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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Gmail now open to the public

With the relase of Google Talk earlier yesterday, Google finally released Gmail, it's email service to the public. But not like your regular email accounts that you go and sign-up for. If you want to get Gmail without being invited by a current Gmail user, you can send yourself a Gmail invite through SMS also known as text-messaging.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Google Talk

Google Talk is now out! And I got to admit, this is a great IM client. It's nice simple and light weight. I like the CALL feature the most. You can call and talk to your buddies. Sound quality is great like the other person is sitting right next to you. Anybody want to TALK?

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Google Desktop 2

Google is putting it's second version of their desktop tool used for searching PC
hard drives and the Internet. This new udate gives the program a new look and
adds tools that deliver personalized information based on a user's web surfing habits.

Google Desktop 2, available Monday, August 22, 2005 as a public beta test is sure to be
as successful, if not more than Google Desktop 1.0.

It also offers the ability to encrypt — or scramble — the index to protect it from being read by unauthorized parties.

Matt Cutts - Googler

Matt Cutts is a software engineer at Google. He has a VERY informitive blog here.
I've already picked upon some good pieces of information here. Check Matt's blog out.

Google Site Maps

This one here Google should have been came out with, but I'm glad it's finally here. Google Sitemaps allows you to submit your sitemap in XML form for the googlebot spiders to index. This service is in it's beta stage, but Google's beta products are usually always pretty reliable, stable and dependable. Since you have to submit your site in XML form, this will help create more sitemaps for websites and help to make web searching more organized. Google Site Maps also tells you how to create your XML file if you don't already have one.

One of the best features in my opinion, is that Google Site Maps allows you to re-submit your site automatically with a click. This is useful for whenever you update your site and want the Googlebots to re-index your site.

I've started using this already and can tell that it is a great service. I have two sites that I can re-submit for re-indexing at ANY time. Nice move Google.

GoogleCity Forums

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Google Video

As a part of Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, the internet's most successful internet search company has introduced Google Video in it's beta stage. As one of the latest services introduced by Google, this particular one allows users to search TV and video files of their choice. An option in the preferences allows users to configure Google Video to display program channels and times for their U.S. zip code.

A few advantages:
  • commercial free
  • watch at your leisure
  • watch from your browser; no hardware to buy
  • view videos or broadcasts that were previously inaccessible

With Google Video you can select from Google's archive of television broadcasts and programs, whether you have missed it, or simply want to watch it again. Of course Google built their great search technology into this new service allowing users to search the show's title, text descriptions and closed captioning for results that coincide with the search terms, all right there from within your browser.

In addition to the stations and video clips that are indexed, Google has even started accepting user-submitted content from their Video Upload program. So if you have a video you want the world to see (and you own the rights), SUBMIT IT TO GOOGLE VIDEO! By the way, there is an approval process so for you exhibitionists out there, keep your self-made home porn to yourself. :) The approval process can be tracked through your account. Your video also has to meet their technical requirements as well as comply with their policy guidelines. More can be read from fall of the Saddam statue. I think this is a great accomplishment for Google once Google video is in it's prime. So go ahead and check it out and install Google Video Viewer.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Google to Sell Over $4 billion in Stock

Google has just recently announced that it plans on selling 14.8 million shares allowing the internet search giant to create a $4.2 billion increase in money on hand. This move alone will make Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin billionaires.
What Google plans to do with all of this money is unclear at this point. But according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange commission, some of the proceeds will go to "complementary businesses'' and acquisitions that have not yet been shared.

Let's take a look at some possibilities that Google could have in mind.

1. Expanding overseas - this has been on Google's agenda for a while now since it's competitors have been doing the same thing. GOOGLE CHINA is a prime example of this.

2. Stay ahead of the competition - Yahoo made an announcement that is Google says they don't believe. But if it is true than indexing over 20 billion Web documents will definitely give Yahoo a slight advantage over Google. If true, Yahoo now has more pages to advertise their ads on and compared to Google, Yahoo would have two and a half times as many pages at that.

3. Increase workforce - Google increased it's workforce last quarter by 20%. That's a huge increase which quite naturally tells you that Google is expanding.

4. 1 Year Anniversary of IPO - or could it be that Google had this plan because this the first anniversary of their initial public offering.

5. Acquisitions - There's know doubt in my mind that Google will be gobbling up more companies here and there like their recent purchase of Android Inc. as well as their earlier acquisition of Dodgeball.

I still remember the day when Google stock went public a year ago. My friend Dan and I were talking about and commenting on how we should get some Google stock. Now we're both kicking ourselves in the a**! At that point all we had to do was spend $85 for each share. At the time of this posting Google stock (GOOG) is listed at $279.40 per share. If we would even have only bought 10 shares at $850 today we would be able to cash them in for a total of $2794.00 making a profit of $1944 on only 10 shares!

I know one thing, Google is up to something. They have a gameplan that hey are starting to act upon which includes expanding operations and expenditures. Keep your eyes open for more from Google in the next few months.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Google to provide national internet access???

