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Google's GrandCentral has promised its clients a single phone number "for life."  Unfortunately, after local carriers dropped out, Grandcentral had to change the numbers of 400 clients. GrandCentral, which Google acquired last month, had to change about 400 of the supposedly perpetual numbers it had assigned to clients. By doing so, the call-management company may be creating for these clients the main problem GrandCentral was founded to solve. The numbers had to be changed after a "local carrier partner" recently notified Google it would stop its service and thus would be unable to connect calls to the GrandCentral numbers issued in its coverage area. How could you complain... Read more...
Phishing has become a very serious problem recently.  In fact, it has become so serious that new versions of leading browsers have anti-phishing technology built into them.  That doesn't mean that phishers are out of business.  No sir.In fact, it just means that they're trying to find new methods around new security measures.Phishers have actually devised not only a clever way around the issue, but a way to cast some doubt over the entire anti-phishing campaign in one audacious stroke: “Attackers could create a phishing site on the gmodules.com domain and then send that URL to victims. Because Google's gmodules.com domain is trusted by antiphishing filters, victims might then go to the phishing... Read more...
Google is a very powerful thing, whether you're referring to the search engine or the company that offers it. Microsoft feels Google's breath on its neck now, and is purchasing web-based companies to help them get into the lucrative online advertising business that is Google's strength. And Google continues to  buy companies that can help it assemble a web-based alternative to Microsoft's  lucrative suite of office applications. But while they were busy clawing and scratching at each other, Yahoo snuck up on the outside. Data from the University of Michigan American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) showed Yahoo had seen its customer satisfaction score rise 3.9 percent from a year... Read more...
And we thought Google promised we would never have to delete email again.  After all, every time you look at the Gmail Login screen storage is creeping up, right?  However, Google has decided to add paid storage upgrades for Picasa and Gmail users. For $20 per year, customers can use up to 6GB of storage, $75 for 25GB, $250 for 100GB and $500 for 250GB. At the moment, the new storage applies only to Gmail and Picasa, but Google says the capacity will soon be expanded to cover Docs & Spreadsheets and other Google Apps. $500 for 250GB of storage?  If I needed that much, I think I would do it offline, since I can get a 500GB external drive for $120 without even looking hard.... Read more...
I'm guessing the Custom Search Blog team hasn't been checking it too much. For one thing, as of this writing, the last entry was 7/17/2007. Because of that, the blog was accidentally marked as spam, and then released ... after which it was promptly snapped up by a cybersquatter. The change was first noticed by the Google Blogoscoped Web site, which noticed that posts on the Custom Search Blog had been deleted and replaced by a strange comment from someone identifying himself as Srikanth."Google Custom Search, is the wonderful product from Google which many webmasters have been looking and dream for," Srikanth wrote. "Also Google Custom Search is integrated... Read more...
Wikipedia co-founder, Jimmy Wales, has plans for an open source search engine that he believes will rise up to challenge Google.  Considering the dominance Google has in the online search field, it seems like Mr. Wales is taking on a monumental task. “Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said on Friday he is putting the building blocks in place for a community-developed Web search service that would rival search engines such as Google or Yahoo.Wales told a conference of software developers in Portland, Oregon, that his commercial start-up, Wikia, has acquired Grub, a pioneering Web crawler that will enable Wikia's forthcoming search service to scour the Web to index relevant sites.” There’s no word... Read more...
Google shelled out $625 million for Postini, the messaging security company. Why would they do that?  According to Google: "Google already has world class spam and virus protection as part of the Gmail service." Well, that's nice. But in the big business world, that won't cut it, and Google knows it.  On the official Google Blog, Dave Girouard, the vice president and general manager for Google Enterprise, wrote that the company decided to purchase Postini because its hosted security tools will give Google the ability to address the complex security and compliance issues faced by larger businesses. "Though [larger enterprises] want to deliver simple, useful hosted applications... Read more...
