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Todays Tech 5/21/2007

Some of the interesting technology stories making the rounds today.

Google News: The End of News Indexing As We Know It? Has Google started paying newspaper sites to include their stories? Surely not, but it is making the rounds, Google denies it here, Google Denies New UK News Search Deal saying, “It is categorically no,” said spokesperson Jessica Powell. “We don’t pay to index news content.” Talk about being a big mistake if they did….

Google Coop Embeds Gadgets in Search Results If you have been playing with a Google Coop search engine, I have here, Technology Search Engine, Google is embedding some widgets on certain types of searches.

Ubuntu 7.04 Offering?Technical Details Here is an overview of what to expect from the Dell Ubuntu computer offerings that are coming up.

BenQ Sells Digital Camera Division BenQ Corp. has agreed to sell its digital camera division as part of a broad restructuring aimed at returning to financial health after a disastrous attempt to compete in the global handset business.

Who Will Buy Facebook? Duncan Riley wonders who will buy Facebook and thinks that Google is the logical choice. Meanwhile, Facebook Opens Its Pages
As a Way to Fuel Growth
They are allowing other companies to provide services in the Facebook network and will be able to link to friends and networks. Previously some companies have had pages within Facebook, but they didn’t interact with the Web site’s user networks. This move is significant because it could turn Facebook into a central hub for Web users, akin to an Internet portal like Yahoo Inc. Rather than using Facebook only to keep in touch with friends and going elsewhere for other content, users could now gain access to that content inside Facebook. That could keep people on Facebook for longer periods of time, which would also appeal to advertisers. Makes sense.

Panasonic gooses megapixels, zoom Panasonic announced a new Lumix camera Monday that squeezes a wide-angle lens, a 12.2-megapixel sensor and a novel way of extending zoom lens range into a compact camera.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 21, 2007 at 5:48 pm

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Google Launches Earth and Maps Blog, Talk Geoweb

Google has created another blog, this time for Google Earth and Google Maps, called Google Lat Long Blog, and they are talking about the Geoweb.

So… what is the “geoweb”? Some people will scratch their heads and call it buzzword proliferation. Others, including Mike Liebhold, who has a long history of thinking and writing about this area, have a very well defined notion of what they believe it is (or should be). I don’t think that there is agreement on what the geoweb is, but I think there is a lot of enthusiasm and energy across many fronts to make it happen. I expect the “it” will evolve substantially over the next few months and years as we (the geo ecosystem on the web) collectively figure out how “earth browsers,” embedded maps, local search, geo-tagged photos, blogs, the traditional GIS world, wikis, and other user-generated geo content all interrelate. Those of us who work on geo products and services at Google believe we have an opportunity to make the web more useful — and ultimately, to improve people’s lives through better information and understanding. Source: A new world unfolding

One searcher at a time…

A new feature called geo search, gives users the ability to search all kinds of geographical information and makes it possible for people to discover these maps through normal “local” searches simply by clicking on the “see user-created content” link. Looks pretty cool.

A company from California has created software that will allow creators, etc, to layer sounds in Google Earth. The firm is already in talks with Google, smart, but no official agreement has been made.

As well as homing in on visual feasts around the globe, users of Google Earth may soon be able to listen to the sounds that accompany them.
A Californian company has created software that can layer relevant recorded sounds over locations in Google Earth, New Scientist reports. Source: Sounds bring Google Earth to life

An example of a use they mentioned was people are talking about selective logging and how is was a good way of not harming the environment, but, even though the images are the same, the sounds coming from the natural world is completely different.

Be sure to check out the Google Earth Layers, Google Pack from which you can download Google Earth, click this link, Google Earth Search to search for everything relating to Google Earth and click this link to download Google Earth here

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Google Related Goodness

Not to say Google is all goodness and light, because they are not, it’s just an expression. Lots of Google News, as always, here are some of today?s.

My life without Google James Thomas documents what his life is like without Google, he feels they are collecting too much information that the government is going to get a hold of one day and possibly use against you. Never mind the fact that your local ISP, your friendly social networks, and big bookmarking sites are already selling your data to anyone with cash.

Google preparing to police web Looks like Google is preparing to mark websites in their serps that are serving up malware and other stuff that is harmful to users computers. A study by Google and Provos has discovered that there are over 450,000 web pages that are launching drive-by downloads of malware and another 700,000 web pages that launch downloads of suspicious software. Here is a PDF that talks about exactly that, The Ghost in the Browser, an Analysis of Web Based Malware.

Google launches Google Reader for the Wii A RSS feed reader for the Nintendo Wii. Check it out here.

