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AdGooroo Paints Microsoft’s Q3 As Excellent

Companies’ third quarter reports will soon be out, and given current economic conditions, what they say will be more important than ever.  AdGooroo indicates that Microsoft might just steal the show with some impressive search and advertising data.

YouTube Fights Comment Idiocy With Audio Preview
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Two things a person doesn’t always know: Who’s listening and how words are going to sound before they come out. The latter, if we want to get technical about it, is regulated by the orbitofrontal cortex of the amigdala, which unfortunately is switched off while a person uses the Internet—nonverbal communication is required for this to function properly—hence all the stupid comments loading down the Internet like a soiled diaper.

Countrywide CEO Disgusted By His Customers
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There are lots of rules for being a decent person. None of them apply to banking, as we’ve seen again and again lately. But you’d think a certain level of smarts would accompany the lack of decency required to run a banking institution, and that level of smarts would include an understanding that when your house is on fire, you don’t piss on the firemen.

Sequoia Capital, Ron Conway Issue Warnings

It’s officially time for tech companies to take cover.  Sequoia Capital (a venture capital firm known for backing Apple, Google, and YouTube) and Ron Conway (an angel investor behind Google and PayPal) have advised entities in their portfolios to cut costs and hunker down.

Bebo Searches For Alien Life

Social networking site Bebo has transmitted 501 photos, drawings and text messages into space using a giant radio-telescope in the Ukraine that is used to track asteroids.

The communications were selected through a contest on the site called A Message From Earth, Bebo users sent in images that they believed would best represent life on Earth.

Hi-Res Google Maps Images On the Way
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You may recall about a month and a half ago, it was announced that GeoEye would be launching a satellite with the highest resolution available on the market and would be lending its technology to Google Maps. Today, the first image was released from the GeoEye-1.

"We are pleased to release the first GeoEye-1 image, bringing us even closer to the start of the satellite’s commercial operations and sales to our customers," says GeoEye CEO Matthew O’Connell.

The Journey to a $15 Million Blog Sale
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BankaholicAs all WebProNews readers are probably aware by now, Bankaholic, a blog run by 22-year-old Johns Wu was sold to BankRate.com for $15 million, a price some people find shockingly high, but enough to change a man’s life dramatically. We’ve covered this inspirational story extensively since we first learned of it.

Google Tries to Keep Drunk People From Messing Up Their Lives
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Google is working on a new Gmail feature in Google Labs that allows the user to better protect themselves from sending emails that they may later regret sending. The feature is called "Mail Goggles", and seems to be aimed at people who have too much to drink on the weekends and send out drunken emails that when they wake up the next day and wish they hadn’t sent.

So What Does it Do Exactly?

Soon You’ll Be Able to Subscribe to Google SERPs
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Accoding to Matt McGee at Search Engine Land, Google will soon start offering RSS feeds for search results as an extension of Google Alerts. McGee writes:

Google Devaluing DMOZ and Yahoo! Links?
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Google is no longer suggesting that you should be listed in relevant directories. In fact, they’ve even removed the suggestion from their webmaster guidelines, as Brian Ussery noticed. The page used to have bullet points for:

Microsoft’s Next OS a Nod to the Stratosphere?

Kit Ong at Geeks With Blogs discovered something interesting today that has speculation flying all over the place. First of all, there has been talk of a Windows "Cloud" operating system for some time now, which is what makes this find particularly interesting.

Yahoo Web Analytics Comes To Light
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It’s time for data hounds to start drooling.  Jerry Yang still isn’t ready to toss a Google Analytics competitor to every person who asks, but this afternoon, his company did announce that some people are being given access to the new Yahoo Web Analytics.

Online Video Viewers More Engaged
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A large number of online video viewers are more engaged with what they watch on the Web than they are with TV, according to a new study from online video site Veoh Networks.

Veoh found that what it calls " engaged viewers" (those who watch more than an hour of online video a week) make up nearly 40 percent of all online video viewers and watch close to 75 percent of all online video.

Internet Ad Market A Bull or Bear?
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Seems like it all just depends on how one spins it sometimes. The IAB and PricewaterhouseCoopers tout a bull market for online advertising in the first half of 2008. The Associated Press, though, describes a second quarter decline as the beginning of the end.

Of course economic pessimism is sort of en vogue these days.

IAB’s version goes this way:

Yahoo Unveils New Calendar

A whole lot of people love simple, wall-hung calendars, and if we’re to be honest, some of us make do with even less (torn scraps of paper, anyone?).  Still, for the uber-organized and tech-inclined, a new calendar from Yahoo has become available.

Majority Of Fortune 1,000 Companies Will Use Social Media
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Social media will be adopted by more than 60 percent of Fortune 1,000 companies with a Web site by 2010, according to research firm Gartner.

"A key benefit of establishing a community is the amount of information an organization can gain about its customer base, which can be used for short-and long-term customer relationships," said Adam Sarner, principal research analyst at Gartner.

Authors Of Search Engine Marketing Talk
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SEM Inc.Mike Moran and Bill Hunt, authors of the new edition of  "Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company’s Web Site,"spoke to WebProNews about some of the changes they have seen in the industry since their last book in 2005.

How has social media impacted search engine marketing?

One Laptop Per Child Project Visit

Lots of you heard a lot of hoopla about the OLPC project (er, One Laptop Per Child). This is a strange little machine that’s aimed at bringing computing to kids around the world. It’s been a while since I heard anything about it, other than they had started shipping with both Linux and Windows, which shocked a few people in the community who saw that as something negative.

Amazon & iTunes Downloads Coming To YouTube

Youtube Move over MySpace music.

Son of Click Fraud: Cookie Stuffing
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A phrase like “cookie stuffing” sounds like it could have only pleasant connotations: Cookie Monster cookie-stuffing his face; ice cream with cookie stuffing; the cream between Oreos. Leave it to a lawyer to run that for everybody.

SMX East: Tools, Glorious Tools

In the session "Tools, Glorious Tools" the speakers discussed different tools to consider for search marketing.

(Coverage of the SMX East conference will continue at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

Google Gets Back To Linking Basics

Although it takes less than 15 seconds to create an outbound link, some people will spend quite a bit more time agonizing over the ramifications.  Now, Google’s issued a blog post about outbound links, and the company’s official stance amounts to "relax."

Netflix Shares Slide, Company Still Setting Records

Netflix shares fell 13% yesterday, but at the time of this writing are up over 5% today. The drop is a result of a trimmed fourth-quarter outlook.

User-Generated Telemarketer Butt-Kickin
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If the mob is good for anything, it’s kicking some tail. Sometimes it’s a righteous wave of derriere demolition, and others it’s an unfair and maniacal feeding frenzy. But if all that ire is directed toward an unknown caller clicking on your answering machine ten times a day, nobody’s going to care whether crowd-sourced, digital brutality is justified or not.

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