Tuesday, September 30, 2008

M. Greg Smith Wins "Emerging Company CEO" Award

Accudata CEO M. Gregory Smith Wins Tech Titans’ Emerging Company CEO Award

DALLAS – Sept. 30, 2008 – The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), the largest technology trade organization in Texas, has awarded Accudata Technologies President and CEO M. Gregory Smith with its Tech Titans’ Emerging Company CEO Award. The award was presented Friday at the Tech Titans award gala at the Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center. The celebration recognized outstanding companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made contributions to the technology industry during the past year.

Under Smith’s tenure in 2008, Accudata successfully landed a U.S. Patent for “System and Method for Processing Database Queries.” The patent gave Accudata the right to call itself America’s most accurate telephone number-validation service provider. In addition, Smith serves as president to recently launched Privus Mobile – a subsidiary of Accudata that offers real Caller ID service for cell phones.

“Since Greg joined Accudata Technologies as CEO in 2002, he’s done an amazing job of guiding Accudata along a path of success,” said Monica Martino, Accudata’s chief technology officer. “His hard work and dedication to this company have helped forge a strong foundation in customer relations and rapid expansion into new markets. In addition, Greg has played an integral role in launching Privus Mobile and its mobile Caller ID technology. He’s a tremendous leader, and we’re fortunate to have him.”

Accudata has been named to the annual Tech Titans/Fast 50 list for the past five-consecutive years, an honor that recognizes the telephone number-validation provider as one of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, based on percentage revenue growth over five years. Since 2001, Accudata has experienced an average annual growth in revenues of approximately 47.6 percent. Its strongest year during the five-year period was in 2003, when Accudata increased its annual sales by 98.1 percent.

The CEO award and nomination was a first for both Smith and Accudata. Smith was selected over fellow finalists RipCode President and CEO Brendon Mills, Pinnacle Technical Resources Founder and CEO Nina Vaca and Tango Networks President and CEO Alastair Westgarth.

“I shared a finalist grouping with some of North Texas’ greatest leaders, and for me to receive the Emerging Company CEO honor, I’m both thrilled and humbled,” Smith said. “It’s easy to call someone a great leader when he/she has such amazing people working behind the scenes. Accudata has taken great strides in becoming the best, most reliable source in the telephone number-validation industry, and all of our employees have made a strong contribution to those efforts. Everyone at Accudata will share in this award.”

In addition to his 28 years in the telecommunications industry, Smith served as an officer in the U.S. Army Airborne Rangers, was a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point and was a world champion wrestler in U.S. Military Wrestling. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Long Island University and a Master of Science degree from Indiana University.

About Accudata Technologies
Multi-award winning Accudata Technologies provides flexible access to data validation through innovative approaches to data transmission. The company serves as an access hub for validating information associated with traditional, mobile and IP-based telephone numbers. Its validation services include translating information between diverse protocols such as SS7, PSTN and IP in order to access local number portability and line information databases (LIDBs), name and address information (BNA) and bankcard transaction verifications. Additional information regarding Accudata can be found on the company’s Web site: http://www.accudatatech.com/.

About MTBC and Tech Titans
Founded in 1994 by MCI, Nortel Networks, Fujitsu, and Rockwell International, the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) is non-profit 501(c)(6) organization. Membership in the MTBC consists of technology members (80 percent of membership) and provider members (20 percent of membership). Membership is open to all technology companies in the Metroplex. The MTBC is dedicated to fostering a supportive business environment for technology companies and members of the technology community through leadership, advocacy, education and cooperative initiatives.

The Tech Titans awards were launched in 2001 by the DFW Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), North Texas’ most comprehensive organization supporting technology. The Tech Titans committee is a group of dedicated volunteers that each year organizes the annual awards ceremony. Judges are drawn from a variety of disciplines in technology, leaders in the area and past winners. For more information, visit www.metroplextbc.org/techtitans.

Converged Wireless Solutions

"Designed expressly for mission- and life-critical wireless applications, InnerWireless' Horizon™Converged Wireless Platform is the only solution that guarantees both wireless coverage and signal strength. Horizon also offers innovative capacity solutions, such as a next-generation WLAN design for optimizing Wi-Fi quality of service levels. An industry-leading warranty, low TCO and energy-conserving GREEN design make Horizon ideal for the cost-conscious enterprise"

- this is very cool, broad coverage and consistent signal strength

Monday, September 29, 2008

Search Friendly Information Environment Design | SEO Blog | Search and Social

"One of the most overlooked concepts in the construction of a website is how the information for that website will be structured. Too often the organization of this information is constructed without any usability or search engine optimization in mind."

Search Friendly Information Environment Design SEO Blog Search and Social

Friday, September 26, 2008

Myth-busting and the Yahoo!-Google agreement

"There’s been a lot of speculation swirling around about the Yahoo!-Google agreement. We hear everything from the claim that Yahoo! and Google will be fixing prices to the prediction that the agreement is a death sentence for Yahoo!’s sponsored search business. Since the critics clearly don’t understand the deal and what it means for Yahoo!, Google, advertisers, and users, it’s time for some myth-busting."

