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No Twitter Killer Popping Up

Social media geeks, myself included, have been looking for/waiting for the “Twitter Killer” to emerge over the last few months.  While Twitter’s famous crashes seem to have lessened, the stream of consciousness style doesn’t seem to facilitate effective conversations as well as we might hope.

Cisco Buying Messaging Provider Jabber
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CiscoCisco aims to bolster its strategy of building internal software innovations. The company announced that it is acquiring presence and messaging software provider Jabber.This is just Cisco’s latest venture into new markets following purchases of WebEx, IronPort, Securent and PostPath.

Google Co-Founder Gets Personal
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Sergey BrinGoogle Co-founder Sergey Brin has started a new personal blog called simply – Too. "While Google is a play on googol, too is a play on the much smaller number – two," writes Brin. "It also means ‘in addition’, as this blog reflects my life outside of work."

ebay Looking to Unload StumbleUpon?
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StumbleUponTechCrunch is reporting eBay is trying to unload StumbleUpon, citing "sources with knowledge of the sale process." eBay is apparently using Deutsche Bank to find a suitable buyer, and the asking price has not been disclosed.

Microsoft Strikes Back at Apple
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Microsoft has rolled out three new commercials after pulling the plug on Seinfeld. In case you missed it, Microsoft launched a $300 million ad campaign starting with two drawn-out ads featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfled.

Indies Not Stoked About MySpace Music

Indpendent record lables are not very happy with the state of MySpace Music currently, despite the fact that it has not even launched yet.

Amazon to Change the Content Delivery Network Industry?

Amazon announced today that it will be launching a Content Delivery Network service before the end of the year. This could mean bad news for other networks.

Comedy Central Relaunches ColbertNation.com
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Comedy Central has relaunched ColbertNation.com making it a Web hub for its show "The Colbert Report."

The new ColbertNation.com site features more than 2,800 video clips dating back to the launch of the popular comedy program in 2005.

Pew: Games Make Good Citizens
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Whenever some kid loses his mind and commits a heinous, deadly crime, the media and so-called experts start digging through the kid’s video game stash. Voila, Grand Theft Auto, case closed, the video game made him do it. Some research (wow, real research?) from Pew Internet goes against that mindset, suggesting kids learn valuable civics lessons from playing games, and just like another activity no one wants to admit, everybody does it.

Economic Woes Don’t Scare Schmidt

Google’s stock first hit $430 per share in December of 2005.  It moved upward past the number in October 2006 and March of this year, as well.  Now the stock’s right around $430 again, and although the situation’s sure to frustrate investors, Google’s leaders believe their company is in good shape.

Yahoo Launches Music Feature In Search Results
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Yahoo has introduced a new music feature that allows users to play songs from artists by clicking on a play button at the top of the search results.

Facebook Brings Home the Beacon
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Facebook had its share of controversy late last year as a result of its Beacon advertising model. Basically what Beacon did was show you when your Facebook friends made a transaction on one of its partners’ websites. For example, if I bought a copy of "Mom and Dad Save the World" on Blu-Ray (if there is such a thing) on eBay, all of my Facebook Friends would know about it.

YouTube Cracks Down On Weapons Clips
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The idea of projecting toughness with a YouTube video is an iffy one from the start.  Now, it looks like British folks will have to attack the task empty-handed, as new YouTube.co.uk rules prohibit "showing weapons with the aim of intimidation."

Targeting Conversations, Not The Whole Web
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Rob Crumpler, CEO of online advertising company BuzzLogic, says there’s a strong correlation between campaign effectiveness and blog quality. But quality doesn’t necessarily mean popularity; more likely it has to do with the strength of a blogger’s influence.

Google Offers Gmail Access Tips
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Not being able to access an email account is a serious problem for most users and on the Official Google Blog the company offers advice on what to do if users can’t access their Gmail accounts.

Google says most of the issues with Gmail are account related but some interruptions are caused by technical issues. Account issues that can lead to interruptions include a lost password, unusual account activity or the theft of login information.

Google Blames Microsoft for Yahoo! Deal Controversy
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Google held its Zeitgeist Conference yesterday, and during that conference, CEO Eric Schmidt, and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin held a media roundtable at which they discussed a variety of Google’s recent endeavors. Among the topics of course, was the proposed Google-Yahoo! advertising deal, which is currently being scrutinized by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Yahoo.com Makeover Begins
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Three days ago, Yahoo’s official blog encouraged its readers to "start wearing purple."  Early this morning, the company began heeding its own request by unveiling some new Yahoo homepages.  Test versions present a purple corporate logo along with (arguably more important) things like a fresh layout and new features.

Microsoft Ditches Seinfeld for “Phase Two”
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Despite people trying to convince me that the Microsoft Seinfeld ad campaign was indeed funny after I (and a pretty good-sized percentage of bloggers and online journalists) bashed the initial one, Microsoft has decided to pull the plug on Seinfeld.  Let me say right off, I don’t blame Seinfeld for the ads being lame.

Online Journal Revenue Set To Increase

Rupert Murdoch said yesterday that online subscription revenue at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones could increase by $300 million a year up to the next three years.

The News Corp Chief Executive was speaking at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia press conference in New York said he dropped his plan to make the WSJ.com a free and open site after seeing the revenue projections.

IBM Gets More Social Than Ever

IBM has opened a social software research center dedicated to helping customers and partners better collaborate on a global scale. The center is headquartered at Cambridge, and staff will work closely with university faculty and students, as well as corporate partners.
 

Powerset Finds Its Way Into Live Search

Powerset, a search engine, which was once touted as a "Google Killer", and was sold to Microsoft for $100 million a couple months ago, is now being integrated into Microsoft’s Live Search results (at least to a limited extent).

Hackers Copy Palin’s Yahoo E-mail

In a blow to the republican vice presidential candidate’s privacy, hackers have taken over and copied all the e-mails out of Governor Palins e-mail account on Yahoo. The best part is that no one knows if the account was hacked via a Yahoo Zero day or a bad password choice.

eBay Leading Paid Search Term

The leading U.S. paid search term in August 2008 was "ebay", receiving .12 percent of paid clicks among all Web sites according to Hitwise.

The top organic search term was "myspace" which received 3.10 percent of organic clicks in August.

Mick Jagger Advises EU On Online Music Sales

Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger has become an advisor to the European Union. The singer, along with the chief executive officers of Apple, EMI, eBay, Fiat, Louis Vuitton and others, are meeting in Brussels today with the EU’s competition commissioner Neelie Kroes.