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Digg to Get All Twitter This Year?
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Update: Kevin Rose is now saying that his WeFollow Twitter directory will now be "more closely linked" with Digg as they "experiment with user influence as it applies to the Twitter universe." In a company blog post, he writes:

Smartphones Change the Threat Level Significantly
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Mobile devices these days are often smaller, thinner, and lighter, but are able to deliver a plethora of content. WebProNews spoke with Gal Salomon, CEO and Founder of security firm Discretix, about embedded security and security concerns that come along with an industry of smarter phones.

WebProNews: Please tell us a little bit about what mobile embedded security is.

The Most Important Social Media Strategy for Making Money
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Earlier this week, WebProNews reported on a study from WetPaint and the Altimeter Group, which indicated that brands who engaged with customers more through social media performed better financially.

MySpace Looks Forward to a Future of Gaming and Ad Dollars
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News Corp. Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller sat down with Fox Business in a video interview from a tech conference, and talked about MySpace’s future, among other things. The interview can be viewed here:

StumbleUpon Can Get You Big Traffic and Lots of Links
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Facebook and Twitter have both been proven to be valuable sources of traffic to many sites, but another potential source that you might be overlooking is StumbleUpon. It is true that in the past, StumbleUpon has been presented as a traffic tool, but the results weren’t always what webmasters and marketers had hoped for.

Google Handles Local Searches Differently Than Before

WebProNews recently spoke with Search Engine Land Assignment Editor, and SmallBusinessSEM.com Blogger Matt McGee about local search and its impact on business owners. The local search game has changed over the years, and even more so within the last couple months. Do you think a Google search is the most important place to be found in local search? Share your thoughts.

Innovation & Ad Spend See Bright Spots in Downturn

WebProNews had a very nice discussion with Charles Buchwalter, Senior VP of Research and Analytics at Nielsen Online. He had some quite interesting things to say. For example, he notes that despite the economic downturn, there is plenty of innovation and change happening online.

Integrated Ads Through Social Media Apps
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appssavvy is a direct sales team for the social media space, and is able to get a first-hand look at the world of marketing through social media apps, a trend that is growing by the day. In fact, the company recently entered exclusive partnerships with six big-name social app companies – LivingSocial (makers of the ever-popular "pick your five" app on Facebook), Circle of Moms, Zynga, Serious Business, Where I’ve Been, and Poolhouse.

Integrating the Web Into Traditional Marketing Efforts

If you’re not incorporating the web into your traditional media marketing efforts, you’re going to be missing out on part of your audience. WebProNews discussed this with comScore’s Erin Hunter at the recent ad:tech conference.

Advertising Gets “Mixxed” Up
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Social bookmarking site Mixx is often compared and contrasted with the more popular Digg. While Mixx does not get the traffic that Digg does, it is often cited as a good alternative to the site.

Mixx has recently launched an interesting advertising tool called the Sifter in which advertisers can submit ads and have "elite" members of the Mixx community decide just how effective those ads are. Mixx CEO Chris McGill and another Mixx spokesperson discussed the Sifter with WebProNews.

Marketing Strategies You Need to Know
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WebProNews will be covering the Search Engine Strategies conference in New York starting Tuesday, March 24th. Mike McDonald and the WebProNews video crew will be on the scene and providing you with exclusive interviews.

Is Microsoft Going to Make Waves in Search This Year?
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In a story we covered earlier this month, John Battelle accidentally typed livesearch.com into his address bar only to find a domain squatter. This of course led to speculation that Microsoft was close to rebranding its Live Search. They clearly were not too concerned about getting that domain (it’s still the same a couple weeks later).

Vint Cerf Talks Up Future of the Internet
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The Internet has come a long way in 30 years, but it is still very much in its infancy. Vint Cerf, Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, who in a former life was one of the principle minds behind what we know as the Internet today, is looking far beyond just the next thirty years. He’s thinking about the next thousand years.

OVGuide Founder Answers Video Search Questions
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January marked the first operational month for video search engine OVGuide as a profit-making entity. Now it has received $5 million in funding from Baroda Ventures.

Interview with Muxtape CEO Justin Ouellette

Muxtape has been known in the past as a place where music lovers could create their own playlists of songs and share them with others like an old school mix-tape. Last summer, it was shut down after legal issues with the RIAA.

Will Personal Search Turn SEO On Its Ear?
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At PubCon, Bruce Clay, Inc. President Bruce Clay presented at a session entitled "Top-Shelf Organic SEO" in which he discussed the approaching future of SEO as search engines evolve into more modern ranking methods through more personalized search results. Bruce was good enough to take the time to speak with our own Michael McDonald in a one-on-one interview about personal search, which can be viewed in the video below.

Microsoft Opens Up About Future in Search

Robert Scoble scored a video interview with Brad Goldberg, manager of the Microsoft Search team, and had an interesting discussion on what Microsoft has up its sleeve as far as their future in search is concerned.

What kinds of things can they do to compete with Google? Scoble suggests that some Mahalo-type strategies could be in order.

SEO Interview with Ralph Wilson

Back in December I attended the PubCon conference in Las Vegas and I was fortunate enough to meet my friend and Internet celebrity Ralph Wilson for an interview.

Ralph has me regularly contributing tutorials and articles to the SEO section of his popular Web Marketing Today website and decided to interview me for a feature video on the website.

BlogWorld: Cult Of Blogging, Minus Two Members

In a session called “The Cult of Blogging,” the sect turned out to be a little smaller than expected; out of three scheduled speakers, only one managed to show up. 

Om Malik gets a pass – the poor fellow apparently threw his back out – but Michael Arrington simply forgot to come, leaving us with Leo Laporte and surprise guest Justine Ezarik.

BlogWorld: Future Of New Media Includes Audio

A lot of the blogs you’ll see are all text; there are also plenty featuring only video.  But according to Leo Laporte, a sweet spot exists around the concept of podcasting.

BlogWorld: Tips On Syndication
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By writing a blog, you get to air your thoughts and feelings, converse with intelligent people in the comments section, and do all other sorts of nice things.  Yet what’s really nice is making money, and blog syndication can give you the best of both worlds.