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Google is taking a new approach to stopping the scams that prey on get-rich-quick schemes. Google has filed a trademark suit against Pacific WebWorks.
The company, in the claim, is said to run hundreds of schemes that bilk the unsuspecting of $50 or more dollars a month. Subscribers are told they can make money from home on the internet. It’s easy and the company will sell you the secrets they have learned that made them rich. Continue reading
Google blinks first in war with media
How powerful is media mogul Rupert Murdoch? Powerful enough to get Google to back down from its policy of not paying news sources.
Google will soon begin to limit access to 5 stories a day to newspaper or other media sites that want readers to pay for content.
Google News will still aggregate or list those stories. Readers who are not subscribers to the particular media source will be stopped after the 5th story they read.
Story from Guardian.co.uk
Despite protests from Google and the US Government, China is pushing ahead to limit Internet access on all computers in the country. All computers will be forced to run a program called “Green Dam” that was initially said to filter pornography. It is suspected to be capable of filtering objectionable political commentary.
Google and YouTube have tried to negotiate better access to China but their efforts have been stonewalled by the Chinese Government.
Green Dam is said to impair the security of the computer but China will not be deterred from implementing it.
Google has been negotiating for years with China in a complicated and often frustrating process.
Microsoft introduced it’s new Internet search engine named Bing to limited fanfare but almost immediate success. Microsoft is looking to catch up ground on Yahoo and the real industry leader Google. Microsoft has 8% market share, Yahoo 21% and Google has 64%. Google CEO Eric Schmidt is unimpressed by Bing.
MAUREEN DOWD Sun. Apr 19, 2009 The Nova Scotian
ERIC SCHMIDT looks innocent enough, with his watercolour blue eyes and his tiny office full of toys and his Google campus stocked with volleyball courts and unlocked bikes and wheat-grass shots and cereal dispensers and Haribo Gummi Bears and heated toilet seats and herb gardens and parking lots with cords hanging to plug in electric cars.
The CEO of Google doesn’t look like a Dick Cheney World Domination sort whom we should worry about as Google ogles our houses, our oceans, our foibles, our movements and our tastes.
But there is a vaguely ominous Big Brother wall in the lobby of the headquarters here that scrolls real-time Google searches — porn queries are edited out — from people around the world. You could probably see your own name if you stayed long enough.
In one minute of watching, I saw the Washington association where my sister works, the Delaware beach town where my brother vacations, some Dave Matthews lyrics, calories Panera, females feet, soaps in depth and Douglas Mangum, whoever he is. Continue reading
Last week, in response to Clay Shriky’s wonderful look at journalism business models, I wrote a post about the fact that you can’t wait for the perfect business model. I was amused to find some comments pushing back on this — including one that specifically pointed out that Twitter and other social networking companies could never make any money. In response, I pointed to both Google and Craigslist as companies that were once in the same spot, but the commenter insisted that was ridiculous, because both had business models.
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, March 17, 2009
As part of my research I scan Google every day for stories about education, the economy, disabilities, music and computers. Each category returns lots of hits and I pick stories to cover. What I don’t get are any stories about computer innovation. There are lots of stories how this country wants to censor the internet or that university suspends a student over Facebook. There is rarely anything about hardware or software innovation. It was innovation that drove the computer industry for decades. If your computer stocks are down, it’s because the companies are not innovating. People buy exciting new products. What’s exciting about another laptop or desktop? Nothing. They do the same thing your last one did only a little faster until Microsoft slows it down with the next version of Windows.
GOOGLE launched a behavioral targeting ad program this week, which it calls “interest-based advertising.” EFF is concerned about behavioral targeting, because it means that information about how you use the web is collected, stored and associated with a cookie on your browser, which can track you across different websites and online services. Continue reading
Facebook’s willingness to work with third-party developers and pull in third-party content, and its encouragement of content-sharing between members has helped the social network’s population surge to more than 175 million members. That openness is also boosting Facebook’s status as a : the social net has topped Google (NSDQ: GOOG) as the number-one source of traffic to a number of large sites, including PerezHilton.com, CafeMom.com and events site Evite.