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Google Buys Tallest Office Building In Dublin
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In 2003, Google opened its first office in Ireland, and following a rapid expansion, it doesn’t look like the company intends to reverse course anytime soon.  Google’s now purchased the tallest office building in Dublin for about $136 million.

The Montevetro Building, as it’s known, is 15 stories high and offers 210,000 square feet of office space.  It’s located in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock district, is currently unoccupied, and even has its own rail station to boot.

Stephen Colbert Mocks The Huffington Post, Starts “Colbuffington Re-Post”
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Stephen Colbert recently made fun of the Google vs. Bing debate, and now he’s taken on the Huffington Post’s content strategy, which has been in the news a lot since its acquisition by AOL. 

Greplin Open to Everyone – Search Across Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn, etc.
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Earlier this week, Greplin announced it had raised a new $4 million from Sequoia Capital, and revealed that it might open up to the public this week. Now it has. Until now, it has been in closed beta, and now everyone can see what it’s all about. 

SMB Website Study: Frequent Updates + Social Media = Greater Traffic

SiteKreator, a small business website builder, has just released the results of their study in which they analyzed 5,000 random websites through 2010. The results revealed that small businesses who update their site content more often receive more traffic on a monthly basis vs sites who make less frequent updates. Additionally, sites which leveraged social media in their online strategies also received more traffic than sites not using social media.

New Google Navigation Bar Rolls Out – Social Layer Coming?
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Google users may notice a new top navigation bar across Google search, Gmail, and possibly other Google services. 

Google’s statement: "Last week we tested a new top navigation bar, which increases consistency across most of Google’s properties and is a visual update over the previous top navigation bar. We are now rolling this new bar out widely."

How Google Uses Twitter, SafeSearch – Matt Cutts Changes Advice

Matt Cutts posted a new Webmaster Help video in which he answers his own question rather than a user-submitted one (like usual). Specifically, he asks if there’s any advice that he’d like to change from what he’s said in the past. 

"I did a video back in May of 2010, that said we don’t use, for example, Twitter at all in our rankings other than as a normal web page, and the links are treated completely like normal web pages," he says.

Forbes Caught Selling Links by Google
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Forbes has been caught and penalized by Google for selling links. And it didn’t take the New York Times to uncover this violation of Google’s quality guidelines. This past weekend Google was tipped off that JCPenny was buying links after a New York Times investigation.

Justin Bieber, Facebook and MTV Partner on Cyberbullying Initiative
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Pop superstar (and Grammy nominated) Justin Bieber is partnering with Facebook and MTV’s A Thin Line to help stop digital abuse – things like cyberbullying, online stalking, and "textual harassment." If anyone has the power to do so, it would be Bieber, who has a ridiculous amount of influence over the young’ns. Facebook and MTV are pretty big too. 

Google Yet Again: We Don’t Use Bing Data to Influence Our Search Results

I thought this was already made fairly clear, but Google has said again that it does not use Bing data to influence its search results, the way Bing apparently uses Google data to influence it’s search results. 

Getting Creative With The New Facebook Page Image Ribbon
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Since last week’s sweeping changes to Facebook Pages people have been scrambling to unearth all the little tricks that the new format affords.

One of the bigger changes from a look a feel standpoint involves the placement of five recently updated images along the top of the Wall page. The images are now one of the most prominent features of the page and marketers are analyzing ways to take advantage of this new placement. (Personal profiles have had this look for a while now.)

 A couple factors come into play when considering a marketing use of this real estate.

Latest Chan-wook Park Film Paranmanjang (aka: Night Fishing) Shot Entirely on iPhone 4

Chan-wook Park is one of my favorite directors working today thanks to his films like Joint Security Area, Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and Lady Vengeance. 

His films, while often brutally violent, tend to be shot beautifully well, which makes news that his latest, a 30-minute short called Paranmanjang, was shot entirely with an iPhone 4, all the more interesting. 

