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Click Forensics Launches Traffic Quality Dashboard
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Click Forensics has introduced a new traffic quality dashboard aimed at helping ad networks and publishers pinpoint good and bad online advertising traffic sources.

The dashboard is designed to help manage downstream publishers and affiliates and adjust online traffic sources and campaigns to improve quality and performance goals.

Facebook Attracting Younger Users In The U.K.

The number of 15-24 year olds in the U.K. visiting social networking sites reached 6.8 million in June, up 14 percent compared to the previous year, according to a new report from comScore.

The overall audience of social networkers in this age group is up substantially during the past year, but the time spent on social networking sites is down 9 percent. The overall decrease in time spent on the sites appears to be due to younger users spending less time on secondary social networking sites.

FriendFeed Acquired By Facebook

This is one of those posts that we’d rather bring to you quickly and fill in the blanks later–Facebook has just announced that it has agreed to acquire social network aggregator FriendFeed.

Facebook today announced that it has agreed to acquire FriendFeed, the innovative service for sharing online. As part of the agreement, all FriendFeed employees will join Facebook and FriendFeed’s four founders will hold senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

Domain Registrars Lose Accreditation
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Three South American domain registrars have lost their accreditation according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The reason for this is that they have failed to comply with the requirements of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

The registrars involved include South American Domains, which does business under NameFrog.com, Simply Named (SimplyNamed.com), and Tahoe Domains.

Facebook Acquires FriendFeed
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Facebook just announced that it is acquiring FriendFeed. All FriendFeed employees will join Facebook and FriendFeed’s four founders will keep their senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

Watch Videos on Twitter without Clicking Short URLs

Video search engine VideoSurf launched a Firefox add-on today called "Videos at a Glance," which can show Twitter users the videos behind applicable links. For example, if someone in your Twitter stream posts a link to a video, the add-on will automatically display the video, as well as a visual video summary, right in the tweet, so you don’t have to click through.

British Using ‘Common Sense’ Strategy For Social Media In The Military

Since we had a rather strong response to our coverage of the United States Marine Corps’ policy to not allow Marines to access social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter on the Marines’ network it seemed appropriate to see how this is handled ‘across the pond’.

The Relationship Between Teens And Music

A new UK Music research study highlights the complexity of consuming, copying and sharing of music between 14-24 year-olds.

Google Welcomes NetSuite as a Checkout Partner

Google announced today that NetSuite is now a featured partner of Google Checkout. This means that NetSuite users can now offer Google Checkout as one of their payment options.

People Checking The Cellphones and Blackberries Before Breakfast

If you’re an avid dayparter, you might already know that breakfast is one of the best times of day to target your advertising.

According to the NYT, more and more people are checking emails, tweeting, texting and updating their Facebook status, before they grab breakfast. Some, are even more addicted!

eCommerce Sales Down From Last Year
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comScore has released its Q2 retail eComerce sales estimates, which indicate that US online retail spending totaled $30.2 billion, which is 1% less than the same period last year. This is only the 2nd time eCommerce spending has been lower for the same quarter than the previous year.

eBay, GM Get Ready To Sell New Cars Together
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Car dealerships don’t always make a lot of sense; they’re high-pressure environments in which consumers are asked to spend tens of thousands of dollars on whatever vehicles happen to be sitting around.  So eBay and General Motors appear to be rethinking the process with a new car shopping website.

gm.ebay.com is scheduled to launch tomorrow and connect consumers to over 225 GM dealers.  Consumers should then be able to browse the dealers’ new car inventories, ask questions, and negotiate all of the financial details online.

Microsoft Arranges To Sell Razorfish

Before the end of the year, Microsoft should finally be rid of Razorfish.  The digital marketing agency, which Microsoft picked up during its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, is due to become part of the Publicis Groupe in exchange for $530 million and an advertising-related promise. 

Study Shows Parents Out of Loop on Social Networking
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Interesting survey results come from Common Sense Media, which suggest that social networking is changing the very nature of childhood.

Internet.com Sold for $18 Million
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WebMediaBrands (formerly JupiterMedia) has just announced that it is selling Internet.com for $18 million to QuinStreet Inc. QuinStreet calls itself the leader in online performance-based vertical marketing.

ÜberTwitter Still Busted – That’s ÜberLame
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Most Twitter users are back online after the DoS attack that brought the microblogging site to its knees. Notice how I used the word "most"? Blackberry users who use the popular ÜberTwitter app are still having some major issues.

Study Looks at Email Deliverability Issues
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eMarketer points to a recent study from return path, which shows that email marketers may be having more trouble getting their emails delivered than they realize. According to the firm, over 20% of mailings in the US and Canada are not reaching their intended inboxes.

We’re talking about permission-based email marketing here. Return Path says:

Disability Group Comes To Google Book Search’s Defense
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Google Book Search has not always had the largest of cheering sections; between authors wanting more money and watchdog organizations calling it a monopoly, the program’s encountered a lot of challenges.  But an important organization stood up for Google Book Search earlier this week.

The Latest Rumors About Razorfish

Microsoft’s interactive agency Razorfish is the subject of some varying rumors as of late. The one common thread in all of these reports is that Microsoft is shopping the company. That much we know for sure. Where they end up is the subject of much speculation.

Will MicroPayments Work For The Financial Times?

Micropayments have worked for companies like iTunes and even Amazon.com for songs and television episodes. But could they be the solution to the newspaper industry’s pending demise?

The Financial Times is ready to find out. They currently use a hybrid paid-free model, where users can access up to 20 stories a month for free, but they’re looking to a pay-per-story or possibly subject or time period model.

Delicious Shows Off New Sharing Features
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Earlier this week, Delicious launched a new redesign of its homepage and some new search features. Yesterday they showed off the details of the search features, which included time filters, a trends graph, tag filters, enhanced results, and suggestions.

DoS Attacks vs. Social Media

Maybe you heard the sound of the world crashing down and people actually being productive at work yesterday while Twitter was unreachable. It wasn’t long before the full explanation came out—the popular microblogging site was the victim of a DoS attack.

Bartz Claims Yahoo’s “Never Been A Search Company”
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This isn’t, to be honest, breaking news in the sense that the Microsoft-Yahoo deal was.  But neither is it a "man bites dog" bit of Friday fluff.  We just have a quote from Carol Bartz claiming that Yahoo’s "never been a search company." 

New Mobile Marketing Guidelines Open for Public Review
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Mobile marketing is going to become increasingly hard for businesses to ignore. Just look at how much mobile advertising is already going on.

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