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eBay Announces Holiday Promotions
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More than a few experts believe this holiday season will be brutal on the retail sector, and as a result, just about every company that connects with consumers is gearing up for battle.  Today, eBay unveiled its plan of attack, and it’s a multipronged doozy.

Kids See Less Online Ads Than Adults

Younger Internet users between the ages of 12-17 years old are accustomed to less online advertising on the Web sites they visit than adults of all ages, according to a new report from Nielsen Online.

An analysis of online advertising clutter found that Internet users 65+ were exposed to the most clutter, while children 2-11 experienced the least.

Since Web sites geared towards children have little to no advertising, it is not unusual that the youngest Web site visitors are usually exposed to a low level of advertising clutter.

Google Promotes Expression and Privacy

In honor of the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Google has gotten on board with the Global Network Initiative (whose site will become available soon at globalnetworkinitiative.org).

Microsoft Takes Office Cloud-ward
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Microsoft is taking its Office program and going online. The next release of Microsoft Office will include Office Web applications, “lightweight” versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

The company’s announcement follows yesterday’s unveiling of its cloud-based Web apps operating platform, Windows Azure, and both are “part of a strategic companywide shift toward embracing web-based solutions.”

Christian Science Monitor To Move Online Only
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The Christian Science Monitor said Tuesday that it is dropping its daily print format and will move to a daily online publication.

In April of 2009 the Monitor said it will introduce an updated version of its Web site, CSMonitor.com, and launch a weekly print edition and a daily online subscription.

Facebook Planning Overnight Hackathon
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Stay up a little too late, and you might get tired.  Stay up way too late – think weeks of insomnia – and you may start to lose it.  But somewhere in between, creativity strikes a lot of people, and Facebook’s planning an overnight hackathon to take advantage of this fact.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Take On Free Speech Restrictions

This is one of those posts where you get to tell me what opinion Marketing Pilgrim should take.

The WSJ is reporting that Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have agreed to follow a common set of principles that will govern how they do business in countries that might restrict free speech.

Google Adds Gadgets to Gmail
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Google is continuing on its roll of cranking out new features for Gmail. This time, it is a few projects from Gmail Labs that let you add gadgets to Gmail. So far, you can add the Google Calendar and Docs gadgets.

Nielsen Puts Google Down In September Search Rankings
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According to Nielsen Online, nothing earth-shattering happened in terms of search rankings between August and September; Google didn’t finally corner three-fourths of the market, and no major competitors switched positions.  There were some significant losses and gains, though, and they affected the top search companies.

Terrorists On Twitter?
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Terrorists. In your closet, under your bed, on Twitter. And Army intelligence, your big brother, is watching closely. Be careful throwing the word “Hezbollah” around in your tweets.

Google Weighs Larger Energy Investments
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Google is looking to put more focus on the energy industry in hopes of creating a business opportunity.

Local Customers Use Internet More Than Yellow Pages

A new study has revealed that print yellow pages are no longer the main way customers seek local information. The internet (through search engines, local directories etc.) is now the top way consumers look for local information.

Google Resolves Book Search Lawsuits

Google’s book-scanning and -sharing problems are, in short, almost gone.  Pending the approval of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Google has agreed to a host of steps that will satisfy the Authors Guild, John Wiley & Sons, the McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education, the Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster.

Election Coverage On Twitter

Here is a great use of Twitter and Web 2.0.

MTV Website Trying To Find People To View Music Videos

Mtv_music The original go to place for music videos has launched a new web site aime

Social Networking Happy Birthday Stats

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Is Social Media Good or Bad For Business?
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Business owners often struggle with the question of whether or not their employees should be using social media in the workplace. There are obvious reasons why they shouldn’t, but there are certainly potential benefits as well, and unfortunately not a lot of clarity to the matter. So let’s look at this from several different angles.

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Google, Yahoo And Microsoft Adopt Human Rights Rules

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are set to adopt a new set of guidelines on how to do business in countries that restrict free speech and expression.

MTV Offering…Music Videos?
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MTVWith the launch of a single site, MTV has apparently put my biggest knock against the network to bed. That’s the lack of music videos of course.

Guy Goes to Jail After Pointing Cops to His YouTube Video
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What you post about yourself online can come back to haunt you. Who doesn’t know this? Well, a motorcyclist in the UK named Sandor Ferenci apparently didn’t until now. He posted videos of himself doing tricks and speeding at 130 miles-per-hour around Banbury, Oxfordshire before being arrested.
 

Google Increasing Ad Saturation
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If you can think of a way in which Google could monetize something, feel free to contact the company; it would probably be all ears.  Google’s made revenue-seeking moves ranging from quite smart to questionable recently, and the sheer volume of them is starting to add up to a significant grab.

Women Driving Online Video Growth
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The growth in the online video audience is no longer being driven by early adopters but has spread to other demographic segments that use it to access media.

Over the past six months, the popularity of online video has grown significantly with women and older consumers, helping to close the age and gender gap within the growing online video audience in the U.S. according to data from Ipsos Media CT’s Motion study.

Report: MySpace Closing Netherlands Office

Ever hear of Hyves?  MySpace has.  The Dutch social network, which boasts around seven million members, kept MySpace Netherlands from establishing much of a market share, and seems to have been a big reason Rupert Murdoch’s property decided to close its Amsterdam office.

Social Media Causing Data Leaks At Work
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For large companies, the costs associated with malware now amount to an average of more than $125,000 per month.

The costs of repairing malware attacks and corporate data leaks have increased along with employee usage of Web 2.0, and social media at work, according to a study commissioned by FaceTime Communications.

The use of social media applications is popular with more than 60 percent of all companies surveyed having eight or more these applications in use on their networks.

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