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posted in July 2008

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Google Plans Venture Capital Fund
News  |  7/31/2008
The company's VC arm will be led by David Drummond, Google's senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer.
Google Acquires Omniso
Commentary  |  7/30/2008
Google, via the YouTube blog, on Wednesday said that it has purchased Omniso, a California-based social video startup.
Amazon Offers Online Payment Service For E-Commerce Sites
News  |  7/30/2008
Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay will compete with PayPal and Google Checkout for a piece of the online payments pie.
British Hacker Loses Extradition Appeal
News  |  7/30/2008
UFO fanatic Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking into 97 U.S. military computer systems in 2001 and 2002 and may face as many as 70 years in a U.S. prison.
Google Should Take Privacy Lessons From Cuil
Commentary  |  7/29/2008
Google can rest easy, at least for the time being. Cuil, the search startup that debuted on Monday, is no Google-killer. Judging by the dismissive comments left by those reading InformationWeek's coverage, Cuil was more of a danger to itself than any other company, thanks to downtime and poor performance on both a tec
Apple's Safari Vulnerable To 'Cross-Site Cooking'
News  |  7/29/2008
Attacks making use of this vulnerability have not yet been reported and Apple has not yet addressed the flaw.
Virgin Galactic Unveils WhiteKnightTwo
News  |  7/28/2008
The carrier aircraft, expected to lift the SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket into suborbital space, has a 140-foot wingspan.
Facebook Hires Mozilla Engineering VP Mike Schroepfer
News  |  7/28/2008
Schroepfer brings with him years of experience as CTO of Sun's data center automation business, not to mention his role overseeing the launches of Firefox 1.5, 2, and 3.
Cuil Challenges Google With Privacy
News  |  7/28/2008
Founded by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson, Cuil aims to rank the relevancy search results by content analysis rather than by popularity.
Microsoft's Answer To Google's PageRank Algorithm: Less Privacy?
News  |  7/25/2008
BrowseRank, Microsoft claims, can deliver better search results by measuring user behavior, including where users go and the amount of time they remain at those pages.
Google Index Reaches 1 Trillion URLs
Commentary  |  7/25/2008
Three years after Google declared that its index was three times larger than any other search engine and then declined to cite a specific number to support that claim, it was widely believed that Google had tired of index one-upmanship and that it would no longer be measuring its index.
Get Ready For Google Gadget Malware
News  |  7/25/2008
At Black Hat, RSnake is expected to demonstrate a zero-day vulnerability that allows for information theft, spoofing, and authentication issues.
Google Wants You To Be Your Own ISP
News  |  7/24/2008
Vint Cerf slams the telecoms, which aren't happy that bits have been commoditized and would like to shape industry regulations to help them to get back in the services game.
Fugitive 'Spam King' Found Dead With Family
News  |  7/24/2008
Davidson reportedly forced his wife to help him leave the minimum-security federal prison in Colorado where he was serving time for his role in spam scams.
Google + Digg?
Commentary  |  7/23/2008
Google is about to acquire Digg, or so says Michael Arrington of TechCrunch.
Google's Answer To Wikipedia, Knol, Launches
News  |  7/23/2008
Knol's means of encouragement is Google's AdSense program, which will let verified subscribers generate income from the articles they've authored.
Google's Patents At Risk?
Commentary  |  7/22/2008
A provocatively titled post at the Patently-O blog, The Death of Google's Patents, by John F. Duffy, suggests that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's narrowing view of patentable innovation may invalidate some of Google's patents, not to mention patents held by IBM, Microsoft, and other companies with software patents.
GM, Power Companies Join To Make Plug-In Vehicles Work
News  |  7/22/2008
The automaker wants to be leading the pack when electric cars reach the nation's roads.
Georgian President's Web Site Attacked
News  |  7/21/2008
The politically oriented DDoS attack seems to have originated from Russian hackers, according to a volunteer security watchdog organization.
The iPhone Is The New Gaming Platform
Commentary  |  7/21/2008
In a post on Monday, Om Malik asks, "Is iPhone The New Gaming Platform?" I think the answer is yes. I expect it will run the Nintendo DS out of town.
Google Reinforces Its Russian Front With Ad Company Acquisition
News  |  7/18/2008
The deal to buy ZAO Begun, a Russian contextual advertising service, marks Google's first publicly disclosed acquisition since last October.
Google Sued For Domain Parking (Again)
Commentary  |  7/17/2008
Google has been sued for the second time in less than a week for selling low-quality ads on parked domains.
Google Revenue Growth Slows
News  |  7/17/2008
Net income for the second quarter of 2008 was $1.25 billion, down from $1.31 billion in the first quarter of 2008.
Google Gmail And Calendar Will Soon Run Offline
Commentary  |  7/17/2008
Within six weeks, Google Gmail and Google Calendar will be Google Gears-enabled, meaning that they'll run offline.
Google De-Automates Addition of Gmail Contacts
News  |  7/17/2008
Google's decision to change the way Gmail gathers contacts is an acknowledgment that automation must be balanced by human oversight.
Tech Companies Join To Fight Information Overload
Commentary  |  7/16/2008
The companies that created the information revolution appear to be having second thoughts. Xerox on Tuesday said it has joined with Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, and other tech companies to fight information overload.
Google, Yahoo, And 'The International Scientology Crime Syndicate'
Commentary  |  7/16/2008
What do Google, Yahoo, and The Church of Scientology have in question? They're among the dozens named as defendants in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in a Florida federal court.
