David Angotti – Search Engine Journal SEO, Search Marketing News and Tutorials Thu, 31 Dec 2015 01:41:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Amazon Wages War on Apple: New HD Kindles Take Aim at iPad via @sejournal, @davidangotti /amazon-kindle-hd-tablets/48209/ /amazon-kindle-hd-tablets/48209/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2012 12:00:35 +0000 /amazon-kindle-hd-tablets/48209/ At a Thursday event held in a Santa Monica airplane hangar, Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its new line of Kindle Fire HD tablets. Although they will offer features that are not available in previous Kindle models, the new HD Kindles are aimed at luring in consumers on the basis of aggressive pricing. Amazon’s pricing strategy is focused on competing with other popular tablets, primarily Apple’s iPad. At the Thursday event, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos indicated that his company will break even or lose money on the sale of each Kindle. Mr. Bezos stated, “We want to make money when people use […]

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Google Awarded Patent For Multi-User Face Unlock via @sejournal, @davidangotti /google-face-recognition-patent/48167/ Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:00:47 +0000 /google-face-recognition-patent/48167/ On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Google a patent that allows one or more users to log in to a computing device using facial recognition. This specific patent, which is called “Login to a computing device based on facial recognition,” allows a “computing device” to use its camera to determine the identity of one or more users based on facial recognition and then grant users access to certain personal information or assigned resources. The patent also describes the process of gathering information used to confirm the identity of a user or users. Specifically, a small section of […]

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Zuckerberg to Hold Facebook Stock for a Year via @sejournal, @davidangotti /zuckerberg-holding-facebook-stock/48115/ /zuckerberg-holding-facebook-stock/48115/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:00:21 +0000 /zuckerberg-holding-facebook-stock/48115/ On Tuesday afternoon, Facebook’s anemic stock saw a small boost after a Facebook regulatory filing announced that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not sell his shares for at least 12 months. In addition to stating Zuckerberg’s plans to hold shares, the filing also indicated that once the lockup expires in late October, two company directors, namely Donald Graham and Marc Andreessen, will only sell enough shares to cover tax obligations. Due to Facebook shortening the lockup period for some of its employees, 234 million shares will hit the market on October 29. More than 1.3 billion Facebook shares will hit the […]

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Google Books Judge Refuses to Delay Case via @sejournal, @davidangotti /google-books-refused-delay/48022/ Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:00:26 +0000 /google-books-refused-delay/48022/ Shortly after Google began digitally scanning millions of books in 2004, the Authors Guild and various other copyright holders filed a class-action lawsuit against the search giant. Although the involved parties reached a $125 million tentative settlement agreement in late 2008, the U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin rejected the proposed terms due to the potential negative impact on authors not involved in the negotiation process. Since that time, the lawsuit has been a procedural nightmare and legal progress has been slow. One of the recent legal skirmishes in the case was related to whether authors should be required to individually […]

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Analysts Slash Facebook’s Projected Earnings by $1 Billion via @sejournal, @davidangotti /emarketer-decreases-facebook-projection/47981/ /emarketer-decreases-facebook-projection/47981/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:00:14 +0000 /emarketer-decreases-facebook-projection/47981/ Ever since Facebook’s long-awaited IPO, the social media giant has disappointed investors and faced a seemingly never-ending wave of negative PR. Now, just as things were beginning to calm down, eMarketer revised Facebook’s projected 2012 revenue by a cool billion dollars to $5.04 billion. Debra Aho, an eMarketer analyst, said the following of the revision in a company press release: “Major marketers are still questioning the effectiveness of advertising on Facebook, and they are concerned that their ability to measure results is underdeveloped. Facebook is working on addressing these concerns, but it must move even more quickly.” While the majority […]

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Google Plus Launches New Business Features via @sejournal, @davidangotti /google-plus-business-features/47895/ Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:00:07 +0000 /google-plus-business-features/47895/ On Wednesday, Google unveiled a brand new set of tools for business customers that combines popular features from Google+ with the functionality of Google Apps. The new features, which were beta tested at several prominent companies including Kaplan and Banshee Wines, are designed to encourage employee productivity and interaction. Clay Bavor, director of product management for Google Apps, announced the additional features yesterday on the Official Google Enterprise Blog: “Today we’re launching an initial set of Google+ features designed specifically for businesses, and we’re excited to move into a full preview mode for Apps customers. During this preview period, organizations […]

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Facebook Publishing Users’ Private Location Data via @sejournal, @davidangotti /facebook-publishing-users-location/47876/ /facebook-publishing-users-location/47876/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:00:30 +0000 /facebook-publishing-users-location/47876/ Many Facebook users have noticed the recent change where some posts are now displaying the location of the user who submitted the post. This map appears as a hyperlinked location tag at the end of a wall post after the “Like . . .” and “Date.” For example, if you posted last night from your San Francisco home, your post might end with “Yesterday at 9:18pm near San Francisco.” This change to Facebook’s Timeline feature has raised concerns among many users who wish to keep their location private. Because the new map feature is part of Facebook’s Timeline that Facebook […]

