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Google Integrates Maps into Book Search

Posted in Google,News by Paul Patterson on January 31st, 2007

Google Book Search with MapsA recent entry on the Google Book Search Blog highlights a new feature that integrates Google Maps with Google Book Search. With Google Book Search you can now see a visual representation of the places mentioned in a book through an interactive Google Map.

When you click the “About this Book” link next to a search result from Google Book Search you will be sent to a detailed page for that book. If the book contains a good share of quality locations it will also include an interactive Google Map highlighting those places mentioned in the book. The map points will contain snippets of text from the book and links to the actual pages where the locations are mentioned.

I did a search for “The Great Gatsby” and saw the following results:

The Great Gatsby Book Search

This is an interesting …

Google Bomb Shelter

Posted in Google,News by Chris Weber on January 30th, 2007

Google takes steps to reduce inpact of “Googlebombs”Google has taken action to limit the impact of so called Googlebombs also known as link bombs. According to Wikipedia, A Googlebomb is an “attempt to influence the ranking of a given page in results returned by the Google search engine, often with humorous or political intentions.” The bomb works by relating key works to a link. For instance if you link to site with the words really great technology site, Google will associated those words with the site to which you linked. Now consider if 1000 or 10000 sites do the same thing. If enough sites link to the same site with similar terminology then the target site will become strongly associated with those terms in a Google Search.

Some of the famous Googlebombs involved slights against George W. Bush and Microsoft. The …

YouTube Relegates Google Video to Search Tool

Posted in Google,YouTube by Paul Patterson on January 28th, 2007

YouTube Relegates Google Video to Search ToolNovember saw Google’s acquisition of YouTube and many of us wondered what would happen to the existing Google Video product. Certainly Google wouldn’t need two competing Video services. A recent post in the Google blog by Salar Kamangar, Vice President of Product Management, has shed some light on their plans for Google Video and the future of video in general.

Google’s extraordinary strength has always been creating products that make information more available and easily searchable. Google products aren’t necessarily known for their friendly, cheerful interfaces which is likely a big reason they bought YouTube – in addition to the vast legions of users. YouTube’s strengths are its community of users who create, watch and share videos. Google’s plan is to make the most of the strengths of these two products.

Google Video will be relegated to a video search …

Google to Digitize a Million Books With University

Posted in Google,News,Services by Darrin Olson on January 21st, 2007

Google is digitizing over a million books at university of Texas.Google is partaking in a multi-year project in conjunction with University of Texas at Austin to digitize more than one million books from the universities libraries. This extends on a deal they had made starting in 2004 with five other libraries – the universities of Oxford, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford and the New York Public Library. This is a massive, massive job that Google is undertaking, but Jens Redmer, director of Google Book Search in Europe stated an important fact at an invite-only event called ‘Unbound’ held recently at the New York public library, ‘The majority of information lies outside the Internet.’

Redmer went on to describe the project Google is undertaking, “We are working on a platform that will let publishers give readers full access to a book online.” This project has been under some scrutiny …

Technology Companies Develop Human Rights Principles

Posted in Google,Microsoft,News,Yahoo by Darrin Olson on January 20th, 2007

Technology companies work together to develop human rights principles agreement.Four of the leading technology companies in the world have come together to announce an agreement along with human rights groups for a working set of principles addressing freedom of expression and human rights.

Google, Microsoft, Vodafone and Yahoo along with the Berkman Center, Business for Social Responsibility, the Electric Frontier Foundation, Human Rights Watch and Reporters without Borders among others were all involved in the creating the code of conduct, which is designed to hold the participants responsible in these areas. There would still be a number of questions involved with this agreement, the largest of which is the deterrent to keep companies in line with the agreement.

This agreement comes after multiple technology companies being scrutinized for providing hardware or software that allows the government to censor or monitor information running through them. A prime example is …

Has Google Blog Search Really Surpassed Technorati?

