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Top Web News Stories : Week Ending 7-27-2007

Posted on 7.26.2007

The following are the top voted Web news stories on for July 27, 2007. Share the news (industry articles, blog posts, tutorials and more) that you find important and noteworthy at

Yahoo Joins Industry In Defining How Long It Will Hold Onto Search Data: Feeling pressure from U.S. and European Union legislators, the major search engine providers have now all fallen into step by providing greater visibility into the types of data they collect.

Digg Fires Google for Online Ads:Digg Inc., a reader-powered news site, fired Google Inc. as its online advertising partner Wednesday in favor of a company Digg's top executive described as young and willing to take risks: Microsoft Corp

1 in 5 Adults Watch Web Videos: One in five online Americans view video over the Internet on any given day, thanks to speedier Internet connections and a wider selection of clips, a study finds.

Meta Tag Optimization: Baloney or Good SEO? While perusing a new social network for the advertising industry, I noticed an interesting question posted regarding whether meta tags were relevant to search engine optimization.

If You Advertise in Second Life, Does Anyone Care?: Frank Rose has an excellent piece in this month's Wired suggesting that advertisers are wasting millions of dollars by building "pavilions" in the 3-D world that nobody visits.

Search Engine Visibility and Image Optimization: Search engine visibility for your site is greatly improved for local search results by optimizing your images, especially given Google’s and Yahoo’s implementation of universal search.

8apps takes social networking to the next level: Social networking sites have become an increasingly popular way for people to connect professionally but, once you've added someone to your contact list, what then?

GPLv3 may not bind Microsoft: Microsoft should be able to extricate itself from the implications of the General Public License version 3, according to a leading Australian intellectual property lawyer

Google is not moving: Despite all of the “so-called experts” predicting the rise of Yahoo, Ask, or MSN, Google is not losing any ground in search volume. In fact, they are growing stronger every day.

Technorati is a poor source of blog ranking data: While it may be a unique source of this type of data, Technorati provides a lousy basis for accurately ranking blogs and appears to be very easily fooled by anyone actively working to increase their Technorati ranking.

Nothing sure but death and the Internet tax debate: Congress is once again embroiled in a question that comes up every three or four years: To what degree does the Internet merit special federal protection from state and local tax collectors?

Webmaster console features?What do you want to see the Webmaster Central team do next? About 10 months ago, Google Blogoscoped asked what people wanted next. It’s time to ask that question again, because the team has made great progress.


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