Daily SearchCast, Jan. 28, 2008: Data Privacy Day, Google Lego Logo, Watching Real-Time Map Edits & More!

It's data privacy day, and Google celebrates in video. It's also Lego's 50th birthday, and Google does a logo to express its Lego love. The Google bomb fix turns one year old. Microsoft's earnings rock, and is Google recession proof? Plus more, in today's show!

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Stories Discussed In The Show

  • Today Is "Data Privacy Day," Bush Admin Launches Internet Monitoring Initiative
    For most people today is Monday, January 28. However, today has been designated "Data Privacy Day" in North America and in 27 European countries in conjunction with the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Google's privacy counsel Jane Horvath says the company is joining in an international privacy conference being held...
  • Google Lego Logo: Google Offers Lego 50th Birthday Wishes
    Google has a special logo up on the Google home page today. The Google logo is made up of legos, to celebrate Lego's 50 year birthday. Google's culture has always had a special place for Lego. Google's first servers were "modded" up with Legos. The Google founders have admitted to...
  • Happy First Birthday, Google Bomb Fix!
    Short by sweet -- one year ago today, a momentous event that must be recalled. Google bombing was defused. George W. Bush was no longer a miserable failure and other mass link bombing attempts stopped working. For the most part, the Google bombing fix that Google put into place seems...
  • Google AdWords Won't Allow Personal Attacks On Politicians
    The Google Public Policy blog announced new policies for how you can use AdWords in the political debate space. Google AdWords requires politicians to comply with the editorial guidelines that (1) you can campaign for any political view, (2) you can ask for donations if you are a non-tax-deductible organization...
  • Will Google Suffer In A Recession?
    Will Google get hurt by a recession, as some are wondering? According to statements made at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland yesterday the answer to that question appears to be "no." The Financial Times reports the view of several tier-two Google execs who expressed confidence in the continuing...
  • Microsoft Earnings Soar, Gates Calls For More Help To Poor
    Microsoft issued fiscal Q2 earnings yesterday and simply crushed estimates. The company had quarterly revenues of more than $16 billion, which exceeded the highest previous quarterly earnings mark by a whopping $2 billion (the earnings release is here.) Profits were $4.71 billion....
  • Survey Says: Search Right Behind Email Marketing In Best-Performing Category
    The 2nd Annual Marketing & Media Survey from Datran Media was released, and it showed that the second best-performing online ad medium is search, right behind email marketing. In December, Datran asked 2,000 industry leaders "which advertising media buys perform strongly for your company"? 80% said email marketing, with search...
  • YouTube Improves YouTube Mobile Version
    A New And Improved YouTube For Mobile from the YouTube Blog announces that they have improved their mobile version at m.youtube.com. The new features include: Tens of millions of added videos. Community features now available on the mobile version. Mobile phone uploads available within moments. YouTube for Mobile is available...
  • Confirmed: Google Domain Park To Cease Ads On Domain Kiting Sites
    Google to kill Domain Tasting from Domain Tolls reports receiving a tip from a Google informant that Google will be preventing "domain tasting" from participating in the AdSense for Domains (aka Domain Park) program. Domain tasting is the practice of trying out a domain name for a 5 day-period. Registration...
  • Why Local Businesses Should Be Like The Jerk
    “The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!” Steve Martin’s character in the movie The Jerk is ecstatic. He rifles through the pages and finds his name. “I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday!” He knows the importance of being listed. “This is...
  • New "Addressless" Search Feature On Google Maps
    As the Google LatLong Blog explains, Google has added a nice feature to Maps (it would seem something rolls out weekly these days). That feature allows users to get directions or locations of businesses without inputting a destination address. Below are some examples....
  • New: Real-Time Google Maps Edits In New Edits Viewer
    The Google LatLong blog announced a neat new feature that lets you sit back and watch the edits made to Google Maps in a live viewer. To view recent edits made to Google Maps, just go here and watch. I made a quick video of the page, and as you...
  • Creepy Google Maps (Sci-fi Video), Google Blogoscoped

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