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Matt Cutts Likes To Play With Spammers
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Well now that the Yahoo deal fell through, some are looking for their own opportunities to team up with Google. One such person is a guy named Rob.

Matt Cutts shared a humorous experience on his blog about a guy who wants to "purchase advertising space".  Matt shares the initial email:

    Dear Webmaster,

Simplicity and Search Quality Go Hand in Hand
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Google respects simplicity. That’s clear based on the design of their home page (assuming you don’t use iGoogle). It’s changed very little since the beginning. It’s simple, clean, and familiar. A field study from Google into the search habits of users has made it even more clear that simplicity reigns supreme when it comes to search.

Google CEO And Obama Get Cracking On Economy
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Economists and Wall Street types sent two clear messages this week in one simple statement: President-elect Obama needs to get his financial team working on the present crisis ASAP. The underlying message there is, obviously: Bush’s team is asses over elbows on this, and we can’t wait until January 20.
Google CEO And Obama Get Cracking On Economy

Eight Reasons the Internet has Changed Politics Forever
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The Internet forever has changed national politics, and this election year has made the point crystal clear. Below are eight game changers that have made the Internet more important since the last election.

Game Changer #1:

Google Comfortable Enough In Its Own Economic Shoes

Eric SchmidtGoogle CEO Eric Schmidt is a busy man as you can imagine, and has probably been even busier than usual recently, now that he has been named to the transitional economic advisory board of President-Elect Barack Obama at a time when the economy needs all the help it can get.

Facebook Ad Rates Drop

Last week, we took a look at Facebook’s financials and wondered if the social networking giant is headed for financial ruin, despite—or even because of—118% worldwide growth, 32% US growth (monthly unique visitors). Many commentators argued that any company would be overjoyed with even 32% growth. Unfortunately, that kind of thinking is the exact thinking that has brought Facebook to this point—and now Facebook’s ad rates have fallen 50%.

Search Ads Vs. Display Ads?
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Many online advertisers continue to struggle with the decision to use either search engine advertising or display advertising. Google AdWords, Yahoo Search Marketing, Microsoft AdCenter and the like, or good old fashioned banner displays. Both offer valid reasons, and each outperforms the other in different areas.

Why Not Use Both?

The Internet is No Place For Comedy
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The Internet has been accused of ruining a lot of things. Newspapers, the music industry, the film industry, the television industry, etc. So why not the stand-up comedy industry too?

It depends on who you’re talking to whether or not the Internet ruined these things or made them way better. I think most users tend to lean toward the latter. It is usually the providers of these things that have a beef with the ‘net. So naturally, this time it’s the providers of stand-up comedy who are complaining. At least the old ones.

Facebookers Look To Impeach Obama
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On most radars, Facebook wasn’t going to make the political news this week. But it is, and twice. We’ll start with the wingnut, bat-guano crazy and move on to the counterintuitive defense of a public figure by a social network executive. Nothing like some anticlimactic structure to start your weekend, eh?

But there’s surely enough in the beginning to last you: Impeach Obama groups are already appearing on Facebook.

Sigh.

Two things:

Google Sued For $3 Billion Over AdSense
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Suing for $3 billion is an almost insane act.  Combine it with a corporate name that translates to "The Age of Aquarius," and you’ve got something that should cause a judge to hurt himself laughing.  Yet since everything’s taking place in Russia, it seems possible that a new lawsuit will cause problems for Google.

Yahoo’s Flickr Sees Big Traffic Boost from Obama Shots
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At a time when Yahoo is struggling through job cuts, failed Google deals, and rejected ideas of the company still getting offers from Microsoft, at least one Yahoo property – Flickr – got

Would Twitter Turn to Paid Profiles For Businesses?
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TwitterPeople always want to know how Twitter will make money, and at the Web 2.0 Summit, CEO Evan Williams hinted at the commercial value of the service. But that doesn’t mean advertising exactly. Contentinople quotes Williams:

Things Are Looking Up For MySpace

Wow, something’s up here—this is the second time this week we’ve written about MySpace.

Women’s Online Habits Study

Want to know how to reach female shoppers online? Well a recent study might just give you a bit more of an insight into how.

A study by Microsoft with Ogilvy Chicago and Mindshare has given us some insight into the behavior of women online.

Beth Uyenco, Global Research Director of Microsoft’s Advertisers and Publisher Solutions explains more:

Jupitermedia Reports Earnings Are Down
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Jupitermedia Corporation has released its earnings report for the third quarter of 2008.

Revenues for the third quarter of 2008 were $31 million down from revenues of $34.8 million for the same period last year. The company says its loss per diluted share was $0.63 and included non-cash stock based compensation expense, legal fees related to the recent signed stock purchase agreement with Getty Images.

Ballmer (Yet Again) Rejects Idea Of Yahoo Acquisition

Earlier this week, Jerry Yang insisted that it’s in Microsoft’s best interest to buy Yahoo, and that he doesn’t regret any of what’s transpired.  We compared him to Monty Python’s Black Knight character.  Now, Steve Ballmer seems to have pulled a King Arthur and walked away from the whole mess.

Five Ways To Boost Google Product Search Sales
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Google has been pretty good about providing holidays tips lately. They’ve discussed ways of getting found in Google Product Search easier, and they have continued with this theme in a new blog post on the Official Google Base Blog.

Google Makes it Easier To Get Found in Product Search
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Last week, we looked at ways you can use Google to boost your clicks and conversions for the holiday season. One tip we discussed was submitting your products by data feed to Google Product Search.

7 Lessons on Holiday Social Media Marketing
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It appears that YouTube has been very busy.

YouTube Takes Their Embedded Videos More Seriously
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44% of YouTube users watch embedded videos. To be clear, that is not 44% of the site’s total views as NewTeeVee points out, but still nearly half of users are watching videos from other sites, blogs, social media profiles, etc.

YouTube To Stream Full-Length Feature Films

The most popular video site on the web, YouTube has long been in negotiations with movie studios to stream full-length feature films. And while there are still a lot of details to be hammered out, sources say that the deal could be complete in thirty to ninety days, according to CNET reports today.

Ballmer: Android Does Not Compute
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CEOs can be terribly stiff, always either reading from statements or phrasing things in the most cautious and neutral way possible.  Steve Ballmer doesn’t suffer from this problem, however, and the Microsoft CEO mocked Google’s Android operating system while at an investor briefing in Australia.

Obama’s Change.gov Goes Live
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Well, he didn’t waste much time. President-elect Barack Obama already has his new website up and running: Change.gov. And guess what? You can apply for a job at the White House there.

No doubt Obama utilized the Web better than any candidate before him. He raised a ton—stacks and stacks—of money online, $5 and $10 at a time, hired an SEM expert before it was even certain he’d win the primary, and took his message to YouTube.

Craigslist To Get Tough On Sex Ads
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Craigslist said today it is implementing new measures, in partnership with state law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to prevent its online classifieds from being used for prostitution, child exploitation, and other illegal activity.

The measures are part of an agreement between Craigslist, NCMEC, and attorneys general of more than 40 states. The move was spearheaded by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.