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Thanks to various holidays, vacation and/or sick time that doesn’t roll over, and a few other factors, December is traditionally a slow news month. YouTube’s given us a bit to write about, though, as the video-sharing service has unveiled eight updates.

YouTube

Thanks to various holidays, vacation and/or sick time that doesn’t roll over, and a few other factors, December is traditionally a slow news month. YouTube’s given us a bit to write about, though, as the video-sharing service has unveiled eight updates.

Did Google Use Poor Timing for Updates?

The Guardian newspaper have today written an article titled Is Google a Grinch or a good guy?, which asks many UK SEO’s (myself included) for their views on the recent Google paid link debate.

Google Aggressively Cracking Down on Paid Links

After many instances of education by Google about Paid Link Policy guidelines and after having continuously come up with updates on the issue, the time for action seems to have come full on.

Google, as it appears has aggressively begun to crack down on Ads that violate Google’s quality guideline of "paid links should be disclosed through a "rel=nofollow."

Facebook To Tweak Status Updates

Compared to anything you’ll see coming from the BBC or CNN, this is admittedly a pretty minor piece of news.  Yet it’s nonetheless nice to hear that Facebook plans to drop the word “is” from its users’ status updates.

Google Checkout & Gmail Updates

I was browsing through the Google Blogs using my Yahoo Pipe and noticed that there have been a couple pieces of cool news item floating around at the the Gmail and Google Checkout blogs.

Yahoo Shuts Down 360

Yahoo has announced it is shutting down Yahoo 360, its never-popular social networking service. 360, which launched on March 29, 2005 (apparently the last time I was ever hopeful about Yahoo), never caught on the way Microsoft’s Spaces did, having a less-appealing interface, and bad decision to start as invite-only, and a lack of promotion and integration from its host company.

MapQuest For Mobile Web Gets Updates

Despite Google’s dominance in many fields, it trails far behind MapQuest when it comes to that AOL-owned site’s specialty.  Now, upgrades to a mobile version of MapQuest may ensure that Google won’t get any closer.

Google Nears Settlement In Gmail Dispute
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Independent International Investment Research (IIIR) is near to a settlement with Google regarding its claim to the Gmail trademark in the United States, according to a request for extension filed by IIIR at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

New Yahoo Search Marketing Features
Following last week’s announcement of how Google finally has a real challenge, the official Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog announced updates for YSM.

Orkut Intentionally Shrinks Its Numbers

Many companies like to inflate the number of users they claim to have.  Not Google.  Although Orkut used to accidentally overstate communities’ membership counts, the social network is now working to correct the problem.

Google’s Focus On Orkut Points To US Push

In some markets – such as search – Google looks more like a bulletproof King Kong than a 900-pound gorilla.  In others – such as social networking – Google is vastly less powerful.  There are signs that Google wants to whip Orkut into shape and fix this, however.

Bloglines Mobile Updates

First, they added support for logging into Bloglines via OpenID. While I’m not a big fan of OpenID in practice, it is a good idea in theory, so if you’re a big fan of that theory, go ahead and use it.

Google Trends Daily Updates
New search trends are coming very frequently. To keep a track of the changing search trends, Google came up with something new and exciting. Today in an announcement at the Official Google Blog, it was revealed that Google Trends now comes with the ability to track different search trends and compare on a daily basis with new daily updates.

Google Moon Gets Major Updates
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When I think of incredible sights, a bunch of bumpy gray rock is not the first thing that comes to mind.  But toss in some astronauts and a few lunar rovers, and now we’re talking.  And now Google’s showing – an updated version of Google Moon has become available.

Orkut Adds “Updates From Your Friends” Box

Roughly ten days ago, Robert Scoble suggested that Facebook would, in a few years’ time, defeat Google.  Pretty much everyone within hearing range responded with something along the lines of “fat chance,” and I agree with ‘em.  Still, Orkut is just now introducing a feature that Facebook had about a year ago.

Google Updates Webmaster Malware Reviews

Webmasters whose sites have been flagged in Google’s search results as being potential links to malware have a new process for updating their listings after cleaning the site.

Google Earth Provides Updates, Answers

There’s a fresh post on the Google LatLong Blog, and it’s titled, “Where in the world is…(Answers).”  You see, the post informs readers of various geographic locations that were hinted at earlier.  But if Google was asking (perhaps rhetorically), “Where in the world is an updated image?” the answer would be, “just about everywhere.”

OMB Updates Earmarks Database

The federal Office of Management and Budget has made a couple of tweaks to the Earmarks database they maintain.

Panama Sails Out With Updates

Yahoo’s search marketing program, aka Panama, received some adjustments that should benefit campaign managers.

Picture This: Picasa Updates From Google

Users of Google’s Picasa Web Albums have a couple of new features available for placing photos on maps, and Picasa on mobile devices.

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