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  Official Google Blog: Adieu to Google Answers
Google is a company fueled by innovation, which to us means trying lots of new things all the time -- and sometimes it means reconsidering our goals for a product.
Google Answers taught us exactly how many tyrannosaurs are in a gallon of gasoline, why flies survive a good microwaving, and why you really shouldn't drink water emitted by your air conditioner.
The people who participated in Google Answers -- more than 800 of them over the years -- are a passionate group committed to helping people find the information they need, and we applaud them for sharing their incredible knowledge with everyone who wrote in.
googleblog.blogspot.com /2006/11/adieu-to-google-answers.html   (306 words)

  Thirty-One Privacy and Civil Liberties Organizations Urge Google to Suspend Gmail
The 31 organizations are voicing their concerns about Google’s plan to scan the text of all incoming messages for the purposes of ad placement, noting that the scanning of confidential email for inserting third party ad content violates the implicit trust of an email service provider.
But unless Google puts a consumer promise into its privacy policy that states it will never correlate the data, then Google is not putting its money where its mouth is. In a nation of laws, Google needs to make its promises in writing.
Google itself, in the absence of clear written promises and policies, may experience a change of course and choose to profit from its large stores of consumer data culled from private communications.
www.privacyrights.org /ar/GmailLetter.htm   (1396 words)

  Google (verb) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The American Dialect Society chose Google as a nomination for the "most useful word of 2002." The verb 'Google' was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) on June 15, 2006,
"Google" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary on June 15th, 2006.
Google has attempted to discourage use of the word as a verb, fearing the dilution and potential loss of its trademark, like Yo-Yo, Xerox and escalator (see genericized trademark).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Google_(verb)   (412 words)

 Google - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Google's cooperation with the governments of China, France and Germany to filter search results in accordance to regional laws and regulations has led to claims of censorship.
Google Desktop is a service that brings the search engine to the local computer desktop, allowing one to search individual files, folders, and emails that reside locally on one's own PC.
Google is particularly known for its relaxed corporate culture, reminiscent of the Dot-com boom.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Google   (3077 words)

 Microsoft CEO: 'I'm going to f---ing kill Google' - Technology - smh.com.au
Microsoft is suing to prevent Lee from leading Google's China expansion, maintaining those duties would violate the terms of a noncompete agreement that he signed as part of his employment contract.
Google has depicted Microsoft's lawsuit as a form of intimidation designed to thwart a fast-growing rival that has emerged as a formidable threat to the software maker.
Google paid Lee a $US2.5 million signing bonus and promised a $US1.5 million bonus after one year, plus a $US250,000 salary and options on 10,000 shares of Google stock, according to court documents.
www.smh.com.au /news/technology/microsoft-ceo-im-going-to-fing-kill-google/2005/09/03/1125302772214.html   (753 words)

 Interesting Projects   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Google News Map shows a map of the World with on top of it projected the latest headlines according to Google News, pointing with their upper left corner to the country where it refers to.
Google Random Image is a little javascript code that scans the html of the page it is on and uses that to find a matching image on Google Image Search, which is then displayed.
Google Protocol is a little app that when installed, registers two extra protocols similar to the http: and the ftp: protocols under windows, namely google: and lucky:.
www.douweosinga.com /projects/googlehacks   (728 words)

 Google enrolls teachers to spread work online software crusade - USATODAY.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Google views its educational initiative as a public service for teachers who often lack the money and expertise to introduce more technological tools into their classrooms.
Google plans to host similar programs in other parts of the country as it tries to recruit more teachers to proselytize its online software.
Google wants its vast network to become a storehouse of software applications and personal information for millions of people no longer tethered to a single computer.
www.usatoday.com /tech/products/2006-12-03-google-education_x.htm?csp=34   (1321 words)

 Google Tests Plan to Take Ad Overflow to Newspapers - Technology - RedOrbit   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Google will not take a cut of any advertising revenue in the initial test phase of the program, but will split revenue with newspapers if the program continues after its test run concludes in February.
Google already is moving into radio advertising, with its purchase early this year of dMark Broadcasting, a firm with an automated system for selling and placing advertisements on the radio.
Google's advertisers, which sometimes have not spent their entire online budgets because not enough advertising opportunities were available through Google, might make their first forays into newspapers.
www.redorbit.com /news/technology/718552/google_tests_plan_to_take_ad_overflow_to_newspapers/index.html?source=r_technology   (979 words)

 BBC NEWS | Technology | Google censors itself for China
Google argued it would be more damaging to pull out of China altogether.
Google's move in China comes less than a week after it resisted efforts by the US Department of Justice to make it disclose data on what people were searching for.
Google said it planned to notify users when access had been restricted on certain search terms.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/technology/4645596.stm   (452 words)

