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Murdoch’s War with the Aggregators
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Rupert Murdoch spoke last week at the FTC’s journalism and the Internet workshop and again slammed news aggregators and search engines:

YouTube Cofounder Discusses Site’s Future

As big and popular as it is, YouTube could probably engage cruise control (in terms of feature releases, design updates, and so forth) and stay in front of the video-sharing competition for at least a couple of years.  Cofounder Chad Hurley was interviewed onstage at LeWeb ’09, and that isn’t at all what he has in mind, however.

Showtime For Real-Time With Google
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Real-time search is, appropriately enough, going to become quite visible very soon.  Google announced today that it’s rolling out real-time features, and the comprehensiveness of this effort is almost unprecedented as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are all onboard.

Google’s list of partners doesn’t stop there; FriendFeed, Identi.ca, and Jaiku are also cooperating.  Plus, standard blogs, news sites, and other Google properties (like YouTube) are contributing to the stream of information that’ll become available following a standard search.

Twittering As a Full-Time Job
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Update: Pizza Hut announced today that its former "Twintern" now has the official title of "Tweetologist," and now holds a full-time position. From the announcement:

Google And Ask See Search Gains In November

Google’s share of the search market inched up by 1 percent in November accounting for 71.57 percent of all U.S. searches conducted during the month, according to Hitwise.

Yahoo trailed landing in the second position with 15.39 percent of the search share representing a 5 percent decline from October. Bing also saw a dip of 2 percent and ended up with 9.34 percent of the search market.

Ask saw its search share rise 1 percent to 2.65 percent in November.

Online Video Viewing Continues To Boom
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DVR and online video continue to show considerable growth in the U.S., up 21.1% and 34.9 percent respectively, in time spent in the third quarter of 2009, according Nielsen’s latest Three Screen Report.

In Q3, the average American watched 31 hours of TV per week, with 31 minutes spending playback mode with their DVR.

In addition, each week the average consumer spent 4 hours on the Internet and 22 minutes watching online video.

Using Social Media For Political Campaigns
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There are a whole host of strategies that go into managing a major presidential campaign, from using social media to spread a message to developing analytics.

(Coverage of SES Chicago continues at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

Dan Siroker, former Deputy New Media Director, Obama Presidential Transition and Founder of CarrotSticks spoke about his work on the campaign.

Google Cracks Down On

Google said today it is taking aim at fraudulent companies that uses its name for money scams.

Bogus offers such as "Easy Cash with Google" and "Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!" has led the company to take a number of measures.

Google Cracks Down On

Google said today it is taking aim at fraudulent companies that uses its name for money scams.

Bogus offers such as "Easy Cash with Google" and "Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!" has led the company to take a number of measures.

Google Cracks Down On

Google said today it is taking aim at fraudulent companies that uses its name for money scams.

Bogus offers such as "Easy Cash with Google" and "Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!" has led the company to take a number of measures.

Google Cracks Down On
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Google said today it is taking aim at fraudulent companies that uses its name for money scams.

Bogus offers such as "Easy Cash with Google" and "Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!" has led the company to take a number of measures.

Twitter to Spray Developers With the Coveted Firehose
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Twitter announced that it will be opening up its data stream (otherwise known as the Firehose) in early 2010. This means the number of Twitter apps will skyrocket, and the potential for functionality in existing Twitter apps will be greatly increased. That means good things for developers, and most likely great things for Twitter.

Facebook Giving Users More Privacy Controls

Facebook is rolling out new features today to allow users to have more control over how they share content with others.

Users will be able to control who sees each individual piece of content they post. Facebook’s new Publisher Privacy Control will allow people to select a privacy setting for every post they make at the time they create it. By making selections in a drop-down menu, users will be able to control what they want to share with friends, family and co-workers.

Google Stresses Speed Yet Again with New Tool

Google has launched a new extension for its Chrome browser, which lets developers identify performance problems with their web apps. This may be an increasingly important issue if Google starts counting speed as a ranking factor in search results.

Google Apps Gets Google Groups
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Google announced that is now including Google Groups in the Premier and Education editions of Google Apps. The company says Groups is one of its most widely-used applications, so it only makes sense.

When a group is set up, employees/students can share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, shared folders, sites, calendars, and videos with the group, rather than having to include individual email addresses or try to remember who joined or left a certain group.

Google Adds Relevance Option to Docs Search

In Google Docs, there is a new sort-by-relevance feature for search results. When you search in Google Docs, your results will be organized by relevance, rather than "last modified date", which has been the way of the past. There is a menu on the right side of the toolbar that lets you decide how you want your results sorted.

Yahoo Time Spent Stats Up After Ad Campaign
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An advertising campaign can have miraculous effects, causing people to feel better about a company and give it more time and money.  Or it can be as effective as burning a pile of cash (on primetime TV, no less).  Luckily for Yahoo, Nielsen data indicates that its "Y!ou" campaign is imitating the first formula.

Online Holiday Spending Hits $16 Billion

Online holiday spending has reached nearly $16 billion, marking a 3 percent increase compared to the same time period last, according to the latest data from comScore.

The most recent week ending December 6 reached 4.6 billion in holiday spending, heavier than any individual spending week in 2008 but still below two individual weeks in 2007. The week began with strong weekday spending, led by $887 million on Cyber Monday, but ended on a quieter note with negative year-over-year growth rates during the weekend.

New APIs Should Help MySpace Stay Relevant

MySpace has announced a new set of APIs. These include APIs for real-time streaming, status and mood commenting, open search, photo uploading, and an updated version of the post to/share API.

Carol Bartz Delivers Pep Talk
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Let’s not kick Yahoo while it’s down; after a glance at some financial charts, it’d be sufficient to say that the company hasn’t done as well as Microsoft and Google in recent months (the three companies are up 6.6, 19.1, and 28.0 percent since September 9th).  But circumstances are likely to change, according to Carol Bartz, who made some interesting remarks at a conference today.

Be Proactive to Avoid Duplicate Content Issues
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Google may have busted the "duplicate content myth" a while back, saying that you don’t technically get "penalized" for it, but that doesn’t mean it is a good thing. Shari Thurow of Omni Marketing Interactive says you should care about it so that your better pages are available to rank.

Google Adds Place Pages to Google Earth

Google has started including Place Pages in Google Earth. Place Pages are the pages that Google sets up for places and businesses that have been accessible via Google Maps for a little while. They incorporate photos, videos, reviews and other content about that particular business or place, into one spot.

Small Businesses And Social Media
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Early this year, Burger King made waves with a "Whopper Sacrifice" Facebook app.  Google, meanwhile, has achieved Twitter omnipresence with 87 official accounts.  But not every company has tons of free hamburgers and/or employees lying around, so a like-named session at SES Chicago addressed the matter of "Social Media for the Little Guy."

Online Ad Spending Up 7%

U.S. advertising spending in the first nine months of 2009 fell by 14.7 percent compared to the same period in 2008, according to a new report by TNS Media Intelligence.

Ad spending during the third quarter of 2009 was down 15.3 percent compared to last year, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines.