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Social Media Marketing to improve sales, Thursday, June 18, 2009
   
 

There is a myth that exists among several companies that SEO is meant for companies that exist in the IT field.But one company has proved this incorrect by utilizing the concept of search engine optimization in order to increase their sales figures.EmbroidMe,which is the largest embroidery franchise has succeeded in increasing their sales figures tremendously by incorporating a SEO campaign.

EmbroidMe utilized the feature of Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook to order to improve their visibility.As more and more people are actively using the search engines to obtain information in the internet,companies are turning towards SEO in order to improve traffic.EmbroidMe found that there was a tremendous improvement in branding in all of their 450 locations.

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Digg removes its controversial tool: "Shout", Monday, June 08, 2009
   
 

Digg, the popular social bookmarking site had utilized the feature of Shout.This allowed its users in order to share their links with one another and it was the only communication tool. Now the feature of Shouts is replaced with Facebook and Twitter.

Shout made it easier for users to send a story they liked the most directly to other people who employed Digg.In certain circumstances,it was very useful and it helped in some of the stories to catch more attention.On the other hand,shouts was mostly utilized for spamming due to which some users decide to turn it off.Another major problem with this feature was that those links, stories that received shouts were better rated .Due to this, all the users started shouting most of their stories.

Digg in the beginning tried to reduce the value of Shouts tool,in order to eliminate the above problems,but finally removed it completely.Now Digg had added buttons to enable sharing of stories on Facebook or on Twitter.This big move has a possibility of driving more people to Digg,though it enables people to drive people to other sites.

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Yahoo provides enhancements for BOSS, Saturday, April 18, 2009
   
 

Yahoo adds additional features for its service in building custom search engines,BOSS.Delicious,Language Capability as well as News are the new features added in Yahoo search Boss.

The popularity of Delicious has let to several tools from Yahoo and the Delicious community browser such as add-ons, APIs, and Search Monkey applications.The Delicious data which is available today through BOSS includes Delicious saves, top tags including count information.BOSS has included the Advanced Language functionality to enable filtering of specific language results for a given market.Yahoo BOSS presently supports Czech, Hungarian, and traditional Chinese.BOSS News Service can now be sorted by a date or a specified time range of days, weeks, or hours.

Yahoo Search BOSS, for Build Your Own Search Service, is a new Web services platform that enables Web developers access to Yahoo's search technology. Precisely,it's opening up access,initially in the form of so-called application programming interfaces and in future through custom services from Yahoo and other partners to its Web, news, and image indexes.The goal of BOSS is to nurture innovation in the search industry.BOSS allows access to Yahoo!'s investments in crawling and indexing, ranking and relevancy algorithms including powerful infrastructure.

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Enhancements in Digg, Wednesday, April 15, 2009
   
 

The social bookmarking site Digg has improved significantly.The main aim of digg is to deliver the best stories at the top of the results.In addition to the improved user interface,the following additional changes have been implemented:

1.A faceted model for filtering results means that it is possible to cut your results by factors like Digg count, topic, time, etc. It provides sufficent information about your query and enables you to drill down to your result much more effectively.

2.Advanced shortcuts enable those who are searching for stories with specific promotion characteristics to filter in an effective manner. Include +p to your query for only promoted stories, +u for upcoming stories, and +b for buried.

3.Widely used search tricks like putting your query in quotes for an exact match and adding a negative sign before the term (i.e., -term) to remove that term from your results is possible.

4.Digg has ensured that search is faster now too.

5.A graph depicting the relative number of search results by month for the past several years provides some visibility into the trend of a particular query term over time.

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Downgrade options for Windows 7 by Microsoft, Thursday, April 09, 2009
   
 

Microsoft provides the option of downgrade for Windows 7 Customers. The options are available to Windows Vista as well as to Windows XP. Microsoft intends to offer n-2 downgrade option with Windows 7 to enable customers to plans their migrations from XP. Thus this download option is a good news for users of Windows Vista and Windows XP.

The Vista version of Windows was not received well by many Microsoft users. Microsoft doesn't usually provide active support for more than 2 versions of Windows. Hence there has been a great deal of apprehension about the loss of XP support when the new OS was announced to be released soon.

With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft hopes to overcome the stains caused by Windows Vista.

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Matt Cutts' Explanation about Google guidelines, Monday, March 30, 2009
   
 

Matt Cutts, head of Google's Webspam team has delivered an explanation regarding the Webmaster guidelines provide by Google.This was one of the suggestions provided by the Search Engine Giant.."Keep the links on a given page to a reasonable number."

Here are some reasons Matt Cutts cited why it is better to maintain the number of links less than 100.He went on to explain that previously Google indexed just around 100 kilobytes of a page.In case the page exceeds 100 links, it usually exceeds 100kb and the remaining links will be completely ignored or truncated by Google.Suppose, there are more than 100 links on any page ,people who reach the page might be completely overwhelmed and may be unable to find what they were looking for and might decide to leave the page.Google classifies this as a "bad user experience".

However, in some situations, where a large resource library is provided ,it is absolutely necessary to maintain a page with more than 100 links.In these cases Google won't consider these pages as spam,instead Google will either choose to exclude these links from being indexed or might tag them as nofollow.

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Latest version of Internet Explorer launched by Microsoft., Wednesday, March 25, 2009
   
 

Microsoft has made the latest version of Internet Explorer IE 8, the world's most popular web browser to be available for download .Microsoft revealed that the Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) is much faster, user-friendly and extremely secure than the previous versions of IE.

Internet Explorer is presently utilized as the main browser by around 67 per cent of the world. This is a clear reduction from 91% in 2004,due to rival's such as Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari as well as Google's chrome. Due to the ubiquitous occurrence of IE,it has become a target for hackers trying to prey on its programming areas.For Microsoft to get back its lost market share it needs to convince the net users that the latest version is more secure.

Steve Ballmer, the chief executive officer of Microsoft, has conveyed that Microsoft promises to deliver a browser through which people can get apt information in a fast manner.He also stated that IE 8 provides protection which is incomparable to other browsers.A new feature known as "Accelerators" has been added. Through this feature, users can look an address on a map, without the need to navigate to a separate website. In addition,"Web Slices", which are redesigned flash sites helps in accessing favorites for a net user.

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Expo and Razorfish collaborated to publish Video SEO white Paper, Thursday, March 19, 2009
   
 

Expo and Razorish have partnered to Publish Video SEO White Paper: 'How Non-Video Sites Can Employ Video for SEO'.Expo is the first video-based community targeting consumers to enable them to share their opinion about the products they buy as well as extol the brands they are passionate about. Razorfish, formerly Avenue A is one of the largest interactive digital marketing companies in the world, in addition to being one of the largest buyers of digital advertising space.

