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Digital music sales in 2006 doubled over the previous year. As did the number of songs made available online. Record labels have become somewhat more comfortable as they continue to try and find the right combination of distribution models along with digital music products.
In their existence, Google Maps and Google Earth have displayed quite a few odd images. Prepare to see a lot more, courtesy of the citizens of Sydney, Australia. Google is going to take some new pictures of the area, and the search engine company has not only given the public a heads up – it’s encouraged them to put on a show for the cameras.
Want to find an old Monty Python clip? Or watch a Mr. Bean sketch? Odds are that you can do so at Google Video, even though the BBC never gave its permission. This story isn’t about some impending lawsuit, though – reports indicate that “the Beeb” wants to strike a deal with Google and make even more content available.
The U.S. Senate has shot down a proposal that would have required some political bloggers to register as lobbyists or face prison time for up to 10 years. The Senate approved an amendment that removed the section that would have required some bloggers to be regulated.
Online browsing and research will increase offline retail sales by 12 percent over the next five years according to JupiterResearch. In their new report, “U.S. Online Retail Forecast, 2006-2011” growth of offline sales will reach 40 percent of total U.S. retail sales.
Google wants publishers and authors not to fear giving away electronic books online saying that it will ultimately lead to more book sales. At the Google Unbound conference yesterday at the New York Public Library the focus was the marketing potential of offering free books online.
Google wants to speak – presumably using an “inside voice” – with librarians. To facilitate this, the search engine company has launched the Librarian Central blog. And while some of us might just accept that information and move on, there have been some surprisingly strong reactions to the development.
Yahoo’s unveiled a new search tool that may prove extremely valuable to parents. Created in conjunction with GreatSchools.net, the service allows users to search for elementary, middle, and high schools within a particular city or zip code. The tool then provides fairly detailed reports on the schools it finds.
The number of Americans who used the Internet as their main source of news about the 2006 mid-term election slightly more than doubled over the 2002 mid-term election. A new report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project called “Election 2006 Online” said that 15 percent of Americans used the Internet as their primary source of information about the 2006 election. That was an 8 percent increase since 2002.
The Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) is a group focused on better understanding the role of search in the marketing landscape, as well as developing best practices for search engine marketing professionals employed throughout the industry.
Search engine companies are out of luck, at least for the time being; the British government has announced that it will not support “a change to the UK E-commerce Regulations which would give greater legal protection to search engines and other intermediaries.” A European Commission review will decide the matter instead.
Google is a very powerful Internet company, but it’s still, for the most part, just an Internet company; consumers aren’t very likely to encounter the search engine and advertising giant unless they’re near a computer. That may change, though, given some recent patents that relate to digital billboard technology.
Google Checkout appears to be branching out, and not everyone is happy about it. Google purists are annoyed that product information is taking up an increasing amount of space on the main results page; other observers are concerned that the search engine company is no longer being fair to competitors.
The problem of spam continues to be a major annoyance for many. Over the past two years the amount of spam has increased. According to Postini, a communications security firm they blocked more than 25 million spam messages in December. This was a 144 percent increase from December 2005 to December 2006.
It seems that The Beatles and Apple have finally struck a deal to make the groups songs available on iTunes. The buzz about the deal is being widely reported though no official announcement has been made. A fan site called Abbey Road Best sites a source that says a deal has been reached but as of now it’s unofficial.
Buying and selling college textbooks was probably my least favorite part of my collegiate experience. I always had the feeling that I was being royally ripped off on both ends of the deal. Both the purchase and the buy back of textbooks seemed shady. Knowing that you were probably paying too much and that when you went to sell the book back you would be lucky to get a fraction if anything for what you paid.
A search engine will soon provide its users with free music, but before you get too excited, know that the tunes are mostly Chinese in origin. And even fans of Asian music shouldn’t get too worked up, because the initial offering will be a streaming service (as opposed to a download service). Nonetheless, any and all thanks should be directed to Baidu and EMI.
The Creators behind the Venice Project have officially announced a name for their new online video service. Joost will be the name for the company that promises to revolutionize the way Internet television is watched. They are still in private beta testing and offer invitation only visits to their site.
The popular online entertainment celebrity site TMZ.com will soon be a daily television show starting in the fall. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and the Fox Owned Television Stations have joined together for the multi-year deal. The show will simply be called TMZ.