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CNN and Facebook Launch New Election Insights Website via @sejournal, @davidangotti /cnn-election-insights-launches/47828/ /cnn-election-insights-launches/47828/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:00:40 +0000 /cnn-election-insights-launches/47828/ In early July, CNN and Facebook announced a new election year partnership that would provide voters and political junkies with metrics based on real-time conversations about the presidential candidates. Yesterday morning, the Election Insights webpage was launched and began displaying real-time data. The political social-monitoring tool, which competes directly with Twitter’s Political Index and Amazon’s Election Heat Map, uses the social platform Mass Relevance to process and aggregate politically based content from Facebook. The new interactive chart, which displays a wealth of information in an easily digestible format, makes it simple for users to: View the trends and aggregated data […]

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Jury Finds Samsung Guilty of Patent Infringement via @sejournal, @davidangotti /apple-samsung-patent-infringement/47744/ /apple-samsung-patent-infringement/47744/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:00:03 +0000 /apple-samsung-patent-infringement/47744/ On late Friday afternoon, a juryin a San Jose federal courtroom handed Apple a major legal victory in a landmark patent trial. The jurors, who according to the foreman believed Apple’s demand of $2.75 billion in damages was “extraordinarily high,” ultimately decided that Samsung should be required to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages. The case, which was extremely complex, examined the use of multiple technologies on over 30 mobile devices. One of the patents that the jury upheld was Apple’s Pinch-to-Zoom technology. As a result of upholding this single patent, other mobile phone manufacturers will be prohibited from including […]

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Google Job Listing Reveals Plan to Protect Users’ Privacy via @sejournal, @davidangotti /google-red-team/47656/ Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:00:31 +0000 /google-red-team/47656/ Recently, a Google job posting was discovered that reveals the world’s leading search engine is planning on creating a ‘Red Team’ to protect users’ privacy. The posting, which was first discovered by Kaspersky Lab, indicates that Google is heavily investing in ensuring its products simultaneously comply with legal requirements and market expectations moving forward. The specific job posting, which is for a Data Privacy Engineer, says the following:  “As a Data Privacy Engineer at Google you will help ensure that our products are designed to the highest standards and are operated in a manner that protects the privacy of our […]

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Facebook Messages Testing Recent Design Overhaul via @sejournal, @davidangotti /facebook-messages-email-design/47609/ Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:00:12 +0000 /facebook-messages-email-design/47609/ Yesterday, Facebook announced a new design for Facebook Messages that features a new dual-pane layout and several other new features. The new design, which strongly resembles several popular email clients, displays recent messages in the left-pane and whole messages in the right-pane. In addition, the makeover features a search option that is located at the top of the user’s screen above the left pane that allows the user to search by keyword or name. In a recent company blog post, Facebook said the following of the new design: “The new side-by-side layout lets you click your most recent message on […]

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Early Facebook Investor Sheds Majority of Company Stock via @sejournal, @davidangotti /investor-sells-facebook-stock/47577/ /investor-sells-facebook-stock/47577/#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:00:47 +0000 /investor-sells-facebook-stock/47577/ According to a regulatory filing on Monday, former PayPal CEO and early Facebook investor and board member Peter Thiel cashed out just under $400 million of stock in the social networking company last week. Although he was able to sell over $600 million of his Facebook stock in May, Thiel and other investors in Facebook were prohibited from shedding their stock until last week when lockup restrictions expired. Over the next nine months, over 1.5 billion additional Facebook shares could hit the market with the way the Facebook IPO was structured. When the market closed on Tuesday, Facebook stock was […]

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Judge Rejects Google’s Paid Journalist Disclosure via @sejournal, @davidangotti /judge-rejects-google-disclosure/47540/ /judge-rejects-google-disclosure/47540/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:00:53 +0000 /judge-rejects-google-disclosure/47540/ In early August, Judge William Alsup, who is presiding over the courtroom battle between Google and Oracle, ordered both companies to provide legal disclosures of all paid and incentivized relationships with journalists. Alsup requested the disclosures, which were required as a result of his belief that the technology giants may have intentionally compromised press coverage, include a list of all journalists and bloggers who were “possibly influenced by financial relationships.” Google, which filed its disclosure near the deadline last Friday, said the following: “Neither Google nor its counsel has paid an author, journalist, commentator or blogger to report or comment […]

