Hitwise Examines UK Election Interest

If the importance of this presidential election has you feeling anxious, fresh stats from Hitwise may not help much.  Essentially, they act as a reminder that the world’s watching, and UK residents in particular seem to be interested in a couple of political figures.

There’s been a high volume of searches for Barack Obama since (at least) late last year.  Only on a few occasions have searches for the UK’s own prime minister, Gordon Brown, become more common.  Meanwhile, interest in Joe Biden has remained quite low even after his nomination.

Do You Want to Want to Convert Feeds to PDFs?

Hewlett-Packard has an interesting new service that allows users to turn RSS feeds into deliverable, printable PDFs. The service is called Tablloid and works basically like other feed readers.

Facebook Leaves its Mark On Elections

There is no denying that the Internet has had a profound impact on this U.S. Presidential race. I have discussed this at length in a previous article. Google has contributed a lot to this, but they are by no means the only Internet entity that has played a role.

Twitter Throws Economy A Surprising Bone
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Until somewhat recently, Twitter’s site seemed reluctant to stay in working order.  The company still lacks an identifiable business plan.  And the economy as a whole has been imitating the current president’s approval rating.  But an encouraging new email hints that at least one small job market might be all right, after all.

Google, Yahoo Offer New Ad Deal

Google and Yahoo have offered to decrease the size of their proposed search advertising deal in an effort to receive approval from federal regulators.

Where The Candidates Stand On Web Issues
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Surprisingly, the differences between John McCain and Barack Obama on issues affecting the Internet are few, but those few are fairly big rifts. The biggest single issue where the candidates differ is Network Neutrality.

Watch the Election Unfold Through Google’s Elections Gallery

Google has been very involved with this election. They’ve released tools for voters to find out voting information. They’ve released a tool for volunteers to help recruit voters.

Google Helps Kids Get Messages to Next President
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Google (specifically Google Docs) has teamed up with the National Writing Project to sponsor a program that lets students around the U.S. write letters to the presidential candidates in a program appropriately titled: Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future.

YouTube Translation Should Help Globalize Videos
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A few months back, YouTube started including captions and subtitles on videos, and now to compliment this feature, they have added a translation feature, built on Google Translate.

To utilize this feature when you are watching a video:

1. Mouse-over the arrow button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video.

2. Turn Captions on by clicking on the "CC" button that appears.

3. Once the captions are on, mouse over the small arrow next to th4e "CC" button, and you will bring up a menu.

Kelsey Group Sees Increases In Mobile Search Activity

A substantial mobile search market has long been incorrectly heralded as something that’s right around the corner.  But according to The Kelsey Group, significant progress has been made in the past year, and given another 24 months, the market may finally be ready to materialize in full.

Social Networking Use Popular At Work

The most popular sites viewed by employees in the United States and United Kingdom while at work include Web 2.0 destinations that feature video, third party applications, and social networking and news sites, according to a new survey from Internet security firm 8e6 Technologies.

Google Expands Another API

As mentioned previously, Google is spending a lot of time "in the clouds" so to sepak. They’ve been emphasizing cloud computing a lot lately, even going so far as to make a 99.9% guarantee with regarding to up-time for Google Apps.

Rumor Has Yahoo Losing Two More Execs

Jerry Yang’s most recent pep talk must be wearing off.  There’s word that two more Yahoo execs will be quitting his company this week, and neither of them is supposed to be the kind of person who would have been hit by layoffs, anyway.

Amazon To Reduce Packaging Materials
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Amazon.com announced Monday an initiative to reduce the amount of packaging materials some of its products are shipped in with the idea to make them easier for customers to open and to be better for the environment.

comScore: Facebook Beating BBC Sites In The UK
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Auntie, as the BBC is sometimes known, has been shoved back.  In what may or may not be a sign of the apocalypse, comScore reports that Facebook passed the BBC’s network of sites in terms of UK traffic.

According to a statement, "Facebook.com broke into the top 5 most visited properties in the U.K. for the first time in its history in September, reaching 18.4 million visitors."  This puts it behind just eBay, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google.  The poor BBC came in sixth place with 18.2 million unique visitors.

Ask.com Helps Users With Election Poll Times

Ask.com, a web site that offers search for web sites, images, news, blogs, video, maps and directions, local search and shopping, launched their new “Election Poll Smart Answers” that gives you local polling information in just one click: and it’s a lot faster and easier than any other major search engine.

Ask.com Smart Answers are special search results placed at the top of the Ask.com search results page that have quick facts and links to authoritative content from highly respected sources.

Yahoo Gets Boost In Traffic From Election

Yesterday the New York Times spoke of the ‘success’ of Yahoo during this election marathon that is thankfully winding up (I hope) in the next 48 hours. This election process has been a boon for news sites and the equivalent of a ‘millstone around the neck’ for people like me. How much more can one say or do or think or accuse or lie or point fingers about at this point?

Australia’s Sensis Gives In To Google

Randy Newman once sang about building an all-American amusement park in Australia.  Now, Google seems to be bringing this idea a touch closer to reality as there’s word that a major Australian brand will wave a white flag in the search and mapping markets.

MySpace, MTV Partner To Monetize Video
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MySpace and Viacom’s MTV Networks have partnered with online video advertising firm Auditude to allow users to post copyright video online in exchange for advertising from the source.

Digital Marketing and ROI – Digital Marketing Choices
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“I know half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, but I can never find out which half.”, John Wanamaker 1838 – 1922, founder of the first American department stores and 35th US Postmaster General.

Sprint Restores Peering to Cogent
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At 4:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, October 30th Sprint (A Tier 1 Internet backbone provider) severed their peering connections with fellow Tier 1 Internet backbone provider Cogent Communications. This depeering was due to a contract dispute that Cogent claimed was already in litigation. Webpronews broke this story within hours of the depeering.

Financial Woes For Facebook?

TechCrunch today has no treats—and no joy, no, not even Almond Joy—for Facebook in reporting about its projected financial woes. For a company once valued at $15 billion, things are looking grim as the cash supplies may dwindle long before Facebook is ready or willing to go to IPO.

Google Upgrades Apps APIs
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Yesterday Google guaranteed 99.9% reliability for Google Apps like Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Talk. This stemmed from a similar guarantee the company made for Gmail.

Google and Others Provide Halloween Fun
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For those of you sitting around this evening either avoiding trick-or-treaters, or just simply looking for some ghostly entertainment to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve, Google has some special content set aside for you.

Not only are they featuring some Halloween Books on the front page of Google Book Search:

Google Halloween Books