Archive for October, 2009

Google enhances music search, Microsoft-Yahoo deal delayed (MalaysiaNews.net)

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Google is making fast partnerships to enhance search results for music-related terms while Microsoft and Yahoo have missed a key deadline for their search advertising deal.

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Chinese Authors Object to Google?s Book Scanning (New York Times)

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Two Chinese writers? groups claim that Google has scanned Chinese works into an electronic database in violation of international copyright standards.

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Real estate easier to find in Google Maps (CNET)

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Homes for sale or rent in a given area can now be found without a specific query in Google Maps after Google added a “real estate” check-box option for Maps searches.

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Google Maps Navigation: Free and Easy (PC World via Yahoo! News)

Friday, October 30th, 2009

An impressive feature of Google’s new Android 2.0 mobile device operating system is Google Maps Navigation, a turn-by-turn navigation application that’s not only free to use, but is fairly easy to learn as well.

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Google launches music search (Macworld.com via Yahoo! News)

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

In an effort to make searching for and buying songs easier, Google has gotten into the music game, in partnership with online music stores like iLike (which is now a part of MySpace) and Lala?no mention of iTunes or Amazon MP3 though. From now on, when you search for the name of any song on Google, the first result will actually allow you to preview the song right on the page, and then proceed …

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Google Voice service blocks fewer than 100 numbers (AP via Yahoo! News)

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Google Inc. said late Wednesday that its free messaging and calling service, Google Voice, blocks calls to fewer than 100 specific phone numbers likely to be adult chat lines and free conference call services.

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Google changes to aid music searches (CNN)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The Internet’s most popular search engine should get smarter about music, as Google updates the algorithms that power its searches this week, a company spokesman said.

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Fake Google Chrome OS download makes the rounds (Macworld.com via Yahoo! News)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

For Google fans, trick-or-treat came a bit early. On Wednesday, a brief rash of Twitter posts suggested that the search behemoth had released a preview version of its forthcoming Chrome OS. An official-looking page offered the opportunity to download the public beta as a VMWare appliance?but it turns out that the download was a fake. The site, hosted on Google?s Web-hosting service, has since …

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Use your own number with some Google Voice features (Macworld.com via Yahoo! News)

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Google Voice users can now use their existing phone numbers with the service, which will come as good news to people who don?t want to give out a new number to all of their existing contacts. But there are some catches.

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Yahoo! shuts down GeoCities (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Yahoo! on Monday closed GeoCities, a free Web hosting service that it purchased for over three billion dollars at the height of the dot-com boom.

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