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Judge Rejects the Proposed Facebook Lawsuit Settlement via @sejournal, @davidangotti /judge-rejects-facebook-settlement/47469/ Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:00:45 +0000 /judge-rejects-facebook-settlement/47469/ Last year, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook related to the social network’s non-consensual use of users’ inadvertent endorsements. The lawsuit, which specifically targets Sponsored Stories, alleges that Facebook violated California law by publicizing users’ Facebook “likes” without permission and without providing users an option to opt-out. In addition, the plaintiffs’ lawsuit claimed they had been “economically injured” by the unintentional endorsements and were due financial compensation. Recently, the parties reached a tentative settlement that required Facebook to pay the plaintiffs’ lawyers $10 million in legal fees and pay an additional $10 million to several non-profits that focus on […]

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ComScore Study: Digital Inventory Must be Validated via @sejournal, @davidangotti /comscore-whitepaper-validated-impressions/47435/ /comscore-whitepaper-validated-impressions/47435/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:05:39 +0000 /comscore-whitepaper-validated-impressions/47435/ Recently, comScore released a whitepaper that measured the impact of viewable impressions on digital advertising. The study, which analyzed 18 different advertising campaigns with 12 major brands, was conducted to determine the percentage of ad impressions that were actually viewed and validated. To determine if an impression is valid, 50% of the ad must be seen for at least one second by part of the intended audience on a page with appropriate content. When comScore analyzed over two billion ad impressions, they found the following: 31% of measured impressions were not in view 72% of campaigns delivered impressions adjacent to inappropriate […]

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Twitter Co-Founders Launch New Content & Blog Platform via @sejournal, @davidangotti /twitter-cofounders-launch-medium/47400/ Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:00:17 +0000 /twitter-cofounders-launch-medium/47400/ Earlier this week Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams unveiled Medium, a platform that takes photos and text submitted by users and turns that information into collections that will be available for public viewing and editing. This service, which will combine aspects of photo-sharing, blogging, social networking, and tweeting, is designed to organize and categorize creative and quality user-generated content and encourage user interaction. Medium is an undertaking of Obvious Corporation, Williams’ and Stone’s startup. In his Tuesday post on his company website, Williams stated, “The Obvious Corporation decided to take on the project of building a new publishing […]

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Facebook Problems Continue: Lock-Up Period Set to Expire via @sejournal, @davidangotti /facebook-lock-up-expiring/47349/ Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:00:38 +0000 /facebook-lock-up-expiring/47349/ On May 18th, Facebook held the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history. The stock, which had a peak market capitalization in excess of $104 billion, debuted at $38 per share. However, shortly after the stock went public, concerns over mobile monetization and a multitude of other problems have nearly cut the new stock’s value in half. Now, Facebook’s newest problem is related to the expiration of the lock-up period, which could hypothetically add as many as 1.91 billion additional shares of Facebook stock to the 421 million existing shares currently on the market. The lock-up period, which is used […]

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Google+ Launches Vanity URL Feature for Select Users via @sejournal, @davidangotti /google-plus-vanity-urls/47314/ /google-plus-vanity-urls/47314/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:00:53 +0000 /google-plus-vanity-urls/47314/ On Monday afternoon, Google announced that it had launched a custom URL feature for a select few Google+ profiles and pages. The change, which was desperately needed and over three years after Facebook offered its users this same functionality, will allow big brands and personalities to replace strings of more than 20 random numerical digits with an easy to remember URL. For example, Google+ can now use the vanity URL of http://plus.google.com/+googleplus/ instead of asking users to remember http://plus.google.com/u/0/101560853443212199687/. Saurabh Sharma, a Product Manager for Google+, posted the following to the Official Google+ Page: “Today we’re introducing custom URLs to […]

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Google Algorithm Update: Search Engine to Penalize Sites Accused of Copyright Infringement via @sejournal, @davidangotti /google-algorithm-copyright-infringement/47247/ /google-algorithm-copyright-infringement/47247/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:00:58 +0000 /google-algorithm-copyright-infringement/47247/ In a recent announcement, Google stated that they plan to begin penalizing websites that receive a high number of valid copyright removal notices. On Friday morning, Amit Singhal, who is a Google Fellow and the Senior VP of Engineering, posted the following regarding the algorithm update: “Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more […]

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Facebook Testing New Postcard Sending Feature via @sejournal, @davidangotti /facebook-mail-a-postcard/47210/ /facebook-mail-a-postcard/47210/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:00:32 +0000 /facebook-mail-a-postcard/47210/ According to recent reports, Facebook is testing a new feature that will allow users to easily turn Facebook photos into printed postcards. The new feature, which is named “Mail a Postcard,” was initially built during a Facebook Hackathon and is only available to a few test users at this time. If a Facebook user is part of the test group, their Facebook photos will have the words “Mail Postcard” on the photo they are viewing. In order to turn the photo into a real postcard, the user simply clicks the button and is prompted to enter the friend’s address and […]

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