Posted in Compete,Google,Hitwise,Technorati by Paul Patterson on January 20th, 2007

Google Blog Search vs. TechnoratiWe reported back in December that Google Blog Search had surpassed Technorati in market share of US Internet visits visits during the week ending 12/23/06. This was based on data from a Hitwise analysis that drew considerable attention from many prominent insight sources. However, a study performed at Compete.com reports findings entirely opposite to those results.

Compete performed the same analysis, but came up with a different conclusion with their data. Compete determined that Technorati continues to hold a significant lead over Google Blog Search.

Has Google Blog Search Really Surpassed Technorati

Both analysts agree that Google Blog Search’s recent traffic surge was associated with a well-placed link to Google Blog Search added to the Google News Homepage back in October. This action failed to propel Google past Technorati as the leading blog search according to Compete.

The …

Google and Yahoo! Gain Share of U.S. Web Search

Posted in Google,News,Yahoo by Paul Patterson on January 16th, 2007

Google and Yahoo! Gain Share of U.S. Web Search Engine RankingsGoogle and Yahoo! continue to erode U.S. Web Search market share from the competition according to a December 2006 analysis from comScore Networks.

In December 2006, Google increased its share of Web Search by capturing 47.4 percent of the U.S. market. This marks a gain of 0.4 share points from November and continues Google’s impressive run of gaining share in 16 of the last 17 months. Yahoo! continued to maintain its second place ranking by growing 0.3 share points and capturing 28.5 percent of U.S. searches.

Some of the competitive Search entities didn’t fare so well, suffering from falling market share. Microsoft slid 0.5 percent to 10.5 percent, while Ask Network’s share dipped 0.1 percent to 5.4 percent and Time Warner Network dropped 0.2 shares to 4.9 percent.

The study also reported that Americans conducted …


Gmail Vulnerability May Still Exist

Posted in email,Gmail,Google,Security by Chris Weber on January 2nd, 2007

gmail mass email deletionThis is a follow up to the previous post on the Gmail Contacts Exploit.

It appears the the problem has been partially fixed by Google. A blog on zdnet is claiming that the issue is partially fixed. They are reporting that the issue may still exist on some Google domains. Another blogger is stating that the vulnerability still exists. SlipperyBrick is researching the issue and will keep our readers informed of any developments in the case.

Update: The author has posted to the Google Group handling Gmail issues to get a response from Google. The author of this post uses Gmail as his primary email client.


Gmail Hacked

Posted in email,Gmail,Google,News,Security by Chris Weber on January 1st, 2007

gmail mass email deletionThe problems continue for Gmail users. A vulnerability was found in the Gmail web based email application that allowed anyone to see a Gmail user’s contacts. The vulnerability came from the fact that apparently Gmail stores the users contacts in a JavaScript file. Any clever web hacker could steal this information as long as the user was logged into their Gmail account and visited a malicious site.

Gmail has had problems in the past with this sort of issue. Jeremiah Grossman discovered the issued and reported it to Google.

Both issues revolve around using JavaScript, the scripting language used in web pages, to make requests for data. If the request is made from the HTML within a Gmail message then the cookies used to authenticate a user to Gmail may be used to get information …

Google Blog Search Supplants Technorati and Attracts Younger Crowd

Posted in Google,Hitwise,News,Technorati by Paul Patterson on December 30th, 2006

Google Blog SearchAccording to Internet traffic-monitoring firm Hitwise, the number of visits to Google Blog Search has surpassed visits to Technorati for the week ending 12/23/06.

Google Blog Search was introduced in September 2005 and experienced some trouble finding an audience. However, October marked a significant increase in Google Blog Search traffic when Google placed a link to Blog Search on the Google News home page. This action resulted in a 168% surge in market share for Google Blog Search over a two week period and positioned the Search tool as a serious threat to Technorati. Since then, approximately 60% of Google Blog Search’s traffic has been coming directly from Google News, compared to less than 1% before the change.

