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Google: “Vista’s Desktop Search Program Anti-Trust Violation!”

Found this interesting item on Todd Bishop’s Blog. It seems the Desktop Search program which comes with Vista does not play well with Google’s own Desktop Search. Especially when the two are running simultaneously . This is causing the user’s system to slow to a crawl. Further unlike Vista’s Start-Up Sound this search feature can not be disabled. Here’s the interesting thing though, Google launched the complaint late last year but Microsoft Lawyer’s would not reveal the source of the complaint. Even in March of this year, “Plaintiffs reported that they had just received a middleware-related complaint.” But again it…

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Yahoo Maps & Fx Nightlies

While reading Wladimir Palant’s (Adblock Plus author) blog about the improvements in ad blocking with the future Firefox 2.0.0.4 build, I came across this interesting piece of information about Yahoo Maps & Fx Nightlies: Finally, Yahoo Maps uses browser sniffing that causes it to behave strangely in Firefox nightlies. To “fix” go to about:config, find the preference general.useragent.extra.firefox and replace “BonEcho” by “Firefox”. So what exactly does “behave strangely in Firefox nightlies” mean? Take a look at these screen shots below (opens a new tab) with general.useragent.extra.firefox set to: Firefox BonEcho/2.0.0.4pre I had stopped using Yahoo! Maps because it did…

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Microsoft Accusing Google of Antitrust!

Last weekend Google announced they were going to acquire online advertiser DoubleClick for a mere $3.1 billion. Also in the race to try and acquire DoubleClick was Microsoft. What could only be described as ironic, Microsoft along with AT&T are crying “Antitrust”. According to The New York Times Microsoft is claiming that the deal would “hurt competition in the fast-growing market for advertising on the Web and raise questions about how much personal information would be collected by Google.” Microsoft is usually the target of these antitrust battles, and now they find themselves on the other side. AT&T is already…

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Google TiSP (Beta) Free Broadband Service

Are you in an area where getting Broadband (or any) Internet service is a pain? Stuck with one provider who rates are going up faster than the price of a gallon of gasoline? You can get free, yes free Broadband Internet Service from Goggle. Best of all you need is a toilet. Here is the press-release on the new Google TiSP (Toilet Internet Service Provider) Service (Beta): Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service “Dark porcelain” project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet access MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1, 2007 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google TiSP…

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GMail Three Years Later

Back on April 1, 2004, Google introduced their own web based e-mail service as an beta by invitation only service. Many folks thought it would never take off, but earlier this year, it was announced: Gmail open to all… Now, to celebrate their three-year birthday GMail is proud to introduce Gmail Paper (Beta): Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email, or the digital era. What ever happened to stamps, filing cabinets, and the mailman? Well, you asked for it, and it’s here. We’re bringing it back. A New Button Now in Gmail, you can request a physical copy of…

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Gmail open to all…

Earlier this week Google announced they have opened their Gmail e-mail service to all. In the past you either had to know someone who could send you an invitation or more recently be able to receive a confirmation /activation registration code via a cell phone text message. This announcement spawned an interesting discussion on the CyberNet Forums, Gmail finally really open to everyone!!!!. It is noteworthy to point out that many people say Gmail has the best spam filter of most web based e-mail services, but now that it is open to all what is to stop spammers from creating…

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Can Google Hear Me?

I came across this amazing story earlier today on CyberNet. Aaron Stanton has this novel idea (which he has not disclosed to us the reader, yet) which he is sure Google is going to love. Since 2003 he has thought about flying out to Mountain View, California to the Googleplex to present the idea. He has come close many times, but has always backed out at the last second. Finally this past Sunday, February 11th he made the trip to California. He brought along his video camera, laptop and the presentation for his idea in multiple formats (Mac, Windows, and…

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A Blog Search Engine?

Okay, I admit I am still relatively new (started in May) to this whole blogging thing. I will also admit, I never gave much thought to a Blog Search Engine until I came across these articles; The State of Blog Search Engines: Depressing as well as Google Blog Search Surpasses Technorati. So this got me thinking, “What is the difference between a normal and a blog search engine”. Okay other than the obvious, a blog search engine only searches blogs. But doesn’t a normal search engine search blogs as well? Further how does a blog search engine only search blogs?…

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Alt Predictions 2007

Not your ordinary or boring predictions, Wired News columnist Lore Sjöberg goes out on a limb. Predictions include New RIAA Lawsuits, Nintendo Wii & Aliens, images from Mars, Nokia’s newest ‘do everything’ (sort of) cellphone, and more…including my personal favorite prediction, this one about Google: “After another round of acquisitions, including MySpace, Flickr, Yelp and Barry’s Totally Awesome Whitesnake Tribute Page, Google runs out of websites to buy. It decides accordingly to acquire itself for an unprecedented $10.4 billion in stock. “Google is the leader in search and a strong competitor in several other online venues,” says a Google spokesman….

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Is Google Secure?

I get a lot of flack from folks when I tell them I use Yahoo’s web ‘features’ (mail, calendar, maps, etc) instead of Google. Frankly, I don’t trust Google there are just too many ‘incidents’ involving Google and security. There has been a couple “leaks” about their GDrive code named Platypus online data-storage client. On Wednesday, Techcrunch posted this eye-opening article: Google: Security Mishaps and User Trust. Google pushing their “office strategy” is wanting businesses and individuals to use Google servers to store their documents. “The fact that unauthorized document access is a simple password guess or government “request” away…

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