Consumers Not Happy with Mobile Web Sites
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Web app company Gomez, Inc. released the findings of a study on consumer mobile web experiences today, and found that most of them aren’t happy with the performance of mobile web sites in general.

Advertising Powerhouses Champion Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

It would seem that everybody who’s anybody in the advertising industry wants the Microsoft-Yahoo deal to go through.  Today, the president and CEO of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, along with the heads of all four major ad holding companies, signed her name to a letter of support.

Google Launches New Display Ad Measurement Tool

Google has launched a new tool in the US and the UK to measure the impact of display ad campaigns across the Google Content Network. It’s called Campaign Insights.

Google says the tool can give reliable data about how a campaign has raised brand awareness or active user interest, in a particular product or service. It calculates the incremental lift in both online search activity and website visits resulting from a display ad campaign.

Consumers Can Now Get Billed Later for eBay Purchases
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eBay and PayPal announced today that they are now offering Bill Me Later as a payment option during checkout. This means that "qualified" customers in the U.S. can now buy items and pay for them over time without using a credit card.

The option will be available for Buy It Now and approved auction purchases on eBay. It is also available at "tens of thousands" of online stores that accept PayPal Express Checkout.

Comedy and Alcohol at BlogWorld

The closing keynote of the BlogWorld Expo this past weekend was set up like The Late Show. Guy Kawasaki came out and told some jokes in David Letterman fashion (complete with Late Show-like desk and chairs), then he introduced the audience to actor/comedian Kevin Pollak.

Owyang On “The Future Of Social Media And Business”
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Jeremiah Owyang worked as a senior analyst over social computing for Forrester Research for almost two years.  Now, he’s a partner at the Altimeter Group, which focuses on emerging technologies and has a large "Twitter Updates" section above the fold on its homepage.  So Owyang was a good choice to speak about social media and business at BlogWorld.

Google, Facebook and Twitter Address Net Neutrality

The Open Internet Coalition , which is a group of consumers, grassroots organizations, and businesses "promoting consumer choice and economic growth through an open Internet," has sent an open letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, supporting open Internet rules.

The coalition itself includes a large list of well-known web companies and sites. Companies with founders and CEOs signing the letter include:

Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Social Media
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To some people, social media’s a shiny, happy, ball o’ fun.  Or at least an invaluable marketing tool.  There are dangers, however, and during a session at BlogWorld titled "Social Media: The Bad and the Ugly," four experts outlined six of them.

(Coverage of the BlogWorld conference continues at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

Jermaine Dupri, Anthony Edwards on New Media for Celebs
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The BlogWorld Expo out in Vegas, which wrapped up over the weekend, attracted some major star power. One session in particular included Anthony Edwards (whom you may remember from films like Revenge of the Nerds and Pet Sematary 2, as well as the television program ER), and Jermaine Dupri, the man who brought us groundbreaking hip hop acts Kris Kross and Da Brat.

Google Centralizes Accessibility Efforts

Google announced the launch of a new accessibility site for the company late on Friday. The site serves as a central location where users of Google products can find information about the company’s efforts on the accessibility front.

The site includes links to official blog posts that discuss the topic and a place to leave feedback. The site also contains accessibility resources for Google products like:

What Twitterers Want: News
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Twitter can be a lot of things for a lot of different people. However, according to online ad network Chitika, more of them want news than anything else. Chitika released results from a study of its users, looking at what Twitter users want.

Chitika categorized the sites that get the most links from Twitter. Here’s how it shakes out by genre according to the ad network:

Can New Media and Old Media Get Along?
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An interesting topic was discussed at the BlogWorld Expo in a session called the "Death and Rebirth of Journalism," which WebProNews attended.

Reaching Your Audience Via Internet Marketing
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Blogging, social networking and email newsletters all have one thing in common, they fall under the umbrella of Internet marketing.

(Coverage of the BlogWorld conference continues at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

In the session "Internet Marketing for Smart People," the panel discussed the various ways to reach an audience online.

Stealth Phishing Attack Looks Like Internal Email

Security company Trusteer Research issued a security advisory this week, dealing with a stealth new Zeus/Zbot phishing attack, which is aimed at harvesting enterprise log-in credentials for web banking, financial, HR, and SaaS accounts.

Geo-Targeting for Google with Webmaster Tools
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Google’s Matt Cutts has posted a new video talking about how Google deals with geographic targeting. This is a subject he has tackled on more than one occasion in the past, but in this latest one, he is elaborating on it a bit more, and explains that Google is looking more and more at this stuff as time goes on.

Twitter “Game” Discussed, Dismissed At BlogWorld
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Regardless of what some individuals and marketers seem to think, the point of Twitter is not to amass as many followers as possible.  Experts discussed this and other no-nos – along with what you should do – at BlogWorld during a session titled "The Twitter Game – How To ‘Play’ Social Networking And Why It’s A Bad Idea."

Digg to Get All Twitter This Year?
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Update: Kevin Rose is now saying that his WeFollow Twitter directory will now be "more closely linked" with Digg as they "experiment with user influence as it applies to the Twitter universe." In a company blog post, he writes:

Massive Click Fraud Ring Shut Down
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One of the largest click fraud rings ever detected, originating from China, has been shut down by click fraud monitoring firm Anchor Intelligence.

"This is really the first time anyone has ever been able to catch click fraudsters ‘in the act.’ Anchor has identified fraudsters down to the publisher site, IPs used (likely via botnets), and even the names and address of some perpetrators," an Anchor spokesperson told WebProNews. 

AT&T Goes On The Offensive Against Google Voice

After getting the Google Voice App blocked on the iPhone and the FCC to scrutinize Google Voice, you’d think AT&T could sit back and rest assured. But not so.

Hitwise: Facebook Receives One-Seventh Of UK Page Views

Google, eBay, and YouTube are all pretty big in the online world – monsters, really.  But in terms of page views – and in the UK – none of seem to them even approach Facebook’s popularity, as new Hitwise stats indicate that the social network receives about one-seventh of all page views.

Using Facebook And Twitter To Fight Depression
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Monitoring posts on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace could help to prevent suicide, according to two researchers from New Zealand’s Victoria University.

Dr. Tiong-Thye Goh and student assistant Yen-Pei Huang have developed a decision support system to scan social networking sites to flag keywords that people between the ages of 18 and 24 are posting. A high proportion of certain keywords could mean that a user is at risk of depression, suicide and other mental disorders.

Google Puts Analysts’ Targets, Recession In Rearview Mirror
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Experts had high expectations heading into Google’s third quarter earnings report, but that was no problem for the search giant as it beat estimates in almost every way.  Google’s stock is now heading up in after-hours trading. 

How Big Brands Use Social Media
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For big brands learning to use social media effectively can be challenging as they try and find the best approach.

(Coverage of the BlogWorld conference continues at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

In a keynote with Scott Monty, head of social media for Ford Motor Company, Monty spoke about Ford’s entry into the social channel.

Google Adds Google Docs Previews to Gmail
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It seems like just yesterday we were talking about how email was improving. Google has now added a feature to Gmail that lets you preview the contents of Google Docs documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in your inbox.