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Steve Jobs Obituary Just a Journalistic Preparation
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Steve JobsRegardless of what you may have read on Bloomberg, Steve Jobs is still very much alive. The newswire accidentally published his obituary yesterday for a brief amount of time.

Report: Massive Ads Coming To YouTube
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Anyone not already using Adblock Plus may want to make the switch soon.  Rumor has it that YouTube, Google’s hard-to-monetize video site, is going to go after unprotected users by introducing some really big ads on its homepage.

West Wing Writer Looks into Facebook the Movie
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Aaron Sorkin is a television and film writer/producer. He also acts (roles include: Man in Bar, Man at Bar, Aide in Bar, and Man in Crowd). You’re probably more familiar with his writer/producer status. He worked on The West Wing, Sports Night,  and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also wrote Charlie Wilson’s War and A Few Good Men.

Veoh Cleared In Copyright Porn Case
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A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a copyright infringement case against online television service Veoh.

The copyright infringement suit was filed by adult entertainment company Io Group, and the complaint argued Veoh had not done enough to prevent users from uploading copyrighted clips of 10 Io adult sex films.

Disabled? No Internet for You!

Disabled? No Internet for You!

Google Blocking Scrapers

At the beginning of this month, we had reported that, Google had blocked the widely used search engine rank checking tool ‘WebPosition Gold’.

What In The World Is Net Neutrality?
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I had the great pleasure and privilege of speaking at Search Engine Strategies 2008 in San Jose. The topic? Net neutrality. This is the point where your eyes glaze over and the inevitable question, “What is net neutrality?” comes forth. And that’s the point of this article.

AMC Gets Mad at Mad Men Tweets
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AMC (American Movie Classics) has a show called "Mad Men" about an ad agency in the 60s. Some people like this show so much that they create fictional profiles on Twitter and pretend to be characters. AMC caught wind of this and decided it wasn’t too thrilled.

Photobucket Investment – Is There a Scandal There?
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PhotobucketThe Wall Street Journal posted a story today about investors Jeff Horing and Jerry Murdock from the firm Insight Venture Partners. It talks about how they went behind the backs of limited partners and personally invested in Photobucket back before News Corp. bought it and it really took off. The story seems to suggest some financial foul play, but not everybody views it this way.

Carat Increases Online Ad Forecasts

Everyone wanting to believe the recession won’t hurt online advertising’s growth has been given something new to clutch.  A report from Carat, a large media organization, claims spending in this area will actually be higher than it first predicted.

More Americans Banking Online
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An estimated 63.1 million U.S. households are now doing their banking online according to a survey from CheckFree.

Security concerns about online banking decreased from 17 percent in 2007 to 13 percent in the latest survey. Overall, online security was third among barriers to online banking this year compared to its number-one spot in 2007.

YouTube’s Video ID Successful So Far
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Lawsuits have long been the main way through which copyright owners have interacted with YouTube.  It seems that the Video ID program has achieved a sort of miracle, though, and made some owners like YouTube after all.

mtvU Launching Local Online Campus Guides

mtvU is launching an online network of campus guides called Campus Daily Guides.

Hollywood.com Sold to Its Own Owner

In a move that comes across like something Jimmy James from Newsradio would do, Hollywood Media chairman and CEO Mitchell Rubenstein has sold the company’s Hollywood.com domain to R&S Investments, which is controlled by Mitchell himself and Hollywood Media President Laurie Silvers.

MySpace The McDonalds Of Ad Serving
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Fox Interactive Media tops Comscore’s list of top display advertisers in June, serving up 52.3 billion ads (15.9% of the market) to 83.7 million people. MySpace accounted for 51.5 billion of those views.

Yahoo, in second place with 10.5% market share, was significantly behind MySpace and Fox in terms of ad views, serving up 34.6 billion, but dwarves all other contenders in terms of audience reach. Over 130 million unique visitors viewed ads on Yahoo.

Suit Against Apple Could Be Huge For OS Future
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PsystarA little known electronics company called Psystar plans to make big waves and perhaps even operating system history as it prepares to counter-sue Apple. Originally sued for violating the terms of Apple’s Leopard OS licensing agreement, the company is firing back with an antitrust argument.

DreamJournal.net Catches 100,000 Dreams
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While Facebook and MySpace are dominating the mass audience social networking space, the niche network—and eventually, I think, networks of niche networks for some great ad targeting—will increase in popularity as people fan out into their respective areas of interest. One such network that caught my attention this morning was DreamJournal.net.

Google, Verizon Sued Over “Visual Voicemail”
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Judah Klausner is on quite a roll; he seems to have won settlements from Apple, AOL, and Vonage following a series of lawsuits over the last few years.  And now Klausner, through the company Klausner Technologies, is going after Google, Verizon, and LG.

Dead Sea Scrolls To Go Online
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The Israel Antiquities Authority is working on taking digital photos of the Dead Sea Scrolls in order to make the 2,000- year -old documents available to the public online.

All Parts of the Internet, Except…
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Jessica Smith, the woman who filed a class action lawsuit against apple over the iPhone 3G, ought to enjoy this. Apple’s iPhone ad claiming to include "all parts of the Internet" has been banned in the UK for false advertising.

Russian Internet Population Expanding Fast

Deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Russia have a few people worrying about an exchange of missiles.  Executives of American Internet companies may also be concerned about missed business opportunities, as Russia has been declared home of Europe’s fastest-growing Internet population.

Global Mobile Phone Sales Up 12%
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Global sales of mobile phones hit close to 305 million units in the second quarter of 2008, an 11.8 percent increase over the second quarter of 2007, according to Gartner.

Sales of mobile phones in the saturated markets of Western Europe and North America had a slight rebound after a shaky start. Western Europe reached close to 42 million units and North America exceeded 44 million units in the second quarter of 2008.

Apple Riles Up Comic Fans

Another app has been banned from iTunes. The issue this time wasn’t copyright like that of "Tris." This time it was a matter of censorship, and it wasn’t even strictly in China like the recent "Songs for Tibet" controversy.

Apple Takes the “Tris” Out of iPhone Tetris
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It’s not been a good week for developers of well-established game knock-offs. Facebook favorite Scrabulous, a Scrabble-like game developed by two brothers in India was just removed in the UK and Australia, after already being forced down from the social network in North America last month.