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Google Guys Discuss About The Future Of Newspaper

Jan 30, 2007 | 1,494 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Recently, Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page as well as YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley discussed about the future of newspaper. But didn't say anything about the rumours that have been running for quite some time about running BBC content on Google Video.

Google Losing Employees To SEO Firms!

Jan 30, 2007 | 2,016 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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New Media Age magazine is reporting that four employees at Google have left the company to begin their own SEO firms. The interesting part is that all the four workers are members of team led by Matt Cutts which primarily deals with fighting spam and exploits. Since some time now there was discussion going on among SEOs, asking “what would happen if Matt Cutts quit Google and joined an SEO firm?”. Seems like Matt Cutts juniors are initiating the move.

Yahoo! Outpacing Google?

Jan 30, 2007 | 1,514 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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There is a very interesting revelation from the report released by Nielsen//Netratings on the market share of search engines for December, 2006. The report indicates that Yahoo! is growing at a faster pace than Google. In December 2006 3.035 billion searches were done on Google, showing an increase of 22.6% from last year. This figure stands at 1.412 billion searches for Yahoo!, an increase by 30.1% from December 2005. In the last year Google got 560 million users more compared to 330 million users acquired by Yahoo!. However, if you see the data in terms of percentage of growth, Yahoo! is ahead of Google.

Google Sues Trademark Entrepreneur Leo Stoller

Jan 30, 2007 | 3,041 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The famous trademark entrepreneur Leo Stoller has been sued by Google, alleging that he owns the trademark of Google. Stoller has been charged for RICO violations, unfair competition and false advertising. Though Google has filed a case but it will be an uphill task for the company to prove charges against Stoller. The trademark law has no provisions which could penalize untrue claims of trademark ownership. Google has charged false advertising claims under Lanham Act and this may also be not easy for the search engine giant to prove as it is not included in the trademark-licensing business. On the other hand Leo Stoller is vowing to destroy Google by the case and claims that stock price of the company will come down to below $5.

Google Looking For Community Driven Search?

Jan 29, 2007 | 2,162 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Wikipedia is currently the greatest online encyclopedia and has beaten Britannica. The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales will be launching Wikia search for posing a stiff competition to Google and Yahoo!. Peter Norvig of Google gives an interview about the new venture of  Jimmy Wales. Talking on the advantages and disadvantages of a  community-driven search, Norvig said “Judgments from users are certainly important for search.  In a way, hyperlinks (the basis of the Google PageRank metric) are user judgements, but the users are limited to webmasters.  The more the merrier, so it is good to get feedback from others as well. Google and other search engines do use user feedback, mostly implicit feedback in the form of clicks, with some explicit feedback.  We experimented with smiley/frowny faces in the toolbar, and with various types of feedback on search results.  Currently we have a " Dissatisfied? Help us improve" link at the bottom of the page; at times we've asked for positive feedback as well.”

Nofollow Links Manipulation By Google Video For Increasing Ranks

Jan 29, 2007 | 2,486 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has once again displayed that what its suggests it does not follow. This time the search engine is using nofollw links on Google Video but giving an exception to videos that are of an advertising partner or are in the inner pages of the site, thereby increasing the page rank of its pages and partners.  The screen shot  shows that nofollowed links goes to videos of its partners and internal pages of Google Video. The links to AOL are the direct ones. This shows that the search engine is trying to increase page ranks of the internal pages.

Matt Cutts On Changing Site Ranks

Jan 29, 2007 | 1,953 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Matt Cutts had some time ago said that Google is doing data pushes every day which is resulting in changing of ranks. But some people have asked for more information that influences the ranks. Matt Cutts have reviewed some sites and talks about why the sites loose their ranks and what should be done to get good ranks.

Wikipedia Articles In Google OneBox Results

Jan 29, 2007 | 1,327 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has started to include Wikipedia articles in its OneBox results. All you are required to do is only add some information to your query and Google will return links to Wikipedia on top search results. But the searchers are also required to give exactly same Wikipedia article title and search keyword otherwise there will be no Onebox links. Onebox of Google shows special results like weather, music, news, maps and  stock quotes by some particular keywords. Very recently, blogs were also added as a part of results. 

Uploaders On YouTube To Get Video Ad Revenues

Jan 29, 2007 | 1,497 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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YouTube will giving a part of its video ad revenue to the persons who upload their own videos on the site, reports BBC. This step as said by the founder of the YouTube,  Chad Hurley, has been taken to ' reward creativity ' and the team is busy preparing a revenue-sharing mechanism. But this scheme is only for those individuals who have copyright of videos being uploaded on the site. For detecting the copyrighted material the company is involved in making audio fingerprinting technologies. Chad Hurley has also affirmed that the features will not be released in one go but one by one in the coming months. He cleared that “ There won't be one big release.”

Google Launches A Testing Blog: Offers Insights Into Google's Tests

Jan 27, 2007 | 1,336 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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There are many people who are very curious about the testing experiences of Google. Keeping this in mind the company has launched Google Testing blog for sharing their testing experiences with people. Allen Hutchison, Engineering Manager writes “We decided to start this blog to share our experiences with the rest of the developer community, and so that we can learn about some of your smart solutions to the same sorts of problems.