Till now,tradional SEO is granted utmost importance for online publishers,whereas video SEO is not given its due importance.Several publishers opt to upload to just upload to video sharing sites ,which eventually causes harm to their sites potential in the long run.The publishing of this paper will ensure the preferences will turn towards video as the universal choice for people.Eventually publishers will be prepared with with abundant search optimized video on their websites.The complete white paper can be downloaded from the following location http://www.expotv.com/about/video-seo-white-paper.

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SEO mostly to overtake paid search in 2009, Wednesday, March 11, 2009
   
 

The online marketing agency Razorfish has revealed in the Digital Outlook Report 2009,that search engine optimization will become an important method of marketing,by even overtaking paid search like PPC. It has been predicted that companies might witness a fall by around 10% compared to the year 2008 in the case of paid search budgets. This is the first year that companies would be witnessing a fall in the area of PPC's. On the other hand ,it would be the year when many companies would shift to SEO for its marketing.

Some factors which is causing this shift could be due to the following:
1.Advertisers,after several years of being grounded in the area of paid search are quite confident now and willing to shift to the unpaid listings of SEO.
2.Due to the lower cost of SEO when compared to PPC, companies will be drawn towards SEO.

A recent report from eMarketer predicted that there will be tremendous growth in the field of search engine optimization (SEO) during the next five years.

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Canonical link element, Friday, March 06, 2009
   
 

The top 3 search engines Google,Yahoo and Microsoft have come together in order to launch a new "canonical" link tag which will handle the problem of duplicate content.This tag assists webmasters in order to determine which URL they require the search engines to concentrate on when the website contains a lot of vastly similar or duplicate contents which is pointed to by many URLs.

Joachim Kupke, senior software engineer, and Maile Ohye, developer programs tech lead at Google have mentioned that this tag provides an opportunity to have greater control over the URL's which are returned in search results,if your site has identical contents,corresponding to different URL's

Assume the following 2 pages contain similar contents
http://www.canonicaldemo.com/product.php?items=allequipments
http://www.canonicaldemo.com/product.php?items=equipments

Suppose we need the search engine to display this page in the results page
http://www.canonicaldemo.com/product.php?items=equipments,

then the canonical tag has to be used in the following manner
<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.canonicaldemo.com product.php?items=equipments"/>

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Disabilites 2009 CSUN Conference, Monday, March 02, 2009
   
 

A major conference focusing in the trends in assistive technology including persons with disabilities is to be held on March 16-21,2009 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and Renaissance Montura Hotel .This 24th Annual International Technology and persons with Disabilities Conference also emphasizes on adaptive technology targeted for aging as well as international practices.

The Chief Executive Officer of SEO Incorporation, Garry Grant will be doing a presentation at this year's conference and it will be based on practical web accessibility solutions for people with disabilities and the practical benefits of discussing these issues.Garry Grant has a genuine desire to make internet accessible for everyone, especially the disabled, including his daughter who is born blind. The conference is organized by the California State University Northridge's Center(CSUN) on Disabilities.

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People tracker mobile tool "Latitude" launched by google, Wednesday, February 18, 2009
   
 

Google Inc with its mobile tracker tool aids in keeping track of the location of people.This is an upgrade to the already existing Google's Mobile Maps.This tool assists people with mobile phones and other wireless devices to inform their friends about their present locations.The user has the choice to decide who can keep track of their location.

One of the major drawbacks of this feature is the question of privacy concerns.But in order to resolve this issue, Google provides a facility by which the user needs to turn on or off the tracking software manually.In addition,Google assures that all of the information about the users locations would be retained by them.Only the last information regarding the person's location would be stored by Google's tracking service.

A user's location is displayed by means of a picture appearing on Google Maps.The information about the location is fetched with the help of cell phone towers,GPS (Global positioning system) as well as Wi-Fi Connections.

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Offline gmail - New in google Labs, Tuesday, February 10, 2009
   
 

Google is always setting out to include new stuff into their already existing huge features.In addition the latest information is that they now provide an opportunity for accessing gmail while offline.

In order to make use of this feature,we need to install Google Gears .Google gears is an open source software which enables storing data locally in a database.Also it enables web applications to communicate with desktop.Gears will download emails onto your desktop, and it will accumulate any actions that need web access to perform them next time you are connected to the net.

Once Google Gears is installed, we can see an Offline option under the Lab tab in Gmail's settings. Choose Enable next to Offline gmail. Click the option "Save Changes". Once the browser is reloaded, an 'Offline 0.1' link appears in the top-right corner of the main Gmail window where you will be asked to click this link to begin the installation.

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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8, Wednesday, January 28, 2009
   
 

Microsoft has releases IE 8 which is included in Windows 7.This can included for XP,Windows Vista or Windows Server also.The Beta version of IE 8 had arrived last year,but now the Release Candidate (RC) has arrived.

The browser has several add-ons included with it.the company has opted a customization approach with "accelerators" and "web slices".Some of the accelerators created were for Facebook ,Stumble Upon and digg.Other features include private browsing,which eliminates the worry for some people who would browse regularly.Though IE8 has included some new features,when compared to IE7,IE8 looks much more simpler.

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Microsoft and Google Return to Basics, Thursday, January 22, 2009
   
 

Microsoft and Google have lot in common than the dominance of their respective markets. Both have utilized their cash flows to pursue many side projects in order to move into wider segments.And neither of them have had much success.The recession has had a severe impact on their efforts. Google,just cancelled its print advertisement ambitions,and Microsoft have managed to sell its long-held stake in the cable operator Comcast.

Microsoft's main expertise still in software - its operating system and other programs. These hold around 82 percent of its revenue and nearly all of its operating income. The company has used a lot of those profits to diversify into products like video games and online search,though they haven't obtained much profit from these areas.

Microsoft's Xbox game console just had had its first profit last year after being for nearly 7 years on the market.Microsoft's online search effort has also not been very successful. Its MSN portal has a dismal 8.5 percent share of American search market, and the unit which holds it lost around $480 million last quarter.

Google makes virtually all its revenue from advertising related to Internet searches. Still, that has not stopped it from pouring money - and employee time - into online video, cloud computing and lobbying for renewable energy projects. Analysts say the video site Youtube remains barely profitable.The same goes for Google's free online software initiative, in which it has invested a huge amount.

Source: Google news

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Google in third position on top 10 list of spam enablers, Wednesday, January 07, 2009
   
 

Google still needs to stop the increasing number of spammers from abusing Google Docs, its Web-based collaboration and spreadsheet application,according to junk mail watchdog Spamhaus.Lately, Google changed the position from fourth to third in a list of spammy ISPs (Internet service providers) and other Web services providers updated daily by Spamhaus. Similar to Microsoft and Yahoo,Google's free e-mail accounts are often utilized to send spam.Antispam filtering software is unlikely to block messages coming from the domains of those companies due to their wide use, although spam can be stopped through more sophisticated analysis of an e-mail.

