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Microsoft takes aim for Google's Froogle

Buys Ciao price comparison powerhouse to add to Live Search

Microsoft has bought Ciao, one of Europe's biggest price comparison engines. Designed to boost its Live Search offering, it seems Microsoft will position its new toy right up against Google's Product Search, formerly known as Froogle.

There's no getting away from it – Microsoft is still loosing badly when it comes to the search market. But instead of growing the Windows Live Search business organically, dear old Microsoft seems determined to buy elements which it thinks make sense, hence the hovering up of Multimap and now Ciao.

Full story: techradar.com Posted by Picasa

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Microsoft takes aim for Google's Froogle - Friday, August 29, 2008 -

Schmidt: Google-Yahoo deal on track for October

The partnership to place some Google ads next to Yahoo's search results will go into effect by early October, chief executive Eric Schmidt told Bloomberg on Thursday, indicating the deal hasn't been derailed — so far — by antitrust scrutiny.

The companies gave themselves three and a half months to start the partnership when it was announced on 12 June, and Schmidt's latest comment indicates the deal is still on that schedule. That time period runs through about the first week of October.

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Google Announces Its Version Of The App Store Called Android Market

Google ( NSDQ: GOOG) shared its plans today for how it will distribute applications mobile phones running its Android operating system, and it sounds startlingly similar to Apple's ( NSDQ: AAPL) App store. Google wrote today on the Android developer blog that it will be called Android Market, "an open content distribution system that will help end users find, purchase, download and install various types of content on their Android-powered devices."

Of course, the marketplace is designed to solve a critical problem that developers face?getting in front of the consumer. It will work like this: Google will make the content available on an open service hosted by Google, and create a feedback and rating system similar to YouTube. To get your content in the market, developers will have to follow three steps: register as a merchant, upload and describe content, then publish it.

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Google Announces Its Version Of The App Store Called Android Market - Thursday, August 28, 2008 -

Google Sets Up Mobile Election Web Site

With 10 weeks to go before the election, the amount of news coverage surrounding John McCain and Barack Obama is set to skyrocket (as if it hadn't already). In order to help you parse through all the chatter, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has set up a special Web site where mobile phone users can find the latest headlines.

Google appears to be throwing everything it has at the upcoming presidential election. It is using multiple avenues and products to provide coverage. Google believes that plenty of people will be interested in accessing news from their mobile phones. So it set up a "one-stop-shop" for mobile phone users to get what they need.

The site is located at m.google.com/elections.

The products that it is tailoring to election coverage are mobile Search, News, Reader, YouTube, and Maps.

Full article: informationweek.com Posted by Picasa

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Google Sets Up Mobile Election Web Site - Monday, August 25, 2008 -

Google invests $10.25 million in geothermal technology

Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, is investing $10.25 million in two companies working on a new way to tap into the heat beneath the earth’s surface.

The companies are AltaRock Energy, which gets $6.25 million, and Porter Drilling, which gets $4 million. Additionally, the Geothermal Laboratory at Southern Methodist University, which is working on locating geothermal sources in North America, will receive a grant of about $490,000.

The money comes from Google’s RE C initiative, which seeks to develop renewable energy sources that are cheaper than electricity produced from coal.

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Google invests $10.25 million in geothermal technology - Wednesday, August 20, 2008 -

As Google Android SDK Hits Street, Android Security Team Braces

It's been a big week for the Android phone platform. Most important, the Federal Communications Commission gave the all clear to the first Android-powered handset, which will be built by High Tech Computer and is currently expected to be called the Dream. Additionally, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) released an updated version of its SDK.

This version of the SDK, version 0.9, Google says, is very close to what the final SDK will look like. While this is all good news for anyone who has yet to buy an iPhone and sign up for a lengthy AT&T contract, it also means that more security researchers, if they haven't already started, will begin hammering away for any existing security-related vulnerabilities. It's what they do, and in the long run, their work improves the quality of software.

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Google Wireless Plan Angers Audio-Equipment Makers

Cross one off the list of Google's friends.

Wireless audio-equipment manufacturers and producers of live events are up in arms against Google's efforts to open up a little-used patch of radio spectrum.

What's being contested is the so-called "white space" spectrum, the vacant bands between ultra-high frequency television channels. As U.S. broadcasters transition from analog to digital transmission in time to meet the February 2009 deadline imposed by the Federal Communications Commission, the unused spectrum has become a battleground, pitting not just audio professionals but organizations such as the National Football League, movie studios and Broadway producers against Google.

Google turned up the heat Monday by launching a "Free the Airwaves" campaign with a website and a petition lobbying the FCC to open up the spectrum.

Read more: wired.com Posted by Picasa

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Picasa 2.7.0 Build 37.63

Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips.

