Business issues - a general catchall for all seo business related discussions

Apple Marketing - The New System Admins

With all the flak about stock options at Apple and their recent (and probably short term) stock price drop could this be a planned "outage"?

(Hey tech admin Bob, can you bring half the web server farm down for a day or two? Why? No reason...can you?)

Pay Per Post - Acquiring Performancing

Threadwatch founder and former owner Nick W will be selling Performancing to PayPerPost According to Techcrunch

Earthquake takes out much of Asia's Internet

Internet and phone services have been disrupted across much of Asia after an earthquake damaged undersea cables, leaving one of the world's most tech-savvy regions in a virtual blackout. Full Story

Be Careful Who You Link At

A Texas Judge ruled a copyright violation to link at copyright files:

"While Lindsay's decision appears to be the first to deal with direct or "deep" links to Webcasts, this is not the first time courts have wrestled with the legality of copyright law and direct links."

Vista Filled With Security Flaws

All sorts of Serious Security Flaws have been discovered in VISTA, firms are re-thinking the upgrade.

Not Even a Fool Would Buy Google Stock in 2007

The financial advice site Motley Fool calls Google The Worst Stock for 2007

When a company trades at such a high multiple to its earnings, the market expects tremendous future growth to justify that premium valuation. Google's past growth has been absolutely phenomenal, yet the future is only going to get tougher.

Wikipedia Founder to start search engine to take out Google, Yahoo and MSN -

Full Story The site isn't even live yet.. however because it's the Wiki Founder's it's getting press. sued by the RIAA for 1.65 Trillion

The RIAA is suing the website on behalf of EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music, and Warner Music in the amount of $150,000 for each of the 11 million songs that were downloaded from June to October of 2006. That comes to a lawsuit totaling $1.65 trillion.

Jeremy Zawodny gets 92% of his inbound search traffic from Google

My favorite example (not included in the above stats): According to Hitwise, Yahoo blogger Jeremy Zawodny gets 92% of his inbound search traffic from Google, and only 2.7% from Yahoo.

And then there were two - Viacom backs out

Earlier this month The Founder reported on Fox, NBC & Viacom discussing plans to create a video site to compete with YouTube. Well it looks like Viacom has already thought better of it and they are out:

More eBay trouble?

WSJ is reporting that eBay is pulling back in China:

Quote: EBay Inc. plans to pull back from the fast-growing Chinese market by shutting down its main Web site in China and replacing it with a new site that would be largely run by a Beijing-based Internet company, say people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign of trouble afflicting the onetime Internet star.

Google Phone

Among the potential benefits are location-based searches: aware of your handset's geographical position, Google could offer a tailored list of local cinemas, restaurants and other amenities, and maps and images from Google Earth. It is believed that the Google phone would not go on sale before 2008.

Register Your Domains With Google!

Not sure how many TWers will be up for the offer, but Google offers domain registration for $10 a year: The Mountain View-based company is offering its latest service in a partnership with and eNom.

Most Digged Article on Digg is Digg for 2006

Digg story on Digg weighing in at 15,000 diggs

Google's New Patent search

Google has just issued a new 'Patent Search'

You Can Now Buy Google Stock Options Direct From Matt Cutts

Well, maybe Matt isn't interested in selling, but Google has done something innovative in the way they handle employee stock options. In the past, employees with stock options had one way to cash out - they could buy stock with the options at the below-market option price. The couldn't sell the options to anyone else.

Google Moves Into Houston Real Estate

I'm sure seeing all the activity in Google base for Real Estate Agents and MLS services prompted this move (Google to post Realtor MLS data - via

Fox, Viacom, CBS and NBC want to take out Google's YouTube with new website

NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp.'s Fox, Viacom Inc., CBS Corp.. and NBC Universal are in talks about creating a video Web site to compete with Google Inc.'s YouTube, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Yahoo faces Fantasy Football lawsuit by Tom Brady

DECEMBER 7--Along with a sweeping management reorganization and shrinking stock price, Yahoo! also has to contend with a lawsuit filed against it by the gridiron's golden boy, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

GrayWolf and Shoemoney on Arbing

Michael and Jeremy are both on Forbes talking about Arbing and how Google has changed the PPC Arb business for some whilst still leaving it for others.