But the greatest problem is how spammers are manipulating Google Docs. The application has a feature where users are able to share a document which is assigned a URL (uniform resource locator).If opened, those documents contain a "redirect" command that pushes them to spammer Web sites, which often sell pharmaceuticals.Spamhaus has had problems in obtaining complete attention from Google about the problem.That's in contrast to Microsoft, which took methods recently to stop spammers from putting redirects on free Web pages and sending out the links as spam.

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Performance of Cuil search, Monday, December 29, 2008
   
 

In July,the new search engine 'Cuil' was launched with great hype,but was followed by a sequence of bad publicity.Six months since it has been launched and the performance of this search engine has not been good.

Techcrunch reveals the traffic of the search engine in the alexa chart which was updated in another site.A seen from the chart the levels of reach experienced by the search engine has been dropping extravagantly since launch.The site witnessed a large amount of launch traffic,mostly by bloggers checking to see if it was really as bad as reported, before a huge drop off occurred.





Cuil was launched by ex-Google employees and should have performed much better than it has so far. It's also been funded to the tune of $33 million, which also is not a very investment at this stage of the game,considering that Google has established itself in the area of web search.

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Release of Windows 7 Beta, Friday, December 26, 2008
   
 

People who attend the next month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) could get the first glance at Windows 7,the next version of Microsoft's client OS.At its Professional Developers Conferencewhich was held in Los Angeles in October, Microsoft informed about the release of the beta early in 2009. Though everything has not been confirmed, signs are pointing that the release date could possibly be the CES show in Las Vegas.CES is scheduled for Jan. 8-11.

Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7 in early 2010, although some industry observers expect it may be out by the end of 2009 because of feeble customer response for thier operating system Windows Vista. Several business customers in particular have opted to skip Vista and run XP till Windows 7 is released in the market.

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Release of MSN Messenger 8.5, Tuesday, December 23, 2008
   
 

An wholesome new look included with new features makes Windows Live Messenger into a real competitor for Yahoo!Messenger.As usual,one can send instant messages,call a computer, dial a phone number, post a mobile message or send an e-mail. Editing of status display and starting a video chat with friends is possible. Skins and emoticons are some of the new features included in Windows Live Messenger. During installation , users are also prompted to install the Rhapsody Music Service which enables one to play and share music from the Rhapsody catalog.

The main features include that we can create custom emoticons by choosing an image on our computer which will be automatically resized. Additional best features of Microsoft Live Messenger are the Whiteboard, Remote Assistance and Application Sharing.

A major drawback is ,when we receive a file,it will be saved in the default directory instead of prompting to the user to choose the location yourself.The Web Calling service is available for long distance calls for selected countries.The important offline messages feature is not working at all.

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Microsoft in the process of fixing security flaws in internet explorer, Saturday, December 20, 2008
   
 

Reports are being evolved that there has been several security problems in Internet Explorer.Several computer users out there use Microsoft's Internet Explorer. So it's a genuine drag that there may be a serious security flaw in the browser.The public is being urged to use other browsers while this security flaw is fixed and Microsoft prepares a suitable patch to fix this issue.

The entire network of people using the internet is at risk. This problem is extremely serious as it could give opportunities to criminals to tap into your computer and steal your password which could be disastrous.

Until now , what this flaw has managed to steal are game passwords, but it's clear what the hackers intentions are.Several experts are suggesting users to find alternate browsers to overcome security risks but this is what John Curran, head of Microsoft UK's group said "I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw."

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NAVTEQ chosen by Microsoft, Wednesday, December 17, 2008
   
 

Microsoft Corporation has chosen NAVTEQ to supply map data for Microsoft's Live Search Map in India.NAVTEQ is the leading global provider of digital map india ideally for vehicle navigation and location based solutions.Live Search Maps from Microsoft allows people to locate and share local information which is important on the web.

As updated in a blog are the the various features of Microsoft Live Search Maps which includes Business Lookup,Category Browsing,1-Click Directions which provides instant directions to a destination from most major routes and the capability to share maps and direction through Microsoft Office Outlook.

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MySpace supports Google's Friend Connect service, Thursday, December 11, 2008
   
 

Google and MySpace are combining to combat FaceBook Connect.This is made possible by combining MySpace ID with Google Friend Connect.Though MySpaceId is still in development,Google Friend Connect has been released. With Google and FaceBook releasing their web services and data portability being the trend on the web,this was a much predictable move.Also with Myspace's huge collection of user base and Google's popularity and excellent services,this combination turns out to be interesting.

My Space has been facing heavy competition from FaceBook for a long duration.The best option they had was to combine with Google and to compete with FaceBook.We need to wait and see to view the outcome of this deal.

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Second Beta Version of Firefox 3.1 to be released soon, Monday, December 08, 2008
   
 

Ben Turner, the programmer of Mozilla has informed that the second Beta version of firefox 3.1 would be released soon.The biggest change is the inclusion of "Web Workers", which allows the browser to process tasks in the background.This is a great leap as it gives multicore computers to utilize their processors abilities. The release also includes performance and stability fixes.

As published in a blog,here is one illustration of Web workers...Running a JavaScript program that emulates a decades-old processor design, the 8080. One thread emulates the processor in the background while another handles user interaction such as checking for typing on the keyboard.

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Microsoft warns customers against counterfeit goods, Friday, December 05, 2008
   
 

Microsoft filed lawsuits against online auctioneers in 12 countries who sold pirated copies of MS software on sites including its own MSN shopping network.Nearly 63 lawsuits have been filed until now including countries like US,Gemany,France,Japan,Mexico,Argentina,UK etc.The most targeted software is the product windows XP.

In a blog, Microsoft ass. general counsel David Finn in a statement said "Dishonest auctioneers are too often using these online auction sites to sell counterfeit and illegal copies of Microsoft software, taking advantage of unsuspecting customers around the world."

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Microsoft announces MSN Java Deal, Tuesday, December 02, 2008
   
 

Users who download or upgrade Java for Internet Explorer will be prompted to install a MSN search bar that will set Microsoft's search engine as the predefined one.The deal announced by Microsoft for US surfers only, will enable several users to shift from Google in a couple of days.

Those who are installing the Java Runtime Environment for the first time will get a prompt to download and install the MSN and to make Microsoft the default choice for their browsers; those users who have previously installed Java on their personal computers will instead get the same prompts from the Java update interface.

The deal between Sun Microsystems and Microsoft is one of their very first on the the consumer side. However, there are some who suspect that the deal may not have such a big impact,as most users would still revert back to the very old Google.

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Microsoft Backs New Yahoo Search Team, Sunday, November 30, 2008
   
 

Microsoft Corp is taking up a new management team to take control of Yahoo Inc.'s Internet search business and sign a partnership deal following its failed takeover attempt.

