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Google, which has recently emblazed its shield with the new motto "Search, Ads and Apps," has come up with a new way to terrorize Microsoft - a technology for running programs like Google's word processor and spreadsheet offline like, like Office. The widgetry is called Google Gears and doesn't work with the Google Docs and Spreadsheets suite yet - but it will, Google said, as well as with e-mail and calendaring. Google's applying the mojo first to its RSS Reader, which goes out and collects updates to whatever web sites and blogs users keep tabs on. They can now be read offline on a plane, say, or on the African veldt if you download what you want first, making it useful for places in the Third World where Internet connections might be dicey. Gears-blessed applications will go back to being online once a connection is re-established. Gears is a JavaScript browser ... (more)

Concern About Google's Proposed Acquisition of DoubleClick is Rising

Concern about Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick - some of it presumably fanned by the Microsoft lobby - is rising. Besides a pre-merger investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and a newly confirmed review by the European Commission, the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel is now planning to hold a hearing on the acquisition in September and so is a House Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection worried about privacy. Google expects the deal to close by the end of the year, but - while Congress has no authority over mergers - the additional probes coul... (more)

Globlet Announces First Qualified Google Advertising Professional in Thailand

Globlet has announced the first qualified google advertising professional in Thailand, further supporting search engine marketing industry leadership. Globlet ,Thailand's leading Search Engine Marketing Company, has announced that Mr. Jatupol Tanaruthai, a Chief Executive Officer, has received certification as Qualified Google Advertising Professional. Mr. Tanaruthai met multiple requirements and passed the full Qualified Google Advertising Professional Exam in order to achieve Google's recognition as a qualified and advanced Google AdWords professional. "We have built our compan... (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)

Google Snaps Up the Father of the Orion Search Engine

According to Australia's Sydney Morning Herald, the 26-year-old Israeli-born student Ori Allon - a University of New South Wales doctoral candidate - has not only successfully created his own search engine, called Orion; he has also succeeded in having himself (and the engine's all-important algorithm) be snapped up by Google. Allon's research project, "RichProlog, a System for Deducing, Inducing and Learning in the Declarative Programming Paradigm" was aimed at what the Sydney Morning Herald summarizes as "improving the relevance of responses to a search - and displaying a more ... (more)