 FT.com / Companies / Media & internet - Google’s goal: to organise your daily life
Google’s ambition to maximise the personal information it holds on users is so great that the search engine envisages a day when it can tell people what jobs to take and how they might spend their days off.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, said gathering more personal data was a key way for Google to expand and the company believes that is the logical extension of its stated mission to organise the world’s information.
Another service, Google personalised search, launched two years ago, allows users to give Google permission to store their web-surfing history, what they have searched and clicked on, and use this to create more personalised search results for them.
www.ft.com /cms/s/c3e49548-088e-11dc-b11e-000b5df10621.html   (692 words)

 Google to fix blog noise problem | The Register
Google is to create a search tool specifically for weblogs, most likely giving material generated by the self-publishing tools its own tab.
Google has strived in vain to maintain the quality of its search results in the face of a blizzard of links generated by a small number of sources.
A Slashot discussion prompted a suggestion that Google add a -noblog option, which it effectively appears to be introducing by default.
www.theregister.co.uk /content/6/30621.html   (1396 words)

 Church v. Google - How the Church of Scientology is forcing Google to censor its critics - Microcontent News, a ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
At first, there was speculation that Google Bombing by the weblog community has caused Google to ban Xenu from its database.  Some webpages openly called for sites to effectively "link spam" Google with links to the Xenu.net domain, a practice which Google has dealt with aggressively in the past.
The second article I wrote was about Google Bombs, and speculated on potential forms of abuse of Google Bombs.  The reaction to this piece was overwhelming positive, with many webloggers delighting in having fun creating little Google bombs aimed at their friends.
I think that Google Bombs are an important issue for the company to deal with, but I have every faith that the Google Geniuses are doing their best to defuse the issue.  It is to help elevate the issue that I did my part in publicizing the Google Bomb story.
www.microcontentnews.com /articles/googlechurch.htm   (3516 words)

 Economics Blog : Economics According to Google
Varian talked about the job, about how Google is like a traditional business, who should feel threatened by it, why marketing is the new finance and the contributions economists will make to helping firms understand and develop their products.
There were only 400 people at Google back in 2002 [there are now nearly 14,000] and I had a great time working with them on a number of projects, primarily involving quantitative analysis of one sort or another.
Google has a great infrastructure for data analysis, and a management team that is very receptive to quantitative methods and willing to invest in this area.
blogs.wsj.com /economics/2007/07/19/economics-according-to-google   (2351 words)

 PC World - Google Expands to 'Universal' Search
Google today said it is now integrating results from a variety of its search engines in an attempt to deliver as relevant and comprehensive a result set as possible.
Google will make a significant push toward integrating results from a variety of its search engines in an attempt to deliver as relevant and comprehensive a result set as possible to search queries.
Google's competitors have also begun integrating results from their engines in various ways and with different approaches, but with the same goal in mind: improve the search experience for users.
www.pcworld.com /article/id,131929-c,google/article.html   (1006 words)

 Google as Big Brother
And given that Google is so dominant, it's important to understand the pressures that are being brought to bear on Google, Inc. It does not take too much imagination to recognize that there's a struggle going on for the soul of the web, and the focal point of this struggle is Google itself.
Google has not shown any inclination to declare for the rights of its users across the globe, as opposed to the rights of the spies in Washington who would love to have access to Google's user data.
Google wants to hire more people with security clearances, so that they can peddle their corporate assets to the spooks in Washington.
www.google-watch.org /bigbro.html   (1879 words)

 How bloggers game Google
Google is the drunken, incompetent sheriff in the wild, wild West, and SEOs are the hired guns.
Google is conspicuously rich, even though most of the blame for the SEO industry rests on their shoulders.
Google's algorithms are a huge problem for many who are involved with the web, except for those who exploit these algorithms for private profit, over the objections of those who are victimized by these exploits.
www.google-watch.org /gaming.html   (2719 words)

 Condemned To Google Hell - Forbes.com
Google Hell is the worst fear of the untold numbers of companies that depend on search results to keep their business visible online.
Google uses the index as a holding pen for pages it deems to be of low quality or designed to appear artificially high in search results.
Since Google ranks sites partially by the quality of sites that link to them, he painstakingly contacted every site that seemed to be of low quality and linked to MySolitaire, asking them to remove their links, sometimes even sending cease-and-desist letters.
www.forbes.com /2007/04/29/sanar-google-skyfacet-tech-cx_ag_0430googhell.html   (786 words)

 Google does not censor: take action to defend freedom of information - Amnesty International
Google is aiding the repression of freedom of information and expression in China.
Google has stated that self-censorship is a requirement of doing business in China.
Google’s inadequate policy and practices regarding the protection of human rights in the context of censorship is not just a concern in China, but around the world, as Google expands into other markets with equally complex human rights environments
web.amnesty.org /pages/internet-110506-action-eng   (704 words)

