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Microsoft Travels The Silk Road

Microsoft has launched a new project aimed at web publishers and developers, entitled "Project Silk Road," in which the latest step combines a content management system with the ability to sell ads. Microsoft explains more about Silk Road:

Facebook Gets Rid Of Some Neo-Nazi Groups
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Facebook users may be glad to know that the social network is rid of a few neo-Nazi groups this morning.  After a protest arose over some anti-gypsy pages, Facebook pulled the things, citing terms of use that forbid intimidation and harassment.

Facebook Phone Surfaces
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3 Mobiles has unveiled the first "Facebook phone," though in all fairness, it is more of a "Facebook, Windows Live Messenger, Last.fm, Skype Phone." The phone comes from a new manufacturer called INQ, and is made exclusivley for the UK-based provider3 Mobiles.

The phone called simply the INQ¹, is being touted as the world’s most advanced social networking phone. It provides one-click access to Facebook features and integrates the other aforementioned services into the heart of the phone.

Microsoft Live Search Cashback Paying Off
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Microsoft says that its Live Search cashback program, launched in May to attract more users has done well in three key areas.

Its cashback program has had a positive return on investment for advertisers (ROI), percentage of search queries for commercial purposes, and the number of advertising offers on the system.

Google Docs And Spreadsheets Still In The Shallow End
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Microsoft may be down compared to Google in terms of search – some of the most conservative estimates suggest Google’s market share is five times bigger – but the Redmond-based corporation still has little to fear as far as productivity software goes.  Google Docs and Spreadsheets is growing at a gastropod’s pace.

Why Yahoo News Was Number One on Election Night
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You may have heard that Yahoo News was the most popular site on the night of the United States Presidntial Election ten days ago. Now comScore has confirmed this along with some numbers for other sources making up the top five:

eBay Pledges Not to Sell Inaugural Tickets
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eBay is saying "yes you can’t" to would be sellers wanting to scalp tickets on the site to President -elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20.

eBay reached the decision after meeting with officials from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), head of the committee said earlier this week she was writing both eBay and Craigslist asking the Web sites not to sell any inauguration tickets.

AOL Still Reaching Record Numbers

AOLYou would think that the growth of broadband usage would take away from AOL’s business. That and the fact that they’ve been closing down services like mad.  Despite these things, AOL has managed to hit an all time high when it comes to traffic numbers, and has experienced year-over-year growth for unique visitors for the 21st month in a row.

The following AOL sites reached all-time high page view numbers in October:

The PubCon Buzz: Day 3

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

eBay Seller Reaches Feedback Milestone
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One eBay seller has reached a milestone by surpassing the one million mark in positive feedback from customers.

eBay Seller Reaches Feedback Milestone

PubCon: Aaron Wall Talks Link Buying Without Getting in Trouble
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Aaron Wall knows a thing or two about SEO. He’s been in this game as long as I can remember. He’s the brains behind the hugely popular SEOBook. When he talks about ways of getting links, people looking to increase their search engine rankings should pay attention.

Our own Mike McDonald scored an interview with him out in Las Vegas while attending the PubCon conference. Video of that can be seen below.

PubCon: Getting Rid Of Duplicate Content
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The issue of duplicate content is something that all webmasters and site owners have to take into consideration and the PubCon session "Getting Rid of Duplicate Content Once and For All," addresses that challenge.

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

PubCon: Microsoft Live Search Keynote Address
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Microsoft’s moving forward in more ways than one.  Even as it announced a new and more social Windows Live redesign this morning, Satya Nadella, a senior vice president, gave some details on the search side of things during a PubCon keynote.

Relevant Content Boosts Sales For eTailers
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When laying out your next email ad campaign, ask yourself if you’re putting the close up front where the opening is for the hard sell, or if you’re educating the customer toward an obvious purchase. It makes a difference. I have numbers.

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.

1. Powerpoint Presentations

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.