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January 7, 2013
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  • French telecom firm offers controversial ad-blocking service
    French telecommunications company Free, which provides Internet access to 5.2 million people, has unveiled a feature allowing its users to block all ads on their Web service. The move has been viewed by many as an attack on Google, which Free sees as an ad-supported bandwidth hog, and is part of a broader debate over whether the cost of providing data-intensive services should be borne by content providers or ISPs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ESPN uses wallpaper to make end run around banner ads
    ESPN is battling "banner blindness" with a new dynamic wallpaper ad unit that essentially fills a user's entire browser with a single advertisement. The ad, rolled out Jan. 4, serves as a constantly changing background for the main ESPN website and is designed not to interfere with users' regular activities. "While many will complain of ad intrusiveness, for some weary, banner-blind Web denizens the ad will be a welcome respite from the status quo," predicts writer Charlie Warzel. Adweek (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Home page ad trends suggest display is doing fine
    Oversized and custom display ads made up 56% of all home page ads on Yahoo, AOL, MSN and YouTube during the last quarter of 2012, according to a Macquarie Securities study. The figure shows an 11-point increase from the third quarter and a 13-point increase from the same period in 2011, suggesting that the display-advertising sector is performing well. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Getting the Word Out 
 
  • Brands see potential in Snapchat and Poke
    Brands are tentatively exploring the use of Snapchat and Facebook Poke, which let users share images and videos that "self-destruct" after a few seconds. One lingerie brand tapped into the services' salacious reputation by posting a short clip of a model donning the brand's underwear, while other companies are simply using the service to offer discount coupons. "It's just kind of where our users are going at the moment. ... We figured, 'Why not?' and we gave this a chance," said Adam Britten, community manager for frozen yogurt chain 16 Handles. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturers hope people "like" industrial lubricants
    Industrial companies might not seem an obvious fit for social media marketing, but an increasing number of manufacturers are using Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube to promote their industrial lubricants, generators and electrical components. Still, it's not always easy to build buzz. "One of the challenges as a manufacturer is that you're not always a household name, so it can be difficult to market and advertise," says William Burrows of Etratech. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developer Update 
  • Can Ubuntu get a foothold in mobile?
    Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth wants to make the Ubuntu Linux distribution a go-to operating system for mobile developers and device builders. Ubuntu is designed to treat Web and desktop applications equally, and that should appeal to mobile developers, Shuttleworth said. "Nobody else brings desktop apps and Web apps together so seamlessly," he said. ReadWrite (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Design Corner 
  • 3 myths of responsive Web design
    Responsive Web design is a powerful tool, but it has its limits, writes Jeff Orloff. Responsive-design principles can't perfectly reproduce an intricate, image-heavy Web design on a tiny screen or eliminate the need for cross-platform testing, nor can it give users the ability to reduce load times by serving a "smaller" version of the original site. WebDesignerDepot.com (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs 
  • What you may be doing wrong with social media marketing
    You may not be maximizing your social media marketing's potential if you fail to measure your performance or if you don't do any research before launching your campaign, writes Monika Jansen. "You need to understand all of your target markets, where they are online, what their needs are, and how to properly use social media to reach them before you do anything on social media," she writes. It's also a mistake to use only one network, she notes. NetworkSolutions.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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