Gmail Privacy Hole Shows User Names
News  |  7/16/2008
Sharing a Google Calendar with another Gmail user can expose the first name and last name that the recipient of the shared calendar supplied to set up a Gmail account.
Ads Come To Boarding Passes
Commentary  |  7/15/2008
There are many ways air travel could be improved. Putting ads on passengers' boarding passes isn't one of the ways that comes to mind.
Blizzard Wins Big Legal Victory Upholding Software License Rules
News  |  7/15/2008
The Blizzard decision, if allowed to stand, could diminish consumers' already limited ownership rights over the software they buy.
Google Gadget Tries To Transcribe What Politicians Say
News  |  7/15/2008
The Google Elections Video Search gadget uses speech recognition to transcribed and index speeches by politicians and others.
Google Sued For Selling Ads On Parked Domains
News  |  7/15/2008
A class-action lawsuit alleges that Google committed fraud, business code violations, and unjust enrichment by selling ads that were unlikely to generate conversions.
Google Gets Together With Radiohead
Commentary  |  7/14/2008
Google and Radiohead have joined together to release a new music video for "House of Cards," a song from Radiohead's recent album, In Rainbows.
Google And Microsoft Spar Over Yahoo Ad Deal
News  |  7/14/2008
The two tech giants trade statements ahead of today's Congressional hearing on the Google's advertising pact with Yahoo.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Celebrates Google
Commentary  |  7/11/2008
On Thursday evening, Google threw open the doors of its San Francisco office to members of the media and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Though Google's San Francisco office has been open for months, the dust has cleared and Google wanted to celebrate.
Former HP Exec Pleads Guilty To Stealing IBM Secrets
News  |  7/11/2008
Atul Malhotra is scheduled to be sentenced in October and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
Apple's Bungled iPhone 2.0 Software Update Comes With 13 Security Fixes
News  |  7/11/2008
iPhone users who manage to update their phones should be more secure from potential threats.
Apple Overwhelmed By iPhone 2.0 Update
Commentary  |  7/11/2008
Apple knew its iPhone 2.0 software would be popular. Nonetheless, iPhone users trying to install the update have overwhelmed Apple's servers, leaving lots of unhappy iPhone users.
Google Is Watching, Perhaps Soon In Your Home
News  |  7/10/2008
Researchers propose gathering personal data by tracking people's activities at home through home network interactions.
Mobile Social Computing To Bridge An Ethnic Divide
News  |  7/10/2008
Local language versions of the Glide Web-based mobile application suite help fuel CEO Donald Leka hopes of connecting those who can barely afford a PC.
Google Mobile Search App Debuts At iPhone App Store
Commentary  |  7/10/2008
Google is among the many developers introducing iPhone applications through Apple's iTunes App Store. On Thursday, the search company introduced Google Mobile App, a free dedicated search application for the iPhone.
Yahoo Wants You To Build Your Own Search Service
News  |  7/10/2008
BOSS removes many of the usage restrictions on Yahoo's search APIs, encouraging developers to create "credible alternatives to Yahoo and Google."
Google Claims Progress In Selling YouTube Ads
News  |  7/9/2008
Google says it is testing new ideas on YouTube and still learning what what works and what work when it comes to ads.
Google Launches Virtual World Called 'Lively'
News  |  7/9/2008
Lively feels more like a Google Talk-powered chat room with 3-D camera controls than an immersive environment like Second Life.
Google Offers Tool To Monitor Gmail Activity
News  |  7/8/2008
The information Google provides includes the Gmail user's type of access (browser, mobile, POP3), IP address, date, and time.
Google Releases 'Protocol Buffers' Data Language
News  |  7/7/2008
Google's documentation claims that Protocol Buffers are 3 to 10 times smaller than comparable XML files and can be parsed 20 to 100 times faster.
YouTube Users Vent Anger In Anti-Viacom Videos
News  |  7/7/2008
The video-sharing site's users are calling for a boycott of the media giant following reports that it will view log data to prove its copyright case against Google.
Google's Turn As 'Privacy Defender' In Viacom Suit Only Partly Credible
News  |  7/7/2008
The tension in Google's simultaneous desire to collect the world's data while protecting the world's privacy can be seen in YouTube's user fight.
Pigs Fly: Google Adds Privacy Link To Home Page
Commentary  |  7/3/2008
Last month, a handful of privacy groups urged Google to add a link to its privacy policy on its home page, in accordance with California law. Google said it interpreted the law differently.
Google Talk Revamped For Apple's iPhone
News  |  7/3/2008
In order to accommodate the restrictions that Apple placed on iPhone apps to conserve system resources, this version of Google Talk shuts down if you launch another application.
Google-Yahoo Deal Faces Justice Department Review
News  |  7/2/2008
When the deal was announced, Google and Yahoo said they had agreed to delay it for three months to allow the Department of Justice time to review the arrangement.
Google Drops the Ball on Data Portability
Commentary  |  7/1/2008
Google is all for data portability, unless it threatens the company's dominance of online advertising.
Apple, Steve Jobs, Executives, Board, Sued For Securities Fraud
News  |  7/1/2008
The 105-page complaint seeks to recoup billions in lost share value after Apple's admission of executive compensation though the backdating of stock option grants.
Older Versions Of Firefox, IE Put 45% Of All Internet Users At Risk
News  |  7/1/2008
Firefox 2 is considered to be the most secure Web browser because 83.3% of its users worldwide are running the most current version.

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