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.
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, 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'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research unit has superseded Bell Labs and Xerox PARC as the place for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)
"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
Featuring content ranging from humor, news and technology to music, sports,
and video games, these new optimized video RSS feeds wil... (more)