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Top Web News Stories : Week Ending 9-7-2007

Posted on 9.06.2007

The following are the top voted Web news stories on for the week ending September 7th, 2007. Share the news (industry articles, blog posts, tutorials and more) that you find important and noteworthy at WM Share.

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Facebook Opens Up To Public Search:
One of the great features of Facebook was privacy. You could be assured that what was in Facebook remained in Facebook. However, that illusion might be ending soon.

Choosing the Right Vendor: When it comes to the topic of building and designing a web application, I can really say that I’ve been on both sides of the fence.

What the Web Strategist should know about Twitter: If you’re responsible for the direction of your online strategies for your company or organization, you’ve probably been hearing buzz about Twitter, a next-generation instant messaging tool.

Microsoft Delivers Silverlight 1.0, Extends Support to Linux: Microsoft Corp. today released to the Web (RTW) Silverlight™ 1.0, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering richer user experiences on the Web.

Open Social Web: Facebook is one of the most powerful social networking services currently available. Its interface and framework allow a person to spread news virally as quick as any social bookmarking service.

MetaCard: The World’s First Virtual World Credit Card: Singapore based FirstMeta has launched MetaCard, a credit card for Second Life that is claimed to be the world’s first virtual world credit card.

Yellow Book Trials Video Ads on Yellow Book USA, a leading national yellow pages and online local search company, announced today that it has launched a live advertiser video trial on, the company’s Internet yellow pages (IYP) site.

Sony Bets Big on Video Downloads: It’s an understatement to say the commercial viability of paid video downloads is a crapshoot, but that doesn’t stop new entrants from placing expensive bets, hoping that they will hit the jackpot.

Go and get Opera 9.5 alpha!: Fasten your seatbelts, and get ready to test drive Kestrel yourself. After more than a year of development, we invite you to test Opera 9.5 alpha and tell us what you think about it.

Explore web connections with TouchGraph Google Browser: Want to see how your website is connected to other sites on the internet? Just type a keyword or URL into the TouchGraph Google Browser tool.

Grayboxx Local Search Powered By Neighbor Recommendations: Grayboxx, a Silicon Valley-based local search startup, has been in stealth mode for quite sometime but recently surfaced by kicking off a tour of the United States cities last week in Burlington, Vermont.

Google Hosting News: This Is A Big Deal, Announced Quietly: Google is making a very clear decision to license and host news content. In other words, to make money from it, like Yahoo does. renews contract with Yahoo : Web search services provider said it renewed a multi-year contract with Internet media company Yahoo Inc, which will continue to deliver its sponsored search results to

Internet Displaces Radio As Fourth Biggest Ad Medium: INTERNET AD REVENUES ARE SET to pass radio's for the first time, according to eMarketer, a firm that tracks and analyzes spending trends across various media.

Yahoo Buying Ad Network for $300 Million: Yahoo Inc. is buying online advertising network BlueLithium for $300 million in cash, building upon an expansion aimed at ending a financial malaise that has ravaged the Internet pioneer's stock price.

Some Recent Google Papers on Usability and User Testing: If, like me, you find yourself interested in how search engines work, the usability of search engines can be a fascinating topic. Here are some recent papers and a set of course notes from people at Google On Usability.

Vzaar Brings Video to eBay Listings: Vzaar (video + bazaar, pronounced “viz-ZAR,”) officially launched its service today, allowing eBay users to easily add video to their classified ads for free.

Justice Department wary of "net neutrality" proposals: Antitrust authorities at the Justice Department on Thursday warned regulators against imposing "network neutrality" regulations that would bar broadband Internet service companies from charging extra to some content providers.

Cybercrime committed 'every 10 seconds' in Britain: report: A cybercrime is committed every 10 seconds in Britain, criminals abusing the anonymity of the online world to carry out offences from unwanted sexual approaches to online fraud, according to a study published Thursday.

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