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5:05 PM ET, January 12, 2007

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Business Week:
The Small Fry Sour On Search Ads  —  Priced out by brand giants, the outfits that pioneered the medium are looking elsewhere  —  For years, running those little four-line text advertisements on Web search engines brought in a profitable stream of new customers to BabyAge.com.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Maturation of Paid Search Means the End of the Free Lunch  —  There's certainly been a lot of noise being generated by medium-sized companies, complaining they're no longer getting the same ROI from paid search - especially from Google AdWords.  —  I've been taking a look at the trends …
Nick / Rough Type:
Search advertising and the little guys  —  Search-based advertisements, like the ones distributed through Google's AdWords service, were supposed to be a boon for small businesses.  Cheap and precisely targeted, they would, for the first time, put the little guys on equal footing with the big guys in the ad market.
Discussion: Tech Beat
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
How Apple could fight Cisco  —  news analysis A cell phone is to an Internet phone as an airplane is to a faucet?  —  That analogy isn't likely to appear on the SATs next year.  But that's precisely the question at the heart of the legal dispute over whether Apple will be allowed to use the iPhone name …
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive - Yahoo Using Dirty Tactics to Switch Google & Firefox Users?  —  The power struggle between Yahoo and Google for your desktop just took an evil turn, with evidence that suggests Yahoo is covertly trying to switch Google search users without their explicit permission.
David Greiner / Campaign Monitor Blog:
Microsoft takes email design back 5 years  —  As I type this post I still can't believe it.  I'm literally stunned.  If you haven't already heard, I'm talking about the recent news that Outlook 2007, released next month, will stop using Internet Explorer to render HTML emails and instead use …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
AT&T Prepares to 'De-Brand' the Cingular Wireless Name  —  One of the biggest "de-brandings" in advertising history is to begin Monday when AT&T, now the sole owner of Cingular Wireless, starts changing all Cingular marketing to adopt the AT&T name.  —  AT&T will not disclose the budget for the campaign …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Exclusive: Inside The Venice Project, Built On Mozilla  —  The Venice Project is not just another online video start-up.  The Luxembourg-based company is the latest co-production of the two-person hit factory of Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.  The founders of Kazaa and Skype are hoping …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Security Hole Allows Account Hijacking  —  It's your worst nightmare - someone reads parts of your Google emails, views your docs, modifies your spreadsheets, checks out your reading habits on the Google personalized homepage or Google Reader, and goes through your search history.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
PayPal to offer password key fobs to users  —  eBay is getting ready to offer its PayPal users a password-generating key fob that promises to increase the security of the online payment service.  —  The device displays a new one-time password in the form of a six-digit code about every 30 seconds.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Real-time quotes for free  —  At Google, we get excited about making all kinds of information accessible to everyone.  The more up-to-date the information, the more valuable it is.  This is particularly true in the world of finance; information, and timing of that information, is money.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Report: Vista's business sales stronger than expected  —  update Sales of Windows Vista to businesses were stronger than expected during the operating system's debut month, according to a report from NPD Group.  —  The sales outpaced the first month's tally for Windows 2000 and only slightly trailed …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Ultimate iPhone Frequently Asked Questions  —  Wow.  Predictably, the torrent — and I do mean torrent — of iPhone commentary from the citizens of the Web is practically outflooding spam this week.  Most of it comes from people whose shirt fronts are practically drenched in drool.
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
CBS/Google: Analysts Say Radio Ad Deal Is Imminent, Has Sticking Points  —  CITING EXPECTATIONS THAT A MAJOR ad sales agreement with Google is imminent, securities firm Merrill Lynch reaffirmed its "buy" rating for CBS stock.  In a report issued by lead broadcast analyst Jessica Reif Cohen …
 
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch:
Social Features Key to Yahoo Local
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Oracle now giving early notice of security updates
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Unofficial Mac tablet draws record crowd at Macworld (high-res photos)
Discussion: MacMegasite and I4U News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Safari for Windows from Apple? Mozilla thinks so
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
A Guide to Watching Network TV Online
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
$60 to keep crapware off of a Windows PC?
Ed Foster / InfoWorld GripeLine:
Comcast Has Its Limits  —  Cable modem providers have always …
Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent:
British Newspapers Optimize for Google—and Pay Google, Just to Make Sure
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Michael Gartenberg:
Jobs on the iPhone being a closed system
Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Yahoo! Holder Building a Dissident Nation
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi VoIP and iPhone: New Competitors?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Complicated Laws = Free Calls
BBC:
Radio goes the open source route
New York Times:
Digital Billboard Up Ahead: New-Wave Sign or Hazard?
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and AdJab
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Taming Mac OS X File Systems
 

 
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