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Rosen’s Latest Venture – Beatblogging

NewAssignment.net creator and journalism prof Jay Rosen’s latest venture just went live: Beatblogging is an attempt to improve the coverage of specific news areas or “beats” by using social-media such as blogs and wikis.

Edgar Jr. Gets Religion, Just Too Late

According to a post at MacUser, the chairman and co-owner of Warner Music Group — Montreal’s own Edgar Bronfman Jr. — made some comments at a recent mobile conference about how music companies spent too long pretending that the industry’s business model wasn’t being threatened, and “went to war with consumers.” Here’s the money quote:

Windows Live Translator For Your Site

Windows Live’s excellent Translator service has now released a single line of code that you can add to any website to give visitors the option of translating your website into their language of choice.

Just head to translator.live.com/AddIn.aspx, select the language your website uses, and it’ll give you the code. If your site is in English, this will be the code:

Microsoft Confirms New Messenger for Mac

Microsoft has confirmed that a new version of its Messenger instant messaging software will ship with and when Mac Office 2008 hits stores.

While we don’t know anything about features, or even if it’ll be named Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger (presumably the new name, though), at least Mac fans are getting a new version.

New Ask Ads
As seen on Ask.com , a post called, "New Ask.com Ads Show You How it’s Done" has a list of all the latest TV commercials. Here goes:
"San Francisco"

Gmail Going Social Already?

Am I crazy or did Gmail drink the Kool Aid really, really quickly? I have never seen this in my gmail account before.

GoDaddy & Google Partner on Webmaster Tools

Go Daddy and Google collaborate to offer easy access to Webmaster Tools, informs the Google Webmaster Central Blog.

Google’s Online Marketing Challenge For Students
Google Inc has announced the Google Online Marketing Challenge. This will be held in March or May next year.

Clickable AdSense Area Redefined

Similar to what Google has been doing with ads in search results, they also now restricted the clickable area in AdSense (the kind of Google ads webmasters can include on their pages).

Instead of allowing a click to be triggered in a broad rectangle around the text – which used to include whitespace in that area – you must now click specifically on the underlined title or the colorized URL below the snippet.

Google Remembers Our Veterans

This past Veterans Day, Google did something very different, and actually marked a holiday honoring our soldiers.

Live Search Club Turning into PR Disaster

It looks like the Windows Live Search Club, the puzzle game promotion that seemed so successful for Microsoft at first, is quickly turning into a PR disaster for the company.

The Club, which had searchers play puzzle games in order to win prizes, originally gave Microsoft a huge boost in search engine market share, a gain which has slowly dissapeared entirely in the last few months. Even worse, though, is the anger the Club’s fans are now turning towards the company.

Martha Stewart Launches an Ad Network

Launching your own ad network is the rage right now. I read that this year is the year for launching your own social network and next year is the year for launching your own ad network.

I overheard a startup that is making it easier for you to do that (hopefully we’ll get more on this in the next few weeks).

Yahoo Ads Now Must Be Shorter

Yahoo Announces Change To Shorter Descriptions informs Frank Watson who received two e-mails from the search engine company.

BlogWorld: CPM Rate Discussion

There were two interesting things–among many–that I learned from attending Leo Laporte and Justine Ezarik’s session at BlogWorld.

First, from Justine, I discovered a new video player from Viddler that has the cool feature of allowing you to tag and comment on segments of a video.

Yahoo! Strikes Advertising Deal with ABCSearch

Today, ABCSearch announced a deal with Yahoo! that will see Yahoo! sponsored search listings distributed across ABCSearch’s network of vertical search engines and directories.

Amazon’s S3: Almost Free Storage

I remember awhile back coming across a post that Nick Carr did about someone who was using Amazon’s S3 remote storage service to do backups, and wound up getting a bill for a month’s worth of charges for hosting his data — and it was a single cent (the original post by Dave Gurnell is here, and Nick’s post is here).

YouTube Boosts File Size Limits

One benefit of being owned by Google has to be the mind-boggling amounts of server space they have available, with something like 45 or 50 massive data centres located around the world and an estimated 500,000 servers or so in total (you can find them quite easily — look for the football-field sized building with no windows and a four-storey air-conditioning system attached, right next door to a big dam).

Blogworld Session Summaries

The opening day for Blogworld was a great success. While aimed mostly at corporate attendees–the real geeks get here today–there was still enough of a buzz surrounding the inaugural conference.

I spoke on two different panels.

Journalists Rely Increasingly on Blogs

I used to wait impatiently for Don Middleberg and Steven Ross to release their annual study on how reporters and editors use the Internet. Don sold is agency several years ago and the survey vanished. Fortunately, the Arketi Group is out with some data in its 2007 Web Watch Survey, according to MediaPost.

Gas, Air, Clean Windshield, and Now Google Maps

Today is a big day for my brother-in-law David. Today is the day that he officially becomes a Google expert.

Facebook & MySpace ad Analysis

Here’s a 20-minute video where Jeremiah Owyang, Forrester Research’s new social media senior analyst, discusses with me Facebook and MySpace’s new ad platforms. He was briefed by both companies and has the best analysis out there right now.

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