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"Our apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced this morning, and to site owners whose pages were incorrectly labelled," wrote Google Search VP Marissa Mayer yesterday, in a blogged explanation of the unfortunate fact than most Google searches conducted between 6:30AM-7:25AM PST on Saturday morning returned a message "This site may harm your computer" beside each and every search result. "This was clearly an error," Mayer added, "and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users." Google works with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to come up with criteria for maintaining a list of sites known to install malicious software in the background or otherwise surreptitiously. "We do this to protect our users against visiting sites that could harm their computers," explained Mayer, adding: "We maintain a list of such sites through both manual and auto... (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)

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to Stephen E. Arnold, who has written a patent-centric study of the company, show that Google's research unit has superseded Bell Labs and Xerox PARC as the place for technical innovation in the U.S., if not the world.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

Google Chrome Comes Out of a Comic Book

Philipp Lenssen at the “Google Blogoscoped” blog broke the story on September 1, 2008 that Google is launching an open source browser called Google Chrome. Lennsen writes: “Today there was a comic book in my mail, sent by Google and drawn by no less than Scott McCloud, creator of the classic Understanding Comics. Within the 38 pages, which I’ve scanned and put up, in very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome. The book points to www.google.com/chrome, but I can’t see anything live there yet.” ... (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)