We’re in Yur Internets, Lookin 4 Yur Tax Fraud

one-dollarYet another reason to be careful what you say online: the tax man cometh, and he’s totally reading your MySpace. According to the Wall Street Journal, state tax revenue agents have begun checking social media profiles and announcements to make sure their citizens are staying honest.

The WSJ gives multiple examples from around the country:

  • In Minnesota, authorities were able to levy back taxes on the wages of a long-sought tax evader after he announced on MySpace that he would be returning to his home town . . .
  • . . . agents in Nebraska collected $2,000 from a deejay after he advertised on his MySpace page that he would be working at a big public party.

Twitter and Fox on the Fringe

FringeNot sure what you should do with Twitter? Are you hearing that it’s the most important breakthrough since breathing but not sure how to take advantage of it? Well, you may need to stop listening to everyone and think a bit outside the box like Fox is doing to inject some new life into a re-run of the edgy TV show, Fringe. Of course, this type of show is probably a perfect place to run this kind of experiment. PC World writes about the TV and Twitter convergence.

Fox has come up with a new way to get viewers hooked into watching repeats of two episodes of the TV show Fringe. On Thursday at 9 p.m., the penultimate episode of Fringe will be accompanied by Twitter commentary from two of the show’s cast and producers.

Radically Transparent Now Available on Amazon’s Kindle!

The words “about time” come to mind, but better late than never: Radically Transparent is now available for the Kindle!

It’s been 18 months since the original print edition was published and today Radically Transparent is still the most comprehensive guide to online reputation management out there! Actually, it’s the only one out there! ;-)

If you own a Kindle, and would like to pick up a copy of Radically Transparent, head over to Amazon immediately!

And, don’t forget to leave a review while you’re there. Thanks! :-)

Bing Cashback Goes Big

Admit it: when you first heard about Microsoft Live’s cashback promotion, you thought it was a kooky idea that wouldn’t last long. Announced in May 2008, the program offered to share revenue from Microsoft’s shopping partners with you, the buyer. At the time, we said it sounded like a last-ditch attempt to buy our loyalty.

But over the last year, cashback has surprised us a bit—and not just by sticking around. In October and November, the service was showing an increase in traffic, sales and revenue for participating partners. Still, the promotion didn’t really help them in overall traffic, and seemed like mostly an afterthought—until now. Check out the latest Bing commercial:

The newest addition to Bing’s marketing blitz touts the cashback program.

Wolfram|Alpha’s API Deal with Bing.com the First of Many?

I given Wolfram|Alpha a hard time, but I think the service might be on the brink of finding its calling in life. After the highly speculated–but widely accepted as accurate–deal with Bing, it now appears Wolfram|Alpha will open up an API and become the provider to a host of data mashups.

At the moment, Alpha generates results that you can see on the website, export as a PDF or "play" using a Mathematica plug-in. Soon, Wolfram will be opening up its curated data that can be queried using an API, Conrad Wolfram said. This will provide yet another source of data that you can use to create projects and mash-ups with the information that we provide at the Data Store.


What Happens When Google Employees Are, in Fact, Evil?

Ebvyirlb_question_yHere’s something that Google might want to nip in the bud, before it becomes true via urban legend.

Over at the Google Webmaster Help forum we get an unsubstantiated claim that an ex-Google employee has turned evil:

Around May I discovered another competitors site recent appearance that looked very similar to mine, in fact even the sentences on my homepage were copied directly to his.  Then by reading the press release for the company I found out it was started by a high up google employee who quit his job with google to form the company.  Shorty after contacting the owner politely introducing myself, I received a threat letter back through email.  I don’t know if I can publish the email on this site so I will hesitate for now.  Basically the owner said he was going to crush me with his skills he had received from google…

Why Hulu Could Kill LOST, Heroes, House, SNL & Family Guy

There’s just one problem with the chart below:

If correct, cable companies are likely losing millions of subscribers that are instead getting their TV fix from online sources, such as Hulu. The problem? Online TV watching doesn’t generate anywhere near the revenue of cable programming.

If we all switch to watching TV via Hula et al, what happens to the quality of the programming? If we continue down this path, we’d better figure out a way to make online video ads successful–and fast–or we may see the end of quality shows such as LOST and House.