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December 04, 2007

Samsung L77: A slim 7.1MP Digital Camera

Got the chance to check out this new point-and-shot camera by Samsung. The L77 might look slim and simple but it packs some nice features within its class.

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December 04, 2007

AdSense CTR Drop

Here’s another topic for concern among AdSense Publishers. It seems that page CTR has dramatically dropped for many blogs which directly affected daily income.

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December 03, 2007

AdSense for Search Data to be nuked

In a recent announcement in the AdSense Publisher panel, Google announced it will be nuking the search query data.

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December 03, 2007

Google Reader Recommends

One new feature that Google Reader has just rolled out is the Top Recommendations, an automated feed recommendation feature.

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December 02, 2007

Blogging from Gummersbach

Just arrived here at Gummersbach, a rural town off Cologne, Germany. That’s after more than 22 hours on air and and on the road. It’s a chilly 8 degrees outside, raining. Blogging will be sparse in the next two weeks. Left my mobile phone at home so email is the best way to contact me.

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December 01, 2007

AdSense Alternatives Revisited

Recent developments have forced a lot of webmasters and publishers alike to re-think their online monetization strategies. The PR penalty, the changes in AdSense clickable ads, and an impending SERPs penalty has allowed a lot of us to explore other alternatives besides AdSense and TLA.

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December 01, 2007

Yahoo Ads on Adobe PDF

Adobe has partnered with Yahoo to offer publishers advertising opportunities on their PDF files. Same contextual advertising we’re already familiar with in YPN.

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November 30, 2007

To Bloggers: There’s No Money in the Long Tail

A recent article from Read/Write Web hypothesizes that bloggers can’t make significant money off of the long tail. While others agree, I don’t on several points.

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November 29, 2007

Curfews and Internet Clampdown

I know this is kinda paranoid already but several people have contacted me about erratic to no internet connection. Yes, there’s that 12 midnight to 5am police curfew imposed on the entire Mega Manila, but the internet? There’s also the detention processing of media people who were present during the siege at the Manila Peninsula Hotel. I’d like to believe that this knee-jerk reaction is nothing to be worried about. Anybody else having problems with their net connection? Couldn’t it be just net traffic congestion?

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November 29, 2007

NBN now GBN: Government Broadband Network

The canceled National Broadband Network project with China’s ZTE is now being revived as the GBN or Government Broadband Network. NBN, GBN — same creature, just different skin.

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November 28, 2007

Buy a PR7 Link from Google for $5 a day?!

Mini SearchOk, all this issue about paid links, paid posts, PageRank penalties, SERPs demotion and the twisting of moral compass in advertising is giving me nose bleed. And yes, a lot of blog networks that have heavily relied on the TLA factor for their revenue model are in for a huge business dilemma. But what does that got to do with buying a PageRank 7 link from Google.com for $5 a day?

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November 28, 2007

Google defines Adult Content for AdSense

While it’s fairly easy for Google AdSense bot to identify pages for blacklisted words (Stop Words), it’s much harder to figure out if the contents are all made up of images or photos. This is particularly true for questionable content such as adult or mature materials.

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November 27, 2007

Great I.T. Sale this December

MSI-ECS is having its annual Warehouse Sale from December 5 to 7, 2007 (9am-6pm) at the MSI-ECS Office (Topy II, Building#3, Economia St., Libis, Quezon City).

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November 27, 2007

PLDT announces Wireless Landline


Looks like Bayantel and Globe are getting some more competition on the wireless landline market. PLDT Landline Plus is the new wireless offering and prices are even more competitive the existing ones.

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November 26, 2007

Verzio Twinn Duplii: Want 2 SIMs with that?

A new mobile phone launched last week with an interesting proposition — two SIMs running on the same phone at the same time. While this idea is not actually new in the Philippines, Verzio wants to penetrate a the aggressive mobile market in the country.

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November 26, 2007

What’s on your Christmas Gadget list?

Christmas is just around the corner. This is the time of the year where everyone breaks the piggy bank, or hope that the Christmas bonus or 13th month comes early for that much-awaited shopping spree. Well, it’s the only time where most of us are even allowed to spend unreasonably.

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November 25, 2007

McDo, the Webbys and a Funny Cartoon Blog

I never realized talking 8 hour straight was so exhausting that after arriving home I hit the sack right away. My seminar on problogging was well received. Missed some stuff over the week-end so here’s a recap.

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November 25, 2007

Confirmed: SERPs Penalty for Link Sellers

Google has finally put things into print (err, HTML). The recent PageRank slap for link selling is just the beginning. Now, they’re going to gun your blog down from the SERPs.

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November 24, 2007

Plug It! Smart BRO Plan 799

Smart Bro I thought this should have been launched months ago. Smart Broadband Inc. (Smart Bro), a subsidiary of Smart Communications announced the new 3G/HSDPA service in Subic (during the 20th Ad Congress?). Dubbed Plug It, this is basically Smart 3G with a dedicated USB dongle.

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November 23, 2007

Two of every 3 Pinoys are sucker for ads?!

We Filipinos are the world’s most gullible consumers when it comes to commercial advertising. We shared the crown with Brazilians. No wonder print and broadcast advertising are still strong (billions!) in the country.

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November 23, 2007

Open Line iPhones at €999 euros

That’s how much would an open line (legit unlocked) iPhone would have cost if Apple did not enter into any 2-year contract with the telcos.

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November 22, 2007

Samsung to release Blackjack 2?

Probably next week, here in the Philippines. I guess. We’ve been invited to a Samsung event this Wednesday so I’m thinking they’ll show us the new Blackjack by then. Reports in the US on the unit being available with AT&T revealed new features.

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November 21, 2007

Free or Paid Content?

Here’s one debate I’ve been trying to explain to several top notch bloggers for some time now. While the going trend in the blogosphere has been to go free and ride on the advertising wagon, some still believe that the subscription model is doable.

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November 21, 2007

Comment Trolling Has A Psychological Explanation

The hot item over at TechCrunch is all about comment trolling having some psychological explanation. Well, of course, every human action has some sort of psychological explanation except of course if one has a bout of epilepsy.

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November 20, 2007

Kindle: Amazon’s new eBook Reader

Online retail giant Amazon recently announced a new electronic handheld device called Kindle. Is it time to put down all the paperbacks and hardcovers for an e-Reader?

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