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Tue
05
Dec
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Google All Out of Answers

Google usually makes headlines for introducing new products and continually expanding the Google empire. Last week, however, brought different news: Google has actually announced the end of one of its services. The victim? Google Answers. Google ... Answers was launched back in 2002, and was the company's first project. The service allowed users to ask questions and set a price for how much the answer was worth to them. Other users could then answer the question and receive payment; Google also benefited from the 50 cent listing fee. (Source: betanews.com ) What Google Answers failed to capture, ... (view more)

Fri
24
Nov
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Google Stock Prices Soar to $500

For the first time in the history of the company, Google's stock price has surpassed $500 (U.S.). The general estimation is that Google now has a market value of $155 billion. The recent success of Google can be attributed to the favorable ... expectations that Wall Street has announced for the company, which has translated into a 2.3 per cent stock increase. More accurately, Google's stocks now trade at $509.65/share on the NASDAQ Stock Market. The share increase has made Google the second most valuable business in the Silicon Valley, surpassing such electronic super-manufacturing companies as ... (view more)

Thu
23
Nov
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Google Checkout Offers Rebates for Holiday Shopping Season

If there's one thing that Google can do well (and let's be serious -- there's certainly more than one thing), it's creating extremely useful applications for average computer users. Google Checkout, a service that centralizes online shopping by ... eliminating the need to maintain separate user names and passwords for different shopping sites, was launched back in June. However, Google has recently developed a promotional offer just in time for the busy holiday shopping season. Shopping malls are always crammed with shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving, which has come to be known as "Black ... (view more)

Wed
15
Nov
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Google Adwords Spill Onto Airwaves

Remember the days when Google was synonymous with the phrase "search engine"? That time has long past -- a result of Google's endeavors into unending lines of new applications. Recently, the company has announced that it will also be expanding into ... offline media, as it ventures into radio ads. Google Spokesperson Michael Mayzel said that the company will begin a public test of Google Audio Ads by the end of this year. The service will use the same AdWords system that Google uses in web searches. For radio advertisers, this means a more customized target; ads will be tailored not only by the ... (view more)

Fri
10
Nov
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Hockey Fans Rejoice: NHL now on Google Video

Did you miss last night's hockey game? Well you, and me -- and every other hockey fan for that matter -- are in luck! Early last week, NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises -- the digital division of the National Hockey League -- announced a deal that ... will provide Google Video with fresh NHL video content. In addition to providing select NHL classic games, the NHL will also show the current season's full-length games (on delay) via Google Video. (Source: nhl.com ) If you log on to the web site, you can now view and download dozens of recent hockey games organized by team, as well as a fairly ... (view more)

Thu
09
Nov
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Ask.com May Answer Google's Dominance

Nowadays, it's hard to imagine visiting a search engine other than Google. For years -- the number somewhat irrelevant -- Google has been the "find machine" of choice, directing users to easy-to-navigate lists of the best and also most relevant ... sites in the query range. For this writer, the last prominent search engine used prior to Google was probably Alta Vista...and that was a very, very long time ago (long before Y2K). However, now many insiders consider Ask.com to be a serious challenger to Google's popularity, and although there's a long way to go, the company is making serious strides ... (view more)

Fri
03
Nov
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Google Acquires JotSpot and Ventures into Wikis

Google has gobbled up yet another company in its recent wave of acquisitions. The search engine giant recently announced that it has acquired JotSpot, a Silicon Valley wiki provider. Google's venture into wikis is not completely surprising. Wikis, ... which are web-based applications that enable people to easily post and edit information, have become increasingly popular as the Web 2.0 trend continues. Many websites have been expanding their sites to include wiki applications. Amazon.com hopped on the wiki bandwagon in April when they added a function which enables users to write and edit product ... (view more)

Thu
02
Nov
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Stop Using Google as a Verb!

Google Wants You to Stop Using "Google" as a Verb. Trademarks such as Kleenex, Xerox, and Band-Aid have all fallen victim to the public's genericization of their brand names -- and despite the company's protest, Google is encountering the same fate. ... The company's extreme popularity and undisputed success as a web search engine has led many people to link Google's brand name with the process of Web searching -- "googling". (Source: cleavlandleader.com) This year, the Merriam-Webster dictionary has added "googling" to their plethora of English verbs. The online version of the Merriam-Webster ... (view more)

Tue
31
Oct
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Google's YouTube Cracks Down On Almost 30,000 Illegal Videos

The newest kid on Google's block, YouTube.com, has been listening to recent concerns that many of the videos uploaded to the site are in violation of established copyrights. A few months before Google purchased the video sharing site , Dallas ... Mavericks owner Mark Cuban went on record in claiming that YouTube would eventually be "sued into oblivion" for "breaking the law" by illegally hosting copyrighted material. A Japanese entertainment company -- The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) -- recently discovered almost 30,000 TV shows, music videos, and movies ... (view more)

Tue
31
Oct
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Bush Loves Google Earth: But Not Email

Google executives must be thrilled: in a recent interview with MSNBC reporter Maria Bartiromo, U.S. President George W. Bush revealed that he is one of Google's many loyal users. During the October 24th interview, Bartiromo asked Bush: "I'm curious, ... have you ever googled anybody? Do you use Google?" Google Earth: Yes The President said that he used the search giant occasionally and specifically pointed out that he enjoys using Google Earth to look at his ranch in Crawford Texas. Bush said that, "One of the things I've used on the Google is to pull up maps. It's very interesting to see -- I've ... (view more)

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