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Google Purchases PeakStream!

Jun 6, 2007 | 1,597 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In unexpected news, The Register informs that Google has purchased PeakStream Inc., a Redwood City, California company that develops software for multi-core and parallel processors. The sum of purchase has not been disclosed as of now.

Google has already confirmed the acquisition but nothing is known about the terms of the deal.

Google To Improve Webmaster Tools Help Center: Usability Call?

Jun 5, 2007 | 2,838 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Riona MacNamara in Google Groups posts an interesting feature which announces the plans to restructure Webmaster tools Help Center aka Webmaster Guidelines.

Riona explains, the motive behind the change is " to improve the way we organize and present help content. We want to make sure that our content is technically accurate, relevant, and up to date, and that it's easy to navigate and find exactly what you're looking for. Is the content broad enough in scope? Deep enough in detail? Does it have the right mix of instructional and conceptual info? "

Its Official Google Bombing But Will Continue!

Jun 5, 2007 | 1,872 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Marissa Mayer, Google's sharp-talking Director of Consumer Web Products posts an article called “Googlebombing 'failure'” in the Official Google Blog where a particularly non-committal sentence is mentioned:

“We don't condone the practice of googlebombing , or any other action that seeks to affect the integrity of our search results, but we're also reluctant to alter our results by hand in order to prevent such items from showing up.”

Rare Insight Into Google's Search Ranking And Quality!

Jun 4, 2007 | 1,745 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In an enlightening NY Times report, Google let in John Batelle, the chief executive of Federated Media, to chat with Mr Amit Singhal and Udi Manber, Google's very elite engineers aka Google Fellows.

Some of the main highlights of the article are:

June Brings Changes in Google SERPs?

Jun 2, 2007 | 1,650 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Forums like WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint have reported changes in Google's Search Engine Result pages since the month began.

Webmasters have a range of opinions ranging from, "I just wish G would leave things alone so that at least webmasters can at least enjoy their new traffic – or not!"

Google's Feedburner Acquisition Is Official!

Jun 2, 2007 | 3,021 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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After many guesses and affirmative reports from various sources, Google Inc and Feedburner both acknowledge the former's purchase of Feedburner.

Indian Court Demands Google Inc, YouTube Block Specific Search Results

Jun 1, 2007 | 2,308 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Chennai Online reports that the Karnataka High Court issued notices to the Indian Government, ISP providers, Google and YouTube over the Time To Get Sexy video where Gautham Prasad, a New York-based Indian stand-up comedian strips, pole-dances, dines with women and even plays with daggers while dressed like Gandhi.

Google To Incorporate Panoramio's Technology Into Google Maps

May 31, 2007 | 3,467 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In the official Google Blog John Hanke announces Google's planned acquisition of Spain-based Panoramio “that links millions of photos with the exact geographical location where they were taken”.

Panoramio is a community photos website that enables digital photographers to geo-locate, store and organize their photographs — and to view those photographs in Google Earth. Other users can search and browse Panoramio photos and suggest edits to the metadata associated with the photos. Panoramio also offers an API that enables web developers to embed Panoramio functionality into their websites.

Google Developers Day Unveils Google Gears

May 31, 2007 | 1,609 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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As seen in a report by Barry Schwartz Google Gears was launched today on Google developer Day.

Explaining the new service, “Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs:

Store and serve application resources locally

Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database

Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness"

Banned From Google? Wait For Reinclusion!

May 30, 2007 | 1,905 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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As seen on Webmaster World, websites that were previously banned from Google have now been re-included.

These Webmasters did not even tread on the usual route of filling up the required Reinclusion Request Form. Webmasters became aware of the unexpected behavior when one Webmaster noted, “ One of my sites has been banned from the index (for sure) and has just been re-included. It received the ban about the time that many other members reported problems with sites that included directories.”