User Feedback: The Next Google Ranking Signal?
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Google’s Matt Cutts has indicated in recent weeks that Google is working on projects that will deal with some of the search engine’s quality issues with regards to content farms. It looks like one of those projects is now here.  Google has launched a Chrome extension that lets users block sites from search results.

SlideShare Zipcasts for Real Time Collaboration

A long time ago Tim Oren scribbled this on a napkin to help explain a little of what he learned about collaboration.

Demand Media Has New Leader for Fashion and Beauty

Demand Media announced today that it has appointed former NBC Universal and Viacom executive Lisa Kraynak its new General Manager and Senior Vice President for its New Fashion and Beauty property typeF.com.

The site itself is a product of Demand Media’s partnership with Bankable Enterprises (the one run by Tyra Banks), which we reported on last summer.

Google Wants You To Upload Your Data

Google announced today that it’s opening up its Public Data Explorer tool to everyone, meaning you can use it to upload your own datasets. 

Norton Launches Cybercrime Index

Norton has introduced a cybercrime index, which tracks and warns computer users of daily threats.

The Norton Cybercrime Index alerts people to online risks, including the day’s most dangerous websites, the most hijacked search terms by cybercriminals, as well as scams identity theft and spam.

 

 

News Corp’s Content Aggregation Double Standard
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Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. have long conveyed a disgruntled outlook on news aggregation. It wasn’t that long ago when there were stories everywhere about the company blocking access to its content from news aggregation sites, and the never-ending verbal sparring with Google over the issue. 

Groupon Has “Invisibility Cloak Wednesdays”

Groupon has posted a video showing off what a typical Wednesday looks like at the Groupon headquarters.

It’s almost as if nobody’s there at all…

Groupon says the video is an "effort to remain transparent." 

Rimshot.

It could turn into a nice little viral video to follow up the ill-concieved Super Bowl spots.

Is Human Google Phone Support the Internet

Everyone wants to believe that something spectacular and mysterious is true. Among the many ‘legends’ are Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) and more.

Well, for the Internet marketing set one of these legends is the mysterious monster that isn’t so much a being but an action. It’s called the Legend of Humanoid Google Customer Service Support Entity. Believe it or not, there has been a siting but we are not ready to say that this mythical creature truly exists.

Is Human Google Phone Support the Internet

Everyone wants to believe that something spectacular and mysterious is true. Among the many ‘legends’ are Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) and more.

Well, for the Internet marketing set one of these legends is the mysterious monster that isn’t so much a being but an action. It’s called the Legend of Humanoid Google Customer Service Support Entity. Believe it or not, there has been a siting but we are not ready to say that this mythical creature truly exists.

Is Human Google Phone Support the Internet

Everyone wants to believe that something spectacular and mysterious is true. Among the many ‘legends’ are Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) and more.

Well, for the Internet marketing set one of these legends is the mysterious monster that isn’t so much a being but an action. It’s called the Legend of Humanoid Google Customer Service Support Entity. Believe it or not, there has been a siting but we are not ready to say that this mythical creature truly exists.

Why It

Recently, Kenneth Cole took a bit of criticism in the social media space for making what many considered an insensitive tweet. I’m going to disagree with the social media guru’s here and say it’s ok to offend people. In fact, it’s probably something you should do on a regular basis. In case you missed it, here’s the tweet in question

Why It

Recently, Kenneth Cole took a bit of criticism in the social media space for making what many considered an insensitive tweet. I’m going to disagree with the social media guru’s here and say it’s ok to offend people. In fact, it’s probably something you should do on a regular basis. In case you missed it, here’s the tweet in question

Why It

Recently, Kenneth Cole took a bit of criticism in the social media space for making what many considered an insensitive tweet. I’m going to disagree with the social media guru’s here and say it’s ok to offend people. In fact, it’s probably something you should do on a regular basis. In case you missed it, here’s the tweet in question