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  • 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...

  • Where are users looking on my webpage?

    Have a look at this Google "heat map" that I took from www.google.com/adsense/tips. It shows, according to Google, the locations on your website that users tend to focus on. Google uses this as a guide to show you where you should position Adsense on your site -- or any other kind of advert for that matter... or if you don't like adverts just put important content there. It...

  • Why we love and hate Google

    net savvy Why we love and hate Google Local online publishers need to keep an eye on Google Publishers love and hate the world’s biggest search engine. Google is getting bigger and scarier everyday, or as Wired magazine puts it, going from “guerrilla startup to 800-pound gorilla”. Now that Google appears to be making a beeline for this continent, local publishers need to keep an eye on the search monster’s...