Some updates from Google Finance Google is updating the Google Finance section adding earnings calls, analyst meetings, and any other material event on your company and portfolio pages, all of which you can add to your handy, dandy Google Calendar. They are also adding historical prices, and portfolios, and they have added ticker symbols to the results pages in Google News which you can click on and go to that finance page.

You’re a Nobody Unless Your Name Googles Well Don’t worry about me, I am all over mine.

First Look – Google Analytics Launches New Interface and Reporting Google is fixing up Google Analytics a little adding many new features including a new design, customized reports, email reporting and a plain language approach to labeling.

Google Analytics Is Re-Launched: Do These Five Things First In V2 Another good write-up on the new Google Analytics, including five things to do first.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 8, 2007 at 6:36 pm

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Microsoft Silverlight and Google News

Microsoft Silverlight debuts amid praise and scorn, as always, and Google updates their personalized homepages.

Microsoft “rebooted the Web” yesterday Robert Scoble describes Silverlight as slicker, feels better, and has far better video quality than anything Google can throw at Windows users with YouTube/Flash/etc.

Take Time To Understand Silverlight. It’s Important The announcements around Microsoft?s new Silverlight platform yesterday were important to anyone who is thinking about where the web will evolve. For those of us watching the demos at the Mix conference the immediate importance of it was apparent – Silverlight will be the platform of choice for developers who build rich Internet applications. It makes Flash/Flex look like an absolute toy. After the keynote, the main topic of conversation in the hallways centered on just how effectively Microsoft carried out its execution of Adobe.

Ozzie’s quiet revolution at Microsoft Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect, is not one to take extreme views or make outlandish claims. But he is adamantly sure of one thing: a combination of software and online services is the future.

Netflix Demos Silverlight Watch Now From Zatznotfunny.com.

You’ve got gadget mail For a while now, we Googlers have used a bit of shorthand to refer to the Personalized Homepage — a name that connotes interactivity, the Internet, and personalization all at once. Please meet iGoogle, the new name for the Google Personalized Homepage.

Google’s Personalization Push: iGoogle, Localization, Gadget Maker The announcement last night of iGoogle (the new name for Google Personalized Homepage), Gadget Maker and other localization features, shows that Google is ramping up its personalization efforts once again. Google Blogoscoped has excellent coverage from the Google Personalization Workshop, held yesterday at Mountain View for a select group of local bloggers. In this post we analyze these new features and compare them to Google’s competition in both search and personalized homepages.

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New 3d Layers in Google Earth

Google has teamed with the American Institute of Architects, AIA, to launch two new Google Earth Layers which you can use to explore some of architecture’s most popular structures in 3D! The first layer, America?s Favorite Architecture has 150 structures to explore, including, ballparks, bridges, memorials in one layer, the other layer, Blueprint for America, in which AIA members donate their time and expertise are collaborating with community leaders and local citizens to enhance the quality of life in their community, and you can track the progress in Google Earth.

Fly to America’s Favorite Architecture, a layer featuring the American public’s favorite architecture (as selected though a national poll announced earlier this year). View all 150 structures, including many with just created 3-D models of the buildings, ballparks, bridges, and memorials that characterize architecture in the eyes of Americans. And then explore the second layer, Blueprint for America. Blueprint is a community service effort funded by the AIA, in which AIA members donating their time and expertise are collaborating with community leaders and local citizens to enhance the quality of life in their community. You?ll be able to track the progress of these projects on Google Earth as they unfold over the next year and, we hope, become inspired to take action where you live. Source: New 3-D layers from AIA on Google Earth

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Google Videos: authors@Google

Google has been releasing videos by some of our times most promising thinkers, in which these personalities come to Google and talk about their recently published books. The program has become so big; they are expanding it to 7 other offices, including the offices in London and Dublin. They have created an online home for the series here, Authors@Google and in 2007 only have had the following authors do one: Martin Amis, Strobe Talbott, Bob & Lee Woodruff, Jonathan Lethem, Don Tapscott, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Carly Fiorina. I have posted some links to these in our video section, here.

Source: Official Google Blog.

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A Gaggle of Google News

Whatever that means, but here’s a load of stuff about Google.

Google Calendar Security Notice Uh, guys? y?all gotta tell your friends not to store usernames and passwords in public documents – at least, not without protecting them with passwords themselves. More importantly, the last thing you want to do is set a reminder for yourself in Google Calendar and leave the login credentials in the reminder AND set it for public viewing.

Googlephobia Despite its casual approach to corporate life, Google is being taken deadly seriously by a growing number of commercial opponents and consumer lobbies.

