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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Suggest Gmail Features

Google allows you to suggest features for Gmail. Among the list of options are such things as...

[Thanks Keith of GSpy!]

Google Downtime Measured

Pingdom has measured the uptimes of various popular websites. It turns out that Google was down for 7 minutes this year so far, a downtime of 0.00540123332% according to Nathan Weinberg’s calculations. Pingdom says Yahoo fared better with a 0 minutes downtime, and MSN did worse at 2 hours 45 minutes. (Of course, this is just a single point of view: from Germany, you actually weren’t able to reach Google for some hours already this year due to a domain ownership change!) Legend tells that when Google is down for more than 10 minutes in a given year, the universe will implode and we’ll have to start over.

[Thanks David Hetfield!]

Stupid Ad

It’s no secret that sometimes, minimalist ads attract our attention far more effectively than crowded ads with a longer message. Above ad to the left doesn’t even have a “sales pitch,” but it still got the attention of Sean, who sent it along. The link points to pop-under infested I don’t know what they gain paying for these ads, but somehow the advertiser must feel it’s worth the investment!

Google Earth Darfur Layer

Google and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum joined together to release a Google Earth layer [KMZ] visualizing the destruction in Darfur. From Google’s press release:

[Crisis in Darfur] enables more than 200 million Google Earth mapping service users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur. The Museum has assembled content – photographs, data and eyewitness testimony – from a number of sources

The AP cites a United Nations estimate by which “more than 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in four years of carnage” in Darfur.

[Thanks Search-Engines-Web!]

Google and Maxthon?

TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington writes:

Multiple sources are confirming that the Chinese/Israeli startup behind the Maxthon Browser has sold a minority stake to Google. The total investment size is rumored to be around $1 million. We are also hearing that this investment is part of a “much larger strategic deal” between the two companies.

Maxthon has had over 80 million downloads of its browser, and over half of its users are in China. Maxthon-originated searches may account for up to 25% of total Baidu traffic, according to one source.

[Thanks Pd!]

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