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Businesses Benefit From Reviews On Their Website

Small businesses that features reviews on their website are seeing significant returns, according to a new survey from RatePoint.

Among the 30 percent of small business retailers who had product reviews on their websites, 43 percent said reviews had led to more sales, while 28 percent indicated they had resulted in more traffic.
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Ad Council Launches New AOL-Backed Social Site for PSAs

The Advertising Council, which is the leading producer of public service announcements in the United States, has unveiled a new site at MyAdCouncil.org. The site is intended to encourage advertising agencies, media companies, and advertisers to expand the reach of their PSAs by using social media platforms.

Some Bing Users Seeing Latest Posts on Publisher Searches

Bing appears to be either testing or rolling out a new feature for news sites in its search results. The feature brings up a few of the most recent posts from a news source, when that source itself is the query.

I say this is either a test or a gradual roll out, because it is not happening in my own searches. TechCrunch has a piece about the feature (and a screenshot), which shows it, so evidently some people have it.

Anonymous Comment Costs School Employee His Job

Most of us have blogs, right? How do you react to anonymous vulgar comments? Hit SPAM, right? Yeah, me too. And so did the Director of Social Media for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Kurt Greenbaum. The first time. But when the anonymous commenter again posted the single-word vulgarity, Greenbaum tracked his IP address—to a school.

Google Earth 5.1 Released
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Most people place a premium on speed.  Fast cars, fast computers, and even fast food joints are often regarded as better than slower-moving alternatives.  Google Earth users may be glad to hear, then, that Google Earth 5.1 has been released and speed is its most marketable quality.

Sony Can

Sony has begun taking pre-orders for its new electronic reader, the Reader Daily Edition, but due to unexpected demand it can’t guarantee shipments before the holidays.

Its $399 Reader Daily Edition is available for pre-order on SonyStyle.com, but the company says it will ship between December 18 and January 8, and "an actual delivery date cannot be guaranteed."

Sony Can

Sony has begun taking pre-orders for its new electronic reader, the Reader Daily Edition, but due to unexpected demand it can’t guarantee shipments before the holidays.

Its $399 Reader Daily Edition is available for pre-order on SonyStyle.com, but the company says it will ship between December 18 and January 8, and "an actual delivery date cannot be guaranteed."

Sony Can

Sony has begun taking pre-orders for its new electronic reader, the Reader Daily Edition, but due to unexpected demand it can’t guarantee shipments before the holidays.

Its $399 Reader Daily Edition is available for pre-order on SonyStyle.com, but the company says it will ship between December 18 and January 8, and "an actual delivery date cannot be guaranteed."

Sony Can

Sony has begun taking pre-orders for its new electronic reader, the Reader Daily Edition, but due to unexpected demand it can’t guarantee shipments before the holidays.

Its $399 Reader Daily Edition is available for pre-order on SonyStyle.com, but the company says it will ship between December 18 and January 8, and "an actual delivery date cannot be guaranteed."

MySpace Picks Up Imeem

Imeem, which was able to declare itself "the first and only social networking service to secure licenses from all four major music companies" about two years ago, now appears to be folding.  Reports indicate that MySpace is set to acquire the business for a rather piddling amount.

Imeem was once a fairly successful organization.  In addition to sealing the music company deals, it’d earned the backing of Sequoia Capital (which funded Apple, Yahoo, Google, and YouTube over the years), and was attracting around 25 million visitors per month.

YouTube On Verge Of Supporting 1080p Video
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YouTube will soon put even more distance between itself and its old reputation for being a repository of crummy-looking, user-generated content.  Support for watching 1080p HD videos in full resolution is due to be introduced on Monday.

Google May Take Over More Design Jobs
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Web designers beware. Google is expanding its templates for Google Sites, which is part of Google Apps, and the company is really pushing Google Apps these days. What this means is that as more businesses adopt Google Apps and find a wider variety of site templates to choose from, the less they may need the services of web designers for basic design work (developers are a different story).

