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Friday, June 27, 2008

Anheuser-Busch will stop alcoholic 'energy' drinks

NEW YORK, New York (CNN) -- Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. will reformulate its alcoholic energy drinks to remove caffeine and other stimulants they currently contain as part of a nationwide legal settlement, it announced Thursday.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

one hundred push ups

- a very cool website about doing pushups.
one hundred push ups: "If you're serious about increasing your strength, follow this six week training program and you'll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups!"

Beware those fun Facebook apps

Vancouver-based computer technician Byron Ng, who likes to prod social networks for holes and other errors, stumbled across a way to learn more about Facebook users than you're supposed to be able to--prompting Facebook to suspend the Top Friends application late on Wednesday.

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Human Flesh Search Engines

Chinese vigilantes that hunt victims on the web. She looks like any other disgruntled young person. Arms tightly crossed, mouth twisted in contempt, she could be letting off steam about parents, school, or boyfriends.

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Crucial vote on internet's future

The net's regulator Icann will vote to decide if the strict rules on so-called top level domain names, such as .com or .uk, can be relaxed.

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Could Microsoft Get Control of Yahoo Without Buying It Whole

So when will Microsoft and Yahoo really start talking again?Much sooner than later, if investors have their way.

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Microsoft's war against Google

SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) -- Microsoft is pushing hard to stop Google from teaming up with Yahoo now that the software giant has given up on acquiring the tarnished Internet portal.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Microsoft, Yahoo Buyout Talks Back On

The information we have is thin, but what one source is saying is that Microsoft is talking a price lower than the $33 they were offering when the talks disintegrated in May,

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Valley Bigwig Says Google is a Train Wreck

Quite the contrarian opinion... Is it true management at Google is a complete mess?

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Interview: Tom Anderson, MySpace's co-founder

Tom describes new developments at MySpace. Web 2.0 is ubiquitous.

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Matt Cutts Shares 5 SEO Tips that works for all SEOs

USA Today recently asked Google's Matt Cutts for tips to help sites rank in their search engine. Cutts offered up 5 tips plus a word of advice in implementing the tips.

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Stingiest Sippers: The 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles in the U.S. - Feature/Features/Classic Cars/High Performance/Hot Lists/Reviews/Car and Driver - Car And Driver

Stingiest Sippers: The 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles in the U.S. - Feature/Features/Classic Cars/High Performance/Hot Lists/Reviews/Car and Driver - Car And Driver: "Stingiest Sippers: The 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles in the U.S.
Introduction

First: Toyota Prius

Second: Honda Civic Hybrid

Third: Smart Fortwo

Fourth: Nissan Altima Hybrid

Fifth: Toyota Camry Hybrid

Sixth: Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Seventh: Ford Escape Hybrid

Eighth: Toyota Yaris

Ninth: Mini Cooper/Clubman

Tenth: Honda Fit"

Monday, June 23, 2008

ComScore: Facebook is beating MySpace worldwide

(Credit: ComScore)New numbers from metrics firm ComScore show that in May, the battle of the social-networks

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Upstart Challenges ComScore, Nielsen Web-Traffic Counts

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Quantcast this week will start offering people-based traffic counts for its sites, a hybrid of panel-based data and cookie-based measurement, using a statistical formula to account for the inconsistencies often cited when cookies are used to measure web traffic.

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The Internet Hierarchy of Needs

Some of you may have heard of Maslow's Hiearchy of Needs. A good comparison of the "Internet Hierarchy of Needs"

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America Has Spoken: In Google We Trust

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The most reputable company in America: Google, which toppled Microsoft from the top perch in the 2007 Harris Interactive Reputation Quotient study released today -- and sent it tumbling all the way down to No. 10.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Direct sales, branding primary SEM objectives: SEMPO survey

The only really good use for PPC is short term SEO or branding. You get the 1st-3rd spot on organic then you put your PPC in the second spot on the right... works every time.

