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Higher Antitrust Bar for Yahoo!-Google Partnership

Experts are claiming that a business partnership between Google and Yahoo! could be more heavily criticised by US and EU competition regulators than a merger between Microsoft and Yahoo!. Aaron Edlin, who teaches law and economics at the University of California at Berkeley said:
The Justice Department would certainly want to take a serious look at that because it would mean that a firm that would want to take advertisements or to place advertisements (online) would have only one place to go.
Google was the top search engine in February, accounting for 59.2% of US web searches, with Yahoo! and Microsoft lagging behind on 21.6% and 9.6% respectively. Microsoft has proposed a $42 billion takeover bid for Yahoo! in an attempt to combat this dominance, although Yahoo! has so far refused to accept the deal.Source: Reuters

Google releases Google Sites

Google today introduced Google Sites, an application that makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place – including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text – and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organization, or the world.

"Creating a team web site has always been too complicated, requiring dedicated hardware and software as well as programming skills," said Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager of enterprise, Google. "Now with Google Sites, anyone can create an entirely customized site in minutes and invite others to contribute. We are literally adding an edit button to the web."

Google Considering putting Advertisements in Videos

Google plans on soon selling advertisment space on its web videos. They may put short video advertisments or "commercials" on YouTube and Google Video, for each video you watch. So far it is in the beta stage and they have signed up 20 customers to test the new advertisments. It will similar to AdSence, putting in advertisments that are contextually relevant to what you are watching.Source: Reuters

Google Testing New Way to Search, Calls it 'Google Experimental'

Google seems to have been around for about as long as the internet, and provides a necessary function. When there's something on the internet you just cannot find, Google takes less than two tenths of a second to find it for you. However, some people seem to have become awful bored with the same old way of searching for results. And so, Google remedied this issue by re-doing the way the search engine works. Google Experimental, instead of just slapping results in a user's face, gives users a lot of different options as far as how to review the results.
Aside from a list, users can view a map of results or a timeline with results chronologically organized. From there users can apply special informational filters, to further pare down the information obtained.
Dan Crowe, production manager over at Google, put the changes in place to make the user base happy. If you want to make Mr.Crowe happy, simply head on over to Google and let Google know you want to run the Experimental search by default.Source: DailyTech

Google: Microsoft/Yahoo Merger Will 'Ruin The Internet'

As most of you know, Yahoo is seriously considering letting Microsoft buy them. However, we cannot forget that more than just Microsoft would benefit if Yahoo was to consider letting someone buy them. Google would also be pretty pleased if they could get Yahoo in their pocket, much like YouTube. However, instead of place a bid in, Google sent some nasty comments Microsoft's way.
Could Microsoft now attempt to exert the same sort of inappropriate and illegal influence over the Internet that it did with the PC? While the Internet rewards competitive innovation, Microsoft has frequently sought to establish proprietary monopolies—and then leverage its dominance into new, adjacent markets.
Please follow the source article for the full statement Google put out regarding this possible merger/purchase.Source: ARSTechnica

Google Talk now features real-time translation

Google's instant messaging program, Talk, now features real-time translation via twenty-three 'language bots' you can add to your group chats. Does this bring us a step closer to the Star Trek 'universal translator'? Google has been offering translation services for blocks of text (and, for that matter, entire websites) for quite some time, of course. While it's always been possible to use this service to translate your instant messages, it's hardly been practical: type response, translate, copy, paste into Google Talk, send, wait for reply, copy, paste into Google Translate, translate. The new 'bots' introduced by Google use a protocol called XMPP which is open to all. The usage of the bots is certainly simple. Each bot takes the form of [language]2[language]@bot.talk.google.com; just replace the two languages with the standard two letter abbreviations for each language. To translate from German to English, for example, add de2en@bot.talk.google.com to your conversation. It would probably also help to add en2de@bot.talk.google.com as well, if you want to have a hope of understanding the reply.

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! Pay $31.5m for Promoting Illegal Gambling

Technology giants Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! have agree to pay $31.5 million to settle claims that they promoted illegal gambling. However, none of the companies contested or admitted that they were guilty of such an offence, which accused them of running adverts for illegal gambling websites between 1997 and June this year. The $31.5m breaks down into $21m from Microsoft, $3m from Google and $7.5m from Yahoo!. Some of the money from the three companies will be used towards funding for the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, public service advertising and adverts warning young people about illegal gambling. Google gave the following announcement:
While we did not admit any wrongdoing, the Department of Justice has advised that online gambling is illegal in the United States and ads to promote it are improper. Google voluntarily discontinued running such ads, which were a very small part of our AdWords business, in April 2004.
Source: PC World

Google Ads being Targeted by Trojans

This is the second security issue of the day for Google, following the vulnerability with the Google Toolbar, although this one is probably more serious. Anti-malware firm BitDefender has discovered that some of Google’s web adverts are being hijacked by Trojans which replace the intended text with ads from another, potentially malicious, provider. The ads in question are those displayed by Google’s AdSense service, which shows adverts linking to page content. Google is working on a solution to the problem, saying:
We have cancelled customer accounts that display ads redirecting users to malicious sites or that advertise a product violating our software principles. We actively work to detect and remove sites that serve malware in both our ad network and in our search results. We have manual and automated processes in place to detect and enforce these policies.
At present BitDefender is describing the Trojan as causing medium damage and spreading at a low level.Source: CNET News

Security Flaw Discovered in Google Toolbar

A security flaw has been discovered in Google's Toolbar which could allow criminals to steal data or install malicious software onto people’s computers. The flaw works by exploiting the toolbar’s ability to install new buttons, and allows a hacker to potentially disguise malicious code as a legitimate button due to the fact that the toolbar does not perform adequate checks when buttons are being installed. To become a victim of the vulnerability, a user would have to be tricked into clicking a link which would open a new popup window asking them to install a custom button, which appears to be installed from a legitimate site such as Google. It then needs to be run from the toolbar, and a user would have to agree to downloading and running an executable. Given the number of steps involved, the flaw is not being treated as critical, and Google is already working on a fix for the problem.Source: Yahoo! News

Study Concludes Googling Oneself is Popular

Apparently, people enjoy stalking themselves and each other using the power of Google. A recent study concludes that 47% of internet users have "Googled" themselves at one point in time to research themselves. A larger percentage of people have used Google to find information about other people. The group that did the study, called "The Pew Internet and American Life Project", was surprised that this number was not higher. After all, who hasn't felt the urge to put their name into Google to see what comes up?

The study also concluded that some 60% of people are not worried about the personal information that can be found about them online. Most of the people who were found to Google themselves more often were less than 50 years old, or had careers that required a powerful online persona.Source: Neowin
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