Digg chooses Microsoft as new ad partner

News aggregator Digg has chosen Microsoft to serve up display and contextual ads on its Web site where people share and rank their favorite news items, the companies announced Wednesday.

Microsoft replaces Google as Digg’s main advertising partner, although Digg will continue to collaborate with Federated Media Publishing, which links up advertisers with blogs and other sites looking to monetize their content. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed, but the deal is a three-year contract.

The revenue-sharing deal is a win for Microsoft, which last year snagged a similar deal with popular social-networking site Facebook shortly after losing the MySpace.com ad account to Google.

With social networks and community media sites attracting an increasing amount of ad dollars from portals and other sites, these deals mean big business for the ad partners. Digg has 17 million unique visitors per month.

Digg looked at Microsoft, Google and Yahoo before making a choice, said Digg Chief Executive Jay Adelson. “Microsoft came to the table with the best solution for our needs. We even spoke with Facebook, who we view as having similarities with our model, and they’re very pleased with their relationship with Microsoft.”

Microsoft executives were obviously pleased with the news. “They’re such an innovator in this space and have such a unique audience that we can learn so much from them,” Adam Sohn, director for Microsoft’s online services group, said of Digg.

Digg co-founder Kevin Rose wrote in a blog posting: “This move gives us an advertising partner with a larger organization and a more scalable technology platform to keep pace with Digg’s growth. Best of all, it lets the Digg team completely focus on new feature development.”

Digg Ads…

Symantec’s first-quarter income falls to $95.2 million

Symantec, maker of Norton Internet security software, reported lower quarterly profit on Wednesday as stock-based compensation costs, restructuring costs and acquisition-related adjustments reduced earnings.

Its shares climbed 9 percent after it released the results.

Fiscal first-quarter net income at the world’s largest security software maker fell to $95.2 million, or 10 cents per share, from $100.5 million, or 10 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $1.4 billion from $1.265 billion.

Symantec, which also sells data center software to businesses, is in the midst of integrating its $974 million purchase of business software maker Altiris, which closed in April of this year.

The Cupertino, Calif., company’s shares have fallen 6 percent so far this year, while those of rival McAfee have climbed 23 percent.

Symantec…

News Dots

Well…yet another social bookmarking website has been launched. They are no Digg or Netscape, but they are giving it their best try.

NewsDots.com was launched recently, and has built up a fair amount of stories ( or as they call it “Dots”). They appear to be almost bug free, a few minor errors to fix, and according to admins, are working on them and they hope to have them fixed shortly.

Heres something that Digg, Netscape and 99% of all other social bookmarking sites don’t offer, Adsense Revenue sharing. Diggs $50+ million last year, how much did you get for posting stories, items, blog posts, news items? Not one cent.

NewDots.com will give all members 50% Adsense Revenue sharing. That doesn’t mean you get 50% of their Adsense Revenue, it means for every post you make, there is a 50% chance they will post your Google pub-id in the Google Ads shown on that page. They will also, increase that percentage for active members.

Not a bad deal. I have posted a few items and have had 4 clicks on ads that were using my Google pub-id. They have also taken steps to ensure you don’t click on your own ad, so you don’t need to worry about getting banned.

I have made money off a few posts, so why not give it a shot.

When you visit them, please remember they are still in development, so you will notice things that don’t look right or don’t work properly, please bear with them, and if you really want to help, let them know if things don’t work, their contact page is http://www.newsdots.com/module.php?module=ajaxcontact

Dot This

CSS Superdouche?

CSS Superduche? When I first saw this title I was admittedly curious as to what it could be. So, I clicked the link and was taken to a small page where you could type in the location of tyour CSS file and it would “strip unneeded content, redundant calls, and intelligently group the remaining element names”, I was curious to see if it worked and if the CSS output it gave me would in fact be smaller and still work.

It was smaller, by a few kbs, and my layout still worked. It cleaned it up without effecting the layout or performance.

Since then, I have put all my CSS files through and all have been downsized and cleaned up.

This is definitely a web service worth checking out, and now I know why its called CSS Superdouche.

CSS Superdouche

StumbleUpon

During my design blocks, I found myself just staring at my screen for 10 minutes or more, then I would visit one of the many websites I visit everyday, looking at the same stuff. I then came across “StumbleUpon“, a toolbar you install on your browser.

When your bored, click “Stumble”, and up pops a website that a fellow member has added. No more staring at the screen for minutes, you can discover online hits and misses.

If you “StumbleUpon” a website you like, you can give it a thumbs up, and it will be added to your list of websites, and the same goes for websites you gave a thumbs down. You can tag each site or just rate them.

You can specify what type of websites you are interested in, and they will deliver only those types of websites. Over time, the number of websites you have rated will add up quickly, as will the number of fellow members who follow what you like as your tastes either coincide or conflict.

This is one of those programs that you wonder why it wasn’t thought of sooner, I am sure we all have set loking at the screen wondering what to do next, now the wonder is gone with StumbleUpon.

Toolbar:

StumbleUpon Toolbar

Its free to signup and install the toolbar, definitely worth it.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.

NetSmartz

A new service was launched today by the “National Center for Missing & Exploited Children” called NetSmartz 411.

Its a website for parents to visit to get information about various aspects of the internet. For example: what is Xanga, Runescape, what acronyms mean (lol, btw) and a lot more. You can ask an expert an exact question even

This is a great tool for parents and I also learned a few things just browsing briefly.

Hopefully this service will be blogged extensively to help combat the growing number of internet predators that are preying on our children.

I encourage everyone to visit http://www.netsmartz411.org/

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Netfirms

Like most things on the Internet, there is no shortage of hosting providers. If you do a search for the top providers you will come across a top ten list similar to this:

  1. Hostway
  2. Media3
  3. HostMonster
  4. IX Web Hosting
  5. StartLogic

I was surprised not to see Netfirms listed on any top hosting list I came across.

About a year and a half ago I signed up for Netfirms Advantage plan, which gave me 2 domains, 100 GB storage, 750 GB transfer, access to MySQL, PHP4, PHP5, Ruby on Rails, Python and Perl / CGI-BIN.

Over the past year and a half, I have not experienced too many problems or and major problems with the hosting. Their Control Panel XL6 makes managing my domains a breeze, with one click access to anything I would need. It contains links to my Database Manager, MySQL, Email setup, Domain settings, and much more that has also garnered them quite a bit of attention by folks like the Wall Street Journal and many editor reviews which can be found all over the Internet.

If your looking for a provider that can brag about their support and mean it, then Netfirms may not be for you. They have an extensive FAQ section, but if you don’t solve your problem that way, it can take up to 3 days for an email response, which typically is just a pre-written response that 9 times out of 10 doesn’t help you at all. Now there have been times I have gotten a response within 6 hours, they used to say that you can expect a response within 24 hours, but at the time of writing this review was unable to verify if that claim still exist.

Their prices are very reasonable and competitive especially for what you get. If you are looking for free hosting, they have that too, and your free hosting comes with MySQL, SSI, PHP etc… as well. One annoyance with the free hosting is that if you use server-side includes like .shtml, your visitors will sometimes get an error from Netfirms saying that the website owner should upgrade to a paid hosting package and they say try the web-page in about 5 minutes. They blame it on server-side includes, and I have tested it without the server-side includes and the error never came back.

Overall, I would recommend Netfirms and I plan on renewing again in November and I also plan on purchasing another package before then.

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I would love to hear your experiences with Netfirms or any other provider, please leave a comment below.