March 2013

YouTube expands its Partner Program to Egypt, KSA and the UAE

Google’s YouTube has expanded its Partner Program to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today, giving more users the chance to generate revenue based on the number of views their uploaded videos receive…Read More

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Study finds that 51% of Saudi Internet users are active Twitter users

The Middle East boasts one of the world’s most engaged Twitter audiences, according to a large global study of Twitter behavior. GlobalWebIndex surveyed over 152,000 internet users in 31 markets and found that two out of the three countries with the highest active Twitter user penetration rates were in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, 51% of internet users surveyed were active Twitter users, putting it in first place worldwide. The United Arab Emirates ranked third, with 34% of internet users actively using the social network…Read More

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Digg Plans to Build RSS Reader to Replace Google Reader

Digg is taking advantage of Google’s decision to close its popular RSS feed reader Google Reader and has announced that it has already started developing its own version.”We’ve heard people say that RSS is a thing of the past, and perhaps in its current incarnation it is, but as daily (hourly) users of Google Reader, we’re convinced that it’s a product worth saving,”…Read More

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Google Panda Update 25 Seems To Have Hit

There are many webmasters and SEOs believing right now that Google has released an update to their Panda algorithm late yesterday. We’ve reached out to Google to confirm or deny the Panda update, as we’ve done 24 times previously; but this time, Google told us they are unlikely to confirm future Panda updates since Panda will be incorporated into their indexing processes…Read More

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The Google Graveyard

Google Graveyard, a virtual space for grieving. Buried in these hallowed grounds are some of Google’s ill-fated services. Some, like Google Reader, lived long, prosperous lives, full of admiration and glory. Most, like Google Wave and Google Buzz, struggled to carve out a place in this harsh, unforgiving world where technologies continuously clash and innovation reigns king…read more

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4 billion minutes of video ads streamed in February 2013

Continuing to break records, U.S. consumers spent 3.8 billion minutes streaming video advertising in February.
Consumers viewed 9.9 billion video ads, last month, with Google sites (YouTube) serving an all-time high of 2.2 billion ads, comScore found…more details

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LinkedIn to acquire news aggregation app Pulse

Career networking site LinkedIn is reportedly buying news aggregation app Pulse. The move comes at a time when LinkedIn is attempting to expand its content offerings.LinkedIn is buying the news reading app Pulse, The reported purchase price is between $50 million and $100 million…Read More

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The Google Merchant Quality Algorithm Coming Soon Thing?

At the popular SXSW conference Friday, Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts announced that Google will be soon going after bad merchants with a new algorithm targeted at lowering their rankings in Google…Read More

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Pinterest Launches New Data Analytic Tool For Businesses As It Prepares To Monetize

Pinterest has started rolling out Pinterest Web Analytics, a tool that will allow businesses to see how many visitors the content-sharing service is referring to their sites. The first feature, which shows data on how many people have pinned from a site, how views each pin has, and how many users have visited a site from Pinterest…Read More

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Egypt leads in MENA’s Q4 Advertising Spend

Ipsos has released its Q4 advertising spend statistics for the MENA region. The findings show a total of $5.6 billion in advertising spend for the fourth quarter. Egypt lead the way with $1.63 billion, followed by the UAE with $508.9 million, and Lebanon with $376 million…Read More

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Phone apps are expected to generate $25 billion in 2013

New research from Gartner Inc., mobile phone apps are expected to generate $25 billion in worldwide sales in 2013, up 62% from last year. The exponential growth mirrors that of smartphones…Read More

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Web traffic on Chrome OS sees 700% Increase

Since last June, Chrome OS’s share of traffic on Chitika’s ad network has shot up by 700 per cent, the firm said. Still, Web traffic from Chrome OS users represents less than 0.1 per cent of all North American desktop and laptop-based Web traffic to sites on the company’s network…Read More

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Facebook acquires blogging site Storylane

Facebook has acquired the team behind blogging site Storylane. Storylane founder Jonathan Gheller posted the news to the site, assuring Storylane members that Facebook isn’t buying any of the site’s user-generated content…more details

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KSA accounts for 29% of GCC ad market

Saudi Arabia’s advertising market is estimated at nearly SR 1.5 billion and accounts for 29 percent of the total GCC market, said Faras Adel Al-Maddah, chairman of the Advertising Committee at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry…more details

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Yahoo to shut down seven products, including BlackBerry app

Yahoo is shutting down seven products, including its mobile app for BlackBerry smartphones, as new chief executive Marissa Mayer emulates Google by eliminating unsuccessful products.The shutdowns, which Yahoo announced on its official blog on Friday, are part of what the company said are regular efforts to evaluate and review its product lineup…read details

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Facebook takes over Microsoft’s Atlas network

After months of speculation, Facebook has announced that it will acquire the Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft.
Rumours about the purchase began flying in early December, but neither company provided confirmation or further details. Now, a message from Brian Boland, Facebook’s product marketing director, rubber stamps the deal… read more

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