Testimonials From Your Site Can Appear on Google Place Pages

Last month, Google announced that it is now using Rich Snippets for local search. Webmasters with pages that in some way pertain to real world places, can utilize these to reference those places and optimize for local search results. 

Traditional Gaming Extends To Mobile Apps

While many have enjoyed gaming on their mobile devices, there has been little effort to extend traditional gaming on a PC or console to the mobile app arena. A game which looks to release next year, Guild Wars 2, is venturing out by allowing mobile app integration into the MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) gaming experience.

Rick Ellis is a tech director at Arenanet, who is developing Guild Wars 2. He’s leading a team towards what is being referred to as the ‘Extended Experience‘.

WordPress Launches WordPress.com Text Message Features

Wordpress has announced the launch of WordPress.com Text Messaging. Users can text 77377 (PRESS) to manage their blogs using SMS messages.

There are free features as well as upgrade features available. For free, users can receive text notifications when users are added or removed, when the theme changes, and/or when the privacy settings change. 

OneRiot Moves Away From Realtime Search

OneRiot said today it is moving away from its realtime search to focus on its online advertising platform.

Since the company first launched its advertising network in January brands and media companies including Stella Artois, Sony Pictures, AOL and Time have incorporated OneRiot into their digital marketing strategies and have benefited from the company’s realtime social targeting.

Online Advertising Sets a New Record

In the first half of 2010, online ad revenues in the U.S. reached $12.1 billion, setting a new half-year record. The total also represented an 11.3% increase over the same period the previous year. It also included the highest second-quarter on record. This is all according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau and  PwC

NYTimes.com Taps Taboola For Video Recommendations

The New York Times has implemented video recommendation technology from Taboola, on its online video section, NYTimes.com.

Taboola video recommendations are based on algorithms that combine behavioral and contextual data to analyze users’ engagement with videos they watch and generate real-time predictions for other videos of interest.

Yahoo Rolls Out More Mobile Search Improvements

Yahoo fans who own smartphones should now be treated to a search experience that’s better than ever.  Yahoo’s upgraded its mobile search results in more than a few ways, and promised that additional changes are in the works, too.

An important note regarding availability: the improvements have been rolled out at m.yahoo.com for most iPhone owners and people using Android 2.0 and above, meaning they’re not targeted at some tiny demographic or in any way difficult to take advantage of.

Journalism Students Turn to Web First, Still Covet MSM Jobs

Journalism professor Roy Greenslade, who blogs at Guaridan.co.uk, shared some interesting findings from a lecture he gave to a class at City University about journalism students and news sources. 

Will The Web Do for TV What It’s Done For Print?

TV is going through a revolution right now. That’s going to be felt more on a mainstream level over the next couple years. Connected TVs and TV-related devices are coming out faster than ever, with major offerings from Apple and Google leading the charge.

Amazon Readies Single-Serving Kindle Books

Amazon announced today that it will launch Kindle Singles, a new kind of Kindle book format that are twice the length of a New Yorker feature or the length of a few chapters of a book.