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Saad’s Hot Picks – July 15, 2010

Get Firefox Home on your iPhone – Firefox Home provides access to your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone. Get up and go and have exactly what you are looking for on the Web on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

The Google Algorithm – Google had made a number of acquisitions over the years which puts them in competition with several other businesses. Does Google favors their own services over others? Well, New York Times thinks so and they are suggesting that Google should be regulated. But Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land brought up some things about NYT and explains why it should be regulated instead.

Exclusive: Apple’s FaceTime coming to iPod touch, iPad – Boy Genius Report has a pretty interesting scope today with some screen shots & details!

Google Announces Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results – “Google had a strong second quarter,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. “Solid growth in our core business and very strong growth in our emerging businesses drove 24% revenue growth year over year.

Apple Is Not Expected to Recall Troubled iPhone – As Apple prepared to address the mounting controversy surrounding the antenna of the iPhone 4, one thing appeared clear: the company does not plan to recall the popular device.

Twitter Continues To Help You Figure Out Who Exactly Is Following You – Twitter’s notification emails that are sent when you have a new follower are getting a much-needed makeover.The new emails have a cleaner interface and now include the follower’s location and bio. This should help users easily detect if a follower is a spammer. This is indeed an excellent addition.

Yahoo Begins Testing Bing Powered Results This Month – Yahoo has confirmed today that they will be testing Bing powered results in the live search results.

WordPress And Thesis Go To Battle. Mullenweg May Sue. – Matt Mullenweg vs Chris Pearson and a never ending debate.

Video: David Letterman’s Top 10 Signs You’ve Purchased A Bad iPhone 4 – You got to watch this :)

Tweet With Your FACE: Why Big Brands Need Social Brand Ambassadors – Brian Carter writes why sometimes its better for a brand to have a face associated with their social media strategy.


Saad’s Hot Picks – July 13, 2010

Why Consumer Reports can’t recommend the iPhone 4 – It’s official. Consumer Reports’ engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception.

Waging war on WordPress: Posterous prepares the switch – Looks like posterous is creating a tool everyday so that people can quickly migrate their old data from other platforms to their own. Looks like tomorrow its “Migrate from WordPress to Posterous” day!

Microsoft Opens Windows 7 SP1 Beta out to Public – Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 (along with SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2) for public beta testing. However, please note that the intended audience at the moment is enterprise users, not consumers.

Google Suggest as a Context-Sensitive Spell Checker– Google operating system reported that the Google Suggest that automatically does spell check for you when you miss spell something in your search query is context-sensitive…erm interesting!

Wrapping up World Cup Coverage with Yahoo! Search – World cup pretty much made everyone crazy (even the netizens). Digg deep into what they were searching for during the world cup.

Microsoft Launches Outlook Facebook Integration – Microsoft has integrated Facebook and Windows Live Messenger into Outlook, bringing the newsfeeds of millions of Facebook users into inboxes across the world.

Man Claims Ownership of Facebook – This one is kind of funny, a New York judge has issued a temporary restraining order restricting the transfer of Facebook Inc.’s assets, following a suit by a New York man who claims to own an 84% stake in the social-networking company.

YouTube ‘Partner Grants’ to Offer Money to Video Creators – With hopes of producing more high-quality content, YouTube is ready to provide financial support for some of its amateur auteurs.

It’s Time to Prepare for the End of the Web as We Know It – A great piece by Steve Rubel on Digital Communications


Saad’s Hot Picks is Back!

I’m going to resume my Hot picks section that I started half a year back. Hot Picks is basically my personal curation of links of all the hottest stuff/news on the web and I’ll combine all them as one single post and put it up here, everyday. Since I don’t have much time to blog about each of them anymore I’m just going to link out to the best stories that are out there. So here goes..

