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The New York Times reports that, earlier this week, Microsoft made a $1.2 Billion bid for Fast Search and Transfer, a search software company based in Oslo Norway. The company is not a competitor in the consumer search market at present, but rather they are specialist in the search technology used inside companies and government agencies to cull information from documents, databases and software...

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Google has announced on their Webmaster Central Blog that they have now introduced Video Sitemaps support. In our effort to help users search all the world's public videos, the Google Video team joined the Sitemaps folks to introduce Video Sitemaps—an extension of the Sitemap Protocol that helps make your videos more searchable via Google Video Search. By submitting this video-specific Sitemap in addition to your standard...

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It’s rare these days to run a research-related search query on Google and not find the first one or two results to be related or exact Wikipedia pages on the topic. This is because Wikipedia is theoretically exactly what Google loves – the site is enormous (try over 26 million pages indexed as an estimate), it’s trusted user-generated content and the site has hundreds of thousands of links to it both from those who rip its content and those who link out to extra information – content ripping would make up the bulk of them I’d speculate.

Wikipedia is a not-for-profit website, however, as reported on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Google is now working on a new Internet encyclopedia that will consist of material submitted by people who want to be identified as experts – and possibly profit from their knowledge. Submissions to what Google is calling “Knol” (short for Unit of Knowledge) are by invitation only at this stage during the testing phase, however eventually it is planned to allow anyone to make submissions.

Amongst a swarm of articles regarding the privacy issues of social networking sites and new advertising models, 17 people, as well as a Canadian company that owns a portfolio of adult sites are being sued by Facebook for attempting to mine user-details off members profiles on the popular social networking site. The claim is that servers under the control of the Canadian company were used...

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In this article from earlier this year Todd Friesen from Range Online Media discusses 5 metrics you can use to track the success of your search engine optimisation campaign. He uses a Simpsons episode as an analogy of clients being afraid and confused by SEO and struggling to come to grips with the benefits, as aside from profits it can sometimes be hard to determine...

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InfoWorld reported on Monday that social networking site for professionals, LinkedIn, has announced that it will open its doors for developers to build applications for the site to help make it more interactive. Along with this update they have also released a beta version of a redesigned home page, as well as signing a deal with BusinessWeek magazine to provide a content feed that will show news stories on LinkedIn users’ profiles that are related to their companies, as well as highlight other stories their colleagues are reading

As posted on The Hollywood Reporter Google's YouTube has announced that it is expanding its Partners Program, a project first launched in May that lets users who upload videos to the site share in revenue created from their content. The service, that monetises videos through semi-transparent overlay ads and banner ads, was invite only for the first few months but is now open to any user...

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Last night was Google Australia’s Christmas party for their clients and Irene, Gary and myself went along for the event. I must admit that as we came off the harbour bridge I could see a giant ferris wheel in the same direction as the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour (the venue for the shindig) – this got me excited! But alas it was just a coincidence that it was setup outside the entry to the gardens. I figured if it was organised by Google they’d have plastered it with logos so my hopes were dashed as we got closer.

The latest innovation from the team at Google Maps, among a flurry of other announced features, is "My Location" that uses fancy-pants triangulation between mobile phone transmission towers to help you find yourself on a google map by browsing the web from your phone (to within a certain approximated area that is - but hey it's still pretty nifty!). The service is in Beta testing currently....

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