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Top 5 Reasons YouTube is a Great Educational Tool
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Google may be frequently coming up with different ways to monetize YouTube lately, and the community may be full of silly, or dare I even say stupid videos, but there are plenty of educational ones too, and besides that, YouTube can make for a great platform for education in general. I’m not talking just about in schools, although I don’t see why it can’t apply there too.

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YouTube Offering Sponsored Videos
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YouTube’s at it again. Monetization that is. They’re now offering Sponsored videos.

Unauthorized Content Spread Costs Publishers Dearly
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Online publishers might be able to forget about this whole economic crisis thing.  A firm called Attributor has identified a potential source of income that, while potentially difficult to claim, is both huge and rightfully theirs.

U.S. Regulators Issue Internet Gambling Rule
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve have issued the final rule to implement the controversial Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

The Act prohibits gambling businesses from accepting payments from unlawful Internet gambling sites, including payments made with credit cards, electronic funds transfers, and checks.

Google Alleviates Privacy Concerns About Flu Tracker
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Yesterday Google announced its Flu Trends tool, which tracks outbreaks of the Flu. Of course like with just about everything Google does, there are critics, and very often the concerns of these critics stem from privacy issues. This case is no different.

So before the speculation and criticism spirals too far out of control, Google decided to nip it in the bud, and address these things right away. A post at the Official Google Blog says:

At Least the Virtual Economy Isn’t Too Bad Yet
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More people might want to start using Second Life, because the economy in that world doesn’t seem to be as bad as that in reality. Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, released some data about their third quarter, with user hours reaching their highest ever.

Second Life User Hours

Windows Live Making Big Social Leap

A new version of Windows Live is arriving, and a heavy emphasis has been put on all things social.  Certain aspects of the Microsoft property now look reminiscent of Facebook and MySpace, and agreements have been reached with some of the top names in Web 2.0.

Pubcon: SEO Strategies Various Companies Have Employed

This session had the various speakers highlighting the SEO/SEM strategy their companies have employed, the challenges they have faced in the field as well as the areas that need to be worked upon.

Moderator:

  • Joseph Morin

Speakers:

Pubcon: Brett Tabke’s 26 Steps To 15k a Day
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There’s no need to introduce Brett Tabke’s ’26 Steps To 15k a Day’. The page, that was posted almost seven years ago, has had nearly 29 million page views and 15 million unique visitors. It has also been used as a training manual by numerous Fortune 100 companies.

Facebook Postings Land Teachers In Hot Water
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Half a dozen teachers in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district face disciplinary action and firings for posting derogatory comments about students on Facebook.

Four of the teachers have been disciplined for posts involving "poor judgment and bad taste," spokeswoman Nora Carr told the Charlotte Observer.

Apple Rumor Mill Working Overtime
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AppleMichael Arrington at TechCrunch asks if Apple is building a search engine, pretty much creating rumors and squashing them all within a few paragraphs. The story is interesting to note, though.

PubCon: Succeeding At Local And Mobile Search

For the moment, never mind the "world wide" aspect of the Web.  A whole lot of any business’s customers are likely to come from its home region, and so a PubCon session called "Local and Mobile" search took a look at ways in which companies can best serve these nearby individuals.

(Coverage of PubCon continues at WebProNews Videos.  Stay with WebProNews for continued coverage from the event this week.)

Linking Out Can Be A Valuable Marketing Strategy

Linking out is a valuable marketing strategy on a number of levels.

It increases the utility of your site. People will see you as being helpful. People will see you as non-partisan i.e. not always favoring your own stuff. Webmasters may see your inbound link in their logs and follow them back to you. Links are, at the most fundamental level, a connection between people.

Pepsi’s Social Media Challenge
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Recently, PepsiCo and Edelman Digital staged a small event to tap the minds of 25 social media marketing experts about how best to engage the online community. The event began with mystery packages and ended with a discussion in a special branded area of FriendFeed called the Pepsi Cooler.

The results, though, seem a little flat.

UK Consumers Spend More Online Than U.S. Shoppers
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Online shopping is expected to increase globally this year, but there is a difference between the purchasing habits of U.S. consumers compared to those in the UK.

The average UK consumer will spend 40 percent more online than the average U.S. consumer and make 24 percent more purchases online, according to a new study from JupiterResearch, commissioned by LinkShare.

The PubCon Buzz: Day 2

1WebProNews is in full force at Pubcon, this time not only covering the event, but presenting as well.

PubCon: Reputation Management Tips
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It shouldn’t come as news to anyone that people are watching their money closely these days.  Where they simply may have placed orders before, consumers might Google companies and shy away due to any problems they find.  As a result, reputation management is more important than ever.

Microsoft Getting Deal With Verizon Instead Of Google?

Guess what? Microsoft might actually get a search deal done without Google getting up in its grill. According to reports, Microsoft is close to signing a search deal with Verizon Wireless–making Live Search the default search engine.

PubCon: Real-World Winning Tactics For Content Creation
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Creating relevant content for a Web site is one of the most important things an individual or organization can do and at the PubCon session "Real-World Winning Tactics For Content" focused on ways to manage and achieve that goal.

(Coverage of PubCon continues at WebProNews Videos.  Stay with WebProNews for continued coverage from the event this week.)

MySpace Getting Ready to Launch Primetime Application
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Tomorrow, MySpace will be launching the "MySpace Primetime Application", an app that allows users to embed, search, and watch content from Hulu and MySpaceTV on their pages. The application is a product of a partnership with Hulu, Warner Bros, and Sony.

Primetime App Page

Report: Microsoft Close To Mobile Deal(s) With Verizon

If Google doesn’t do something special, a mobile search deal between Microsoft and Verizon may be cemented in the near future.  A new rumor has Microsoft offering Verizon a far more lucrative arrangement than what the Mountain View-based search giant originally suggested.

IBM Agrees To Help Build Broadband Network Over Power Lines

IBM has partnered with International Broadband Electric Communications (IBEC) on a $9.6 million agreement to have Big Blue install Broadband over Power Line (BPL) networks at electric cooperatives through out the eastern U.S.

The concept of broadband over power lines has widely been thought of as a dead end idea but with IBM’s backing it is now being resurrected.

Exploring the History of the Future with Google Earth
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Google has teamed up with Past Perfect Productions, UCLA, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia to bring Ancient Rome back to life with a new Google Earth layer.

Can Google Save Us From Pestilence?
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Google is sometimes called "evil" by its critics. Often this has to do with advertising or privacy concerns, but critics might want to consider the notion that Google’s efforts might potentially prevent the spread of plague and dare I even say the apocalypse. A bit of a stretch? Maybe, but watch this video from Google.org, and you will get a sense of where I’m going with this.