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YouTube unblocked in Thailand

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According to BoingBoing, Thailand has no longer banned YouTube. Speculation is that Thailand unblocked it as YouTube was willing to block specific access to some clips. The videos in question contained material offensive to the King, Bhumibol Adulyadej. In Thailand, Insulting the monarchy is against the law.

News in Brief: Google Acquires ImageAmerica

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Google has announced that it has acquired ImageAmerica, a company that builds high resolution images from aerial imagery. The Clayton, Missouri based company has previously provided images for both Google Maps and Earth, including the black and white images of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The price has not been disclosed.

Watchdog sues Google

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Australian equivalent to the Federal Trade Commission in the US, has now launched legal action on Google and the Trading Post, which is owned by Telstra under the Sensis brand. The ACCC claim has been centres on the way Google handles it’s sponsored advertising. The case, lodged in the Federal Court in Sydney, says that the Trading Post broke the regulations on [...]

Google loses Gmail name (in Germany)

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A German court has ruled that Google cannot use the name “Gmail” in Germany, upholding a claim by 33-year old Daniel Giersch’s e-mail service, called “G-mail”, that was launched 4 years before the search giant started “Gmail”. Mr. Giersch’s lawyers have also said to the court that it has put them into a costly three-year marathon of lawsuits in Germany and also in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. Giersch has also [...]

Vista search changes not enough – Google

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Since Microsoft changed the way of how the Vista Search engine runs, after Google complained that it was anti-competitive. Now, Google is now complaining that it was not enough, saying that the new changes doesn’t allow users (or them) disable the search. Is this another way that Google loves to get your information? Because I find this completely stupid.

Watchdog Group slams Google on Privacy…

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The Washington Post has a news piece saying that Google’s Privacy practices are the worst among the world. This comes from a report released London-based Privacy International, whom assigned Google with the lowest grade. Interesting, 22 other companies surveyed; including Microsoft, Yahoo! and AOL, didn’t sink to that level. However, this latest report comes when Google is in trouble, with an European panel is investigating the compliance of E.U laws [...]

Google Gears up to battle up ‘Office’

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Google has announced Google Gears, an open source platform that will allow GMail or any web application offline. ZDNet Australia is reporting that Adobe is working with Google to help it become a global standard. However, an analyst from IBRS says that this new plan, even if it allows other applications, will not dent the global stranglehold of Microsoft Office.

Google’s new trend… Legless Chihuahuas?

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No, don’t call the RSPCA… Google has launched it’s Google Hot Trends, using Google Zeitgeist but go as far of providing ‘hot’ stuff in each city, state or country. But most of them had couple of hiccups, like on May 21st’s hot trend was a legless chihuahua… WTF?

Google.com redesign

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If you haven’t noticed it, Google.com has had a small redesign. No more are the little names above the search box, they are all at the top. Plus, the ‘More’ Tab now reveals most of their services, YouTube is not listed; and the blue top thing with your search query has been replaced with a gradient of white and grey. It’s really annoying, but also it’s no longer the usual [...]

‘Click Here to infect your PC!!!’

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Didier Stevens created a fake ad to see who would click on his link. This was a test to see who would be stupid enough to click on a link that would say… Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here. Surprisingly, 409 people did. Here is how he did this experiment… I bought the drive-by-download.info domain. .info domains are notorious for malware hosting. I setup a web server to [...]

iGoogle…

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iGoogle, the new name of Google’s Personalized Page, will launch a new ‘Gadgets Maker’. This service contains seven templates, including two that can take from offline photos and YouTube. As well, you can have themes… Now, they are in the same group with Netvibes. [I still prefer Netvibes].

Google Earth maps Darfur

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Google and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum have partnered up to show what the Museum have called the evidence of atrocities in the Sudan Darfur region… REUTERS LINK : http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN1043905220070410?feedType=RSS