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

Matt Cutts April Fool or Stupidity

Matt's Blog hacked or Not..

Sorry Matt but either way If you were Hacked then I'm sorry, but if it's a April the 1st Joke, Then bad taste,

Reasons

a) you post you upgrade your wordpress "I upgraded my WordPress installation from 2.0.x to 2.1.x tonight, and I’m a little grumpy"

High Street Bank Tests Bluetooth Ad Delivery or HSBC Spams Pedestrians

From This Is London, HSBC may be spamming you soon.

Cats officially not allowed at the Googleplex

After the recent dog day at Google, I figured cat day was next, guess not though:

...over the past few days we have literally been inundated with inquires asking if we will also have a cat day, and the short answer is no. While we understand there are many cat lovers that use Google products, cats are unfortunately not allowed at the Googleplex...

WebmasterWorld Sells Out and Runs AdSense Ads

See them for yourself on WebmasterWorld and the discussion thread about this new twist.

Pirate Bay moves Servers to North Korean Embassy to escape RIAA

Pirate Bay moves servers to North Korean Embassy to escape RIAA... (gotta be an april fools joke or something).

Online Gambling to Return to America?

Not Today but Soon... Maybe...

The WTO and most of the rest of the world now agrees that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (The UIGEA you remember, the Bill that was attached to the completely non-related Port Security Bill in the middle of the night, in a back room, by a few slimy US Senators on their last day in power)... is a protectionist law.

Rageboy, Sierra on CNN

This just in from ole Rageboy:

I met Kathy Sierra last night for the first time -- on camera. This email just hit my inbox from CNN: The segment is scheduled to debut on our morning show "CNN American Morning" which airs between 6am to 9am. If there is breaking news of a serious status, it will not run.

AOL scores one

AOL to serve advertising

Quote: NBC and News Corp. said they had signed up three of Google's largest rivals, including Time Warner Inc.'s AOL, to distribute their programming and offer a major Internet advertising vehicle.

.XXX Put to Bed

ICANN rejected .xxx:

"To assume an ongoing management and oversight role regarding Internet content is inconsistent with ICANN's technical mandate," read a rejection of the .xxx proposal adopted by the ICANN board.

Google Apps Crashing - paying customers peeved

Google Apps Customers Miffed Over Downtime

Quote: "I have called Google support and, while they've been very cheerful, easily accessible and friendly, they have been pretty much useless,"

MSN's Live link: linkdomain: inurl: Taken Down

Basically Eytan Seidman, Lead program manager at "Live Search" posted up on the live search blog that because of automated queries, they have had to take it down.. but they don't warn you or give you a error message, they just leave the screen white !

Prepare for a flood of Digg spam

Digg Annouces a new way to spam forums and blogs using spam links like these

Google Maps Directions : Swim across the Atlantic Ocean

When trying to drive from Pottsville, PA to London, UK Google maps says:

Quote: Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 3,462 mi 29 days 0 hours

Google Goes After Monster.Com

Great Stuff, Google going into the Job seeker Market...

.xxx Domain Debate Continues

As reported previously on TW, the debate over a .xxx TLD continued with the Governmental Advisory Committee meeting behind closed doors today. They'll issue a formal, non-binding statement on Thursday, which is expected to influence the final ICANN vote on Friday. ICANN has rejected .xxx proposals twice since 2000.

Borders to take on Amazon, Amazon is unimpressed.

Borders announced last week that it will be cease using Amazon.com to sell its books and start its own competing site in early 2008. Borders accounted for 80 to 160 million dollars of Amazons revenue last year. Amazons total revenue was over 10 billion though so the impact of its loss doesn't seem to be that great. I think there's more to this story than meets the eye though..

Death threats against a blogger

Kim over at cre8pc wrote an article about Kathy Sierra getting deaths threats, seriously has the world gone mad, Kathy posted on her blog pointing her finger, I guess at Rageboy his response is here, Maybe the next time you start a flame war,do you think you will think twice most probably not !

How much revenue does MySpace generate per month?

Barron's points to Pali Research analyst Richard Greenfield's recent research notes on News Corp to give us the answer:

Small Businesses Tolerate Ads for Free Software

WSJ looks at the growing trend of small businesses who are bypassing costly software in favor of free, online alternatives that make money by showing ads. They point to the fact that consumers have been using such services for years (free email, MapQuest, etc).

Life Magazine, InfoWorld end printed versions - USA Today down 14% , Wall Street Journal down 10%

Here are two related, but separate stories that someone needs to merge (hence why I am putting them both on threadwatch). In short, Print Media is having a very, very bad day.