Google is trying to take over the world. I'm convinced. In San Francisco, Google has provided a free Wi-Fi spot to whoever wants to use it. Could this be the beginning of the National Broadband Network that has been rumored to be in the works for Google? Very interesting to say the least.

GoogleNet! I can see it now. You may ask why would Google do this - that is provide FREE internet access to everyone? And how? It's really quite simple once you look at the bigger picture.

This "hotspot" that is providing free WiFi access from Google was created by a San Francisco based start-up company called FEEVA. It has been noted that FEEVA is working on providing more free hotspots in other major metropolitan areas across the United States such as Washington, Miami, Atlanta and New York.

So why would a start-up company reach out to cities that are located across the country when they have only done one in their own state in which they conduct business? Let me re-iterate: Feeva and Google ARE currently working together. Might I also add that Feeva has created the technology to advertise to a user's EXACT location. This line was taken from Google's "Our Philosphy" which they have on their Corporate Information Page.

Over the past year, Google has been buying up miles and miles of unused fiber-optic cable lines all over the US. These acquisitions have involved companies such as Cogent Communications, WilTel and AboveNet just to name a few. Now may I ask, "What the hell does Google plan on doing with this? And why? Ladies and Gentleman, here comes your answer.

If Google were to create their own internet access network, even thought it seems like this would cost Google MORE money, in all actuality it means more revenue coming in for Google. As of right now, Google does not have it's own ISP, so they have to utilize the service of a 3rd party to gain access. Sometimes Google pays as much as $60 per MB at a web searcher's request for information. As Google introduces more and more services, the cost for this rises more as Google's customers are downloading more and using more bandwidth. So the price that Google pays to their ISP continues to rise. Now by building their own network, Google can eliminate this cost and not have to pay anything out of their pocket to ANY ISP.

That's not all. The bigger picture: the more internet access that Google provides, the more of their ads are displayed on consumer's PCs. So that's EVEN MORE revenue coming in since Internet access would be increased exponentially. Google will receive more revenue from the services they provide such as Adwords and Adsense.

So, would this benefit Google? Most definitely? As for a National Broadband Network - Houston we have a go.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Google and iTunes?


So it seems as if Apple and Google are trying to come to terms of an agreement. Keep your fingers crossed. Because when it comes to the subject of software, Apple has been known to not want to do any business with lots of companies (but not all). Mr. Jobs remains tight around the throat about that. Well, I couldn't help but notice Troy Wolverton of TheStreet.com has already reported on it on August 12, 2005. About.com also published an article about this. But what exactly could this alliance mean? How likely is it? Let's take a closer look at that...

It make not seem like it, but this could be the collision of two giants (in their own fields that is) for the benefit of the public internet. Google, the world's leading search mogul, has the ability to reach millions and millions of computer users. Apple, with their iTunes product, is the nation's leading online music store. This means that music downloads (legal of course) could be made available to a really, large internet audience; not even comparable to the already large audience that iTunes has already reached. This says a lot considering the fact that Apple and iTunes are already at the top of their own perspective catergory.

Now we all know that Google, as well as Apple, has a very tight-lipped policy about talking to the public with regards to upcoming future projects,rumors, and speculation. Spokespersons for both Apple and Google have denied comment when questioned about this particular collaboration. Hmmmm....if I'm not mistaken...I think 1+1=2, unless my grade school math teacher taught me wrong.

Apple already has a partnership with Yahoo, Google's rival. Yahoo Audio Search is still in it's beta stage, so it's relatively new. Google and Apple already have a partnership going: A discount of Google's AdWords service for signed iTunes labels. Maybe this makes it slighty more possible. Of course, Google wants to be the best in every catergory they are involved in; it only makes more sense to step up to the plate when their rival(s) achieve something in an area Google hasn't dabbed in yet. I'm almost willing to bet that this will work out successfully.

Geico vs. Google AdSense

A U.S. District Court is giving Google and insurance company Geico the chance to settle their differences out of court. Geico is upset about the fact that Google is selling their trademark to advertisers.

The court ruled against Google for the use of selling Geico's trademarks. Geico also sued Yahoo! over this exact same issue a while ago, but the two settled their differences out of court.

Truthfully, I think I have to take sides with Geico on this one. A competitor can set it up to have "Progressive Insurance" ads added in search results of a surfer looking for Geico services (and vice versa) if that is their choice. I've seen it happen many times before in my searches. (Not anymore though. I don't see ANY ads anymore when I search thanks to a Mozilla plug-in that I use. More on that later).

In my opinion, I think that this is like a cheap shot aimed at the customers of competitors to lure them away only because of the fact that they are online searching for services of their direct competitors. Does this breach Geico's rights? That question was answered on August 8, 2005 when a judge ruled that this actually is a breach of the insurance firm’s trade mark rights.

So now Google and Geico have thirty days to work this mess out. And what will come of this. First, there will likely be a revision to Google's AdSense Policies. This case could likely encourage others to take the exact same action unless those changes to AdSense's policies are significant.

