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Real-Time Search API Mania

Real-time search engine Collecta announced the release of its API today, meaning developers will be able to use it to pull real-time search results directly into their applications.

The Future of Radio On The Internet

While we talk about the death of newspapers with great regularity it gets to be old news real quickly and even starts to feel a little mean. So to relieve that pressure eMarketer has come out with a report that is evidence of the decline and fall of another old friend, radio. Terresttrial radio is what we are talking about here. Good old fashioned over the airwaves kind of radio is heading in the same direction as newspapers which is sad but just another harsh reality of the shift in the media of the future.

Nielsen To Begin Measuring Online TV Audiences

Nielsen has been measuring television audiences for decades. Now online TV is starting to take over—but do we have accurate measurement of the online TV audience?

Add Video Reviews to Google Product Pages
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Google has announced that they are now including relevant and "high quality" YouTube video reviews on product pages in Google Product Search.

"Video product reviews are getting a lot of buzz right now, as shoppers increasingly turn to the web to help them figure out what to buy," says Google Product Search Business Product Manager Paul Lee.

PC

Mobile mapping portals continue to grow in popularity, but PC-based mapping sites continue to attract more visitors, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report found that the Asia-Pacific region is currently lagging behind North America and Europe, but it is on track to surpass both regions by 2013 with 245 million visitors, driven by the growing popularity of local Chinese portals Sohu and Baidu.

PC

Mobile mapping portals continue to grow in popularity, but PC-based mapping sites continue to attract more visitors, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report found that the Asia-Pacific region is currently lagging behind North America and Europe, but it is on track to surpass both regions by 2013 with 245 million visitors, driven by the growing popularity of local Chinese portals Sohu and Baidu.

PC

Mobile mapping portals continue to grow in popularity, but PC-based mapping sites continue to attract more visitors, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report found that the Asia-Pacific region is currently lagging behind North America and Europe, but it is on track to surpass both regions by 2013 with 245 million visitors, driven by the growing popularity of local Chinese portals Sohu and Baidu.

PC

Mobile mapping portals continue to grow in popularity, but PC-based mapping sites continue to attract more visitors, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report found that the Asia-Pacific region is currently lagging behind North America and Europe, but it is on track to surpass both regions by 2013 with 245 million visitors, driven by the growing popularity of local Chinese portals Sohu and Baidu.

Note Your Google Website Optimizer Experiments
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Google has released a new feature for its Website Optimizer tool, called Experiment Notes. The feature is designed to help users include documentation as part of their testing. For any experiments, users can now add their own annotations.

If you are unfamiliar with Website Optimizer, it’s a free tool from Google that webmasters can use to increase conversions by making adjustments to design and text elements to see what works.

Facebook in the News for Several Reasons

As you may know, Facebook surpassed MySpace in traffic a while back. New data from Hitwise indicates that the launch of Facebook Connect likely played a major role in this.

The following graph shows a major increase in market share of social networking visits starting with the time when Facebook Connect was launched:

Google Outlines Plans To Monetize Online Content
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Google has plans to introduce a micro payment system aimed at helping online publishers earn additional revenue.

In a document submitted to the Newspaper Association of America in a response to a request made by the NAA to a number of companies, Google outlined its proposed payment plan.

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YouTube Readies Friend-Finder Feature

It looks like Conan O’Brien’s imaginary YouTwitFace site is coming one step closer to reality.  Last night, YouTube announced that it’s introducing a new "You may know these people" feature, which of course sounds quite similar to Facebook’s "People you may know" offering. 

Bit.ly Teams Up with Yfrog on Image Sharing
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Update: The YFrog and bit.ly partnership is now live. A YFrog spokesperson says that with Apple announcement that iPod nanos will now come equipped with video cameras – this opens a new, inexpensive way for people to capture video and then post it to Twitter.

Google Search Gets Bigger…Literally
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In case you haven’t noticed by now, Google has gotten bigger. The homepage and search results pages now have a bigger searchbox, complete with a bigger font when you type in a query.

Phishing Down, But Probably Only Temporarily

Spam is rising as we get closer to the Christmas holiday season according to Symantec, although they do say that phishing is down. The company has shared some findings from its September State of Phishing report.

According to the report, there was a 45% reduction in phishing attacks between July and August. Symantec says this will likely be a short-term lull, however, reflecting the end of a particular toolkit attack on social networking sites.

Geography Not Too Valuable in PPC Bid Management
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A study that the Rimm-Kaufman Group began in early August set out to find out if certain regions and specific zip codes play significant roles in paid search conversions. The thinking was that low-population areas with fewer brick and mortar stores are usually more successful for catalogs, so perhaps the same would be true with paid search.

Using Google Maps for a Giant Game of Monopoly
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Update: The day came for the big game, but apparnetly too much interest had been generated because the game’s site has been down most of the day.

Original Article: Tomorrow (September 9), a giant worldwide game of Monopoly will commence, using the real world. That is, the real world on Google Maps. Hasbro, the creators of the classic board game, are launching the game called, "Monopoly City Streets," in which players will fight for the largest empire in the world.

iTunes 9 Improves Sharing and Syncing
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Apple introduced the newest version of iTunes today in version 9. It has a number of new features including:

Google Voice Merges Text Messages, Email
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Google Voice, with its "one number for all your calls and SMS" tagline and almost endless list of benefits, aims to make users’ lives easier.  A new feature introduced today represents another step in that direction.

Suppose you’re sitting at a desk with a full-sized keyboard at your fingertips and a 20" monitor in front of your eyes.  Most services would still ask you to fish out your little cell phone in order to read and reply to a text message.  In the past, even Google Voice would require you to keep open an extra, dedicated tab.

Trade Group Calls Amazon NY Tax Law Unconstitutional

The Performance Marketing Alliance has filed a brief with the New York Supreme Court in support of Amazon.com’s appeal, which argues that the law requiring online retailers to collect use taxes on sales in New York based on their relationship with affiliate marketers is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Yahoo Launches New Contacts API

Yahoo has launched a new Contacts API, which uses OAuth. With the API, applications can allow users to read, write, and sync access to their Yahoo Address Book, which is one of the biggest address books on the web.

"We’ve completely reengineered the existing Contacts API and added more useful functionality for developers," says Yahoo Social Platforms Product Manager Shirish Anand.

Safety Top Concern For Users Of Online Classified Sites
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With online classified sites becoming increasingly popular with Internet users, one of their top priorities is the safety of such sites.

A new survey commissioned by Kijiji, eBay’s free local classified site, found 36 percent of visitors to online classified sites are concerned about ads that may be misleading or fraudulent.

More than a quarter (28%) of visitor’s worry their email address will be spammed, while 26 percent are concerned about getting a computer virus and 24 percent are concerned about classified ads that may have adult content.

WordPress Receives Grammar Check Plug-In

I’ve always maintained that it’s dangerous to take a single Marketing Pilgrim post and assume you understand our sentiment and bias towards any one company. If you read yesterday’s criticism of WordPress, you’d think we were “automattic” haters. 

Today, you’d be eating humble pie.

TweetDeck Harnesses MySpace, Goes TweetPhoto

TweetDeck, the popular Twitter and more application, has expanded upon its Facebook-related features, and added MySpace into the mix. Users now have more control over the sorting of Facebook friends, and can update their MySpace status/mood from TweetDeck, just as they have been able to do with Facebook and Twitter.