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Hitwise Watches 2008 Candidates

Hitwise announced yesterday their new Election 2008 Data Center. With only fourteen months to the next election, it’s a darn good thing they started now.

Okay, joking aside, it is a good thing they’ve started now: everyone else seems to have started.

Microsoft Search Gained Without Club Live
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When web services firm Compete stripped out the Club Live numbers from MSN/Live Search share, Microsoft still enjoyed a month to month gain in search.

Check Your Email For Nuclear Secrets
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Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory just can’t seem to keep control of its data, as a consultant dropped an email into the inboxes of board members for a firm charged with keeping such data secure.

Google Analytics: Not Entirely Dead
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Reporting delays in the Google Analytics service have slowly begun to fade as data again flows into accounts.

Google Gets In Touch With Berkeley County
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The last time we heard about Google’s data center in South Carolina, there was a concern that the company hadn’t (yet) hired many locals.  Google’s now gone out of its way to make friends; on one website, Mountain View has even written, “Hello, Berkeley County!”

Alexa’s Data Accuracy

The following chart shows the accuracy of Alexa traffic stats for websites over time:

Google uses WHOIS Data?

What happens if you leave your title tag blank? It’s a bit embarrassing, but I developed a site for a friend years ago and after a modification to the homepage earlier this year the title tag has been empty (note, I wasn’t doing SEO, just the site).

I noticed this not from looking into the code itself, but from checking some rankings manually through Google. I noticed the listing wasn’t the name of the site or the page, but rather of the company itself!

Ask to Put You in Control of Privacy with AskEraser
Ask.com is taking online privacy to a new level–by putting you in control of your privacy when searching on the internet.

Ask.com

Compete Lets You Play With Data

A lengthy list of 200 sites ranked by Compete’s Attention Share metric has a few insights, but it’s even more fun to sort that information yourself.

OS Licensing for SaaS
Open Source came before, if not provided a platform for, Software as a Service.  Open Source Licenses have a big loophole for the most common method of software distribution today.  Tim O’Reilly addresses this while making yet another argument for open data.
Google May Have To Reveal Your Data

A competitor’s advertising data held by Google may be just a legal complaint and a subpoena away from being available to anyone who wants it.

Price Of Competitor Keyword Data: One Subpoena

A revived squabble between two recreational flooring companies has resulted in Google being subpoenaed for some of its keyword purchase data. The full implications of the order are not yet known, but third parties are nervous about being pulled in, and others worry about competitive data being de facto purchased through the courts.

Google To Watchdog: Mind Your Own Business
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Peter Fleischer, Google’s top global privacy counsel, said data retention issues are of no concern to a European privacy watchdog group.

EU Investigation Goes Beyond Google
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When the European Union confronted Google over its data retention policies, some people – including Google’s own global privacy counsel – wondered why Yahoo, Microsoft, and a number of other companies were left alone.  Now it appears that the EU is going to take a look at them, after all.

Yahoo Puts The Squeeze On Data

The next improvements to search marketing could come from Yahoo Research, where scientists look for all the meanings to be found in data.

Study: Live Chat Ups Conversions Tenfold
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Sales, online and off, are closed when the customer trusts the seller. To that end, how far does including live chat in the online sales and checkout process go toward sealing the deal? Numbers are coming in, and they’re looking good.

eBayer Auctions Personal Data To Marketers

People sell all kinds of stuff on eBay. The past brings us listings for immortal souls (deleted), Britney Spears hair (mostly deleted), and even cruel Christmas presents (deleted pronto). And now someone is selling his personal data to the highest bidding marketer.

AdWatcher Seeking Advertisers For Fair Isaac
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The entry of Fair Isaac into the click fraud venue spurred a lot of debate with the arrival of their preliminary report. Fair Isaac will try expanding the data with the help of click fraud detection firm AdWatcher.

Google – Soft on Privacy?
There’s been quite a lot of news this week about Google and privacy so I thought I’d break out some of the links from tomorrow’s This Week In SEO post and devote tonight to a post about Google and privacy. I’ll toss in some of my own thoughts as a bonus.

Google Reduces Data Retention Policy To 18 Months

Google’s Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer appears to be a master of textual undercurrents (what the reader understands as "between the lines"), responding to Privacy International’s recent condemnation of the company’s privacy policies without mentioning the group itself.

Google’s Street Views Getting Existential Slants
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There hasn’t been something this fascinating and disturbing since AOL"s Data Valdez. Google’s Street Views feature on its Maps service raises a lot of questions about privacy, public domain, and humanity itself.

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