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GeoCities Users Get a Bailout From Wetpaint
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You may have read that Yahoo is closing the door on GeoCities. This was announced a week ago after about ten years of Yahoo ownership.

"We have decided to discontinue the process of allowing new customers to sign up for GeoCities accounts as we focus on helping our customers explore and build new relationships online in other ways," GeoCities noted.

Compete Looks at Homepage vs Domain Visits for Top Sites
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Compete has shared some interesting data looking at homepage visitors at the top publisher sites. Here is the top 12 in terms of domain visitors. Look at how the homepage visitors compare to the percentage of site visitors who visit the homepage.

Online Video Popular In Canada
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In February 21 million Canadians viewed more than 3.1 billion videos online, according to a new report from comScore Video Metrix.

The average Canadian online video viewer spent 10 hours viewing videos in February, an increase of 53 percent from their average viewing time last year.

"Canada’s high broadband penetration and tech savvy Internet users make it an optimal environment for online video to flourish," said Bryan Segal, vice president of sales, comScore Canada.

Microsoft, Mayo Clinic Partner On Health Records Tool

The Mayo Clinic has partnered with Microsoft to launch a free online tool that allows people to manage their medical information on the Web.

The application called the "Mayo Clinic Health Manager" allows users to organize health information for multiple family members, access information from one location, and proactively manage their health.

Microsoft Nets Ad Deal With Discovery Channel
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Microsoft is running its first ad campaign that simultaneously combines Internet, mobile and video game ads to promote the Discovery Channel’s fifth season of the fishing documentary "Deadliest Catch."

Microsoft says the one-day campaign with the Discovery Channel has enabled it to sell 90 percent of its advertising inventory. The advertising campaign will be on MSN, MSN Mobile, Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft Live Search and Xbox Live.

Amazon Launches Xbox Live Store

Amazon.com has launched its own Xbox Live Store in beta that allows gamers to purchase games, subscription cards and Microsoft Points cards.

Previously games were only available directly from the Xbox 360 console or xbox.com, making Amazon the first retailer to offer consumers access to codes for downloading Xbox Live Arcade games.

Microsoft Partners With NASA To Put Images Online

Microsoft has partnered with NASA to put the space agency’s most interesting content, such as high- resolution images of Mars and the moon online.

Microsoft’s online virtual telescope, WorldWide Telescope will feature the images. Under the agreement, NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California will process and host the data.

Economy Won’t Dampen NCAA Office Pools

You might think a rough economy would put a damper on March Madness office pools this year. Not so, says Microsoft. In fact, according to their survey, Americans are betting their brackets will outperform their 401(k) this year.
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Microsoft’s Kumo Will Only Come with Minor Tweaks
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What can you expect from Microsoft’s rebranded search engine? A new name, and not a whole lot else from the sound of it. As you’ve probably read by now, Kumo is the name that is most commonly associated with the search engine, though Microsoft has not officially named it.

Firefox 3 Catches Internet Explorer 6
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Mozilla Firefox 3 surpassed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 for the first time in February, according to monthly data from StatCounter.

Internet Explorer 7 continues to lead worldwide with 41 percent market share but Firefox 3 is now in second place with 24 percent market share.

Microsoft Trialing New Search Service Internally
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Microsoft has begun internally testing its new search service called Kumo and is asking employees to provide feedback.

"Kumo.com exists only inside the corporate network, and in order to get enough feedback we will be redirecting internal live.com traffic over to the test site in the coming days," wrote Satya Nadella, senior vice president of research and development for Microsoft’s online services division in an internal memo.

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Microsoft has announced it is expanding its online versions of some of its Office applications globally through a platform called Business Productivity Online Suite.

The Business Productivity Online Suite includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting and Office Communication Online. Customers will be able to select which services they want to use.

Microsoft

Microsoft has announced it is expanding its online versions of some of its Office applications globally through a platform called Business Productivity Online Suite.

The Business Productivity Online Suite includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting and Office Communication Online. Customers will be able to select which services they want to use.

Microsoft

Microsoft has announced it is expanding its online versions of some of its Office applications globally through a platform called Business Productivity Online Suite.

The Business Productivity Online Suite includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting and Office Communication Online. Customers will be able to select which services they want to use.

Microsoft

Microsoft has announced it is expanding its online versions of some of its Office applications globally through a platform called Business Productivity Online Suite.

The Business Productivity Online Suite includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting and Office Communication Online. Customers will be able to select which services they want to use.

Microsoft Readies Experimental Search Site
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Microsoft has plans to launch an experimental search site called Viveri sometime this summer, the company announced at its TechFest event.

Viveri will allow researchers to test new concepts and receive public feedback without having to add features to Live Search.

Microsoft Launches Windows Mobile 6.5
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Microsoft has introduced a new version of its mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5 at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.

Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen features a dashboard-like experience offering information on new emails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. Microsoft has added an improved touch-screen interface that makes it more finger friendly.

A Look At Search Behavior At SMX West

How people search and interact with search engines was the subject of the session "Just Behave, A look At Searcher Behavior."

(Coverage of SMX West continues at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

Microsoft To Launch My Phone Cloud Service

Microsoft is set to launch its new My Phone service online at the upcoming Mobile World Congress wireless show starting February 16.

My Phone syncs information on a mobile phone to a storage space on a Web site hosted by Microsoft. The cloud service allows mobile users to manage contacts, appointments, text messages, photos and videos.  Most phones that run Windows Mobile 6 operating system are compatible with My Phone Service.

Google Grabs 76% Of Search Spend In Q4
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U.S. search advertising spending was relatively flat for most of the year and declined by 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to search marketing firm Efficient Frontier.

Breaking it down by search engine, Google grabbed 76 percent of search spending in Q4. Spending on Google Search and its syndicated networks dipped 4 percent year-over-year (YOY).

Despite that, Google gained 2 percent market share from Google Content, which saw a robust 63 percent YOY growth in 2008 due to its improved targeting and monetization efforts across the AdSense network.

1 Million Xbox Members Use Netflix
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Microsoft and Netflix announced today that 1 million Xbox LIVE Gold members have activated Netflix’s movie streaming service since the two companies formed a partnership last November.

Since that time Xbox users have watched 1.5 billion minutes of movies and TV episodes via Netflix’s Watch Instantly service.