31 October 2007

US likley to extend Internet Tax Ban

Local Authorities cannot levy taxes for another 7 years An interesting story in the FT this morning is how the US House of Representatives has voted to extend a ban on local authorities levying taxes on various internet activities including access. Originally set up to encourage internet access the latest seven year ban, while short of the permanent ban supporters …

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30 October 2007

Page Rank Update – Updated!

Reverse in some Page Rank values Hot on the heels of the latest round of Page Rank updates it looks like Google is reversing some of the ‘penalties’ imposed on sites allegedly for selling links. The Problogger site  was reportedly hit with a drop in Page Rank from 6 to 4 for selling links, something they used to do but …

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29 October 2007

Baidu still leader of the pack in China

Search giant continues to dominate Chinese market Chinese search engine Baidu announced on Friday that its third quarter profits have more than doubled, despite Google’s attempts to expand in China. In a statement, Robin Li, Baidu’s chairman and chief executive said "During the third quarter, we saw solid revenue and earnings growth driven by an increase in user traffic and …

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27 October 2007

Google Page Rank Update

Page Rank Update Ongoing Google has started a Page Rank update, the first in many a month. While it is sort of useful bear in mind it is usually a few months out of date and has for a while had no real bearing on rankings. But its kind of fun to see and we are watching to see who …

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25 October 2007

Microsoft takes a stake in Facebook

$240 million gets 1.6% stake Microsoft has beaten off competition from Google and invested in Facebook with a small stake of 1.6% which values Facebook at about $15 billion. This follows Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s decision last year to turn down an offer of $1 billion from Yahoo! Smart stuff! Microsoft will run ads across Facebook and may add their …

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24 October 2007

Report Google Bugs – Now!

Matt Cutts opens his ears If you have noticed any bugs on Google, particularly the International versions, then Matt Cutts of Google wants to know. A few have already been identified such as issues with Firefox in Google Analytics, Adword account issues and so on. If you have noticed any bugs then go here to report them. Nice of Google …

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22 October 2007

New format for site links

Google Updates SiteLinks functionality I just noticed that Google has updated the way it displays their sitelinks. See below for the example for a search for Tamar: Previously there would only be four links with a brief descripiton but as you can see there are now six results from the Tamar website. The changes may have been part of the …

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18 October 2007

MySpace gets you talking with Skype

It was announced on Wednesday that from November MySpace users will be able to chat  by phone thanks to a new partnership  between Skype  and the social networking site. MySpaceIM with Skype is a new product that combines MySpace’s instant messaging service with Skype’s free voice-calling capabilities.  Launching next month in 20 countries, MySpaceIM with Skype will enable millions of …

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16 October 2007

See even more of the world on Google Earth

Google Earth adds YouTube videos to application Google Earth has started to integrate YouTube videos on their hugely popular application. Users will be able to upload their videos from their holidays and visits to renowned or not so renowned locations. Rebecca Wettermann, the Vice President of Research at Nucleus Research said that it would be a good opportunity to bring …

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16 October 2007

SMX Social – any questions?

Starts today! What do you want to know? Go on, what do you want to know about Social Media? Send us a your questions and we will get Henry to ask on your behalf! Speakers are from Stumbleupon, del.icio.us, Wikipedia and more! Key topics include: Social Media Marketing Essentials Linkbait – Chumming for Traffic on Social Media Sites Extra! Extra! …

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