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Rackspace Enters Amazon’s Space
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Hosting company Rackspace made an aggressive move into cloud computing this week by acquiring Jungle Disk and Slicehost, and by securing relationships with Limelight Networks and Sonian Networks. The move puts Rackspace square into Amazon territory, sparking hopes that increased competition will lower costs.

How Does Slow Load Time Affect You?

In a world where more and more households are connected to the internet, bandwidth is becoming an issue and brownouts have been predicted to occur in the next few years. With the strain on the infrastructure of the internet this makes having an efficient, fast loading website all that much more important.

Should You Blog?

According to the 2008 State of the Blogosphere from Technorati, a little more than half the companies in North America do not have a blog.  So that means that just under half do.  Why are they spending their time blogging?

Bill Gates Starts New Company
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It’s been said and feared that once a man stops working he starts dying. But honestly, give me a billion, just one, and you’ll never see me again unless it’s at a margarita bar somewhere beautiful. Not so for Bill Gates, though, recently semi-sorta-retired from Microsoft. He’s starting a new company.
Bill Gates Starts New Company

Google Hit With Typosquatting Class Action
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Harvard Business School professor Benjamin Edelman believes Google is profiting from and encouraging typosquatting by placing ads on trademark infringing made-for-AdSense websites. As co-counsel in a class action suit, Edelman suggests Google could be making money from a million domains or more.

More Adults Adopt Texting To Contact Kids

Texting has been commonplace among younger people for a while but it is now leading to older adults adopting the practice as well, according to new research from Sprint.

The number of adults who are texting has increased from just two years ago, when a Pew Research study found that 13 percent of adults ages 50-64 used the text messaging function on their mobile phone. Sprint found that now 20 percent of adults ages 55-64 send text messages.

Google Aims for Big International Growth for Sites
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Early this year, Google released "Google Sites," a platform that lets users create their own sites based on templates provided by Google. The company said that users could utilize Google Sites to create :

Jupitermedia Sells Image Business To Getty For $96 Million

Jupitermedia Corporation said today that it is selling its online images business to Getty Images for $96 million in cash. This sale will re-focus the company on the B2B content business which is arguably a step in the right direction.

Russian Authorities Halt Google Acquisition
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Like a hockey player who wasn’t expecting a body check, Google’s gotten an unpleasant surprise in the antitrust department.  Even as the company was focused on its deal with Yahoo, Russian authorities have stopped its acquisition of Begun.

Netflix Strikes Deal With Samsung
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Netflix has announced a major partnership with Samsung Electronics that will allow consumers to stream movies from the Netflix Web site to their television sets via Samsung’s Blu-ray disc players.

Imeem Dismissing One-Fourth Of All Employees

What a week for Imeem.  Yesterday, it introduced an Android application to rave reviews.  Today, its site became home to the new Guns N’ Roses single.  Unfortunately, between those two developments, word spread that about 25 percent of the company’s employees were laid off, and rumor has it that Imeem is up for sale, as well.

Most Political Blog Visitors Conservative
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If news consumers are indeed upset with the “liberal elite media” and the “liberal regular media,” as Tina Fey, portraying Sarah Palin, put it last week, then the Internet has provided a robust alternative. In fact, as network television ratings slump, comScore says visits to “standalone” political and news websites and blogs are booming, and it looks like the conservatives are winning.

At least in September. A lot can change in a few weeks.

Comcast Rolls Out Faster Internet Service
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Comcast said today that it will begin rolling out ultra fast Internet service in some of its larger markets and will offer faster connections to all of its subscribers over the next two years.

The company said it will introduce its wideband Docsis 3.0 in the Boston region, Southern New Hampshire, as well as areas of Philadelphia and New Jersey. Comcast said it plans to continue to introduce its wideband in more than 10 major markets in the next several months.

Google Analytics Upgraded Left And Right
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Google seems to be embracing the Halloween spirit a little early this year.  Its announcement regarding two new Analytics features might be interpreted as a trick, for example, since they’re in private beta without a release date.  Then, for a treat, there’s not one but four new features that should arrive much sooner.

More Holiday Shoppers To Go Online To Save

U.S. online retail sales this holiday season will reach $44 billion, a 12 percent increase over last year and the slowest growth rate to date, according to Forrester Research.

Consumers are pessimistic about the state of the economy but they still have a significant interest in the ability of the Internet to save them money. Forty-eight percent of consumers, compared with 41 percent in 2007, said they can find the best values and deals online.

Judging Monetary Success Of A Blog

The trend among some top bloggers is to publish monthly earning reports showing how much income they have generated the previous month.

While it may seem impressive to earn $1,000, $5,000 or even $35,000 a month from your blogging efforts, I feel that the raw number can be a crude way of judging the “success” of your blog and will not be as meaningful as using other metrics.

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Google Analytics Upgrade

If you saw the post from the Google Analytics Blog this morning announcing the updated user interface and thought that was all they had up their sleeves—you’re wrong. The UI is just the updated wrapping to go with major upgrades coming to Google Analytics in the coming weeks. (Update: the official announcement.)

FBI Locates Miley Cyrus Hacker
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Authorities caught up with another infamous hacker this week, this time the guy who hacked Miley Cyrus’ email account. Interestingly, he wasn’t arrested or charged with anything. Josh Holly,19, did lose three computers to the FBI though, who located him in Murfreesboro, TN.

Microsoft Playing With Social Search Personalization
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The customer who says "I don’t like that" is loathed by companies everywhere.  Their ideal customer says "I don’t like that," explains why, and offers a reasonable suggestion, instead.  Microsoft is trying to bring users possessing this mindset to an experimental search engine called U Rank.

Google Maps Gains Live UK Traffic Info

Our friends across the pond may have a reputation for being polite, but that doesn’t mean they should be subjected to unnecessary nuisances.  So starting this week, Google and the Highways Agency are teaming up to provide predictions and real-time traffic info in England.

Ohio Election Web Site Hacked

The Web site of the Ohio Secretary of State that oversees voter registration and other election information was shut down briefly after it was hacked on Monday according to Jennifer Brunner, Ohio Secretary of State.

Ohio Election Web Site Hacked

Google-Yahoo Deal Delayed
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A report surfaced yesterday saying the Googel-Yahoo ad deal was effectively toast. That was according to an unnamed lawyer present at a meeting between the Dept. of Justice and attorneys for the companies. But the companies’ official public response is that the (waiting) game is still on.

Google CEO Denies Interest In Government Job
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Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been on the campaign trail stumping for Barack Obama, virtually formalizing his “informal campaign advisor” role, a suddenly very public endorsement that fueled speculation about a possible cabinet position, specifically Obama’s proposed tech czar.

Amazon’s Newest Foray Into Gaming

Amazon has purchased Reflexive Entertainment, a computer game developer based in Lake Forest, California, founded 11 years ago. Apart from actually developing games for PCs, Macs, and even the XBox 360, they own the popular site Reflexive Arcade, which offers downloads of PC games and Mac games, as well as online web games.