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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)

Wed
31
Jan
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YouTube to Secure Deal with BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is in the process of finalizing a deal with search engine powerhouse Google. The conditions of the agreement will make BBC programming available on the online video site YouTube.com. The deal will once ... again exemplify the site's growth in global popularity as it continues to add international content to its service. A spokesperson for the BBC recently confirmed that the publicly funded broadcasting corporation had spoken with Google. The extent of the conversations have not yet been reported, but several sources have confirmed that many different ... (view more)

Fri
26
Jan
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Google Uncertain with Future of Online Video

Google's vice president for content partnerships, David Eun, recently revealed in an interview that Google is just as perplexed as the rest of the world with respect to the future of online video. Many were shocked when Google paid over one and ... three quarters of a billion dollars to acquire the emmensly popular YouTube web portal. Notably so. And yet, one might assume that in order for Google to make such a large purchase, the company must have had some prediction as to where things may lead. However, the opposite may be true. Eun admits that analysts have been unable to determine both the ... (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)

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)

Wed
10
Jan
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Yahoo Revises Search Service for Mobile Devices

Yahoo recently unveiled its latest weapon in the ongoing battle with Google for Internet search and advertising supremacy. The software is called Go for Mobile 2.0, and was released shortly after Google made a partnership announcement with Samsung ... Electronics. This partnership means that most Samsung cellphones will now be equipped with Google's own brand of mobile software. (Source: mobile-tech-today.com ) The Go for Mobile 2.0 service is an upgrade from software Yahoo introduced last year. The new revision makes it easier for users to move among various online services and have easier ... (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)

Tue
09
Jan
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Gmail Contact List Hacked

Right before the New Year, Google received a nasty surprise. Gmail users were susceptible to having their contact lists stolen and used for malicious purposes. In order for the bug to activate itself, people had to be logged into Gmail and then go ... to a website designed specifically to exploit the vulnerability. Signing in to sites such as Blogger.com, Orkut.com, and Google Docs ... (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)

Thu
04
Jan
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Hey! Gmail Ate My Emails!

Google's popular service Gmail let down some users recently (and worried many others) when users reported missing emails. After investigating the situation, Google has reported that about 60 users have been affected by the problem. This represents ... an extremely small proportion of Gmail users -- a group in the tens of millions. (Source: thestreet.com ) Google spokesperson Courtney Hohne issued an emailed statement apologizing for the problem. "Once we found out about this issue, we worked day and night to confirm that only a few accounts were affected and to do whatever we could to restore as ... (view more)

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