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  • Google News secrets "exposed"

    Many publishers that have signed up to Google News, probably now the world's largest news aggregator, have instantly (ie results within a day) doubled their traffic. We are not talking about traffic off a low base either. That is how important Google news is as a traffic provider to organisations. So, it's with interest that I read on the Google News blog about some of the theories surrounding ranking on Google news....

  • The Douglas Merrill defection from Google, and the South African connection

    Well, well, well. It turns out that Douglas Merrill, former Google CIO, is heading off to struggling record group, EMI. It was barely two months ago that he was out here to sell the newly launched Google South Africa to the local media. Merrill received quite a bit of criticism from bloggers at the launch for being guarded. He generally came across as flat during the presentation. Now we know why. Also -- it...

  • Google not against ACAP, says CEO Eric Schmidt

    The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has now issued a press release that "welcomes Google CEO Eric Schmidt's statement supporting the aim of the Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP)". If this confuses you, then you are probably not alone. It was under a week ago, that WAN released a terse statement calling on Google "to respect the rights of content creators and embrace ACAP". It criticised Google for acting in "its own commercial self-interest"...

  • World's publishers face off against Google: It's getting ugly

    I had a feeling this would be the end result. At first there was co-operation and pleasantries exchanged between the media publishers and Google, and then it all went sour. Online publishers and newspapers appear to be heading for a face-off with search engine behemoth, Google. On Thursday, online publishers and print media in the guise of the powerful World Association of Newspapers (WAN) issued a rather terse statement, calling on Google...

  • Google SA meets the media

    Google this morning held their first ever local press briefing, from their new headquarters at Dimension Data's Campus. They brought out a heavy-hitter from Mountain View, Vice President of Engineering Douglas Merrill, to talk about the Google mission here and on the continent. Both Merrill and country head Stafford Maisie spoke passionately about the role of mobile and search and what it means for this country. It's not the first Google event we...

  • Cool Larry and Sergey Google presentation

    Spotted this interesting Google video on Stafford Masie's blog (the new local Google head). It's a relaxed, informal talk at TED on Google's philosophies around running their business and their various labs projects, with some mention of Orkut, Google News and other projects. (South Africa also gets a mention in it). It's worth a watch... var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • SA sites caught up in Google PageRank 'carnage'

    About a month ago, Google's latest pagerank updates saw a number of major international news sites, A-list bloggers and local sites have their rankings slashed. There was speculation in the international blogosphere that Google's move had to do with the legitimate practice of sites selling paid links, however this is unconfirmed as Google has yet to comment on the move. Pagerank is the formula Google uses to determine the order in which search...

  • First Google South Africa networking session kicks off

    The new Google country head Stafford Masie held an informal get together and networking session for about 60 or so local internet players on Monday afternoon. He said the briefing was off the record, but later made exceptions for bloggers. It was a good session -- the first ever held by the new Google South Africa. It was a marathon of presentations from Googlers Frederick Leuschner, Carmel Doherty, and Ryan Kitching (a South...

  • Google have stars in their eyes

    So Google is not satisfied with world domination, but wants to rule the universe too. Hey, even space shuttles need search engines. Ok, at a stretch. So it transpires that the new version of Google Earth now comes with sky imagery or a “virtual telescope”, as Google calls it. As the official Google Earth blog says: Today, I'm excited to announce we are launching Sky in Google Earth. You can now explore the universe...

  • The Search Wars: Can the Wikipedia boss take on Google?

    Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia boss, has now detailed how he plans to take on Google, the search behemoth. Google is so good and so powerful, you get the feeling that competitors are at a bit of a loss on how exactly to take the search giant on. Even Microsoft, which has never run away from a fight, appears to be at a loss. During the Browser Wars of the 90s, Microsoft famously destroyed...

  • New Google head for South Africa

    South Africa has a new Google boss. Stafford Masie, the former head of Novell South Africa and a relative unknown outside IT circles, has been appointed the new South Africa Google head, reports ITWeb and Mail & Guardian Online. It's taken them a while to find the person. The job has been advertised for over two years via the Google website. I know quite a few people -- mainly in the online media sector...

  • Google joins fray to fight global internet censorship

    Via an AP story on Wired.com Google, which hasn't in the past got too involved in government affairs and advocacy issues, is now joining the fight against the rise of web censorship worldwide. This is an interesting departure, because surely this will inevitably put Google on a collision course with the Chinese government? In the past Google has been careful not to pick a fight with strategic China which prevents users from accessing...

  • The Google plan: sell advertising everywhere

    Those clever guys at Google... they're planning to "organise the world's information", but also they should add that after organising that information, they're going to "sell advertising on all of it". And they don't just mean public information and your emails, but eventually everything -- including your personal documents and your desktop. Before you freak out, I want to ask -- is this really such a bad thing? I don't mind Google advertising... it's...

  • Is Google a monster?

    On Poynter emedia tidbits on which I am a fellow contributor, the big question is asked of the dot.com mega success story, Google: "Can someone please step up and say we're facing a monster?" It goes on, referring to the Google Youtube acquisition: "As Google continues to grow, it has shown some stripes that clash with its "don't be evil" mantra. The idea that Google will leave YouTube intact is possibly wishful thinking...

  • Court judgement pasted on Google.be homepage

    Here's something I bet you've never seen before. See this rather long court judgement from a Belgian court pasted on Google's normally-minimalist and clean site (Google Belgium). It's all a bit absurd. A rather grotty-looking Belgian newspaper website Grenz Echo took Google to court for linking to it and the court actually gave Google notice to take the links down (and publish the judgement on the site). I wish Grenz Echo luck in fading...