Yodel Anecdotal » Blog Archive » Myth-busting and the Yahoo!-Google agreement

McCain Wins Debate - The Fix

McCain Wins Debate - The Fix: "McCain Wins Debate
Although the fate of tonight's presidential debate in Mississippi remains very much up in the air, John McCain has apparently already won it -- if you believe an Internet ad an astute reader spotted next to this piece in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal this morning."

Web server on a business card

Check out this scratch built web server that has a footprint smaller than a business card. One chip handles the MAC while the other, a PIC24F, does all the TCP/IP communication. All files are stored on a microSD card.

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Facebook Grows 50%; MySpace Still #1; Social Networking Traf

Facebook Grows 50%; MySpace Still #1; Social Networking Traffic Declines 17% Overall

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BailOut Solutions From My Mom

- my mom blurted out this email... and I am my mother's son.. it pretty much says how i feel about it.. good rant mom..

Maybe I have too much time on my hands, but this is the longest political season ever. I am so tired of all this mess. My country is bleeding and it seems everyone is playing “mine is bigger than yours”, For heavens sake, I raised 2 kids, carried 3 jobs to feed them, made trillions of mistakes, never took one cent of government for help such as unemployment or survivor supplement, do now collect my social security, pay for my health,home and auto insurance, can’t afford life insurance, owe approximately 1500.00 in credit cards debt that is being paid promptly every monthly, was fortunate enough to have a trust fund that pays me a monthly amount to supplement my SS of 750,.00 a month and I have to look for jobs to add to a non-exhisting savings for a rainy day, But if my country said to me,” I need something from you I would say,” how can I help,…..I would have shared my children with you and because you have given me an atmosphere where I could survive and grow ,…. I will help………

The solution to the problem is: To send the bill thru as fast as possible (with regulations that safe guard the American people) no pushing thru other bills at the same time, prosecute the heads of Freddie Mac and FNMA and all private parties responsible for this mess, making them pay back all funds realized, to the American people, putting those funds in an interest barring account that pays off our National debt and giving the American people tax breaks for their help. Last make Freddie Mac and GNAM private companies with tons of regulations .,,,,,,,,, Politicians…….are a bunch of impotent, ineffective, publicity seekers, that need to be hosed down, scrubbed, sent to their rooms until they can come out and play by the rules,,,,,,,.So there!!! MOM

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Clickjacking: Scary new cross-browser exploit

Researchers are beginning to raise an alarm for what looks like a scary new browser exploit/threat affecting all the major desktop platforms — Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Adobe Flash. - this happened to me on a facebook app for poker...

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T-mobile Lifts Data Cap In Preparation For New Google G1

It just makes sense.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

MySpace Music To Launch Tonight. Here’s What You’ll See (And Hear)

"The ambitious new MySpace Music joint venture will launch this evening at 9 pm at music.myspace.com. All four major labels - Universal, Warner, Sony and EMI - are on board (EMI was a last minute addition)."
MySpace Music To Launch Tonight. Here’s What You’ll See (And Hear)

Google Lively

old news.. but let's see where it is now..Google has launched Lively, a new social network built around the concept of each user creating an avatar and a personal virtual room that can be embedded anywhere on the Web.

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MySpace launches DIY ad targeting site

This is an excellent introduction to myspace's new DIY ad-system.

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Internet Marketing Study Group » Internet Marketing and Old School Media Agencies

"Last week we did a quick local SEO 101 presentation/training session where a highly-regarded PR firm attended. We were happy to see them, and had an engaging conversation on the impact of SEO and social media in the PR landscape.
But this in itself presents a challenge for anyone who works for a search marketing firm. With the growing comfort level for search marketing and social media at agencies and internal marketing departments, how does an SEO firm work with a client who already uses an advertising agency or PR firm that offer the same services? Do you “consult” on the projects that are already “optimized” by other agencies? Do you start offering these other services, expanding solely from search (such as social media efforts)? If so, how do you introduce social media as part of a search strategy? Do you provide the content development and syndication service as part of social media plans?"

Internet Marketing Study Group » Internet Marketing and Old School Media Agencies - go look.

Google Analytics Blog: You Cut Quite a Profile

"In Google Analytics, it's easy to isolate segments of your traffic such as paid traffic, or organic traffic, new visitors or returning, Firefox users or Safari users using a specific report (such as New vs. Returning) or the Dimension drop down menu within reports."

Google Analytics Blog: You Cut Quite a Profile

-note: i use another stats program but if you use Google Analytics you should read this.

SEO Checklist: Using Page Headings Correctly

"Some time ago I reviewed tools that help understand the page HTML semantic structure based on H1-H6 headings. While some webmasters question the overall necessity of headings, I insist that they should be used to structure the page content for:"

SEO Checklist: Using Page Headings Correctly - another good article by AnnSmarty @ Searchenginejournal.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MTV Networks purchases Social Project outright

"MTV Networks has purchased the rest of software company Social Project it does not own with plans to integrate more deeply social network features such as sharing of videos among its global network of websites and, within two to three years, the television."

