links for 2011-07-22

  • Google has been killing a lot of unimportant products recently, and the latest casualty is the Google Toolbar for Firefox, which has been around since 2005.

    The Toolbar is a free downloadable add-on that offers features like automatic translation of Web pages, spell check (good for composing email in a Web browser), and of course a search box.

    Google introduced it for Firefox before any other browser, but says that Firefox now has many of these same features built in, so there's no reason to keep supporting the toolbar past Firefox 4.

  • First of all, we'd like to thank all of our loyal users of Google Toolbar for Firefox. We deeply appreciate all of the feedback over the years that helped to make the product so useful. As we all know, over the past few years, there has been a tremendous amount of innovation in the browser space. For Firefox users, many features that were once offered by Google Toolbar for Firefox are now already built right into the browswer. Therefore, while Google Toolbar for Firefox works on versions up to and including Firefox 4 only, it will not be supported on Firefox 5 and future versions. Please see our Help Center for additional details.
  • Fans who attended the "Star Wars Fan Movie Awards" at the San Diego Comic-Con just got a sneak peek at some of the deleted scenes from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" on Blu-ray. You can watch the scenes using the player below!

    "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" is coming to Blu-ray on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America. You can view the full specs here.

  • Lionsgate is starting Comic-Con early and has debuted this extended Red Band clip from Conan the Barbarian, coming to 3D and 2D theaters on August 19. Directed by Marcus Nispel, the fantasy action adventure stars Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Sa?d Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O'Donnell, Raad Rawi Fassir, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp and Milton Welsh.

    In the film, a quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

  • Google makes a heck of a lot of money from online advertising. In fact, 97 percent of Google’s revenue, which totaled $33.3 billion in the past twelve months, comes from advertising.

    WordStream, a venture capital-backed provider of hosted software that automates most of the manual work involved with creating and optimizing both paid and natural search engine marketing campaigns, has done some research to discover which keyword categories fetch the highest costs per click (CPC) in Google’s AdWords solution.

    And of course, they made an infographic based on the results of their research (embedded below).

    WordStream compiled data from its own, vast keyword database and the Google Keyword Tool to determine the top 10,000 most expensive English-language keywords over a 90-day period.

    Subsequently, the list was organized into categories by theme. The largest keyword categories were then determined by weighting the number of keywords within each category,

  • When I came across the idea to microwave Ivory soap on The Cyber School Mom Diary’s fantastically comprehensive Supermegatotally Thrilladelic Not Bummer Summer list, I was instantly intrigued.

    “What happens when you microwave Ivory soap?” I asked.

    “Try it and see!” Chrissi told me. “It doesn’t damage anything and it’s cool.”

  • This tutorial shows how you can quickly make an RSS feed of any website without requring software or having to write a single line of XML code.

    Among other benefits, adding an RSS feed to a regular website can help increase visibility and also boost site traffic because your web pages will now get indexed in blog search engines and online feed readers as well in addition to regular web search.

  • Choosing a host for your small business website, at first may not seem like a big decision. However, there are crucial things to take into consideration when dealing with Internet Service Providers. Mistakes can be made everywhere in your company but making a mistake when choosing a web host provider can potentially be fatal. In a 2006 Akami survey, 75% of people would not return to websites that took longer than 4 seconds to load. Improve your site’s loading speed and reliability, by choosing a reputable web host and understanding the top 4 SMB pitfalls:
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