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Monday, August 14, 2006

Google Sketchup for Star Trek Convention

Google urges sci-fi fans to design their own futuristic 3D settings of “an alien’s visit to earth” with SketchUp, tag them with “scifi”, and upload them to the 3D Warehouse. Google will showcase selected designs at the 5th Annual Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Make it so. [Via Google System.]

YouTube vs Google Video

Ionut of Google System discusses why YouTube beats Google Video (at least at the moment).

Google Checkout PHP Kit

PhpGCheckout is a toolkit for PHP programmers to work with the Google Checkout API. [Via Google Code.]

MSN Left Behind Searching for "HTTP"

When you search for http, both Google and Yahoo return the relevant World Wide Web consortium page covering the HyperText Transfer Protocol. Ask also returns a page defining HTTP on top. Only MSN fails this test, and wants to send you to..., the site featuring “premium ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, and Italian sorbets.” [Thanks Harsha.]

Google Code Jam 2006

Google invites top programmers to compete in the annual Google Code Jam. Registrations open today. “The top 100 contestants win an all expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the finals at Google’s New York Engineering Office,” Google announced. The grand prize is 10,000 bucks. [Thanks Corsin and Manoj.]

Anonymous Searching

Still shocked by the AOL data leak? Amit Agarwal gives some tips on how to stop Google from recording your search habits. But don’t forget they read your emails too if you use Gmail...

"Google App" Domains

Google continues buying domains like there’s no tomorrow... this time, with a focus on “Google Apps” or “Google AP” (as in “application”, or “Associated Press"?).

Google Analytics Gadget

This Google Desktop plug-in displays your traffic in (almost) real-time. [Thanks Chris.]

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Blogger

Iran’s president now has a blog, a couple of sources report. I only get garbage when I translate this with Google (apparently, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his first post talks about his tough yet successful childhood and youth), but the timing probably means the world is not going to end on August 22.

Update: I removed the link based on comments. If you think you’re safe, the URL is


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