FT.com / Companies / Media & internet - MTV Networks purchases Social Project outright

Baidu vs. Google: Who's the #1 Country-Specific Search Engine? - Seeking Alpha

"Recent data measuring search query volumes in China and the Untied States indicates that Baidu has now passed Google to become the most popular country specific search engine on the planet."

Baidu vs. Google: Who's the #1 Country-Specific Search Engine? - Seeking Alpha

What’s Next for Yahoo? (Merging With AOL? New Execs?)

Yahoo to merge with AOL?

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Online Ad Slowdown Looms

The financial crisis on Wall Street will spill over into the world of online advertising as banks and brokerage firms cut spending

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T-Mobile Android Phone Out Today, Comes With Free Gmail

T-Mobile, the country's fourth largest cell service provider, will unveil the G1 today, the first mobile phone to feature Google's Android operating system.

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Google about dynamic urls versus static urls

Google says that it's better to leave the dynamic urls as they are, than to rewrite them to look static, if we can't do it right.... so... are YOU doing it right?

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T-Mobile Android Phone Out Today, Comes With Free Gmail

T-Mobile, the country's fourth largest cell service provider, will unveil the G1 today, the first mobile phone to feature Google's Android operating system.

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Android's 10 Most Exciting Apps

Forget hardware, just like with iPhone 2.0, it's code that counts. And while it's still quite early in the Android game and things won't really kick up until the HTC Dream/G1 becomes available sometime in October via T-Mobile, the Android Market is already looking like an equally if not more vibrant place for great apps for your phone.

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Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

"Welcome to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008 report, which will be released in five consecutive daily segments. Since 2004, our annual study has unearthed and analyzed the trends and themes of blogging, but for the 2008 study, we resolved to go beyond the numbers of the Technorati Index to deliver even deeper insights into the blogging mind."

Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

David Kernell : FBI searches apartment in Palin hacking case | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008 | Newsweek.com

FBI searches apartment in Palin hacking case | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008 | Newsweek.com: "(WASHINGTON) The FBI searched the residence of the son of a Democratic state lawmaker in Tennessee over the weekend looking for evidence linking the young man to the hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Monday."

Yahoo Forms New Digital Advisory Council

Yahoo has announced the formation of a new advisory council. Yahoo has named this council the Digital Advisory Council and it is made up of "industry executives from its agency and advertiser partners." The council will give Yahoo feedback on search advertiser plus digital media and online advertising.

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CBS Launches Eyemobile for iPhone to Target Citizen Journalists

"CBS on Monday announced that Eyemobile for iPhone is available now in the iTunes App store for those users that want to submit photo and video content to the company’s new citizen journalism site, CBSeyemobile.com."

CBS Launches Eyemobile for iPhone to Target Citizen Journalists

Specialized in Guerilla Marketing and Guerilla Media » GoGORILLA Media

"Fox News: Alan Wolan interviewed about Guerrilla Marketing"

Specialized in Guerilla Marketing and Guerilla Media » GoGORILLA Media

-cool video interview about Guerilla Marketing

If You Build It SEO-Friendly, They Will Come

Sound familiar? This story is told all too often, at search industry events, cocktail parties and around water coolers at web-based companies everywhere. - one must be a good SEO as well as a good team leader to get everyone's buy-in.

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Fight Google by competing with it rather than feeding it | Media | The Guardian

"In America, we love a success story. But we distrust too much success. No one today is more successful than Google. So it is no surprise that the US justice department appears to be looking at whether Google has grown too big and successful. The department last week hired Sanford Litvack, a well-known litigator and former head of antitrust under Jimmy Carter, to look into Google's deal to sell ads on Yahoo's pages - and, by implication, Google's dominion over the ad industry."

Fight Google by competing with it rather than feeding it Media The Guardian

The Social Media Marketing Blog

"Scott Monty's perspectives on implications of social media - the convergence of marketing, advertising and PR on the Web - for marketers, agencies, the enterprise and the individual."

Scott Monty is Ford's head of social media.

The Social Media Marketing Blog

Slot Music - SanDisk, Record Companies Plan New Music Format - WSJ.com

"SlotMusic is be introduced in mid-October at retail outlets including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Best Buy Co. Each unit is to contain an album, plus extras, on a compact memory card that can be played on mobile phones, PCs and some portable MP3 players. The cards are inserted into vacant slots on phones and other devices. (The slots are increasingly common on newer phones, but the placement of the slot depends on the phone model.) SanDisk is a maker of flash data storage card products."

SanDisk, Record Companies Plan New Music Format - WSJ.com

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Google Video Search Results: Formatting Change in Google SERPs?

"I was searching this morning for some of the latest news on the plane crash that killed four and critically injured former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM.
In the search results for “travis barker” I noticed something that I hadn’t seen before - double video search results:"

Video Search Results: Formatting Change in Google SERPs?

