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A Tale of Two Cities: Red Hat and JBoss

Red Hat reported great numbers today. The stock was down in after hours trading, and I suspect it will be down tomorrow. The stock movement will likely be based on comments about the JBoss division by Red Hat’s CEO. Forbes reports:

Fox to Offer Free Shows via iTunes

Did NBC jump ship too soon? TechCrunch reports that now Fox will be offering their shows for free download via iTunes. The deal will feature season premiere episodes of Fox shows including Prison Break, Bones, American Dad and K-Ville—mostly returning shows. Fox hopes to expose more viewers to its shows.

Optimize for Yahoo Images Search with Flickr

Google Blogoscoped reports that Yahoo’s Image Search now particularly likes Flickr content, so this may be incentive for webmasters to use Flickr “as a kind of Yahoo search engine optimization”.

BWM Offers In-Car Google Local Search

Google-fans rejoice, you now have a Google-approved car to consider for your next purchase.

New AOL Ad Network Division

MySpace isn’t the only one experimenting with a new ad network. AOL, the long-beleaguered red-headed-step-child of the TimeWarner family, has announced a new advertising network—sort of.

After a long gathering of online advertising companies, they’ve finally created a full-fledged advertising division. Or, perhaps they’ve just revamped all of their old ones and cobbled them into a new, single unit with a new headquarters.

MySpace Starting Contextual, Targeted Advertising

paidContent reports that MySpace will launch contextual, targeted advertising on its members’ profiles starting soon. After six months of testing with a 100-member team in MySpace’s parent corporation, their system will analyze the content of members’ profile pages and display relevant ads alongside the content.

Google Presently – Presentation App

The Inquirer reports that Google may soon deploy slideshow presentation creation and display software which they’ll call “Presently”. This application was apparently developed out of code that Google got with their acquisition of Zenter and Tonic Systems earlier this year.

The new presentation software will join the other Google Apps suite of products which include Google Spreadsheets, Google Write, and Gmail.

Google Turns up Heat on Office

Not that long ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt would routinely deny that the company had any intention of using its Gmail, Google Docs and other services to compete directly with Microsoft’s Office suite. “We’re just playing around with some Web stuff,” he seemed to be saying. “Nothing important to see over here.”

It’s Time to Take Blogs Seriously

While blogs are becoming more and more popular, there’s still a lot to be desired, according to reports from MediaPost and eMarketer today. While many people have heard of and even read blogs, there’s still a lot of room to grow in the blog advertising and business blogging arenas.

Wikiscanner Shows Whodunnit
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If you want anonymity online, you might as well just turn off the computer. Not only is not happening, but it’s getting easier to track things. In this case, it’s used for good, but like most purer things, it’s ripe for some corruption.

Marketing Jobs Now Outsourced to India & China

There’s a disturbing side-effect that’s coming from the increased use of internet marketing – it can be done cheaper in China and India.

While advertising continues to bring us greater efficiencies and cheaper costs, it’s also driving our need for faster turnaround and rapid deployment. When you can test 100 ads online within a week, you need a solution that can keep up with that pace, without breaking the bank.

The Ban on Employees Accessing Facebook

Earlier this month, in FIR #254, Shel and I discussed quite an interesting story of what one company did regarding employee access to and use of Facebook.

EFF Effs With The FBI, Wants Your Help
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Hugh D’Andrade of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that in order to keep funding as a nonprofit, they have to be able to show that their work is "important and relevant." I don’t think he has to worry about that. I’ve said it before, after watching more than one EFF-spanking, you don’t eff with the EFF.

McCain Buys Up Online Ads
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We’ve said it time and time again: in the 2008 presidential campaign, the Web will play a major role.  But as new numbers come out concerning Web ad buying, we’re getting a clearer idea of how the candidates have responded to the online world.

Be Wary Of Free Credit Report Sites
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There are a number of Web sites that heavily advertise "free" credit reports and charge consumers for services they probably do not need, according to a Consumer Reports WebWatch study.

New Reports Added To AdCenter

Microsoft’s AdCenter has placed click quality reports in their service for campaign managers to review for their advertising efforts.

Most eBay Users Satisfied
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Seventy percent of consumers who made purchases on eBay in the last year were highly satisfied with their experience according to a new survey from Consumer Reports.

Google Engineers Join VC Firm

How would you like to get paid to just sit around and give some thought to what start-up you’d like to do next? Sounds good to me, and it must have sounded pretty enticing to Bret Taylor and Jim Norris, two of the engineers behind Google Maps, as they’ve left Google to join venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.

Why Decker isn’t the CEO of Yahoo…

So, just before interviewing Sun Microsystems’ DTrace team today (that’s a photo of them) I got a call from a source. He said “Semel is out. Yang is taking over.”

Why Did Terry Semel Get $107.5 Million?
Douglas McIntyre reports that two consulting firms have analyzed Yahoo CEO Terry Semel’s compensation package and determined that Yahoo shareholders should consider revolting.

Google Courting More Students With Email

Google’s serious about creating relationships with the greater Academia – its founders were collegiate all-stars building printers out of Legos, and of course badly-named search engines (Google was once called BackRub, we imagine because that was Larry Page’s best pickup line) – ahem, as more and more universities turn their email systems over to the search engine company.

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