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Yahoo Tries Social Media From a New Angle
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Last month, Yahoo Mash was shut down before ever leaving beta form. If you’ve never heard of Yahoo Mash, you’re not alone. It didn’t really catch on – hence the shut down. It was Yahoo’s attempt at a social network, presumably made to compete with MySpace, Facebook, and the like. That didn’t quite pan out.

Google Actively Seeking Testimonials From Advertisers?
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Search Giant Google is apparently doing a little searching of its own – for support of it’s proposed advertising deal with Yahoo that is. TechCrunch tells about one of their readers (who advertises with both Google and Yahoo) getting a call from a lawyer representing Google and asking them to provide a public testimonial as to why they think the Google-Yahoo deal would be a good idea.

Search Engines Indexing Google Profiles

It is true that Google Profiles serve as the main building blocks in acting as the foundation for making Google as the main social map in the whole web-world!

"A Google Profile is simply how you represent yourself on Google products — it lets you tell others a bit more about who you are and what you’re all about. You control what goes into your Google Profile, sharing as much (or as little) as you’d like." – Google

YouTube’s Search Ads – Will You Buy Them?
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Google will announce its third quarter financial results on Thursday, and in the meantime, the company seems to be looking for revenue under every rock… and YouTube may be the biggest rock of all.

Searches for all sorts of terms on YouTube are turning up links to one or more "promoted videos" on the right-hand side of results pages.  Each ad consists of one small image and Google Adwords-style text ad.

Google Helps Find Missing Links
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It’s been said links are the currency of the Web, and an honest-gotten inbound link is like a tip for good work. Locating broken inbound links, then—links attempted but because of an error don’t connect with a page on your site—is like an opportunity to locate missing money.

Father of the Internet Backs Obama

Often called the Father of the Internet (though he calls himself a “cofounder”), Vint Cerf these days works for Google being, as Valleywag’s Own Thomas puts it, “vice president in charge of being the guy who created the Internet.”

So that’s what “Internet Evangelist” means!

Whatever his title, he’s using throwing some of the clout onto YouTube to endorse Senator Barack Obama as President. The wedge issue for Cerf? The one that protects his baby of course: Net Neutrality.

Google Up, Up and Away
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For another straight month, Google has gained in search share. At this point you wonder why one bothers measuring by the month. How about for the 15th (at least) straight quarter Google has gained in search share? How about for the fourth straight year, Google has gained in search share?

I’m not sure about that last statement. I’ve only been covering search for three and a half years. You know how many months during that time Yahoo has beaten Google in search share?

Not a one.

Microsoft?

Ha!

Pandora Cuts Staff, But Still Growing

PandoraLayoffs at Internet companies continue to be announced, with the latest coming from Internet radio site Pandora. Pandora’s fate itself was in question not too long ago, but has recently found new hope and expects to survive after all.

Google Offers First Click Free
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There are few things more frustrating, from a user’s perspective, than searching and finding what looks like the desired result only to click and meet a log-in page. Give us your money or all your information or go away! Personally, I usually go away, fairly confident I can find the same information elsewhere.

China Tells Internet Caf

How would you feel if every time you used a public telephone (do those still exist?) or checked into a hotel, your photo was taken and sent to the government? To better crack down on undesirable Internet users, that’s exactly what’s happening in China.

China Tells Internet Caf

How would you feel if every time you used a public telephone (do those still exist?) or checked into a hotel, your photo was taken and sent to the government? To better crack down on undesirable Internet users, that’s exactly what’s happening in China.

China Tells Internet Caf

How would you feel if every time you used a public telephone (do those still exist?) or checked into a hotel, your photo was taken and sent to the government? To better crack down on undesirable Internet users, that’s exactly what’s happening in China.

China Tells Internet Caf
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How would you feel if every time you used a public telephone (do those still exist?) or checked into a hotel, your photo was taken and sent to the government? To better crack down on undesirable Internet users, that’s exactly what’s happening in China.

Google Seeking Arabic-Speaking Engineers
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Yesterday afternoon, Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer, said something elegant about investing in the company’s core business both in and out of the U.S.  It seems the man’s far from a liar, as a manager has now followed up with a call for Arabic-speaking engineers.

Man in UK Sentenced for Facebook Slaughter
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Back in February a man named Wayne Forrester murdered his wife Emma in cold blood (and a cocaine and alcohol-fueled daze) by stabbing her in the head and neck with a kitchen knife and meat cleaver. The reason he did this he said, was because she changed her Facebook profile to "single" shortly after he moved out of their home.

Today, Forrester was sentenced to life in jail, and ordered to serve a minimum of 14 years. BBC News reports:

Circuit City Promotes What Should Have Been Already
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Circuit City stock was perhaps rather attractive to some at around a dollar per share; in a weird twist it’s somehow less attractive at 39 cents—maybe it’s the stink of death all around it, maybe that’s what Blockbuster smelled when they pulled out of an acquisition deal.

Yahoo’s Openness To Search
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Yahoo announced that they have integrated a couple of applications from their SearchMonkey project into everyday search results for users of the Yahoo search engine. The two integrated apps are from Citysearch and Zagat, which Yahoo intends to use for improved local search results along with Yelp and its own Yahoo Local results.

Google Gives You “First Click Free”

One of the most annoying things for a web user is to search the whole web, find what looks like a desired result and then end up being on a log-in-page.

These pages have just one motto in mind… Give us money, else go away! Personally, I find it more convenient to move away from that page because I always feel that I can find that information on other pages as well.

New Words for New Times
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I’m not a fan of so-called “leet” (1337) speak; it seems to have spawned in a different universe than the one in which I was formed—a world where direct vs. indirect object drills were as commonplace as batting practice. That “w00t,” a “word” I couldn’t wrap my mind around three years ago, is now recognized by Webster is maddening.

Bloggers Spill Canadian Election Beans
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Canada’s a big country, spanning six time zones, so when an election takes place, results from one end can come in well before the other side’s done voting.  Some bloggers recently created a hubbub by ignoring this situation.

Can Jupitermedia Rise Again?
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Jupitermedia has great assets, a long history and is still run by the founder, Alan Meckler, who built the company from the ground up. As of this writing JUPM is at 45 cents a share, which values the company at only $16.25 million. It appears that there is no rational reason to explain this low valuation except that there are apparently very few investors interested in the stock.

Facebook Mulls Digital Music Business
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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly considering entering into the digital music business and becoming a streaming competitor to iTunes and MySpace.

Zuckerberg is in talks with several song streaming services and music community sites including Rhapsody.com, iMeem.com, iLike.com, and Lala.com, sources familiar with the situation said, according to the New York Post.

Hitwise Shows Top 20 Popular Sites
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Hitwise has released data looking at the 20 most popular websites for September, ranked by market share of visits. I don’t think you’ll be very surprised with number 1.

Google Warning Sites About Security Issues
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Like a stranger who follows you for 16 miles to let you know a taillight’s out, Google’s got webmasters’ backs.  The search giant plans to start telling some individuals about potential security problems with their content management systems and publishing platforms.