Friday, September 19, 2008

John McCain For President

John McCain - John McCain @ The Chicago Tribune is the #1 source for News and information about the Arizona Senator and presidential nominee of the Republican Party in the 2008 presidential election.

Barack Obama -- chicagotribune.com

Barack Obama -- chicagotribune.com: "Much of Barack Obama's political success can be traced to a database of millions of people for fundraising and volunteers. Now the Democrat's campaign is using the list to fend off media messages it doesn't like. The Tribune's John McCormick reports."

- good solid coverage of how a political campaign can use the Internet.

ePassport tests put biometrics through their paces • The Register

"Results have emerged from tests held in Prague last week designed to put 'second-generation' electronic passports through their paces, and guess what - no-one failed."

ePassport tests put biometrics through their paces • The Register

Hacking Sarah Palin's email was easy says the attacker

A college student identified as Rubico has claimed responsibility for hacking into Sarah Palin’s personal email, and provided a detailed 1st person account of how he hacked into the email account using the password “popcorn” which he managed to reset by successfully answering her security question “Where did you meet your spouse?”

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

MSN Search Biased FOR Microsoft?

"was looking to see what search sites might have a particular bug that I (ahem) came across and was trying the search for the number 0 in various places. There is a pretty good Wikipedia page about zero. Zero has a rich and interesting history and there are many other potentially reasonable results."


Live Results Becoming More Relevant Than Google?

"So I was doing some research yesterday, and was noticing a drastic difference in the quality of the Live search results." - Dave Snyder

Live Results Becoming More Relevant Than Google?

Insider Secrets: Google hacks

"An undocumented but powerful feature of Google's search is the ability to search within a particular date range. Before delving into the actual use of date range searching, there are a few things you should know. First, a date range search has nothing to do with the creation date of the content and everything to do with the indexing date of the content. If I create a page on March 8, 1999, for instance, and Google doesn't get around to indexing it until May 22, 2002, for the purposes of a date range search, the date in question is May 22, 2002."

Insider Secrets: Google hacks

Search Protocol Reference

"Search Protocol Reference
Google Search Appliance software version 5.0
Google Mini software version 5.0
Posted October 2007
Revised August 2008"

Search Protocol Reference

SEO Ethics Are In The Eye Of The Beholder

Plenty of SEO professionals consider themselves to be ethical search engine marketers. Labeling a company as an "ethical search engine marketing (SEM) firm" is a great sales pitch as it implies credibility in this industry. The label communicates knowledge and expertise, that the SEO/SEM firm understands all search engine guidelines. - a GREAT SEO article, a must read.. - paisley

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Play music right from the Yahoo search results page!

Starting today on Yahoo!, we’re offering full-song playback, directly within our search pages, to make finding and listening to your favorite music easier. It’s part of our vision at Yahoo! Music to make the Web playable by removing the barriers that prevent people from clicking play and hearing music online.

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What are you optimizing for? | SEO Theory - SEO Theory and Analysis Blog

"This article is for all the SEOs out there.
Do you have a blog? If so, do you include Sphinn and other social media buttons on your blog?
If so, I have a challenge for you: take those buttons off your blogs.
Stop asking people to promote your blogs through their social media accounts."

What are you optimizing for? SEO Theory - SEO Theory and Analysis Blog

Silent Ravers Dance 'Together, But Individually' : NPR

"Question: If several hundred young people gather in a crowded public place and throw a raging dance party and it doesn't make a sound, did it really happen?"

Silent Ravers Dance 'Together, But Individually' : NPR

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

David Almacy Presidential quotes

"The president's most solemn responsibility is to protect the American people. He is committed to doing everything in his lawful power to prevent attack.”"

David Almacy quotes

I wish the (D) people would get this before they bash Bush.


Martin Bowling Loves Zima

Here is a blog about Martin Bowling's obsession about all things Zima. Martin Bowling Loves Zima, the clear, crisp, citrusy alcoholic beverage. But did you know he also loves all the other Zimas?

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Cloverfield Sequel About One Man's Obsession with Zima

If you don't know about the Martin Bowling Zima meme,do a twitter search for it- it's a good 10 pages of craziness, and there are Martin Bowling zima photos to go with it. And now, a video... Cloverfield meets Martin Bowling and his Zima... enjoy!

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Official Google Blog: Google Audio Indexing now on Google Labs

Official Google Blog: Google Audio Indexing now on Google Labs: "Nearly two months ago, we introduced the Google Elections Video Search gadget on iGoogle, a tool that transcribes and indexes the spoken content on YouTube's Politicians channels. It didn't take long for folks to find some creative ways to use it! Now it's possible to enjoy this technology in a bigger way: We just launched Google Audio Indexing (aka GAudi) in Google Labs. The dedicated site offers more features, such as 'search within video' and 'sharing,' and a more robust user interface."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Benefits of Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing is a form of internet marketing and is a productive method to promote your site and your business through social networks and communities. Social Media Marketing will make your site profitable over time.

