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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. Google Talk is based on an open technology called Jabber, created to help different networks talk to each other. And Google is looking for megajabber. "We are going to try to be the first in the world to connect everyone to everyone," said Georges Harik, director of new products at Google, ... (more)

Google Kicks Off Worldwide Consumer Privacy Crusade

According to Associated Press reports, confirmed by Reuters, Google will propose at a meeting of European policymakers in Strasbourg, France today that national regulators agree on a basic set of global privacy protections. Peter Fleischer, Google's Chief Privacy Officer, will argue that the future health of the Internet, the global economy and Google's own business agenda depends on the world's success in moving beyond the current patchwork of conflicting privacy rules. As Reuters' Eric Auchard explains: "Google has recently stepped up a push for policy changes and industry self... (more)

Google Version 2.0: Googzilla - The Calculating Predator

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to Stephen E. Arnold, who has written a patent-centric study of the company, show that Google's research unit has superseded Bell Labs and Xerox PARC as the place for technical innovation in the U.S., if not the world.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 patent... (more)

Katrina Is "Most-Searched News Event" Since 9/11, Says Lycos

Lycos yesterday announced details from The Lycos 50, the 50 most popular Internet search results for the week ending Sept. 3, 2005. 'Hurricane Katrina' is the most-searched news event since September 11 attacks. No other hurricane, says Lycos, with the exception of Hurricane Floyd, which hit number one in Sept. 1999, has generated the amount of search activity that Katrina currently sees. The Lycos 50 Top 10 Search Terms for the Week Ending Sept. 3, 2005: 1) Hurricane Katrina 2) Poker  3) Labor Day 4) Britney Spears 5) Pamela Anderson  6) NFL 7) New Orleans  8) Paris Hilton 9) Neope... (more)

Search Engine Marketing Firm 'Intrapromote' Wins Award

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Koichi Kondo presented the company's Premier Partner Award to Intrapromote, LLC of Cleveland, Ohio for excellence in search engine optimization (SEO) for American Honda's family of Web sites. Intrapromote has worked with Honda since 2003 and oversees SEO programs for sites ranging from Acura and Honda Cars to Honda's Financial Services and Power Equipment sites. Intrapromote was one of 15 award recipients selected from 51 suppliers nominated by American Honda associates nationwide. The Premier Partner Awards were established in 199... (more)