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Stack Overflow Becomes Stack Exchange

Stack Overflow announced that it is changing its company name to Stack Exchange Inc. (effective immediately). “There’s a method behind this madness, of course: we want to emphasize the importance of the 45 sites in our network, which has long …

Embed Facebook Updates or Tweets in Your Content with SocialDitto

Last month, we introduced a tool called SocialDitto. The idea was to offer a tool that would do for Facebook posts what Blackbird Pie did for Tweets. It simply lets you embed posts into articles, blog posts, or any webpage. …

Huffington Post Officially Part of AOL
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Things are moving very quickly at AOL these days. Just a month after its announcement, the company has closed its acquisition of The Huffington Post. Along with that announcement comes the addition of some more editorial staff, ¬†including¬†Senior Media Reporter …

Huffington Post Contributor Goes On Strike, Huffington Doesn’t Care
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Clearly AOL’s purchase of The Huffington Post has created some ripples within AOL. The company has lost several high profile execs and editors since the acquisition. It appears some ripples have been created within the Huffington Post’s ecosystem itself as …

AOL Buys Outside.In, A Hyperlocal Blog Service

According to various reports, AOL has bought Outside.In, and will announce that today. The price hasn’t been confirmed, but Business Insider says it’s been told that it’s less than $10 million. Outside.In will evidently become integrated with AOL’s Patch property …

Gawker Traffic Reportedly Down 25% Following Design Changes
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A lot of sites have been experiencing major crises in traffic over the last week or so since Google’s recent algorithm update aimed at low quality content. Gawker has been hit with a similar problem, but for an entirely different reason.

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton revealed today that the company’s traffic is down by nearly a quarter as a result of the recent widely publicized redesign. 

Demand Media Acquires CoveritLive, A Real-Time Event Coverage Platform

Demand Media has acquired real-time event coverage provider CoverItLive, which is used by brands like Yahoo,  ESPN, Ford, Time, News Corp, EA, FOX News, and BBC. Demand Media is positioning the acquisition as a way for the company to expand its social reach. 

Search, Personalization And Recommendation
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Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about the future of our information consumption. Are we going to be using search in a different way or using niche search engines? Are we going to get recommendations from from our social network? Will the results be personalized based on our behaviors, or even just a list of topics that we like? If you ask three different people you will probably get three different answers. The context can also change the answer. If someone is mobile, search may not be as relevant as recommendations.

Google Algorithm Update Casualties Speak
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Last week, Google launched a major update to its algorithm, which was positioned as one that would go after content farms. While some sites that are often attached to that label were in fact hurt by the update, some other sites that aren’t generally considered content farms became casualties as well. 

AOL Loses Another High Profile Exec
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AOL has made some bold acquisitions lately – most notably that of The Huffington Post. Since then, however, the company has been losing some key staff members. 

Facebook Launches New and Improved Comments Plugin For Content Sites
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Facebook has launched a new version of its comments plugin, adding features like the use of social signals to order comments based on quality, improved moderation tools, the ability to add different log-in options, and better sharing of comments. 

Rachael Ray Comes to eHow

Demand Media has partnered with another celebrity in what would seem to be an effort to bring more credibility to its content. The company recently partnered with Tyra Banks in the fashion category, and now it’s Rachael Ray for the food category. 

EzineArticles Aims to Get Rankings Back, Following Google Algorithm Update
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Google’s recent algorithm update aimed at content farms has drawn a mixture of praise and criticism. Much of this has from those questioning how Demand Media’s eHow was actually helped by the update, despite often being associated with the phrase "content farm".

Did Google’s Algorithm Update Go Far Enough on Content Farms?
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As you probably know by now, Google has implemented a new algorithm change that the company says impacts 11.8% of their queries. While Google would not come out and say directly that the update is aimed at content farms, this is widely understood to be the case. 

Content Marketer or Content Farm?
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You’ve probably been hearing a lot about content farms, the low-rent district for content marketing. Google has avowed a crackdown on content farming, threatening to lower their rankings in search results.

Facebook Lets Site-Owners Target Content Based on Individual “Likes”
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Did you know you can publish content directly to people that click the "like" button on any piece of content on your site?

A recent post on the Facebook Developer blog discusses just that. "As part of Operation Developer Love, we are are continuing to update our documentation," said Facebook’s Ankur Pansari. "Recently, I was talking with some developers in New York, and they were surprised to learn that they could publish updates to people who have liked their Open Graph Pages."

News Corp’s The Daily Happy to Have People Put Its Content in Blogs
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Remember when News Corp. first launched The Daily – the Apple iPad news app (early review here) – and somebody indexed all of its stories in blog format so they could easily be read on the web? Well, that guy (Andy Baio) has put a post up about how he did it, and said that he’s taking it down, but it’s not for the reasons you might think.

Is Blogging Really in Danger Because of Social Networks?
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Here we go again with another one of those silly social media vs. blogs debates. The New York Times stirred the pot this time with an article called, "Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter."

Can you imagine ever reading only social media updates and no blogs? Share your thoughts.

Readability to Apple: “Your New Policy Smacks of Greed”
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The Apple subscription drama continues. Apple has rejected the Readability app, pointing to a section in its App Store Review Guidelines, which says, "Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or services in an app will be rejected."

Another Engadget Editor Leaves, Cites “AOL Way” as Catalyst

The other day, Engadget editor Paul Miller announced his resignation from the AOL-owned publication, specifically blaming "The AOL Way". 

Engadget Editor: AOL Has Its Heart in the Wrong Place with Content
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Outsiders have been wondering how all of the content properties AOL has been buying up will hold up as part of the media giant. Engadget has been part of AOL for quite a while, having been purchased in 2005 – some time before AOL’s real push for mass content, most recently punctuated by its purchase of The Huffington Post.

AOL’s strategy appears to be taking its toll on some of its content producers. Engadget Editor Paul Miller announced his resignation last night, and left no room for speculation about the reason.