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Blaster Blasted for Virus Attacks: Microsoft Merciful

According to PCWorld.com, Jeffrey Lee Parson, 19-years-old from Hopkins, Minnesota has been given a sentence for launching the W32.Blaster-B worm and its variant in August 2003. In a merciful move by Microsoft, the teen will not have to pay back the $497,546.55 owed the software giant. The Blaster-B worm exploited ...

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Amazon’s A9 Opens OpenSearch For All

Amazon-owned A9.com has opened up its OpenSearch technology for all users who currently have a search box already on their websites. OpenSearch is a new XML-based technology that lets users syndicate their website’s search results. On the A9 website, a visitor can search for products or information and once the ...

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Urchin Finds Google, WebTrends Finds Francisco Partners

Google has announced its intent to buy Urchin Software Company. Urchin is a San Diego based web analytics firm that offers leading edge tools for analyzing visitor behavior upon websites. Urchin offers two main products, Urchin On Demand (accessible via the Web) and Urchin Software, a modular log-based web analytics ...

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French Flogging Fries Folks at Google

An article in InADaily.com says the Google is backing off from a lawsuit filed by Agence France Presse. In an earlier blog story that I posted a week ago titled, “French Fries Google With Copyright Lawsuit Again” I pointed out that Agence France Presse (AFP) had filed a $17.5 million ...

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SEO Companies Play Chess with Search Engines

Chess great Bobby Fisher recently emerged from Japan, escaping to Iceland to avoid U. S. authorities. Even Bobby would be amused with the chess match that search engines and SEO’s play on a daily basis. This is especially true when it comes to linking. In the old days, websites didn’t ...

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Google SERP’s Burp, PR and Back Links Updating

Well, its that time of the year again, the end of the first quarter and strange oddities are happening with Google. The SERP’s (Search Engine Results Pages) are burping, bouncing and bandying about as they have tended to do every quarter now for the past year or so. In the ...

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Topix on Topic for Takeover By Large News Organizations

According to a press release in the Topix blog, Tribune Company, Gannett and Knight Ridder have jointly acquired 75 percent of Topix.com. Ownership among the three of the largest news organizations in the country are split evenly with each company gaining a 25 percent stake. According to Rich Skrenta, CEO ...

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Don’t AskJeeves, Ask Barry: Diller Drives New Acquisition

U. S. media mogul and entrepreneur, Barry Diller is acquiring AskJeeves search engine for $1.85 billion according to the BBC News Online and the LA Times. Diller heads up IAC/InterActive, which is 10 times the size of AskJeeves and owns other popular properties such as Expedia.com, CitySearch.com, Hotels.com, TicketMaster.com and ...

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MSN Adds Ads, Competes for Marketing Dollars

MSN.com (Microsoft) search engine has recently announced two new programs for courting advertisers. First, according to the Detroit News, Microsoft will be testing its MSN adCenter in France and Singapore within the next 6 months. Currently, MSN serves up sponsored ads on their search results pages which are delivered by ...

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French Fries Google With Copyright Lawsuit Again

First, it was the French flap over Google putting great books of the world (including French) online, then it was the French AdSense publishers threatening to boycott Google, and now Agence France Presse (AFP) is suing Google for indexing their news pages. This Rabbit Redux copyright lawsuit means AFP wants ...

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