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Looking for a nice selection of SEO power tools that will help diagnose technical issues and optimize your website, or perhaps gain insight on what your competition is doing? Below are 13 SEO tools (many of them free) to do just that.

Even if you have little to no budget, you will still able to get the job done with this selection of search marketing power tools, which comes courtesy of Simon Heseltine (@SimonHeseltine), Director of Audience Development at AOL. Heseltine shared his list of SEO tools you should be using with SES New York attendees last week.

It sounds obvious, but it works. Heseltine said to start by looking around a site by using your eyes to get a high level overview of a website.

View the source code and look for things like robots.txt. Go through the funnels and flows to see how the site works. You should also look for things like wrong canonical tags or if the site’s images don’t contain proper keyword focused alt parameters.

Starting with using your eyes will really give you insight on where to start in your SEO process.

IIS SEO Toolkit is a free SEO tool that he highly recommended to give you an overview. It allows you to analyze SEO aspects like your site’s content, structure, and URLs for search engine spiders.

This tool also clearly shows you issues that your site may have, like if your title for a certain page is too long or if a link on a page is broken. The tool presents errors or items that need attention with a red x, so it makes it really easy to see the issues you need to correct.

Another great reason to use this tool is since it’s a Microsoft tool, it’s as though Bing is crawling your site. This tool can analyze up to 1 million pages, although Heseltine mentioned that he usually analyzes between 20,000-30,000 pages of a site, to get an idea.

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An Illuminati-obsessed hacker is breaking into the email accounts of Washington, D.C.’s political elite, and sharing what he finds. Who is Guccifer, and what’s his motive?

This weekend, the hacker who goes by the handle “Guccifer” reportedly leaked confidential memos longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal sent to Hillary Clinton regarding the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. According to the Smoking Gun, the cache consists of four emails, recreated in Comic Sans font to apparently maximize the humiliation. Guccifer sent the emails to dozens of politicians and journalists this weekend, after he’d broken into Blumenthal’s AOL email account last week. (Nobody has published the emails yet; this might be another effect of the Comic Sans.)

The leaking is the latest stunt in Guccifer’s weeks-long hacking spree targeting Washington insiders. He hacked into friends and family members of George W. Bush and exposed his amateurish paintings and personal correspondences. He broke into Colin Powell’s Facebook page and defaced it with anti-Bush screeds. Mostly silly stuff. But with the leak of the Clinton emails he seems to be set on using his access to the inboxes of the powerful more powerfully.

Unlike hacktivists whose manifestos are longer than their list of accomplishments, Guccifer has not indicated any real motive for his spree. He’s targeted both major parties, and it appears that he’s leapfrogging from politco to politico using information gained in each hack, much as “Hollywood Hacker” Christopher Chaney weaseled his way into the accounts of dozens of hollywood starlets, domino-style.

One possible motive is a misguided attempt at digging up evidence to back up the conspiracy theories Guccifer has tossed out in his emails to The Smoking Gun and the posts on Colin Powell’s page. According to The Smoking Gun

In e-mail screeds, “Guccifer” seems to subscribe to dark conspiracies involving the Federal Reserve, the Council on Foreign Relations, and attendees of Bohemian Grove retreats. “the evil is leading this fucked up world!!!!!! i tell you this the world of tomorrow will be a world free of illuminati or will be no more,” the hacker declared.

(Of course the Illuminati stuff could easily be a troll.)

Guccifer seems to come out of the blue. I haven’t been able to find any reference to him before the George W. Bush hack in February. But he’s claimed he’s a longtime veteran of the scene. “i have an old game with the fucking bastards inside, this is just another chapter in the game,” he told The Smoking Gun. Hackers often switch handles, so he could have been causing mayhem under a different name. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting to see what Guccifer finds next.

If anyone knows more about Guccifer and his exploits please email me.

[Image by Jim Cooke, photos via Getty]

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The person who brought the world George W. Bush’s shower self-portrait is a hacker going by the name Guccifer, and he (we’re assuming) did not stop there. While relatively new to the Internet mayhem scene, at least under that moniker, Guccifer has made these last few weeks count, also hitting Colin Powell’s Facebook page and now the e-mail account of former Bill Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal. The Smoking Gun reports that the hacker has “disseminated four recent memos” to the media from Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton about the attack in Benghazi, although his identity and motivations remain murky.

