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Ebay Back on Google AdWords, Still Sore

Posted in eBay,Google,News by Chris Weber on June 24th, 2007

Ebay has resumed advertising with Google after disputeIt appears that Ebay is back to advertising with Google Adwords after a slight spat which triggered an “experiment” by Ebay to pull all of their advertising from Google over a week ago.

The issue arose from news that Google was planning a conference at the same time and city of an Ebay conference where Google was promoting Google Checkout, a rival platform to Paypal used by Ebay. As a result Ebay, who is one of the largest advertisers on the Google Adwords pay-per-click, pulled all of their ads from the system in what was called an “experiment” to test their dependency on the search engine giant.

Ebay is now again advertising with Google having completed their experimental run, and have concluded that even though they will continue to use Google Adwords, it will be at a lesser volume than previous. Hani …

Microsoft to Resolve Google Complaint With Vista Change

Posted in Google,Microsoft,News by Chris Weber on June 20th, 2007

Microsoft will resolve complaints from Google about desktop search with a change to the Vista OSMicrosoft has reached an accord with the help of the U.S. Justice Department and state antitrust regulators to address complaints from search engine giant Google regarding desktop search functionality on the new Windows Vista operating system from Microsoft. Google cited that their desktop search application does not work correctly on the Vista OS, and Microsoft is not allowed under a consent decree to take any actions to stop a rival companies desktop software from working as designed on their OS.

The changes are a “step in the right direction,” Google chief legal officer David Drummond said. “But they should be improved further to give consumers greater access to alternate desktop search providers.”

A desktop search engine made by Google, Microsoft or any other company allows users to search for documents, emails or other content …

YouTube Gets Localized for 9 Additional Countries

Posted in Google,News,YouTube by Chris Weber on June 19th, 2007

YouTube launches versions of its site in local languages and countriesToday Google announced that its recently acquired video sharing site YouTube will begin serving localized versions of the YouTube home page and search functionality for nine additional countries aside from the U.S.

Prior to this update, videos have been shared from users around the world but the entire interface was available only in English. According to the co-founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the main featured pages of the site also showed content that was “heavily skewed” to the preferences of U.S. visitors even though more than half of the actual content posted on the site was from users in non-U.S. countries.

The countries targeted with the new local versions of the site are Brazil, Britain, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Currently only the text content and search functions will be in …

Google launches street level photos and public concerns

Posted in Google,News by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2007

Google streets launched showing street level images and raises concerns for privacyGoogle’s online map application now has an even more advanced imagery than the already cool Google Maps satellite photos, called Street View, and although these new photos are great for seeing places you’ve been, might like to go, or may never go now that you’ve seen them, the images have been raising some concerns over privacy.

Google isn’t the first to start mapping the world this way and they also aren’t the first to gain criticism for doing so, but anything Google does these days gets more than the average share of attention. One of the major concerns for these types of street level photos comes from groups helping women with domestic violence as the photos could capture women entering shelters. In this instance Google worked with the groups to identify and avoid taking images of …

Google to buy Feedburner for $100 Million

Posted in Feedburner,Google,News by Chris Weber on May 23rd, 2007

Google to buy feedburner for $100 million.According to TechCrunch, the rumored deal between Google and Feedburner has been been moved to a “confirmed” status and Feedburner is in the closing stages of being bought out by Google for a hefty $100 million. The agreement consists of mostly a cash-up-front deal retaining the founders of Feedbruner for two years, and is expected to close in the next few weeks.

Feedburner, founded in 2003, is a service that distributes media for blogs and different RSS feeds, helping web site owners promote their sites and profit from it’s content. It allows blog owners to manager their own RSS feeds through the service and track the number of subscribers.

Google Announces Universal Search Model

Posted in Google,News,Services by Darrin Olson on May 19th, 2007

Google Universal SearchAn announcement was made Wednesday by Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search products, at the Searchology event at the Google campus in Mountain View, CA regarding a change in Google search engine results to something they are calling a “universal search model”.

