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House Extends Ban On Internet Taxes

The House today voted 405-2 to extend the ban on Internet access taxes for another four years. The existing ban on Internet access taxes is due to expire on November 1.

Google, Random House Close To Book Search Deal

Random House maybe closer to joining Google’s book search project, something the world’s largest publisher has been opposed to in the past.

Search Google for Extra Large Images

Google Images has a new* search option to find extra-large images only. Previously, you were only able to toggle between large, medium and small**.

Optimize for Yahoo Images Search with Flickr

Google Blogoscoped reports that Yahoo’s Image Search now particularly likes Flickr content, so this may be incentive for webmasters to use Flickr “as a kind of Yahoo search engine optimization”.

Doctors’ Network Serves Everybody’s Interests

Regular viewers of the show “House” will know that the title character’s support staff has (supposedly) left; previews for the new season have shown the brilliant doctor discussing diagnoses with a janitor.  But if the fictional character knew about a network called Sermo, he’d be able to find all the expert opinions he could want.

Mercedes Takes Maps From House To Car

No matter how comfortable your car is, odds are that your house is even more cushy.  The house is also likely to have a better computer, monitor, and keyboard.  So it’s an important breakthrough that will allow American Mercedes-Benz owners to send directions from their computers to their cars.

SES – Lee’s Day 3 Wrap Up
Another great day is how I’d characterize day three of the San Jose Search Engine Strategies conference.

SES: In House Big SEO

In a recent session at SES San Jose a panel examined the topic of in house of SEO for large companies and organizations.

KickApps Catches $11 Million

KickApps was already doing quite well, and the company has now received $11 million in fresh funding.  According to various reports and statements, the money will go towards making KickApps faster, bigger, and generally better than ever.

Google Takes On NC Telecoms

Once again, it appears that Google’s looking out for the little guy.  Only in this instance, the “little guy” is both the average consumer and local governments.  According to Google – and Intel, Alcatel-Lucent, and Tropos Networks – a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly has the potential to be a monopoly-maker.

Bringing SEO In House – Insight from the Experts

After yesterday’s post about the 10 Great Resources regarding Bringing SEO In House got me thinking, wouldn’t it be useful if I got insight from some of the Top In House SEOs (amongst other Industry professionals)? I asked a few SEO Experts the same 2 questions:

1) What is the biggest advantage for an organization to bring Search Marketing In-house?

2) What is the biggest challenge in accomplishing a transformation to In-house SEO?

Bringing SEM In House – 10 Great Resources

Bringing SEO In house is quickly becoming one of the hottest topics across the Industry. With businesses looking to cut down on marketing budgets and wanting to expand on preexisting In House teams it will be difficult for traditional SEM Firms to continually offer the same services (at the same premiums) as they have been in the past. Businesses are looking to strengthen their relationships with their online marketing departments and what better way to do this then removing the 3rd Party SEM firm out of the picture.

House Passes Weak Spyware Bill

The I-SPY legislation that made it through the House of Representatives lacks consent provisions that could help protect consumers.

House Passes Weak Spyware Bill
House Passes Weak Spyware Bill
House Passes Weak Spyware Bill
Speaker Pelosi Queries Yahoo Answers
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Yahoo’s efforts at heightening awareness of global warming has drawn a question from a very high-profile person for the Yahoo Answers audience.

The Best Defense Against Bad Word of Mouth

Uber customer service snafus like Jet Blue aside, a business is bound to catch a customer on a bad day – or vice versa. This can spawn a fiery blog post which, in plain view of Google, can morph into an issue with “negative fiscal ramifications” for the business in question.

Google Earth To Showcase Beautiful Buildings

Architecture is one of those subjects that appeals, on some level, to just about everybody; from your basic suburban house to St. Basil’s Cathedral, it’s just too entwined in our lives to go unnoticed.  Now architecture is being noticed by Google Earth – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has helped design two new 3D layers for the software.

White House Ignites Google Bomb
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Google may have fixed a link bomb in January that had President George W. Bush listed as the top results for "failure" or "miserable failure", but now due to a White House oversight the President is once again ranked number one for the search term "failure" on Google

 The White House had seemingly put the Google bombing behind them.
So how did the President once again yield a number one ranking for the search term "failure?"

DIY With Google’s DKI Tool?

I love PBS’s “This Old House”; the show’s experts effortlessly tackle all sorts of home improvement issues and problems, but because I don’t possess their skills, I know better than to try to duplicate their feats.  Yet with Google’s dynamic keyword insertion (DKI) tool, the question is not whether or not you can DIY, but whether or not you should.

Yahoo Runs For The White House

The creation of the Presidential Election 2008 "über site" at Yahoo represents the portal’s desire to be the ‘town hall for voters across America.’

Publishers Scoff At Online Book Search

In one of its most ambitious projects ever, Google has set a goal to digitize all book content that is public domain, and also snippets from other copyrighted words in order to provide users with the most comprehensive book search function ever conceived.

Several prominent libraries have already signed up to be a part of the Google Book Project, but the online search giant’s ambitions have some publishers turning up their nose in disapproval.

Opening The Door To Online House Hunting

When it comes to looking for a new place to live more people are turning to online resources to find what they are looking for. In August, 2006 51 percent of all Internet users had taken a virtual tour of real estate property according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

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