Google's Blogger "20.5" Hour Meltdown

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Millions of blog publishers using Google's Blogger.com service were unable to use the service mid-afternoon Thursday, although service has since been restored after 20.5 hours of issues. According to Google, during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, the service experienced some "data corruption" that impacted its behavior…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other …

The Facebook Send Button: What it Means to You

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Facebook has launched the Send button, which includes some provisions that will have an immediate impact on website owners and the content they produce. To start, the Send button allows Facebook users to send a Facebook post to their friends and groups. But, as with the Like button, it also enables publishers to install the Send button on their… [[ …

OpenX Wants to Maximize Your Yield

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Ad technology provider (ad server) OpenX announced a new version of OpenX Enterprise, the company’s Software as a Service product for large publishers. What makes the new system unique is that its technology now combines the ad serving prowess OpenX is known for with real-time bidding on ad inventory. OpenX is positioning the platform as… [[ This is a content …

Report: Ad Startup Rejects Google Acquisition Bid

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As a rule, Google doesn’t put out press releases when it fails to acquire companies, making a new rumor difficult to confirm.  But the search giant may have tried to purchase an advertising firm called Admeld, and, despite having a solid reputation and more cash than many countries, been unsuccessful. Of course, Google probably didn’t bring every penny of its …

Singapore’s Start-up, Stream Media Raises $780,000

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Stream Media, a Singapore-based mobile start-up has raised US$780,000 in a Series A funding led by Stream Glbal Pte Ltd and Singtel Innov8. This fresh fund will provide Stream Media with enough resources to further develop and market its MoVend mobile payment product. MoVend is a mobile in-app payment platform that allows users to buy […] Related posts: Singapore start-up …

OpenX Launches New Ad Platform, Secures Groupon As Customer

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Assuming it didn’t already, OpenX should definitely have Google’s attention now.  The company launched an updated version of its OpenX Enterprise ad technology today, and in the process, announced that it’s secured Groupon and Orange (the telecommunications entity) as customers. An OpenX spokesperson explained in an email to WebProNews, "OpenX’s new platform, the company’s Software as a Service ad serving …

Smaato Raises $7 million from Singapore’s EDBI and more

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Smaato, a mobile advertising start-up that helps publishers to monetize their content through mobile applications has just raised $7 million of fresh funds. The $7 million round of funding was led by Singapore’s EDBI, together with existing shareholders including Aeries Capital. The new funds will help Smaato’s expand internationally, in particular to extend its presence […] Related posts: Singapore start-up …

Did Groupon Make the Right Decision? What's Google's Next Move?

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As you probably know, Groupon recently turned down Google’s $6 billion acquisition offer. CEO Andrew Mason was reportedly concerned about the direction Google may have taken it in, as well as what would happen to its employees.  A lot of people are surprised that Groupon turned the offer down, as it would’ve been Google’s biggest acquisition to date. Groupon is …

Google Reaches Deal With France's Biggest Publisher

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Following a significant period of inactivity (brought on by outright hostility), Google Books has made a breakthrough.  France’s largest publisher has agreed to an arrangement that’ll allow Google Books to scan many of its out-of-print works. The last time we heard about Hachette Livre and Google was probably when Hachette objected to the Google Books Settlement about a year ago.  …

Feedburner Now Offers In the Moment Stats

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Google has rolled out an experimental interface (and some real-time tracking features) for its Feedburner service. This is really the first upgrade since the service was acquired back in 2007.  The new interface according to Google provides real time stats for clicks, views, and podcast downloads. Feed publishers are now able to see what… [[ This is a content summary …

Layar’s Plan to Monetize Augmented Reality

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The Layar Augmented Reality Browser apps for the iPhone and Android provide virtual 3D information overlays on top of the real world, as seen from the camera lens of your mobile device. Today the company introduced a content store so that consumers can purchase additional layers of information to add to their dual-world experience. At launch, the new content store …

Kevin Rose’s First Move as Digg CEO: Kill the DiggBar

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Social news website Digg is getting rid of the controversial DiggBar as soon as the upcoming version of Digg exits beta, acting CEO Kevin Rose announced in a blog post today. All previously banned domains will also be unbanned when the new Digg launches, Rose said. DiggBar is an iFrame toolbar that sits on top of a web page (see …

AWESOME: iPad Digital Magazine Demo [VIDEO]

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We’ve witnessed publishers drooling over the Apple iPad’s form factor before the darn thing was even announced, with Time Inc. showing off a concept for Sports Illustrated and Condé Nast prepping a version of Wired for a tablet as early as November of last year. First came Wired’s official iPad demo, and now there’s a new inspirational vision of the …

Barnes & Noble to Launch E-Reader App for iPad

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Continuing with a very source agnostic digital book strategy, Barnes & Noble has announced it will soon be offering an e-reader app for the Apple iPad. The app will be designed specifically for the iPad’s tablet form factor, and will join B&N’s existing e-reader app family already available for Mac, PC, iPhone , iPod touch, and BlackBerry. In other words, …