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Google Hostile To Privacy, Says Privacy International!

Jun 11, 2007 | 1,886 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In an in-your-face report, London-based Privacy International slams Google Inc for being “hostile to privacy”.

The article called “A Race to the Bottom: Privacy Ranking of Internet Service Companies A Consultation report” says:

Google To Digitize Select Books In Big Ten Libraries

Jun 11, 2007 | 1,818 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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CNN reports “Google to digitize Big Ten school books” which follows just a mere two weeks after announcing it would “Digitize Ancient Indian Texts Among 80k Books!”.

Google's motive is to have “a shared digital repository that faculty, students and the public can access quickly.” In keeping with this, the Search Giant will digitize upto 10 million volumes from select collections from select libraries. The libraries include: Chicago University, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Google Inc Director Sells 59,900 Shares!

Jun 8, 2007 | 2,663 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In a mind-boggling report, Canadian Business online informs that Google Inc Director and Silicon Valley venture capitalist John L. Doerr sold 59,900 shares of common for $30 million on Friday.

The news broke out on Tuesday in a Form 4 of a Securities and Exchange Commission filing where it was declared by John L. Doerr that he sold the shares for $498.40 to $504 per unit. John L. Doerr's company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was one of the first companies to invest in Google ($14.2 million) besides also investing in Netscape, Amazon etc.

eBay And Google: War Of The Audio Ads

Jun 7, 2007 | 2,009 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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As soon as we informed that Google Inside AdWords was ready to roll out Audio ads Beta, Reuters informs that eBay is to auction advertising on U.S. radio stations.

eBay teams up with Bid4Spots Inc, a radio-ad start-up company from Encino, CA, in a deal where advertisers can bid on more than 2,300 participating stations on both radio and internet. About the deal, Kim Rubey, a spokeswoman for eBay commented:

Google Webmaster Guidelines Gets Another Overhaul

Jun 6, 2007 | 3,447 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Webmasters are happily breathing a huge sigh of relief on learning Google has altered and updated their Webmaster Guidelines page.

Some of the additions include links to:

Google Inc And Saleforce.Com: Together, A Strategic Global Alliance!

Jun 6, 2007 | 1,705 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google's Press Center announces that Salesforce.com and Google, have recently announced that they have formed a strategic global alliance ' to help millions of businesses leverage the Internet to achieve success'.

The latest product resulting from this alliance is Salesforce Group Edition featuring Google AdWords which is a robust offering that combines both the power of Salesforce on-demand CRM applications and Google AdWordsâ„¢ platform to achieve integrated sales and marketing success. This solution provides the same tools to all businesses irrespective of the size of the business. This will help to successfully attract and retain customers.

Google Purchases PeakStream!

Jun 6, 2007 | 1,609 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 | 2,867 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 | 1,900 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 | 1,761 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: