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

Body of missing CNET editor James Kim found

James Kim, 35, left his family's stranded car Saturday morning searching for help and never returned.

BSkyB White Labeling YouTube Gmail

British Sky Broadcasting, 39% owned by News Corp., will be deploying white label versions of Gmail and YouTube.

Google Undermining Paypal in Their War on Affiliates

The Google Checkout blog announced that they are charging no transaction fees through the end of 2007. In a WMW thread Marcia highlighted Checkout's affiliate features:

The Peanut Butter Effect - Yahoo! Reshuffles Executives

In a move aimed at becoming more accountable and less beauracratic - Yahoo! Inc. said that it was restructuring its operations and shuffling its management ranks.

Quote: The moves include the departure of Daniel L. Rosensweig, the chief operating officer since April 2003, and the resignation of Lloyd Braun, the former ABC executive who has run Yahoo’s media group.

Nationwide Insurance : We will not cover SEO firms

Nationwide Insurance won't insure an SEO company because there are too many 'liability lawsuits'. This statement was told directly to Threadwatch member MattKP by Nationwide Insurance

Danny Sullivan Launches a New Conference

Danny Sullivan who's currently at SES Chicago has announced a new Conference coming in 2007 Search Marketing Expo

Info Search Media Still Practicing Reputation Managment with BrandMyself.com

Reputation management is one of the emerging SEO disciplines of 2006 and I expect it will become more important as we move into 2007. With that in mind Info Search Media is throwing their hat into the ring with a new procuct for 2007 called BrandMyself (see PRESS RELEASE )

Another Yahoo! Executive Steps Down

Yahoo! executive David Katz, in charge of the Internet company's sports and entertainment content, stepped down last week after conflicts with Yahoo's entertainment chief Lloyd Braun, Variety reported yesterday.

Spamming SEO company sold for €60m

Big Mouth Media, the self proclaimed ethical SEO company, that isn't really that ethical, has been sold to the German interactive marketing agency Global Media in a deal worth €60million.

The Perfect Web Site Algo

Quote: Pwebsite = { ((14.14* EaseNav) + (13.56*Speed) + (13.11*CleanDes) + (10.89*Func) + (10.89*Up)) - ((12.63*Pops) + (10.32*Ads) +(5.21*MultiM)) } / 6.26 -

Rackspace has come up with the formula that they believe is the way to ascertain how perfect your website is

£180m for Hitwise?

The Guardian are reporting that Hitwise is up for sale at a price of £180m

Anyone in a buying mood? I know I'd love to have the raw Hitwise data and show them how it (sh|c)ould be used.

RIAA Lawsuit: A Threat to the Whole Web?

Ray Beckerman, a lawyer defending his client in the Electro vs. Barker RIAA piracy lawsuit, has stated that the lawsuit being brought against his client is done without "any acts or dates or times of copyright infringement as the law normally requires." Beckerman goes on to state what is particularly shocking about this case:

Breaking news: Bad stuff available on the internet!

People are getting their knickers in a knot over YouTube videos showing how to pick locks. See the article, even some Google employee named 'Sergey Brin' admits to using videos like this to succesfully pick locks. Sergey's employer, Google, however denies all responsibility for this and suggests critics need to hit on Youtube for their concerns. Because apparently a 'wholly owned subsidiary' absolves you of responsibility. Reminds me of that problem they had in Brazil.

French Producer Sues Google for Distributing Film for free

Google's copyright issues abroad continue to multiply, with the producer of the film "The World According to Bush" has taken legal action against Google Video France for distributing the film.

Google shuts down Gaia

It looks like it was handled in a civil manner none the less the project was shut down by Google.

YouTube and Google Video 'eating TV viewership'

The online video boom is starting to eat into TV viewing time, an ICM survey of 2,070 people for the BBC suggests.

Googles Plans for Australia

Here is an interesting insight into what Google's plans are for Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/content/2006/s1797620.htm

It's also interesting that business analysts may not see Google in the same way that Google sees itself.

RUMOUR Google Base & PPC - coming soon to a computer near you.

Google Base to become PPC Product.

Google UI Testing on Blog Search

I noticed Google testing embeded map in SERPS last week and Andy Boyd noticed them testing blog links in News SERP's yesterday (see screen shot). Yahoo tried something similar a while back and killed it this summer.

Nick Wilson starts Podcasting

Nick Wilson, founder of Threadwatch for the new guys, has a new blog and has started podcasting. Its at CommuniContent.com. Pretty good so far.. he told Rubel off, drops some F bombs, and in general covers all sorts of geekness and blogger stuff.