Factiva chief: Google not a threat

An Anonymous Patron writes "Here's An Interesting NYTImes piece on Factiva. Factiva's top executive has dismissed suggestions that the company's paid search services are under threat from high-profile free rivals such as Google. She says that while it was useful for generic information, news access required a more sophisticated approach. One restriction on a service such as Google News, which claims to index more than 4,500 news sites, is that it can't provide access to articles on subscription sites."


Google bans sale of gmail accounts

Steffers writes "This article from cnet gives the new user policy from Google for their gmail users which prohibits the sale or trading of accounts."


Is "open sourced" Google - a possibility

Placement Ranking Positioning writes "News on some interesting moves at google:"There have been a lot of conversations in the company in the past two months about (how) . . . it's time for us to give something back. So our technical director, Craig Silverstein, has started a project to look at all the Google code and start figuring out what parts of it we want to give back," Rosing said."I'm not saying we're going to open-source Google, because that would be a little dumb when we have these Microsoft guys making noise," he said, referring to the practice of giving away the raw computer instructions to a software program.He says it isn't fair for Google to draw smart people from all over the world and "just keep it all for ourselves".


Precious G-mail - Pleading, Trading, Buying, Swapping

http::// "this link to makes news in virtually everything it does, but G-Mail is so hot a commodity - and so unattainable that sites are now up that offer surfers a chance to plead, trade, buy etc...Cuurent G-Mail Beta users can only be invited, but it does seem to have had an effect on Yahoo which now has just increased its free email to 100mb."


Interview - Inside the Google search machine

Search Engine Optimization writes "A BBC Story on Matt Cutts. If anyone knows how to get their webpage to top Google's search results it is Matt Cutts.Google: Best known for its search pageMr Cutts is one of a team at Google who help webmasters and website creators tweak their pages to ensure they are properly indexed by the search engine.
Although Google's senior technology folk have filed papers about how it does what it does, it has been reluctant to say just how many servers it owns and operates.

The estimates of how many machines it has in its datacentres range from 10,000 to 80,000.

This concentration of computer power could be addressing more than 6,000 terabytes of data. "


nigritude ultramarine Global Spam Google Contest writes "nigritude ultramarineYou want link popularity - you got link popularityIt appears there is a universal contest among Webmasters and Search engine Promotion Pros to get sites on the top of Google and Yaboo for "nigritude ultramarine" it is one way of testing exactly how much backwards hyperlinked text counts in Google's Algorithms (shades of the "jewwatch" controversy) However, this contest seems to have taken a life of it's own and continues to gain world-wide momentum!"



Google deluxe is now in beta.
MoreGoogle adds cool features such as site preview images, site ranking indicators, satistics and the fabulous Open-in-New-Window-button to Google. And that's just the beginning. Check out


Goothics: Google Ethics

search engines web writes "Google had quietly put togther an unpublicized ethics committee to evaluate it's actions -because of it's world-wide influence. 2 stories of interest, The BBC and The Register.However - ironically - Google is involved in several high-profile lawsuits over it's Advertising policies and proceedures. Stories at The Telegraphand CNET"


Sites to Try when Google Fails

This piece from features advice from Gary Price and Tara Calishain about beefing up internet search skills and strategies. Despite their quest for world domination, Google is, apparently, not always the best choice for a search. I have to admit that I'd not run across Tara's site, Research Buzz, but was delighted to find a post about where to find information on Jamaican and Caribbean food.


Google is NOT offering 1 terabyte of storage

Pete writes " 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.



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