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5:40 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.
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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.
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
THE LONDON CULTURALLY-DEPRIVED GEEK DAY OUT: SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY  —  Having spent most of the last few years in front of a computer screen, immersed in a tangled web of blogging, business and cartooning, I'm starting to feel a bit deprived of culture.  And I'm sure a lot of techie/geek/entrepreneurs types out there feel the same.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Vecosys
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.
Michael Gartenberg:
Jobs on the iPhone being a closed system  —  Steven Levy points to his writeup on the iPhone and talks to Steve Jobs about the iPhone being a closed platform.  According to Steven, Jobs said the following on the subject. … Really?  What about other smartphones that run on Cingular's network …
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.
 
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Unofficial Mac tablet draws record crowd at Macworld (high-res photos)
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Safari for Windows from Apple? Mozilla thinks so
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British Newspapers Optimize for Google—and Pay Google, Just to Make Sure
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Wi-Fi VoIP and iPhone: New Competitors?
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Radio goes the open source route
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
CBS/Google: Analysts Say Radio Ad Deal Is Imminent, Has Sticking Points
New York Times:
Digital Billboard Up Ahead: New-Wave Sign or Hazard?
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