On Easter Sunday, Google is honoring the birthday of the late labor organizer Cesar Chavez by placing a Chavez portrait within the middle “o” of the Google logo that appears on the homepage of the popular search engine.
While Google frequently decorates its logo to celebrate various holidays and special events, it is unclear why the company chose specifically to honor Chavez’s birthday, instead of Easter Sunday.
Chavez co-founded the organization now [...]
March 20, 2013
A website designed to draw attention to a new technological development by Internet search giantGoogle is going viral, thanks in large part to a growing wave of concern over personal privacy.
The site, called StopTheCyborgs.org, was established “in response to the Google Glass project and other technology trends. The aim of the movement is to stop a future in which privacy is impossible and corporate control total,” say developers [...]
Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why
Despite the 6.5% stock market rally over the last three months, a handful of billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and fast.
Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft [...]
The Telegraph reports that Yahoo and Facebook are talking about teaming up on their own search engine.
This would be a smart strategic move for both companies. It could also drive billions of dollars to both companies’ bottom lines.
And it would finally allow the world to create a strong No. 2 to the Google search juggernaut, which would be excellent for consumers, marketers, and third-party distribution partners alike.
We’ll run through some numbers below. But [...]
As by far the world’s most popular search engine, Google might seem like the ideal venue for advertising from big business. But the web giant’s biggest advertiser is not in fact a multinational company, but a university.
The private, for-profit University of Phoenix was Google’s top customer over the last quarter, beating out finance and retail firms as it spent nearly $200,000 a day on AdWords.
The surprising revelation came as an [...]
Google shares dropped nearly 10 percent over the course of two days, wiping out more than $24 billion from the company’s value
Plunge in share prices followed weak earnings report showing a 20 percent decline in profits compared to the same quarter last year
Analysts say the drop in earnings is driven by a an advertising problem that will continue to worsen for Google
As Google suffers a catastrophic nose-dive in its market [...]
Google Inc. GOOG -0.05% said its search engine would begin to penalize websites suspected of improperly posting copyrighted material, a gesture meant to succor media companies that have long complained about the issue.
In a post Friday on Google’s blog, Amit Singhal, a top search executive, said Google’s Web “search algorithms,” which determine how websites are ranked in search results, would now take into account the number of valid copyright removal notices that Google receives [...]
EU can fine Google up to 10% of global revenue
Google’s global ad revenue estimated to be $485BN
‘Last chance’ to settle claims over promoting its advertising services over smaller rivals
Search giant also under spotlight over concerns about Android
Google CEO Larry Page; The European Union’s antitrust chief gave Google a ‘last chance’ of a few weeks to avoid formal charges for manipulating search results to promote Google services
Google has been ordered by [...]
When one searches for “Homer,” Google gets confused. Does it refer to the cartoon character? The Greek epic poet? The fishing town in Alaska?
The search engine spits back a list of blue links with information about all three, and displays images of Homer Simpson’s bald yellow noggin, side by side with marble busts of the famous poet. Diving into the details about the cartoon, town or ancient Greek requires [...]
General Motors has pulled $10 million in ads from Facebook because they just didn’t work, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Dennis K. Berman,
Berman, the Journal’s Marketplace editor, wrote on Twitter:
“GM has pulled its $10 million advertising campaign from Facebook. Why? The ads didn’t work.”
UPDATE: GM will continue to use Facebook’s free media to promote its brands, the WSJ reported. The $10 million was the entirety of GM’s Facebook ad budget, the Journal noted.
GM is the first major [...]
Google and other search engines have a First Amendment right to sort or even censor search rankings as they like, according to a legal analysis Google commissioned from a law professor.
Search engine companies are no different from traditional news media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN or the Drudge Report and therefore merit the same constitutional protections, according to UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh in a recent report.
“[S]earch engines select and [...]
If Google knows precisely what you want, it will answer you on the page
Google has built up an ‘encyclopedia’ of 200 million people, places and products, and will deliver that information through Search
As of today, Google Search does not just direct you to the best website, it tries to answer your answers right there on the search results page.
Type in ‘Mona Lisa’, and a biography appears right on the page [...]
AFP - US government telecom regulators have ended an investigation into Google’s “Street View” online mapping service gathering data from private wireless hotspots.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) enforcement bureau on Friday called for Google to pay a $25,000 penalty for stalling the probe but said that it could not accuse the Internet giant of breaking US law.
“We worked in good faith to answer the FCC’s questions throughout the inquiry, and we’re [...]
Facebook is said to be working on an upgraded version of its search engine – a move which would put it in even closer competition with Google
Facebook is quietly working on a technology that might make Google nervous – a new, upgraded version of the site’s search engine.
The move could give web users a new way to find content – ‘steered’ by the huge amount of information Facebook stores on [...]
Google on Wednesday began letting people get monthly reports summarizing what they have been up to at the Internet titan’s free online services.
