Google

Wed
11
Apr
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Google Releases MyMaps

Google has recently added a new feature to Google Maps. MyMaps, an added sidebar to the Google Maps main page, allows users to create their own mashups. Users can personalize a map by marking places on the map or adding text, photos and videos. ... Further, users can choose to publish a map on the web or share a map with friends. (Source: franticindustries.com ) Some have elected to create mini-stories with the new feature. A Google employee even created a virtual tour of Google Headquarters with MyMaps. If you prefer, check out a world tour of the places where programming languages were invented ... (view more)

Fri
16
Mar
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Next Up for Google: Mobile Phones?

If you were getting bored with the lack of juicy gossip in the tech world, don't worry: there's a new Google rumor making waves. Ex-entrepreneur and technology buff Simeon Simeonov has posted a blog giving his two cents on what he thinks is Google's ... next move: the Google Phone. He purports that Andy Rubin, former founder of the company Danger, is working with a group of 100 Google staff members to develop the phone. (Source: theinquirer.net ) Simeonov also points out that Google has been slowly acquiring mobile-centric companies. Reqwireless, Inc., which produces mobile applications, and Skia ... (view more)

Wed
14
Mar
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Google Answers Get Recycled

Although Google pulled the plug on its Google Answers service in November, not everyone who worked on the project was quite as willing to toss their service in the trash. A group of researchers who worked on the Google Answers project have decided ... to reincarnate the service into a similar one called Uclue. Uclue is definitely reminiscent of Google Answers. It allows users to ask a question and set a price, ranging from $5 to $250, in return for having their question answered. Although Google eliminated Google Answers when the service failed to rake in solid traffic, the researchers who worked ... (view more)

Fri
09
Mar
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Google Offers Gadgets to IBM

Massively popular search engine Google has been diversifying its interests as of late. Previously known only for its ability to transfer the user to the most relevant websites in a query, Google expanded into the interactive mainstream last year by ... purchasing YouTube.com for more than a billion dollars. And if that wasn't enough to show the might of the almighty Goo, the company recently released its own "gadget" web tools, designed to offer Internet services similar to Vista's operating system helpers. Now, it appears major tech company IBM wants to use Google's tools for business use. ... (view more)

Wed
21
Feb
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Google Apps No Longer Free

Google will be taking its applications in a new direction soon: the company will begin charging business for the use of its set of apps, known as "Google Apps for Your Domain." The package includes G-mail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Page ... Creator, a start page, and will soon include Google Doc's word processing and spreadsheet applications. Google has said that they have been flooded with requests from business wanting to use these services -- and it hasn't just been small companies itching for Google Apps. Disney, Pixar, and the University of Arizona have also shown interest in ... (view more)

Fri
09
Feb
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Google Looking To Get Into Game and Television Advertising?

Do a quick search for Google here at Infopackets, and you'll be amazed at all of the different ventures the company is involved in. And, even though the buzz is currently centered on Windows Vista, Google has managed to keep itself strongly in the ... news. The latest: it appears that the search engine giant is looking to branch out into a new frontier -- video game and television advertising. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is looking to purchase Adscape Media, Inc. -- a company that puts advertising into video games. It could be a response to Microsoft's purchase of Massive Inc ... (view more)

Thu
08
Feb
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New Feature for the Google Search Index: YouTube Videos!

An influx of online videos is expected to infiltrate the Internet following Google's recent announcement that the YouTube video library will now be a major part of their search index. Whatever the topic, Google search results will attempt to yield ... the most appropriate match from their YouTube database. If the user wishes to watch the video, they just simply click the "video" tab feature that will accompany the web result. The videos will not appear as web results themselves. (Source: mediainfocenter.org ) Representatives from Google Inc. commented on the recent changes to their search engine ... (view more)

Fri
02
Feb
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Google Takes Action Against Googlebombs

Pranskers beware. Google has made what it says is a "pretty small" change to the way it indexes websites for its search results in an attempt to prevent 'Googlebombing.' (Source: betanews.com ) Googlebombing (also known as linkbombing) is a prank ... where many people link the same keyword to a specific website in order for that website to appear at the top of search results. For example, a search for "miserable failure" would return a website on George W. Bush. (Source: citizen-times.com ) Although there are less than 100 well-known googlebombs, Google has decided to remove these bombs using an ... (view more)

Thu
25
Jan
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Google Checkout Not Pleasing the Masses

When investment firm J.P. Morgan Securities conducted a survey of online shopping habits, they found that Google Checkout has already snatched 6% of the market share despite only being open for eight months. Despite initial results, Google should ... not be celebrating. The survey also found that Google Checkout significantly lags PayPal in terms of customer satisfaction, a hindrance that could likely cripple the company's market share. (Source: arstechnica.com ) Google's quick market penetration is attributed to the company's offering of discounts and rebates. Unfortunately, Google has failed in ... (view more)

Thu
18
Jan
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Google Earth Used By Terrorists

Google hasn't been shy about announcing its mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible. But accessible to whom? This is the question that many are asking after it was recently discovered that terrorists used ... Google Earth to pinpoint the location of British soldiers. (Source: hardocp.com ) British Intelligence discovered images taken from Google Earth after a series of raids on insurgent safe houses in Iraq. Officers describe the images as having "significant detail" of British camps in Iraq. (Source: canadafreepress.com ) "This is evidence as far as we are ... (view more)

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