Gawker notes, “He’s targeted both major parties, and it appears that he’s leapfrogging from politco to politico using information gained in each hack, much as ‘Hollywood Hacker’ Christopher Chaney weaseled his way into the accounts of dozens of hollywood starlets, domino-style.” At the time of the Bush family hack, we blamed AOL because “one piece falls and the rest follow. Cracking a second-tier e-mail account, like Dorothy Bush Koch’s, with barely any effort, could have exposed Guccifer to all kinds of private info, including the personal e-mail addresses of other friends and family on which to try the same tricks.” Blumenthal’s compromised address was an AOL account as well.

TSG tracked Guccifer’s IP addresses to Russia, although that could be a feint, and quoted the hacker’s conspiracy-theory vendettas against the likes of the Federal Reserve and the Council of Foreign Relations. “the evil is leading this fucked up world!!!!!! i tell you this the world of tomorrow will be a world free of illuminati or will be no more,” Guccifer wrote.

He’s also targeted “U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski; a senior United Nations official; Rockefeller family members; former FBI agents; security contractors in Iraq; a former Secret Service agent; and John Negroponte, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,” the Smoking Gun reports. “A majority of these breaches have involved AOL e-mail accounts.” While Guccifer is still running wild, then, the technological lesson for important people behind the times remains.

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LONDON, February 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Online service companies show good growth prospects but face a bevy of issues as well. The companies are open to different micro and macro elements. Liberty Interactive Corporation (LINTA) is going full steam to boost its portfolio by enhancing its holdings. It recently upped its stake in TripAdvisor and is planning to carry out the same exercise with Expedia. E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. (DANG), on the other hand, faces issues like increasing costs and slowdown in demand. It also faces stiff competition from the new entrants in Chinese online marketplace segment. StockCall has taken an interest in these companies and you can now sign up to download the free technical research on Liberty Interactive and E-Commerce China Dangdang at

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E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. stock got dumped by Alkeon Capital Management LLC and Manulife Asset Management in the past quarter. Their actions are justified given that the stock lost 1.5 percent of its value so far in this year. In last quarter, major hedge fund outfit Maverick Capital also closed its position in the company, dealing it another blow. Citadel Advisors also liquidated its holding in the company. Institutional selling is generally a negative sign for the future prospects of a company. Register to download the free technical analysis on E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. at

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E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. is based on Amazon’s model and is currently facing major crisis in the form of increasing competition. Major retail giants like Amazon and Walmart have renewed their bid to capture the Chinese market and this poses dual a threat to home-grown companies like E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc.

The company is mainly invested in China and the doubts about the pace of economic growth in China put a dampener on the company’s growth prospects as well. It is also facing an increase in its costs, putting pressure on its margins. At the very same time, its stock is bound to benefit from the growth in number of internet users.

Liberty Interactive Corporation Augments TripAdvisor Stake

Liberty Interactive Corporation is growing fast as it holds stakes in Expedia and AOL. The company stock is up 14 percent in the past 12 months and it bought controlling stake in TripAdvisor late last year. This move is expected to be a positive catalyst for the stock. Liberty Interactive is scheduled to report its fourth quarter earnings on Feb 27th, providing another positive catalyst for the stock. The company had performed well for its third quarter and had reported robust growth trend. The momentum is likely to continue into the fourth quarter. Sign up today to read the free research report on Liberty Interactive Inc. at

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FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — HubShout, a US based SEO reseller, website reseller and online marketing firm is pleased to announce the continuation of its Future Online Marketers scholarship program. Though HubShout’s core business is its SEO reseller program and recently launched website reseller program, the scholarship is designed to support students who are interested in utilizing online marketing strategies such as SEO, Local SEO, Pay Per Click Advertising, Email Marketing and Social Media in their future careers. Students who are interested in becoming an SEO reseller or website reseller are also encouraged to apply.

Any student who has completed at least one year of post-secondary education, has a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a strong resume of online marketing related activities and internships is a good candidate for the HubShout scholarship. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in the spring semester and one in the fall. The first application period ends on March 30, 2013 and awards will be announced by April 15, 2013.

Three outstanding students were awarded the HubShout 2012 scholarship: Andre Sadler (Syracuse University), Michael Minnock (Duquesne University) and Giovanni Holmquist (SUNY at Albany).