A freshly-added feature keeps people posted on patterns at Gmail,YouTube, online search and other Google venues visited while signed into their user accounts with the California-based company.
“Sometimes it’s helpful to step back and take stock of what you’re doing online,” Google product manager Andreas Tuerk said in a blog post announcing [...]
Internet search giant Google (GOOG) may seek to ring-up profits by replacing the standard ring tone most callers hear with paid advertisements.
While some mobile phone users customize their phones so callers hear music rather than a ringing sound while waiting for a person to pick up the phone, most do not.
Now companies are looking to make money off that “dead air” by replacing the ring with paid advertising.
Ring-back ads are a novel [...]
March 9, 2012
Despite mounting concerns about privacy following the recent consolidation of about 70 or so policies, Google is far and away the dominant search engine. As a part of its Internet and American Life Project, Pew on Friday released a report about search engines, putting Google at the top of the heap, used by 83 percent of those polled by the organization.
To gather its results, Pew conducted phone interviews with 2,253 [...]
Google will soon know far more about who you are, what you read and where you go on the Web
January 25, 2012
The Web giant announced Tuesday that it plans to follow the activities of users across nearly all of its ubiquitous sites, including YouTube, Gmail and its leading search engine.
Google has already been collecting some of this information. But for the first time, it is combining data across its Web sites to stitch [...]
A Google search for Santorum has generated some inappropriate results since gay columnist Dan Savage organized an online campaign to link graphic sexual terms to the socially conservative senator’s name.
Now, the Republican presidential candidate says he’s convinced Google could do something to remedy the issue, if the company wanted to.
“I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get [...]
By AMIR EFRATI And THOMAS CATAN
Three Internet companies—Nextag Inc., Yelp Inc. and Expedia Inc.—are gearing up to attack Google Inc. on Capitol Hill, claiming the company is taking new profits for itself by unfairly punishing them on its search engine.
In a preview of Wednesday’s Senate antitrust hearing on whether Google abuses its dominance on the Web, representatives of the sites—which help people search for information on consumer [...]
Google confirmed on Friday that the Federal Trade Commission had opened an antitrust investigation into its core search and advertising business.
The inquiry has the potential to turn into the biggest showdown between the United States government and a major technology company since the Microsoft antitrust trial that began in the late 1990s.
In a regulatory filing, Google said that a day earlier it had “received a subpoena and [...]
Talk about overbuild.
Faded Malls Leave Cities In The Lurch (June 8 ,2011)
“American cities, long reliant on sales-tax revenue from retailers to support municipal budgets, are facing a harsh reckoning as the era of the shopping center as municipal cash cow appears to be at an end… The vacancy rate has reached 9.1% for malls, the most since 1990, and 10.9% for smaller, [...]
Oh, Google. Hate to do this again, but you really need to lock up these partners and get your PR in order.
A week after we got a pitch from a partner NFC company all-but-confirming that Google’s New York City event would be about their mobile payment system (Google Wallet), another partner has reached out ahead of another announcement. This time, an email seemingly confirms that Google is going to launch [...]
Imagine seeing every single one of your Grandpa’s Google searches.
Well, Twitter user @oldmansearch is supposedly an 81-year-old man who thinks that Twitter is Google, and his “searches” are quickly turning him into a pretty popular tweeter.
My dad is 81 years old. I’m teaching him how to use the internet. I told him twitter was how to search things on Google. These tweets are what he’s [...]
When oil prices skyrocket, there are ripple effects that go far beyond cutting into your spending money and making Las Vegas seem like a less attractive weekend getaway (for people who like that kind of thing). High prices at the pump can also make your fryolator a prime source of income, cause you to spend more time online, and make your motorcycle a target for thieves.
NEW YORK — Google won’t be the only Internet search engine facing new restrictions next week when The New York Times begins charging for unlimited access to its website.
The newspaper will limit Web surfers coming from all major search engines. Initially, the Times planned to impose a daily limit of five free articles on traffic sent by Google Inc.’s search engine, the industry leader. [...]
Google Inc. is penalizing Overstock.com Inc. in its search results after the retailer ran afoul of Google policies that prohibit companies from artificially boosting their ranking in the Internet giant’s search engine.
Overstock’s pages had recently ranked near the top of results for dozens of common searches, including “vacuum cleaners” and “laptop computers.” But links to Overstock on Tuesday dropped to the fifth or sixth [...]
One of my friend in China told me that google is still censoring in it’s HK-base site, google.hk!
“Overnight in China, Google started redirecting users of its mainland Chinese search engine Google.cn to the uncensored, Hong Kong-based Google.com.hk, presenting a challenge to ChinaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s control of the Internet. “
It is just a LIE!!!
When you search for “Ã¤Â¸ÂÃ¥â€ºÂ½Ã¤ÂºÂºÃ¦ÂÆ’” (Chinese civil rights). Here is the result: The page doesn’t exist.
When you search [...]