Perhaps some of us remember that at around the same time a year ago, we heard about Google’s scheme to use a computer’s built-in microphone to listen-in on the TV shows that we happen to be watching and to use such information to connect us to websites of interest. Although the details were unclear at the time, a recent patent application has clarified a few things. "Imagine that you are watching the latest episode of Friends on television and discover that the character Monica is pregnant. You want to chat, comment or read other viewers' responses to the scene in real-time.""By eavesdropping, Google says it could offer you relevant websites automatically, perhaps even generating them on the... Read more...
Google today announced that it has reached a settlement to acquire Postini, a company that provides clients with security services (protecting instant messaging, e-mail, and other modes of communication). The $625 million deal gives Google access to an established clientele of over 35,000 businesses and 10 million international users, and is expected to close by the end of September 2007. “‘With this transaction, we’re reinforcing our commitment to delivering compelling hosted applications to businesses of all sizes,’ said Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt in a statement.” Google believes that the deal will allow them to supply organizations with more hosted services that are comparable... Read more...
HotHardware told you earlier about the nifty web-based phone service GrandCentral. It allows you to ring every number you have on any phone of your choosing, along with a powerful caller ID and a host of other features. Well, Google was interested in the service, too, and thought GrandCentral would make a grand addition to their stable of web-based widgets.  They announced the purchase of the company on Monday on their official blog. "We think GrandCentral's technology fits well into Google's efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users," Google product manager Wesley Chan wrote in a post on the company's blog. Over... Read more...
Google Inc. has installed solar panels on the roofs of two of its carports and eight of its buildings. This is only the beginning of a massive project that Google has launched, which is to build America’s largest corporate campus solar panel system. "Google has produced enough electricity from its headquarters in the last four days to watch about 251,073 hours of television on a flat screen." Google has been keeping a close eye on the system ever since it first fired up on Monday. The solar panel system has been producing an average of 10,000 KWh per day, which they say is equivalent to operating 8,347 coffee makers for an hour, running 6,257 dishwasher trials, or having 41,737 alarm clocks... Read more...
Google’s search engine is the world’s most visited page. According to ComScore Inc., last month, Google furthered its lead over Yahoo and Microsoft in Internet searches to a new milestone: a majority market share. 50.7% of Internet searches done in the U.S. were done through Google, which is a gain of about 1% from the previous month. Yahoo and Microsoft’s pieces of the pie were 26.4% and 10.3% respectively. “The battle for online searches is closely followed by advertisers, who use it to judge where to buy ads. Mountain View, California-based Google is adding images, book excerpts, news and video to its search results to attract more users and create new space for advertisements.” 7.6 billion... Read more...
Google saves too much information about you, and keeps it too long. At least that's the general consensus among privacy watchdogs and various governmental agencies. But Marissa Mayer, VP of Search for Google, said Google is trying to find a way for Google to allow you to explicitly consent to archiving your search data for longer than the current standard 18 months, in an effort to more finely tune search results to the user and return them faster. Speaking at a press event in Paris, Ms Mayer said: "Personalised search tracks and shows you in your search history the clicks and trends of your searches. "Based on what we see as your searching pattern it ultimately can enhance... Read more...
Google released their "Google Gears" open source tools to software programmers yesterday . It's a handy virtual widget that allows users to work on web-based applications when they are off-line. Web-based applications that handle e-mail, news, and process information like spreadsheets and text documents can be altered or generated anytime, and then updated automatically when you return to the web. It's in direct opposition to Microsoft's vision of two sets of tools for online and offline functions. Google has been among the most enthusiastic proponents of this new computing model, and its executives say it will help usher in faster innovation because many Web applications can... Read more...
