News Roundup: Google ads and stats, browser cookie havoc, Flickr stock photos, soccer fans on YouTube
Google is providing Web traffic stats and purchasing ad companies. Microsoft and Mozilla had problems with their browsers--guess whose got fixed first? Is Flickr about to get into the stock photo scene? Soccer fan sites on YouTube.
>> Google Reader and the Google home page now provide readerships. Google's popular RSS reader and personalized home page now lets publishers know how many people have subscribed to their content feeds. Most of the Web has patiently been awaiting Google to provide advanced traffic data, and this might be the first big step. On a related note, if you're using either service you can subscribe to the Webware RSS feed using the link under 'Webware Feeds.' (Official Google Reader Blog)
>> Google snags AdScape for $23 million, source says. AdScape does in-game advertising, the kind that can be changed ad hoc, meaning the ads that ship on your game disc can be replaced by an ad feed from AdScape's servers. Creeped out yet? Assume this means we'll be seeing Google ads in all the next-generation video games. (CNET News.com)
>> Microsoft, Mozilla look into browser flaws. There are security vulnerabilities for both browsers that attack your browser's cookies and can change how you view Web sites. The big difference is that the one for Firefox has already been fixed by Mozilla's open-source development network. (CNET News.com)
>> Sell your photos via Flickr? We originally guessed video was the next step for the popular photo service, but Flickr could be getting into the stock photography business. There are certainly a lot of pros using the service to share their shots with the world, so is Flickr taking on others like iStockphoto with a paid distribution model? (CNET Yahoo Blog)
>> Soccer champs announce YouTube content deal. British footballer club Chelsea has its own YouTube channel. For now it's only filled with news updates, but plans to expand into providing highlights as well. There's currently no way to add user content unless your own clips are marked as favorites by the channel providers. A similar YouTube sports campaign has been done by the NHL. (CNET News.com)