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Top Web News Stories : Week Ending 8-10-2007

Posted on 8.09.2007
The following are the top voted Web news stories on for August 10th, 2007. Share the news (industry articles, blog posts, tutorials and more) that you find important and noteworthy at

Improving Your Google Quality Score: Back in the early days of paid search advertising, traditional marketers celebrated the fact that they could finally buy placement on search engine results pages for a flat price.

Oxygen First to Land Ads Via eBay: Oxygen Media has won the first piece of advertising business purchased through the online media exchange created by eBay for a group of high-profile advertisers.

Yahoo Must Form A Social Networking Strategy: There is a bit of buzz around the presentation Bear Stearns Internet analyst Robert Peck gave a couple of days ago.

Google Phone Talk Is Back - Do you want an ad-supported mobile web?: Google has apparently developed a prototype cell phone which they say will bring Google Search and Google Apps to the mobile community, offering better web browsing than “current products” (a not-so-subtle threat to the iPhone).

Google on the Extraction and Visualization of Facts: I can see how this would be fun to use in a lot of different ways, from grabbing and displaying baseball statistics to website visit information, from looking at the rise and fall of stock prices to building historical timelines and maps.

ClickTale explores further heatmap analytics: Clicktale has been patiently working on their service and invited to a few users in private beta. In the meantime a few competitors have released comparable services among which RobotReplay and TapeFailure.

Shopping Carts get a makeover at Google Checkout: Google Checkout has a lot of competition, with you know who (eBay and PayPal) so they have to stay atop their game if they want to make buyers and sellers happy with their transactions.

Yahoo!'s bet on Hadoop:One of the most important announcements at Oscon last week was Yahoo!'s commitment to support Hadoop. We've been writing about Hadoop on radar for a while, so it's probably not news to you that we think Hadoop is important.

If you build it, they will NOT come: I’m getting asked more frequently with each week, “Which white label social network should I use?”, many have seen this list, and have read my posts tagged social networking.

Nirvanix To Challenge Amazon S3: Look for new San Diego-based Nirvanix to launch in the next few weeks. It aims to compete with Amazon’s popular S3 storage web service and provide web developers another choice for online storage. launches Garage Sale service on Facebook: Online shopping site said on Tuesday it has launched a new shopping service named Garage Sale for users of online social networking sites such as

Link Cloaking - The why, the where, the how: Link cloaking, or plain old affiliate link redirection. You might have heard the buzz about how you can ‘increase your sales by up to 400%’ or something equally ridiculous, but what can link cloaking actually do for you as an affiliate?

Google Builds A Local “Sales Force”: The Utility Belt blog reported that Google recently announced a plan to pay a commission to people who are willing to photograph local businesses and gather information about the company to post on Google Maps.

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