Google is gearing up to offer what could be a very attractive bundle of apps and branded services to ISPs.  Here's what their web site has to say about Google Apps: "Google Apps brings together essential services to help your business, school, group or family communicate and collaborate more effectively. These services are powerful, easy to set up, require no maintenance, and you can get them for free. Everything is unified by the Start Page, a central place for your users to preview their inboxes and calendars, access your essential content, and search the web." There are currently 2 packages: one being supported with advertisements, and the other option costs $50 a year.  The packages include... Read more...
Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently gave a speech about the future of Google to a crowd of surfers and texters.  The talk covered several topics from dealing with governments such as China to the future of Google.  Here's a snippet:   "Just weeks after Google announced iGoogle, a new name for its personalized home page with gadgets that tell Google about users for individualized service, Schmidt indicated Google would become much more personal in the future."You can imagine in 10 years, Google will say, "Good morning Eric! You're late already, but, Eric, you're always late."Friedman said the Internet makes it difficult for politicians to escape their mistakes, and few... Read more...
I can't think of any large company that's anonymous on the internet.Same goes for individuals. If you're somebody, the internet knows you. As websearch prominence begins to mean more and more to people from everyday walks of life, they realize it works both ways: you're no-one if Google thinks you're no-one. In the age of Google, being special increasingly requires standing out from the crowd online. Many people aspire for themselves -- or their offspring -- to command prominent placement in the top few links on search engines or social networking sites' member lookup functions. But, as more people flood the Web, that's becoming an especially tall order for those with common names.... Read more...
Microsoft is no longer the most visited website or the most valuable global brand. Google is: Google had 528 million unique visitors in March, up 5 percent from the previous month, according to comScore. Microsoft had 527 million visitors during the same month, up 3.7 percent. Popular in the United States, Google is even more of a powerhouse in many European countries. In a statement, Google said: "Our goal has always been to provide the best online experience for our users. We build products based on user needs and input, which is part of what makes Google unique and results in a great online experience."... Read more...
Intel To Power 300,000 New Google Servers? DigiTimes has a new article about Google and a possible purchase of 300,000 or more new Intel-powered servers: "According to sources at motherboard makers, Intel recently landed a deal with search engine giant Google to supply CPUs for about 300,000-400,000 servers for Google, with Intel sweetening the deal by providing free chipsets to support the processors. The sources stated that Intel will provide a custom-designed solution for Google's servers, with Gigabyte Technology expected to support the project, as the motherboard maker has had a manufacturing relationship with Google in the past." The fact that Google seems to be leaning the way of Intel... Read more...
There are certainly a lot of assumptions in there, but an interesting read nonetheless. Perhaps the funny thing is that this site, which will undoubtedly find itself getting hit a few hundred thousand times isn't very black. It is, in fact, rather white for most part. Let's assume... "Take at look at Google, for instance, who gets about 200 million queries a day. Let's assume each query is displayed for about 10 seconds; that means Google is running for about 550,000 hours every day on some desktop. Assuming that users run Google in full screen mode, the shift to a black background will save a total of 15 (74-59) watts. Now take into... Read more...
Microsoft Office costs a ransom. Google Apps is so "Beta" you might as well program it yourself. A useful, inexpensive web-based productivity suite is perhaps the most intensely desired vaporware in the history of ones and zeros. Well, Adventnet thinks they've got the answer, and they call their online/offline compatible suite Zoho. Slate magazine took a look: While they don't replicate every function of their Microsoftian counterparts, Zoho's programs are highly evolved by online standards. Zoho Writer, for instance, handles basic graphics and lists with aplomb, incorporates tools for Web-page design and blogging, and offers multiple... Read more...
Viacom, purveyors of fine video entertainment such as SpongeBob Squarepants, among many others, is not happy. They've been in negotiations with YouTube's parent company, Google, to allow their content to appear for a cut of revenue. They've decided to go the direct route instead: Sue Google for a billion dollars worth of copyright infringement. "Their business model, which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws," the media-entertainment firm said in a statement. Viacom filed suit in a New York district court accusing YouTube... Read more...
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