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WebmasterWorld Weekly Roundup July 5

3:43 pm on Jul 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It with great sadness that I write about a good friend, and a colleague, and long time Administrator and Member of WebmasterWorld, Tedster, Ted Ulle, passed away peacefully. Ted was held in great esteem by many WebmasterWorld Members and by those involved in our industry. It is only fitting that we honor him for the selfless support and help that he gave to many thousands around the globe.
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One of the earliest search engine brands, AltaVista, is to close for good on July 8th. It's sad to see the brand go, and those that might remember it, would know that it was once a significant player in the search market. How the mighty fall!Altavista

Google AdSense now has Asynchronous or Synchronous loading in Google's constant need for speed.Google AdSense

We heard this week that Microsoft is to shut down TechNet subscription service. As the farewell letter notes, "IT trends and business dynamics have evolved," and TechNet has outlived its original purpose.Microsoft TechNet

According to Opera Software, the newest version of Opera is now out of beta and ready for your Mac or PC. Opera

Google AdSense has added two new settings under ad serving: New Enhanced Text Ads and Expandable Ads.

This week, Google has said that use of its external keyword tool will now be restricted to those with AdWords accounts.Google AdWords

News of yet another Yahoo acquisition of email contact discovery company, Xobni. Clearly, Yahoo is on there acquisition trail.Yahoo

A disturbing trend in malware distribution suggests the Darkleech malware has now compromised as many as 40,000 Apache servers. The report claims it's distribution is accelerating and may have compromised as many as 15,000 in May, alone. What can you do about it?Apache

Additionally, here's a connected story about the Apache module injection.

Twitter has updated its developer guidelines, and one item stood out for me, "automated following or bulk following is also prohibited."Twitter

Prism-like systems may be running in other places, and according to reports, France is also running a data and telephone call surveillance system.

It was announced that the inventor of the computer mouse passed away. Douglas C. Engelbart invented the computer mouse and patented it way before it was to become a mainstream technology product. Sadly, it was so far ahead of its time that the patent ran out before the development was adopted.

I heard that twitter is experimenting with better user control over tailored ads and do not track. Read more about it in our thread.

What's this! Researchers have discovered a 'master key' in Android-based phones. So far, Google has declined to comment, which is also worrying, in the sense that this has been known for some time.

Come and join in the conversation on these and other topics you may wish to raise.

Until next time,

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