Yesterday Google announced Google Gears, to help make online applications work offline. Yesterday Apple also announced that they will be syndicating YouTube content to Apple TV. Today RealNetworks announced that their player will allow you to download videos to your hard drive.
While US soldiers continue to die in Iraq, the US has finally decided to increase security. No, they are not talking about getting that safety armor they have been lacking for years, they are worried about protecting their computers. The Pentagon is limiting soldier access to numerous websites, especially video sites:
Google plans to announce today that they are partnering with state governments to help make their public records more accessible:
J.L. Needham, who manages Google's public-sector content partnerships, said at least 70 percent of visitors to government Web sites get there by using commercial search engines. But too often, he said, Web searches do not turn up the information people are looking for simply because government computer systems aren't programmed in a way that allows commercial search engines to access their databases.
As more of this content comes online industries such as real estate and insurance will get uglier as commercial players are forced out of the SERP and into buying AdWords. But on the upside, if you gain editorial access to one of these trusted websites it should be quite easy to rank for virtually anything.
Recently it was pointed out to me that YouTube has a section for high profile US politicians. Looking at the individual profile pages you can see inconsistent implementation, where some politicians are given straight links and others aren't.
Bambi Fransisco, an 8 year star reporter at MarketWatch, announced she quit to work on a personal project. Reporters can make more as independent bloggers and market commentators than traditional publishers are willing to pay, but those publishers still have leverage over Google.
The study at MarketingExperiments.com showed that ads which are aggressive, are not effective. Advertisements that blended in and looked like a site content performed significantly better than ads that stood out from the rest of the page.