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Google Offers Virtual Tour Of Super Bowl Site

Google is allowing football fans to take a virtual tour of Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, ahead of Super Bowl XLV.

 

 

Anonymous Joins the Middle Eastern Fray

While the Egyptian Revolution is not being televised — not as long as President Murbarak is in power, anyway — it is certainly receiving extensive coverage on the Internet, with Twitter and Facebook being the primary resources. Now, thanks to some Denial of Service attacks aimed at Murbarak supporters, the Anonymous group has offered their support to the Egyptian protesters with the only way they know how:

Creating Internet chaos.

Google Instant Achieves Opt-Out Rate Of 2%
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The concerns that Google Instant might make incorrect guesses, act as a flashy distraction, or focus too much on quantity versus quality (in relation to results) have apparently been dismissed.  A Google employee shared an impressive fact yesterday: the opt-out rate is under three percent.

Blogger Gets Android App for Posting On the Go

Google’s Blogger has released a new Android app that allows bloggers to update on the go. 

With the app, users can switch between different accounts and blogs (for which they have author rights) and post accordingly. You can compose posts, attach photos, assign labels, and save them as a drafts or go ahead and publish them. 

"Saving as draft is handy if you need to wait until you have Internet connectivity," notes Blogger’s Vinay Sekhri.

Hotmail Gets Email Aliases

Microsoft has launched a new feature for Hotmail, providing Hotmail users with aliases so they don’t have to give their primary email address to every site that asks for one, and still don’t have to go create a whole new account. 

Some Super Bowl Commercials to Watch For

The NFL’s granddaddy of them all takes place this Sunday when the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers meet in Super Bowl XLV, and it promises to be one of the most-watched sporting events ever.  Keeping with tradition, the commercials that will be shown during the game are receiving a fair amount of hype as well.

Verizon iPhone 4 Sales Sets Record
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Verizon said today it has stopped pre-order online orders for the iPhone 4 to its existing customers after the most successful first day of sales in the history of the company.

“This was an exciting day," said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless.

Chairmen Of Congressional Privacy Caucus Contact Zuckerberg (Again)
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Facebook’s short-lived (but soon-to-be-re-enabled) experiment with sharing users’ addresses and phone numbers with third parties did not impress certain politicians.  Indeed, Representatives Barton and Markey, Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, were bothered enough to write to Mark Zuckerberg.

In fairness to Facebook, the company only intended to share users’ data with their permission.  It was quick to back down in response to criticism, too.  So a thought about political grandstanding might not be out of line.

The State of the Yellow Pages Print Industry
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I have been pretty harsh on the Yellow Pages in the past. Most of my trouble comes from the fact that the medium just isn’t as effective across all verticals as it once was. That’s not to say that it’s not effective at all, because that is untrue. In some areas, it can work well–like plumbing, HVAC and other emergency situations. Of course, by the time you locate the book you probably could have done the search on your computer or smart phone just as quickly, but who’s counting?

Google vs. Bing Battle Continues, Users Should Benefit In the End
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The Google vs. Bing search wars continues to rage on, and there’s no reason to assume it will go away anytime soon. More and more takes on the subject are coming out, and the storyline is getting more dramatic with each addition. 

Goodmail Comes to an End
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Goodmail Systems will shut down this month, according to Direct Marketing News, who reports that CEO Daniel Dreymann says the main reason is an acquisition attempt by an undisclosed Fortune 500 company was taken off the table. 

"We were on track to be acquired," Dreymann told the publication. "We got a terms sheet, and they left us at the altar at the last minute."

Reviewing The Daily
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The Daily (the new iPad news publication from News Corp.) has been out for a day now, and after having the chance to mess around with it, it’s hard for me to know just what to make of it, and frankly I’m having a hard time seeing this as a revolution in digital content (or print content or paid content). 

Google Tallies 75,000 Job Applications In Single Week
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Nine days ago, Google announced with some fanfare that it intended to hire at least 6,000 new employees this year.  Now, it turns out the response was immediate and almost overwhelming, as a representative’s said over 75,000 people submitted applications last week.

Google of course has a lot of things working in its favor, from a market cap of $195 billion to a reputation for being a great place to work.  The combination of high pay, dogs, and free food (among other things) should appeal to a wide range of people.

What If Content From One Company Dominated Google’s Search Results?
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Demand Media continues to capture a great deal of attention after launching an IPO, and Google talking about algorithm changes. If you’ve been reading WebProNews lately, we’ve discussed it quite a bit, and our readers have had plenty to say as well. You can browse recent coverage (and comments) here

Google Adds More Features To Stable Chrome Build
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People who have put off giving Chrome a try now have several more reasons to set aside their usual browser for at least an hour or two.  Today, three significant updates – Chrome Instant, the Chrome Web Store, and WebGL – all graduated from the beta channel to the stable build.

LinkedIn Launches “Skills” Product in Beta
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LinkedIn announced a new product today called LinkedIn Skills, which is designed to show areas of expertise, and who has the skills in these areas. 

5 Tips for Making Your Site More Local-Friendly
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Search engines have become one of the primary ways that people find products and services right in their hometown. This growing reality significantly increases the need for small local business owners to master this thing called local search.

There are many ways to make your website pages much more localized. This is one of the underlying elements that tell the search engines that yours is indeed a local business.

Establishing A Sustainable Social Media Marketing Strategy
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For companies trying to make sense of social media and online marketing, it’s important to take a step back from all the “TwitFaceBlogTubeIn” mania for a second and look at the nature of how these things are going to work for the overall business.

AOL Partners With Domino’s For Free Super Bowl Pizza
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AOL said today it is partnering with Domino’s on a free pizza giveaway with a chance to win free pizza for a year with a $600 Domino’s gift card.

The Domino’s Free Pizza Giveaway begins today and 29 people will have the chance to win free pizza for a year with a $600 gift card. To enter the giveaway, people can visit the AOL homepage  and click on the contest entry form. The winners will be announced beginning at 2 pm EST on Sunday.

 

Confirmation: The Google Algorithm Change Was Not for Content Farms
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When Google’s Matt Cutts recently posted on his personal blog about an algorithm update, many people took that to mean that this was geared at cracking down on content farms, as the phrase "content farms" had made an appearance in another post on the Google blog before that. 

Using Google Latitude For Business
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Using Google Latitude is and should be a personal thing – only to be used with people you trust. I use Latitude with my friends and make sure to only confirm close friends. However, recently I met a woman that works in marketing for a health organization.

Blekko Bans eHow and Other Content Farms
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According to a TechCrunch story just published the war against content farms has reached Blekko. WebProNews is seeking to confirm the facts. To learn more about Blekko and its approach to fighting web spam watch the embedded video interview our WebProNews team conducted at Pubcon with Blekko founder Rich Skrenta below.

The First Rule of PS3 Hacking is Don’t Talk About PS3 Hacking
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Normally, when you buy an item from a store, and complete the purchase by leaving the premises with the item you purchased, the transaction is over.  If you want to take your new item home and, well, do whatever you’d like with it, you’re free to do so; and if you’d like to discuss your exploits, you can  do that, too.

As long as you don’t own a PlayStation 3.

Answers.com Sells For $127 Million

Over the next few days, onlookers shouldn’t be surprised if the mix of questions on Answers.com begins to favor inquiries of the "what kind of ____ should I buy?" variety.  Fans may have some extra money coming to them, as Answers.com announced this morning that it’s being acquired for $127 million.