When one company is in competition with another, it usually won’t point consumers towards the competitor’s products. Sure, it happens – some corporations believe that they shine in comparison tests – but it’s fairly rare. The practice just became even more unusual, as Google ceased to promote MapQuest and Yahoo Maps on its main results page.
The rapid growth of online video is forcing service providers to upgrade their networks to deal with the increased Internet traffic and broadband demand. Companies that provide infrastructure for the Internet are seeing their products sell at a rapid rate and are turning healthy profits.
Cartoons are popular with the young, the young at heart, and Yahoo. This is, at least, what some people may conclude after hearing about the search engine company’s deal with the Gotham Group, a self-proclaimed “premier management firm representing animation and family entertainment talent and content.”
For the inside track on Google Analytics, one need look no further than Brett Crosby, its senior manager. In a recent interview, Crosby spoke about becoming part of the team, what it’s working on now, and what difficulties it may face in the future.
Privacy, security and how much information consumers are willing to share with online businesses are becoming less of an issue. Consumers are seemingly becoming more comfortable with information they provide to online retailers in exchange for improved service and personalization.
Have you ever had an entertaining video of yourself that you wanted to share with a friend through email but were not comfortable with the possibility that it could end up on YouTube for the world to see? A video that may be funny to your group of friends but beyond that would cause serious embarrassment if made public and leave you contemplating the rest of your life in a monastery.
Competition between Yahoo and its competitors has been pretty fierce at times, and any number of onlookers have compared it to a war or a fight. Now it appears as if Yahoo has thrown the cyber equivalent of a “low blow”: The company may be trying to trick users into abandoning Firefox and Google.
Although certain Belgian news associations have tried to distance themselves from Google, British newspapers are taking the opposite approach. Some have bought search terms in order to “up” their exposure; others have attempted to optimize their websites and their articles according to the search engine’s preferences.
In a new survey by Alterian, a marketing software provider says that marketers will turn their attention online in 2007. Out of 500 direct marketers and service providers surveyed 85 percent said they expect to increase their online marketing budgets. The projected spending increase is the largest since the survey began in 2003.
The prospect of a digital home seems like a good idea. Being able to control multiple appliances or electronic devices from a central location or a remote location would be the definition of luxury convenience. Are consumers ready to embrace the brave new world of a digital home?
Online user-generated video content was huge in 2006. 2007 has the potential to be a good year for the TV and movie industries as they enter the digital arena and hope for the success that the music business has been able to achieve with paid content.
Google has been successful in many different, almost unrelated, endeavors, but one thing that it lacks is a popular social networking site. The search engine giant has, however, managed to establish an advertising deal with MySpace, and Friendster’s CEO recently indicated that Google made a similar arrangement with his company.
The Internet has played an increasing role in politics. It has become a tool for potential candidates at the local, state and national level. Politicians know that using blogs or video is just another way to get their message out and further build their base.
CBS plans to continue its relationship with new types of media. CEO, Leslie Moonves in a keynote address at CES in Las Vegas outlined plans for the media company. He believes CBS can continue to be relevant by changing with the times and further embracing new technology. He dismissed the perception that CBS was old media.
According to the Millward Brown research consultancy, Google is Britain’s most popular brand. And while that accomplishment in impressive enough its own right, the search engine company achieved it while spending remarkably little money on advertising.
Heavy.com an online video site catering to males 18-34 has closed a $20 million financing round from Polaris Venture Partners. This is the second round of funding from Polaris, which forked over $10 million to the company in early 2006. The funding will be used to broaden Heavy’s network globally and create new brands.
The issue of using trademarks in keyword advertising has been resolved (at least for now). According to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, “you may use trademarks when buying search ads. Just don’t use the names in actual ads that consumers will see.”
Ever wonder what sort of questions people are asking about Google’s services? Well, just in case you were, there’s a new list showing the “top questions” from the help files of 26 different services. And if that’s not enough to draw you in, a number of “funny, funky, noteworthy or weird quotes” from those same help files follows afterward.
Google may own well over 50% of the search market, but there are still those who are willing to support other engines. A group of companies and individuals recently proved this by giving $6 million in funding to ChaCha, a “smart search engine powered by human intelligence.”
A service call Stopbadware.org that is supposed to warn users of sites containing malware was recently involved in some confusion along with Google. It seems Stopbadware flagged the site misterpoll.com as a potentially dangerous site to visit. Then the Google search results for misterpoll.com had the warning:” Visiting this Web site may harm your computer!”