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How Social Media Can Help Your PR Efforts

The emergence of social media has been a game-changer for newspapers and magazines. On the one hand, they have seen their print numbers continue to drop as more and more people turn to the internet to get their news and information.

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SEO, DAO, SMO, VSEO, PPC, WTF and other internet advertising terms

DAO - Digital Asset Optimization
SEO - Search Engine Optimization
SMO - Social Media Optimization
SNO - Social Network Optimization
OPO - On-Page Optimization
ORM - ONline Reputation Management
PPC - Pay Per Click
CRM - Customer Relationship Management
CTR = click through rate
VSEO - video SEO

more to come.

Web guru: Social networking is the new porn - Technology- msnbc.com

"CANBERRA - Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru."

Web guru: Social networking is the new porn - Technology- msnbc.com

Search Angst At The Social Ad Summit

"At the Social Ad Summit this week in New York City, Facebook may have been the most buzzed-about company on stage, with everyone from agency execs to application developers discussing their thoughts on the belle of the network ball."

Search Insider » Blog Archive » Search Angst At The Social Ad Summit

Blogging 101

"So you know you want to start a blog, and you’re know how easy it is to set one up of your own. It’s a start, but just blogging isn’t enough. I believe that I could argue a case 100% of the time for why every business or person should be blogging, but I now tell people outside the space that they should never blog just for the sake of blogging; ultimately you should only start a blog when you have clear goals on what you want to achieve."

Finding your niche, knowing your goals [Blogging 101]

Statesman team uses Twitter to cover Hurricane Ike | graphic designr

"Reporters Marty Toohey, Tony Plohetski and Patrick George, and photographer/videographer Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon (who Twittered about Hurricane Gustav as @trackinggustav; he has renamed the account @digitaljournals) all updated @trackingike from Corpus Christi, Houston, Galveston, Beaumont. Internet editor Robert Quigley provided updates, support and answered questions from Austin. He explained that the journalists split into two teams, starting in Corpus Christi, then Houston. Both teams went to Houston for the landfall. One team moved to Galveston on Saturday morning. The other team went to Orange/Beaumont, then back to Houston at night. Hurricane Ike made landfall at Galveston at 2:10 a.m. Saturday."

Statesman team uses Twitter to cover Hurricane Ike

Monday, September 15, 2008

The 6 Viral Seeding Must-Haves

You’ve created the most awesome and incredibly infectious piece of viral creative in the history of man, or at least you’d like to think so.

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Facebook Political Ads Test Limits

"Political parties and interest groups have long cherry-picked news stories that promote their agenda to feature in campaign ads. But some new ads popping up on Facebook take that tactic to a new level."

Facebook Political Ads Test Limits - WSJ.com

Stuck in Google’s Doghouse

Some say that Google’s near monopoly in search ads puts it in a position to decide which business models it will tolerate and which ones it won’t. - here's a clue.. DON'T BUY SEARCH TERMS...

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Facebook is Stealing Your Hard Earned Rankings

"Facebook is creeping into search results through events, groups, fan pages, and iLike pages. Events were touched on by Tamar.com earlier this week making us all think about the security side of indexable event pages. While that’s another can of worms, indexing groups, fan pages and iLike pages bring up big questions of where, why and how for your business."

Facebook is Stealing Your Hard Earned Rankings

Hackers Mount an Attack on the Large Hadron Collider

Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world as it passes an important new milestone. Now it has emerged that, as the first particles were circulating in the machine near Geneva, a Greek group had hacked into the facility.

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Facebook Isn’t A Social Network.

A controversy is brewing over a popular Facebook application called PackRat, where users collect sets of illustrated cards for points and levels. The company behind the application, Alamofire, says that users generate up to 500 daily page views per day on the application trying to hunt down the right card to complete a collection.

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- to me, facebook is more like a neccessity.. i like MySpace much better for meeting new people.

MySpace offers free music dowloads - Sep. 12, 2008

"Fortune Magazine) -- Myspace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson have had an uneasy relationship with the music industry. Nearly every music act has a MySpace page; some of them, like British pop diva Lily Allen and American psychedelic-funk purveyor Gnarls Barkley, have used the social network to become stars. But two years ago Universal Music Group discovered unauthorized songs from U2 and Jay-Z on MySpace and sued the site in federal court."
MySpace offers free music dowloads - Sep. 12, 2008

Your Data With Destiny - Advertising Age - Digital

"Hey, Mark Zuckerberg, listen up: This is about how to monetize Facebook. The billion-dollar answer awaits you just below. Just hang on for about 5,000 words, and no skipping ahead, please. That'll just ruin the suspense."

Your Data With Destiny - Advertising Age - Digital

Saturday, September 13, 2008

hacker glossary-dictionary

Just doing some knowledge updates since testing my encryption programs on my wireless network.

