Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Themes at the Gmail Blog - a Bit of Humor on Design

Read this for some nice humor.

Five new themes - Official Gmail Blog: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Google Has New Localized "at" Arrow in Search Quiver

Google has new "at" arrow in its search quiver.

Try e.g. these search phrases in Google search, no quotation marks:

Megaliths at
Mosel wine at

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Drag images into messages - Official Gmail Blog

Gmail has a new blockbuster feature: Drag images into messages, which, however, at the moment only works with Google Chrome.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Google Has a New Look : What's Up?

Helen Walters at Bloomberg writes about How Google Got Its New Look.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Google Bookmarks Gets Public and Private Lists, Collaboration Tools

Frederic Lardinois writes that Google Bookmarks Gets Public and Private Lists, Collaboration Tools.

Internet Censorship in China

The Censorship Battles between Google and China continues as the BBC writes in China condemns decision by Google to lift censorship.

Read in this regard
Internet Censorship in China
by the Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center, which writes:
"Foreign visitors in China frequently complain to me that they could not access certain websites during their stay in China. Indeed, certain news websites, websites related to certain religious organizations (most of them are illegal in China), as well as some pornographic websites are inaccessible from China. Surprisingly enough, our website, the website of Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center at is also blocked by the Chinese government. (Through our recent efforts, the site has been unblocked by the Chinese government. Currently, we are offering the service to unblock your website from China)

In a well researched paper titled 'Documentation of Internet Filtering Worldwide' by Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman from Harvard Law School tested approximately two hundred thousand websites by dial-up link and through proxy servers in China. From May 2002 through November 2002, 19,032 websites rendered inaccessible. These sites contained information about news, politics, health, commerce, and entertainment. Please visit for details."
If I ran Google search, I would - just to give the Chinese a taste of their own medicine - block all pages that have anything to do with China - for let us say a month, just to teach them a lesson. Some people do not learn any other way.

China, Google and Search Censorship Battle Continues

BBC News - China condemns decision by Google to lift censorship

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Google YouTube Auto-Captions by Google's Speech Technology

Google YouTube Auto-Captions:
posted by Olga Kharif at Business Week, March 05, 2010
by Guest Blogger Suzanne Robitaille
"Ah, video and search. Frank Sinatra said it best: Try, try, try to separate them – it’s an illusion. Here’s proof of that: Speech Technology. This week, Google sealed the deal on video search capabilities for its YouTube portal, saying it would provide auto-captions for all of its uploaded videos using proprietary Google’s Speech Technology."
Read the full posting here.

Friday, March 05, 2010

The Antithesis of Justice : Criminal Convictions in Italy of Google Execs Point to Flaws in European Union (EU) Law

We posted about this absurd case previously at LawPundit.

Struan Robertson, editor of, writes on March 3, 2010 in Google convictions reveal two flaws in EU law, not just Italian law inter alia as follows regarding the inexcusable criminal convictions of Google execs - made in absentia in Italy - for alleged untimely takedown of criminally offending video material posted online by youthful criminals in Italy and totally unknown to Google execs at the time for which their criminal conviction for non-action applies:
"Web hosts are unfairly exposed all across the EU and two legal changes are needed....

Problem 1: An unreasonable caveat to safe harbour....

Problem 2: We don't know enough about notice and takedown...."
Read the whole posting here.

Robertson in our opinion in focusing on the ill-drafted EU laws and on the shambles of law in Italy is much too lax with the misguided officials in Italy and with the responsible lawmakers in the European Union, all of whom are much more directly at fault than Google for the appearance of the offending video.

Why have government officials in Italy and the EU not instituted effective procedures in their own law enforcement systems to timely catch criminal postings in their areas of jurisdiction - AS IS THEIR JOB, rather than putting the entire onus of "policing" on Google or other online providers. Why should Google be more effective in catching criminals than THE government institutions are - it is not Google's line of business at all.

Everyone always wants to put the blame on the other guy, rather than honestly shouldering their true part of the blame themselves. Policing is a responsibility of government institutions and not of Google. Maybe nations and communities should not have 90% of their officers playing cops and robbers with normal citizens for minor things like traffic violations etc. - and should direct more of the attention of their own State employees to combatting real crime. Now - THAT would be a major change.

If the purpose of Italy's convictions is to seek scapegoats, which the guilty often do to ward culpability away from themselves, it would be equally logical to issue criminal convictions for all those in Italy and the EU responsible for what happened in the instant video case, and we would not stop at judges, legislators and officials, but would also include the teachers and parents of the criminals, who were unable to keep the offenders from doing their offensive acts. Google is at the end of a very long chain of societal and legal blunders and errors which create criminal offenders to begin with.

