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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.

Yahoo And Zillow Partner On Real Estate
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Yahoo said today that all of its real estate listings will now be powered by Zillow.

Zillow will also sell local advertising on both sites, and the 4 million listings on Zillow will appear on Yahoo Real Estate.

Yahoo-Zillow Real estate agents will be able to advertise locally on Yahoo Real Estate, and home buyers will have more access to listings on the site along with more photos.

Demand Media’s eHow Faces User Backlash Over Facebook Log-in
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Demand Media is no stranger to controversy, and the subject of the company’s content and the Google love it receives, has come back into the spotlight as the company launched an IPO this week, and Google is now saying it’s going to alter its strategy on content farms.

Internet As We Know It Runs Out Of Room
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The pool for IPv4 addresses has been depleted. That means the protocol for the Internet as we know it has been used up, and the Internet must move toward IPv6, the next-generation protocol, which has much more room for growth. 

Yahoo Debuts AdLabs for Fostering Innovation in Digital Ads

Yahoo has launched AdLabs, a group aimed at providing "scientific leadership" to the online advertising industry and accelerating innovation in digital ad products through Yahoo labs

Google Reportedly Recycles Amazon Algorithm for YouTube
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Google blasted Bing in an official Google blog post for tapping into its search results. We covered that here

Google Tempts Hackers With $20,000 Prize
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Any hackers who think they know a thing or two about Chrome should strongly consider booking a flight to Vancouver, British Columbia.  At the Pwn2Own competition in early March, the first person who can exploit the browser will get $20,000 (and a Cr-48 notebook, if it matters) from Google itself.

Google Says Bing is Stealing Their Results
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We all know that Bing is now powering Yahoo’s search results, but a very interesting finding from Danny Sullivan indicates that Google may be powering Bing’s search results, at least to some extent. No, this is not in any partnership kind of way like Bing’s relationship with Yahoo. 

Social Validation Critical to SEO
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You probably have heard me preach it before: if at all possible, for search engine optimization purposes, your web site should include a blog or other section of your web site that includes articles. To rank well in the search engines, your web site needs new, fresh, topical content added on a regular basis. But to fully take advantage of the search engines and social media, you need to socialize your website’s content.

U.S. Seizes Sports Websites Ahead Of The Super Bowl
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U.S. prosecutors have seized 10 websites that illegally streamed live sporting broadcasts and pay-per-view content over the Internet.

The websites, which were seized Tuesday, as part of an ongoing investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), include atdhe.net, channelsurfing.net, firstrow.net, hq-streams.com, hq-streams.net, ilemi.com, iilemi.com, iilemii.com, rojadirecta.com and rojadirecta.org.

Google: Are You Really Serious About Removing Web Spam?
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Dear Google: First and foremost, my letter to you is not personal. I am a big fan of yours and always have been. You have the best search engine in the World, better than Bing. You have the best web email service. Your Google Docs product is amazing. Don’t even get me started on Google Earth or Google Maps, just unbelievable products. Your analytics product is excellent. Everybody loves Android. All you do is create and create and still give it all away for free.

Stewart, Colbert Return To Hulu

Eleven months ago, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were pulled from Hulu.  Fans complained in response.  Now the shows are back thanks to a wider deal between Hulu and Viacom, and Hulu’s CEO, Jason Kilar, has also revealed some interesting stats and opinions regarding the site’s performance and the future of television.

Demand Media CEO: Google Not Talking About Us
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Last week, Google’s Matt Cutts put up a blog post talking about a shift in focus to content farms, which he defines as "sites with shallow or low-quality content". Most people that read this assumed he was talking about sites like some of those offered by Demand Media (eHow.com, for example), which launched an IPO this week valuing the company at $1.5 billion

New Android Logo Gets Internet Buzzing
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What’s that buzzing you’re hearing? Are you surrounded by wasps? If not, it could be people reacting to Google’s newest logo; this time, for their Android 3.0 update, named “Honeycomb.”

Keeping with the look and feel of the original Android logo, while incorporating a theme that matches the Honeycomb name, the new logo is a mix between the current green guy and a blue-and-black bee, giving us this:

Will Augmented Reality Leap-Frog the QR Code?
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There continues to be a steady buzz about QR codes, those bar code-looking thingys that can be scanned by a smart phone to link you to added content, a website or perhaps even a coupon at the point of purchase. Here’s the Wikipedia definition.

MySpace To Users: We Miss You
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Earlier this week MySpace sent an email, which offers a hint of how desperately they’re fighing for survival.

The letter came on top of an earnings report from parent News Corp that showed recent MySpace layoffs cost $107 million in severance and restructing.