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Is The Economy Affecting Virtual Advertising Experiments?

As the news continues to pour in and the news media works hard to sell their wares (meaning the more terrible the news the more people pay attention) there are more victims to be counted in the carnage. This time the targets are the ‘darlings’ of the new world advertising and marketing including web video, mobile phones, gaming and virtual worlds.

WordPress Creators Acquire PollDaddy
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Integrating polls into your WordPress blog just got easier. WordPress creators Automattic have acquired poll and survey service PollDaddy.

Bloggers Eat Up Questionable Obama Interview
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The right side of the blogosphere is in a snit over a phone interview of Michelle Obama posted by African Press International. Only thing is, the Obama campaign says it’s a complete fabrication.

Technorati Tests New Ad Network

Technorati announced that it has acquired El Segundo, California-based self-serve advertising network AdEngage in an all-stock transaction, the details of which have not been disclosed. This comes about two months after Technorati’s acquisition of BlogCritics.

Paid Search To Reach $26 Billion
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Even with the global economy faltering, spending on paid search advertising still has room to grow and is on track to reach more than $26.9 billion by 2011.

New data reveals that the largest search marketers would spend even more if they could, according to a recent study by JupiterResearch, commissioned by search management firm Marin Software.

eBay Causes Stampede With Third Quarter Report
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The economy seems to be falling to pieces, and unfortunately for a certain auction company’s shareholders, eBay may be performing a similar dive.  The news wasn’t good as the company reported its third quarter results this afternoon.

Facebook Announces Top 25 fbFund Recipients

There’s a heck of a lot of bad economic news out there, but for a group of Facebook application developers, it’s a great day.  A full 25 teams were named as fbFund recipients, and they’ll receive $25,000 each as a result.

MySpace Redefines Karaoke Amusement
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Earlier this year, MySpace launched its Karaoke service, but has now upgraded it in a big way including adding video so we can actually watch people humiliate themselves without going to the bar (I’ve certainly been on both sides of that).

I have to wonder if the lack of that alcohol-fueled bar element will take away from some of the enjoyment of watching people sing popular songs, but when I think about the user-generated content of YouTube, something tells me there will be plenty of entertainment value to this.

FTC Shuts Down Globe

The Federal Trade Commission has shut down one of the largest global spam operations that promoted prescription drugs and bogus male-enhancement products

The FTC says it has received more than three million complaints about spam messages connected to the operation known as HerbalKing. It estimates that it may be responsible for sending billions of illegal spam messages.

FTC Shuts Down Globe

The Federal Trade Commission has shut down one of the largest global spam operations that promoted prescription drugs and bogus male-enhancement products

The FTC says it has received more than three million complaints about spam messages connected to the operation known as HerbalKing. It estimates that it may be responsible for sending billions of illegal spam messages.

FTC Shuts Down Globe

The Federal Trade Commission has shut down one of the largest global spam operations that promoted prescription drugs and bogus male-enhancement products

The FTC says it has received more than three million complaints about spam messages connected to the operation known as HerbalKing. It estimates that it may be responsible for sending billions of illegal spam messages.

FTC Shuts Down Globe

The Federal Trade Commission has shut down one of the largest global spam operations that promoted prescription drugs and bogus male-enhancement products

The FTC says it has received more than three million complaints about spam messages connected to the operation known as HerbalKing. It estimates that it may be responsible for sending billions of illegal spam messages.

Discussing Issues On Poverty, Through Blogs

"Remember the poor, it costs nothing" — Josh Billings

iTunes Killing The Album? Or Is It White Noise?

 From the Billboard to The Wall Street Journal, the debate rages on. Has iTunes killed the album? Would Kid Rock have sold more or less if he’d gone on iTunes. (LESS) Was Atlantic smart to pull the Estelle single off iTunes just as it was climbing the chart?

Google Street View Delves Into France
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Given the economy’s current condition, most people are cutting out random trips to the local grocery store, never mind overseas vacations.  So as non-millionaires should agree, this makes it all the more interesting that Google has released additional Street View photos taken in France.

Facebook Celebrates 10 Billion Photos
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One doesn’t associate photos with Facebook—sure, there are always those embarrassing ones of politician kids popping up—primarily it’s always been a social network. Well, the social network reported last night that it stores more photos than Flickr and Photobucket combined.

What’s Good for Users is Good for Advertisers/Content Providers

A new YouTube channel shows not only how the site itself can better compete in the online video industry, but also serves as an example of how other businesses can layout engaging video blogs.

Google is producing more original content for YouTube following the success of the hit "Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Comedy", which was exclusive to the video site. They started running a channel/show called Poptub last month, but it has not received much attention until now.

Flock 2.0 Has Arrived
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Flock, the social Web browser built on Mozilla Firefox is now out of beta and can be integrated with the MySpace Data Availability platform.

Flock 2.0 includes support for Media RSS and offers access to any social network with a Media RSS feed.

Social networking users can have access to MySpace, Facebook, Digg, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket and Twitter via Flock’s sidebar. Flock’s Media Bar feature, at the top of the browser allows users to drag and drop pictures and videos into a MySpace user’s profile.

Hitwise Issues Online Retail Warning
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Common sense says that online retailers are in a better position than their brick and mortar counterparts; consumers will be able save time, gas, and possibly the money that would go towards sales taxes by just shopping from home this season.  Still, according to a new Hitwise report, the winter is shaping up to be pretty harsh.

The Value Of A Link
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Pricing a Link

When trying to understand the value of a link a variety of factors can be considered, including:

Usability Troubles for Yahoo OpenID

On the Yahoo Developer Network Blog, Allen Tom discussed the findings of a study conducted regarding the use of Yahoo!’s OpenID service. While the users who participated were enthusiastic with the concept of OpenID, the results weren’t great.

Joost Gets Serious About Online Video Competition
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Today, Joost launched a new flash-based version of its popular (but not popular enough) online video service, which will allow users to use it without having to download an application. They announced over a month ago that they would be launching this, but it has just now finally come to fruition.

Google Library Partners Making Their Own Database

A group of libraries that are participating in the Google Books Library Project want to make sure that their work lives on in case Google doesn’t. They’re forming a backup database of digitized books in case Google should go out of business in the future (insert joke or snide comment here). The database is called HathiTrust.

McCain Asks YouTube to Ignore DMCA Claims
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After a slew of political ads from the McCain-Palin campaign were taken down from YouTube because of copyright holder DMCA complaints, the campaign sent a letter to YouTube (PDF) urging the company to be less immediate with its compliance with the letters and to subject videos to full legal review.