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Countdown To Google Webmaster Chat

It’s almost time for webmasters to glue their ears to a phone once more; Google plans to hold another free live chat this afternoon.

UK Teens Using Google Earth To Throw Raucous Pool Parties
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Teenagers in the UK are using Google Earth to find homes with swimming pools in their area and then communicating the locations of the pools on Facebook so they can have impromptu pool parties with their friends.

Police said some homeowners are waking up to find teens swimming in their pools and other have arrived home after work to find their pools littered with beer cans.

Those who participate in the "dipping" parties typically wear nice clothes and are instructed to "bring a bike" so they can make a quick getaway.

Five fun ways to play with analytics

Web analytics pro Rich Page suggested five free tools for the analysis needs of webmasters everywhere.

Google Tops Most Reputable Companies List

It used to be we talked about music singles debuting at the top of charts. These days we talk about companies. Imagine Casey Kasem talking for this next line, then: In its first year to be included in the Reputation Institute‘s Global Pulse report on the most reputable companies, Google debuts at number one in the US.

Domain Kiting, PPC Abuse Dropping In Tandem
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Through a subtle change in policy for displaying AdSense on domains, Google managed to reduce the impact of domain kiting and pay per clicks associated with misused brand names.

Court Rules Workers Texts Are Private
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Employees have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" for text messages under the U.S. constitution, a federal appeals court in California ruled Wednesday.

Ask Privacy Link
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Ask.com has announced. that it has added a direct link to its privacy policy via a "Privacy" link conveniently placed on its homepage, thus, easing the growing concerns of the privacy watchdogs.

iTunes Sings About 5 Billion Songs

Sometimes comments are made at inauspicious times. Just a day after KISS bassist Gene Simmons declared that the music industry is dead and fans had killed it, Apple announced iTunes reached the 5 billion song download mark.

That’s 5 billion legally purchased downloads. The company is also proud to announce along with that milestone, iTunes customers are renting or purchasing around 50,000 movies per day, making the virtual media store the most popular online movie destination.

Zawodny Joining Craigslist In July

Last week Yahoo’s MySQL guru, Jeremy Zawodny announced he would be leaving the company.

Today on his blog Zawodny revealed that he would be moving on to Craigslist. He said he was contacted via email by Craigslist CTO, Eric Scheide who said they were searching for someone with MySQL experience.

Priceline Hailed By Piper Jaffray
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Priceline.com has some good things going for it.  First, William Shatner stars in the travel the company’s commercials.  Second, it’s an "Internet Top Pick," according to investment bank and securities firm Piper Jaffray.

Icahn Blog To Launch Today
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Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is launching his much-anticipated blog today, called the Icahn Report.

Icahn first announced that he would launch a blog in February focused on the desultory state of corporate governance in America.

Since the announcement, the blog, icahnreport.com, has remained vacant of content, leading the New York Post Web site to launch a daily "Carl I Can’t Blog Counter," tracking how many days, hours, minutes and seconds the blog has been idle.

Yahoo Tossing Out Two New Email Domains
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If you like Yahoo Mail, but hate the strange address you got stuck with, here’s a solution: sign up for something ending in "ymail.com" or "rocketmail.com."  Later today, Yahoo’s making these two email domains available.

Google Now Penalizing For Slow Landing Pages
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There’s an extra factor in the Quality Score for AdWords clients, tied into the speed (or lack thereof) of their landing pages.

Firefox 3 Receives Early Vulnerability Report
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Only a few hours after Mozilla kicked off its Firefox Download Day, leading to over 8 million downloads in 24 hours, someone discovered and reported a critical security flaw in the browser.

Xohm WiMax Debut Pegged for September
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The high-speed wireless option coming from Sprint and its partner, Clearwire, narrowed down a release date to September 2008.

Firefox 3 Easily Exceeds Download Record
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Once the Guinness Book of World Records authenticates the download activity, the Mozilla Foundation should see a figure in the range of 8.3 million downloads of the Firefox browser in a 24-hour period.

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.