The sepia-toned Google logo today honors the birthday of French inventor Louis Daguerre whose daguerreotype was the first successful form of modern photography. Daguerre was born November 18, 1787 and died July 10, 1851.
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If passed SOPA would make search engines and hosting services block "rogue websites" on a judge's order. Opposed by Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and many others, Google's Eric Schmidt called the legislation "draconian" and "censorship."
Google has added highlighting for businesses in their maps that are tied to recommendations users make through their Google account and others the company thinks match their reviewed locations, further distancing users from review sites like Yelp.
In conjunction with the new deal they have made with Intuit, Google is now offering free websites - built with the Intuit product - as well as domain names, help setting up AdWords accounts, and tips on online marketing to New York businesses.
Vivid Entertainment now has a dedicated channel at Google TV - the first official adult content channel to be streamed to television sets via the Google TV application. Will porn increase the flaccid sales of Google TV's set top devices?
HTML5 has become the new flavor for rich media development and with this new direction of Adobe combined with the growth of mobile devices to access the web, it would seem as if Flash may become a deprecated programming language eventually.
In support of President Obama's call to help returning U.S. veterans and right before Veteran's Day, Google is promoting a government project - a custom search engine for veteran jobs. So far, more than 500,000 jobs are "veteran-committed."
Occupy Wall Street has inspired some action - the creation of the "I'm Getting Arrested" App for Android. A software developer decided to build the app after a friend's girlfriend was about to be arrested at OWS. Coming soon to iPhone.
When Google rolled out their encrypted search, loss of query data including the search terms was a major complaint from online marketers. Numbers are now emerging and if they don't stop increasing soon, the complaints could be founded.
Edmond Halley, the English astronomer who computed the orbit and named the famous Halley's Comet (last seen in 1986), was born on this date in 1656. Today, in honor of Halley's birthday, a special logo appears on Google's UK home page.
Google has confirmed they are testing a new feature, Source boxes, that appear to the right of organic search results for some queries when no ads are present. This latest addition to Google's SERPs may end up decreasing click-through rates.
Fast Company blogger Chris Stevens warns app developers may be gambling with their time and money as they build programs to sell in Apple App Store. For every Appillionaire, Stevens explains, there are thousands who lose money.
A new biased report funded in part by Google tries to measure whether Google or Bing has more biased results, and also slams a report released previously by Ben Edelman (oh, and it was biased, too). The findings: the competition is biased!
It seems Google will err on the side of purity and penalize sites not following their directions. Comments such as, "There is no such thing as white hat cloaking" show Google really needs a better understanding of how the web is developing.
Seems the guys at Google are partial to the Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin special. The company's latest Doodle is a timelapse video of eight hours of pumpkin carving on six 1,000+ pound pumpkins that took place at their Mountain View headquarters.
Google has made a change to the way advanced searches are done, much to the annoyance of numerous power users. Google no longer is allowing use of the plus sign (+) operator to indicate mandated inclusion in the search result offerings.
Many Google executives have children enrolled in the Waldorf schools in Los Altos where computers aren't used until the 8th grade and even then only on a limited basis. Seems this double standard is popular among Silicon Valley executives' families.
Motorola Mobility stockholders will vote Nov. 17 on the company's acquisition by Google for $12.5 billion. Shareholders who held stock on Oct. 11 get to vote. Since the August offer, the Motorola stock has gone from around $22 a share to $38.
Much of Walmart's success lies in their use of Chinese manufacturing and the expectation of their vendors to follow suit. Recent acquisitions and new apps show they mean to attack the social media space as aggressively as they went into China.
YouTube is starting a competition for students to suggest an experiment to be done in outer space and prizes include space training. As part of their newly launched Space Lab channel, YouTube wants to inspire future space travelers and scientists.