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Hyderabad To Get A Googleplex!

May 14, 2007 | 2,443 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google's booming presence in India leads to a second office in Hyderabad. This will be the second office as an office already exists in the city. Hyderabad aka "Cyberabad" was the perfect destination as the city is the country's IT epicentre and also because of its technologically-adept and large English speaking populace.

Google Webmaster Central Takes a Beating in Germany!

May 11, 2007 | 2,524 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Communicating between Google and webmasters took a blow when some German webmasters received fake penalty notification emails allegedly sent by Google Search Quality. The problem arose as these spam notices look very similar to Google's mails. An original example of Google's penalty notification email is:

“Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.chefrevival.com.au/,

Google News drops Foreign News Site, Manipulation Suspected?

May 11, 2007 | 1,330 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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A Cyprus based news site, Playfuls, which was ranked 16th in Google's English-language news sources was removed from Google News as the news site was suspected of 'gaming' Google News algorithm. Playfuls had nearly 8,000 listings in the site even higher than New York Times,

Google Phonebook Name Removal, Finally!

May 10, 2007 | 3,453 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Does it scare you that typing your residential phone number in the Google Search bar (not to be confused with the Google Toolbar) reveals your name and residential details with a map (via Google Map) of your home through a reverse lookup! It was common knowledge that the World Wide Web was a storehouse of fascinating information but this edges towards the scary, with identity thefts, stalkers and wrong-doers all around.

Lost in UK? Get Google's Maps for Mobile!

May 10, 2007 | 1,105 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Move over James Cook. Google Maps for Mobile is the latest in navigation for the folks at UK. The launch of the service was announced at a press briefing at the capital.

Unlike the American version, this allows you to search tube/train station locations. Users can easily find business searches, local pin codes, driving directions in a cool satellite mode. For now, the application is for Java-enabled phones only.

Google Overtaking Webmasters Brain!

May 9, 2007 | 1,178 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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A slightly off-the-cuff but honest thread explains how Google controls, owns and directs your mind. Besides moral policing the Complainee rants about "Google is taking over and moderating the webmaster discussion" and "Google Defines Webmaster Dialogue and Thinking ".

To Google's defense comes the veritable Adam Lasnik, their very own, SEO Strategist and Search Evangelist.

The thread can be enjoyed at Webmasterworld.

Google Introduces Gadget Ads

May 8, 2007 | 1,542 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google announced their latest advertising beta program "gadget ads" which will be launched in late summer. These new ad units are interactive applications from advertisers through AdWords while they are distributed via AdSense. Since, the application hasn't been launched officially, users suspect it would appear on iGoogle. Advertisers can add flash, video, real-time feed, and transaction functionality to typically static display ads to these HTML-based ad units.

Google Finance Improved

May 8, 2007 | 1,694 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google's official blog reports new additions to Google Finance. The site is continuously updated and varied providing data on stocks, shares, mutual funds, public and private companies.

Keeping up with user demand, the new additions include:

Google & Yahoo! Testing New Look For SERPs

May 5, 2007 | 1,887 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Currently, Yahoo! and Google are testing new looks for their search result pages. Is it an ordinary change or does the story get deeper, atleast for yahoo?

Google retains its same colors though it now sports a vertical search option plus an additional 'related search' column on the left panel, in contrast to the customary right. Anyone can create this by going to the webpage and adding this code in the browser bar. Philipp Lenssen also has a screenshot of the new SERPs.

Microsoft And Google Launch Voice Enabled Search Services

May 4, 2007 | 2,441 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Microsoft and Google have come out with voice enabled search. Google’s service is known as Google Voice Local Search or GOOG-411. The service is free and it will make local-business search accessible over the phone. To access this service one have to dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone. Though you can call from Europe too, the search results are from US only.