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Google Helps State Governments Open Up

Some privacy watchdogs, while applauding efforts to open government, nonetheless question whether the Google initiative will make too much information available online. Many public records contain confidential information that can be used to commit identity theft. Public agencies do not have a terrific record of protecting such information.

Four states -- Arizona, California, Utah, and Virginia -- announced plans on Monday to team up with Google to improve access to public information stored on government Web sites. The initiative is intended to address the fact that while an increasing amount of state information is online, it often can be difficult for members of the public to locate.

In a statement announcing the partnerships, Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and CEO, said that Google is involved in several efforts to help government agencies improve public access to information.

Full article: NewsFactor Posted by Picasa
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Yahoo Buys Right Media to Answer Google

Yahoo Inc. will buy the rest of Right Media Inc. for about $680 million, in a move to boost the reach of Yahoo's advertising to social network sites, which marketers have struggled to reach.

So now both Google and Yahoo have decided to buy rather than build their own display-ad networks.

Full story: TMCnet Posted by Picasa
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Out-Googling Google

Chinese search engine Baidu dominates its homeland, but rivals are bearing down.

"I get it," the Western man says, speaking heavily accented Chinese. Surrounded by beautiful Chinese women in the video advertisement, he grins with self-satisfaction.

Nearby, a suave Chinese man dressed in scholar's robes laughs. "You don't necessarily get it," he says. As the ad unfolds, the Chinese scholar proceeds to humiliate the Westerner, mocking his poor Chinese-language skills. In the end, the women flock to the scholar's side, and the Westerner is left confused, alone and humiliated.

"Baidu understands Chinese better," the Baidu.com advertisement says, needling the company's former investor and current rival, Google. And statistics seem to bear that out: Baidu accounts for 62 percent of the country's search traffic, up from 52 percent in 2005, according to the China Internet Network Information Center in Beijing. For Western companies trying to establish a Web presence in China, understanding how Baidu plays the game could be key.

Full article: PC World Posted by Picasa
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Google Aims to Expand China Market Share

BEIJING - Google Inc., No. 2 in China's Web search market, is giving its local managers more autonomy and investing more in China in an effort to make up for its late entry and take the lead in the industry, CEO Eric Schmidt said Friday.

"We are catching up. Our investment is working and we will eventually be the leader," Schmidt told reporters.

Google has 21.7 percent of China's search market, well behind industry leader Baidu.com Inc., which has 55 percent, according to market data company iResearch Inc.

Read more: casperstartribune.net Posted by Picasa
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Criminals Target Google’s AdWords

April 30, 2007: Security firm Exploit Prevention Labs has discovered that malicious software coders have been using Google’s AdWords advertising system to spread malware infections.

According to Exploit Prevention Labs CTO Roger Thompson, the company uncovered exploits posing as URLs in the sponsored links accompanying Google search results.

Full story: idm.net.au Posted by Picasa
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Google Earth asked to move town

Chile has asked Google to correct its popular online mapping service that shows a southern Chilean town named after a national hero as part of neighbouring Argentina.

Villa O'Higgins, a town of about 400 residents near the glacier-encrusted tip of South America, was named after Bernardo O'Higgins, a revered commander of military forces that won Chile's independence from Spain.

Full article: Channel 4 Posted by Picasa
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YouTube hosts Authors @ Google: Beware, NO talking back!

YouTube’s top marketing exec Suzie Reider is fond of extolling the real “conversations” that YouTube hosted videos spark amongst YouTubers, warning prospective marketers not to “mess up” the “authentic” YouTube community.

Why then does Google not wish to spark authentic conversation around its own videos that it posts to YouTube?

Google proudly promotes its “Authors @ Google” program bringing “authors of all stripes to Google for informal talks centering on their recently published books.”

Moreover, Google shares “these remarkable conversations with the world outside the Googleplex via YouTube.”

Full story: blogs.zdnet.com Posted by Picasa
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Google and MySpace expanding in China

Companies seek to tap booming market, play catch-up with established local sites

Google and MySpace are increasing their efforts to establish themselves in China, the second-largest Internet market behind the United States.

Google Inc., No. 2 in China's Web search market, is giving its local managers more autonomy and investing more in China in an effort to make up for its late entry and take the lead in the industry, Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said Friday.