1234 Attack - UPNP (universal plug and play) router attack. (12.2001)

eEye has discovered three vulnerabilities within Microsoft's UPnP implementation: a remotely exploitable buffer overflow that allows an attacker gain SYSTEM level access to any default installation of Windows XP, a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, and a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. eEye would like to stress the extreme seriousness of this vulnerability. Network administrators are urged to immediately install the patch released by Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-059.asp"

"The most serious of the three Windows XP vulnerabilities is the remotely exploitable buffer overflow. It is possible for an attacker to write custom exploit code that will allow them to execute commands with SYSTEM level access, the highest level of access within Windows XP."

"The other two vulnerabilities are types of denial of service attacks. The first is a fairly straightforward denial of service attack, which allows an attacker to remotely crash any Windows XP system. The crash will require Windows XP users to physically power down their machines and start them up again before the system will function. The second denial of service attack is a distributed denial of service attack. This vulnerability allows attackers to remotely command many Windows XP systems at once in an effort to make them flood/attack a single host."

B02K - (Back ORifice) -

Back Orifice (often shortened to BO) is a controversial computer program designed for remote system administration. It enables a user to control a computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system from a remote location.[1] The name is a word play on Microsoft BackOffice Server software.

Back Orifice was designed with a client-server architecture. A small and unobtrusive server program is installed on one machine, which is remotely manipulated by a client program with a graphical user interface on another computer system. The two components communicate with one another using the TCP and/or UDP network protocols. In a reference to the Leet phenomenon, this program commonly runs on port 31337.
The program debuted at DEF CON 6 on August 1, 1998. It was the brainchild of Sir Dystic, a member of the U.S. hacker organization CULT OF THE DEAD COW. According to the group, its purpose was to demonstrate the lack of security in Microsoft's operating system Windows 98.

Although Back Orifice has legitimate purposes, such as remote administration, there are other factors that make it suited for less benign business. The server can hide itself from cursory looks by users of the system. As the server can be installed without user interaction, it can be distributed as payload of a Trojan horse.
For those and other reasons, the antivirus industry immediately categorized the tool as malware and appended Back Orifice to their quarantine lists. Despite this fact, it was widely used by script kiddies because of its simple GUI and ease of installation.
A sequel application, Back Orifice 2000 was released in 1999.

(from wikipedia)

Bonk Attacks (Bonkbonkbonk)

The Bonk attack is a variation of the now infamous Teardrop attack, and works much like the Boink attack, although it does not allow UDP port ranges. The Bonk attack manipulates a field in TCP/IP packets, called a fragment offset. This field tells a computer how to reconstruct a packet that was broken up (fragmented), because it was too big to transmit in a whole piece. By manipulating this number, the Bonk attack causes the target machine to reassemble a packet that is much too big to be reassembled. This causes the target computer to crash. A simple reboot is usually sufficient to recover from this attack. It is possible that unsaved data in applications open at the time of attack will be lost.

DDoS attacks - (Distributed Denial of Service Attacks) - (CERT)
Teardrop -Any remote user can crash a vulnerable machine.
Land -Any remote user that can send spoofed packets to a host can crash or "hang" that host.

2 define:
jolt atk, LAND atk, Nestea atk, POD Atk, Saihyousen atk, snork atk, SYN drop atk, teardrop atk, winnke, xmas scan, buffer overflows, Zombie bot, trojan, malware.

Additional resources: The New Hackers Dictionary

(gotta run to store, brb)

Friday, September 12, 2008

SEO for Mobile Targeted websites.

"For those who didn’t catch SMX Local Mobile 2008 this year or missed my mobile SEO presentation entitled Cracking the Code: Inside the Blackbox of Mobile & Local Algorithms I have provided my slides here. Feel free to email me with any particular questions or ambiguity the slides my raise with you."

» Mobile SEO - SMX Local Mobile 2008 Presentation | Utah Search Engine Optimization | Utah SEO Consultant

- a wealth of information for mobile directed SEO for search on cellular/mobile/wireless phones.

Yahoo Details Plans To Open Up Web Sites - WSJ.com

"Yahoo Inc. executives provided an update on the company's plans to open its online services -- including its home page and email service -- to contributions from third-party Internet and software companies."

Yahoo Details Plans To Open Up Web Sites - WSJ.com

Study: Baby Boomers Love Social Networks Too

"The widely known maxim is that if parents like what the kids are listening to, it's time for the kids to ditch that music and move on. So what happens when mom requests you as a friend on Facebook?"

Study: Baby Boomers Love Social Networks Too

Google's Marissa Mayer on Chrome

Kelsey Blodget, associate producer at Beet.TV sat down for an extensive interview with Google Vice President Marissa Mayer. In this segment, Marissa talks about the development and functionality of Chrome, the new Web browser from Google.

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Disney.com | The Official Home Page For All Things Disney

Disney.com | The Official Home Page For All Things Disney

- or is it?