Yahoo Style Guide is Available for order: Is it Web site, website, or web site? What’s the best on-screen placement for a lead story? How can you better know your site’s audience? Why should you? If you want to learn how to write and edit for a global audience
through best practices from Yahoo! then get the Yahoo Style Guide, which is available for order now.

Show Multiple Business Address of a particular area in your Google Adwords Ad: With the makeover of the Adwords Location extensions, you can now show multiple addresses that are relevant to a potential customer’s location.

Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software – Google is bringing Android software development to the masses by offering a very simple software tool that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.

Google Working On Secret New Ad Format: “Interactive Video Ads”: So finally Google is thinking of a different way to monetize beyond those blue text links.

Google Maps Labs Adds Automatic Short URL For “Link” Feature: If you often link to maps, you are going to appreciate this new lab feature of Google maps that allows you to shorten the Maps “Link” to be a more compact URL.

Android Market Will Hit 100,000 Apps This Month : So you still think android platform doesn’t have apps? Think again…

Would Gaming Fuel A Google Social Network? – Google has recently shown some interest in gaming & social networks (by putting $100 mil in Zynga) and also by ‘staying quite’ about the rumors about a new Google social platform “Google Me”.

How Google’s buy of ITA signals where it’s headed in real estate – Google has recently bought one of the biggest airfare search & pricing provider ITA, and now everyone is trying to guess what are they going to do with it. Are they going to integrate it fully in search?


Saad’s Hot Picks – Jan 9, 2009

Search Industry News

Building Links on Your Offline Time – Julie Joyce wrote an excellent article for Search Engine Journal that talks about some ideas of link building on your offline time.

Ask.com Expands Semantic Search Technology – Peter Young, a guest author of Marketing Pilgrim reports that Ask.com has started to use Semantic Search technology on some of their queries. Before this announcement we also figured that Google is doing the same.

Dell is Buying Paid Links – Philipp Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped reports that Dell.com is apparently buying links from many High Pagerank sites. I followed up on that with a more extended write up and some specific advice for Dell.

20 PPC Tips For 2009 – Joseph Vivolo shares 20 hot Tips for Pay per Click Advertising.

How To Turn Your Fans & Evangelists Into Friends – Kimberly Bock did a wonderful writeup on how anyone can turn their fans & evangelists in their friends. Her simple 3 step process is to – 1. Be a friend,  2. Be trustworthy and 3. Give credit where credit is due.

Webspam in 2009? – Head of Google Web Spam Team, Matt Cutts wants you to give your suggestion about the areas of web spamming that Google should look into in 2009. His blog post already has over 190+ comments and more on the way.

Are Two Queries Better Than One in Targeting Search Advertisements? – Bill Slawski of SEO By the Sea makes an interesting discussion in regards to one of Google’s recently published a patent application.

Tech Industry News

Yahoo reportedly near decision on new CEO – Yahoo is said to be wrapping up its search for a new chief executive, and a decision could come as early as next week.

Fake CNN site from phishing e-mail hides a Trojan – A new e-mail that is circulating looks like it comes from CNN and links to a fake CNN Web page offering “graphic” video related to the Israel-Hamas conflict but instead hosts a Trojan that steals sensitive data.

I’d Trade 10 Facebook Friends for a Whopper – Burger King has introduced a new Facebook application that is getting lots of attention – “Whopper Sacrifice.” The concept is essentially this: delete 10 of your Facebook friends and get a free Whopper. Each time you remove someone, that action is broadcast to your news feed – apparently, not a big deal to users so far, as more than 50,000 friends have already been sacrificed. Read more at – Mashable.

Five Things Google Could Do For Newspapers – Google CEO Eric Schmidt was asked by Fortune magazine what Google should do to save the ailing newspaper industry.

