Answers Corp snapped up Dictionary.com – and the accompanying Thesaurus.com and Reference.com, all as part of a Lexico Publishing Group acquisition – for 100 million bucks. Dictionary.com was the site linked from Google’s search results query definitions a while ago (in the top right, if the word is found), and Answers.com is what Google uses since January 2005. According to Answer.com’s press release, Lexico at this time receives three times more page views than Answers.com (even though they’re not linked from Google’s definition feature anymore). While Answers.com announced cross-promotion between the sites, they also state that they’ll keep all properties live as stand-alone services.
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In cooperation with Threadless.com, Google donates an iPhone (among other prizes) to a winning design for their Gmail shirt competition. Your job? To “submit a design that you think embodies the Gmail personality most.” You can submit up to 3 designs until the contest deadline, August 16 2007.
Not satisfied with the themes options iGoogle offers by default? Niraj Sanghvi created a little gadget that adds colors to your iGoogle homepage. “It has a list of preset options in a dropdown, or you can choose to specify your own hex value, and it can be used for multiple tabs too,” Niraj says.
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