Look at the URL...

and read this..
ticketmaster v microsoft

The Real Offical Disney website is at http://www.disney.go.com

How many ways can you think of that this is using someone else's trademark or copyright to get traffic.. heaven forbid Tynt.com or tynted.com actually starts serving ads... then it's a slma dunk.. right now, they can say it is a social "markup" tool.. but if you land on this website.. it doesn't look any different. Are the clicks and cookies still pushed to the original web server or does Tynt also steal that data, where is the privacy statement? Where is the edict that says that tynt can track clicks on my website without my permission?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Google's First Steps

"On a day in late August, 1998, two Stanford Phd. students managed to make $100,000 with a few mouse clicks by showing their new search technology to Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy von Bechtolsheim. The seasoned Silicon Valley executive was so taken with what he saw that he dashed to his Porsche, pulled his check book from the glove compartment and wrote check number 4642 in the name of a company that did not yet exist: Google, Inc."

Google's First Steps

Feds Gunning For Google?

"Yahoo’s plan to outsource some paid search ads to Google is facing pushback on several fronts. The Department of Justice has reportedly hired top litigator Sandy Litvack to investigate the deal — a move seen as signaling a serious intent to pursue a case."

Daily Online Examiner » Blog Archive » Feds Gunning For Google?

SEO and Web Accessibility Tools

"Like I previously pointed out SEO and web accessibility should come hand in hand. So here is the collection of web accessibility tools that can be also effectively used for SEO purposes:"

The Collection of SEO and Web Accessibility Tools

- ann smarty always comes up with cool collections of SEO Tools... honestly i rarely use any tools for SEO other than metrics.. but this is still a good list..

Yoo-hoo, Young People: Carriers Add Social Net Hubs - 09/11/2008

"AT&T and Verizon Wireless both announced new mobile social networking offerings this week as part of efforts to woo young consumers and boost mobile Web use."

MediaPost Publications - Yoo-hoo, Young People: Carriers Add Social Net Hubs - 09/11/2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Search Without SERPs: The Future of SEO? | User Effect

"Yesterday was Google's 10th anniversary, and I thought it would be a good time to write about something I've been thinking about a lot lately: the humble SERP. Even as Google reinvented how pages were ranked and changed the SEO game forever, the search engine results page (SERP) remained virtually the same.

Search Without SERPs: The Future of SEO? | User Effect - good article by @dr_pete

Martin Bowling Loves Zima

did you know that Martin Bowling Loves Zima?
yes he is fond of the clear, crisp, citrusy tasting alcoholic beverage.
but did you know he loves ALL things Zima?

Yahoo under pressure to deliver change

Six weeks on from a momentous annual meeting that shook up Yahoo’s underperforming board, investors and analysts are asking what happened to the expected aftershocks of change. - (well maybe it takes more than siz weeks to fix icahn's f*** ups?)

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Here’s How Affiliate Marketing Works

A good article about how someone has taken a thing like a wordpress theme and turned it into cash.

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What is Twitter? Is Twitter for the Birds? A Twitter tutorial with a twist

"Twitter falls into the category of social media applications. This communication tool allows you to keep in touch through short messages that can be sent to many people instantly."

Is Twitter for the Birds? A Twitter tutorial with a twist New Media JBS Partners

- good article on twitter.

Is Twitter for the Birds? A Twitter tutorial with a twist | New Media |JBS Partners

"Twitter falls into the category of social media applications. This communication tool allows you to keep in touch through short messages that can be sent to many people instantly."

Is Twitter for the Birds? A Twitter tutorial with a twist New Media JBS Partners:

50 Companies Using Social Media Marketing

"There are hundreds more than these, but here’s a list of 50 companies using social media marketing:" 50 Companies Using Social Media Marketing

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Here's What Google Wants in an Ad Shop

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- When Google launched an in-house agency a year ago, poaching former Ogilvy & Mather bigwig Andy Berndt to lead it, some in the ad business saw it as an affront -- a sign of Google's "do-it-ourselves" mentality about, well, everything. Turns out the search engine isn't above asking for a little help from Adland.

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Google to sell TV ad time for NBC Universal

Google is partnering with NBC Universal to act as broker for TV advertising times on some NBC cable channels.

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Plurk, You’re A Needy B****

Scroll down and read the comments.. on the blog post.. it's VERY funny for SEO people.

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The internets (humour)

Monday, September 08, 2008

SEOmoz | SEO Tools and links for Firefox

SEOmoz | Re-Building My Firefox Sidebar (and Ranking the SEO Blogs): "I updated my Firefox Sidebar to contain all the sites and tools on the web I regularly need. Today, I've done that again and, in the process, re-compiled and re-ordered my list of search-related blogs according to my personal preferences."

Global Is The New Local For International Marketers

It is generally accepted that SEO best practices require you to put German content on YourDoman.de and Italian content on YourDomain.it. Depending on CMS and DNS and other back end issues, breaking content into country specific sites can end up being “effort prohibitive.”

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Congress Still Needs to Deal With I.S.P. Snooping

A law professor argues that Internet providers are probably violating wiretap laws if they monitor the surfing of their users for advertising, but he still proposes changes to make the laws even tougher.

