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EU Seeks To Rip Off Microsoft Again
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The European Union is at it again with their money hungry threats against U.S. based Microsoft. This time the EU suggested a fine as high as euro3 million (US$4 million) a day, claiming in a BusinessWeek article that the software company was still not offering a fair deal to rivals seeking to make Windows-compatible server products.

(This is an editorial comment by WebProNews Publisher and iEntry CEO Rich Ord)

EMI on DRM: Show Us The Money First

Earlier this month, rumors began swirling around EMI’s supposed efforts to extend the olive branch to online music retailers by considering the prospect of making the company’s audio catalog available in a non-DRM hindered format.

Large Networks Add New Editorial Content Formats

Many top destination sites are adding blogs and other publishing formats to their site to build their authority and market-share. This editorial content creates value, builds trust and authority, and allows for a more profitable blend of content and advertisements.

Joost Takes On YouTube in Viacom Deal

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal this morning (reg. required), entertainment colossus Viacom has signed a distribution deal with Joost, the peer-to-peer streaming television service that Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom started up with the billions they made selling Skype.

Smart Card On The Money

SmartMetric, Inc a developer and manufacturer of advanced secure identity and transaction solutions has developed software that works with its biometric fingerprint card that allows a person to send money over the Internet from one card to another.

President and CEO of SmartMetric, Colin Hendrick said the peer-to-peer funds transfer or card-to-card money exchange will change the way money is handled. He went on to say that the fingerprint-activated card has the potential to revolutionize the way money is transmitted.

Google Apps To Start Making Real Money

According to an article in the latest issue of BusinessWeek, Google will turn Google Apps For Your Domain into a subscription service for corporations sometime in the next few weeks. If true, it would turn the service (which offers services for company domains, currently Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Blogger, and is expected to add more services) into an actual revenue generator for Google, a rarity for a company that many say needs to diversify its earnings.

Link Buying: The Unadulterated Truth
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There’s no denying that the number of inbound links is one of the most critical elements to optimizing a site to rank well in search. The methods employed in obtaining those links, however, is a platform for both ethical and practical debate. With all factors considered, is buying links a good idea?

Bidding On Top Ad Spot A Waste of Money?

All sponsored search listings are created equal, or so decrees Brandt Dainow, CEO of ThinkMetrics and Internet ad veteran, after reviewing click-through trends over the past three years. In a nutshell, you can start saving money by not bidding on that top spot. Others, like Enquiro’s Gord Hotchkiss, aren’t convinced.

Is Google Losing Money Too Fast?

JP Morgan has published a report on how Google Checkout did in 2006, and their findings show that Checkout reached 6% of the 1,100 consumers they surveyed, compared to 42% for PayPal, what I call a good, but not massive, start.

2007 Predictions Call For Money, Money

Billions will be spent in online advertising and social networking, but if the predictions are right then Facebook probably won’t be one of the companies being sold this year.

Google Custom Search: My search, My results

Wouldn’t it be great to use a search engine that shows results tailored to what you want and what you need?

Google’s Not Stopping Click Arbitrage

Who would have though click arbitrage would be a topic worth of being covered by Forbes?

Media Linking to Wikipedia Articles

Not sure if this is something new or not, but I just saw a CNN Money article which linked at a Wikipedia article about Joe Kraus as background on him.

JBoss CEO: Show Me the Money

Sys-Con is quoting Marc Fleury, JBoss founder & CEO and now SVP & GM of JBoss Division at Red Hat, as having said:

Google Checkout Up 30%

Hitwise reports that downstream traffic to Google Checkout is up 30% in the past four weeks, with the number one store, by far, being Buy.com. Buy delivered 18.3% of Checkout’s traffic, with number 2 Dick’s Sporting Goods way behind at 4.8%. Of course, Google’s major “Free Money” promotion is the biggest thing driving people to use the service, and with it running until the end of December, we’ll have to wait for January numbers to see if there is a big drop-off.

Don’t Waste Your Pay-Per-Click Budget
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Thanks to Jim Berkowitz and his CRM Mastery E-Journal for pointing me to the MarketingProfs article, Five Proven Ways to Waste Money With Pay-per-Click Advertising by John Grant.

BlogBurst Plucks Money For Bloggers

The BlogBurst service from Pluck will pay people who place highly on its leaderboard of active bloggers, but there is a catch that has participants concerned.

Fiscal Visibility in Supply Chain = Money Saved

The globalization of commerce has made sophisticated logistics technology not just a luxurious expense for the Global Fortune 500, but a necessity for companies of all sizes and in all industries.

Stop Throwing Money Away In Your IT Department

Companies continue throwing money at IT projects and accept a pathetic 30% success rate. The IT field is filled with complexity and the fast pace seems overwhelming at times, yet we as professionals should adapt to the changing environment and use available best practices to increase the success rate of IT projects.

Money Keeps Following Politics Online

People have been actively searching the Internet for political information, and ever since Howard Dean amassed a sizable war chest with a grass-roots Net-centric effort the minds behind political parties have continued to seek ways to squeeze more out of the Internet.

For Podcasters, Its Love, Not Money

At the close of the Podcast and Portable Media Expo, the feeling is that you are among an elite group of Web 2.0 trailblazers. True, they’re all running businesses and promoting their brands, but they still carry with them the now traditional mantra “content is king” like a Coat of Arms.