Microsoft will put up $5 billion to back Jonathan Miller, the former chief executive officer of AOL, and Ross Levinsohn, a former president of Fox Interactive Media.

Microsoft is seeking ways to revive its online advertising business as the global recession stifles spending and Google Inc. wins more search users. For Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo, which spurned Microsoft's bids of as much as $47.5 billion this year, a deal may help shore up revenue after losing out on a partnership with Google.

The terms would give Microsoft a 10-year operating agreement to manage Yahoo's search business, plus a two-year option to buy it for $20 billion. Senior directors of the companies have agreed to the outline of the deal, the newspaper said, without citing anyone.

However Levinsohn denied the report, according to a blog post by the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital.

Source:Google News

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SearchTogether,a new research project from Microsoft, Thursday, November 27, 2008
   
 

Adaptive Systems and Interaction group at Microsoft Research Redmond have released a beta of SearchTogether,which is a free Internet plug in that allows groups of people to collaborate on Web Searches. Meredith Ringel Morris, a researcher spearheading the project conveys that SearchTogether is just a portion of a larger project about collaborative search.

As updated in one of the blogs, Microsoft's SearchTogether is a breakthrough and different from traditional search, which is executed solo. SearchTogether gives opportunity for people at different locations to execute searches as a team.It basically enables people to divide responsibilities and pooling results in a shared Web space on the browser.

Existing search Engines enable users to find Web content on an individual basis.Search interfaces have not yet been able to support collaborative search. Collaborating on search generally means that while one person is at a keyboard,the other makes suggestions.It could also be possible that while two people,each viewing a Web browser, they would be using instant messaging or a phone.The product is expected to become very popular among schools,colleges and universities, where students would have to work on multiple projects.

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SearchWiki, a new search tool launched by Google, Tuesday, November 25, 2008
   
 

Google has launched a search feature that provided an opportunity for net users to re-rank, delete and add comments on search results.SearchWiki, is an example of how search is becoming increasingly dynamic,providing people tools that make search even more useful.

Suppose a user does the same search, frequently.Later,the user can remove a site from the results that isn't of interest.Users are also given the option to add comments to a site, which pops up every time that site is in the results.Users can further personalize search results by typing in the URL of a site they want to add to their search results for a particular search,or even move a site to the top of the search results.To enable SearchWiki,the user need to be signed in to a Google account and English must be the chosen language.

Additional feature is that users can keep track of all the changes that has been made with the option "see all my SearchWiki notes".One can also remove any changes that have been made to the search results and can revert back to the usual search results.

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Pubcon, Sunday, November 23, 2008
   
 

WebmasterWorld's PubCon, or "PubCon", is an educational conference and industry trade show focussed specifically for web professionals and website owners.Although the conferences center piece is search engine marketing, WebmasterWorld Conference and PubCon events are for leaders in search engine and Internet marketing professionals.These professionals gather to share the best methods in the design, development,promotion as well as marketing of their businesses and brands.

This year,WebmasterWorld's Search & Internet Marketing Conference, PubCon was held from Nov 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas,Nevada USA.Several Search engine marketers,optimizers,webmasters,marketing executives,program and channel managers purchasing agents were present for this conference.

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Yahoo adds Glue for its US search results., Friday, November 21, 2008
   
 

Yahoo Glue displays a result of search pages in a more visually appealing manner with the text,images,photos,news,videos and blogs displayed on one page.Yahoo Glue for India was unveiled in May and now Yahoo has rolled out its U.S. beta version of its Glue Pages.With this tremendous effort,Yahoo has succeeded in putting related content all on one page.One needs to wait and see if net users would prefer Yahoo or its competitor Google where the display consists of text links with additional linksto related videos, blogs, photos etc.

To get a glued result of your search pages, type this link in your browser, http://glue.yahoo.com

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Web 2.0 Summit:YouTube,the second largest search engine, Tuesday, November 18, 2008
   
 

During the Web 2.0 Summit, the Mayor of San Francisco,Gavin Newsom, pointed out that the internet is undergoing a major change due to YouTube.Each and every significant and insignificant dialogue is being recorded, and the videos are available on YouTube.Through out the summit, it got revealed that YouTube could be the second largest search engine after Google.ComScore's most U.S search engine Rankings for August 2008 revealed that YouTube has obtained a larger level of search traffic than Yahoo.Thus Google would be fetching the top two positions for search engine traffic.

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Microsoft transforms its live site to a social network, Sunday, November 16, 2008
   
 

Microsoft has updated its online services and has transformed its live site to a social network.The changes include photo sharing,email,instant messaging capabilities as well as including contents from around 50 companies.The Web Services include Flickr,LinkedIn Corp,Twitter,Wordpress.org etc., through profiles and a news feed.The Web 2.0 industry observers have received several positive reviews regarding these updates.

Live.com users can now access several online services like mail, calendar, photos, online storage,etc.,including downloaded services like a mail client, instant messaging,Movie Maker,Photo Gallery,the Toolbar and other services. Eventually,this has become one huge social network.Check out http://www.windowslive.com/ for more.

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Google's major update-introduces Video and Voice Chat for Gmail, Thursday, November 13, 2008
   
 

Video and Voice Chat has been added to Google,creating a major update for Gmail.In order to make this functionality work, we need to install a small browser plugin,available at the location http://mail.google.com/videochat .This update can function on all browsers and will work on PC's with Windows XP or Vista, including Macs with OS X 10.4 or later.

We need to intially enable this new functionality from the 'Options' menu which is at the bottom of a Gmail chat window.Then we need to select the contact you want to speak with and click on 'Video & more' located in the lower-left part of the chat window.From here on,you can then start a voice or video chat.

Point to note that Google's Gmail desktop chat program has not yet incorporated any video functionality yet, although voice chat is available for Google Talk long time ago.However Google has become a major competitor for skype for which video chat has been one of the major functionalities.

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Microsoft CEO rules out option to buyout Yahoo, Tuesday, November 11, 2008
   
 

Microsoft Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said that his company has no plans to make another bid to buyout yahoo.

"We made an offer, we made another offer, and it was clear that Yahoo didn't want to sell the business to us and we moved on .We are not interested in going back and re-looking at an acquisition. I don't know why they would be either, frankly. They turned us down at 33 dollars a share, said Ballmer as published in a blog.

On the contrary,Yahoo Chief Executive, Jerry Yang said that Yahoo would welcome Microsoft if it was ever willing to offer another bid with the former.Yahoo made these remarks after Google stayed out of the ad deal with Yahoo after the Justice Department notified the two companies of an antitrust suit.

