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Google's database inventions by themselves, according to Stephen E. Arnold, who has written a patent-centric study of the company, show that Google's research unit has superseded Bell Labs and Xerox PARC as the place for technical innovation in the U.S., if not the world. Arnold (pictured below) is president of Arnold Information Technology and the author of an earlier book, "The Google Legacy," that changed how many investors and technology experts view the Mountain View, Calif., company. His new study, "Google Version 2.0: The Calculating Predator," is a detailed review of patents and patent applications filed by Google employees since mid 2005. The new study's  index lists 90 patents and applications of the more than 200 that Arnold has identified and analyzed. Arnold examines more than 24 of these patents in detail in the 266-page study, identifying their technologi... (more)

AOL To Enhance Video Search Engine by Adding RSS Feeds

"With AOL Video Search, we are providing consumers with a faster, easier way to find the best videos on the Web." said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President of AOL Media Networks who announced that new RSS feeds from partners for its video search engine. These new partners include Blastro.com, EVTV1.com, Forbes.com, GameTrailers.com, PC World and Time4 Media properties including Transworld Skateboarding, Transworld Snowboarding and Transworld Surf. Featuring content ranging from humor, news and technology to music, sports, and video games, these new optimized video RSS feeds wil... (more)

Microsoft's Chase After Google Reverberates

Microsoft, supposedly thwarted in previous bids for other Google-adjusting properties, is paying $6 billion cash for aQuantive, a 10-year-old publicly held Internet ad company that could be said to have been relatively unknown when Microsoft announced that it was paying an outlandish 85% premium to buy it to compete against Google. Six billion is more money than Microsoft ever paid for anything. It said the price was bid up by competition, but provided no color. It claimed that "it's exactly the right company to buy, and hence we're willing to pay." Microsoft has $28 billion in t... (more)

The World's Youngest "Google Entrepreneur" Is One Month Old

"Google KAI: Our Lovely Boy was born on September, 12th 2005 in Kalmar, Sweden," says the newly created Website which opens up with "Ads by Goooooogle" above the fold and the page follows with baby Google Kai's photos at the Google-Kai.com Website. The Website text continues: "Google KAI is Lebanese Swedish GOOGLE KAI has Ordered his new T-shirt, it will be posted when he will wear it. Some People calling or writing to us saying why? he will get tough school life...etc.... my answer is absolutley not if he is using Google Search engine and he is building new idea with his frien... (more)

Google Jabbers On with GoogleTalk

Google is not only taking on rivals Yahoo, MSN, and AOL in the instant messaging space by combining internet telephony and IM in its new Google Talk service, but also challenging early market leader Skype in the telephony space. Media Metrix says AOL has more than 40 million users on its AIM and ICQ networks, Yahoo has 20 million users, and MSN Messenger has 14 million. Skype claims to have 51 million users worldwide. Google is apparently banking on a more approach than those being taken by its rivals in its bid to asser itself into these two 21st century communications markets.... (more)