Weekly Round-Up, September 2

By Exclusive Concepts Blog Team

Time for the Weekly Roundup.? We’ve been much occupied this week with the terrible disaster that Katrina wrought and the suffering of so many hundreds of thousands of people.? We’ve Blogged for Katrina Relief and hope you all have made your first donations to the American Red Cross or the relief charity of your choice.?

This is a time when we do all we can to help other Americans who would do the same for us if we needed it.

It’s neighbors helping neighbors, people helping people.

The type of horizontal linking and matching of people offering help to people needing help is proving to be far more effective in many ways that the type of command and control ineffectiveness demonstrated by officials in every level of government.? That’s? why blogs and other social networking tools are proving so useful in this terrible disaster.? Businesses would do well to learn? some lessons from Katrina and incorporate those lessons in an Emergency Blog as part of their own disaster planning.

Still, there is some other news and interesting links I’ve gleaned this week.

Yahoo is doing a major upgrade of its e-mail search because it realized how much more time people were spending online and how much of their personal information they were storing in their email accounts.

Dave Barry looks at the gas crisis

The Washington Post is sending its readers to blogs with its new partnership with Technorati .? That way, people can read about WP stories even if those? same stories are protected behind a paid wall.

Neilsen reports that online display ad spend was up 12.6% in the first half of? 2005, more that double the projected growth.

Consumer Reports rates top email programs and add-ons to protect against spam.? Also Antispyware.? Microsoft tops both.

Google Announces Plan to Destroy All Information It Can’t Index.? At least this Onion doesn’t make you cry.

NPR has lots of podcasts.

Is Apple coming out with an IPOD Cellphone next week?? The New York Times so reports? and discusses the partnership of Apple and Motorola.

You can’t get cancer from a cellphone, at least in the first 10 years of use reports the BBC.

The only question that matters.? This is what Intuit, Symantec (soon to be part of Veritas)? and GE are doing.

Rather than asking consumers to complete cumbersome questionnaires, itís more useful to ask just the question about recommending the product. Subtract positive responses from neutral and negative ones, and you get a net promoter score thatís a revealing barometer of customer satisfaction.

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