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Google Steps In After San Bruno Explosion
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Google often steps in when disaster strikes, helping people in Chile, China, Haiti, and Pakistan (among many other places) to date.  And now that fire’s claimed several lives and many homes in San Bruno, California, the company’s trying to render assistance again.

Google to Implement Monthly Charging Limits in AdWords
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Google announced today that it is introducing a monthly charging limit for AdWords campaigns, which is automatically calculated based on advertisers’ daily budgets. 

"Over the years, many of you have told us that you’d like to be charged a consistent amount each calendar month," Google’s Dan Friedman says on the Inside AdWords blog. 

AT&T Announces Addition to Dow Jones Sustainability Index
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AT&T announced that it is being added to the 2010 Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America, effective September 20. The index looks at corporate, economic, environmental and social performance, and tracks the performance of the top 20% of the 600 biggest North American companies in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index in terms of sustainability.

Get Clients: 17 Giveaways that Attract Clients
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Most potential clients need to be touched between 7 and 9 times before they make a purchase. Many need to be touched again and again—warmed slowly until they are ready to buy. The easiest way to do this is to have a newsletter or ezine. However, in today’s fast-paced bloated-inbox world, potential clients are wary about handing out their email addresses.

Create Systems in Your Business So You Can Go On Vacation

This week, I was speaking with a client who wanted to be able to go on vacation with the knowledge that his business was still moving in the right direction. He wanted to be able to go away and be away without checking in (and stressing out) throughout the day. That conversation inspired this post.

13 Ways to Sabotage Your SEO Opportunities
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It’s easy to go awry with Website development – from browser compatibility issues to colors that just don’t work out.

Search engine optimization, an integral part of website – and beyond – is no exception. Often in ignorance, companies cause their own problems or allow issues to endure.

Here are 13 ways you can ruin SEO (but you can avoid these with a little bit of effort):

1. Bring in an SEO specialist after the fact.

Gartner Names Android Number Two Mobile OS Of 2010

According to a new report, Android will soon secure a spot as the number two mobile operating system worldwide, passing Research In Motion.  What’s more, Gartner, which prepared the report, has Android poised to take the overall lead from Symbian in 2015.

Let’s cover the near-term figures first.  Gartner believes Android will exit 2010 with a market share of 17.7 percent, just ahead of Research In Motion’s 17.5 percent.  Symbian, meanwhile, is supposed to hold a market share of 40.1 percent.

Google Announces Intent To Expand In France

A country in which Google’s search engine enjoys a market share of around 90 percent is soon going to see even more of the company.  Google’s announced that it will build a research center and help create some sort of cultural institute in France.

Given that Google has encountered resistance to its book-scanning program in France, we should note that the country’s authorities support these plans.  In fact, Eric Schmidt actually met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who approved.

Yahoo Launches Political Site For November Elections
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Yahoo News has launched “Ask America,” a new interactive and social website focused on the November 2010 elections.

The site asks Americans to share their opinions on issues playing a role in the midterm elections, including the economy, immigration, national security, energy and environment, culture and media, the courts, and the state of the union.

Ask Unveils Q&A Platform to Get Users More Answers

A couple months back, Ask unveiled its new redesign with a heavy focus on Q&A (read our interview with Ask SVP of Product Management Tony Gentile here). Now, the company has launched a Q&A Partner Platform to help grow its community of people who can answer questions.

Nokia Drops CEO, Gains Microsoft’s Elop

Nokia’s Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Elop President and CEO of Nokia. He will assume the role beginning September 21.

Google Talks White Spaces, Google TV Coming This Month?

Google has a post on its Public Policy blog talking about moving forward on white spaces. As the company notes, the five current FCC Commissioners will soon meet to set final technical rules for white spaces. 

"If it gets the rules right, the Commission will have taken a huge step to put better and faster Internet connections in the hands of the public," says Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel.

 

Schmidt Says YouTube “Nearing Profitability”
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If Eric Schmidt’s to be believed, YouTube might become profitable any time now; the CEO had only positive things to say about the site at a conference today.  However, his admission that it’s still operating in the red may come as a major disappointment to many supporters.

Google Maps for Android Gets Useful Navigation Updates
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Today, Google introduced Walking Navigation for Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android. This is described as a marriage between the existing Navigation and walking directions features. Users can also now use Street View smart navigation or the new Google Maps search bar. 

 

Glam Media Extends Reach In Men’s Content Market
Glam Media has acquired Fantastic Zero, a men’s online media company, with the aim of extending its reach into the male market in Germany.

Google Adds Analytics Support to Chrome Extensions
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If you have a Google Chrome extension, this news might interest you greatly. Google announced today that it has added support for Google Analytics to the Chrome Extension Gallery

GMC Partners With NFL For Online Contest

GMC has launched the “GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week,” in partnership with the NFL and ESPN that allows football fans to vote on the best moment or play of the week that represents determination at nfl.com/gmc.

Google Launches a New Site for Google Earth
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Google has launched a new Google Earth site featuring images, videos, tous, maps, and tutorials. 

"When you think of Google Earth, you might think about flying to the top of Mt. Everest, surveying the ancient Acropolis, or simply finding the house where you grew up," says Product Marketing Manager Tasha Danko.

Google Voice Gets New Android Widgets
Google has announced the launch of some new Android widgets for Google Voice. The widgets are available in an update to the Google Voice Android app. 

The widgets are designed to give users immediate access to their Google Voice inbox and settings from the home screen. 

Sports Fans Rely On The Internet Over Other Forms Of Media

Nearly one-third (31.5%) of sports fans cite the Internet or TV programming (30.4%) as the best resource for sports-related news and information according to a new survey from Burst Media.

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T-Mobile Unveils New Google Phone, G2
T-Mobile unveiled its G2 Google smartphone with 4G. The phone is the first designed for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which the company says covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. 

The G2 is of course the successor to the G1, which was the first Android-powered phone. It is designed by HTC. It has a 3.7-inch screen and opens to a QWERTY keyboard, and comes with Android 2.2 and a snapdragon MSM7230 mobile processor.

Adobe Launches New Flash Media Server Family
Adobe has made some announcements at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam. The biggest is Flash Media Server 4

"The release of Flash Media Sever 4 software changes the game for the delivery of rich interactive media," says David Wadhwani, SVP of Creative and Interactive Solutions at Adobe.

Yahoo Finance Chief Finds New Employer
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Yahoo Finance has long been a top property in its field, beating everything even giants like Google and Microsoft could come up with.  Unfortunately for Yahoo, Steve Schultz, the head of Yahoo Finance, found another job this week.

"Unfortunate" isn’t at all the same as "disastrous," of course.  Yahoo Finance didn’t rely on daily or monthly updates to stay ahead of the competition, and Schultz isn’t a household name, so the average user shouldn’t even notice the change.

Apple to Publish App Store Review Guidelines

Apple released a statement today regarding its App Store Review Guidelines. The company says:

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