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Microsoft, Symbian Unimpressed By Android
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The appeal of Google’s mobile operating system, Android, and an alliance of handset makers, has not registered with two major phone OS builders.

AT&T Offers International Plan For iPhone

AT&T announced today a new international plan for iPhone users.

Google Homepage Loses Color In San Francisco

On Saturday night, parts of San Francisco went dark, and it was to some degree Google’s fault.  Google deserves credit, and not blame, for this occurrence, though, since it was part of an energy-saving initiative.

PirateBay Swipes Anti-Piracy Domain

There may be some seafaring pirates still out there, somewhere in the South Pacific, but modern day pirates operate in digital formats. The most recent booty attained by the notorious PirateBay: a shanghaied domain formerly belonging to their fiercest enemy.

Google, IBM Create University “Cloud”

Google and IBM have partnered to give some of the world’s best young minds access to hundreds of linked computers.  What’s more, the companies aren’t doing this out of direct self-interest, and have teamed up with six universities.

Iheard: Internet Radio Search Engine

Recently FUSA Capital Corp launched iheard, a search engine for music, sports and talk radio stations.

About the search engine:

Google Sees Positive Changes In China
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When Google’s U.S. market share changes by a percentage point or two, it doesn’t turn many heads – Google has been ahead, is ahead, and will presumably stay ahead, regardless.  But as Google’s Chinese share changes, a lot of eyes are watching to see what will happen.

Social Network for Usability Professionals
A new networking community called Catalyze.org has made its debut. In Beta, its niche is the usability industry, specifically business analysts and user experience professionals. Anyone involved in web site design will find something of interest there.

Google Celebrates International Cleanup Weekend

International Cleanup Weekend sounds like something that only a handful of hippies would acknowledge.  But it’s not; Google itself has thrown its weight behind the event.

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.

Amazon Goes International With Jewelry
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Amazon.com has launched its jewelry and watches store in the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

Snail Mail vs. Email Study Yields Mixed Results
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There are a number of questions not readily answerable about this survey, but some of the results make intuitive sense to me at least. The survey was conducted by International Communications Research (ICR) and concludes that customers overwhelmingly prefer promotional messages via snail mail (but that doesn’t mean they are persuaded by them).

PPC Traffic; International YouTube; Safer Results

SERoundtable looks at a WebmasterWorld thread to find out What Type of Traffic Can You Expect from Yahoo Ads Compared to Google Ads.

YouTube Goes To Nine New Nations

From our perspective, it’s going international.  From theirs, it’s becoming local.  But either way you look at it, YouTube is launching targeted sites for Ireland, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Japan, Brazil, and France.

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.

Show Uses YouTube To Earn International Success

As Google develops video ID tools for YouTube, its main motivation is likely a desire to avoid lawsuits – some companies just don’t approve of the whole free-video arrangement.  But some companies do, and one Australian show even owes much of its success to YouTube.

Using Google History for Ads

This has not really been Google’s day when it comes to people jumping all over them for things they have or have not done. Adding to the complex mix of everyone going off on the Privacy International report is an underreported report on Google Adsense that is being fed by Distilled.co.uk on how they have also changed Adwords/Adsense.

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.

Korea “To Play A Very Critical Role For Google”

Significant, important, decisive – these words are all pretty much synonyms, though they have different shades of meaning.  But Kannan Pashupathy, Google’s Director of International Engineering Operations, didn’t pick any of them when describing South Korea’s importance to the search engine giant.  Instead, he called the relationship “critical.”

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McClatchy Expands Current Yahoo Deal

Some new dealings between newspaper publisher McClatchy and Yahoo will encompass advertising in their partnership; McClatchy had previously made a deal to share international reporting with Yahoo News.

SES – In-House Search Marketing

For several years, I did the in-house search marketing tracks at the Search Engine Strategies conference in New York, but I asked Danny Sullivan to give me different session this year, on organic search benchmarking, which I posted on yesterday.

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