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Google Docs Offers Form Templates
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If you use Google Docs, you might be pleased to know that Google is now offering templates for forms. And to start off they’ve got 13 different ones to choose from.

If you are not familiar with templates in Google Docs, to utilize them, you go to New and select from template from the pull-down menu.

Yahoo Unloads Kelkoo
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Yahoo-owned comparison shopping site Kelkoo is Yahoo-owned no more. The European service was founded in 1999 and purchased by Yahoo in 2004 for €450 million. Prior to that it had been involved in deals with both Microsoft and Ask.

Google Releases Enhanced Maps Features for iPhone

Google announced today that it has updated Google Maps features for the iPhone. This includes the addition of:

Tips For Online Retailers Preparing For Cyber Monday
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With the official holiday shopping season beginning next week, U.S. retailers expect "Black Friday" (November 28 this year) sales will grow 1.2 percent.

For "Cyber Monday" the first Monday after Thanksgiving, retailers expect to see growth of 2.4 percent, according to a study from BDO Seidman.

Online sales are projected to grow 8 percent and gift card sales are expected to grow 5.1 percent.

Controversial Goodmail Raises Another $20 Million
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GoodmailGoodmail is a company that offers a service called CertifiedEmail whose goal is to eliminate security risks in email, and it is one that many organizations turn to when they have important emails to send. Goodmail’s customers include a number of big name retailers from Walmart to Old Navy, not to mention ISPs like AOL, AT&T and Comcast, and government agencies like the FBI and the FDA.

Google AdWords Team Pushing Display Ads
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It may be the time of year at which people start counting their vacation days, but Google’s AdWords team isn’t exactly kicking off early.  The group has instead made some improvements to the month-old AdWords display ad builder and pushed the tool overseas.

Yahoo Adds eBay Application To Homepage Test
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Yahoo has added a new eBay application to its homepage it has been experimenting with since September in an effort to open up to third parties.

The eBay application can be found in the "My Applications" dashboard area on Yahoo’s homepage.

Google Friend Connect May Soon Launch
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For once, Google looked to be a half-step (or more) behind.  Yahoo’s testing a “social” new homepage, Microsoft’s rolling out a “social” Windows Live update, and from the search giant, nada on this front.  Except, it seems, for Friend Connect, which just might launch soon.

YouTube in HD – What A Concept
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I have not seen any official announcements yet, but YouTube looks to be venturing into High-Definition territory, a place where its competitors are already residing. Meghan Keane at Wired writes:

Company Sues Facebook Over Copyright Infringement
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A Columbus, Ohio based technology company is suing Facebook for alleged copyright infringement charging that the social networking site is using technology it developed to run the site.

Leader Technologies maintains that it developed a patent that Facebook uses to manage and store electronic information. Leader says it applied for the patent in 2002 and is seeking damages and an injunction against Facebook for what it calls willful infringement.

Microsoft Discusses Updating adCenter Bids
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The economy’s crashing, the holidays are coming, and businesses are growing ultra-competitive.  It’s time to revisit online marketing campaigns, then, and Microsoft has released some tips on how adCenter users can decide if their bids need to be updated.

Google Makes Improvements to Ad Manager
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If you are not familiar with Google Ad Manager, it is a tool that lets web publishers organize their ad booking. It lets you use data from past campaigns to estimate how many impressions you need to sell to make your goals.

Google Maps Used To Mark Pirate Attacks
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Google’s been known to track all sorts of stuff, including search trends, wildfires, and the flu.  Now Google Maps and Google Earth are being used to record the locations of what might qualify as an even more interesting thing: pirate attacks.

Holiday Shoppers To Spend More Of Their Budgets Online

More people will continue to choose to buy their gifts online this holiday season, citing convenience, time saving and price as the primary reasons for shopping on the Internet, according to a new survey from Nielsen Online.

More than half (53%) of consumers say price is the reason to buy online, compared to 46 percent last year. Convenience is also a major factor for shopping online with 76 percent of consumers citing the ability to shop 24 hours a day and 74 percent saying it saves them time when they shop online.

Don’t Write Online Advertising’s Obituary Just Yet
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Despite the prophecies of some online media moguls, online advertising isn’t looking that bad off. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP announced today that Internet advertising revenues have reached nearly $5.9 billion for the third quarter of 2008. That’s up 11% from the previous year.

Microsoft Promotes Live Search In Canada With Contest
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Microsoft has introduced a new contest to Canadian users in an effort to promote its Live Search.

The promotion is called "Big Ticket" an online card game. Users are randomly dealt two cards when they conduct a query on Live Search. If the cards match users will be eligible to win a prize.

PC Magazine Says Goodbye To Print

Since PC Magazine is for the tech crowd the announcement that the publication (can’t call it a magazine anymore I guess) would cease printing a hard copy and be a strictly online operation isn’t a surprise.

MySpace Debuts Guns N

The long delayed new album from what is Guns N’ Roses only in name is making its debut on MySpace today.

Chinese Democracy can be streamed in its entirety three days before the album will be available for purchase. The 14 tracks cannot be downloaded to a users computer or purchased on MySpace.

MySpace is hoping that the new will release will drive traffic to the site from not just Guns N’ Roses fans, but those who are curious to hear what Axl Rose has been up to for the past 17 years.

MySpace Debuts Guns N

The long delayed new album from what is Guns N’ Roses only in name is making its debut on MySpace today.

Chinese Democracy can be streamed in its entirety three days before the album will be available for purchase. The 14 tracks cannot be downloaded to a users computer or purchased on MySpace.

MySpace is hoping that the new will release will drive traffic to the site from not just Guns N’ Roses fans, but those who are curious to hear what Axl Rose has been up to for the past 17 years.

MySpace Debuts Guns N

The long delayed new album from what is Guns N’ Roses only in name is making its debut on MySpace today.

Chinese Democracy can be streamed in its entirety three days before the album will be available for purchase. The 14 tracks cannot be downloaded to a users computer or purchased on MySpace.

MySpace is hoping that the new will release will drive traffic to the site from not just Guns N’ Roses fans, but those who are curious to hear what Axl Rose has been up to for the past 17 years.

MySpace Debuts Guns N

The long delayed new album from what is Guns N’ Roses only in name is making its debut on MySpace today.

Chinese Democracy can be streamed in its entirety three days before the album will be available for purchase. The 14 tracks cannot be downloaded to a users computer or purchased on MySpace.

MySpace is hoping that the new will release will drive traffic to the site from not just Guns N’ Roses fans, but those who are curious to hear what Axl Rose has been up to for the past 17 years.

Yahoo Powers New T-Mobile Service
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Yahoo OneSearchYahoo announced that its oneSearch mobile search engine will be the engine of choice for T-Mobile’s new web2goSM service, which is aimed at providing a better mobile web browsing experienc

Attorney General Sues A Washington SEO Firm

An attorney general is suing a Redmond-based e-commerce service providing company, which had faltered on its promises of bringing up Web Traffic for a number of small businesses, driving many customers to file complaints.

Attorney General Rob McKenna reportedly stated that, “When it comes to Internet search results, every small business wants to pull a high ranking. Merchants hoping to increase their online sales paid thousands of dollars to Visible.net and Captures.com but didn’t always receive the top listings and other services they were promised.”

Facebook, MySpace Beneficial To Teens
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Teens who use social media such as MySpace and Facebook are not just wasting time, they are in fact developing important social and technical skills online, according to new research from the MacArthur Foundation.