Twtvite Makes Organizing Tweetups Easy – Twtvite is an easy way to use Twitter or Facebook to create a micro-invite for your friends and followers. You create an invite on the twtvite site, and then micro-message with a tiny URL on Twitter or Facebook. The link takes people back to the site where they can RSVP. More info – Techcrunch


Saad’s Hot Picks – Jan 8, 2009

Search Industry News

Yes, Google Is Doing Semantic Search – Clint Boulton of Google Watch asked Google for clarification on the recent post by  Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb where he speculated that Google is doing Semantic Search and displaying the data in the Search Results. And guess what, Google gave a Positive response! But I find it very hard to believe and here is why.

Interview of Muhammad Saleem, Social Media Expert – Aaron wall, owner of SEObook.com recently did an Interview with Muhammad Saleem, a social media expert and also a Digg power user. In this interview, Muhammad talks about his social media success and how he managed to get a huge coverage for his own social network – Tip’d without having to spend any money on PR. If you are new to social media marketing, you should definitely read this interview.

SEO Trends From 2008 & A Look Into 2009 – Jill Whalen, CEO and founder of High Rankings wrote an article for Search Engine Land in regards to the SEO trends of 2008-2009.

Google AdWords Downtime on January 10, 10am-2pm PST – Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported that Google AdWords login console and the API will be offline between 10am and 2pm pacific time on January 10, 2009.

3 easy ways to make a customized search engine – Pandia Search Central recommended  3 services that let you make a customized search engine for your website.

Report: Apple Dominates the Mobile Web – The latest data from AdMob, the world’s largest mobile advertising marketplace, shows that Apple now dominates the mobile web in the U.S. with a 48% market share. Read more about it on ReadWriteWeb.

Testing the Value of Anchor Text Optimized Internal Links – Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz recently shared some of his finding in regards to Optimization of Internal Links with Anchor text.

Tech Industry News

Police Use Google Street View to Solve Kidnapping Crime – Police in Massachusetts were trying to track down a missing 9-year-old girl who had allegedly been kidnapped by her grandmother. Thanks to GPS & Google Street View, they were able to recover the little girl safely. Read more at Techcrunch

Ballmer sets loose Windows 7 public beta – The rumors turned out to be true. Microsoft will release a public beta of  Windows 7 on Friday. Microsoft is hoping that it will address the problems that have made Windows Vista perhaps the least popular OS in its history.

Semantic Web Wish List 2009 – Do you love Semantic Web? ReadWriteWeb has just released their Semantic Web Wish List for 2009.

Sony to launch world’s lightest 8-inch notebook PC – Japan’s Sony Corp plans to launch the world’s lightest 8-inch notebook PC, taking aim squarely at a rapidly growing market for ultra-portalbe personal computers.

Cramming for Your Next Exam? Try Cramberry = Whether trying to study for a geography quiz or learning a foreign language, the method of using Q&A cards to train your brain to remember has remained a popular study method. But, the concept hasn’t really made the leap to the Web, until now. Introducing Cramberry, Read more at ReadWriteWeb.


Saad’s Hot Picks – Jan 7, 2009

Search Industry news

Trackbacks for Twitter – Dan Zarella has released a cool tool called tweetbacks which basically works like a blog’s trackback system. So if your post is mentioned in twitter by people, you can show it off in your blog. Installation of this tool is pretty simple – all you need is to copy and paste a one line code in your blog.

6 Social Search engines – Lee odden of TopRank Blog shared a nice list of social search engines which are starting their journey in 2009.

Project Jump Start 2009 – Dazzlin Donna along with David Harry started a wonderful initiative for developing small web entrepreneurs. Check out Project Jump Start 09.

Pagerank Indicator in WebMaster Tools – Barry Schwartz @ Search Engine Roundtable recently did a poll about people’s view on the pagerank indicator inside Google’s Webmaster tools. 56% of his readers have voted it as ‘useless’. Ouch!

Sitemaps Affect Crawling Rate – An interesting post by a Youmoz writer who gave out real statistics and detailed analysis of one of his website to prove that having a sitemap can get your pages indexed faster by Google and Yahoo. Rand Fishkin seems to agree with him and his post was promoted in the SEOMoz Blog.