Google, along with other search engines, have recognized that although they have various search engines for things like images, videos, news and patents, most users only use the main search engine and often are even unaware of the other features. Also it can be an inconvenience for users to have to switch between different engines of the same search provider to find relevant results.

The changes involved in the universal search are said to be slowly ongoing and subtle to notice, but nevertheless noticeable. A Google search may return results of web pages, maps, videos, books and photos all within the first ten …

YouTube and Google Face More Copyright Challenges

Posted in Google,YouTube by Darrin Olson on May 5th, 2007

Copyright troubles for YouTube from the English Premier League and Bourne CoFriday YouTube and their new parent company Google were hit with another copyright infringement lawsuit, this time from England’s top soccer league and a US music publisher.

The Premier League and Bourne Co. issued the lawsuit citing that not only does YouTube have their copyrighted content on the video sharing website, but that they are encouraging people to view the footage on the website and subsequently are “knowingly” misappropriating the two companies intellectual property. By this, according to the lawsuit, the operators of YouTube are exploiting the valuable intellectual video property for their own gain without any payment to the owners of these videos.

This lawsuit comes less than two months after Viacom sued YouTube and Google for copyright infringement of their television programming, and 6 months after the search engine giant Google purchased the YouTube

Google remains confident in YouTube copyright lawsuit

Posted in Google,News,Viacom,YouTube by Chris Weber on March 15th, 2007

Lawsuit over Viacom videos on YouTube continues between Google and ViacomTwo days ago Viacom dropped a $1 billion lawsuit on Google and YouTube stating that the video sharing giant had violated copyright laws by hosting videos created by some of Viacom’s programming brand.

In response, attorneys for Google feel that they have strong legal protections under current copyright law, according to Reuters. The legal team feels they have a very strong defense due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

“Here there is a law which is specifically designed to give Web hosts such as us, or… bloggers or people that provide photo-album hosting online … the ‘safe harbor’ we need in order to be able to do hosting online,” said Alexander Macgillivray, general counsel for Google. “We will never launch a product or acquire a company unless we are completely satisfied with its legal basis …

Enter the gPhone?

Posted in Google,Mobile Phones by Chetz on March 14th, 2007

Google PhoneThe chatter on the net amongst the tech community is that Google may be close to announcing its own mobile phone, giving Apple’s iPhone its first major competitor.

It began when a poster on the Mobileburn message forums said that they had taken an online survey about possible user interest in a Google phone that featured WiFi capability, 3 Gigs of onboard storage and a built-in 2 megapixel camera. They managed to grab a screenshot of the design which resembles something that may be Samsung inspired.

As the story traveled more gasoline was added to the fire when another user found a job posting on Google’s website calling for applicants for an analog designer/engineer position. “Google is experimenting with a few wireless communications systems including some completely novel concepts,” reads the Google job description in part. “We are building a small team of top-notch …

Viacom sues YouTube, Google for copyright infringement

Posted in Google,News,Viacom,YouTube by Darrin Olson on March 13th, 2007

Viacom Suing Google and Youtube for copyright infringementLast month Viacom had asked YouTube to remove over 100k video clips from its website that Viacom stated violated copyrights, and then later that month Viacom made a deal with Joost to provide video content for their website. Today Viacom has issues a lawsuit against YouTube and its parent company Google for copyright infringement claiming 1 billion dollars in damages.

Viacom is claiming that YouTube has over 160,000 unauthorized video clips of Viacom’s content on their website which collectively has been viewed more than 1.5 billion times. Viacom is also looking to find a way to ensure that YouTube and Google do not violate any copyright infringement again with Viacom’s content.

Some of Viacoms many programming brands include BET, Famous Music, MTV Networks – MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, Spike TV, TV Land …

Google Apps Premier Edition

Posted in Google,News,Software by Paul Patterson on February 22nd, 2007

Google Apps Premier EditionGoogle has released an enterprise version of its popular hosted productivity and communications suite, Google Apps. Google Apps Premier Edition will cost businesses $50 per user per year.