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Why You Should Carry a Digital Camera At All Times

Incredible picture of a tornado!

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Google Remains Internet's Top Draw

Google maintained its position atop the Web ratings in May, edging out Yahoo by a mere 400,000 unique visitors for an audience of 143.4 million. Microsoft took third again with 121.3 million.

Excluding AOL, Time Warner moved up a notch to the ninth slot with 56 million visitors, while IRS.gov jumped 14 places to rank No. 20 with 31 million. The increase was driven by people checking the status of their tax refunds and stimulus checks.
Other top-gaining sites in May included Proflowers.com, up 319%; Vonage Holdings Corp. (119%); Vlaze Media Networks (78%); and Discovery.com (76%).
Among ad networks, Platform A continued to lead the way, reaching 90% of the U.S. Internet population of 191 million. The Yahoo Network had 86%, Google Ad Network, 83%, and Specific Media, 79%.

--Mark Walsh

Heavy Metal Tours Re-Energized

LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) -- When it comes to sponsorship, metal was getting a bit rusty. But this summer, headbangers will be able to pick among ear-splitting tours and the energy drinks sponsoring them.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

SEOmoz | Matt Cutts Translated: 8 SEO Tips I Heard Him Tell Eric Enge

"In the last big Matt Cutts interview, Eric Enge managed to get Matt Cutts to say PageRank Sculpting (or siloing, for you Bruce Clay fans) was okay to do on your site and that noindex pages still have PageRank attributed to them.
Well . . . Eric Enge did another interview with Matt Cutts this month that he posted moments ago. As usual, Eric managed to get Matt Cutts to tell us some juicy info and he did it all so nonchalantly. ;-)"

SEOmoz Matt Cutts Translated: 8 SEO Tips I Heard Him Tell Eric Enge

- my profile on SEOmoz

Inside AdWords: Landing page load time now affects keywords' Quality Scores

Google designs its products with user experience as the number one priority. Early in Google's history, our founders, Larry and Sergey, articulated this philosophy in Ten things Google has found to be true. One of these principles is "Fast is better than slow." We've found this rule to be especially applicable to the landing pages of AdWords ads. When a user clicks an ad, a landing page that loads quickly provides a better user experience than a landing page that loads slowly.
Inside AdWords: Landing page load time now affects keywords' Quality Scores

Dear Disgruntled Yahoos, Microsoft Is Hiring!

Microsoft took out a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News today, in an attempt to highlight its recruiting efforts in Silicon Valley.Of course, BoomTown is not sure the crack engineers that Microsoft (MSFT) is seeking actually read newspapers.

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YouTube Shifts Strategy, Tries Long-Form Video

YouTube (GOOG), known for short clips of dogs on skateboards, cats on treadmills, is trying something new: Showing video that is much longer than its previous 10-minute limit. It's something of a test right now, limited to YouTube's "content partners", but it has potentially big implications.

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MySpace Garners Most Visits In May Among Social Networks - 06/19/2008

"MySpace Garners Most Visits In May Among Social Networks
Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 8:00 AM ET
Among a custom category of 58 of the leading social networks, MySpace.com received 72.73% of the market share of U.S. visits in May, according to new data from Hitwise."
MediaPost Publications - MySpace Garners Most Visits In May Among Social Networks - 06/19/2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

InnerWireless takes on $9.5M in debt for in-building wireles

InnerWireless didn’t try to be too creative when choosing their name — they are more or less what the name says. The company provides a platform that links and extends various wireless networks including WiFi, ultrawideband and passive RFID signals within buildings like hospitals. NOTE: their medical equipment tracking is an excellent service.

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Google sees benefits in Yahoo ''experiment'': exec

SEOUL (Reuters) - Internet service leader Google Inc believes its recent advertising deal with Yahoo Inc will be beneficial as Yahoo tries to become more profitable, a key Google executive said on Wednesday. Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief... (i think they should listen to Cerf and not Icahn...)

