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Google has announced Google U.S. Government Search (http://usgov.google.com), a new search product that will make it easier to find U.S. government information and keep up to date on government news. With Google U.S. Government Search, millions of U.S. government employees, various contractor organizations, as well as the general public can easily search across content on official federal, state and local government sites from a single search box. They can also keep current on government-related news with constantly updated content from government and commercial news sources, including the White House, Department of Defense, The Washington Post, and Google News. Google U.S. Government Search allows people to customize the layout of the page and add content to the site from an easily searchable directory that includes information on government and general topics such a... (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)

"MSN Wasn't The First To Add Anti-Phishing To Search Toolbars, We Were," Says EarthLink

"Today's Microsoft announcement stating that the company's Phishing Filter Add-in for MSN Search Toolbar is the first such technology to be integrated into a Web search toolbar is incorrect," says Kevin Brand, vice president, product management, EarthLink: EarthLink launched its ScamBlocker in April 2004, Brand notes. In April 2004, EarthLink launched ScamBlocker, a phisher-site blocking feature that is available at no charge to all Internet users - not just EarthLink access subscribers. To date, more than 1.3 million consumers have downloaded ScamBlocker. "Scamblocker is part o... (more)

MSN Releases New APIs

MSN is letting outside developers and Web publishers connect to its services and applications via application programming interfaces (APIs) for MSN Search, Messenger and Virtual Earth. MSN Search APIs will be open for non-commercial use; MSN Virtual Earth beta APIs will be available free for commercial use, with an option to later add contextual advertising; the MapPoint Web Service 4.0, which underlies Virtual Earth, will be available for a fee; and the MSN Messenger Activity API will let developers create applications that include IM. While Microsoft continues to build out its cl... (more)

New Toolbar for Firefox Released: RedZee v2.0

The RedZee Toolbar 2.0 will be launched on Nov. 1 for Firefox, after a great run with 1.5 for Internet Explorer which has gained a huge following. The RedZee toolbar is described its followers as "a fun toolbar." It has unique features like streaming radio and the ability to search multiple engines simultaneously. The RedZee toolbar has an integrated one click feature that searches 16 search engines at one time. You simply type a keyword or phrase in the toolbar search box, hit search, and all 16 engines including Google, eBay and Yahoo! all show up as folder tabs. You simply choos... (more)