For $50 a user you get the entire Google Apps package plus access to APIs, conference room scheduling for Calendar, 10GB of storage for email, extended phone support for critical issues, and mobile GMail on your BlackBerry.

Google Apps includes GMail, Talk, Calendar, Start Page, Docs and Spreadsheets, and Page Creator. Google Apps currently comes in three editions: Standard, Education, and Premier. The Standard and Education editions will remain free.

Google has already signed on some larger companies such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric Corporation, and Prudential to use the new service.

Gmail For Your Domain was launched back in February 2006 as an invitation-only beta and allowed Gmail to be used with a …

Wikipedia Cracks Top Ten Most Popular Sites in U.S.

Posted in comScore,Google,Hitwise,News,Wikipedia by Paul Patterson on February 17th, 2007

Wikipedia Cracks Top Ten Most Popular Sites in U.S.January marks the first time Wikipedia has made the top ten list of most popular Web sites in the U.S.

In a report from comScore Networks, the online encyclopedia officially came in ninth with 42.9 million unique visitors last month, just behind Ask Network with 49 million and ahead of The New York Times (#10). This is a significant improvement over last January where it languished in 33rd place with 18.3 million unique visitors.

Much of Wikipedia’s recent U.S. success may be attributed to some generosity from Google. A report from Hitwise indicates that Google traffic to Wikipedia is up 166% Year over Year. The analysis showed that for the week ending Feb 10, 2007, 70% of Wikipedia’s upstream visits came from search engines – 50% from Google alone.

Wikipedia’s Upstream Traffic Sources

The …

Vodafone Integrates Google Maps for Mobile

Posted in Google,News,Vodafone by Paul Patterson on February 12th, 2007

Vodafone Integrates Google Maps for MobileVodafone can add yet another service to its growing family of mobile applications. In a recent announcement from the mobile telecommunications company, Vodafone Live! will now offer Google Maps for mobile in addition to Google Search.

In the agreement, Vodafone and Google will develop a location-based version of Google Maps for mobile. The service is expected to offer customers access to maps, local listings, local search, and navigation capabilities. Google and Vodafone are also developing a service that provides customers on selected handsets with an automatic user-location capability.

Other enhancements include changes to Vodafone’s multimedia portal, Vodafone live. These changes will include search technology from Google that enables customers to access both on-portal and off-portal sites in the wider mobile internet.

This announcement is another example of how Vodafone is working to bring popular Internet brands and services to the mobile phone. An announcement …

Google adds Princeton University to Books Project

Posted in Google,News by Paul Patterson on February 6th, 2007

Google adds Princeton University to Books ProjectGoogle is welcoming Princeton University as the latest library partner in its Book Search Library Project.

Princeton University will be opening approximately one million public domain works from their library system in an effort to make them available online in a searchable format. The Princeton University library system consists of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and thirteen special libraries located around the campus.

The books being considered for the project are out-of-copyright works and therefore part of the public domain. Once digitized, the books will be fully searchable by researchers and readers alike. With Google Book Search, users can view the texts online, download them, or print them for later reference.

The project is expected to be completed over a six year period.

Google Mini Puts Pressure on Enterprise Search

Posted in Google,News by Paul Patterson on February 1st, 2007

Google Mini Features Puts Pressure on Enterprise SearchGoogle has announced an improved version of its Google Mini search appliance. The new Mini offers document and user-level security, access to other business applications through Google Onebox for Enterprise, and integration with Google Analytics.

The Google Mini is a combined hardware and software solution that can search from 50,000 up to 300,000 documents and 220 different file types. Mini was introduced two years ago as a small, simple and affordable appliance to aid small business in finding and sharing information.

Secure Search
The new Google Mini now offers document and user-level security across all business content. Google’s entitlement management capabilities will integrate with existing security systems to ensure that employees can access only authorized information.

OneBox for Enterprise
The Mini’s new OneBox for Enterprise feature enables users to view search results from various business applications through a single Google interface. …