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March 31st, 2008

eBay’s Digital Download Ban [Workarounds Arrive]

Unless and until eBay changes their now current policies I’m deciding that the shipment of a physical product is allowable and correct, as evidenced by some posters online…
The Warrior Forum (again).
Wherein we find links to a few excellent resources I’ve had the pleasure of discussing elsewhere :)
One is CafePress. From their Audio and Data page;
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March 30th, 2008

An interview with Brian Burke, eBay’s Director in Trust & Safety, reveals the reasoning behind the change in policy regarding digital downloads. Actually, it’s easy to perceive the problem…
Question: Why is eBay requiring sellers of digitally downloaded goods to list their items in the Classified Ads format?
Answer: Most items that require digital delivery, once created, […]

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March 30th, 2008

Well Doggone - Look What I Found

The prediction of the demise of b5media…
b5media doesn’t deserve $2 Million
Seems to me b5 has done a bit better than you imagined Nick :)
Might have been a thought to have quoted the positives rather than what you did quote in the VC’s article. This might have worked;
“I believe that the markets and the focus of […]

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March 29th, 2008

Somebody’s Missing! 25 Most Valuable Blogs?

Anna Maria Virzi at ClickZ refers us to 24/7 Wall St. where The Twenty Five Most Valuable Blogs have been posted by Douglas A. McIntyre.
And there are obvious, missing considerations…

The Gawker Properties: $150 million.
MacRumors: $85 million.
Huffington Post: $70 million.
PerezHilton: $48 million.
TechCrunch: $36 million.
Ars Technica $15 million.
Seeking Alpha $15 million.
Drudge Report $10 million.
Mashable $10 million.
GigaOm: $8.4 […]

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March 28th, 2008

eBay - Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only

Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only
Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy, says;
Hello…This is Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy. Digital goods are often reproduced at little to no cost to the seller. On eBay, this creates the potential for Feedback Manipulation (both real and perceived). To preserve the integrity of the Feedback system, […]

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March 28th, 2008

Deal Breaker? Amazon - BookSurge - POD - No Choice?

Duncan says: “Amazon has announced that it will only sell print-on-demand books printed by its own print-on-demand service BookSurge.”
I didn’t see his source for the announcement so I did a little digging…
Jumped over to Crunchbase and found a link to Techmeme then another link to paidContent and finally found reference there to WritersWeekly. I might […]

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March 27th, 2008

One Small Step For Mankind

No, we’re not landing on the moon…
Comcast and BitTorrent are trying to work together to improve P2P. The gist of it begins at The WSJ then PaidContent offers an update.
From The WSJ;
“The companies are in talks to collaborate on ways to run BitTorrent’s technology more smoothly on Comcast’s broadband network, and allow Comcast to transport […]

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March 26th, 2008

Ouch - Top 9 [Ten] Reasons For Leaving Yahoo!

Elinor Mills answers the question;
Why are people leaving Yahoo?
1. Want to escape before Yahoo gets acquired by Microsoft
2. Lack of innovation at Yahoo
3. Excessive bureaucracy
4. Seeking job stability and expect more layoffs
5. Want to be bigger fish in smaller pond elsewhere
6. Yahoo has lost its focus
7. Volatility of stock price after Microsoft offer
8. Poor management
9. […]

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March 25th, 2008

Consumer Confidence In The Dumper [It’s Time To Reconsider]

Consumer confidence at 5-year low
“Consumer confidence sank to a five-year low in March as tight credit markets, rising prices and worsening job prospects deepened worries that the economy has fallen into recession.”
Why not reconsider what you’re doing?
Try giving this a read - Make Money Blogging
Or this - Copywriting Tips For Online Marketing Success
Or this - […]

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March 24th, 2008

Wi-Fi On Steroids?

In a follow up to this morning’s post;
Google outlines proposal for “Wi-Fi on steroids”
“Google on Monday said it has a plan to have American consumers from Manhattan to rural North Dakota surfing the Web on handheld gadgets at gigabits-per-second speeds by the 2009 holiday season.”
Hoo-Ha! Yeah! Gigabits per second! That would sure tick somebody off…
I […]

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March 24th, 2008

Strange Bedfellows And White Spaces

Do you ever have the feeling that every country outside the USA gets ignored in debates like these?
So, there’s a White Space debate that has been going on for a short time…
“Technology companies are putting pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to open up unused wireless spectrum between TV channels for use with unlicensed devices, […]

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March 21st, 2008

Wireless Spectrum Auction Results

I don’t know that the results could actually have been any different than they were… disappointing, to me.
[H/T to Save The Internet]
Spectrum Results Are Out; Google Bids But Verizon Wins
“The winners of the recent government spectrum auction that raised $19.6 billion are finally being revealed. Based on early reports, the results are as expected: Verizon […]

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March 20th, 2008

QuadrantOne Doubles Its Size

In an announcement that likely will not make A. Rooney happy, [I’m still researching A. Rooney’s last comment about this topic], QuadrantOne has more than doubled its size…
More newspapers join online ad system
“A group of newspaper publishers said Thursday it was joining an industry-backed online advertising sales effort aimed at winning more business from national […]

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March 20th, 2008

Google Gadgets Ratchets Up Apps Competition With Microsoft

Google’s are free - MS’s aren’t, and that ought to say a lot :)
Thank you to Elinor Mills at the News Blog;
Gadgets comes to Google Docs
Google on Wednesday unveiled Gadgets for Spreadsheets in Google Docs, allowing people to create graphical representations of data in spreadsheets and publish them on Web sites.

[Google Docs lets you turn […]

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March 19th, 2008

I Can’t Simply Embed A Widget And Hope For Profits?

That’s what CBS Television Stations Digital Media Group president Jonathan Leess told CNET News.com in this article;
CBS to bloggers: Install our widgets, and we’ll split the profits
Oh well…
Caroline McCarthy lets us know that: “CBS Television Stations has launched a new program to get its local news headlines onto blogs and social-media sites.
Called the CBS Local […]

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