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Google and Yahoo Ad Deal Discontinued, Saturday, November 08, 2008
   
 

After Microsoft opted for a bid for Yahoo in February, Google and Yahoo began several conversations to see if Google could help Yahoo to remain independent. Thus came the advertising agreement which the two companies signed in June. This deal was supposed to deliver Yahoo $250 million to $450 million in additional operating cash flow in the first year.

However,Google chose to abandon this controversial deal after the Justice Department notified the companies that it would file an antitrust suit to block it.
Google's Chief Executive Eric Shmidt said in an interview which was posted in a blog,"We canceled the deal with about one hour to go before a lawsuit was going to be filed against our deal. We concluded after a lot of soul-searching that it was not in our best interest to go through a lengthy and costly trial which we believe we ultimately would have won."

On the contrary,Yahoo said it would have preferred to defend the deal in court. "Yahoo strongly believes we would have prevailed in court if the Department of Justice had filed a lawsuit, but unlike Google, we were prepared to defend our agreement,"said Tracy Schmaler, a Yahoo spokeswoman in a blog.Yahoo's Chief Executive Jerry Yang said that he was upset that Google had chosen to walk away.

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Antivirus for protection of Google Android Phones, Wednesday, November 05, 2008
   
 

SMobile Systems has released SMobile VirusGuard-the first mobile security solution for Android phones.It is specially developed in order to protect mobile devices which uses the Google Android System.The viruses usually infect and cross the mobile devices through the memory card.This antivirus allows users to scan mobiles and their memory cards for nearly 400 known viruses,including variants of mobile Malware.

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Third Beta update of Google Chrome, Tuesday, November 04, 2008
   
 

Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 is released.This release fixes several issues,especially with regard to plugins which people have put forward in the top issues.Check the following site http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/release-notes for details on the changes that have been made since 0.2.149.30.

Following issues have been fixed:
1.Scrolling with laptop touchpads works fine now.
2.Improved performance for plugins (like Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime, and Windows Media).Several issues like video not loading, stopping after a second, and slowing down were fixed.
3.When you close a tab that was showing PDF using Adobe Reader 9,a 'chrome has crashed' message appears.This has been fixed.
4.Data from secure sites are not stored.We can still search the history for the site contents.
5.Performance Improvement for people who use web proxies.

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Scanned Documents are available through Google Search, Saturday, November 01, 2008
   
 

Google turns PDf files generated from scanned paper into digital text using OCR optical character recognition(OCR) technology.

Google product manager hasaid in a blog post "In the past, scanned documents were rarely included in search results as we couldn't be sure of their content.We had occasional lues from references to the document, so you might get a search result with a title but no snippet highlighting your query. Today, that changes. We are now able to perform OCR on any scanned documents that we find stored in Adobe's PDF format".

The converted text of scanned files are available in search pages through the "View as HTML" link.

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Free Microsoft Speech Recognition component, Thursday, October 30, 2008
   
 

Google has now introduced the speech search solution,through a new Toolbar for Internet Explorer called VoiceSearchBar.com.This is the first program which allows searching the web using a voice.It is a microsoft component,which is available as a free toolbar for all users.

The program can be installed through the Internet Explorer add-on.Once the installation of this add-on is complete,users with thier voice can enter a search phrase.Then when the voice command "search" is said or when the click button is searched,the user will be redirected to the site www.voicesearchbar.com.In this location,the results of Google will be visible.

In order to improve the quality of speech recognition, we need around 3 to 4 launches of the training mode program.This new program is dedicated to Bill Gates who has been a great supporter of speech recognition softwares.

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Google Earth for iphone, Monday, October 27, 2008
   
 

Google releases a version of Google Earth for the iPhone as well as for ipod Touch,which allows users for zooming in and out of a virtual globe.Though Google Earth was available for the desktop for nearly 3 years,the iphone deployment is its first mobile version.

The other familiar comparative product for iphones is Google Maps for Mobile (GMM),which emphasises more on localised street mapping and less on a visual reproduction of the earth's topography.In a blog post by Peter Birch, product manager for Google Earth, the iPhone's touch interface allows a user to "swipe [their]finger across the screen and fly to the other side of the globe", while the in-built accelerometers make it possible to adjust the viewing angle by tilting the phone.

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Brute Force SEO Software, Friday, October 24, 2008
   
 

The release of Brute Force SEO has become a success story for Australian internet marketer Peter Drew.The sales statistics for the first release is a 10% page conversion.It also brought a 60% retention after the 7 day trial.

The software combines all the previous versions of Drew's software products and have evolved as a complete website tool.The full 1000 trial memberships has sold out in less than 3 days.Those who hacve missed out this can secure a membership spot which will be opened again in the forthcoming weeks.

In one of the blogs,this is what Peter Drew has mentioned."Search engine optimization is ever-changing and can be difficult, particularly for those new to search marketing. However, the combination of Brute Force SEO software, the members-only forum and bonus software tools,even a newbie can effectively compete in the search engines."

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Users exhibiting a lack of contentment over the new iGoogle Home Page, Tuesday, October 21, 2008
   
 

Google ,which was formerly Google Personalized Homepage and Google IG,is a personalised service of Google.The main features of iGoogle is that it allows the users to include web feeds and Google Gadgets. Google on July 8,2008 had announced that it was beginning the testing period for a new and improved version of iGoogle, which includes several additional new features .On October 16, 2008,Google released its latest version and retired its old version.The new features to be included were replacing tabs with left navigation,including chat functionality ,as well as a canvas view gadget for RSS.

Unfortunately,users have complained of this redesign as most people have disliked this change.The main changes to iGoogle include the ability to increase a gadget application to a full screen, called canvas view and a new left-hand navigation bar.Until now,there had been at least one online petition, requesting that iGoogle users get the option to reset their pages to the previous design,which they preferred.A common complaint is towards the new left-hand navigation column,which many gripe that it takes up valuable screen space and causing a hindrance to their user experience.Another complaint has been that the Gmail gadget had made links in e-mail messages inactive.Above all, there has been objection to Gmail messages which is showing up by default via Gmail gadget.This is a major hindrance for people at work, who don't want their information to be viewed by others.In one of the discussion forums, Google's representative had responded in one of the forums that Google is trying hard to sort these issues.

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Recession,one of the cause for boost in Internet search, Sunday, October 19, 2008
   
 

Google CEO Eric Schmidt brought forth the following view point when he spoke to analysts on October 17th in a conference call.He reported that there has been a 26 percent increase in third quarter profits and attributed this to the efforts of all his employees.He mentioned that in some ways search engines have benefited from the slow down and every year search queries traffic have been seen to increase in every vertical.

In one of the websites,Eric Schmidt quotes "We believe that these results reflect the fact that as marketing budgets are squeezed, targeted, measurable ads are becoming more valuable to advertisers. As consumer budgets are squeezed, people use the web for comparison shopping to hunt for bargains online and in stores." However he hinted that it would be difficult even for the search engine giant to compete during the harder times of recession in future.