Yahoo Advertisers Faces Nightmare – Loren Baker @ Search Engine Journal reported that Yahoo Search Marketing has rolled out a new TOS which gives it the right to change the search marketing campaigns of its advertisers via changing their ads and adding keywords.

Google Checkout Increases Conversion  – Google has recently added claims to its Google Checkout Merchant homepage that having Google Checkout as part of your AdWords ads will lead to higher conversions and a better click through rate. More info in Search Engine Land.

How To Ease Into In-House SEO Smoothly – Jessica Bowman did a nice write up on In-house SEO Training and listed 5 important things that one can follow to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Two New SEO Tools from Bruce Clay – Bruce Clay Inc. has just released two new SEO tools – Search Engine Optimization/KSP Tool & SEM Toolbar.

5 Link Building Tactics You Probably Don’t Use but Should – Ann Smary @ SEJ wrote a great article with insights of 5 ‘not-so-common’ link building tactics that are effective.

Save 15% on BlogWell Conference – You can easily save 15% on the BlogWell conference. Andy Beal will tell you how.

Verizon did a mobile search deal with Microsoft – After months of speculation Verizon and Microsoft has finally teamed up with a mobile search deal. Microsoft will now become the default search provider of the second largest U.S. mobile carrier – Verizon.

Tech Industry News

Salesforce.com outage hits thousands – Thousands of business users were left without access to their applications yesterday after Salesforce.com’s servers suffered a service disruption.

Windows 7 beta: First impressions – Windows 7 could be one of Microsoft’s greatest operating systems according to Cnet. Read the complete review of Windows 7 by Renai LeMay.

Motorola unveils phone made from recycled bottles – Motorola Inc unveiled a cell phone made of recycled water bottles on Tuesday, hoping to cash in on the trend for environmentally friendly products.

51 Things You Aren’t Allowed to See on Google Maps – Out of all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it’s due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a “Prohibited” sign on these 51 places.

Sun acquires cloud company Q-layer – Sun Microsystems announced Wednesday it has acquired Q-layer, a Belgium-based cloud-computing specialist

Cisco adds social networking to its forte – Cisco Systems is launching a new product to help companies harness the power of social networking and connect their brands to fans.

£1m web pizza weekends for Domino’s – According to Domino’s latest full year results, while like-for-like sales have grown 10 per cent year-on-year, its web sales have jumped by 74 per cent.

China Announces the World’s Largest Solar Plant – Recently China has announced its latest supermassive project: the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant.

Wibe7.tv: Visually Oriented Search for YouTube – Wibe7.tv allows you to perform YouTube searches and return results based on relevance, views, rating, or publish date. Get More details at Read Write Web.

Facebook Reaches 150 Million Users Worldwide – Facebook has announced that it has reached the 150 million user mark. Their members speak in 35 different languages and represent 170 countries and territories.


Saad’s Hot Picks – Jan 6, 2009

I’m starting a daily column in my blog where I will briefly go over some of the hottest news I run across on the web. Even though I’m a huge fan of technology, gadgets, social media – I sometimes run into situation where I can’t cover them all here because of the relevancy issue.

So by creating this separate section – Saad’s Hot Picks, I’ll list some of the hottest news that gets out and put them here as a list.

And to all the search enthusiast, don’t worry – I’ll also include a dedicated section in the post which will only list the posts related to the search engine industry.

So without wasting any more time, let me introduce you to my first Hot picks post right below.

Search Industry News

Best of Internet Marketing Posts 2008: Tamar Weinberg, a prominent blogger & A Social media consultant who frequently blogs at – Techpedia, Search Engine Roundtable & Mashable recently did a round up of last year’s best Internet Marketing articles. She nicely categorized the post and included everything from SEO, PPC, Social media to Digg and even twitter. You name it and I bet she has it there!

