Search engines remain popular—and users are more satisfied than ever with the quality of search results—but many are anxious about the collection of personal information by search engines and other websites and say they do not like the idea of personalized search results or targeted advertising. DOWNLOAD Report Here.

Inbox clutter has made it seem harder than ever for email marketers to convey compelling marketing messages to even their opted-in subscribers. But at the same time, the popularity of social sharing has helped some messages circulate far beyond their initial audience.

According to a September 2011 survey by Latin American research firm Tendencias Digitales, 59% of internet users in the region bought products online in the past year. Respondents in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay led the pack.

Shoppers ages 50-54 lead the charge when it comes to purchasing health and beauty products online (52 percent), and shoppers ages 45-49 are purchasing more food and beverage products online (29 percent) than any other age group.

Topix announced the results of a new study on the Internet’s impact on political persuasion, debate and advertising. The 2011 Politics Online Report asked over 1,000 voters nationwide where they get their political information, if and where they engage in political debate and what types of information influences their vote.

Comcast Corporation announced the launch of Internet Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption initiative designed to help bridge the digital divide in America.

AOL Latino announced the launch of the Bloguera Spotlight initiative in partnership with Ford Motor Company. It will be featured on Tu Voz en Tu Vida

Yahoo! en Español recently launched a dynamic original sports feature called “La Locura” sponsored by Corona Extra. Designed to engage the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic audience, “La Locura” offers an offbeat look at the craziest and funniest sporting moments of the week.

Consumers worldwide have been quick to embrace the concept of a tablet computer: IDC forecasts that 53.5 million units will ship this year. announced an extended partnership with Yahoo!, providing Yahoo!'s Hispanic consumers in seven countries with access to dozens of social tournament games within Yahoo! Juegos.

The wealthiest American consumers, those in homes with at least $100,000 annual incomes, have long been difficult for marketers to reach through traditional media like TV and radio, but “Affluent Consumers in a Digital World,” a study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) finds these higher-income Americans embracing digital media—and its ads.

As the family’s chief purchasing officer, mothers are VIPs to marketers. And to reach moms, marketers are wise to invest in digital advertising.

As online search activity continues to grow in usage and intensity, new data show local searches now account for 13 percent of all core search activity on top web search portals as of January 2011. Internet Yellow Pages (IYP) and local search sites also exhibited strong growth with 5.6 billion local searches in 2010, a 15 percent increase over 2009.

Search represents the largest share of online ad spending in the US and around the world, and the competition for valuable branded keywords is heating up.

Digital advertisers face multiple challenges when trying to reach their target audience online. They must get ads in front of their targets both safely—maintaining their brand’s values as its ads appear across the web—and effectively.