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Google launches AdSense for Games., Thursday, October 16, 2008
   
 

A recent survey by Comscore showed that 25% of Internet users play games every week.This records to around 200 million users worldwide.Following this survey,Google has launched adSense for Games.Through this,online game developers and online game sites get an opportunity to gain additional revenues.

Adsense for Games will be displayed on specific parts of a game chosen by game developers.The ads displayed can be either video ads,image ads or text ads.The ads can be displayed in the form of interstitial frames which would occur before a game starts,middle of a game or at the end of a game.

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Crawl Error Feature of Google's Webmaster tools has been improved, Tuesday, October 14, 2008
   
 

Google Webmaster Tools lately had launched the Crawl Error feature,which gives information about various site URL's for which Google's crawling was not a success.Previously,this tool displayed only the URL's which couldn't be accessed, along with the errors.Later administrators had to trace the cause of these errors.

Now,the Webmaster Tools has been improved to include additional features.The site diagnostic portion of the Webmaster Tools currently includes a "Linked From" column in addition to the "Not Found" and "Errors for URLs in Sitemaps" reports.The Linked From column specifies the number of pages which link to a specific "Not Found" URL and the date when the error was found.All the above details can be downloaded from webmaster tools.

The above features are very helpful for tracking crawling errors.With the help of this tool specific URLs can be identified.In this way,webmasters can detect if the errors were caused by any external links.In that case , they will be able to contact webmasters of the external sites in order to correct the errors.

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Google's Youtube enhanced to include "click-to-buy" feature, Sunday, October 12, 2008
   
 

With YouTube,Google has become a dominant player in online video,which is an emerging field.Though YouTube had gained popularity,it is yet to find success in the financial area.Making financial popularity its aim,Google provides internet users opportunity to buy songs and games in videos that they watch in YouTube.

Net users who are interested in buying a song featured in a video can click on a location which directs them to either Amazon.com or Apple's iTunes store.From this location,the tracks can be downloaded for a fee. Through this ecommerce ad on format for YouTube, they get a share of the revenue for every transaction that is made.Presently music is available only from EMI and Universal Music Group for "click to buy."

In future,Google is hoping to include other companies and also other varieties of content including film, print and television. If this project is successful, it would help counter YouTube's image as a haven for copyright infringement which is damaging the entertainment industry.

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Mail Goggles helps in preventing email regrets, Thursday, October 09, 2008
   
 

Gmail, Google's free e-mail service, added a new feature to the service called "Mail Goggles". This feature gives one the ability to double-check if you are sure that you want to send an e-mail message, specially late at night.This feature can be very helpful in avoiding to send hasty e-mails either in your profession or personal life.

This is how it works.One needs to solve a few quick and simple maths problems before actually sending a mail.If you have succeeded in these calculations,then Google assures that you are in a sober state to send the mail.

To enable Goggles, Gmail users need to click the "Settings" link at the top of a Gmail page.From here,we need to go to "Labs" section. Here,we can add settings to include on which days and times,this feature needs to be enabled.

So lets admit we all need some extra help at times before sending mails..and Goggles is there for us.

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Mozilla releases the new add-on Geode, Tuesday, October 07, 2008
   
 

Mozilla Labs, plans to announce a plug-in called Geode which gives the Firefox Web browser a better ability to understand and utilize geographic information on the Web. Doug Turner,in one of the blogs had said this about Geode, "a Firefox add-on that understands location, enabling enriched, personalized, and localized content."

Today, the real estate term 'location, location, location' is very much applicable to the Web.This is due to the fact that "where you are" is equally important as the information you're seeking.Mozilla's Geode, a Firefox geolocation add-on is one which will enable localized content.At this stage, the details of geode have not been disclosed much,but this is what is explained in one of the blogs "With Geode, a user who is looking for restaurants while they are out of town will be able to load up their favorite review site and find suggestions a couple blocks away and plot directions there." This is more relevant for GPS-enabled mobile platforms that utilise location-specific information in order to simplify the method in which people access and share content on a regular basis.

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Release of BrowseRank from Microsoft, Sunday, October 05, 2008
   
 

Microsoft ,in order to compete with Google's pagerank has recently released the details of BrowseRank, its new browsing algorithm .The browserank algorithm calculates based on how often and for how long users visit the site. This is different from Google's pagerank,which is measured based on the links to and from a page.Through this strategy,Microsoft feels,more Internet users ,instead of web developers would have control over page relevancy.

In the search engine arena,Microsoft is a distant third, with yahoo in the second place and the search king Google,as usual occuping the top position.Microsoft , which is dominating the computer industry, is in an unfamiliar third position when it comes to the field of search engines. As reported in one of our previous SEO news blog,Google has a share of 70% of all US searches,with yahoo occuping 20% share and MSN with a mere five and a half percent. For now ,good luck to Microsoft for all their efforts to compete with the Search King Google.

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Relaunch of Google's Blog Search with memetracker, Thursday, October 02, 2008
   
 

With its own memetracker, Google has relaunched Google Blog Search. Memetrackers help in identifying the latest trends on blogs.They take content from the latest blogs and aggregate them to ensure that browsing is much easier for everyone. For the net users, this is the best way to access the latest news.

Google Blog Search might have really struggle to maintain its popularity against the popular memetrackers.. One major competitor is Techmeme, which covers Tech News.The other competitor is the site Memeorandum, the sister concern of Techmeme ,which covers political news.

Google's new page lists several topics like Politics,Technology, World,Business,Entertainment etc. The most popular topics contains several blogs written about that subject,which allows the users for easy navigation.One very interesting factor is the graph when we access a specific topic.This graph provides information as to the timings when the blogs were posted related to this topic.

Google is always on the top for creating popular consumer tools, but it's too early to conclude whether the new Google Blog Search will be a favourite among net users. Checkout http://blogsearch.google.com.

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Tenth birthday celebrations for Google, Tuesday, September 30, 2008
   
 

Google is planning a one month celebration with a unique birthday logo which reflects its original image for its tenth anniversary.The logo consists of design of birthday decorations on the original image.

The vice president of search products and product engineering at Google,Marissa Mayer, told in a blog posting that the birthday logo includes a celebration of the company's anniversary as well as an opportunity to trace back to Google's tradition.

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page had attended the infamous Burning Man Festival in 1998.To inform their colleagues they had included Burning Man image into the Google logo.Eventually the logo became a tradition at this Search Engine giant company, and the company celebrates special events by inventing new logos.

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Hacking of websites expanding widely, Sunday, September 28, 2008
   
 

The targets of hackers have become legitimate websites.This is due to the fact that more people are becoming extremely proficient in web browsing as well as downloading several softwares.