Google Blog Search Surpasses Technorati

Hitwise also identified another interesting fact regarding Google Blog Search visitors. The Demographic data show that 34% of visitors to …

GMail Users Reporting Mass Deletions

Posted in Google,News by Chris Weber on December 29th, 2006

gmail mass email deletionIt started as a post in the Gmail help group. Users were seeing their email and contacts being deleted before their eyes. Posts then trickled in that the users affected were using Firefox 2.0.

From the available evidence it appears that possibly a security hole in Firefox 2.0 allowed some malicious users to delete emails in a user’s account. One user claimed they received a message in their inbox stating, “This is not a mistake. All your emails and contacts have been deleted
on purpose. This was a malicious attack and not an error. Have a nice
day. =)”

It appears that Google may be moving towards a resolution with this issue. However it …

Google Zeitgeist Top 10 Lists For 2006

Posted in Google,News by Darrin Olson on December 20th, 2006

Google Zeitgeist Top 10 Search List 2006Google has once again released its Google Zeitgeist top 10 list, showing the top 10 searches for the year 2006 on Google and Google News world wide.

Topping the list for Google searches this year is ‘bebo’, a “new generation” social networking site according to the bebo site, followed directly by myspace, another obviously popular networking site. ‘World cup’ was in the top 10, along with a couple entries with ‘wiki’ in it, showing that searches have really caught on to the idea of Wikipedia type resources, which also should be no surprise based on the amount of wiki information available.

The Zeitgeist top 10 list has the top 10 items searched on Google News as well. Topping the searches on Google News was ‘Paris Hilton’ followed by ‘Orlando Bloom’.

Google Zeitgeist bases there data not only on the most number of …

Google and NASA to Solve the World’s Problems

Posted in Google,News by Paul Patterson on December 18th, 2006

Google NASA CollaborationA unique collaboration between Google and NASA was announced in a press release from the NASA Ames Research Center on Monday. The organizations have signed a Space Act Agreement that outlines a joint effort to work on a variety of challenging technical problems. This relationship will give NASA access to Google’s expertise in distributed computing and search to make NASA’s voluminous amounts of data searchable on the Internet.

The first issue the collaboration will focus on is making the useful items from NASA’s catalog available on the Internet including: real-time weather visualization and forecasting, high-resolution 3-D maps of the moon and Mars, and real-time tracking of the International Space Station.

Other collaborations include incorporating agency data sets into Google Earth, user studies and cognitive modeling for human computer interaction, and searching science data by utilizing existing Google products.

Teams from both organizations have already recently met to …

Google and Orange Working On Google Phone

Posted in Google,Mobile Phones,News,Orange by Darrin Olson on December 17th, 2006

Google and Orange To Make Google PhoneAccording to the Observer, Google and Orange are collaborating on making a Google Phone with built in Google applications for surfing the web, and getting email. This would be another big step forward for both of these two very powerful companies in the technology world, and could be a large benefit to consumers in mobile internet access and potentially costs as well.

Google has been working on different technologies to make information more accessible from mobile devices, such getting email on your handset, and having another medium to be able to provide search services along with advertising may be right inline with Google’s vision.

The Observer stated: “A source close to the talks told The Observer: ‘Google are software experts and are doing some amazing work compressing data so that the mobile user gets a much better experience. They

Google Adds Domain Registration to Apps For Your Domain

Posted in Google,News,Services by Darrin Olson on December 16th, 2006

Google Adds Domain Registration to Apps For Your DomainGoogle has recently added another service to the Google Apps For Your Domain offering, by giving users the ability to search and register domain names.

They allow you to register just about any domain name with .com, .org, .net, .biz, and .info extensions only, but the same rules apply for registering domains as they did for adding existing domains, such as you cannot register any name with the word ‘Google’ in it.

Google partnered with two existing registration companies (GoDaddy and eNom) to be able to provide this service. This is a nice added convenience to the Google Apps suite since prior to this addition, administrators creating a site with Google were required to register their domains somewhere else. Registering domains with Google in which you are going to use with Google Apps saves a lot of time …