Picasa also makes it a snap to share your pictures – you can email, print photos at home, and make gift CDs. And with the new Web Albums feature, you can upload your photos to the web with just one click. You can even download your friends’ photos directly back to Picasa on your own computer. It’s never been so easy to share photos online. Now with Picasa Web Albums!

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Yahoo Buzz Sets The Bee Free Tonight

Yahoo's Digg-like service, Buzz, will be opening up to public contributors as of 7 p.m. PDT tonight. Since the service's launch in February, only a select 400 publishers could add new links to Buzz.

With so many submitting and rating sites out there, including the mighty Digg, Yahoo Buzz has a few advantages up its sleeve. Besides using the links submitted by contributors, Buzz's algorithms take into account search engine popularity, feeding the most popular stories to Yahoo's home page.

Making it to Yahoo's home page and getting server-melting traffic will likely create a new frenzy among Web traffic manipulators who are already pushing their luck with Digg and AOL's Propeller. Buzz wants to avoid this kind of exploitation by adding editorial discretion when determining headlines.

Full article: pcworld.com Posted by Picasa

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Yahoo Buzz Sets The Bee Free Tonight - Tuesday, August 19, 2008 -

FCC Greenlights First Android Phone (HTC Dream)

The only thing holding back the launch of the first Android-powered phone, the HTC Dream, was approval from the Federal Communications Commission. That approval has now come through, and T-Mobile can launch the phone. The filing asks for a November 10 release date, but (as Matt Marshall at VentureBeat points out) T-Mobile could launch it earlier.

This means that Android will be on track to debut before the holiday shopping season. The device is expected to have a touch screen, WiFi, a “jogball” (like on a Blackberry), a full Web browser based on the same WebKit as Safari on the iPhone, and Google apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube. It should be fab.

Read more: techcrunch.com Posted by Picasa

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FCC Greenlights First Android Phone (HTC Dream) - Monday, August 18, 2008 -

Patents: GraphOn Sues Google for Connecting Databases to the Internet

GraphOn, which considers itself a "leading worldwide developer of server-based application publishing and Web-enabling software solutions," today announced that it is suing Google for infringing on four of GraphOn's patents. According to the complaint (embedded below), Google Base, AdWords, Blogger, Sites, and YouTube allegedly infringe on GraphOn's patent for a "unique method of maintaining an automated and network-accessible database" - a patent that is so broad, it basically covers the complete Internet as we know it today.

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Track What Obama, McCain, and Political Journos are Sharing on Google Reader

While I suspect this initiative will be as carefully crafted by the respective Presidential campaigns as their TV commercials and speeches, give credit to Google for putting together a cool initiative for users of Google Reader that might bring more users into the fold along the way. The popular RSS reader has just launched “Google Power Readers in Politics,” a collection of Shared Items from the McCain and Obama campaigns, along with those of high powered political journalists like Arianna Huffington and Patrick Ruffini.

On Power Readers in Politics, you can browse what each of the candidates and journalists is sharing, and like any Google Reader shared items feed, subscribe to it via RSS. Each user’s shared items page also includes a list of their favorite sites to read. The homepage is a mashup of the most recently shared content from all of the participants.

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Google Launches White Space Broadband Website

Lobbying fight heats up over alternative broadband delivery method...

Microsoft, Google and Dell have formed the backbone of a six-partner coalition named the Wireless Innovation Alliance. Their goal is to use the so-called unlicensed "white space" spectrum -- partially freed by the migration to digital television -- to offer un-served consumers inexpensive Internet access via the airwaves (with these companies obviously providing the hardware, software and most importantly to Google: ads).

Google co-founder Larry Page has dubbed the technology "Wi-Fi on steroids," and has declared that he's "100 percent confident" that white space broadband is inevitable. Unfortunately, initial FCC tests of the technology's transmission detection and avoidance capability have been hit and miss (though dependent on who you ask). The push also has some very deep pocketed opponents.

Full article: broadbandreports.com Posted by Picasa

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Should Google Populate Every Map on Google Maps?

Google is under fire today over reports claiming the company failed to include any data for Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan on Google maps. Worse, some reports suggest that once the fighting broke out between Russia and Georgia, all relevant information about the latter was wiped from Google maps.

According to the Azerbaijan Press agency, all “the relevant maps went blank as soon as fighting broke out.” But Google contends that that assertion is simply false and it has not changed anything in quite some time.

“Google has not made any recent change to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in Google Maps,” the company said in a statement. “We do not have local data for those countries and that is why local details such as landmarks and cities do not appear.”

Full story: mashable.com Posted by Picasa

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Should Google Populate Every Map on Google Maps? - Thursday, August 14, 2008 -

Google Reader Finally Introduces Granular Sharing Control

Back in December, Google Reader announced that it was introducing a feature that let users share posts with anyone in their Gmail/Gtalk contact list. Unfortunately, the sharing was all-or-nothing - if you decided to share a post, it would be available to all of your contacts, as there was no way to single out a group to share a post with. This lack of control led to a privacy debate as a number of high profile bloggers wrote that Google Reader needed to include granular privacy controls. Google responded with a workaround option using tags, but it was inconvenient and unintuitive.