Google’s Earth Day Logo Makes a Splash Clicking on the Google logo from the home page takes you to a predefined search for the term “Earth Day”. So why choose the logo they did? In my best guess mode, I have to assume this is Google’s quiet, subtle reminder and buy-in on the theory of global warming, made a topic du jour by the Oscar-winning Inconvenient Truth, fronted by Al Gore.

Google?s privacy nightmare just starting Nothing comes between my alogarithm and profits. Or so thought Google when it made a decision to buy DoubleClick for $3.1 billion dollars. Except they hadn?t counted on pesky politicians and busy bodies who would make a stink about the privacy policies of Google, and file complaints with say, Federal Trade Commission.

Eight Google Apps in Your Future Beyond the basics already included in the suite, Google asked about project and contact management, file storage, and online discussion groups, suggesting they are thinking of incorporating these into their suite. Combining this information, we can make some guesses at what you might find in Google Apps in the future.

Using Adsense to Fight Malicious BitTorrent Clients Torrent101, Torrentq and Bitroll are three malware supported BitTorrent clients which are heavily advertised on BitTorrent sites. They try to lure naive users into downloading these clients wiith catchy phrases like ?We use unique technology to increase the download speed of your torrents?. We decided to turn the tables around and advertised with malware warnings on their websites.

Google Calendar Nightmare Release As it turns out that there is a huge population of users, who create a reminder for an event and leave the login and credentials in the reminder as well. This reminder is often set to public viewing to share the event with friends or colleagues, not knowing that it could be viewed by anyone on the face of the planet. Want to view some passwords? just type ?user password? in the search box and click ?Search Public Events? button. Offcourse you can try out other wicked options to see what turns up.

Google beats Microsoft, Coke in brand stakes Google has knocked Microsoft off the top spot and been named the most powerful global brand of 2007 in a recently published ranking.

Google Q1 Sales Surpass Analyst Estimates Beating analysts’ estimates, Google said sales surged to $3.66 billion for Q1 2007. The company pointed to strength of its core business, search and advertising, as well as growth in international operations.

Hacking Google Calendar – anyone can do it Here?s how it works. Enter ?username password?, ?user password?, or anything similar into the public event search. The very first result currently gives out the user name and password for a Gmail account, and there are many more similar examples. Why does this happen? Because people go public with their Google Calendar, forgetting that they might have some sensitive info in there.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 23, 2007 at 5:48 pm

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Web History from Google

Could Google’s latest product announcement be the big data link I have said could happen? Google announced today that Web History is replacing Search History, which only showed previous web searches, while Web History will show the sites visited to downloads to search results, it displays usage trends, showing which sites were most visited at certain times of the day. There’s even a history of which Google AdSense ads the user has clicked on, all of this is going to be primetime information that people are going to want to get their hands on, and people will certainly be looking for holes to exploit to get at it, like the Google Desktop flaw, and other cross site scripting vulnerabilities in the past.

I’ll probably visit more than 100 web pages today, and so will hundreds of millions of people. Printed and bound together, the web pages you’ll visit in just one day are probably bigger than the book sitting on your night table. Over the next month alone, that’s an entire bookcase full! The idea of having access to this virtual library of information has always fascinated me. Imagine being able to search over the full text of pages you’ve visited online and finding that one particular quote you remember reading somewhere months ago. Imagine always knowing exactly where you saw something online, like that priceless YouTube video of your friend attempting to perform dance moves from a bygone age. Better yet, imagine having this wealth of information work for you to make searching for new information easier and faster.

Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Web History, a new feature for Google Account users that makes it easy to view and search across the pages you’ve visited. If you remember seeing something online, you’ll be able to find it faster and from any computer with Web History. Web History lets you look back in time, revisit the sites you’ve browsed, and search over the full text of pages you’ve seen. It’s your slice of the web, at your fingertips. Source: Your slice of the web

To get this to work, you have to have a Google account, you have to have to Google Toolbar installed with pagerank turned on. Get the Google Toolbar and other great utilities and software programs, by clicking this link,

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Todays Popular Tech News

Google has purchased some video conferencing software, no, not just copies of the software, the software from a company called Marratech. I foresee free video conferencing from http://gmeeting.google.com with lots of Google video ads and adwords ads to increase the bottom line a little. Add it to some software you already have, and herd users there.

As a company, we thrive on casual interactions and spontaneous collaboration. So we’re excited about acquiring Marratech’s video conferencing software, which will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there’s an Internet connection. Source: Collaborating with Marratech

Interesting. Om Malik suggests it could be added to Google Talk and that video conferencing is starting to take off as manufacturers add cameras to laptops.

