few things about Internet companies and large amounts of money; he was the CEO of AOL for around four years, and is a founding partner of the Velocity Interactive Group investment firm.  So try to at least not fall out of your chair laughing when we say he might attempt to buy Yahoo.

Digital Music Sales To Rise Dramatically In The Next 5 Years

A new study by JupiterResearch, a Forrester Research company, predicts that digital music will grow from the current 18% to 41% of total sales in 5 years. Researchers credited stores like Amazon and the transition to mp3′s which make downloads portable for some of the increase.

Microsoft Aims to Make Up for Black Friday Rip Offs

On Black Friday, Microsoft Live Search along with HP promised a 40% refund on items purchased in HP’s online store. The only problem was that the site for what was called Microsoft Live Search Cashback experienced an outage and then started delivering 3% refunds instead of 40%. Obviously, there were some unhappy campers as a result.

Convenience Draws Holiday Shoppers Online

Consumers are more engaged this holiday season partly due to online promotions over Thanksgiving week, which offered discounts from 30 to 70 percent off products along with free shipping.

Convenience Draws Holiday Shoppers Online

What’s different is how early the season started, and the level of promotional activity driven by social marketing.

YouTube Gets Tougher On Sexual Content
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Marketers, young men, and YouTube’s many bikini-clad seductresses are about to get an unpleasant surprise.  As part of what appears to be a crackdown on both sexual content and more general attempts to mislead users, the video-sharing site is pushing the pretty ladies off some of its most popular pages.

Blogspot’s Content Warning Blocking Spiders
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Edgy bloggers using Google’s Blogspot might have been miffed already—but likely also understood—at Google slapping content warnings over their adult-oriented material and demanding age verification. But what might deter (poorly) minors from viewing is also preventing search crawlers from accessing the content at all.

Blogspot's Content Warning Blocking Spiders

Mobile Tuesday Meets Inevitability

Truth be told, advertisers never met a bandwagon they didn’t like. Enter the first Mobile Tuesday, an extension, of course, of Black Friday and recently created Cyber Monday. If you’re one of 18,000 who signed up via Black Friday leak sites, you should be receiving promotional offers from McDonald’s, Finish Line, and RedTag.
Mobile Tuesday Meets Inevitability

YouTube Gives Musicians Chance To Play Carnegie Hall

YouTube has announced an online contest that invites classical musicians from around the globe to submit two videos showcasing their musical abilities.

Winners from the competition will be flown to New York for a three-day music summit with top symphony music directors and other performers concluding with an April 15, 2009, Carnegie Hall concert.

Google Starts Countdown To 2009
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Never mind partridges, pear trees, turtledoves, and so forth.  To a certain search giant, one of the best presents it can give seems to be the gift of itself.  Google’s counting down the days to 2009 by presenting tips on how to use its various products and services.

Six Apart Acquiring Pownce, Pulling Plug
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Here’s hoping most Pownce users haven’t made huge plans for their holiday vacations.  It turns out that the launched-in-2007 company has been acquired by Six Apart and will shut its doors on December 15th, so they’ll likely need to spend some time becoming familiar with a different service.

Flock Works With MySpace On OpenID

Good news for those who are users of the Flock browser, the company announced today that it now supports OpenID.

Flock worked with MySpace and Vidoop to develop OpenID in the browser. Flock says that it now offers the most comprehensive discovery and management capabilities for OpenID currently available.

OpenID for Flock is now available to all Flock 2.0 users as an alpha extension. It’s available for download at https://extensions.flock.com and http://vidoop.com/labs/.

Driving While Talking On A Mobile Like Being Impaired
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Drivers are far more distracted by talking on a mobile phone than by conversing with a passenger in an automobile, according to a new study by University of Utah psychologists Frank Drews, David Strayer and Monisha Pasupathi.

The study used a sophisticated driving simulator and found that when drivers talk on a cell phone, they drift out of their lanes, and miss exists more frequently than drivers talking with a passenger.

Top Question Of 08: The Birds & the Bees
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Another search engine, another set of top ten lists for 2008. But hey, they’re always pretty interesting as a sort of mirror of our society.

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