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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Yahoo Video

See this video on Yahoo: Past, present and future (“Yahoo chiefs Terry Semel and Jerry Yang talk to author and columnist Kara Swisher in front of a large crowd at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco”, March 2, 2004).

SERPs Competition Sites Have High PR

Interesting – most of the sites taking part in the SERPs competition now have PageRanks of 5 or 6.

Tool Knows Your PageRank

I wonder how they do it – this PageRank tool lets you enter a URL and tells the Google PageRank assigned to it. E.g. it worked with, showing 6/10... the same value I also see using the Google toolbar.

Google News With Wrong Images

Dr. Web points to the Google News Germany headline which read “German and Dutch Killed in Iraq” while showing a photo of Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher.


The new Umlaut-and-other-special-characters-Domains are available and many are already registered. Like www.göö or www.göö

Be aware that when you run Internet Explorer, by default it doesn’t understand how to handle Umlaut-Domains. However VeriSign will ask you to install a browser-extension to resolve those domains. Installing it will also give you some dubious stuff you didn’t ask for (like Outlook plug-ins, or changed address bar functionality), with no easy way to remove it afterwards.

Now what is the use of domains like “Göögle"?

Possible New “Google” Domains

The new characters are [ä ö ü é è á à ú ù ê â û ô ó ò í ì î] and [ß] (which will be resolved to “ss”). Here are some possible variants of (these are not all possibilities):
www.gö - www.gö - www.goö - www.goö - www.gö - goögle - googlé - göoglé - goöglè - gööglê - gôôgle - göógle - gòògle - ...

The German "ß"

The German "ß" ("sharp s", as we call it) is a bit of an exception. Though entering it is supported it will actually lead to "ss". The german "ß" character closely resembles the upper-case "B". (This is why in German language, if you have an all-upper-case word or sentence, you replace "ß" with "ss" as well, e.g. "Großbuchstaben” turns to “GROSSBUCHSTABEN”).
This situation again can be a hacker’s friend: manipulate users to click on “eß” in an email and they will end up at “”, potentially without noticing. If “” was a hacker’s homepage, it could be styled to look like eBay and collect user passwords.


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