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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 at 10:20 am

Stewart and Colbert Take the Stand Against YouTube

August 15th, 2007

Property of ViacomComedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Colbert Report are the crown jewels, as it were, of the Viacom (VIA.B) family. If you think the shows are funny, just wait until Stewart and Colbert take the stand against YouTube as witnesses for Viacom, the conglomorate which owns MTV Networks, which Comedy Central is part of, and is suing Google-owned (GOOG) YouTube for $1 Beeeeilllion. Apparently, Stewart and Colbert are YouTube famous. Well, they were, until Viacom had YouG’le remove hundreds of thousands…

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Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Yahoo Beats Google in Customer Satisfaction

August 14th, 2007

Reuters reports on a University of Michigan study suggesting that Yahoo is slightly more satisfying than Google:

Data from the University of Michigan American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) showed Yahoo had seen its customer satisfaction score rise 3.9 percent from a year ago to 79 out of 100 points, while Google’s rating fell about 3.7 percent to 78 points.

While Google remains the dominant Web search engine, Yahoo’s Internet presence is gaining user approval for its network of Web sites, e-mail, social networks and other…

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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Google to Show Special Commentary by News Subjects

August 8th, 2007

Google News is shaking things up today, announcing a special comments feature that allows subjects of news stories to talk back, right next to the stories in which they’re featured.

We’ll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments from a special subset of readers: those people or organizations who were actual participants in the story in question. Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we’ll show them next to the articles about the…

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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Google Feeling “Double-Lucky” on Mobile

August 1st, 2007

Feelin' double-lucky?Forget behavioral targeting*, Google wants to predict what you want based on where you are — geographically, not virtually — and when you’re there.

How will they do that? By transforming the mobile experience, of course.

Yesterday, we discussed how Google’s WiMax deal with Sprint makes sense. Today, the mobile revolution seems imminent. Google’s feeling double-lucky . . .

Stephen Arnold, a Kentucky-based analyst who has been tracking Google with trainspotting accuracy for a number of years, has found 17 telephony-related patents and patent applications by…

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Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2007 at 1:22 pm

Google’s WiMax Bid Makes Sense — Dollars Too?

July 31st, 2007

WAY faster than dial-upTalk to any European who’s ever paid for mobile or data coverage in the US and — once they’ve stopped laughing — it becomes painfully obvious how badly we’re getting ripped-off. “I can’t believe how slow it is over here,” they say. “We had these phones, like, three years ago,” they add. “Why do Americans allow themselves to pay $100 per month for third-world phone service?”

[Cue laughter and eye-rolling.]

Enter Google’s deal with Sprint, and its promise to bid at least…

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Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2007 at 5:39 am

Google AdWords Optimizer: Consulting In a Box

July 31st, 2007
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Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2007 at 7:30 am

Just How Dominant is Google?

July 18th, 2007
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Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2007 at 4:03 pm

Robbers Google Their Way Into Safe

July 10th, 2007

Found this one over at Grok’s Blog Buzz . Seems a couple of amateur thieves tried to Google their way into a safe at the last minute.

The burglary at Bigg City, formerly Mr. Bigg’s Family Fun Center, turned into a comedy of errors early June 10. The burglars tried to disable a security camera by repeatedly spraying it with WD-40 . . . and spent an hour and 15 minutes trying to open three safes, apparently unaware that some types require…

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Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2007 at 5:14 am

‘Universal Search’ Means It’s Time to Start Blogging

July 10th, 2007

So, it looks like Google’s “Universal Search” is gaining steam. This is a good thing for those producing fresh, relevant content, and an, eh… maybe not-so-good thing for those expecting traffic from paid search to get the job done.

In his ClickZ column, Search Engine Marketing expert Mike Grehan–already pounced-on for declaring that “SEO is Dead”–explains why universal search is another nail in the coffin for Search Engine Optimization.

[...] I’ve written many times over the years that the term ["Search Engine…

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Monday, Jul. 9, 2007 at 6:59 am

Will Google Buy Technorati?

July 9th, 2007

According to a recent Forbes.com article Technorati seems to be having some serious troubles. We have had our issues with Technorati with them assuming our 7 free resources for Google Website Optimizer as being its own site–not just an extension of GrokDotCom.

The nature of blog search has changed over the past year, and even Technorati’s redesign found them acknowledging some of these changes:

Whereas folks using Technorati a couple of years ago were predominantly coming to us to search the blogosphere to surface…

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