U.S. Border Guards Google Canadian Blogger and Refuse Entry

This is interesting. According to eWeek, a Canadian blogger was recently refused re-entry to the US after border guards entered his name on Google, found his blog and then determined that he was trying to live in the country illegally.

In case any US border guard ever questions me; for the record I am now a US citizen so no deporting me to England. :-)

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Every day, a blogger or forum member is discussing something important to your business – your company’s brand, your key executives, your competitors or your industry. Are they hyping your company, building positive buzz for your products? Or, are they criticizing your services, complaining to others about the poor quality of your new product launch?

Keeping your eyes and ears on the world of consumer generated media (CGM) can be a daunting task for any company. Blogs, forums, wikis and social networks gain popularity every day and without a plan to monitor and manage your company’s online reputation, you could be at risk.

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Yahoo! Mail Beta Adds RSS Support

While you were sleeping, Yahoo went ahead and added an RSS reader to its Mail Beta product.

Yahoo! Mail Beta users will be able to read RSS feeds by clicking on a new ‘All Feeds’ icon, which will appear below the user’s e-mail folders. This new feature will automatically provide users with access to full posts – whether from their personalized My Yahoo! page, a selection of the most popular feeds or favorite feeds that they manually enter.

The ‘All Feeds’ feature offers users the ability to read and digest all open content sources in one continuous stream of news. For instance, if the user selects feeds from three newspapers, two blogs, and one sports site, ‘All Feeds’ will automatically aggregate these updates into one chronologically ordered digest.

Looking for Google Analytics Support and Training?

Just because Google Analytics is now free, it doesn’t mean you’re going to instantly get the best out of it. Fortune Interactive has always offered Urchin/Google Analytics free to our search engine marketing clients but if you’ve decided to go it alone, you may find you still need some help.

My good friend Tim Seward is one of just a handful of authorized Google Analytics consultants in the US and he’s just launched ROI Revloution for those companies looking for help in understanding all of that data.

Having worked with Tim first hand, I can tell you his company knows its stuff!

Microsoft Fremont a Google Base Competitor?

Scot Wingo points to a new Microsoft Live product code-named “Fremont” that will likely compete with Google Base and Craigslist.

This product represents a unique offering by Microsoft to address the person-to-person marketplace. The product, code-named “Fremont,� is a dynamic new listing service that enables people to easily buy, sell, or swap among friends, co-workers, or the public. Fremont enhances your ability to:

* Connect with those you trust – your messenger buddies and your coworkers,
* Locate items in your neighborhood or across the country through integration with MapPoint and Windows Liveâ„¢ Local (formerly Virtual Earth),
*List easily, instantly, and for free.

Google Space Offers Free Wi-Fi at London’s Heathrow Airport

Mediapost reports that Google is offering free web access to travelers using LHR.

At Heathrow, the Internet-ready lounge, dubbed Google Space, is intended to provide passengers who are waiting through layovers or flight delays with access to the Internet. The lounge is staffed by Google employees who will provide assistance and advice to the Google Space users. Google Space will be active in Heathrow until Dec. 17.

Does Google Suggest the World is Racist?

Softpedia seems to think that Google Suggest demonstrates the world is full of nothing but racists.

These suggested queries are based on what other people searched for before and it was proved that people are interested in finding evidence that “blacks are inferior”, “blacks are lazy” or to prove that the “white race is superior”.

Hardly compelling. My own research found…

“blacks on blondes” – whoops there goes the PG13
“white men can’t jump”
“caucasians are too damn tall”
“cats are better than dogs”
“british are coming”
“canadians are not americans”