Today, Google Reader has finally implemented custom friends lists, which allows users to selectively share posts. However, while this will restrict who your posts are automatically shared with, the added privacy may not be enough for some people, as users will still be able to access your shared posts through a static public URL.

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YouTube Not Getting Into Live Streaming, After All (GOOG)

UStream, Justin.TV, Stickam, Mogulus and everyone else trying to make a business out of live streaming can breath a little easier. YouTube, which had previously said it would start live streaming in 2008, won't be getting into the business this year. And it probably won't next year, according to a source familiar with its plans.

Outsiders have long considered live streaming as a logical next step for YouTube, which dominates the market for pre-recorded Web video. Co-founder Steve Chen gave credence to the idea himself in February when he told Pop17's Sarah Meyers: "Live video is something we've always wanted to do but haven't had the resources to do it correctly, but now with Google we hope to launch something this year."

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YouTube Not Getting Into Live Streaming, After All (GOOG) - Wednesday, August 13, 2008 -

Yahoo Knows Where You Are At All Times With Fire Eagle

Washington (dbTechno) - Yahoo has launched a new location service platform they are calling Fire Eagle.

Fire Eagle works with other services to provide a vast array of location based features.

The first feature is that you can tell Fire Eagle where you are, allowing it to basically geo-tag you as you update it.

Another option is to allow another device to tell Fire Eagle where you are as well, such as your mobile phone.

From there, you can set up Fire Eagle to broadcast your location to a variety of services, such as social networks, and other sites.

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Google's Olympic Logos

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Google's Olympic Logos - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 -

Google Solves Gmail Outage Problem

Google has managed to rapidly solve a glitch that plagued its e-mail service, Gmail. According to various reports, the service was down for a couple of hours and the problems begun at around 2 P.M Pacific Time or 21:00 GMT.

Apparently, the most affected were the Gmail users from United States, Canda and India.

However, Google was quick to solve the problem, which was caused by a temporary outage in Gmail contacts system, as the Gmail team stated in a post on the service’s official blog.

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Yahoo Allows Users to Opt Out of Targeted Ads

Search giant lets consumers receive generic advertising instead

Beginning at the end of August, Yahoo! users will be able to opt out of the company’s targeted, behavioral advertising system on both Yahoo! properties and third-party websites that use the company’s advertising network.

“Yahoo! strongly believes that consumers want choice when customizing their online experience and they have also demonstrated a strong preference for advertising that is more personally relevant to them,” said Yahoo! privacy head and policy VP Anne Toth in a press release. “However, we understand that there are some users who prefer not to receive customized advertising and this opt-out will offer them even greater choice.”

Users already have the ability of opting out of “customized” ads on Yahoo.com and this new option will extend that choice to reflect websites outside the Yahoo! stable.

Full article: dailytech.com Posted by Picasa

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Yahoo Allows Users to Opt Out of Targeted Ads - Monday, August 11, 2008 -

Google offers free music downloads in China

Google has launched a music search engine in China that will give users access to free downloads of licensed songs.

After months of negotiations, Google announced last night the new service would be supported by advertising revenue that would be split between the music industry and Chinese music download website Top100.cn.

Google's first music search service will allow internet users in China to search for songs on Google.cn by singer, song or album title and then download and stream licensed music for free.

If successful, the venture could curb the rampant culture of illegal music downloads that has been crippling the growth of the legitimate digital music industry in China, the country with the world's largest number of internet users.

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Google offers free music downloads in China - Thursday, August 07, 2008 -

Google Updates Its Enterprise Search Appliance

Google has upgraded its Search Appliance for enterprises and government agencies who want a Google-like search for their documents. The new Search Appliance lets employees subscribe to e-mail alerts for topics and documents of interest. Google also offers a spell checker in six languages for Search Appliance.

Google on Wednesday began offering an upgraded version of its Search Appliance. The hardware targets enterprises and government agencies that want a Google-like Web search for office documents.

The upgraded Google Search Appliance searches up to 10 million documents. That's the same document storage capacity as the previous version that was offered in a five-box rack. A larger, 12-box version can store, manage and search up to 30 million documents.

Full article: newsfactor.com Posted by Picasa

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Google Updates Its Enterprise Search Appliance - Wednesday, August 06, 2008 -

Better Gmail 2 0.6

Better Gmail 2 - Enhance Gmail's new interface with keyboard shortcuts, secure access, attachment icons and more.

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Better Gmail 2 0.6 - Tuesday, August 05, 2008 -

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