Google Adsense now offers 'square, slightly rounded, or very rounded corners' options for your advertisements, reports the official Inside AdSense blog.

rounded corners Adsense Ads Now Have Rounded Corners!

“To get started with these new ad shapes, visit the 'AdSense Setup' tab in your account. As with all format options like sizes and colors, different corner styles will perform better for different publishers. We recommend that you choose the corner style that best matches the look and feel of your sites. Please keep in mind that if your page background color, ad background color, and ad border color are all the same, these new corners won't be visible.”

New Google News Image Version!

Jun 27, 2007 | 1,617 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Google has made some interesting changes in its Google News section. It is now available in an attractive new image version and has a fresher feel compared to the old text oriented pages. The 'image version' link on the left side of the Google News page takes you to the new 'image version'. Along with news articles, there are relevant news images carrying small subtitles. If one places the cursor on the image, it immediately places the related news article on the right side to the top position. By clicking on that one can read the news report.

awimages.thumbnail SEO News Site Threadwatch To Close Down!Threadwatch the boldest and off-the-cuff, yet always informative and fair SEO news site will be shutting down this Friday announces owner, Aaron Wall.

Citing reasons for shutting down as:

  • Threadwatch's edgy news spurned a whole breed of similar sites. These sites gained popularity and made Threadwatch seem like a farce.

pp images.thumbnail Manage The Value Of Your Clicks And Keywords With Yahoo! Search MarketingHere's a step by step approach to learn how to manage the value of your clicks and keywords , writes Stephanie Bilberry in a post called Pay the cost to be the boss in the official Yahoo! Search Marketing blog.

“To set an Ad Group bid for one or more ad groups:

  • Click the Campaigns tab.
  • Identify a campaign with optimization off and click its name.

Yahoo Images now integrates Flickr into its gallery of images to give Yahoo Image Users more variety and options to their image search queries, informs the Official Yahoo! Search blog.

flickr Yahoo! Image Search Integrates With FlickerFlickr alone has 300 million images while Yahoo! Image search crawls billions of images. Now, the two will combine to give you a multitude of options. The official blog says:

adcenter1 Adcenters Scheduled Maintenance Delayed!adCenter 411, Microsoft adcenter's official representative had announced in Webmaster world, Digital point and Search Engine Watch forums, on June 19 that their scheduled maintenance would be on June 23.

As we reported it would include an update to content ads. However, the rep, adcenter 411 reported again in the same threads saying the maintenance would be delayed.

  • “Hi everyone,

image2.thumbnail Google Calls On Judge To Extend Microsofts Four Year Antitrust Scrutiny!In the battle of the Web giants, Google, following last week's complaint that Windows Vista's's desktop search “functionality puts competitors at a disadvantage” (which was put to rest) “called on a judge to extend part of the US government’s four-year antitrust scrutiny of Microsoft” reports the Financial Times.

translate beta res Google Launches Single Word Translation Application!The official Google blog announces the new single word translation application through which we can get translations for just one single word. Besides, it also gives phrases and many possible meanings that the word might have.

Heise online reports that Google threatens to shutdown German Gmail should the Federal Government's legislative initiative continue with its high standings on monitoring of telecommunications and Internet traffic.

June 2007 Live.com Update!

Jun 25, 2007 | 2,035 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Webmasters are a confused lot at Webmaster World on whether Live.com / MSN Search is undergoing update currently.

The sudden rise and drops that are being described as “wild swings”. Whle some achieved high rankings, the rest's experience went like this:

  1. “I thought they had resolved the blogspot problem, but today I see several junk pages ranking well, including the #1 spot for the phrase I am monitoring.”