If they are making a deal to buy the software for internal use only, then you need to wonder why this company, and why acquire a piece of software? It doesn?t exactly seem to be a good way of spending their cash. I think they might have bigger ambitions though, as it also tries to capture the small-and-medium enterprises with its office-suite. Perhaps some of the Marratech functionality ends up in the Google Talk client.

Conferencing – video, voice and white board – is now part of work life, whether you are a small company, a web worker or a large corporation. Source: Video reasons for Google-Marratech deal

Mashable says MySpace News sucks. I had trouble finding it as it wanted me to login, I don’t have a MySpace account, so I guess I will never see it, so it sounds like I am not missing anything. I guess lots of users are in the same boat, as they say it’s impossible to find on the MySpace site.

MySpace News has the advantage over Digg because of its huge audience, but they?ll need to do some substantial tweaking if they want to make this work. I feel the same way about MySpace Video: if they could make that service 80% as good as YouTube, it would win. So far, MySpace has failed to push that huge audience to its own services (think: MySpace IM, MySpace Video, fact that photo hosting is mainly done by Photobucket etc). Source: MySpace News?Kinda Sucks

Business 2.0 Beta agrees and says no wonder MySpace users are still using Youtube and Photobucket, and are not using MySpace IM, they can’t find the MySpace versions of either.

What is it about the Web that made Rupert Murdoch lose his taste for synergy? Offline, his News Corp. (NWS) empire is as self-promoting as always. But MySpace, Murdoch’s Internet jewel, can’t even seem to promote its own services. Source: Rupert, the Cowardly Internet Lion

The Google Earth ban in the Sudan is not because of the Sudan, it is because of US export restrictions which say,

SELLING TO SUDAN – Except for information or informational materials and donated articles intended to relieve human suffering, such as food, clothing and medicine, and the licensed export of agricultural commodities, medicine and medical devices, no goods, technology, or services may be exported from the United States to Sudan, either directly or through third countries, without a license. Source: Oh the irony: Google Earth ban in Sudan is due to US export restrictions

This in effect helps the current regime, and makes it hard for its citizens and aid workers to find information about what is going on in the country.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 21, 2007 at 5:38 am

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Tech, Google, XP, and Microsoft in China

Here are a bunch of tech stories for today.

Dell brings back XP on home systems Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.

How Security Companies Sucker Us With Lemons More than a year ago, I wrote about the increasing risks of data loss because more and more data fits in smaller and smaller packages. Today I use a 4-GB USB memory stick for backup while I am traveling. I like the convenience, but if I lose the tiny thing I risk all my data.

Vista, IE7 help Microsoft boost search market share In a rare bit of good news for Microsoft on the search front, web metrics firm comScore reported that for the month of March, Microsoft’s search engines saw their first market share increase in nearly a year. Microsoft’s search market share jumped 0.4 percentage points from February to March, giving it 10.9 percent of the total market.

April ’07 Back Compat Update April showers have yielded us a Back Compat update The latest backwards compatibility update is now available over Xbox Live (or will be very soon.) This free update brings the complete list of original Xbox games that you can play on your Xbox 360 to over 300.

Back to basics So we’re renaming Froogle as Google Product Search. We’re taking the opportunity to refocus the user experience on providing the most comprehensive, relevant results in a clean, simple, easy-to-use UI. Who cares.

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) Latest Ubuntu released, I may as well download this one and try it.

Google Video powering some pirate sites Google, already being sued for copyright infringement on its YouTube service, may have another copyright tempest brewing on its older Google Video site. The site hosts numerous full-length movies which are now being exploited by “guerilla” video sites; in essence, Google is one part of the engine that powers video piracy.

MySpace News Launches Thursday On Thursday morning MySpace will launch its much rumored news property at news.myspace.com. Expect the site to go live and a press release to be issued around 7 am EST.

Microsoft aims to reach next billion PC users Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is using a speech in Beijing to unveil a new low-cost bundle of Office and Windows, one of several new initiatives aimed at getting PCs into the hands of more people in emerging markets. Especially considering they have only sold 244 copies of Vista in China.

Widgetsphere: New Playground For Marketers If you’re in the online marketing game and are not yet hip to widgets, listen up. Two emerging Web 2.0 technology firms focused in this space have a message for you. Those companies are Widgetbox and ClearSpring, both of which presented in a session on Tuesday afternoon at Web 2.0 Expo that was billed as “Using Widget Syndication for Online Marketing and Measurement”.

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