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- Hating Microsoft After Update Breaks My Computer With svchost.exe Error, Daggle
Elvis, Google Is Everywhere, Says The New York Times
Planet Google Wants You from the New York Times looks at Google being everywhere, as "ubiquitous as brushing your teeth." Actually, the Times didn't say that -- it's what slipped out in notes earlier this year on how Google was pitching itself to investment analysts. In this article, tons of Google love of the type we used to hear back in 2002 and 2003 on Google providing solutions that seemingly nobody else can (often not true, just people who don't know better). Plus, a look at how some Google "disciples" are in denial that Google is a big megacorp...
Satisfaction Doesn't Equal Market Share
Earlier this week J.D. Power and Associates released the findings of its "2006 Residential Online Service Customer Satisfaction Study." The study, based on a survey of more than 10,000 U.S. residential Internet users, found that Yahoo Messenger ranked the highest among IM clients and that – and this is something of a surprise – InfoSpace's Dogpile had the highest rankings among search engines....
News Mobile In Japan
Reuters reports Google has launched a news portal for the Japanese mobile phone market. The news portal has about 30 news outlets including Asahi newspaper and state-run NHK....
Warner: YouTube Copyright Negotiations To Be "Kicked Up" To Google
Google faces copyright fight over YouTube from The Guardian cover how chair and CEO of Time Warner Dick Parsons said his company plans to go after YouTube for copyright violations. It's still talk rather than legal actions: Mr Parsons told the Guardian: "You can assume we're in negotiations with YouTube and that those negotiations will be kicked up to the Google level in the hope that we can get to some acceptable position." I'm sure it will get kicked up. And it shouldn't be hard to get the right people connected given that the AOL part of Time Warner already...
- Colbert on YouTube Acquisition (Video), Google Blogoscoped
- uTube.com … Did You Mean YouTube.com?, Search Engine Journal
Videos To Google's Picasa
Philipp Lenssen reports that you can upload your videos to Google's Picasa web albums if you wanted to. Philipp links to this sample video of a kid doing chin ups. As an FYI, you can now upload videos to Google Video, YouTube (soon to be owned by Google) and now Google's Picasa. Options, options and more options -- too much?...
- MySpace.com Adds Video Space, Search Engine Journal
- Oh For $30 million in Google Stock, Circa 2003, Searchblog
Wins Case Against Maughan Over Search Results Snippets
Eric Goldman reports that Google has won the Maughan v. Google case where Mark Maughan filed a suit against Google for the content displayed in the snippets area under a search results listing in Google.com. A search on Mark Maughan Accountancy currently shows the number one listing from www.dca.ca.gov/cba/discipline/ma-me.htm. The snippet looks like:...
Google Sandbox, Hello Google Minus Thirty Penalty
The Google Sandbox concept used to be the idea that a new site couldn't rank well on Google until a certain time period had passed. Over the past two years, it's been debated, redefined, morphed and then largely something I'd say people have moved on from. Naturally, we need something else in its place -- and the -30 penalty seems to be the likely candidate. Drop 30 Points in Google? Meet The "Minus Thirty" Penalty? over at Search Engine Roundtable covers how some people are saying they always rank at number 31 on Google, with their impression being that Google...
- How Can
Search Engines Rank Results? Let Bill Count The Ways
20 Ways Search Engines May Rerank Search Results from Bill Slawski at SEO By The Sea looks at the many ways search engines can or could rank search results after an initial ranking has been determined. Duplicates might be dropped; personal data could influence results; country-specific targeting might happen among other things. Like that? Then you probably want to check out Search Engine Ranking Factors from SEOmoz. Written last year, it covers over 100 factors that search engines might consider to do initial ranking. The main takeaway from me is that all these factors -- pre- and post-ranking -- simply...
- Factoring in the Human Touch at Search Engines, ClickZ
- The PayPerPost Virus Spreads, TechCrunch
- Blog integrity is important, Robert Scoble "If I were running a search engine I’d actually come out and say “we’re gonna remove any advertiser on PayPerPost from our listings."
- Bubblespotting, ultimate reader tip edition: MeeVee got its sign for free, Yahoos booed their CEO, and Chad Hurley can't park, Valleywag
Some Of The Yahoo TV Commercials
I posted some of the Yahoo TV commercials at Search Engine Roundtable, if you want to check them out, here is a list of those that were posted to YouTube. - Yahoo Answers Commercial - Yahoo Email Commercial - Yahoo Music Playlist Commercial - Yahoo Music Frequalizer Commercial - Yahoo Music UFO Commercial - Yahoo Commercial...
& Yahoo's Consumer Generated Super Bowl Commercial
Yahoo Video along with Doritos launched Crash the Super Bowl, a site where consumers can send them homemade Super Bowl commercials, with a chance to make it to prime time. Doritos will then select 5 finalists from all submissions. Then users will be allowed to determine which one ad will air during the Super Bowl. All five finalists will receive $10,000 and a trip to Miami for a private Super Bowl viewing party. Entries are accepted between Wednesday, October 11 and Monday, December 4. Voting begins for site visitors on Friday, January 5 and ends on Saturday, January 19....
Partnering With Yahoo; CBS News Stories In Google Earth
Yahoo adds CBS news to video lineup from the Associated Press covers how Yahoo News will be getting CBS News video clips from 14 local markets in the US to post to Yahoo News. Meanwhile, CBS Puts News on the Map Inside Google Earth from Micro Persuasion covers how CBS has a special feed (background here) that will plot CBS News stories within Google Earth. CBS appears to have been doing this since at least August, so it's not new nor requiring a specific partnership to do, as with the Yahoo program.
- The Talkative Search Engine, Google Operating System
Tried to sign up for YSM, Matt Cutts (likes Back To School)