As it now stands, the people FURTHEST REMOVED from the actual criminal video activity have been held criminally responsible rather than those CLOSEST to it. How convenient for all of the institutions involved, whose members via overinflated salaries are all stuffing their pockets with taxpayer monies but of course disclaiming any responsibility themselves for the state of affairs in their own jurisdiction. Some distant executive from a far-away jurisdiction will be picked to shoulder the blame - a blame which ITALY and the EU rightly should share among themselves.

That is not a miscarriage of justice. It is the ANTITHESIS of justice.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Google Buzz Launched for Gmail, Google's Mail

Official Gmail Blog
February 9, 2010
"Today, we're launching Google Buzz, a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting and share updates, photos, videos and more. Buzz is built right into Gmail, so there's nothing to set up — you're automatically following the people you email and chat with the most."

Friday, February 05, 2010

Google calls time on Blogger FTP • The Register

Google calls time on Blogger FTP • The Register
"Google will no longer allow FTP publishing on its Blogger service beginning March 26....

Google is building a migration tool for current FTP users [which] will be ready the week of February 22. Google is also providing a blog dedicated to educating users on the migration from FTP to [Google Blogger Custom Domain] hosted blogs...."

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks | Privacy Digest

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks | Privacy Digest

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Google Maps Mania: Google Map of the World's Art

Google Maps Mania: Google Map of the World's Art
"An unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, mashups and tools being influenced by Google Maps.

GeocodedArt is a new website that is busy mapping the world's fine art paintings. The geocodedArt database contains over 1,000 images of identifiable places all over the world."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Google ices Android launches in China • The Register

Google ices Android launches in China • The Register

The Chinese are making a huge mistake in the manner that they are handling Google in China. We originally thought that China would simply ignore the issue via the well-known Oriental inscrutability, but the systematic attacks on Google systems from within China - where nothing like that happens without government sanction - are stupidly poisoning the world technology atmosphere - greatly to China's detriment. We thought the Chinese were smarter than that.

AdSense for Feeds: Socializing your feed with Twitter

AdSense for Feeds: Socializing your feed with Twitter
"We're now taking our distribution and analytics a step further by enabling the ability to automatically publish the feed items that meet your criteria to Twitter, using the Google URL shortener at"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Google-China showdown may alter tech game

Google-China showdown may alter tech game:
"The Google-China flap has already reignited the debate over global censorship, reinvigorating human rights groups drawing attention to abuses in the country and prompting U.S. politicians to take a hard look at trade relations. The Obama administration issued statements of support for Google, and members of Congress are pushing to revive a bill banning U.S. tech companies from working with governments that digitally spy on their citizens."

Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show | Threat Level |

Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show | Threat Level |
"Google announced Tuesday that it had been the target of a “highly sophisticated” and coordinated hack attack against its corporate network. It said the hackers had stolen intellectual property and sought access to the Gmail accounts of human rights activists. The attack originated from China, the company said."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Google threatens to pull out of China - Telegraph

Google threatens to pull out of China - Telegraph

January 13, 2009 by Malcolm Moore in Shanghai and Peter Foster in Beijing:
"Google, the internet search engine, has said it is ready to close down its business and quit China because of the country's increasing censorship."
But do the Chinese care?

Google Docs Becomes Google ‘Any File’ as Cloud Wars Heat Up | Epicenter |

Google Docs Becomes Google ‘Any File’ as Cloud Wars Heat Up | Epicenter |
Ryan Singel writes:

"Google is now offering a small virtual hard drive in the cloud so you can access all sorts of files anywhere — the latest salvo in an arms race to become the dominant player in cloud services.

As with many Google initiatives, this one may be deceptively modest: When it is completely rolled out, Google Docs will accept uploads of any kind of file — not just text and spreadsheets. That move heightens their competition with Microsoft, and takes on Apple and a number of small startups in the business of creating backup and storage space on remote servers."

Monday, January 11, 2010

Search Engine Stats : Google, Yahoo, MSN, Bing

Three PPC Predictions For 2010 | PPC Without Pity
"An August 2009 study by Search Engine Watch indicates that Google gets about 65% of total searches, Yahoo gets 15%, and MSN/Bing gets about 10%. Looking exclusively at PPC market share, a Rimm-Kaufmann group blog in March 2009 shows that Google dominates with 80% of PPC market share, while Yahoo gets about 15% and MSN/Bing lags with only about 5%."

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