David Freer,Symantec's vice president for consumer business in Asia-Pacific and Japan reported in one of the websites that the greatest threat today is that legitimate Web Sites are being hacked .He reported that not just the users' PC, instead the entire platform of Web is emerging as the favourite platform for security attacks.

An observation by Norton has revealed that the attackers focus area is usually Websites with flaws.Norton also reported that just 4% of the vulnerabilities for the latter half of 2007 were patched by March 2008.Freer observed that everyday there were around 10,000 unique attacking domains.

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New advertising platform (APT) for yahoo, Thursday, September 25, 2008
   
 

The platform APT which has been under development for atleast around 2 years has been rolled out today.This is intended to project the way digitals ads are placed across the web.The main intention of Yahoo's APT is to improve its average financial performances. and obtain a greater share of the Internet advertising revenue.

APT, which is an automated platform, links advertisers, agencies who sell ads as well as website owners. It consists of several tools which gives advertisers the opportunity to display the locations where ads need to appear, which category of web surfers will view the ads etc.As a result, APT provides the platform to do business very effectively.

For more information on APT,checkout the website http://apt.yahoo.com/

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Google's Android Software to cover broader arenas, Tuesday, September 23, 2008
   
 

The debut of the first phone using Google's Android Software will be unveiled today.The first device to run Google's operating system is a mobile from the Taiwanese firm HTC called the "Dream".However some Android partners have revealed that the Android Software will be used for several other areas than just the mobile.

John Bruggerman,the chief marketing officer at Wind River Systems,a Google ally who is involved in customizing phones to use Android Software said that in future Android will be used in devices used in automobiles or those devices that are used in homes.He mentioned that it was expected that TV's,set top boxes and even cars might be using this software .He conveyed that we might be witnessing the ubiquitous presence of Android by the year 2009.

Well, if the Android software branches into new areas,this would pose a major threat to other competitors in the same arena.

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Search lead results from Comscore, Sunday, September 21, 2008
   
 

The recent report from the research firm Comscore revealed that Google's share of the search market grew to around two thirds of US search traffic.Comscore reported that the Google's sites have handled nearly 7 billion of the 11 billion searches in the US. Meanwhile, Yahoo handled 2 billion and Microsoft handled 977 million.

The monthly report of Comscore revealed that Google's search share increased from 61.95% to 63% in August.The rivals Yahoo and Microsoft though have slided down in their search performances.Yahoo's search market decreased from 20.5% in July to 19.6% over the month of August.Microsoft claimed the third position with a market share of 8.3% which has decreased from 8.9% in July. Ask Network occupied the fourth position with a share of 4.8%, increasing from around 4.5% in July.The fifth position was occupied by AOL with 4.3%, slightly gaining from 4.2% in July.

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Google-Yahoo Deal faces scrutiny, Friday, September 19, 2008
   
 

The Google-Yahoo deal, which was announced on June 12th 2008,will enable Google to provide search advertising to Yahoo for selected Yahoo searches in USA and Canada. Google is the search engine Titan , followed by Yahoo and Microsoft in the positions of second and third.

The European Union confirmed that it is reviewing the deal for anti-trust regarding Google and Yahoo's proposed advertising deal.This ad deal has been faced with a lot of criticism from several US advertisers , in addition to a worldwide association of newspapers.

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt told reporters that he would continue to move ahead with the deal in making its advertising search deal a reality.He also said that he was aware of the fact that Microsoft too had major plans to break this deal of Google and Yahoo.
According to Google's competitors,Google will manage to gain the monopoly in the field of Internet advertising if the deal is through.The largest chunks of Internet advertising in the hyperfast world of Internet is "search advertising".These are the advertisements that are displayed alongside Internet search results delivered by Google,Yahoo as well as Microsoft.

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First Google Phone to be demonstrated on Sept 23, Wednesday, September 17, 2008
   
 

T- mobile will be unveiling the first mobile phone which runs on Google's Android Software.The features of the much anticipated mobile phone will be demonstrated on Sept 23rd at a news conference in New York.The phone manufactured by HTC will be available only by next month.

The G1 phone though available only in October, it is expected that the details of the pricing will be revealed during the conference.The Android phone faces a stiff competition from the already popular Apple Inc's iPhone,which is ironically largest source of mobile traffic for Google so far.

The main aim of Google while designing its Android Software was to ensure that most of its services including its highly profitable advertising runs on mobile phones.We'll we just need to wait to see if all the hype will turn out to be a reality.

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Android Software from Google:, Monday, September 15, 2008
   
 

The giant of Search Engines will soon be releasing the software Android which will ideally be suited to run all mobile phones.

Instead of actually manufacturing mobile phones,Google is providing the software Android ,eventually hoping to make handsets in a variety of shapes and sizes by depending on several hardware partners.

Google hopes to combine the approach of Nokia and Microsoft to meet the requirements of the users.Google will combine Nokia's strategy of "a handset to suit every style" as well as Microsoft's method of developing the software,in addition to involving several other partner companies.This will also contrast Apple's iPhone strategy of "one handset fits all".However unlike Microsoft who charges for using its Windows Mobile software,Google will be providing Android Software completely free.

The vision of Google is to develop the ideal mobile phone which is internet-enabled.Google will be moving towards this vision by focusing on developing countries like India and China,where people are increasingly switching towards the mobile to access the web.

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The Social Networking Giant Facebook undergoes a revamp, Friday, September 12, 2008
   
 

Facebook on Wednesday has rolled out its new site with a redesign to several million of its users.The new site is open to all it users after several months of Beta Testing.

Around 40% of Facebook users tried the new version which was released in July.75% of this group continued using the latest design while the remaining 25% will get accustomed to this new design henceforth.

The site has got a simple look and feel,more user control over profiles and accumulation of latest information using feeds. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had said that the re-design will make it very easy for its users to share information .So for all facebook users its adieu to the old design and hello to the new design.

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Microsoft introduces Safer Online Environments for Children - Digital Playgrounds, Wednesday, September 10, 2008
   
 

The idea builds on the belief called "End to End Trust" that Microsoft first proposed in April at the RSA Security conference. The whole concept was produced in a paper entitled "Digital Playgrounds:Creating Safer Online Environments for Children",released by Microsoft.

The company is handling the challenge as to how to make the Internet safer for children.In addition ,this could also help adults who wish to conduct business, make transactions, and communicate with the confidence that they are interacting with people after complete verification. The major area of concern is how to include additional identity authentication without compromising the privacy of the people involved.

Report from one of the blog says,"I started thinking about how we identify people in the physical world three years ago, when my wife had a [baby] boy," Scott Charney, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Trustworthy Computing, said in a recent interview. "I was in the delivery room, and out he came, and the doctor said, 'What's his name?'"

"It occurred to me that all identity is based on social custom and derivative identity. Parents name the child, and the name is put on the birth certificate," which then becomes the irrefutable proof of that person's identity, he said. "We haven't done that on the Internet."

