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Ex-CIA Agent States Google is "In Bed With" the CIA

Former CIA clandestine case officer Robert Steele has stated that Google is "in bed with" the CIA, as his contacts within the CIA confirm.

MySpace Founder Acquires Majority Stake in Flurl.com

Quote: Brad Greenspan, the founder of MySpace has acquired a majority stake in Flurl.com, the largest independent video search website which indexes over 1000 online video sites. Quote: With this acquisition, LiveUniverse intends to begin discussions with potential strategic, financial, and content partners focused in the online video space.

DNForum.com Hacked

Hot on the heals of Shoemoney being hacked it seems the same hacker has just taken down . DNforum is a popular domain name sales forum.

Chicago Voter Database Hacked

Oct. 23, 2006 — As if there weren't enough concerns about the integrity of the vote, a non-partisan civic organization today claimed it had hacked into the voter database for the 1.35 million voters in the city of Chicago.

IBM sues Amazon over Web patents

Some of the patents were first filed in the 1980s, including one titled "Ordering Items Using an Electronic Catalog."

Story

We’re Google. So Sue Us.

On the heels of yesterday's Washington Post piece the NY Times today says that Google sometimes operates in a way that almost seems to invite legal scrutiny.

Google Report 3rd Quarter Earnings

And unlike Yahoo's 3rd Quarter, Google's numbers look pretty good.

Microsoft fix Cross Domain Ajax Issues

... or at least they do with a little help from Secunia, the web security people.

Many of you, I am sure, have tried to put some mashups etc., for a new website but fallen foul of the security restrictions in browsers that don't allow cross domain requests. Some answers have been developed over time, such as using proxies, utilising Flash and even JSON, which is widely used by many companies including Yahoo and Google.

NBC announces massive layoffs - now to focus on the Internet

"As we reprioritize ourselves toward digital, we've got to be as efficient in our current businesses as possible," said Wright, who was expected to make an official announcement Friday.

Google owns 25% of all online advertising - 1 out of every four dollars

So you guys have an idea of the market power of Google ... this is of ALL marketing dollars spent online... ranging from banners on the NYTIMES to paying off bloggers to write stories about people.

Iran's Solution to 'High Speed Internet'

An official said last week that ISPs were now "forbidden" by the Telecommunications Ministry from providing Internet connections faster than 128 kilobytes per second (KBps), the official IRNA news agency reported. He did not give a reason.

Verizon to Spin-Off Verizon Information Services (Superpages.com)

The official announcement came out just a short while ago.

The new company name will be Idearc Inc.

Meckler returns as competition with JupiterWeb tradeshow.

Meckler announced that he's about to launched new tradeshow based off the JupiterWeb division. Given that he's just sold Search Engine Watch and Danny recently announced his departure...

Google builds largest solar network for Google's HQ

With a total capacity of 1.6 megawatts — enough to supply 1,000 average California homes — Google's headquarters will be the largest solar installation on any corporate campus in the United States and one of the largest on any corporate site in the world, according to the search engine specialist.

Yahoo! Buys Online Advertising Company AdInterax and 20% Stake in RightMedia,

Well certainly not as high profile as acquiring Facebook but:

Quote: Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) entered a definitive agreement to acquire Adlnterax, a provider of rich media advertising services, and will also buy a 20% stake in Right Media Inc., an open media exchange.

What skills are crucial to be a good SEO?

No offense intended to anyone but I nearly laughed out loud when I read this thread-starter:

So my question is, what skills are most important to becoming a proficient SEO? Programming before design? And if so, what programming language?

Hydrocephalus?

I don't know what Talltroll has been drinking, but he seems to have water on the brain, what with his new blog post entitled "Trust is a reservoir, when it should be a river"

In all seriousness it's superb commentary about algorithms "probably" in place right now and well worth a read!

Google already favouring YouTube??

Anyone noticed 3 supplemental results before??

Have a look at the query 'video' in Google. Have a look at results 3, 4, and 5. Google is displaying 3 supplemental results for YouTube!

TimeWarner Declares War on Google over YouTube Copyright complaints

Dick Parsons, the chairman and chief executive of Time Warner, fired a shot across the bows of Google, saying his group would pursue its copyright complaints against the video sharing site YouTube.com, claims 100 million Copyrighted videos online at the site.

ShoeMoney Hacked

Security Warning - Do Not visit the site till fixed by Jeremy JasonD

Shoemoney has had his blog hacked by the (TURKISH HACKER) My IM lit up 5 minutes ago ,, Hmmmm as Smiley Said lets recruit the turk for link builing :)