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Employee Fired From American Airlines For Transparent Email

What is it with airlines?

If they’re not breaking guitars, their pilots are missing airports, or they’re berating people that are trying to help them.

Opera Turns Your Computer Into a Server
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Update: Opera has released the beta version of Opera Unite in Opera 10.10 beta.

Original Article: Today Opera has released a product (as promised), which it claims reinvents the web. That may seem like an exaggerated statement, but it’s an interesting concept nonetheless.

Omniture and comScore Join Forces For Online Metrics

It seems that getting itself acquired by Adobe isn’t enough to keep the web analytics giant Omniture busy.

Internal Staff Spending For Web Analytics Is On The Rise

My good friend, and web analytics guru, Avinash Kaushik once wrote:

Cancel the contract with your favorite expensive analytics vendor and take that $50k or $100k or $200k and: 1) Hire a smart analyst for between $50k to whatever maybe your areas great salary 2) Put the rest of the money in your pocket.

Is Cable Purposefully Delaying Super Fast Web?

Depending on whom you ask, you’ll get a much different answer to this question: If Japan can have 160 megabits-per-second over cable for $60 per month, why can’t we have that in the US?

Currently, the best one can do in the States is 50 Mbps for $140.

Google’s Prophecies for the Web
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Jonathan Rosenberg of GoogleLast night, Google’s SVP, Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg posted something of a state of the Internet address on the Official Google Blog. In this post, he made four predictions for the web:

Web’s Masters Recommend Best Mobile Web Practices
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As millions of people around the world add web-capable mobile devices to their pockets, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) hopes publishers will adopt its recommendations on mobile web development.

Mobile Web Users Seek Banking, Travel Options

Greater usage of the mobile web by consumers in the US and the UK began manifesting a shift in what people want from their cellphones. Hint: it isn’t more ringtones.

Berners-Lee Envisions Web As Tool For Worldwide Good

He wasn’t referring to their habit of pooping and puking everywhere; the way in which babies cry and scream also doesn’t apply.  But in any event, Tim Berners-Lee recently said that the Web is "still in its infancy."

Zune Software Download Now Available!
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Hey Everyone, The Zune Software is currently up on Zune.net.

» You can find the software HERE. System Requirements

Web 2.0 Could Be Bad For Business

Usability expert Jakob Nielsen warns against believing all the Web 2.0 hype when designing with the end-user in mind. While some 2.0 features can help, the majority of sites should focus on mastering the 1.0 aspects that users know and love.

The problem, as Nielsen sees it, is that companies follow too much what the hot trends are, and as a result create sites that are unnecessarily complicated or offer little benefit to the average user.

Ego Surfing Occupies Nearly Half The Web

A new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project said 47 percent of Internet users search for a topic very close to them: themselves. 

CBS Radio Wants To Expand On Web

The old media vs. new media arguments are usually based on the idea of print vs. the Internet.  CBS Radio is also looking to update itself, however, by embracing and expanding its online branches.

Hammer Films Makes a Comeback (Via MySpace)
After a 30-year absence, Gothic horror film maker Hammer Films is about to make a comeback, not in cinemas but on the web.

Web Analytics Predictions for the New Year
If you’re looking for Web Analytics predictions for 2008 then I recommend checking out Rich Page’s blog where he posts about his thoughts for what’s to come in 2008.

Web Marketing News Quickies

Google’s made some tweaks to AdSense recently, and to Google Analytics. Meanwhile, SEOers are developing better ways to track links.

Web Retailers Keep Holiday Shoppers Merry

Holiday shoppers report higher satisfaction with the online shopping experience this week compared to both last week and last year, according to the ForeSee Results Holiday Retail Benchmark.

SES Round-up
Jolina and Mike had a great time at the Search Engine Strategies conference in Chicago. Not only is it the windy city, but a festive, cold and snowy one too by the sounds of it.

Search Spam Primer

Every Internet marketer has heard about search spam, the unethical tactics that so-called "black hat" search marketers use that violate the search engines’ terms of service.

Now if you have no intention of doing anything unethical, you might believe that you don’t need to understand search spam.

PubCon – WoM Marketing
Word of mouth marketing is one of the most effective and long lasting techniques for increasing traffic to a web site. This session will detail effective word of mouth marketing campaigns and how to integrate them into your online advertising mix.

PubCon – European Site Optimization

This session is a round up of current international optimization and promotion issues. Panelists will address multi-language issues, Euro PPC/SEO, and how to crack the Southeast Asian riddle.

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