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EuroBlog 2008

I’m participating in EuroBlog 2008, a two-day conference that mashes up academia and PR to produce an event that I’m sure will be worth the time of everyone attending, speakers and guests alike.

Yahoo Ditching London For Switzerland
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The European headquarters for Yahoo’s operations will be boxing up all of their purple goodies and shifting offices out of the UK.

Firefox Usage Hits 28 Percent In Europe

What, if anything, do you associate with Finland?  How about Slovenia and Poland?  Well, not to shut down whatever cultural research you were going to do, but we’d like to suggest "Firefox" as an answer; new research shows that the browser does especially well in these three countries.

Ask Hires Former Google Exec For Europe

It’s not as if Eric Schmidt switched sides; Cesar Mascaraque was hardly a central figure.  Still, we have to applaud Ask for snatching up the former Googler, and think Mascaraque’s experience will serve his new company well.

LeWeb Conference Stresses Europe’s Importance
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Major tech conferences tend to include at least one stop in California.  The two-day LeWeb event is being held outside Paris, France, though, as it’s all about Europe.

More AOL Layoffs On The Way
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This coming Tuesday and Wednesday will not be remotely jolly for some AOL employees; according to various reports, another round of layoffs is in the making.

PubCon – European Site Optimization

This session is a round up of current international optimization and promotion issues. Panelists will address multi-language issues, Euro PPC/SEO, and how to crack the Southeast Asian riddle.

Over Half Of Europeans Online

In Europe 54 percent of households had access to the Internet in the first quarter of 2007, up from 49 percent in the first quarter of 2006, and 42 percent had a broadband connection, compared with 30 percent in 2006, according to statistical agency Eurostat.

Troubled Yahoo Europe Hires New Marketing VP
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Orange is a huge communications corporation.  Research In Motion is a top wireless device company.  And now Kristof Fahy has moved on from those places of business to Yahoo Europe, where he’ll serve as vice president of marketing.

France, Sweden Top Europe In Blog, Internet Use

I’ve seen a lot of nationalities get insulted online, and no one seems to detect and respond to those insults as quickly as the French.  Now I know why: according to a new Forrester Research study, young French Internet users are more likely than just about anyone else in Europe to visit a blog.

(Parts Of) Yahoo Europe Given Ultimatum

About two months ago, we reported that Google was interested in hiring a lot of new European employees.  Now there’s word that Yahoo’s moving in the opposite direction; some European departments will have to either improve their performance or be sold or shut down.

Google Transit Makes Itself Useful In Europe

Public transportation doesn’t seem too tempting when you’ve got a car in the garage.  But if you’re on vacation in another country, those sorts of systems start to look quite nice, and so we welcome the introduction of Google Transit trip planner for Europe.

Half Of European Airline Sites Misleading

Around 200 European airline Web sites are misleading the public, according to a study by the European Commission.

U.K. Tops Social Networking Use In Europe

According to comScore, the United Kingdom is the top in Europe, with 24.9 million unique visitors, which is 78 percent of the total U.K. online population belonging to social networks.

This is new data that comScore retrieved via its Segment Metrix H/M/L analytical tool which was released just last month. The total social networking community in Europe was 127.3 million unique visitors in August. This is an amazing 56 percent of the Europe’s Internet user base.

Google Street View Spreads To Europe?
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Four days ago, Google’s Global Privacy Counsel wrote a blog post about Street View and respecting other countries’ laws.  At the time, we believed his comments were directed at Canada.  But they may also apply to England; what appears to be one of Google Street View’s camera cars has been sighted in London.

Europe Braces For Google Buildup

In an article for the Financial Times, Maija Palmer said it all, writing, “Google is planning to expand its staff by a third, with most of the new hirings in Europe . . .”  But to add my editorial voice to the mix: holy crap.

SMS Ads Small In U.S., Big In Europe
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Close to three-quarters of Western European mobile subscribers received a short message service (SMS) advertisement in July 2007, according to M: Metrics.

Europe Wants U.S. Based Microsoft To Pay

Microsoft has lost its appeal of a $690 million fine as set down by the European Commission for antitrust allegations against the software giant.

Yahoo Sheds Another Executive

This time a change in the corner office ranks at Yahoo comes from Europe, where their managing director of search will bolt in favor of becoming a consultant.

GM Launches Social Media Newsroom in Europe
When you think of General Motors and social media, you tend to think of the FastLane Blog and GM vice chairman and corporate blogger-in-chief, Bob Lutz.

Yahoo Eats Up Attention From The Onion

It could be an act of misdirection – “here, watch the funny man while we fire you one by one!” – but things nonetheless took a lighthearted turn at Yahoo when Peter Koechley, Managing Editor of The Onion, came to visit.

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