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Google Chrome vulnerabilities starting to pile up

Following our coverage of the carpet bombing combo threat and denial-of-service crashes, several readers have sent pointers to Chrome exploit code floating around the Web...

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Demo Facebook app creates DoS botnet

Researchers at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) have created a proof-of-concept Facebook application capable of covertly herding users of the popular social network into a powerful — and malicious — botnet.

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Google makes waves and may have solved the data center conun

Google is pondering an offshore floating data center that could be powered and cooled by the ocean. The logistics of making this rollout happen are daunting. But Google has the capital to make it work.

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World to end Wednesday

You think i'm joking.. and i'm not really sure i think it's funny either. micro black holes?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Facebook Grants Google Access to Groups and Events

Last night Facebook started making Facebook groups, wall posts and discussion topics available to search engines. This means Facebook is now attempting to gain more traffic through at least one more significant source on the site.

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World Record for building a house beats 3 hour world record.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

How Search Will Revolutionize Social Networking

Social networking is on fire. eMarketer predicts that in the US the category will reach 44.3% of Internet users by year's end. - the problem is... PR and SEO collide at the point of social and the agencies that "get it" will survive, the ones that don't well.. some SEOs DO understand PR. read more | digg story


post by Brian Solis on the mass branding going on in social media. you are your own brand

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

FireFox SEO Extensions - the Ultimate Collection

"FireFox is the most customizable browser I am aware of and hence it is my favorite one. A while ago posting a huge overview of SEO tools I promised to compile a similar list of available FireFox SEO extensions; and so here I am."

another quality SEO Tool article on Search Engine Journal by Ann Smarty

FireFox SEO Extensions - the Ultimate Collection

A City Tries to Stop a Woman from Linking to Its Website: Why Most Challenges to Links Will Not Succeed, and What the Rare Exceptions May Be

"Sheboygan, Michigan resident Jennifer Reisinger alleges that after she created a link from her own website to the website of the city's police department, the City Attorney issued a 'cease and desist' order commanding her to remove the link. Reisinger claims that the motive was retaliation: She had supported recalling Sheboygan Mayor Juan Perez, and alleges that Perez was behind the 'cease and desist' order."

FindLaw's Writ - Ramasastry: A City Tries to Stop a Woman from Linking to Its Website: Why Most Challenges to Links Will Not Succeed, and What the Rare Exceptions May Be

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Remembering Don LaFontaine: 5 of His Greatest Voiceovers

On September 1, the world lost Don LaFontaine, whose dramatic baritone supplied annotated narratives for thousands of coming attractions and TV shows. Here's just a small sample of some of his finest work; hopefully someone eulogizes LaFontaine as eloquently as he voiced over the following five films.

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Five Ways the YouTube Generation Is Replacing MTV

When MTV went on air in 1981, the first video it played was "Video Killed the Radio Star." That marked the beginning of a revolution in television and music for an entire generation. As a consumer, you no longer need to wait on your couch to see what the vee-jay plays next.

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Obama on Bill O'Reilly - from Mahalo

"The Mahalo Top 7
WashingtonPost.com: Obama Met With Fox News Executives (September 3, 2008)
Guardian Unlimited: Obama Agrees to Murdoch's Fox News Grilling (September 3, 2008)
Top of the Ticket (LAT): Odd Couple: Barack Obama to Visit Bill O'reilly (September 3, 2008)
The Caucus Blog (NYT): Obama to Appear on Fox on Thursday Night (September 2, 2008)
The Huffington Post: Obama To Appear On 'O'Reilly Factor' Thursday (September 2, 2008)
Politico.com: Dept. of Counterprogramming: Obama...on O'Reilly... (September 2, 2008)
YouTube: Bill O'Reilly Talks Down to Young Obama Supporters (Time: 6:40)"

Obama Bill O'Reilly - Mahalo

Boost Your PR by Doing Something, Not Just Saying Something

Every country, every state, every city, every company should consider the long-term potential of sponsoring events that generate PR.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Google Adds 'YouTube' Video Sharing For Business - The Google Channel - IT Channel News And Views by CRN and VARBusiness

"Google has developed a YouTube-like application for its Google Apps suite, which allows business users to upload and share videos.
Google Video for business was developed for several uses, from executive communications to product training to trip reports, according to Google."

Google Adds 'YouTube' Video Sharing For Business - The Google Channel - IT Channel News And Views by CRN and VARBusiness

Google steps on Firefox with its new Zune...err, Chrome brow

Despite Google's recent extension of its partnership with Mozilla, it was just a matter of time before Google got too big for anyone else's browser and decided to write its own. Or, rather, it was just a matter of time before Google decided to borrow the best of others' open-source projects and extend them, as this is what Google generally does

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Official Google Blog: A fresh take on the browser

"At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit 'send' a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we've now made the comic publicly available -- you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries."

Official Google Blog: A fresh take on the browser