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

Google Bought Feedburner

Some loud.. very loud rumors that Google is looking at feedburner for about 100 million.

update: purchase announcement

Big Plays in the Domain Market

SnapNames, the leading domain auction, was bought today by Oversee.net. Fabulous is using registrars as a sales channel. Not that .info is one of the better extensions, but good ones no longer drop.

Google Slams Swedish Legislation Citing Privacy Concerns

From The Local

The proposal, which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets Radioanstalt - FRA) to monitor e-mail and telephone traffic coming in and out of the country, has met with fierce criticism from several quarters within Sweden. But Google had remained relatively silent on the issue, until now.

"We simply cannot compromise our users' integrity by allowing Swedish authorities access to data that may not even concern Swedish activity," said Fleischer.

GoDaddy taking over RegisterFly domains

When we last left them they were Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the SS RegisterFly.

Try adding &imgtype=face to google image search

Neven Vision acquisition leads to face detection technology at Google Image Search. Literally Google can now tell if the image was a picture of Paris Hilton or if it's just a picture of Paris, France.

EU Probes Google Over Privacy Concerns

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - An independent European Union panel has launched an investigation into whether Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Internet search engine abides by European privacy rules.

the popular ShoeMoney.com blog :)

"If advertisers get a bad return on their investment, they will stop spending money," said Jeremy Schoemaker, an AdSense expert who runs the popular ShoeMoney.com blog.

Google Buys Feedburner for $100 Million

Google bought feedburner according to TechCrunch.

Google bans essay writing ads

Quote: From next month, Google will no longer take adverts from companies which sell essays and dissertations - and the internet company has written to advertisers to tell them about the policy.

Dell Google Gross Net advertising web experience - Open DNS Fix

You remember when Microsoft found themselves in deep trouble over removing Java Virtual Machine and forcing people down the IE route?

Layman analyzes Google Linking algo patent application

No one knows what a pain reading those patent apps and white papers can be better than me.

Yahoo caught cloaking!

Looks like my man was peeking under yahoo's skirt and found something that is going to be VERY difficult for them to explain...

Adware Maker Sues Anti-Spyware Software Company

Adware maker Zango is fed up with having their "software" removed from people's computers by PC Tools (see Story) without notification.

Google Disabling Arbitrage and MFA Accounts

Jenstar has a great thread on her site about how Google is disabling arbritrage accounts as of June 1.

Google Buying FeedBurner for $100 Million?

ValleyWag says they have confirmed Sam Sethi's post that Google is buying FeedBurner and that the price is in the $100 Mil

Microsoft acquires online ad firm aQuantive for $6 Billion

First we had Google buying DoubleClick for $3 Billion and now Microsoft is buying aQuantive (the company that operates Avenue A/Razorfish) for double t

WPP Buys 24/7 Real Media for $649 Million

The second largest ad agency worldwide wanted more online marketing expertise.

Poker.de sells at DomainFest auction for 695,000 euro

This is the biggest price for a .de domain and really helps cement domain extensions other than .com as a viable investment market.

Digg vs Ron Paul

Another Digg buried Ron Paul Story.. and this is pretty interesting.. A GOP Leader wants Ron Paul out of the debates, story picks up nearly 200 diggs and counting.. and then it vanishes from the upcoming stories, and the story comes from a respected source.

MySpace Layout Editor

This is a huge threat to the parasite companies (and patches some embedded spam/security issues):

http://profileedit.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=profile.editor