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Viacom Sues Google, Seeks $1 Billion In Damages

Mar 14, 2007 | 3,701 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Viacom yesterday made an official announcement that it has filed a lawsuit against YouTube and Google for massive intentional copyright infringement of Viacom's entertainment properties seeking a whooping $1 Billion in damages. Viacom claims that Google and YouTube have programmed more than 1,60,000 clips without any authorization. And these clips have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

A press release states:

Google Asks Webmasters To Disallow Internal, External Search Results

Mar 13, 2007 | 2,130 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Barry Schwartz has written a post on Google officially requests webmasters to block internal or external search results. Barry informs about a Matt Cutts post namely Search results in search results which revolves around a query raised on Google's Webmaster Help Group.

Greasemonkey Tells Google PR And Anchor Text Of Inbound Links

Mar 13, 2007 | 2,384 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Joost de Valk informs about Greasemonkey script which allows a person to know the PR of the pages linking to you as well as the anchor test used on the link.

He says:
Google Webmaster Tools shows the incoming links for your website, but you might want to know the PR of the pages linking to you and the anchor text used on the link. This Greasemonkey script does just that, by determining PR for the link through an XML HTTP request and adding it in front of the link.

Google Begins TV Ads Testing: Signs Up With Astound Broadband

Mar 13, 2007 | 1,759 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google revolutionized the online ad market and earned revenues as if in a windfall. In fact, Google earned $10bn from online ads. Now, Google is moving to the TV ads market which is already worth $55bn.

Philipp Lensen has reported about an article in Wall Street Journal which informed about Google testing TV commercials to cable subscribers in Concord, California. VentureBeat reports from the WSJ news article that:

Google Targeting TV Commercials

Mar 12, 2007 | 1,607 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Danny Sullivan informs about a Wall Street Journal article, Google gains on goal of controlling and targeting TV commercials. WSJ reports, “Google Inc. has established a toehold in pursuing of one its next big ambitions: controlling which television ads viewers see and tailoring them to consumers' interests.” 

How Long Does Google Crawl 404 Page?

Mar 10, 2007 | 1,118 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Barry on Search Engine Roundtable has written a post on Does Google Still Crawl 404 Not Found Pages?

A WebmasterWorld query raises the question, “how long will Google ask for a page when it gets a 404 (Not found)?”

Google China launches New Directory

Mar 10, 2007 | 1,689 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google Blogoscoped informs that Google China has launched a new web navigation directory at daohang.google.cn(see here for an automated translation. This directory is complete with sections on search, video, games, music and communities.

Live Search Gains Market Share After A Whole Year!

Mar 10, 2007 | 1,847 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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According to report by Compete, Live Search has gained 1% market share as has Google. Yahoo! has lost 2% share to the competitors. The rise in Live Search’s share was expected after Windows Vista was launched with Live Search as the default search engine. As per the report “Overall web search volume on Live Search increased 10% to nearly 590 million queries in February.”

How To Verify The GoogleBot Crawling Your Site Is Not A Fake

Mar 10, 2007 | 2,413 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The Googlebot that just visited your website might not have been from Google. There are rogue bots out there which imitate the Googlebot to steal content. Barry Schwartz has compiled few resources which elaborate upon ways to verify the authenticity of a bot.
    
Included in the post are some past posts on the issue, a post by Matt Cutts and discussions at Cre8asite Forums. Matt Cutts has explained how to verify the bot with reverse DNS.

Telling webmasters to use DNS to verify on a case-by-case basis seems like the best way to go. I think the recommended technique would be to do a reverse DNS lookup, verify that the name is in the googlebot.com domain, and then do a corresponding forward DNS->IP lookup using that googlebot.com name; eg:

YPN Is Blind To Violations, AdSense No Better?

Mar 9, 2007 | 1,349 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Have you seen websites that violate YPN Terms of Service (TOS) and immediately search around to find someone to report to? You must have found no one. This is what the Search Engine Herald reports. “Ever since YPN was introduced they never had an option to report violators of their TOS.”