DOJ Hires Antitrust Lawyer For Google/Yahoo Ad Deal

The Justice Department has hired Sanford Litvack, former Walt Disney vice chairman and well known litigator to consult on its inquiry into Google’s search advertising deal with Yahoo.

Yahoo! News Getting Redesign, Good for Blogs
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Yahoo! News has a new redesign in the works, and in a move that will make many bloggers and "citizen journalists" happy, they are giving some love to blog posts that are covering popular news stories. On what appears to be each article page, there is a section for "most blogged" within the particular category you happen to be in.

Yahoo! News

Company Loses Competitor Keywords In Metatags Dispute
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In a reversal of what is generally considered the real world and what is virtual, metatags suddenly matter in a court of law, even if they haven’t mattered online for some time now. For one defendant, they matter as much as just under a half-million dollars matters.

Dropping keywords into the metatags of a website is an old school SEO technique. And by old school I mean pre-googlistoric. Stuffing metatags in the age of Google, which ignores them, is about as useful as peacock feathers on an armadillo.

Google’s New News Archive

 Google announced they’ve expanded their Google News Archive search to now show much more historical newspapers.

$100 Billion Enough To Stop Google/Yahoo Ad Deal?


YouTube Partners With Pulitzer Center For Contest
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Poor video quality, the pointlessness of many clips, and the fact that the site isn’t profitable have all kept YouTube from earning much respect.  But a new contest called Project: Report may go a ways towards changing that.

CBS Says It Will Pass On NFL Licensing Fees
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CBS Sports has filed a lawsuit against the NFL Players Association in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis over the use of NFL players statistics for fantasy football league.

The lawsuit says that CBS Interactive, a division of CBSSports.com, is seeking a declaratory judgment that it has the rights to fantasy football statistics that are publicly available.

Google Drops Some History On You
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"Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful." It’s a statement you’re probably very familiar with at this point. It is also a statement that Google is still making good on as the latest project in line with this mission is digitally archiving the newspapers of history in a searchable way.

Smartphone Sales Increase 71 Percent
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Sales of smartphones to U.S. customers hit 9 million units from January through July 2008 compared to the same time period last year, representing an 84 percent increase.

Overall handset sales and revenues dipped in the U.S., but smartphone revenue increased 71 percent hitting almost $4.7 billion. With the launch of Apple’s iPhone in July, Apple took the second spot in smartphone sales, behind RIM.

Textual Profiling?
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You can tell a lot about a person by their handwriting—I’m not a licensed graphologist, if there is such a thing, but it’s a cool party trick I do—but characterizing and profiling someone by their text messages? British scientists say sure, and linguistic study of text messages could help in murder cases.

New CNN Show Based on Twitter
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We all know that Twitter is a huge hit with so-called "geeks," but it just may get a big push into mainstream society, thanks to CNN. The news broadcaster has already been incorporating "tweets" into reports, and now anchor Rich Sanchez, a faithful Twitter user, has left a tweet indicating that they would be debuting a new Twitter show today called "Rick Sanchez Direct".

Zillow, Newspapers Form Huge Advertising Network
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Real estate experts seem to appreciate the news regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – it looks like the industry is receiving a huge boost.  Now, specialists in real estate advertising may also have something to cheer, as Zillow and a large collection of newspapers have signed an agreement.

HBO Launching Online Comedy Series
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HBOlab, the online division of the cable company HBO, has announced it is launching a new web series featuring Jessica Rose of lonelygirl15.

Cutts Denies Pressuring Twitter Nofollow
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Matt Cutts says his pinging of Twitter cofounder Evan Williams about nofollowing Twitter bio links was more of a heads-up than an imperative straight from the Googleplex.

Twitter Nofollow

Electronic Newspaper Reader Debuts
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Plastic LogicPlastic Logic has launched a new electronic newspaper reader similar to Amazon’s Kindle, but it’s about the size of a regular piece of copy paper. Like the Kindle, this reader utilizes E-Ink’s black and white display technology.

Large Marketing Community Opposes Google-Yahoo Deal

The Association of National Advertisers is pretty important; its members have spent over $100 billion on marketing-related efforts.  Unfortunately for Google and Yahoo, the ANA isn’t supporting their search advertising deal, and has instead expressed its objections in a letter to the Department of Justice.

Yahoo In Mobile Search Deal With AT&T

AT&T said today that Yahoo oneSearch will be the default search engine for AT&T’s MEdia Net mobile phone portal.

Google Chrome Gets Slapped Around in Germany

It doesn’t get any more “official” than this here. Yesterday, Saturday at around 20:07, Germany’s oldest and perhaps biggest prime time news Tagesschau announced the following under the headline “Warning against internet browser"*:

The Private Domain Registration & Google Dilemma

The Search Engine Roundtable scoop has drawn our attention towards the fix situation that is faced by the majority of online marketers regarding the registration process of their domain names.

You’re Not Safe Using Facebook Apps
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In the name of finding any possible way that hackers can get at your data, a group of researchers has penetrated Facebook via a could-be-malicious application proving that Facebook Apps are unsafe. The app seems harmless enough. It’s a National Geographic "photo of the day" app that gives users (obviously) a different photo each day.

Bebo Alters Users’ Profile Names
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Bebo was once referred to as "the best social network" based on a variety of factors, one of which being its protection of members’ privacy. It is that protection, however, that has a lot of its users peeved. They are apparently changing users’ profile names at will whether they like it or not.

Thinking Makes You Fat
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You’d think with all the technological wonders being announced daily that somebody would come up with a Nutty Professor-like weight loss potion eventually. Likely “they” are working on it and are personally invested in it because “they” have likely gotten fat, too, thanks to the computer age.

MySpace Overtakes Yahoo In Ad Views

According to Reuters, MySpace saw more advertiser ad views in June than Yahoo! Yahoo may be the second biggest search engine on the planet, but when it comes to advertising it saw 34.7 billion ad views compared to MySpace which saw 51 billion views. (figures are from a press release issued by ComScore last week).

Joost Trying to Play Catch Up
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As online video (particularly online TV) grows in popularity, at least one provider has been left in the rear view mirror. Joost, which excited many people upon its launch, isn’t so exciting anymore.