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Google has bought a site called FeedBurner that distributes and helps manage blogs and RSS feeds, tracks usage and serves ads. It supports 721,000 feeds representing upwards of 400,000 publishers. Google will put more ads on those feeds giving it a new revenue stream. It looks like FeedBurner will be integrated into the Google Reader. Terms were not disclosed but the number circulating is around $100 million in cash. The four-year-old Chicago company and its 30 people had raised $10 million in venture capital. ... (more)

Google Loses Geico Gambit

A U.S. district court has ruled against Google in a trademark suit over the sale of the terms Geico and Geico Direct in Google's AdWords service. In April 2004 Google had changed a previous AdWords policy that stopped the sale of other companies’ words and phrase, and this policy was quickly attacked legally by Geico. The ruling follows an earlier judgement in December that had favored Google. The most recent ruling, however, found that Geico had “established a likelihood of confusion” and that there had been a breach of the insurance firm’s trade mark ri... (more)

Quintura Announces Next-Generation Web Search Software

Quintura, which calls itself the next-generation web search company, announced the launch of  Quintura Search. Quintura Search introduces a new approach the company calls "The Way People Search" that helps a user to search and find information on the web easier and faster by defining the context or meaning of the keyword. In addition, it uses dynamic clusterization and a visual semantic map to simplify web search. Quintura Search is significantly different from any search engine on the market. It takes the industry standard keyword search to the next level. The technology integrates... (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to Stephen E. Arnold, who has written a patent-centric study of the company, show that Google's research unit has superseded Bell Labs and Xerox PARC as the place for technical innovation in the U.S., if not the world.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)

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)