"We are catching up. Our investment is working and we will eventually be the leader," he told reporters.

Read more: sfgate.com Posted by Picasa
Google and MySpace expanding in China - Saturday, April 28, 2007 -

Google Desktop 5.1.0704.25560 Beta

Google Desktop gives you easy access to information on your computer and from the web. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, computer files, music, photos, chats and web pages that you've viewed. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails and bookmarks. It makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google.

Google Desktop doesn't just help you search your computer; it also helps you gather new information from the web with Sidebar, a new desktop feature that shows you your new email, weather and stock information, personalized news and RSS/Atom feeds, and more. Sidebar is personalized automatically, without any manual configuration required (though you can certainly make your own customizations if you want to).

We've also improved your desktop search experience. With Quick Find, you can now launch applications and see search results as you type without even opening a browser. We've also extended our Outlook integration, so you can search Google Desktop with the Outlook Toolbar and see results within Outlook itself. Finally, you can search even more stuff, including your Gmail, files on network drives, many Outlook data types (including Contacts, Tasks, Calendar, Notes and Journal) and MSN Messenger chats. And if you yearn for even stronger security, you can encrypt your entire index.

Improved Sidebar and Google Gadgets. Add Google Gadgets to customize your desktop and Sidebar, Developers: Create and share your own gadgets.

Requires Windows Windows 2000 SP3+/XP/Vista

Download: Google Desktop 5.1.0704.25560 Beta | Gadgets Posted by Picasa
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Google suspends advertising deemed fraudulent

San Francisco — Google Inc. yanked paid advertisements linked to some 20 search terms that online criminals had hijacked to steal banking and other personal information from Web surfers looking for the Better Business Bureau and other sites.

It was unclear how many people were affected before the breach was discovered this week, but computer security experts said Thursday the attack appears to be isolated and only targeting Windows XP users who had not properly updated their machines.

Full article: News-Leader Posted by Picasa
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Google Desktop for Mac Beta

Google Desktop is a desktop search application that gives you easy access to information on your Mac and from the web. Desktop makes searching your own email, files, music, photos, and more as easy as searching the web with Google.

Google Desktop for Mac takes many of the features from the Windows product, such as indexing Gmail and web history, Google.com integration, finding content in past file revisions and deleted files, and fast application launching.

• Fast and easy search for your computer like Google.com for the web

• Launch applications and files with just a few keystrokes

Requires Mac OS 10.4+

Download: Google Desktop for Mac Beta Posted by Picasa
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Earth Day - Sunday, April 22, 2007 -

Google to Buy DoubleClick for $3.1 Billion

Two weeks of rumor and speculation that have reverberated through the interactive marketing industry were concluded today with the announcement that Google will buy DoubleClick for $3.1 billion.

The acquisition, the biggest in Google's history, heralds a huge consolidation of power in the online marketing industry, combining the largest search engine with an original and still biggest ad management firm.

“DoubleClick’s technology is widely adopted by leading advertisers, publishers and agencies, and the combination of the two companies will accelerate the adoption of Google’s innovative advances in display advertising,” said Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of Google in a company statement.

Full article: clickz.com Posted by Picasa
Google to Buy DoubleClick for $3.1 Billion - Friday, April 13, 2007 -

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Yuri Gagarin - Thursday, April 12, 2007 -

Google Voice Local Search

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Using this service, you can:

- search for a local business by name or category.
You can say "Giovanni's Pizzeria" or just "pizza".

- get connected to the business, free of charge.

- get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone.
Just say "text message".

And it's free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.

Learn more: Google Voice Local Search Posted by Picasa
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Google Takes Partial Ownership Of Maxthon Browser!

Multiple sources are confirming that the Chinese/Israeli startup behind the Maxthon Browser has sold a minority stake to Google. The total investment size is rumored to be around $1 million. We are also hearing that this investment is part of a “much larger strategic deal” between the two companies.

Read more: thewebcreator.net Posted by Picasa
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Unsure about compatibility? Google your date

Dating used to be largely a matter of spending time with a love interest, discovering the good, the bad and the ugly in person. If you were lucky, friends helped fill in some of the blanks.

These days, the Internet — and the ability to check people out before they ever meet up — has forever changed the rules.

