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Pete writes "Webpronews.com has this story:Where, yesterday, May 18, 2004, saw the announcement of Lycos Europe offering its paid members 1 gigabyte worth of email storage, while Yahoo announced similar updates last week."It appears that these competitors may to rethink their new strategy. Apparently, some users of Gmail have found that their 1 gigabyte worth of storage has increased to 1 TERABYTE. That's 1000 times the amount of the current storage rate (1 gig = 1000MB; 1 terabyte = 1000GB).This news has not been confirmed by Google, but, several Gmail users have noticed this increase. A letter to the editor of WebProNews from Alan Townsend commented on Gmail's apparent storage increase: "My Gmail account still showing 1,000,000 MB this morning!"
EWeek confirms today that this was a glitch:
But the appearance of the "1000000 MB" ticker at the bottom of their Gmail inboxes was no more than a system bug that Google Inc. is working to fix, the company confirmed Wednesday.
"That in fact was a bug," spokesman Nathan Tyler said. "We're working to fix it. Gmail offers users 1 gigabyte of storage.
http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "It is very easy to lose one's innocence and ideals once the harsh realities of "going public" sink-in, already the Greed seeps out of the woodwork - is this an Omen of things to come for Google...http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&tab =wn&q=google+stock+fraud"
mdoneil writes "Google has some fun features that may be unfamiliar to many. Package tracking, visual flight tracking, vehicle identificaiton numbers, aircraft tail numbers and more. Eager-beavers.com (which really is not a dirty site) has the scoop."
This Declan McCullagh story, from News.com.com, describes several cases in which judges used Google searches to support their ruling opinions. The incidents range from testing whether 'Johnny's sauce' is too common a phrase to be copyrighted to researching the effects of secondhand smoke on children. Another one that struck me was a court's decision that a Sri Lankan film maker who claimed to be famous must not be, since his name returned no hits in a Google search.
http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "Google Tests New E-mail GroupsOn the heels of filing to go public, Google Inc. on Wednesday began testing a new e-mail list service as the company continues to expand beyond basic Web search
Google to sell banner ads. Search engine giant Google plans for the first time to sell ads that include images, a surprise reversal for a company that has won regard for its pioneering use of text-only marketing pitches and for keeping its home page religiously free of banner advertising"
search engine web writes "This One Says in documents filed for its upcoming stock offering, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have committed themselves to establishing a company foundation that they say could have an even greater global influence than their wildly popular search-engine Web site. The Google Foundation could potentially provide hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable causes."
Google's social networking site, Orkut has been unavailable off and on since yesterday, possibly for upgrades to prevent data mining of members' personal information. One non-Google website allows users to trace Orkut member connections on a US map using data scraped from the site. The map interface is based on older data and rumor has it that "Orkut police" stopped the mining. Reports from WebProNews.com and SearchEngineWatch.com.
If you're not yet sick of reading about the big Google IPO, here's a few of the better stories out there. One of the more interesting is This One from the NTimes, which includes the Letter From the Founders that was included with the filing. In short, the NYTimes says Google is doing everything they can to fight the shortcomings of going public.
ITWorld Says the IPO could provide a boost for other technology companies seeking to raise public funds. cbs.marketwatch.com says the innovative ways in which they will come to market won't make Google's stock a good investment.
Other coverage at Contra Costa Times, CNET, Reuters, and, of course, Wired who says Google execs have a profound contempt for Wall Street types.
And finally, From CNN, It may sound strange, but a company in the bluest of blue states may play a big role in helping to return President Bush to office this fall.
CNN/Money Reports Google registered for a $2.7 billion initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.
In the filing, Google said that it generated revenues of $961.9 million in 2003 and reported a net profit of $106.5 million. Sales rose 177 percent from a year ago although earnings increased by just 6 percent.