India smacks Google, Yahoo, Microsoft on sex selection ads

India’s Supreme Court sought information from the three big search advertising players for failing to block advertising for gender selection products and advice.

AARP Launches Online Career Service

The AARP is expanding its online career service for workers over 50 and has partnered with RetirementJobs.com

Schmidt: Mobile Ad Revenue To Outdo Traditional Types
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About once a month, Google comes up with some neat new feature for mobile phones.  It’s never much compared to certain search and mapping innovations, and the things tend to receive little notice from any mainstream audience.  But Eric Schmidt is still betting on mobile in a big way.

Online Ad Spend Surpasses TV In The UK
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Spending on online ads surpassed advertising on mainstream TV in the UK last year, increasing 40 percent to $5.3 billion and representing 19 percent of all advertising according to regulator Ofcom.

In its annual report Ofcom said Britons spent four times as much time on computers, averaging 24 minutes a day, and double as much time on mobile phones in 2007 as in 2002.

Average household spending on communication services declined slightly, due to bundled services and discount broadband prices. More consumers also switched providers to get better deals.

Christmas In August: Tips For Holiday Marketing
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Got your back-to-school marketing campaign all wrapped up? Good, now you can start on your Christmas campaign.

Yes, I said Christmas campaign. Yes, it is only August. Hey, you got time to lean, you got time to. . .preen your holiday season marketing plan.

Yeah, I know. Sometimes corny’s all I got. Bygones.

Online Olympic Traffic Favoring Yahoo Over NBC
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Numbers reflecting traffic to NBC’s Olympics-related sites have been released, and despite protests about Tibet and time delays, they’re looking rather impressive.  The one problem, as far as NBC’s concerned: Yahoo’s numbers appear to be even better.

British Hacker Gets Extradition Delay
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The European Court of Human Rights has asked Britain to hold off on sending a computer hacker to the United States to face trial until it can review his request to stop his extradition.

The court said it needs to review Gary McKinnon’s complaint that he could face inhumane prison conditions if convicted in the United States.

SMS Fees Halt UK Mobile Twitter Tweeting
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Mobile phone users of Twitter in the United Kingdom lost the ability for their tweets to reach their Twitter followers; Twitter’s Biz Stone blamed soaring costs.

IOC Forces YouTube Removal Of Tibet Protest Video
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The presence of the Olympic’s five interlocking rings in a video of a protest against Chinese control of Tibet led to the International Olympic Committee claiming copyright infringement.

The Joy Of 404-Ing
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A 404 “page not found” error shows a problem happened when someone tried to reach a web page. Webmasters should reach for the opportunity to make those occasions work for them, not against them.

L’Oreal Loses Belgian Case Against eBay
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Belgium belongs on everybody’s "good" list thanks to its contributions to the development of waffles and beer.  Now, eBay execs are further indebted to the country due to a ruling on a suit filed by L’Oreal.

Blog Day – August 31, 2008

Familiar with BlogDay? I wasn’t either until recently when I saw details on Jeff Pulver’s Blog.

Some details: On August 31st, bloggers are asked to post recommendations of 5 new Blogs, preferably Blogs that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.

BlogDay posting instructions:

eBay In Talks To Buy Stake In Korean Competitor Gmarket
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eBay is in talks to buy a minority stake in South Korean competitor Gmarket and is in discussions with Interpark to buy its 37 percent stake.

The companies are waiting for approval from the Korea Fair Trade Commission, eBay spokesman Jose Mallabo said.

"There can be no assurance that the KFTC will approve the possible transaction, that an agreement will be reached or that a transaction will occur," Mallabo said in a statement.

Report: YouTube Avoiding Live Video
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Anyone who’s dying to see more teenagers whine in real time is in for a disappointment: despite earlier indications to the contrary, a fresh report indicates that YouTube won’t be entering the world of live video anytime soon.

Phelps Creating Online Buzz
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps is having success in the Beijing Olympics that has led him to be the most talked about Olympic athlete on the Internet according to Nielsen Online.

What Do You Value From SEO Conferences

Sunday I’ll be taking off to San Jose for a week at Search Engine Strategies. Earlier this year I spoke at SES New York, but in San Jose I’ll be going as press. Which means I get a free pass and I’m expected to write about my experience. That’s a decent trade-off!

Search Engine Strategies


eMarketer Lowers Online Advertising Estimate
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Socks get lost all the time, and it’s easy enough to misplace a pen.  But people perk up when a billion dollars disappears, and eMarketer has lowered its prediction concerning U.S. online advertising spending by that amount.

Yahoo Search Buffs Inquisitor For Mac
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Safari users on their preferred Mac hardware platform can pick up an updated version of Inquisitor, a version of Yahoo Search Assist.

FeedBurner Ad Network sacked by Google

The push to AdSense for Feeds begins in earnest.

Candidate Web Sites As Effective As TV Ads

Two national studies of political consultants and American voters indicate that candidate Web sites are almost as effective for reaching loyal base voters as network and cable television ads.

Twenty-five percent of political consultants said a candidate’s own Web site was effective for communication with base voters while 26 percent said television and cable ads are useful. Close to half (46%) said the best way to reach base voters is with email, followed by direct mail, events and phone.

Google Didn’t Wipe Georgia Off The Map

People noticed over the past couple of days that street maps of recently-froggy nation of Georgia were missing from Google Maps. This sparked subsequent (invented) speculation that Google had removed data about Georgia in the wake of the Russian retaliatory invasion.

Wipe Georgia Off The Map

Former Googler Leaving Facebook
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Ben Ling was quoted after Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook’s most recent press release.  He wrote the company’s second-newest official blog entry.  And now the director of platform program management seems ready to work for someone else.

Bloggers Take Aim At Olympic Fakery
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Bloggers are expressing their anger today after it was revealed that China decided at the Olympic opening ceremony to have a cute little girl lip-synching for the real singer who had crooked teeth.

UK ISP Music Deal Only Sounds Reasonable
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The US and Britain go about some things differently; this was as the heart of our little squabble in the 18th Century. It’s not surprising an announcement that a UK ISP will be both music piracy police and provider of subscription music services doesn’t seem to ring many alarms.