Sorry Google, good idea...but bAdWords. :)


In related news, Yahoo is taking Google AdSense on directly with their new beta version of Yahoo Publisher Network. This new service allows you to:


  • Generate additional revenue from your site. Display ads related to the content on your site. You'll earn revenue from qualified clicks.
  • Take advantage of Yahoo! Publisher tools, services and programs. Integrate other Yahoo! services into your web site, including Add to My Yahoo! (RSS), Y!Q and much more to come...
  • Help shape what Yahoo! offers the publishing community. This beta program is just the beginning. Our mission is to deliver products and services based on the needs of the publishing community.

Hmmmm.....this could get interesting here. How will Google feel and re-act to this? Will they not allow their users to publish AdSense ads on pages that contain Yahoo Publishing Network ads? Google already has a clause in their AdSense policies that states "....you may not specify Google ads as your alternate ads." As well as this.... "We do not permit Google ads or search boxes accessing Google search services to be published on web pages that also contain what could be considered competing ads or services." And they state more on services that "mimic" AdSense ads. I'm sure we haven't heard the end of this one yet.....

Friday, August 12, 2005

GMail Default Email Program / Start Menu

This is a nice little hack that I found. It enables you to make GMail your default email program on your PC. It also replaces the email shortcut in your WinXP Start Menu to point at your GMail account.

Note: This hack involves editing your Windows registry which could cause serious problems if your not sure of what you are doing. To be on the safe side you should create a System Restore point before attempting.

Copy and paste the code below into a notepad (or any text editor):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Google GMail]
@="Google GMail"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Google GMail\shell]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Google GMail\shell\open]
@="Google GMail"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Google GMail\shell\open\command]
@="rundll32.exe url.dll,FileProtocolHandler http://www.gmail.com"
Save the file as "anytext.reg" using the filename of your choice in place of "anytext". Now navigate to the file you just created. Double click on it or Right Click and than click on merge.
Now click on an empty part of your taskbar and click on Properties. Click on the "Customize" button under the Start Menu Tab. Where it says "Show on Start Menu" go to the Email: check this box and make sure it is ticked. Next in the Email drop down box open the drop box and click on Google GMail. Click OK. Click Apply Changes (or OK) in the remaining window and VOILA!

Google & China



Google's next takeover attempt: CHINA. I have to admit, this is a very smart and strategic move considering the fact that China has the 2nd most Internet users next to the U.S. I think Google had this planned a long time ago though. I know alot of you have been keeping up with the Microsoft vs. Google Battle #769: Dr. Kai-Fu Lee (picture on the left). Though it's still going through legal procedures and not finished in court, I believe that this is a great chance for Google to try and pull one over Microsoft's head. I mean, think about it: What does Google have to lose? ------- And Microsoft? What do they have to lose? Well nothing much except for their highest ranking offical that's been swied from under their nose to date. Here is a copy of the complaint that was filed in court in the state of Washington - Formal Complaint.

And now....now Google has taken the China invasion a step further, and have aquired 3 new partners, all of whom are China based companies. These companies are now authorized re-sellers for Google Ad-words as of Tuesday (8/9/05).

Google is on it's way to establishing it's market in China. And even though I have a business degree, you don't need one to know that China is nothing but an untapped oppurtunity for web based searcg engines.

Just wait. Google is working on establishing a stable marketshare in China.
So what would be next??? Google: China Local of course. You heard it from the GoogleDude™ himself. Just put another mark down for Google.

Google Earth

Google Earth is an incredibly amazing tool that basically gives you virtual 3d interface access to ANY part of the world. Acquired from Keyhole, Google makes use of satellite imagery, maps, 3d effects and the logistics of Google Search to bring you a program that is just spectacular. You can take a trip to the beaches of Florida, re-visit your hometown, visit historical landmarks, or even look at the exact route you need to take in order to get to the closest grocery store. Google Earth can serve an abundance of purposes from personal use to business related. Try out Google Earth today!

I downloaded Google Earth just the other day and messed around with it the whole day (I forgot to eat dinner). You may want to take a look at the system requirements because if you have an older computer Google Earth may not be able to run on it. Google Earth is best run on an ATI graphics card (GoogleDude™ has an ATI 9600 All-in Wonder Pro :-P ) and currently Apple PCs are not supported.

Here's a quick screen shot of my house and neighborhood:

Want to take a trip to Bagdad and see the Former Republic Palace in Iraq?

Is that the pool that Saddam used to swim in?
Hmmm....I wonder what happened to that statue?



Has anyone else tried out Google Earth yet?

Welcome to GoogleCity!!!

I'd like to welcome everyone to GoogleCity!

If you've made it here than that means that you're interested in something Google. Well this is the place to be. Soon you will be able to find just about everything and anything that has to do with Google. From Google stock to GMail, GoogleDude™ has it covered. Feel free to leave any comments that you'd like, especially if it adds to the growing Google knowledge that we already have here.

The GoogleCity Forums are now up, come help us to get a better handle on interaction, questions, and to help build the GoogleCity community. I hope that alot of you will become a member and come back often, because with Google, there's always news and/or something in the making. For all you die hard Google fans out there, please share your Google knowledge with the rest of GoogleCity as you know we're all hungry for anything Google!


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