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Google Phonebook Name Removal, Finally!

May 10, 2007 | 3,529 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 | 1,126 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 | 1,201 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 | 1,566 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 | 1,722 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 | 1,920 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 | 2,467 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.

Google To Be The Sole Vendor Of Paid Links For All!

May 4, 2007 | 1,599 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Is Google trying to be the sole vendor of paid links? Not many have doubts anymore. However, Google is also trying to make a good PR activity out of it. There is Matt Cutts trying to convince how paid links are spam and reporting them is for everyones’ good.  In a recent interview Adam Lasnik said:

Google To Re-examine The Page Rank Update

May 2, 2007 | 6,351 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Following the PR update many webmasters have noticed a drop in their PR scores this week. Some have found the value of their page rank drop to zero but traffic was not hampered.

Adam Lasnik of Google will have a look into the matter. He commented at a WebmasterWorld Forums thread that “ If you've seen your PR adjusted to a non-zero number OR you've lost significant traffic, this thread does not really apply to you.

iGoogle – New, Improved, More Personal Google Home Page

May 2, 2007 | 7,301 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has made its personalized homepage still better and named it iGoogle. The new homepage comes with a new look and many interesting features.

Users can add gadgets like Framed photo slides, Google gram, Daily Me, Free Form, You Tube Channel and Personal list by using the default iGoogle templates. Now it is easier to share photos, personal videos, posting blogs and sending messages on the web.