Prior to the launch of the SEO reseller and website reseller programs, HubShout provided SEO and PPC advertising services to direct clients. The HubShout’s reporting dashboard, developed in 2009 to demonstrate transparency and accountability to online marketing clients, was the catalyst that brought about the SEO reseller program. Businesses that outsource SEO services through HubShout’s SEO reseller program are able to provide a full menu of online marketing services, efficiently manage client accounts and prove results. In addition, HubShout SEO resellers receive a dedicated account manager, sales training, twice monthly webinars, a free email marketing tool with prewritten marketing email content and licensed images, and a large library of sales collateral. HubShout’s innovative website reseller program adds another opportunity for SEO resellers to white label an in-demand product.

Education is a key factor in the business accomplishments of HubShout co-founders, Chad Hill , CEO and Adam Stetzer , Ph.D, President. After completing his BA at SUNY Buffalo, Stetzer benefited from a scholarship when he earned his Ph.D. at Purdue. Hill holds a BA from the University of Florida and MBA from Georgetown University. Both Stetzer and Hill have formidable Fortune 100 experience with companies such as GE, AOL, Coca Cola, AT&T, Verizon, Ford, Pepsi, ChevronTexaco, Nissan and others. Their education and business experience built a solid foundation for the development of HubShout, the SEO reseller program and more recently, the website reseller program.

Colleges and universities that wish to offer the scholarship opportunity to their students should contact HubShout at learnmore@hubshout.com For more information about the SEO reseller and website reseller programs or any online marketing service, please contact HubShout directly.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Liberty Interactive LLC (Liberty), a subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LINTA/LINTB and LVNTA/LVNTB ) announced a cash distribution to the holders of its 3.125% Senior Exchangeable Debentures due in 2023 (the Debentures). This distribution is the result of AOL, Inc.s special dividend of $5.15 per share paid on December 14, 2012.

Each Debenture is exchangeable into a basket of securities consisting of 19.1360 common shares of Time Warner Entertainment (TWX), 4.8033 common shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and 1.7396 common shares of AOL, Inc. (AOL).

Pursuant to the indenture governing the Debentures, this distribution is considered an extraordinary distribution of cash. As a result, each Debenture holder will be entitled to receive a cash payment of $8.9589 per bond. The distribution is expected to be made on January 15, 2013 to holders of record on December 31, 2012.

Also pursuant to the indenture, on any date that we pay or make an additional distribution to the holders of the debentures that is attributable to an extraordinary distribution on the reference shares, the original principal amount of each debenture will be reduced by the amount of the additional distribution that is paid or made with respect to that debenture. Thereafter, the adjusted principal amount will be further reduced on each successive semi-annual interest payment date to the extent necessary to cause the semi-annual interest payment on that date to represent the payment by Liberty, in arrears, of an annualized yield of 3.125% of the adjusted principal amount of the debentures. An adjustment for purposes of ensuring that Liberty does not pay an annualized yield of more than 3.125% of the adjusted principal amount of the debentures that is necessary by the payment of an additional distribution to holders of the debentures will take effect on the second succeeding interest payment date after the payment of that distribution. We will issue a press release each time an adjustment is made to the adjusted principal amount of the debentures.

Beginning Adjusted Principal per Bond

Extraordinary Distribution

Ending Adjusted Principal per Bond

The adjustments described above will not affect the amount of the semi-annual payments received by holders of the debentures, which will continue to be a rate of interest equal to 3.125% per annum of the original principal amount of the debentures.

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Liberty Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB, LVNTA, LVNTB) (Liberty) today announced that after 14 years as General Counsel, Charles Tanabe will retire at the end of the year. Succeeding him will be Rich Baer, former EVP and Chief Legal Officer of UnitedHealth Group, who will join Liberty on January 1, 2013, as SVP and General Counsel.

We appreciate the tremendous job he has done as our General Counsel, said John Malone, Liberty Chairman. We wish him well on his retirement and thank him for his many years of service.

I want to thank Charles for his many contributions to Liberty. We have all benefited from his business wisdom and legal skills. He will be greatly missed by me and the entire Liberty team, said Greg Maffei, Liberty president and CEO. We’re also pleased that Charles will continue to work with Liberty on special projects.

We are very excited, however, to welcome an attorney of Rich Baers caliber to the team, Maffei added. Rich brings an extraordinary breadth of experience to Liberty from his time at UnitedHealth, Qwest and Sherman & Howard and in fact, represented Liberty while in private practice.

