Top Web News Stories : Week Ending 10-12-2007
Comparison/Social Shopping Engines & Web Rankings: A list of fifteen comparison shopping engines that at one point or another have crossed my radar. I've also included Web rankings from Quantcast.com, Ranking.com and Alexa.com.
Email Marketing Departments Heavily Fragmented: A StrongMail/JupiterResearch executive survey reveals that only 38 percent of email messaging efforts are centralized in one location
Analyst says Yahoo worth more if broken up: Yahoo Inc would be worth far more to shareholders if it broke up its Internet businesses or embarked on a major overhaul, including a departure from Web search, but management is unlikely to do either, according to an analyst note issued on Friday.
Rush to build ad networks reveals declining influence of Internet hubs: The recent rush by major Internet portals to buy advertising companies and extend their sales networks is a sign that the business of being a one-stop shop for information and entertainment isn't what it used to be.
$1 Billion Invested in 35 Virtual Worlds Companies: Virtual Worlds Management has announced findings from a comprehensive study of accountable transactions that venture capital, technology and media firms have invested more than $1 billion dollars in 35 virtual worlds companies in the past 12 months.
Google Upgrades Search Appliance for Enterprise: Google Inc. will upgrade its Search Appliance with native support for enterprise content management (ECM) systems like EMC's Documentum, IBM's FileNet, Open Text's LiveLink and Microsoft's SharePoint.
HitTail Mashup from Content Spooling Network: We are pleased to announce the first HitTail mashup! For all the HitTailers out there who have accumulated writing suggestions but don’t have the time to write about them, you’re in luck.
Ban on Internet Taxes Seems Safe: After hours of debate over the appropriate length of time to ban Internet access taxes, members of a House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would extend the Internet tax moratorium for an additional four years.
Shoppers Look to User Reviews, Search: US online shoppers researching products are turning to user reviews more than expert reviews, according to a study by Avenue A | Razorfish.
Facebook Traffic Tanks - This can’t be real?: comScore is about to issue September 2007 user engagement and page views data, and it seems like the SVFurby, I mean Facebook unique visitors took a little dip.
IAB Sets Standards for Rich Media, Games: The Interactive Advertising Bureau has released a new set of guidelines for rich media ads.
New languages crack Roman alphabet's Internet address dominance: The roman alphabet will lose some of its dominance of the Internet beginning Monday when the organization overseeing website addresses starts testing 11 new languages for domain names.
AP sues VeriSign's Moreover news aggregator: The Associated Press filed a lawsuit against VeriSign over its Moreover news aggregation services in a case reminiscent of a dispute between news services and Google News.
Google buys social mobile startup Jaiku: Jaiku, the Twitter (and Pownce)-like service from Finland, has been bought by Google.
EBay launches Social Features: Hoping to woo shoppers who say eBay Inc. has lost its folksy appeal, the world's largest online auction plans to launch its own version of a social networking service Wednesday and is promising other customer-friendly features by year's end.
MSNBC buys participatory news site Newsvine: MSNBC Interactive News LLC has acquired Newsvine Inc., operator of a Web site that encourages users to link to their favorite news of the day, submit comments, and write their own stories.
CoolSW: Digg for software: Intel has launched a new website called CoolSW that's basically a Digg-clone focused on software and tech companies.
Google on Using a Knowledge Base of Articles to Make Searches Smarter: A recent paper explores how a knowledge base of articles, like the pages of the wikipedia could possibly be used to identify different named entities.
Mozilla and Mobile: Short summary: we are serious about bringing the Firefox experience and technology to mobile devices.