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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Google Talk: Minor Update

Henrique Gusso informed me Google silently updated Google Talk from version to If you spot any differences, let us know in the comments.

Google Print Ads

CNet reports Google has been expanding its AdWords business into the offline world. How did they do it? They’ve bought ad pages in technology mags, like PC Magazine or Maximum PC; they then split up those pages into smaller portions (quarter or fifths, at the moment), and resell those. (If anyone has a scan of those ads, I’d be happy to show them off here!) [Via Danny Sullivan.]

Update: A web site of what Google made available for print is available.

SEO Book in WSJ

The story of Aaron Wall, who’s being sued by an SEO company over comments at his blog (also advertised to the right here), continues to unfold in the Wall Street Journal.

The Onion on Google’s Destruction Plan

Online satire magazine The Onion says, Google Announces Plan To Destroy All Information It Can’t Index.

“Our users want the world to be as simple, clean, and accessible as the Google home page itself,” said Google CEO Eric Schmidt at a press conference held in their corporate offices. “Soon, it will be.” (...)

“Book burning is just the beginning,” said Google co-founder Larry Page. “This fall, we’ll unveil Google Sound, which will record and index all the noise on Earth. Is your baby sleeping soundly? Does your high-school sweetheart still talk about you? Google will have the answers.”

Google Groups Results Included In Web Search

Robert Gale of the Welsh View blog got a Google Groups result at the bottom of a normal web search – see the screenshot. This seems to be an experimental or personalized feature, as it can’t always be reproduced searching for [sql server date settings].

Reasons For Launching Google Talk

Joseph Laszlo lists the top 5 reasons why Google launched Google Talk... (number 5: Larry and Sergey got tired of yelling across the office at one another). [Via Nathan.]


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