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Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs to Manage Google IPO

Google Inc. hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to arrange its initial public offering, a sale that may raise as much as $4 billion, a banker involved in the transaction said.

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs will lead a group of underwriters that includes Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse First Boston, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Thomas Weisel Partners LLC and WR Hambrecht + Co., two bankers in the sale said. They spoke on condition they not be named.

The sale by Google, the world's most used Internet search engine, would be the biggest IPO since CIT Group Inc.'s $4.87 billion deal in July 2002. It ``will certainly be the deal of the year,'' said Sanford Robertson, who founded San Francisco-based investment bank Robertson, Stephens & Co. before starting private- equity firm Francisco Partners LP.

About a third of Mountain View, California-based Google may be sold in the IPO, giving the company a market value of about $12 billion, the bankers said. The company will probably register the shares for sale with the Securities and Exchange Commission this month and sell them by April, they said. Full Release

Meanwhile.... http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "Google's new engineering facility in INDIA
Although the Internet has made the world a small neighborhood - it is interesting to imagine the VAST social and economic shifts that my occur as a result."

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If You Haven't Read Enough About the Google IPO

stevenb writes "The impending IPO of Google stock has generated a fair amount of press. Add to it this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer (1/4/04). They sent staff reporter Andrew Maykuth to Silicon Valley to gauge the impact that the IPO is likely to have on stimulating the Valley's economy. The article indicates that business is picking up, and that Google, E-Bay and a few other technology firms are generating a renewal of the economy. Read more at:
philly.com"

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Combing the Internet for Google Alternatives

Pete writes "BBC contributor Bill Thompson says here
'Having made it my New Year resolution to break my addiction to Google and get better at searching the web, I have spent the last couple of weeks looking at the state of search and alternative places to go.'" Thompson says that his area of research is super current, and that books and libraries are not options.

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Is Google good for you?

Technology analyst Bill Thompson wonders why he cannot stay away from Google, even though he has his doubts about it, in This BBC Piece.
He says google is now the equivalent of programmes on ITV, there solely to attract eyeballs for advertisers.

"Perhaps it is simply that Google has become the Coke of the web. Sweet, available everywhere, and the first choice of the consumer.

The fine wines and elegant cordials are still available, of course, but Coke outsells them all, just as Google outranks other, more refined, search tools."

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Adding New Dimensions to your Search

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "*

Those who search frequently for a living may find their jobs immensely easier by taking advantage of these FREE accessories and tools.

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Google is now including Book Excerpts

search-engines-web.com/ writes "Now Google is including excerpts from Books in it's
Natural Relevancy SERPs... This is slightly different from Amazon's full-page results...

Incidentally, Amazon with it's "server-side-scripting" has been having it's listings in virtally all competative Google Results

This is the latest in a number of esoteric additions to Google search, now the
option of tracking Federal Express and United Parcel Service packages is being offered on it's Web site, more at print.google.com"

Google Updates: Stemming

The Search Engine Guy writes "Google is now using "Stemming" in it's search engine results pages. This will make it easier to get wider and more relevant results for queries. It will not be necessary to add "s" or "ing" etc.This is the latest algorithmic change - the last one was allowing "Synonym" searching with the "`" before word one wanted synonyms for to be included in a search."

It doesn't appear to happen with all searches, but take a look at your results and you might notice. searchengineshowdown.com and searchenginewatch.com have some more info.

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Google this, pal!

Fang-Face writes "April fools seems to have come twice this year. A Newsday article reprinted at Truthout.org reports that the George Bush Jr. was google bombed. This is a process by which a number of people conspire to use a keyword or phrase heavily on their pages and linking back to the target's home page. The keyword in this case was "miserable failure". Quote the article:

"I thought it was absolutely one of the funniest ideas I've ever heard," said Don Waller, owner of Don Waller Interactive, a Web design company in Islip Terrace and a blogger who joined the prank in late October. "I just decided to jump in with it." "This is just one of those spontaneous things that a blogger will post something and other bloggers will say, 'This is a great idea.'"

Obviously, this Don Waller and his cell of treasonous conspirators are wrong-wing pinko sympathizers. The Big Brother loving drone will not read this story, of course, under penalty of being branded the same."

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Microsoft vs. Google Redux

An Anonymous Patron suggested we were too harsh in our criticism of MSN, and we need to re-visit the Microsoft/Google issue with the following.

If you go to the msn.com site, you will indeed find 440 pages listed for the search term "Linux". At the top of that list, however, you will find a number of sub-searches.

Click on "all topics".

Click on "United Linux".

msn.com now reports 725,405 pages. (Many of the other sub-searches also involve very long hit lists.) Google reports 2,010,000 pages for the same search, but keep in mind that Google has a larger database. Anonymous Patron says unitedlinux.com was at the top, while only msn lists www.linux.com (3rd) on the first page of responses. My results were very different for this search.

Anonymous Patron has more below.

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Why Microsoft wants to buy - then trash - Google

Interesting little Letter Of The Day that says Microsoft really, really wants Google. It wants Google for one reason, namely, to strip it naked and to castrate it.
Microsoft wants to put an end to people being able to use the power of Google, especially as to the way that we all can use Google as a tool which makes the Internet particularly useful in helping us all to get through our days without depending on Microsoft.

Here's an exercise for all to try. Search Google for Linux Windows That gets you about 14 million pages, even with the English preference or filter turned on. Now, got to msn.com and search the Microsoft way for the same two words. You get exactly 18 pages. The word censorship doesn't seem to do justice to what Microsoft has done to a msn user who wants to compare Linux with Windows, does it?

Here's another exercise. Search msn for Linux. Note that the third item returned is tech.msn.com and that the page no longer exists. The fourth item deals with this topic "Alternatives to Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP Learn about the Microsoft alternatives and how to move to them from open source products."

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