As Chief Legal Officer of UnitedHealth Group, Baer oversaw the companys legal, regulatory and compliance matters. Baer previously served as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Qwest Communications where he oversaw legal, human resources, corporate communications, compliance, public policy, government relations and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Qwest, Baer served as chairman of the litigation department at Sherman & Howard.

Baer holds a juris doctorate degree from Duke University and a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University.

About Liberty Interactive Corporation

Liberty Interactive Corporation operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses. Those interests are currently attributed to two tracking stock groups: Liberty Interactive Group and Liberty Ventures Group. The Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB) is primarily focused on digital commerce and consists of Liberty Interactive Corporations subsidiaries Backcountry.com, Bodybuilding.com, Celebrate Interactive (including Evite and Liberty Advertising), CommerceHub, MotoSport, Provide Commerce, QVC, Right Start, and Liberty Interactive Corporations interests in HSN and Lockerz. The Liberty Ventures Group (Nasdaq: LVNTA, LVNTB) consists of Liberty Interactive Corporations non-consolidated assets, including interests in AOL, Expedia, Interval Leisure Group, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Tree.com (Lending Tree), TripAdvisor and various green energy investments.

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Last Thursday, WebmasterRadio.fm produced the first of what will be a weekly series of podcasts from the SearchEngineWatch.com newsroom. SEW Weekly kicked off with analysis of the weeks search and social news, followed by special guests sharing in-house SEO strategy.

SEW Weekly hosts Thom Craver and Miranda Miller were joined by AOLs Director of SEO Simon Heseltine, as well as Senior SEO Strategist Dave Rohrer from Covario. Heseltine and Rohrer will speak on the Successful In-House SEO panel on Thursday November 15th at SES Chicago; SEW Weekly listeners had a sneak preview into their experience and advice for more effective in-house SEO.

Each guest had a number of years experience in-house as well as agency-side and were able to identify some of the key differences/challenges in developing and executing search marketing strategy for a single company. In Heseltines case, there are numerous web properties across the AOL portfolio, including TechCrunch, Huffington Post and Engadget. Rohrer worked in smaller companies in the auto and SaaS industries for nine years. Together, their broad experience lent to an insightful show replete with personal anecdotes and real-life experience.

When asked how in-house SEOs stay current when they may be exposed to a lesser variety of scenarios than an agency SEO, Heseltine pointed to the benefit of working with a larger organization.

In my case, Im working with a variety of sites, across different locations, that have a variety of architectures… they have different challenges, different CMSs, and lots of different people that Im working with, he said. I get a lot of exposure to a lot of different environments within the one company.

What about the SEO working in a smaller company? Rohrer points to networking, participation in events and personal experimentation as key to building out his experience.

We had one site, maybe a microsite or two. I would look at some of my industry colleagues, people I met at conferences – which is why networking at an SES event is always a good thing to do, he explained. I also built my own sites in completely different verticals; we werent working with WordPress, so I just built a WordPress site to learn it. I would take on small, family clients and look for people with problems. I looked for things I didnt get to do in my day job and continued to learn at night and on the weekends.

Getting buy-in from superiors can be challenging for in-house SEOs. Heseltine advised its all about being able to show the value of SEO to employers when requesting new tools, additional budget, or time to execute the SEO strategy.

In one company, he learned a hard lesson about non-believers in the form of a development leader who simply didnt understand (or want to learn anything about) SEO and therefore thought it worthless. To combat this, he said, identify low-hanging fruit and create a case study around a success. Forecast the positive effect for the company with the additional resources required to prove value to employers.

Heseltine and Rohrer went on to share their greatest tips for in-house SEOs and will dive deeper into their case studies in their upcoming Successful In-House SEO session at SES Chicago.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Liberty Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB, LVNTA, LVNTB) announced that Greg Maffei, President and CEO of Liberty Interactive, will be presenting at the Goldman Sachs 21st Annual Communacopia Conference, on September 20th at 9:40 a.m., Eastern Time at the Conrad Hotel in New York City, NY. During his presentation, Mr. Maffei may make observations regarding the company’s financial performance and outlook.

The presentation will be broadcast live via the Internet. All interested persons should visit the Liberty Interactive Corporation website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the webcast. An archive of the webcast will also be available on this website for 30 days.

