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Parents Monitoring Kids Social Network Use

Close to a quarter of children in the UK between the ages of 8 and 12 are able to get around age restrictions imposed by social networks Facebook, Bebo and MySpace, according to a survey by online identify firm Garlik.

Because of this the majority (72%) of parents are monitoring their kids online activity. Twenty-five percent of parents secretly login to their child’s social networking page and over a quarter (26%) have created their own social networking profile to monitor their kids.

Microsoft Wields Updated Webmaster Tools
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Microsoft’s Live Search behavior should yield more information to site publishers as the company took its Webmaster Tools out of beta and tweaked them with some new features.

Facebook Higher-Ups Cashing In Their Chips

Permission to sell their insider shares led some Facebook executives to taking substantial discounts from the company’s $15 billion valuation to get those sales done.

Google Copyright Lawyer Seals His Blog
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Highly public position allegedly caused confusion with readers who attributed his personal views to be Google’s opinions.

Pew Report Puts Search Engine Use Up

Want to feel absolutely cutting-edge?  Then here’s an interesting finding for you: Pew Internet reports that just 49 percent of Internet users perform a search on a typical day.  What’s more: this number represents "a new high."

Conservative Activists Launch #dontgo Web Site
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A group of conservative activists have launched a Web site to support House Republicans plea to reconvene Congress and vote on an energy bill.

The site called dontgomovement.com was created to support House Republicans who remained in Congress Friday after it adjourned for its August recess. The Republicans are protesting Congress’ failure to vote on an energy bill.

Report: Google

Not every search query goes through Google, but the company’s doing a pretty good job of getting to that point.  New comScore data indicates that more than 75 percent of all UK searches were performed with Google in June.

Report: Google

Not every search query goes through Google, but the company’s doing a pretty good job of getting to that point.  New comScore data indicates that more than 75 percent of all UK searches were performed with Google in June.

Report: Google

Not every search query goes through Google, but the company’s doing a pretty good job of getting to that point.  New comScore data indicates that more than 75 percent of all UK searches were performed with Google in June.

Report: Google

Not every search query goes through Google, but the company’s doing a pretty good job of getting to that point.  New comScore data indicates that more than 75 percent of all UK searches were performed with Google in June.

Got Crawl Issues? Live Search Can Help
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Microsoft launched its first major update to Live Search Webmaster Tools since November, adding crawl issue feedback, backlink data, improved filtering, and the ability to export data in CSV format to Excel for offline analysis. Update: Five minutes after publishing, the Live Search Webmaster Team let us know they were delayed a little, and that the update should go live at 5:00 EDT.

DOJ Files Complaint Against Internet Ad Company
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The U.S. Department of Justice wants to seize the property and $53 million from the owner of a Florida- based Internet company that allegedly was involved in a massive Ponzi scheme.

A Ponzi scheme is named after Charles Ponzi, who around 100 years ago tricked thousand of New Englanders into investing their money with him. Money from new investors is used to pay off earlier investors until the scheme collapses.

Google Sells Performics To Publicis

Four months ago, Google announced that it wanted to get rid of DoubleClick’s Performics arm; it just didn’t seem right for the search engine giant to run a search marketing business.  Today, it turned out that Google’s good buddy Publicis Groupe will be the buyer.

Give The Googlebot A Break Already
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Got one of those nifty calendars on your site that expands month after month with the click of a mouse? Be kind to the Googlebot and slap a nofollow tag on the link—he might just follow it forever!

Film Piracy Increasing In France
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French film fans are illegally downloading more movies than they pay to see in theaters, according to a new study.

Alpha, a movie industry group that fights piracy, commissioned the study to examine the number of films downloaded on the Internet via P2P file sharing with movie ticket sales.

Rocketboom Teams Up With Sony

It took a couple of years and few crises but Rocketboom is set to take off. Founder Andrew Baron just inked a seven-figure plus revenue-sharing deal with Sony to distribute the webcast across its properties, including Crackle.com, Playstation 3, Playstation Portable, Bravia i-Link and syndicated network of 3rd party distributors.
 

Google Upgrades Search Appliance

The odd-looking yellow boxes that bear a certain search giant’s name are about to get a lot more useful, with an improved capacity being the biggest selling point of the new Google Search Appliance.

MySpace To Launch Web Site For Presidential Debates

MySpace is launching a Web site that will be focused on the upcoming presidential debates.

MyDebates.org was created through a partnership with the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) and will officially launch in late September in time for the first presidential debate.

Getting Olympic Content On Your Blog
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I just landed in Beijing and will be spending the next two weeks here as part of the promotional efforts for what I have previously called my dream project, helping Lenovo to promote its Voices of the Summer Games site that features 100 Olympic athletes blogging their journies to Beijing and experiences at the Olympics.

Yahoo Reveals Voting Miscount

Yahoo was almost ready to put its recent problems behind it; the company had fought off Microsoft, brought Carl Icahn onboard, and survived the annual meeting with its board intact.  Only now it turns out that the shareholder vote didn’t go nearly so well as was first reported.

Google Rolls Out Free Music Service In China
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Google has introduced a new music service in China that will give users access to free downloads of licensed songs.

Mozilla Labs: Help, We’re Out Of Ideas
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The research section behind Firefox’s parent company turned to the broader Internet community to find new concepts to mine.

Google AdWords Gains Insights For Search
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Another addition to Google provides some extra details about search behavior on the dominant search engine.

Yahoo Sings Out With Music API
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Yahoo opened a new API for developers, this time tapping their index of information about music and artists.

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