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Monday, September 29, 2003

Google News in Spanish

“’Google News Spain’ started, with 700 information sources. These include Spanish media (’El Mundo’, ’El País’) and American (’Clarín’ - Argentina, ’La Tercera’ - Chile).”

Weird Source in Google News

Found via Google News:

“Those computer geeks at Google have invented googlism [links to] – their website for definitions which produced this list for coffee . . .”
– Wayne Fowler, Google defines coffee as a googlism, 29/09/2003

Above is of course is wrong, since is in no way affiliated, sponsored or in any way the property of or responsibility of”.
But what exactly is Gilkatho, an Australian website which “provides coffee machines and coffee services for people who enjoy coffee” doing in Google News anyway?

Interviewed: Krishna Bharat of Google News

In Google News Creator Watches Portal Quiet Critics With ’Best News’ Webby (by Staci D. Kramer, Online Journalism Review, 2003-09-25), Krishna Bharat is interviewed. Bharat says that Google News freshness is one problem they need to face. He also says there’s no immediate plans to allow Google News personalization.
[Via Webmasterworld.]

“After Sept. 11, when all the newspapers were recording who, what, when, where – there was a big question of why. Why did this happen? What’s going to happen in the future? A lot of people were spending a lot of time looking for news, and I was one of them. All the servers were slow and it took a long time to find the content. Fundamentally, I wanted to build a tool that would automate this: Here’s a new development, let’s find all the articles that talk about this development.”
– Krishna Bharat

Google File System

I don’t quite know what this is; from the Computer Science at the University of Rochester comes this PDF describing the Google File System (GFS):

“We have designed and implemented the Google File System, a scalable distributed File system for large distributed data-intensive applications. It provides fault tolerance while running on inexpensive commodity hardware, and it delivers high aggregate performance to a large number of clients. (...)

The File system has successfully met our storage needs. It is widely deployed within Google as the storage platform for the generation and processing of data used by our service as well as research and development efforts that require large data sets. The largest cluster to date provides hundreds of terabytes of storage across thousands of disks on over a thousand machines, and it is concurrently accessed by hundreds of clients.”
– Sanjay Ghemawat, Howard Gobioff, and Shun-Tak Leung: The Google File System

[Via a Google Answers Researcher]


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