About Liberty Interactive Corporation

Liberty Interactive Corporation operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses. Those interests are currently attributed to two tracking stock groups: Liberty Interactive Group and Liberty Ventures Group. The Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB) is primarily focused on digital commerce and consists of Liberty Interactive Corporations subsidiaries Backcountry.com, Bodybuilding.com, Celebrate Interactive (including Evite and Liberty Advertising), CommerceHub, MotoSport, Provide Commerce, QVC, Right Start, and Liberty Interactive Corporations interests in HSN and Lockerz. The Liberty Ventures Group (Nasdaq: LVNTA, LVNTB) consists of Liberty Interactive Corporations non-consolidated assets, including interests in AOL, Expedia, Interval Leisure Group, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Tree.com (Lending Tree), TripAdvisor and various green energy investments.

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Liberty Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB, LVNTA, LVNTB) announced that Mike George, President and CEO of QVC, Inc., will be presenting at the Goldman Sachs Nineteenth Annual Global Retailing Conference on Wednesday, September 5th at 1:30 p.m., Eastern Time at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, NY. During his presentation, Mr. George may make observations regarding the company’s financial performance and outlook.

The presentation will be broadcast live via the Internet. All interested persons should visit the Liberty Interactive Corporation website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the webcast. An archive of the webcast will also be available on this website for 30 days.

About Liberty Interactive Corporation

Liberty Interactive Corporation operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses. Those interests are currently attributed to two tracking stock groups: Liberty Interactive Group and Liberty Ventures Group. The Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB) is primarily focused on digital commerce and consists of Liberty Interactive Corporations subsidiaries Backcountry.com, Bodybuilding.com, Celebrate Interactive (including Evite and Liberty Advertising), CommerceHub, MotoSport, Provide Commerce, QVC, Right Start, and Liberty Interactive Corporations interests in HSN and Lockerz. The Liberty Ventures Group (Nasdaq: LVNTA, LVNTB) consists of Liberty Interactive Corporations non-consolidated assets, including interests in AOL, Expedia, Interval Leisure Group, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Tree.com (Lending Tree), TripAdvisor and various green energy investments.

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John Eggerton — Multichannel News, 7/30/2012 1:24:57 PM

Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel, has been named to head a new Free Speech Week advisory council. Free Speech Week –Oct. 22-28, 2012 — was launched in 2005 by the Media Institute in 2005 to spotlight democracy’s ?most basic right.” The goal is to raise the profile of the free speech initiative. “”Raising awareness of freedom of speech is a worthy and important initiative,” said Pittman in a statement, “and I am happy to join with The Media Institute to increase national awareness of Free Speech Week and its role as the country’s premier annual celebration of free speech.” Pittman helped create MTV and has run or operated MTV Networks, America Online, Six Flags, Quantum Media, Century 21, and AOL Time Warner. “Bob Pittman and his colleagues on the FSW Advisory Council promise to take Free Speech Week to a whole new level of public awareness and participation,” said Media Institute President Patrick Maines on the creation of the council. The Institute has yet to identify the other members of the council, but said they would be announced “shortly.”

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WASHINGTON About two-thirds of Americans oppose unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions, according to the 2012 State of the First Amendment national survey released today by the First Amendment Center.

Campaign spending is a volatile issue in this years presidential and congressional campaigns. Asked whether corporations and unions should be able to spend as much as they want in support of or opposition to political candidates, 63% said no, 30% said yes and 7% were undecided. In a controversial 2010 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission removed spending limits on those groups, citing the First Amendments protection for political speech.

The survey also found that 59% of Americans oppose with 44% saying they strongly oppose the governments being allowed to take control of the Internet and limit access to social media and Web outlets such as AOL and Yahoo in the event of a national emergency.

The latest results in the First Amendment Center-sponsored surveys, conducted since 1997 on public knowledge and opinion about the First Amendment, were released today at the National Press Club in a presentation by First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson and Senior Vice President Gene Policinski.

On other social-media issues, the survey found:

The survey results suggest that most Americans see unauthorized downloading as a crime, but a plurality also want to protect the right to use copyrighted content as part of their free expression, a legal principle called fair use, Paulson said. Free speech and copyright are not mutually exclusive.

The event, a luncheon hosted by the Freedom Forums Free Spirit program, was co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the National Press Club.

Other results from the national survey:

While Americans remain generally supportive of First Amendment freedoms, its clear that as a nation we need to re-energize our efforts to provide education about those rights, starting with understanding what they are, said Policinski. We need to prepare our fellow citizens for the tasks of defending and applying those five freedoms in the 21st century.

