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Google Toughens Stance With EU Article 29 Working party!

Jun 12, 2007 | 1,400 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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After Google was slapped with a Subpoena from the US Department of Justice Peter Fleischer from Google's Global Privacy Counsel asks, "How long should Google remember searches?".

In response to EU Article 29 Working Party's letter, Google writes that “Retention of logs data is critical to our ability to operate and improve our services, and to provide adequate security for our users, as follows:

Google Checkout Goes Mobile Now

Jun 12, 2007 | 1,843 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Peisun Wu of Google Checkout's Engineering team informs in Google Checkout's official blog that Google Checkout now goes mobile.

Google Hostile To Privacy, Says Privacy International!

Jun 11, 2007 | 1,895 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 | 1,824 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 | 2,667 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 | 2,019 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 | 3,458 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 | 1,712 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 | 1,614 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 | 2,879 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? "