For better or worse, “googling” your date has become standard practice.

Full article: thedailyworld.com Posted by Picasa
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ushmm + Google Earth

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has joined with Google in an unprecedented online mapping initiative. Crisis in Darfur enables more than 200 million Google Earth users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur, Sudan. The Museum has assembled content—photographs, data, and eyewitness testimony—from a number of sources that are brought together for the first time in Google Earth.

Crisis in Darfur is the first project of the Museum’s Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative that will over time include information on potential genocides allowing citizens, governments, and institutions to access information on atrocities in their nascent stages and respond.

Read more: ushmm.org Posted by Picasa
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AOL, Google team up for paid search service

Time Warner Inc.'s AOL on Monday launched a paid search service backed by Google Inc. technology to help advertisers better target AOL users.

Read more: MSN Money Posted by Picasa
AOL, Google team up for paid search service - Monday, April 09, 2007 -

Google Apologizes to Sohu.com for 'Mistake'

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has apologized to Sohu.com after the Chinese Web portal accused the search giant of illegally incorporating its data in a recently released Google tool that aims to make inputting Chinese characters easier.

The tool, called the "Pinyin Input Method Editor," is similar in concept to the autofill function in many applications, which suggests a word or term after a user has typed in only a few letters, based on previous usage. The Google tool suggests Chinese characters after a user has typed in a few strokes. Sohu.com, one of China's largest portals, has accused Google of stealing its Chinese language dictionary.

While not addressing the allegations directly, Google has apologized. "We are willing to face up to our mistake, and offer an apology to users and to the Sohu company," Google says in a statement.

Full story: technewsworld.com Posted by Picasa
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Google Image Labeler

Google Image Labeler is a new feature of Google Image Search that allows you to label random images to help improve the quality of Google's image search results.

You'll be randomly paired with a partner who's online and using the feature. Over a 90-second period, you and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner's label, you'll earn some points and move on to the next image until time runs out. After time expires, you can explore the images you've seen and the websites where those images were found. And we'll show you the points you've earned throughout the session.

Just an interest in helping Google improve the relevance of image search results for users like yourself. Although you do not have to log in to your Google account to help, logging in will allow you to keep track of your points. You can also choose to provide a nickname, or you can remain anonymous.

Learn more: Google Image Labeler Posted by Picasa
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Google settles French copyright spat

Search giant inks licensing deal with French news agency

Google has reached a licensing agreement with French news service Agence France-Presse (AFP) over the use of its headlines and pictures in Google news.

The deal settles a $14.5m lawsuit the news service filed in 2005. AFP at the time complained that Google's copying of headlines and photos in the Google News service infringed on its copyrights.

Read more: vnunet.com Posted by Picasa
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Google leaders stay with $1-a-year pay

CEO, two founders live off stock sales

SAN FRANCISCO // The three billionaires who run Google Inc. collected less than $600,000 in combined compensation last year, but they raked in big jackpots by selling some of their holdings in the online search leader.

The total amount that Google paid its chief executive, Eric Schmidt, and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin during 2006 would have been less than $5,200 if not for personal security and transportation costs, according to documents filed yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Full story: Baltimore Sun Posted by Picasa
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Thai King video wag pulls YouTube clip

Site still blocked, however

The creator of a 44 second skit on Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which yesterday prompted Thailand to block YouTube, has voluntarily removed the video, Reuters reports.

The offending vid outraged Thai Buddhists principally because of "the juxtaposition of a pair of woman's feet, the lowest part of the body, above his [Adulyadej's] head, the highest part of the body".

Thailand asked Google to remove the video, but it declined.

Full story: The Register Posted by Picasa
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Google My Maps is Your Maps

Google today launched a new mapping feature that lets anyone be a cartographer. Well, almost.

My Maps allows users to mark locations on a map from a library of icons, draw lines and shapes to highlight paths and areas, and add text, photos, or YouTube/Google videos. Users can also add HTML to their maps, a Google spokeswoman told internetnews.com.

Google Maps product manager Jessica Lee told internetnews.com the goal for My Maps was to make Google Maps into a platform for "creating, publishing and finding" geographic content. She said the process started with the Maps API that Google opened last year, which she said is popular but limited to developers.

Full story: internetnews.com Posted by Picasa
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