Vevo Gets Official Launch Date

Vevo, the highly anticipated music video site from YouTube, Universal, and Sony, now has an official release date. Vevo was previously announced to be launching in December, but now the date of December 8th has been set.

Vevo is striving to be the Hulu for music videos. Watch this guy talking about the launch party (not the woman pictured):

Google to Show Off Chrome OS This Week
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Update: According to TechCrunch, Google will be holding a special Chrome OS event on Thursday morning, where they will show off demos and give an overview of the product, now said to be launching next year.

Facebook Catapults Into Third Place Among Video Sites
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When tracking statistics from month to month, we’re often forced to examine very tiny changes, and determining whether they’re significant can be tough.  Facebook just made things easy, jumping from tenth place to third on a list of top video sites in definitely-momentous move.

Online video ads increase engagement
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Online video ads perform better in content sites such as news, finance, sports, and music than in social networks or gaming sites, according to a new study by ad firm Eyeblaster.

The study found that video advertising increases engagement, doubling Dwell Time (the amount of time users engage with an ad) and increases Dwell Rate (the number of ad impressions leading to users engaging with an ad), by 20 percent.

LinkedIn, Microsoft Outlook To Forge Ties

Heavy users of LinkedIn and Microsoft Outlook will soon have to do a lot less tab-toggling.  Microsoft has introduced something called the Outlook Social Connector, and early next year, LinkedIn will become the first networking site to support it.

MySpace Launches New Music Charts
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Today MySpace announced the beta launch of MySpace Music Charts. This is the social networks’ attempt at ranking musicians based on popularity.

UK Police Arrest 2 Over ZeuS Trojan
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British police said today they have made Europe’s first arrests in the battle against an online Trojan which threatened to compromise thousands of computers in the UK.

The ZeuS or Zbot Trojan, a type of sophisticated malicious malware, is believed to have infected and accessed personal information from tens of thousands of computers around the world.

Big Xing Stake Snapped Up By Burda Media

A major change has taken place behind the scenes at Xing, the business networking company based in Hamburg, Germany.  Burda Media is now the primary shareholder due to a transaction that saw it purchase a lot of stock from Cinco Capital GmbH.

Burda bought a whopping 1,323,041 shares for €36.50 each (which works out to about $72.3 million).  It controls a 25.1 percent stake in Xing as a result.  This wasn’t any sort of hostile takeover, though.

Salesforce’s “Facebook for the Enterprise”
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Salesforce.com has introduced a new enterprise collaboration application called Salesforce Chatter. A representative for the company bills it as a "Facebook for the Enterprise."

Smartphones Driving Non-Voice Communications

The increase in mobile device usage for non-voice communications, such as text messages, email and Internet access is being driven primarily by the popularity of smartphones, according to a new study by BIA/Kelsey.

BIA/Kelsey’s Mobile Market View study, found 18.5 percent of consumers searched the Internet for products or services in their local areas, up from 15.6 percent in 2008, and 16.7 percent visited a social network such as MySpace or Facebook, up from 9.6 percent in 2008.

Yahoo Messenger Goes Video with New Version
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Update: Yahoo Messenger 10 is now out of beta. Features include: high quality video calling, Yahoo Updates view of your contacts list, and availability in 16 languages.

Original Article: Yahoo Messenger Version 10 is now available in beta. New features include enhanced video calling, courtesy of GIPS, friend updates from Yahoo, Flickr, Twitter, and others through the new updates view, and improved language support.

Hulu Gets Feet Wet in the Music Video Pool

Hulu and record label EMI have struck a deal, which will give the video content site some music videos, one area in which the site has lacked. Hulu fans shouldn’t get too excited about the site becoming a big music video destination just yet though.

The deal, according to the New York Times, is to give artists Norah Jones her own channel (which is already live), and over time, add more EMI artists. The Norah Jones channel has all of her music videos, concert footage, and interviews.