 Google to unveil 'Android' phone software | One More Thing - CNET News.com
Google is ready to unveil a suite of software for mobile phones based on open-source technology, backed by some of the largest wireless industry companies in the world.
Google has the engineering talent to make a concerted push into this area while keeping rivals like Microsoft at bay, and it has enough resources to force the industry to take it seriously, despite its relative lack of experience in the market.
Google is expected to license Android under the Apache License, Version 2.0, according to sources.
www.news.com /8301-13579_3-9810358-37.html   (1313 words)

 Google tools to power virtual worlds | CNET News.com
"Google's mission statement is to make all the world's information universally available and useful," said Jerry Paffendorf, co-author of the Metaverse Roadmap and co-founder of a stealth start-up called Wello Horld.
Google is rumored to be working on a prototype virtual world, a beta test of which may or may not be under way at Arizona State University.
But because not much is known about Google's stealth project and since SceneCaster does not appear to be a massively multiplayer experience, Multiverse's Architectural Wonders efforts may well prove to be the first publicly available attempt to bring vast amounts of data and models Google is making freely accessible into a working virtual world.
www.news.com /Google-tools-to-power-virtual-worlds/2100-1043_3-6212325.html   (927 words)

 Google Announces Plan To Destroy All Information It Can't Index | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Executives at Google, the rapidly growing online-search company that promises to "organize the world's information," announced Monday the latest step in their expansion effort: a far-reaching plan to destroy all the information it is unable to index.
Although Google executives are keeping many details about Google Purge under wraps, some analysts speculate that the categories of information Google will eventually index or destroy include handwritten correspondence, buried fossils, and private thoughts and feelings.
Google's robot army is rumored to include some 4 million cybernetic search-and-destroy units, each capable of capturing and scanning up to 100 humans per day.
www.theonion.com /content/node/40076   (785 words)

 google encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Google, Directory Help Search only in Encyclopedias Search the Web.
A Google bomb or Google wash is an attempt to influence the ranking of a given site in results returned by the Google
In a move that may lend credence to rumors that Microsoft is increasingly focused on competing with Google, the company has made available a free, pre-release......(Continue Reading)
www.jolietpages.com /google-encyclopedia.html   (358 words)

 August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web (Ftrain.com)
By late 2003, when Google began to seriously experiment with the Semweb (after two years of experiments at their research labs), it was still a slow-growing technology that almost no one understood and very few people used, except for academics with backgrounds in logic, computer science, or artificial intelligence.
Google asked for, and remembered, your postal code, and you could use easy sort controls inside the page to organize the resulting list of guitars by price, condition, model number, new/used, and proximity.
Google was the dream company for a little less than the last decade, but they're finally slowing down, and it's high time for a new batch of graduate students too itchy to finish their Ph.D.'s to get on the ball.
www.ftrain.com /google_takes_all.html   (3742 words)

 Google Answer to Filling Jobs Is an Algorithm - New York Times
Google has always wanted to hire people with straight-A report cards and double 800s on their SATs.
Google is certainly not alone in the search for quantitative ways to find good employees.
So Google set out to find out if there were any bits of life experience or personality it could use to spot future stars.
www.nytimes.com /2007/01/03/technology/03google.html?ex=1325480400&en=e71cadb22a20a3c4&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss   (1052 words)

 Pagerank Explained. Google's PageRank and how to make the most of it.
Google figures that when one page links to another page, it is effectively casting a vote for the other page.
Google considers them to be spam and they can trigger an alarm that causes the pages, and possibly the entire site, to be penalized.
Google spiders the directories just like any other site and their pages have decent PageRank and so they are good inbound links to have.
www.webworkshop.net /pagerank.html   (6181 words)

 CNN.com - Google to censor itself in China - Jan 25, 2006
Google said it intends to report to users when information is removed from search results.
The Google statement said the tradeoff for going against its basic principle of making the "world's information universally available and accessible" is gaining greater access to a quickly growing Chinese economy.
Google's cooperation with the Chinese government comes on the heels of the company's resistance to a U.S. Justice Department subpoena, asking Google to turn over a week's worth of search results.
edition.cnn.com /2006/BUSINESS/01/25/google.china   (436 words)

 A Scholarly Guide to Google - Harvard College Library   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Indviduals outside of Harvard may access Google Scholar directly at http://scholar.google.com/ but they will not have access to the full text of articles provided by Harvard Library E-Resources.
Google, like many other search engines today, has moved beyond simply counting the number of times a term appears on a Web page in order to determine its relative position in the results set.
Google uses all of this data to build its results list.
hcl.harvard.edu /research/guides/google   (446 words)

 Google LatLong: Sky: The final frontier
Ancient sky maps and astronomical computers were created alongside maps of the earth.
With Google Earth, we try to provide you with the best mapping experience possible, enabling you to virtually explore our planet.
The official Google LatLong Blog is powered by Blogger Start your own weblog.
google-latlong.blogspot.com /2007/08/sky-final-frontier.html   (273 words)

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