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J’accuse! Wired Attacked Over Digg Story
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Annalee Newitz engaged in a test of Digg’s ability to withstand a paid effort to boost a story to Digg’s front page, and has earned her some pointed barbs from the blogosphere.

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Dave Pasternack SEO Contest Comes to an End

The much hyped Dave Pasternack SEO contest has come to a close and the winner is

Small Business Ingenuity

A television station who couldn’t afford the $20,000 commercial link for their station enlisted the help of a wok and saved $19,990.

Google Ad Sales Head Quits

Patrick Keane, the head of advertising sales strategy at Google has called it quits. Now he will become executive VP and chief marketing officer at CBS Interactive. Keane served at Google for more than four years. Before joining Google, Keane was a VP and senior analyst at Jupiter Research.

A press release reports:

Top Contributors Get Rewards from MySQL

I just read about MySQL’s Quality Contribution Program (QCP) and I have to say it rocks! It’s a great way to build and maintain community.

Essentially, folks who submit bug reports, test cases or code patches get “QA Points”. When contributors reach a certain level of points over the past 12 months, they get a 1 year subscription to MySQL Enterprise Basic, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

SiliconValleyWatcher’s Silicon Valley Minute Project

Tom Foremski, he of SiliconValleyWatcher, has teamed with Elizabeth Safran to launch a new project called Silicon Valley Minute.

Learn About Your Cookies

A fellow Right Media employee, friend, and one of the smartest ad guys I know named Mike Nolet is now blogging at MikeOnAds.com.

Search Engines Need Not Display All Ads

Eric Goldberg gives a summary of the final verdict in Langdon v. Google. He explains a court decision  which implies how search engines do not have to display all of the ads.

Children’s Charity Sets Up in Habbo Hotel

While the focus this week on virtual communities has been on Second Life, with news of developer Electric Sheep’s $7 million tie-up with CBS and others, here’s news of one organization’s plans for another virtual community.

Ray Ozzie Says Nothing

Ahh, Ray Ozzie spoke at a Goldman Sachs conference this morning. Todd Bishop of Seattle PI has the details. Key quote from Todd’s report? “There were no obvious bombshells, or surprise announcements, but people interested in where the company is headed will no doubt be analyzing his comments for indications and clues.”

WiFi Users Online More

Those busy folks over at the Pew Internet and American Life Project have released a study showing that people with WiFi access tend to spend more time online than those tethered to a hard-wired connection.

Thirty-four percent of Interet users have gone online using WiFi, with most of them using hotspots away from home or work. Details here.

From a communications standpoint, the first implication that leaps to mind is the potential for internal communications.

Scoble Talks RSS in the Enterprise w/ Attensa

I’ve been watching Attensa for a while. They are competing with Newsgator over RSS in the Enterprise (both companies make news aggregators that plug into Outlook, and both are working on strategies to go after big-company users because they are seeing more and more RSS users in big companies).

When You Offer Bad Customer Service

No one’s prefect, that for sure.

If you run or work in a business, or if you have a pulse, chances are you’ve screwed up. If you’ve been doing it long enough, chances are you screwed up royally.

So what do you do when it’s on you? Elain Fogel has a helpful article over at MarketingProfs called Three Ways to Keep Your Customer Happy When You Screw Up.

Step one is to communicate. Fogel states:

Google Puts Warning On Spammy Site Redirections

There is an interesting post at Google System which talks about Google redirection feature which was exploited in the past. The Google search results have a very long URL starting with http://www.google.com/url?q=. While Google used this information to improve search results, it was used by many people to create site URLs which began with this extension. 

Google Provides More Information To Badware Sites

Google is working harder on providing better information to webmasters and the effects are showing. The Google blog has announced that they will send detailed information in their malware notifications to webmasters. These notifications will also be sent by mail.

Good Adobe Engage Posts

John Dowdell is keeping a list of links of people who say something interesting about the Adobe Engage event I’m at.

Good posts so far?

Tim O’Reilly on creating engaged users.

David Berlind of ZDNet on Microsoft vs. Adobe and Adobe’s timeline.

Better Product or Better Brand?

As I was surfing the web I stumbled upon an article talking about branding. What it said was very true about branding;

“If you just build a better product, eventually some other company is going to build a better product than yours, and your stock will fall like Motorola’s did. If you build a better brand, it doesn’t matter whether somebody else builds a better product or not. A better brand has the perception of being a “better product.”

Google To Share Content Partners

Big news today is that Google are planning on openly listing content sites where adverts display for Adwords advertisers. I have criticised Google about this in the past, so its great news to hear that they will finally be introducing more transparency in their ppc network.

Scoble Drinks the Adobe coffee

The Adobe Engage event is already proving interesting. Ryan Stewart wins the first report to come through Google Blog Search.

Takeaway? Adobe is indeed coming after developers. It’s interesting to hear their positioning vs. Microsoft. My post last week pretty much nailed it. Adobe’s Kevin Lynch says they try to extend the Web where Microsoft looks, he says, to extend Windows.

Compete Tweaks Search Share Tracking

Hitwise and comScore have been the main sources cited for search engine market share from month to month; Compete has made some changes on its reports that they believe give them a solid alternative to numbers from the other firms.