In order to create digital credentials,Microsoft hopes to use existing verification systems like schools who get children registered for classes , post offices which use passports for verification etc.There have been attempts earlier to create sites which were targeted at children and have not been that successful .But Microsoft assures that online sites which verify age limits would surely be very appealing to parents .

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Microsoft introduces IE8 Beta 2 with InPrivate Browsing, Monday, September 08, 2008
   
 

Microsoft has introduced Internet Explorer Beta 2 at a time when the web is being used for highly sophisticated activities on a routine basis.

Though, during the early part of the decade, the IE browser did not have many competitors, ever since Mozilla launched Firefox,Microsoft has released several versions of its browser in a fast paced manner to stabilize its market share.

With InPrivate Browsing, the users are given more control of how their personal information is being viewed and shared by others.When this option is being activated,users can maintain the privacy of browsing history on shared computers as in in Internet Cafe's or homes.

Microsoft also introduces the option of InPrivate Blocking in IE8.This provides the user the ability to control the access of third-party websites especially those that tract online behaviour.Examples of third party contents on websites include stock tickers, advertisements or weather information.To better target advertising , the third parties,who usually provide content to different pages track the individual's browsing habits.

Blocking on the other hand is a major drawback for Web Publishers and advertisers as their business model gets affected tremendously.In addition,blocking also affects measuring page views and several others statistics which the online advertising industry relies on for the success of their business.

Check out www.microsoft.com/ie8 for download and additional information.

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One Million Users for Microsoft's Workspace., Saturday, September 06, 2008
   
 

Six months after the beta launch of Microsoft's Office workspace, around one million customers have signed up for Microsoft's Office.This free tool allows users to save,work and share around 1000 documents online.

Workspace was launched in competition for Google Docs,which provides the opportunity to share your personal work with others or collaborate on a project together, irrespective of Operating System.

With Workspace Microsoft has succeded in combining its software products with online services.Highlight of workspace is that Microsoft has added 11 new languages with nearly 20 additional features .

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Surprise launch of Browser from Google.."Chrome", Tuesday, September 02, 2008
   
 

Google by launching the new open-source browser "Chrome" has entered into competition with Microsoft's IE.Through this surprise launch,Google has increased its list of applications,which is by itself very large. The main focus area of this browser is to handle applications like video clips and online games.

Statistics reveals that the main market share of Microsoft's IE is 58% followed by Firefox with 19%.In the area of search engines,Google's market share is around 64.1%.In the present scenario,seems like Google would be aiming to grab the market share in the area of browsers too.

The beta version of Chrome for Windows is already available for download.After downloading the beta version,what is eye capturing is the simplicity of the browser,plus the extraordinary feature of adding New Tabs.Well,the emblem of Google Chrome is also quite interesting.Mac and Linux users would however have to still wait for the download of their versions.

Here is how Google had revealed its launch of Chrome.A comic book was published by Google in one of the websites which keeps tracks of the company.Check this website to view the comic book http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/index.html,which provides an insight into how Google evolved to develop this browser.Google has always abided by its policy "Launch Early and Iterate".

To try out Chrome,download from http://www.google.com/chrome

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Google Map Maker in India!, Friday, August 29, 2008
   
 

Google has launched "Google Map Maker" in India , a tool through which users can add or edit businesses, institutes, apartments, parks, roads etc.This geographical content is updated immediately and can be viewed by all other users.

Though this tool,the users can view maps which extends to great depth and breadth. Google has introduced peer moderation which makes it possible for users to review the data their peers add,thus allowing map accuracy and good quality.

Dr Lalitesh Katragadda, Software Engineer and Creator of Google Map Maker said that through this tool people are empowered to share the knowledge that they know.

Well, Google is in line with the fast paced infra structure development in India,which reflects that maps would need to change very often.Check out www.google.com/mapmaker for more.

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Trace Monkey to speed up browser Mozilla's Javascript performance!, Monday, August 25, 2008
   
 

The world would be witnessing the transformation from the SpiderMonkey Javascript compiler towards the TraceMonkey Just in Time Javascript Compiler(JIT) in Firefox 3.1.The latest version of Firefox will run several Web-based applications such as Gmail faster through incorporation of TraceMonkey,a feature that dramatically speeds up programs written in JavaScript. As much of the Firefox browser itself is coded in JavaScript,and because of more demanding sites,Javscript is playing a significant role in Web Based Applications.

Mozilla's interim vice president of engineering, Mike Shaver, mentioned that the kind of JavaScript performance made possible with TraceMonkey would eventually eliminate the need for plug-ins such as Adobe's Flash and Microsoft's SilverLight to enable sites to incorporate highly interactive content like web-based graphics editors.

However to really experience this speed, net users need to wait until this year end when Firefox 3.1 will be out in the final form.

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Keep Buzzing...!, Wednesday, August 20, 2008
   
 

Yahoo Buzz, launched in February, had paved the way to display the most germane and interesting content from websites across the Internet to the homepage of Yahoo! Until now, around selective 400 publishers were allowed to add links to Yahoo Buzz.The internet user had to look for "Buzz-Up" buttons all over Yahoo and across sites on the Web, or go to buzz.yahoo.com and browse through thousands of stories to vote for their favorites.

On Tuesday, with Yahoo's announcement that the Buzz is open to the general public, things have changed dramatically .This means that anything we find on the web is now buzzable. Any webmaster is allowed to add the "Buzz Up" button to their Web site. If a reader wants to Buzz an article that does not have the Buzz button attached, they are provided with the option to submit it directly on the Yahoo Buzz Web site.Chances of an article making it to Yahoo's Home Page depends on its unique content as well as Buzz's algorithms which takes search engine popularity into account.

As the buzzed contents has a fair chance to be displayed on Yahoo's Home Page,Yahoo Buzz is definitely a preference over its competititor Digg. So keep buzzing.

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Can Wiki Search surpass all other search engines?, Sunday, August 17, 2008
   
 

First it was Cuil,who challenged the power of Google Search Engine.Now, through Wiki Search, Jimmy Wales, its founder, hopes to breakthrough the search engine market which for long has been dominated by Google, followed by Yahoo and Microsoft.

Wales says that the current search engines functions in a way that a net user is left in the dark regarding how their sites are being ranked.To overcome this ,the vision he has is to deliver an open platform search engine through Wiki Search.This principle is based on Wikipedia,an online popular encyclopedia,also founded by Jimmy Wales,in which users can post and edit entries.

At the Global Brand Forum in Singapore,he said that based on statistics in the US,90% of people use the the top 3 search engines for their search queries.This according to Wales is insufficient as the web is so wide in range that we require a broader market of competitors.
We need to wait and see if Wiki Search will turn out to be the optimal search engine of the internet.

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