McBrain vs. Zombama
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Upon a seller tagging his or her Barack Obama mask in such a way to make it appear for the term “terrorist costume,” Amazon has made the proper adjustments. While that’s a fascinating event, there’s still a lot of guilt-by-association fun to be had by examining Amazon’s “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…” feature.

Blogs Attract More Than 14 Million Visitors In The UK
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More than 14.5 million people in the UK visited at least one blog in August, representing 41 percent of the total UK Internet audience, according to comScore.

When it comes to blog platforms the most popular in the UK was the Google-owned Blogger.com, which pulled in more than 9 million visitors, followed by WordPress with 4.8 million visitors and Six Apart with 2.7 million.

A Gold Rush For Twitter Squatters?

There’s no good way to mashup the words Twitter and squatting into anything new and cutesy (a la Twellow, Tweeple, Twapper); the two just don’t mesh well. The proposed rush to secure your or your brand’s Twitter ID to guard against Twitter-squatting might not mesh well to you, either.

Google’s Knol Does Its Thing In Three New Languages
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Google’s Knol isn’t doing so well.  Despite being portrayed by some outsiders as a would-be Wikipedia-killer, the knowledge-sharing site has been more or less ignored since its launch.  Google’s solution: launch it again, this time in German, Italian, and French.

Open IDs Get Support From Google

I’ll admit it. I’ve put off purposefully joining Open ID for no real reason. But now, whether we want to or not, you and I (well, I’m guessing you are, anyway) are being jumped in to the world of Open ID. Because not only are Yahoo Mail and Windows Live Mail (aka Hotmail) joining the Open ID ranks, allowing their logins to become Open ID logins, but so is Gmail.

How Effective Is Social Network Advertising?

Social network advertising is not only not annoying but surprisingly effective in some segments, according to the results of a new survey by Razorfish. In FEED: the Razorfish Consumer Experience Report 2008, Razorfish surveyed “connected consumers”—1006 people with broadband access who spent at least $200 online in the past year, used a community site such as MySpace and consumed or made some type of digital media including videos and music.

Google Street View Goes To Italy
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Old fans of "Everybody Loves Raymond" may remember a couple of episodes in which the Barone family visited Italy.  All of the usual squabbling stopped as the characters (and quite obviously, the cast) just enjoyed the experience.  Now, Google Street View will let its users share some of the same sights.

AOL Launches New Homepage

AOL has introduced a new homepage that allows users to access social networks directly from the site.

Users are now able to post status updates to a number of social networks at once along with keeping track of profile activity, friend requests, status updates and mail alerts from Bebo, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.

Digital Marketing and ROI – The Rules Rewritten

All media is now digital. Holdouts which have not yet converted are desperately trying to figure out how to make the transition happen. As of February 2009, television signals will only be broadcast digitally; a leap necessitated by the immutable laws of physics, economics and government.

Netflix Forms A Partnership with TiVo
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It looks like Netflix is about ready to get another big boost to its competitiveness in the quest for online video domination. The video service has announced a deal which will see it streaming content through TiVo.

Continued Growth For Online Advertising
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Online advertising will continue to grow despite economic woes according to the latest analysis from eMarketer.

The majority of analyst firms expect to see spending growth for online advertising to continue to show double-digit increases in 2008 and 2009.

Facebook Winning Over Business Audiences
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If the Dow passes below 2,000 and World War III breaks out, we feel confident that at least a couple of corporate reps will continue to argue about whether Facebook or MySpace is more popular.  Yet new data falls on Facebook’s side where some retailers are concerned, anyway.

Journalists Struggle With New Media
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Reporters are complaining that news organizations are burning them out by making them use more and different types of technology to tell their stories, journalists said at a National Press Club Forum this week.

 Journalists charge there is little evidence that new technology is bringing in enough revenue to save jobs and support the news business.

Google (Sort Of) Embraces OpenID
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Although this makes some security professionals want to give them a three-hour lecture, lots of people use the same password for a number of different online accounts.  It’s just easy.  Easier still is the concept of OpenID, and Google has become an OpenID provider.

Microsoft Becoming Preoccupied With The Cloud
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We don’t know how many people play drinking games while reading press releases, but here’s a warning: taking a shot every time Microsoft uses the word "cloud" must be dangerous to one’s health.  Lately, the cloud is about all the Redmond-based corporation can seem to discuss.

Ads On Social Networks Drive Purchases
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Forty percent of consumers have made a purchase based on advertising they saw on a social media site, and 76 percent said they were comfortable with advertising on social networks, according to a new report by Razorfish.

Logitech Buys SightSpeed For $30 Million

Swiss based Logitech has announced it will acquire Internet video communications provider SightSpeed for about $30 million in cash. The deal is expected to be completed in early November.

Logitech says the acquisition will have a significant impact on its development of cross-platform video communications.

WebProNews Knows How to Have a Good Time
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We at iEntry (publishers of WebProNews) had our big party day for the fall season the other day. This is something we do twice a year (three if you count the Christmas Party). In the spirit of camaraderie, the staff of iEntry get together and go out for a night on the town (of Lexington, KY). We generally start at the racetrack and then head off for some dinner and barhopping.

Online Video Users Follow Election Closely

Cisco has released a new survey conducted by Compete about the influence of online video and social media applications on American’s political engagement.

The Internet was cited by 62 percent of respondents as a regularly used source for 2008 presidential election information and coverage, which was surpassed only by television (82%).

Traffic to popular online video sites increased fivefold in 2008 compared to 2004. About 30 percent of registered voters said they used online video to follow 2008 presidential election coverage.

Motorola Putting Its Faith In Android
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Reports indicate that Motorola may be preparing to lay off thousands of employees, and this doesn’t bode well for all sorts of projects and divisions.  However, it seems that Google’s Android is being regarded as a potential company-saver, since it should both survive the cuts and become a central focus.

LinkedIn Introduces Applications Platform
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LinkedIn has introduced a number of new software applications, which are business focused in an effort to become more useful in the everyday workplace. 

The LinkedIn Intelligent Applications (InApps) platform allows companies to develop professional applications for the sites members. It features applications from Amazon, Google, Box.net, Huddle, Six Apart, SlideShare, Tripit and WordPress.

Looking At More Trends in Google Reader

Google Reader has added some new data to the Trends department. For those who do not use Google Reader, or pay little attention to the Trends feature, it simply lays your reading habits out graphically so you can see when you are reading feeds the most, what you are reading the most, what you are reading the least, and so on.

All The Ways Gmail is Accessible
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We’ve reported on a lot of Gmail-related tidbits here recently. It seems Gmail Labs has been up to non-stop tinkering and just keeps cranking out features. Most recently, they released:

Yahoo Launches Open Strategy for Developers
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Today, Yahoo has gone live with it’s "open strategy" or Y!OS, which is Yahoo’s way of opening up their products to third party developers in order to attract wider use, and to come up with some useful functionalities that will help them compete better with companies like Google and Microsoft.

Y!OS consists of three major components:

- Yahoo Social Platform

- Yahoo Query Language (YQL)