Do You Have a Problem with Live Blogging?
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Barry Schwartz posted something of a rant at Search Engine Roundtable after an unnamed blogger attacked the site’s live blogging coverage of PubCon:

Google Analytics Gets A Handle On Flash
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Flash content has long posed a lot of problems for the search and webmaster communities.  Now Google – and more specifically, the newly introduced Google Analytics Tracking For Adobe Flash – intends to solve at least a few of them.

Net Neutrality A Likely Reality In 2009
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Once the election smoke has cleared, Congress appears poised to pass Network Neutrality legislation. With promises from the Obama campaign about upholding neutrality principles, any remaining FCC opposition will be left standing out on a weak limb.

Google Wants Your Questions for D.C. Meeting

Google is hosting a three-part series of town hall meetings at the company’s Washington D.C. office, starting with one about economic growth and the technology infrastructure needed to "foster innovation." The meeting is aimed at helping set the technology policy agenda for the incoming Congress and Administration. Google says:

Gmail Brings Style And Color To Your Account
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Google has introduced a slew of new themes and colors to Gmail that allow users to customize the look and feel they want.

The Official Gmail Blog gives more details. "Gmail fans have been building unofficial extensions to spice up their inboxes for a while, but up til now themes haven’t been an integral part of Gmail."

TypePad’s Blogger Bailout For Laid-Off Journalists
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Anil DashTypePad has introduced a "bailout" program for journalists who have been laid off or expect to be.

Ballmer Ignores Yang, Rules Out Yahoo Acquisition
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Even the harshest critics of Steve Ballmer will have to admit one thing: in regards to not buying Yahoo, he’s been consistent for a long time now.  At a shareholder meeting today, Ballmer said that he still has no interest in a total acquisition, and Yahoo’s stock has taken a nosedive of around 20.9 percent as a result.

Iran Blocks Millions Of Web Sites
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The Iranian government is currently blocking in excess of five million Web sites for hosting content that it deems as unethical and anti-Islamic.

During a conference in Iran, the Prosecutor General Abdolsamad Khoram Abadi said most of the sites were blocked because they "contained unethical content" such as pornography and anti-Islamic sentiment.

Iran Blocks Millions Of Web Sites

Google.org Releases Documentary: The Final Inch
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Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google has put together a 38-minute film documenting the "historical effort to eradicate polio." The film is called The Final Inch, and it tells the story of "foot soldiers" who make their way around India persuading families to get their children polio vaccinations. The film also follows a doctor who travels India’s backwaters detecting emerging cases of polio.

Utilizing Match Types Can Save Your SEM Dollars
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Google’s been offering some great AdWords tips lately. Specifically, they recently discussed the advantages of using the broad match option and the negative keyword option. Mike McDonald also spoke with Ken Jurina of Epiar about the negative keyword option in the following interview at PubCon.

Google – P&G Swap Employees To Learn From Each Other

Sometimes you read something about a company or a business that simply gets it more than others. OK, so we know that in most cases Google does that. Sometimes they do it in ways that still amaze and make one say “Huh, that makes good sense.”

CitySearch To Increase Mobile And Social Features

citysearchLocal review site Citysearch has announced an overhaul to its mobile and web sites. Now in beta, Mobile by Citysearch adds enhanced features for mobile users, and the new website integrates more local and social aspects.

PC Magazine Abandons Print, Moves Online

Following in the footsteps of other publishers, Ziff Davis said today it will drop the print edition of its popular PCMag and will focus on its online property PCMag.com.

How To Create A LinkedIn Company Profile
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Back in March, LinkedIn announced the launch of company profiles.  The problem was, users couldn’t create the profiles themselves, and Mario Sundar, LinkedIn’s community evangelist who volunteered to help, was soon overwhelmed with requests.  So now we have the solution: a DIY company profile creation process.

Key Terms Integral To Yahoo’s Open Search Initiative
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Yahoo!Yahoo has announced the availability of the "Key Terms" feature for BOSS. For those of you unfamiliar with BOSS, the company describes it as the following:

LinkedIn Profiles Now Presentable In 41 Languages

There’s nothing like a global recession to expand one’s perspectives, and now more than ever, connection-seekers can be counted on to appreciate potential contacts whether they speak Albanian, Vietnamese, or anything in between.  So LinkedIn has created a new profile option that capitalizes on this fact.

Follow Google’s Advice for Better AdSense Performance
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Google has been providing tips for optimizing AdSense ads to enhance their performance. The company has provided a three-part video series on this subject, which it has just released the final installment for.

Google Launches Search-Based Keyword Tool
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Google has introduced a new keyword tool called Search-based Keyword Tool (beta) that enables paid search advertisers to see what keywords they may be missing out on based on searches on their Web site.

Report: Roughly One-Tenth Of Brand Searches “Hijacked”
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Companies put all sorts of time and effort into getting people to search for certain terms.  This happens with the expectation that people will then visit corporate sites, but a fresh Hitwise report relays the somewhat threatening news that about 13 percent of searchers wind up somewhere else.

YouTube Goes Live
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YouTube announced its first-ever live programming aimed at user-generated content, which will take place on Saturday, November, 22.  YouTube may not be the first to offer live video online, but the brand power behind it (not to mention the force of Google) might be enough to push the concept into the mainstream.

Google Getting Freer With Sitelinks
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Subdirectories appear to be getting some respect.  Although there hasn’t been any sort of conclusive announcement, sitelinks – those nice little link collections that appear beneath some search results – are becoming more prevalent.

DivX Sues Yahoo
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We all know that Yahoo’s looking to cut costs.  Now, according to a new lawsuit filed by DivX, the search company went a little too far and backed out of two-year advertising services agreement.  DivX would stop receiving payments as a result.

Online Retail Spending Grows 1 Percent

Online retail spending in October grew by only 1 percent compared to October 2007, representing the lowest monthly growth rate since 2001, according to a report from comScore who began tracking ecommerce seven years ago.

The report said that the softness in online retail spending was due in part by negative spending growth in households earning less than $50,000 a year.

Google Getting Hung Up In Privacy Issues
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Google has a significant presence in Europe with large offices in Dublin, Zurich, and London, and smaller centers in Denmark, Russia, and Poland. The giant search company has been well received up to this point, but is now being forced to fight privacy laws.
Google Getting Hung Up In Privacy Issues