Monday, April 16, 2012
  • FCC Fines Google Over WiFi Probe, Sidesteps 'Street View' Ruling

    The Federal Communications Commission has fined Google $25,000 for failing to cooperate with an investigation into its collection of URLs, passwords and emails sent over unencrypted WiFi networks. At the same time, the FCC declined to rule on whether Google's Street View cars broke the law by collecting the so-called "payload" data. ...Read the whole story

    Around The Net

    • Brin Touts Internet Freedom, But Faces FCC FineBusiness Insider

      Sergey Brin wants everyone to forget about Google for a minute, and consider the bigger threats to the principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Web. As the search giant’s co-founder tells The Guardian, "I am more worried than I have been in the past ... it's scary.” In particular, Brin is alarmed by "walled-garden" restrictions, such as those upheld by Facebook and Apple, as serious threats to Internet freedom. “There is a degree of self-interest at play here,” Business Insider notes. “Brin would like the data inside of Facebook and Apple apps accessible to Google search ... ...Read the whole story

    • How To Turn Boring Topics Into Interesting ContentSEOmoz

      Rand Fishkin tells us five ways to overcome "content fatigue" -- the challenge of creating sucessful content for marketing products and services on a company's Web site. The top five include appealing to an influential group, jumping into the popular conversations, ranking topics or people that others can share, and more. Fishkin explains each in detail and provides insight into finding exciting kernels in a sea of what you might believe are boring topics.  ...Read the whole story

    • Google Acquires Three Patents For Project GlassSEO By The Sea

      Google waited to secure three patents acquired from former Indy 500 driver Dominic Dobson's Motion Research Technologies before announcing Project Glass, the development of augmented reality glasses that present data in the glass based on voice and motion commands. Bill Slawski shows us the drawings in the patents, which Google acquired on April 12. ...Read the whole story

    • Microsoft Begins Charging Developers for Search APIMicrosoft Bing Community

      Microsoft will begin charging for the Bing Search API once it becomes available through a subscription model in the Windows Azura Marketplace. The company will announce details regarding the timeline for the transition, pricing structure, and other changes in upcoming weeks. Until the transition, the API remains free.  ...Read the whole story

    • How Much Money Do Search Experts Make Yearly?Search Engine Watch

      New York companies pay the most for competent online marketing managers, followed by Chicago, Ill., according to a salary survey. Paid-search analysts in the Big Apple can average yearly between $57,000 and $129,000. The costs of living in the two locations, however, are probably the highest in the nation, aside from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Danny Goodwin points to a list for marketers looking to make a move. The list compares paid-search salaries from across the country.  ...Read the whole story