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No More YouTube In Thailand

Apr 6, 2007 | 1,296 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Thailand has blocked YouTube and several other sites 'in a crackdown on material seen as denigrating the country's monarch', reports Herald Tribune.

"We have blocked YouTube because it contains a video insulting to our king," Winai Yoosabai, head of the censorship unit at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, said.

Google Search For 'Missing Pet Snake'

Apr 3, 2007 | 1,619 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google's work culture could not get more laid back than this. During the weekend an employee python went missing in Google's Manhattan office. The three foot long snake called Kaiser made the Google's search engine experts leave their work and scoured the complex in search for it.

Matt Cutts: Comic Hero Or Serious Let Down?

Apr 3, 2007 | 1,820 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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With greater power comes greater responsibility. Matt Cutts has failed the test. His April Fool blog hack joke was careless at best. The joke as David Naylor has pointed out at Threadwatch is in "bad taste" or a "linkbait." But whatever it is, it is at "WORDPRESS's Expense."

Finally Google Announces TV Ads Trials!

Apr 3, 2007 | 1,189 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Finally Google has plunged into the television world after months of rumors and speculation. Google announced yesterday via press release that it is partnering with Echostar and Astound Cable to run 'a trial to deliver better ads to viewers and help advertisers, operators and programmers more efficiently buy, schedule, deliver and measure ads on television.' 

MSN Vs Google, The Winner Gets DoubleClick

Apr 3, 2007 | 2,841 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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doubleClick MSN Vs Google, The Winner Gets DoubleClickSome days back we reported that DoubleClick might be acquired by MSN. However, a report on Wall Street Journal states that Google has emerged as a strong contender in the race to acquire DoubleClick.   The price of the acquisition is expected to go much beyond $2 billion now. The price hike may not be a good sign for MSN. 

Google On Building The Blog Audience

Apr 2, 2007 | 3,597 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Vanessa Fox on official Google blog talks about the power of community in blogging. Linking to those sites that are most relevant from the readers point of view and commenting on relevant blogs helps in increasing the relevancy of the blog. Content as always is the most significant thing of all. Good content and other bloggers will link to it.

Google Does Or Doesn't Investigate All Bad Serp Reports?

Apr 2, 2007 | 1,907 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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A statement made by Google recently bagged lots of critical feedbacks on a WebmasterWorld thread. In a Google update on spam reporting Google claimed that they will investigate all bad SERP reports.

Google said, “Currently, we investigate every spam report from a registered user. Spam reports to the unauthenticated form are assessed in terms of impact, and a large fraction of those are reviewed as well.”

Matt Cutts Gets Hacked!

Apr 1, 2007 | 2,244 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The Matt Cutts Blog Gets hacked.
This is what currently displaying on his blog:
matt blog Matt Cutts Gets Hacked!
Dark SEO Team has had a bit of a spat with Google's Matt Cutts from back in 2005 over URL hijacking. Looks like they've pulled a dirty one on Matt.
Matt's upgrade of WordPress installation from 2.0.x to 2.1.x  was already giving him problems.

Google Update On Spam Reporting

Mar 29, 2007 | 3,310 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google%20spam Google Update On Spam Reporting A post on Google Webmaster Central blog increases users awareness regarding webmaster practices that do or do not conform to Google's standards. This post was translated from their recently launched German blog.

The Google blog says: "Our spam report forms are provided in two different flavors: an authenticated form that requires registration in Webmaster Tools, and an unauthenticated form. Currently, we investigate every spam report from a registered user. Spam reports to the unauthenticated form are assessed in terms of impact, and a large fraction of those are reviewed as well.

Say "I Spammed" To Request Google Reinclusion

Mar 29, 2007 | 1,782 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The way to make it back to Google index is to simply send in the reinclusion request. This is how it is supposed to work. However, Barry on Search engine Roundtable informs about a WebmasterWorld thread which states that Google Reinclusion request forces you to 'admit' that you're a spammer.