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Size Doesn’t Always Matter, Authority Does.
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Bankaholic is a one-man WordPress blog run by 22-year-old Johns Wu, who just got the deal of a lifetime when he sold it to BankRate for $15 million, proving that blogging dreams really can come true.

Hacker Indicted for the Palin Email Job
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You may remember a few weeks ago when vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! email account was hacked. This was revealed to be the work of David Kernell, the son of Tennessee Democratic State Representative Mike Kernell. David was indicted Wednesday morning, and faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after turning himself in.

Photobucket Introduces New Features
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Online photo and video sharing site, Photobucket has added new features to make it easier for users to organize and personalize their photo and video collections.

Spammers Smacked With $236 Million Penalty
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Iowa-based CIS Internet Services, a small ISP, will likely never see the $236 million awarded to them by a federal judge, but there is at least the satisfaction of watching a pair of spammers get clobbered.
Spammers Smacked With $236 Million Penalty

US Researchers Decide Spying On Citizens Is Bad

You remember back in 2006 when there was all this controversy over the US Dept. of Justice subpoenaing search results from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL? Remember how AT&T and Verizon sold their customers out by making telephone records an open surveillance buffet for the government?

A Closer Look at Google Maps on the Google Phone

Google is giving those interested in the new Google Phone (the G1 from T-Mobile) a closer look at the different aspects of it on the Google Mobile Blog. Today Android Product Manager David Conway talks about the Google Maps capabilities on the device:

AdGooroo Paints Microsoft’s Q3 As Excellent

Companies’ third quarter reports will soon be out, and given current economic conditions, what they say will be more important than ever.  AdGooroo indicates that Microsoft might just steal the show with some impressive search and advertising data.

YouTube Fights Comment Idiocy With Audio Preview
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Two things a person doesn’t always know: Who’s listening and how words are going to sound before they come out. The latter, if we want to get technical about it, is regulated by the orbitofrontal cortex of the amigdala, which unfortunately is switched off while a person uses the Internet—nonverbal communication is required for this to function properly—hence all the stupid comments loading down the Internet like a soiled diaper.

Countrywide CEO Disgusted By His Customers
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There are lots of rules for being a decent person. None of them apply to banking, as we’ve seen again and again lately. But you’d think a certain level of smarts would accompany the lack of decency required to run a banking institution, and that level of smarts would include an understanding that when your house is on fire, you don’t piss on the firemen.

Sequoia Capital, Ron Conway Issue Warnings

It’s officially time for tech companies to take cover.  Sequoia Capital (a venture capital firm known for backing Apple, Google, and YouTube) and Ron Conway (an angel investor behind Google and PayPal) have advised entities in their portfolios to cut costs and hunker down.

Bebo Searches For Alien Life

Social networking site Bebo has transmitted 501 photos, drawings and text messages into space using a giant radio-telescope in the Ukraine that is used to track asteroids.

The communications were selected through a contest on the site called A Message From Earth, Bebo users sent in images that they believed would best represent life on Earth.

Hi-Res Google Maps Images On the Way
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You may recall about a month and a half ago, it was announced that GeoEye would be launching a satellite with the highest resolution available on the market and would be lending its technology to Google Maps. Today, the first image was released from the GeoEye-1.

"We are pleased to release the first GeoEye-1 image, bringing us even closer to the start of the satellite’s commercial operations and sales to our customers," says GeoEye CEO Matthew O’Connell.

The Journey to a $15 Million Blog Sale
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BankaholicAs all WebProNews readers are probably aware by now, Bankaholic, a blog run by 22-year-old Johns Wu was sold to BankRate.com for $15 million, a price some people find shockingly high, but enough to change a man’s life dramatically. We’ve covered this inspirational story extensively since we first learned of it.

Google Tries to Keep Drunk People From Messing Up Their Lives
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Google is working on a new Gmail feature in Google Labs that allows the user to better protect themselves from sending emails that they may later regret sending. The feature is called "Mail Goggles", and seems to be aimed at people who have too much to drink on the weekends and send out drunken emails that when they wake up the next day and wish they hadn’t sent.

So What Does it Do Exactly?

Soon You’ll Be Able to Subscribe to Google SERPs
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Accoding to Matt McGee at Search Engine Land, Google will soon start offering RSS feeds for search results as an extension of Google Alerts. McGee writes:

Google Devaluing DMOZ and Yahoo! Links?
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Google is no longer suggesting that you should be listed in relevant directories. In fact, they’ve even removed the suggestion from their webmaster guidelines, as Brian Ussery noticed. The page used to have bullet points for:

Microsoft’s Next OS a Nod to the Stratosphere?

Kit Ong at Geeks With Blogs discovered something interesting today that has speculation flying all over the place. First of all, there has been talk of a Windows "Cloud" operating system for some time now, which is what makes this find particularly interesting.

Yahoo Web Analytics Comes To Light
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It’s time for data hounds to start drooling.  Jerry Yang still isn’t ready to toss a Google Analytics competitor to every person who asks, but this afternoon, his company did announce that some people are being given access to the new Yahoo Web Analytics.

Online Video Viewers More Engaged
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A large number of online video viewers are more engaged with what they watch on the Web than they are with TV, according to a new study from online video site Veoh Networks.

Veoh found that what it calls " engaged viewers" (those who watch more than an hour of online video a week) make up nearly 40 percent of all online video viewers and watch close to 75 percent of all online video.

Internet Ad Market A Bull or Bear?
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Seems like it all just depends on how one spins it sometimes. The IAB and PricewaterhouseCoopers tout a bull market for online advertising in the first half of 2008. The Associated Press, though, describes a second quarter decline as the beginning of the end.

Of course economic pessimism is sort of en vogue these days.

IAB’s version goes this way:

Yahoo Unveils New Calendar

A whole lot of people love simple, wall-hung calendars, and if we’re to be honest, some of us make do with even less (torn scraps of paper, anyone?).  Still, for the uber-organized and tech-inclined, a new calendar from Yahoo has become available.

Majority Of Fortune 1,000 Companies Will Use Social Media
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Social media will be adopted by more than 60 percent of Fortune 1,000 companies with a Web site by 2010, according to research firm Gartner.

"A key benefit of establishing a community is the amount of information an organization can gain about its customer base, which can be used for short-and long-term customer relationships," said Adam Sarner, principal research analyst at Gartner.

Authors Of Search Engine Marketing Talk
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SEM Inc.Mike Moran and Bill Hunt, authors of the new edition of  "Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company’s Web Site,"spoke to WebProNews about some of the changes they have seen in the industry since their last book in 2005.

How has social media impacted search engine marketing?

One Laptop Per Child Project Visit

Lots of you heard a lot of hoopla about the OLPC project (er, One Laptop Per Child). This is a strange little machine that’s aimed at bringing computing to kids around the world. It’s been a while since I heard anything about it, other than they had started shipping with both Linux and Windows, which shocked a few people in the community who saw that as something negative.

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