Google

Wed
17
Jan
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Google Cookie Exploit Found, Fixed

In the world of search engines, nothing beats Google. The competition, led by Yahoo, makes up a single digit fraction of the market attempting to challenge the Goliath. However, with that success comes a substantial amount of attention from hackers ... and the like. The most recent issue facing Google were reports that users were seeing their cookies exploited, giving the web's most malicious access to a pile of personal information. It's pretty simple. If a user is signed into their Google account, the pages they visit give the web host access to their cookies. This means the web host -- or the ... (view more)

Fri
12
Jan
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Google Accused of Wrongly Identifying Websites as Dangerous

An education service center in southeast Kansas -- Greenbush -- has been called "harmful" and a "risk" to visit. However, those labels aren't being applied to the brick-and-mortar facility. Rather, they're in reference to Greenbush's website. If you ... access Greenbush.org through Google, the site doesn't immediately come up. Instead, the following warning appears in its place: "Warning -- visiting this web site may harm your computer! You can learn more about harmful web content and how to protect your computer at StopBadware.org. Suggestions: - Return to the previous page and pick another ... (view more)

Wed
10
Jan
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You're Hired! ... According to Google's Algorithm

It probably won't be your 4.0 GPA that lands you a job at Google. But it might be the fact that you have pets. Or the fact that you started a club. In typical Google fashion, the company has created a new method for sifting through the 100,000+ job ... applicants itching to work at Google each month. The company has ditched the typical hiring methods in their quest to hire more well-rounded candidates. (Source: nytimes.com ) Job applicants will now be asked to fill out a survey which assesses intelligence and personality. The algorithm will then rate each candidate on a scale from 0 to 100. ( ... (view more)

Fri
05
Jan
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Google Tips Under Fire

Firefox developer Blake Ross weighed in on Google's Tips recently, and what he had to say wasn't exactly complementary. Ross, 21, has posted a blog accusing Google of using its tips to unfairly promote its own products during searches. The tips, ... which appear at the top of a search results page after specific queries such as "calendar," "blogging," and "photo sharing," are a result of Google abusing its power, says Ross. (Source: news.com ) In his blog, Ross points out that if Google's services are superior, they would appear at the top of a search, thereby eliminating the need to plug the ... (view more)

Thu
04
Jan
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Wikipedia Co-Founder Planning 'Google Killer'

"Search is part of the fundamental infrastructure of the Internet. And, it is currently broken." Those harsh words come from Wikipedia.org co-founder Jimmy Wales. (Source: wikia.com ) Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, has quickly become a bona ... fide Internet sensation. Now Jimmy Wales wants to expand his horizons and challenge the big boys. And they don't come any bigger than Google! Wales has announced plans to create a search engine of his own. The project -- which is called Search Wikia -- is already being dubbed a "Google Killer." But don't hold your breath just yet. "We're not ... (view more)

Sun
31
Dec
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North Carolina Lures Google in Hopes of Building Server Farm

North Carolina officials are willing to offer Google up to $4.7 million in grant money if the company builds a new operation in Caldwell County, an economically struggling area of North Carolina. Google is looking for a new place to put a server ... farm, which is a massive collection of computers used to run Google's services and support the company's expedient growth. Lenoir, North Carolina is on Google's list of sites that it is considering for the future development. If Google decides to land in Lenoir, the region, knocked out by job and industry loss, could see $600 million in new investment ... (view more)

Sat
30
Dec
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Google Takes Blogger.com to the Next Level

Blogs are all the rage nowadays. And, it was no surprise to discover that very fact when Google purchased Blogger.com way back in 2003. After all, what pie *hasn't* Google taken a slice of yet? Now, after three years, Google has finally given its ... blogging property a major facelift. (Source: yahoo.com ) Here are the new features Google has added to blogger.com (quoted directly from the website): Customize your template 1. Create the blog you've always wanted with new page elements and font and color options. 2. Drag and drop page elements to customize your blog's design in a snap Create a ... (view more)

Thu
28
Dec
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Two Peas in a Pod: Google and NASA

Between Google's acquisitions and new program launches, the company has still managed to find time to create a partnership with space conglomerate NASA. Google and NASA have come together to sign the Space Act Agreement. The agreement will enable ... the two companies to collaboratively develop a system which will make it easy for people to find weather forecasting data, view high-resolution 3D maps of the moon and Mars, and track the International Space Station in real time. (Source: pcworld.com ) Although the partnership may not seem to be the most natural fit at first, it actually makes ... (view more)

Tue
19
Dec
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Google Patent Search Launched

Google made yet another addition to the expanding Google empire last week, when the company launched the beta version of Google Patent Search. The search engine allows users to search through United States patent filings in a variety of ways, ... including searches by patent number, inventor, filing date, and keyword. Patents that have been issued up to mid-2006 are included in the results. Although international patents and patents applications are not included in the search, it does allow potential inventors (or the perpetually curious) to sift through millions of U.S. patents. (Source: news. ... (view more)

Wed
06
Dec
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Google=Firefox, Yahoo=IE7?

Patronizing is everywhere in the business world. It can happen between any two companies at any time, but there's always one reason behind it: money. Recently, the two competing Internet browsers from Microsoft and Mozilla were released to web users ... across the world. In the weeks since, two of the most popular search engines have "chosen" their favorites, with Yahoo recommending Internet Explorer 7 and Google pushing Firefox 2. The most recent finding is Yahoo's encouragement that searchers use IE7 over the competition. If a user decides to follow the engine's advice, he or she will find that ... (view more)

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