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LinkedIn Joins the Billionaires' Club

New funding by Bain, Bessemer, Sequoia, and Greylock values the professional-networking site north of $1 billion—and big plans are afoot. Think MySpace but for business.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Social Networking Gets a Sanity Check

After years of hype, noise and funding, the social networking sector is finally getting a harsh, but necessary, sanity check.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hallmark Recordable Music Cards

Do they live up to the hype...?? I would say song selection is important.

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How to make homemade vanilla ice cream

It’s summer, and it has probably been awhile since you made yourself some delicious homemade ice cream. Since you might be a little rusty on that front, M/C/C’s Phillip Barnhard will give you an easy step-by-step on how to make your summer ice cream dreams come true – unless your summer ice cream dreams somehow involve monkeys.

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How a Social Media Campaign Fits into a B2B Media Plan

A good article that might be one of those.. "oh yeah" moments... someone else wrote it, but it says some of the things i would say.. - paisley

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What Marketers Can Learn from the Tomato Scare

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The businesses affected by the tomato scare are, yet again, missing out on a very big opportunity to address nervous consumers: search.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

LifeStreaming - MySpace and FaceBook, Your Feed of Your Life

The Financial Times' Chris Nuttall reports that "lifestreaming" is gaining traction in Silicon Valley, as startups increasingly allow users to aggregate and organize their online social activities from multiple touch points.

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This Ad Stinks: Let Readers Vote

Online marketers are finding that rating of their campaigns by social networks can yield big rewards—or humiliation

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Some retailers give vinyl records a spin

An employee for the Fred Meyer retail chain inadvertently entered the "LP" code for "Accelerate," R.E.M.'s latest release, this spring. Boxes of the big, vinyl discs showed up at several stores. Some were put on the shelves, and 20 LPs sold the first day.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Yahoo! Pushes Search Results Customization to Users

ReadWriteWeb: "Yahoo!'s SearchMonkey platform got a little more public today with the unveiling of the Search Gallery -- the platform's official application repository.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Buzznet launches Celebuzz.com, a social network for Celbrities

Buzznet, the social network whose CEO told CNET News.com in April that he'd like to build "the next Viacom," has launched a sister site: Celebuzz, a community for enthusiasts of celebrity news and gossip. It's been in private beta for some time now.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Social media's uphill advertising climb

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Reality check: half of the social media start-ups at Tuesday's Under the Radar Conference won't exist next year.

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Fast Food Goes Organic with High Noon... but is it Healthy?

The history of the demand for organic food starts where you would expect: at a little farm in the country, with a farmer picking his way through his field. Organic to Go opened its first cafe three years ago in a small strip mall in Issaquah, Washington. The new locations opening in D.C. bring their total store count to 33.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Starbucks offers new flavor: Free Wi-Fi

Thirsty for more business during the worst slump in its history, Starbucks will try to lure more customers by offering two hours of free AT&T Wi-Fi a day.

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Mr. Bill Returns (in One Piece) to Pitch a Debit Card...

Mr. Bill, the clay doll that was pulverized in vintage “Saturday Night Live” skits, makes it through the day in a new ad campaign by MasterCard.

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Corporate blogs 'aid SEO'

Creating a corporate blog is a good way to boost a website's search engine optimisation (SEO), an expert has commented.Nick Stamoulis, writing for Brick Marketing's blog, asserted that the benefits of an online business journal are "invaluable".

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MicroHoo: A Deal Must Be Done

While Microsoft’s (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer and Yahoo’s (YHOO) CEO Jerry Yang hemmed and hawed about what had happened in their disastrous takeover battle that ended not with a bang, but a whimper, everyone else who appeared onstage at the sixth D: All Things Digital conference last week was a bit more definitive about what should occur now..

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WSJ.com - Google Search Ads Rile Its Big Customers

Google faces growing anger from big advertisers over smaller advertisers' use of trademarked words in the text of search ads.

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