Top 10 little known Google functions

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. (which really is not a dirty site) has the scoop."


Legal opinions sometimes use Google searches as evidence

This Declan McCullagh story, from, 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.


GOOGLE - Latest Updates 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"


Google Starts Blogging

ClickZ News Says giant Google has launched a business blog to communicate with the public about "new technology, hot issues, and the wide world of search.", doesn't have much yet.


Google Founders Plan Company Foundation

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 Orkut Experiencing Privacy Problems

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 and


All The Google IPO News You Can Take

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. 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.


Google files for $2.7 billion IPO

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.


What can't you find on Google? Vital statistics

An Anonymous Patron writes The Observer has this story on Google.

"The computing engine that powers Google is the largest cluster of Linux servers in the history of the world. One university presentation, for example, claimed that Google handled 150 million queries a day, and 1,000 per second at peak times. They also claim to have '4+ petabytes' of disk storage, and have let slip that each server is fitted with two 80 gigabyte hard drives. Now a petabyte is 10 to the power of 15 bytes, so if Google had only 10,000 servers, that would come to 400 Gb per server."


Google changing Algorithms addressing HATE SITES

SEO writes "Because of a recent controversy regarding Google SERPs,Google will seek to change it's Algorithms to eliminate HATE SITES.Google Story Here. Search engine Google has received praise from the Anti-Defamation League for responding to the result rankings of extremist websites. The issue comes from, an Anti-Semitic site, being the top search result for the keyword "Jew".In a letter to ADL, Google President Sergey Brin apologized to users who found the search results for the word "Jew" upsetting and promised to work for a solution that would satisfy ADL's concerns and those of users offended by the #1 ranking of an anti-Semitic Web site."We are extremely pleased that Google has heard our concerns and those of its users about the offensive nature of some search results and the unusually high ranking of peddlers of bigotry and anti-Semitism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Google has shown great responsiveness to this issue and a willingness to consider changes to better identify extremist Web sites, so that users can still have the benefit of Google's unique search technology while being alerted when they are about to enter into a hate zone.""



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