In a market where Yahoo’s stake trails Google’s by just one percentage point, a third company is beating them both by a solid 30%. Even worse (from the search engine companies’ perspectives), that margin could soon increase. On Thursday, MapQuest announced plans to enhance its wireless offerings.
It’s a new year, and perhaps one of your resolutions is to get more organized. Using a calendar would certainly help with that, right? If you’re in the mood to play “Follow the Leader,” new data indicates that you’ll likely select Google Calendar – it just surpassed MSN Calendar in terms of traffic, and looks poised to catch up with Yahoo Calendar.
Amazon.com has launched a new Web site that will focus solely on shoes and handbags. The name of the site is Endless.com and will offer 250 brands and 15,000 styles. The site also boasts that it will offer free overnight shipping on all items. It will be interesting to see if the overnight free shipping will remain permanent or if it is just an initial promotional tool.
YouTube cannot seem to stay away from controversy. From being sued and threatened both domestically and globally over copyright issues to the latest scandal south of the border. This new trouble involves a video of a Brazilian model and her boyfriend “befriending” one another on a beach and in the water.
Google has a lot of fans, and has made friends with any number of businesses. Now the company has befriended the state of Pennsylvania. The “Google Earth geospatial image browser” is set to launch “on the official tourism website of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, VisitPA.com.”
There seem to be countless numbers of local blogs around the country covering local news and events. The one down fall is that there has not been a place to see all the local blogs in one place until now. Lisa Williams a local news blogger from Watertown, MA realized the problem and did something about it.
Mobile Marketing is not something the majority of Americans are looking forward to. That is according to a new report from Forrester Research titled “Is the U.S. Ready for Mobile Marketing?” 79 percent of online users cannot abide the idea of ads on their mobile phones. Only 3 percent are willing to trust text ads on their mobile phone.
Spammers rang in the New Year with a “Happy New Year!” e-mail virus attack. Israeli security company Commtouch reported that there were 3,262 variants in 65 hours. During that period the virus accounted for nearly 12 percent of all e-mail sent worldwide.
Video online is nothing new. In 2006 it was used mainly for entertainment purposes. Now more businesses are realizing the value of video to educate and inform customers, critics and shareholders. It is becoming an essential tool for companies to communicate their message.
The top blogs in 2006 mainly focused on politics and satire according to a report from Nielsen BuzzMetrics. The top blog, based on the number of inbound links from other blogs between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2006, was mother.livejournal.com’s petition against changes in the livejournal interface. The single post was linked to in 801 posts by 786 other blogs.
One of Gmail’s biggest bragging points is that it offers an ever-increasing amount of storage. It’s a new year, though, and the times, they are a-changing (with apologies to Bob Dylan for that line). Gmail’s storage capacity appears to have leveled off at 2800 megabytes.
2006 was a good year for Google, but 2007 didn’t start off too well. The primary search engine apparently forgot how to do math, as both its calculator and currency conversion functions stopped working. The proverbial hangover has passed, however, and things are back to normal now.
Yahoo Research is preparing to establish a research lab in Bangalore; it is also going to begin a string of lectures in India called the “Big Thinker Series.” And while that rather silly name may not demand respect, the series should focus on serious and relevant issues within the fields of “science, technology, and the internet.”
Google qualifies as one of the top hot growth tech companies of 2006, according to Business Week; the search engine company placed fourth on a list of 50. Two of its biggest competitors – Microsoft and Yahoo – also made the cut, but they were numbers 42 and 49, respectively.
Clipblast.com has released their Top 10 most popular searches for Internet video for 2006. ClipBlast! is proud to present the moments that the public wanted to watch in 2006,” said Gary Baker, ClipBlast! founder and CEO. “But what we’re most proud of is that we’re able to locate and show, in real time, a relevant variety of video – of all kinds, from all types of sources, from all across the Web. That’s something that Google, YouTube and other video-content providers aren’t doing yet.”
Myths can figure prominently in culture, religion, and entertainment, but most corporations would likely prefer to remain uninvolved. After all, accountants’ spreadsheets just aren’t that compatible with non-factual information. Google probably appreciates it, then, that Ionut Alex. Chitu set about dispelling the top 10 “Google Myths.”
According to new research from Hitwise average daily visits to ecommerce sites from Thanksgiving through the Thursday before Christmas were up 5.9 percent compared to 2005. The days with the single biggest increases over last year were Cyber Monday the first Monday after Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day.