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WASHINGTON About two-thirds of Americans oppose unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions, according to the 2012 State of the First Amendment national survey released July 17, 2012, by the Nashville, Tenn.-based First Amendment Center.

Campaign spending is a volatile issue in this year’s presidential and congressional campaigns. Asked whether corporations and unions should be able to spend as much as they want in support of or opposition to political candidates, 63 percent said “no,” 30 percent said “yes” and 7 percent were undecided.

In a controversial 2010 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission removed spending limits on those groups, citing the First Amendment’s protection for political speech.

The survey also found that 59 percent of Americans oppose with 44 percent saying they “strongly oppose” the government’s being allowed to take control of the Internet and limit access to social media and Web outlets such as AOL and Yahoo in the event of a national emergency.

The latest results in the First Amendment Center-sponsored surveys, conducted since 1997 on public knowledge and opinion about the First Amendment, were released at the National Press Club in a presentation by First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson and Senior Vice President Gene Policinski.

On other social-media issues, the survey found:

“The survey results suggest that most Americans see unauthorized downloading as a crime, but a plurality also want to protect the right to use copyrighted content as part of their free expression, a legal principle called ‘fair use,’” Paulson said. “Free speech and copyright are not mutually exclusive.”

The event, a luncheon hosted by the Freedom Forum’s “Free Spirit” program, was co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the National Press Club.

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Which O.C. beach made AOLs top 5 list? April 19th, 2012, 4:55 pm posted by Laylan Connelly, staff writer

Any number of Orange Countys beaches could be on the list of top summer beaches in the country.

Theres Newport Beach, the waves in West Newport and the monster Wedge that pumped during the seasons south swells. Then theres Laguna Beach its tidepools and reputation after being made famous by reality television. Dana Point aint too shabby either Salt Creek has some of the best waves on the coast, and just above sits the ritzy Ritz Carlton.

But the beach that made AOLs top five summer beaches in the country was our very own Huntington Beach, home to the biggest surf festival on the planet, which claims the title Surf City, because of its world-famous waves, the Mecca of the surf and beach culture in California. Fortunately, none of the Orange County beaches made the top five worst beaches list.

CHECK OUT THIS SLIDESHOW TO SEE HOW WILD THE HB SURF AND LIFESTYLE CAN GET.

Heres what AOL writes about Huntington Beach (read it in the original form here.)

Any sand lover, surf lover or dog lover would be right at home in Orange Countys golden town. This beach offers cleaner California waters and

bigger swells than those in Los Angeles. Home to the surf and volleyball pro tours, Surf City, USA has become quite a tourist attraction within the last decade, expanding its shops and restaurants to accommodate the larger crowds.

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By Edmund Lee – Thu Feb 23 21:21:37 GMT 2012

John Malone’s Liberty Interactive Corp. (LINTA), the media company that owns stakes in QVC Inc., AOL Inc. (AOL), Time Warner Inc. and others, said it plans to split its shares into two tracking stocks.

The Liberty Interactive tracking stock will include Liberty’s interests in home-shopping services QVC and HSN Inc. (HSNI), as well as QVC bonds and $1.1 billion of Liberty’s publicly traded senior notes and debentures, the company said today. Liberty Ventures will include interests in Expedia Inc. (EXPE), Time Warner (TWX), Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and AOL as well as $1.25 billion of cash and $3 billion of Liberty’s publicly traded debentures.

“We expect this recapitalization to highlight each tracking stock’s operations and financial aspects of the attributed assets, provide greater investor choice, and raise capital while maintaining an optimal capital and tax efficient structure for Liberty,” Chief Executive Officer Greg Maffei said in the statement.

Stockholders will receive 1 share of Liberty Interactive for each Class A or Class B share currently owned. They will get 1 share of Liberty Ventures for every 20 Class A or Class B Liberty shares.

Shares of Englewood, Colorado-based Liberty Interactive gained 2.3 percent to $18.39 at the close in New York. They have advanced 13 percent this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Edmund Lee in New York at elee310@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ville Heiskanen at vheiskanen@bloomberg.net

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Liberty Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB) (“Liberty”) today announced that its board of directors has approved the recapitalization of its common stock into shares of the corresponding series of two new tracking stocks, Liberty Interactive and Liberty Ventures.

“We are pleased to announce the Board’s approval to recapitalize Liberty into two tracking stocks,” said Greg Maffei, President and CEO of Liberty. “We expect this recapitalization to highlight each tracking stock’s operations and financial aspects of the attributed assets, provide greater investor choice, and raise capital while maintaining an optimal capital and tax efficient structure for Liberty.”

