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Should SEO, Web Hosting Firm Be Held Responsible For Counterfeit Site?
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Precedence setting, or lone case? I’m sure SEO experts who have discovered this case are interested to see what becomes of it. A South Carolina judge has found the SEO Firm, Bright Builders Inc., responsible for damages done by a …

Decreasing Google Dependence: A Growing Trend
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John Citrone, editor at the online writing community Xomba.com, says Xomba saw Google’s Panda update coming, and started preparing last summer, when it started to draw up a plan to prepare for an “algorithmic shift” from Google. “Around the first …

Groupon Hiring 100 New Employees In Palo Alto

It must be an exciting – and confusing – time at Groupon.  Even as the company’s launching sites in foreign countries, preparing for an IPO, and watching its president and COO step down, a fresh report’s indicated it’s also looking …

ESPN Content To Launch On Slacker Radio

Online radio service Slacker said today it will begin offering users access to ESPN Audio content. Slacker users will have access to a dedicated station for sports entertainment, with the option to include ESPN SportsCenter headlines for hourly updates on …

AdWords Location Targeting Gets Improvements
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Google has launched some better location-targeting controls for AdWords advertisers. Now, you can target or exclude specific physical user locations. “By physical location, we mean the place where the user is actually located, such as ‘New York City,’ instead of …

Facebook Search Patent… Should Google Be Worried?
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A patent that Facebook was awarded about a month ago, called “Visual tags for search results generated from social network information,” is suddenly getting some industry attention. The official description of the patent says: Search results, including sponsored links and …

Chrome Beta Gets Voice Input, GPU-Accelerated 3D CSS Chrome Beta Gets Voice Input, GPU-Accelerated 3D CSS
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Google announced some updates to the Chrome beta channel, and the arrival of Chrome 11.0.696.16 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. New to Chrome 11 are: an HTML5 speech input API, GPU-accelerated 3D CSS, and of course the new Chrome …

Elizabeth Taylor: Remembered On The Web
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One of the icons of Hollywood has passed away today. Elizabeth Taylor is listed ‘7th‘ on the AFI’s “Female Legends List“. She passed away after a long fight with congestive heart failure. The two time Academy Award winning actress was …

AOL Rated A “Buy” By UBS

A company that many people expected to fade away as dial-up connections became more and more obsolete will do just fine, according to a respected financial services firm.  This morning, analysts at UBS labeled AOL’s stock a “Buy.” That rating …

Google Panda Update: Lack of Consistency on Quality? Google Panda Update: Lack of Consistency on Quality?
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We’ve been talking with a lot of people who have had their sites impacted negatively by Google’s recent “Panda” algorithm update. Our thinking is that the more sides of the story we hear, the more webmasters and content producers will …

How Qwiki Brings Interactivity to Information Consumption

Qwiki, the startup backed by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim is, not surprisingly, gaining a lot of attention. The company can add winning TechCrunch Disrupt to its resume as well. So, what is this startup doing to gain all this attention?

Demand Media and Getty Images Agreement Announced

Demand Media and Getty Images jointly announced today that they have entered a licensing agreement. That means searchers are likely to start seeing  a great deal more images from Getty appear in their results. Under the agreement, Demand Media will …

Apple Mac Software Engineering SVP Bertrand Serlet Leaves Company

Apple announced today that Bertrand Serlet, the Senior Vice President of Mac Software engineering is leaving the company after working with Apple CEO Steve Jobs for over two decades. Serlet, who has reported directly to Jobs himself, had this to …

Groupon President And COO Leaving Company

Almost exactly one year ago, Groupon announced that former Yahoo exec Rob Solomon had joined the organization and assumed the dual positions of president and chief operating officer.  Now, as Groupon appears to be ramping up for an IPO, word’s …

Lady Gaga Does Google Lady Gaga Does Google
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The current queen of pop — no, not Rebecca Black either; although, she’s clearly a princess — went to Google the other day to complete the Q&A session that began with a YouTube invitation from Lady Gaga herself. The follow-up …

Firefox 4 Off To Strong Start
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Mozilla Firefox 4, has already grabbed 1.95 percent of the global Internet browser market since its launch yesterday, according to a new report from StatCounter. StatCounter said on the first day of its release Firefox 4 scored higher worldwide than …

Google Books Deal Would Be Anti-competitive, Says FairSearch
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As previously reported, Judge Denny Chin rejected a Google Books settlement proposal, which would have enabled Google to scan, digitize, and distribute millions of in copyright, but out-of-print books. Chin concluded in a court document, “In the end, I conclude …

Foner Books – Another Victim of the Google Update
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We’re hearing a lot of interesting stories regarding the fallout of Google’s recent search algorithm update, which was aimed at reducing the rankings of lower quality content. We noticed Morris Rosenthal,owner of Foner Books had some grievances, expressed on his blog. We reached out to hear more of his story, and he was happy to share quite a bit. 

Blekko and BrightEdge Partner on Fighting Brand-Based Search Spam Blekko and BrightEdge Partner on Fighting Brand-Based Search Spam
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Blekko has partnered with SEO platform BrightEdge to fight search spam. Blekko is giving BrightEdge access to real-time link graph information, so companies can verify that their own links are legitimate as well as whether sites ranking ahead of them …

Email Lives: Even Mark Zuckerberg’s Dog Uses It Email Lives: Even Mark Zuckerberg’s Dog Uses It
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Ok, this is admittedly silly, but in light of recent conversations about email being in danger because of social media services like Facebook and Twitter, it seemed worth mentioning – especially when you consider that Facebook has suggested in the …

Google Books Deal Blocked
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Barring more legal maneuvering, the proposed Google Books Settlement – which would have cleared the way for Google to scan, digitize, and distribute of millions of in-copyright but out-of-print works – will not stand as is. This afternoon, Judge Denny …

Senators to Apple: Pull DUI Checkpoint Apps
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Apparently, it’s pile on the folks at Apple week.  The company now finds themselves involved in two major app controversies, and it’s only Tuesday.  Yesterday, we told you about the heat Apple was taking  from gay-rights activists for a 4+ …

YouTube Introduces Powerful Image Stabilization, 3D Tools
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In 1999, The Blair Witch Project caused some moviegoers to run out of theaters. Ten years later, Avatar had pretty much the opposite effect. And now YouTube seems to have learned from both developments, introducing an image stabilizer and a …

Amazon Shuts Down Lendle
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Have you had a chance to try Lendle yet?  If not, you may never get the chance.  Today Amazon revoked the application’s API access.  Lendle, a program that allowed Kindle users to lend books from their libraries to friends for …