GOOGLE MAPS MOBILE & PICASA MOBILE

If you have a Windows Mobile device (a Motorola Q or Treo 700W, for example), go to http://www.google.com/gmm on the mobile web browser and install “Google Maps Mobile.” It’s a special version of Google Maps optimized for a mobile phone, including street maps and satellite images, driving directions, and real-time traffic reports for folks in big cities. […] continued

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GOOGLE & DOUBLECLICK

In April, Google announced its $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick. It was treated as Big News and generated lots of press but I found it hard to understand what the deal meant to Google and its competitors. Clearly it meant a lot to Microsoft, which paid $6 billion in May to acquire Acquantive – another name unknown to consumers having something or other to do with online advertising. […] continued

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GOOGLE MAPS STREET VIEW

Google Maps has introduced a very cool new feature, Google Maps Street View. In selected cities, the Street View button allows you to get street-level photographs in high resolution, capable of being zoomed and rotated thru 360 degrees. It may not be terribly useful but it’s hard to resist killing a few minutes saying ooh and ah. […] continued

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DELL, GOOGLE, AND MONEY

Dell installs less crapware on new computers than any other manufacturer, but one of their latest money-making tactics is annoying. Dell and Google have partnered to install the Google Toolbar and Google Desktop on most new computers – along with some trickier under-the-hood stuff to present unexpected pages of ads during your Internet browsing. […] continued

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iGOOGLE

Google has offered a personalized home page for years, but today it was relaunched with new features and the curious name “iGoogle.” Curious because the letter “i” preceding a name is Apple’s territory – Google is tweaking Apple pretty deliberately. (Reportedly Google has reassured Apple that it doesn’t intend to offer any more “i” services.) […] continued

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GOOGLE RISES, YAHOO SINKS

Only two years ago, Google and Yahoo earned the same revenue and it wasn’t obvious which one would predominate for Web searches.

You probably saw the business news. Google’s first-quarter revenue was more than twice Yahoo’s, and the gap is widening. Here’s an article comparing the two companies’ performance. (Microsoft also wants to be a player in the world of web searches and advertising, but it’s barely mentioned any more.) […] continued

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GOOGLE ACQUIRES INTERNET (MAY 2017)

A prediction of things to come:

MAY 12, 2017 – BUSINESSWIRE. Mountain View-based search giant Google Inc today announced they’ve acquired the internet for the astounding sum of $2,455.5 billion in cash. The deal had been rumored in various search blogs since the beginning of the year and was now confirmed by the company’s CEO.

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GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FREE WIRELESS BROADBAND

A potentially world-changing announcement from Google today – the launch of Google TiSP, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users’ plumbing systems. A simple fiber-optic cable running through any toilet on a municipal sewage system can be used to make the connection with a TiSP Access Node. […] continued

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GOOGLE TEXT LINK ADS

Google announced a new advertising program last week and the reports focused on a new Google policy that doesn’t affect us directly. (Briefly: Google sends money to advertisers when a web surfer clicks on a Google advertising link on a web page; the new program only pays the money if the web surfer also takes some followup action on the advertiser’s web site.) […] continued

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VIDEO MAY OVERWHELM INTERNET

Google is running more than 450,000 servers around the world. It’s building “Project 02,” which will be one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, to be housed at a data center in Oregon the size of two football fields, with four-story high cooling towers. As the owner of YouTube, Google is in a good position to evaluate the burden that video places on the infrastructure of the Internet. […] continued

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GOOGLE – A ONE TRICK PONY?

Business Week has an article about Google’s nonsearch products. According to the article, 99% of Google’s revenue comes from its small text ads on search pages and so far none of Google’s other products are changing that equation.

In the last couple of years, Google has released a huge number of nonsearch products, each with fanfare about its effect on competitors. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE SEARCH

Microsoft unveiled its latest Internet search page, yet another attempt to unseat Google. The “Windows Live” name is being attached to many web-based Microsoft projects right now, so the new name is Windows Live Search. Currently the results are driven by the same engine behind MSN Search, but Microsoft promises that it will be enhanced soon to produce results that are neato keen compared to Google’s search results. […] continued

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GOOGLE TOOLBAR VERSION 4

If you use the Google toolbar, there’s an update available today. Here’s a description of the new features. The search box has gotten smarter, there’s some enhanced features for sharing web pages by e-mail, text message, or blog, and you can add custom buttons.

One new feature is interesting: add web sites to “Bookmarks” on the Google toolbar, and you can then access those bookmarks from any computer. […] continued

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GOOGLE PACK

Google unveiled an eccentric collection of programs at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show under the umbrella name Google Pack. It’s described as a free collection of safe and useful software to improve your Windows and online experiences. It doesn’t fulfill that promise.

It makes Google look fallible. Take a look at Paul Thurrott’s comments, which match my own thoughts in most cases. […] continued

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TRACKING SANTA

If you have Google Earth installed, then clicking on this link will allow you to track Santa Claus as he delivers presents around the world. at 3:00pm PST, he’s travelling from city to city in India. Click here: http://dev.keyhole.com/santa/SantaRadar.kml

Here’s the Google blog entry explaining that the company did not license the Naughty and Nice data layers this year – even though Santa explained that it had been checked twice. […] continued

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