The Liberty Interactive tracking stock group initially will have attributed to it QVC, the eCommerce companies, a 34% stake in HSN, approximately $500 million of cash, $2 billion principal amount of QVC’s bonds, QVC’s $2 billion bank credit facility and approximately $1.1 billion principal amount of Liberty’s publicly traded senior notes and debentures. Cash to be attributed to Liberty Interactive and Liberty Ventures will come from various sources including cash on hand, cash from operations and proceeds from QVC’s bank credit facility with an expected balance at closing of $1.3-1.5 billion.

The Liberty Ventures tracking stock group initially will have attributed to it Liberty’s interests in Expedia, TripAdvisor, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, AOL, Interval Leisure Group, Tree.com and Liberty’s green-energy investments, approximately $1.25 billion of cash, additional cash raised from the exercise of Liberty Ventures subscription rights, and approximately $3 billion principal amount of Liberty’s publicly traded exchangeable debentures.

In the recapitalization, Liberty stockholders will receive one share of the corresponding series of Liberty Interactive group tracking stock for each share of series A or series B Liberty common stock they own and one share of the corresponding series of Liberty Ventures group tracking stock for every 20 shares of series A or series B Liberty common stock they own. In addition, stockholders will also receive a subscription right to acquire one additional series A or series B share for every three shares of series A or three shares of series B Liberty Ventures tracking stock they receive in the recapitalization.

The subscription rights are being issued to raise capital for general corporate purposes of the Liberty Ventures tracking stock group, including investment in new business opportunities to be attributed to that group. The subscription rights will:

Enable the holders to acquire shares of the applicable series of Liberty Ventures common stock at a 20% discount to the 20 trading day volume weighted average trading price of the Liberty Ventures tracking stock following the closing of the recapitalization Become publicly traded, once the exercise price has been established Expire forty trading days following the closing of the recapitalization

The proposed recapitalization is intended to be tax-free to stockholders and its completion will be subject to various conditions, including the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting power of Liberty’s outstanding shares present in person or by proxy at the stockholder meeting, voting together as a single class, and the receipt of a tax opinion from counsel. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing, the recapitalization is currently expected to occur this summer.

This announcement and Liberty’s fourth quarter and year end 2011 earnings will be discussed on a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. (ET).

Please call Premiere Conferencing at (888) 452-4034 or (719) 325-2145 at least 10 minutes prior to the call. Callers will need to be on a touch-tone telephone to ask questions. The conference administrator will provide instructions on how to use the polling feature.

Replays of the conference call can be accessed through 2:00 p.m. (ET) on March 1st, by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 plus the passcode 1032754#.

In addition, the conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet. All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive Corporation website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the web cast. Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Liberty Interactive website. The conference call and related materials will be archived on the website for one year.

About Liberty Interactive Corporation

Liberty (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB) owns interests in a broad range video and online commerce businesses including QVC, Provide Commerce, Backcountry.com, Celebrate Interactive, Bodybuilding.com, Evite, and Expedia.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about the proposed recapitalization of Liberty’s common stock, a related rights offering and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, the satisfaction of conditions to the proposed recapitalization. These forward looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Liberty expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Liberty's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of Liberty, including the most recent Form 10-K, for additional information about Liberty and about the risks and uncertainties related to Liberty's business which may affect the statements made in this press release.

Additional Information

Nothing in this press release shall constitute a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell shares of Liberty’s proposed new tracking stock or Liberty’s existing common stock. The offer and sale of shares of the proposed tracking stock will only be made pursuant to an effective registration statement. Liberty stockholders and other investors are urged to read the registration statement to be filed with the SEC, including the proxy statement/prospectus to be contained therein, because they will contain important information about the issuance of shares of the proposed tracking stock. Copies of Liberty’s SEC filings are available free of charge at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov). Copies of the filings together with the materials incorporated by reference therein will also be available, without charge, by directing a request to Liberty Interactive Corporation, 12300 Liberty Boulevard, Englewood, Colorado 80112, Attention: Investor Relations, Telephone: (720) 875-5408.

Participants in a Solicitation

The directors and executive officers of Liberty and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of proposals relating to the approval of the issuance of the new tracking stock. Information regarding the directors and executive officers of Liberty and other participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their respective direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be available in the proxy materials to be filed with the SEC.

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