So if you own a Amazon Kindle or any sort of ebook reader, I advice you to get all these posts converted in .PDF (you can use a simple .PDF printer like – CutePDF) and then for kindle you will need to convert it back to it’s native file format. But the point is – Just read them, If you are planning on gaining some insight of the industry, this massive list can work wonders. If you own a dot matrix or laser printer, you can just print them out and read them while you are on the road or in a train.

IM Spring Break Tickets On Sale – Loren Baker, the chief editor of Search Engine Journal just announced that registration for the IM Spring Break has opened. This small-scale Search conference will take place on April 2-4 in Deerfield Beach, FL. The tickets for IM Spring Break is only $500 and seat is limited to only few hundred attendees. So you better head right over to IM Spring Break and cross-your fingers and pray that they still have tickets available for you.

Marissa Mayer on the future of Google – Marissa Mayer did an interview with Techradar about the future of Google. It’s a very insightful interview that touches on some of the trends that we can see in 2009 onwards. She emphasized “It’s really important to move beyond just keywords”. Joe Hall did a nice summary of the interview in Marketing Pilgrim. You should definitely go and have a read.

The Big List of 2009 Marketing Predictions – Matt McGee at Search Engine Land did a pretty awesome job compiling huge list of marketing predictions of 2009. So don’t speculate and go read what the experts on the respective industries has to say about year 2009.

Youtube Monetization 2 Years From Now – Aaron Wall, owner of SEObook.com recently wrote a post about how Youtube can be monetized by Google if they can pull in related products/services/offers from Google Base (or other structured sources) and charge the merchants on a CPC basis or a percentage of the sale.

Well very interesting idea indeed :) But I wonder what’s in it for the video publishers? Can they get a cut out of the money that Google will make (like adsense) ?

Best Practices for Content Optimization – Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz did a pretty neat post about content optimization. It doesn’t talk about keyword targeting if that’s what you are thinking. Rand talks about structuring your content, CSS & semantic markup, the uniqueness & depth of your content etc. Be sure to read it.

Tech Industry News

If a 13 year-old can launch a startup you have no excuse – Techcrunch UK has recently reported that a 13-year old has launched his own startup – ScotBlog.net which is a social network for people in Scotland and anyone of Scottish heritage. The Kid isn’t lying, Techcrunch writer, Mike Butcher called the child’s mother to verify the news – so its real! You should really see the kids face, he is cute!

Introducing Picasa for Mac – Google just launched their Photo organizing/editing software Picasa for Mac at the Macworld 2009.

Skype 2.8 for Mac – ReadWriteWeb reports that Skype 2.8 for Mac will have a option that will allow you to share your screen during a skype call! Cool, isn’t it?

AMD: Creating a New Laptop Category – PCWorld reports that AMD is coming out with their Athlon Neo processor (the Yukon platform) which is designed to power a whole new category of computers that falls somewhere between ultraportables and netbooks.

Online video viewing jumps 34 percent – Cnet reports that online video viewing has jumped by 34% making Google (!youtube) a clear winner. “Internet users in the U.S. watched 12.7 billion online videos in November, an increase of 34 percent versus a year ago, according to numbers released Monday by market researcher ComScore.”

Celebrity Twitter Accounts Hacked – A lot of celebrity twitter accounts – including Barack Obama, Britney Spears, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, Fox News were hacked earlier because of Twitter Phishing Scam. Official Twitter blog, has more information about the issue.

Start the Year with an Empty Inbox – Are you tired of seeing so many emails in your Gmail inbox? Matt Cutts shared a nice tip to make them all go away, without having to delete them. It will just take you few seconds to get your inbox cleared up. Try it!

The Perfect Monetization Strategy for Twitter – Twitter can’t seem to find a way to monetize their service. I recently wrote a post that sort of expands the use of Twitter and also suggests a way twitter can monetize their service without having to rely on the usual stuffs like ‘ads’.