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Google Street View Delves Into France
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Given the economy’s current condition, most people are cutting out random trips to the local grocery store, never mind overseas vacations.  So as non-millionaires should agree, this makes it all the more interesting that Google has released additional Street View photos taken in France.

Facebook Celebrates 10 Billion Photos
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One doesn’t associate photos with Facebook—sure, there are always those embarrassing ones of politician kids popping up—primarily it’s always been a social network. Well, the social network reported last night that it stores more photos than Flickr and Photobucket combined.

What’s Good for Users is Good for Advertisers/Content Providers

A new YouTube channel shows not only how the site itself can better compete in the online video industry, but also serves as an example of how other businesses can layout engaging video blogs.

Google is producing more original content for YouTube following the success of the hit "Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Comedy", which was exclusive to the video site. They started running a channel/show called Poptub last month, but it has not received much attention until now.

Flock 2.0 Has Arrived
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Flock, the social Web browser built on Mozilla Firefox is now out of beta and can be integrated with the MySpace Data Availability platform.

Flock 2.0 includes support for Media RSS and offers access to any social network with a Media RSS feed.

Social networking users can have access to MySpace, Facebook, Digg, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket and Twitter via Flock’s sidebar. Flock’s Media Bar feature, at the top of the browser allows users to drag and drop pictures and videos into a MySpace user’s profile.

Hitwise Issues Online Retail Warning
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Common sense says that online retailers are in a better position than their brick and mortar counterparts; consumers will be able save time, gas, and possibly the money that would go towards sales taxes by just shopping from home this season.  Still, according to a new Hitwise report, the winter is shaping up to be pretty harsh.

The Value Of A Link
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Pricing a Link

When trying to understand the value of a link a variety of factors can be considered, including:

Usability Troubles for Yahoo OpenID

On the Yahoo Developer Network Blog, Allen Tom discussed the findings of a study conducted regarding the use of Yahoo!’s OpenID service. While the users who participated were enthusiastic with the concept of OpenID, the results weren’t great.

Joost Gets Serious About Online Video Competition
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Today, Joost launched a new flash-based version of its popular (but not popular enough) online video service, which will allow users to use it without having to download an application. They announced over a month ago that they would be launching this, but it has just now finally come to fruition.

Google Library Partners Making Their Own Database

A group of libraries that are participating in the Google Books Library Project want to make sure that their work lives on in case Google doesn’t. They’re forming a backup database of digitized books in case Google should go out of business in the future (insert joke or snide comment here). The database is called HathiTrust.

McCain Asks YouTube to Ignore DMCA Claims
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After a slew of political ads from the McCain-Palin campaign were taken down from YouTube because of copyright holder DMCA complaints, the campaign sent a letter to YouTube (PDF) urging the company to be less immediate with its compliance with the letters and to subject videos to full legal review.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Stocks Have Rough Day

Yesterday was kind to investors, and given the remarkable nature of the stock market’s rise, looked like the possible end of a bad era.  Unfortunately, things headed south again today, and the big three names in search fared even worse than overall market.

Online Holiday Shopping To Surpass In-Store Shopping
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For the first time, the Internet has surpassed brick-and-mortar stores as the preferred way for multi-channel shoppers to buy holiday gifts, according to a new survey by the e-tailing group.

Nearly half (49%) of those surveyed said they plan on doing their gift buying online while 44 percent intend to do so in-store.

Reasons for shopping online include saving time (88%), locating hard-to-find products (84%), greater selection (83%) and avoiding crowds at the mall (83%). Saving money was still an important factor for 80 percent.

Judge Orders Palin To Save Yahoo Email

The hits just keep on coming for Sarah Palin. Just as word comes down that more investigations are on the Alaska horizon, an Anchorage judge orders her to hang on to her Yahoo account and emails used for state business.

Google Tightening Its Belt?
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Possibly rhetoric serving two purposes: an endorsement of smart fiscal management and management of Wall St. analyst expectations. Google’s VP of Sales, Tim Armstrong made a seemingly off-the-cuff remark about closely watching the economy while “making sure our expenses and revenue are very much aligned.”

Yahoo Promotes Search With New Campaign
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Yahoo has made a great deal of money thanks to the fact that marketers believe ads can influence consumers’ behavior.  Now, with the launch of a new ad campaign, the search company seems to be hoping that the same principle can help it win back some market share.

Brightcove Releases New Online Video Platform

Brightcove has introduced its newest version of its online video platform, Brightcove 3, which has been in beta testing with customers since June.

Live From The Web, It

Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and NBC are working on a Web-video site dedicated to the iconic sketch show. The site would allow fans to download individual sketches, clips, and even dress rehearsal skits that never aired.

Live From The Web, It

Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and NBC are working on a Web-video site dedicated to the iconic sketch show. The site would allow fans to download individual sketches, clips, and even dress rehearsal skits that never aired.

Live From The Web, It

Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and NBC are working on a Web-video site dedicated to the iconic sketch show. The site would allow fans to download individual sketches, clips, and even dress rehearsal skits that never aired.

Live From The Web, It
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Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and NBC are working on a Web-video site dedicated to the iconic sketch show. The site would allow fans to download individual sketches, clips, and even dress rehearsal skits that never aired.

Financial Crisis to Fuel Rise in Litigation
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Two occupations that for sure won’t be experiencing unemployment troubles during the financial crisis: politician and lawyer. Politicians will be busy pointing fingers and looking clueless while lawyers will be bracing for a boon in litigation stemming from the collapse of the subprime mortgage market. A survey of 360 in-house counsel in the UK and US show small businesses and major corporations alike are preparing for a busy lawsuit season expected to affect pretty much every sector.

Google Blocks Services in Some Countries
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Google is reportedly blocking use of it’s Chrome browser (among other applications like Google Talk and Gmail Notifier)  in some countries with which the United States has economic sanctions and export controls with. "We are unable to permit the download of Google Chrome in Cuba, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Sudan," says a Google Spokesperson.

Should You Still Submit To Directories?

One of the buzz topics in the marketing world for the past few months is the fact that directory submission is dieing as a method of link development and search engine optimization.  To add to the buzz, if you regularly check up on Google’s Webmaster Guidelines you will notice that it no longer lists submitting your site to relevant directories as something you should do.  To some, this is a sign that search engines no longer view directories as important.

U.S. Search Marketing Spend Sees Strong Q3 Growth
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U.S. search marketing spend showed healthy growth in the third quarter of 2008, up almost 27 percent compared with the third quarter of 2007 according to a new study from SearchIgnite.

Spend from existing search marketing advertisers is up year-over-year in Q3 across all engines by 26.9 percent in the U.S., a small increase from the year-over-year growth seen in Q3 2007 over Q3 2006. Quarter-over-quarter spend growth was also strong and consistent with Q2 vs. Q3 2007.