Websites Collect GMail Invites For Soldiers

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "From the Altruism Department: Whether you support the war or not, these men and women need our help. Far from home, they miss their families and loved ones. A simple message from home is priceless. While free email providers are an answer, many of the free services lack the account storage space to allow for pictures, movies, and sounds from home to be sent. GMail with its 1Gig of storage is a solution to this problem. Unfortunately GMail accounts are by invite only. To deal with this minor problem, two websites have been set up to allow you to send GMail invites to the troops: and . Check out these articles from Jennifer Laycock at and Wil Wheaton at for more information."


Happy Birthday Google - Are you starting 1st Grade?

Search Guy writes from the
Google History Page:

On September 7, 1998, Google Inc. opened its door in Menlo Park, California. The door came with a remote control, as it was attached to the garage of a friend who sublet space to the new corporation's staff of three. The office offered several big advantages, including a washer and dryer and a hot tub. It also provided a parking space for the first employee hired by the new company: Craig Silverstein, now Google's director of technology.

Already, still in beta, was answering 10,000 search queries each day. The press began to take notice of the upstart website with the relevant search results, and articles extolling Google appeared in USA TODAY and Le Monde. That December, PC Magazine named Google one of its Top 100 Web Sites and Search Engines for 1998. Google was moving up in the world.

My how time flies...


Google founders discuss libraries with Playboy; Resource Shelf responds

robg writes "In a recent interview with Playboy magazine, available in full-text at (and distributed as this morning's Library Link of the Day), Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page discuss, among other things, libraries.

While they generally said positive things about libraries, Page remarked that Internet users can "read information from many sources and decide", whereas libraries don't have "all" the information, "and not necessarily the most up-to-date"....

In response, Resource Shelf has some great comments for the 'Google Guys'."


Yahoo Google Settle Legal Dispute

Internet search giant Google will give rival Yahoo stock potentially worth more than $300 million to settle a long-standing patent lawsuit, the companies said Monday.
The settlement removes what was seen as a minor legal impediment to Google's upcoming and controversial initial public offering.

The dispute concerns patents for online advertising technology. Read More.


California sues Google & Yahoo over ads writes "a new page in the ongoing saga of Google...

Google and Yahoo! sued for 'illegal gambling ads'
Some gambling ads on Google, Yahoo! and other major websites are illegal in California, according to a new lawsuit.The 60-page filing, presented in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that the companies sell rights to web advertisements based on searches for terms such as "illegal gambling," "internet gambling" and "California gambling."The online businesses also use geotracking software to target particular regions, including California, for illegal gambling ads, according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit demands that the companies stop accepting the advertisements and give California "millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains," said attorney Ira Rothken, one of several attorneys from firms involved in the class-action lawsuit.



College Students Prefer Google Over The Library - Again

stevenj writes "I like to collect these stories in the event I need some documentation for faculty or administrators to provide evidence of the natural gravitation students have to Google - that it's a national trend. It can certainly help to justify the need for information literacy programming. This one, from the Portales News Tribune is what you've grown accustomed to reading. A few librarians and a faculty member point out the hazards of using only Google and no library. This one doesn't even get a few of the standard "no one needs a library anymore" quotes from students. Read it at:
Portales News Tribune."


August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web

AP writes "A Dispatch From The Future where Google - which is now the world's largest single online marketplace - used "the Semantic Web" bury Amazon and Ebay. The Semantic Web isn't about pages and links, it's about relationships between things - whether one thing is a part of another, or how much a thing costs, or when it happened."


Google Sets IPO Between $108-$135 a Share

Reuters Reports Google Inc., the world's No. 1 Web search provider, said on Monday it will sell about 24.6 million shares for an estimated price of between $108 and $135 per shares in a planned initial public offering.


Google Updates Toolbar - BROWSE BY WORDS instead of URLs

search-engines-web individual writes "Google updated its toolbar yesterday to allow surfers the option of typing in names instead of URLs to go to the most likely site. The new feature is aptly called Browse By Name . Have a look-see right here."


Google Buys an Online Photo Manager

In an attempt to stay ahead of the competition, Google has bought Picasa, and will soon be offering a service to consumers that will allow them to display and share photos online. Competitors Yahoo and MSN are adding services in order to keep up with Google. "Picasa's product 'complements Google's ongoing mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible, said Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's vice president for product management." Read More. [requires registration]



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