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Singular Keywords Shown To Have Influence
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Consider the terms "weight" and "weights"; to a fitness nut, they may signify different things, and in many markets, it’ll matter whether you optimize for singular or plural forms of keywords.  A look at Google Trends data throws into question the idea of going plural by default.

Web Site Hopes To Predict Economy

The University of California-Riverside has launched an online prediction tool to measure how the weak U.S. economy influences people’s online behavior.

The "Web of Misery" is an online research project that invites people to predict how much traffic will increase to sites focused on topics surrounding economic distress, such as religion, guns, substance abuse and gambling.

Web Site Hopes To Predict Economy

The University of California-Riverside has launched an online prediction tool to measure how the weak U.S. economy influences people’s online behavior.

The "Web of Misery" is an online research project that invites people to predict how much traffic will increase to sites focused on topics surrounding economic distress, such as religion, guns, substance abuse and gambling.

Web Site Hopes To Predict Economy

The University of California-Riverside has launched an online prediction tool to measure how the weak U.S. economy influences people’s online behavior.

The "Web of Misery" is an online research project that invites people to predict how much traffic will increase to sites focused on topics surrounding economic distress, such as religion, guns, substance abuse and gambling.

Web Site Hopes To Predict Economy

The University of California-Riverside has launched an online prediction tool to measure how the weak U.S. economy influences people’s online behavior.

The "Web of Misery" is an online research project that invites people to predict how much traffic will increase to sites focused on topics surrounding economic distress, such as religion, guns, substance abuse and gambling.

Vermont Ushers In Virtual Corporations
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Though physically based in California, Google and Yahoo are, for official purposes, Delaware corporations because of the state’s corporate-friendly policies. You’ve probably heard the radio commercials about the (tax) benefits of setting up a Nevada LLC. Get ready, then, for some promotion of Vermont’s "virtual corporations."

YouTube Gives Longer Clips A Chance
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Call it a characteristic or a problem, but the longest clips YouTube generally allowed only lasted ten minutes.  Now some partners are being encouraged to exceed that and post movie-length videos.

New York Times Launches Social Network

The New York Times has launched a social networking platform called TimesPeople, which is in public beta.

TimesPeople is a Firefox browser add-on. The company says it will launch a public version of the social platform later this year that will not require a plug-in and will work on all major browsers.

Microsoft Acquires Navic Networks

The technical term for what Microsoft has achieved in search (at least in comparison to Google) is "squat."  So the Redmond-based corporation seems to be attacking the giant in one of its more vulnerable spots – television advertising – with the acquisition of a company called Navic Networks.

eBay, PayPal Policy Update

PayPal has revised its policy concerning international transactions under Section 4.3 of the PayPal users agreement that goes into effect July 9, 2008.

PayPal spokesman Michael Oldenburg told WebProNews that eBay was not requiring all international shippers to accept PayPal. The policy states that if eBay sellers accept PayPal, they are required to accept it for all transactions, for domestic and international payments.

Google Debunks Link Sabotage Theories
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The search engine thinks the apocryphal talk about webmasters being able to wreck their competitors by creating bad links to them is just a bunch of talk.

LinkedIn Receives $53 Million In Funding
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It’s been quite some time since Facebook was valued at $15 billion.  Everyone’s had the opportunity to pick up their jaws, reinsert their eyeballs, and so on.  It hopefully won’t come as too much of a shock, then, that LinkedIn’s received $53 million in funding, putting its worth in the neighborhood of $1 billion.

Gadget Fans Seen As Leaders

Avid fans of technology are more assertive and are likely to be leaders according to a recent online study from Mindset Media and Nielsen Online.

The study looked at the characteristics of 25,000 U.S. adults and found fans of technology scored higher in personality traits such as leadership, dynamism and assertiveness but had low levels of modesty. According to the study, these traits are not driven by age, gender or income.

Why I Like FriendFeed

Over on FriendFeed, which I joined in March, I’ve been quite busy. I’ve moved a bunch of my blogging time and Google Reader time over to it. How does that time translate? Well, into a few things:

1. Comments. (Those are items I’ve commented on — 1,893 so far)
2. Likes. (Those are items I’ve liked — 3,003 so far)

A few minutes ago I just passed 3,000 “Likes.”

New Internet Board Game- Googolopoly!

We have all played ‘Monopoly’ the game, as we grew up and still on weekends or on family picnics or getaways, Monopoly is one of the preferred games. However, Monopoly’s ‘monopoly’ is about to end. Google has introduced an all new Googolopoly Game.

Teens Only Spend 11.5 Hours Online Per Week

Who knew? A study by OTX finds that on average teens (aged 13-17) spend 11.5 hours online a week (yep, not a day . . . no comment on how many hours I spend online a day. . . .). Nearly a quarter of teens spend over 15 hours online per week, while 45% spent eight hours or less online.

Cofounders Butterfield, Fake Leaving Flickr
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We’ve moved from embarrassing to scary to ludicrous.  Like it or not, Yahoo’s VIPs keep on departing, and Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake, the married cofounders of Flickr, are the latest well-known employees to quit the company.

FDA Cracks Down On Online Claims Of Cancer Cures
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The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers not to purchase products on the Internet that fraudulently claim to cure cancer.

The FDA has sent warning letters to 23 U.S. companies, 1 Canadian, and 1 Australian company asking them to stop selling 125 products that claim to cure, treat or prevent cancer.

"Although promotions of bogus cancer ‘cures’ have always been a problem, the Internet has provided a mechanism for them to flourish," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

Google Grows Market Share In May

MSN/Live made a respectable showing in the US search market too, driven by its Club Live service, and managed a year over year increase.

Firefox Download Day Starts After Delays
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Overwhelming interest in Firefox 3, and the opportunity to set a world record for most software downloads in 24 hours, slowed the start of Firefox Download Day. It’s running fine now.

Man Becomes Weepy Mess Over Totlol
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Okay, okay, okay. So, not too long ago I was too macho and manly and calloused by the societal impositions of masculinity to ever admit to, or even have the stomach for, watching or looking at or thinking about anything involving kittens, bunnies, daisies or hugs for no reason. That elevated LOLCats to a kind of cuteness torture.

Top Three Gmail Labs Features Identified

Gmail users have had the better part of two weeks to play around in the new Gmail Labs.  With that sort of introductory period drawing to a close, the three most popular features are being given a bit of special recognition.

Last.fm Partners With Universal On Music Videos

Universal Music Group and social music site Last.fm have partnered to make Universal’s video catalog available for free streaming to users of Last.fm.

The deal is Last.fm’s first major video partnership and will bring thousands of music videos to the site. Universal’s catalog of artists includes Jay-Z, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, The Killers and Kayne West.

Nielsen Paints Positive Picture Of Online Ad Industry

The Internet ad business is doing pretty well, according to a new Nielsen Monitor-Plus report.  While spending in the advertising industry as a whole failed to grow by even a single percentage point between the first quarters of 2007 and 2008, online ad impressions rose by 14.7 percent.