Saturday, June 30, 2007

Search better with Google

20 tips for searching more efficiently with Google, including how to use Google as a calculator, and how to search for types of information - music, videos etc.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Reviews on maps

Google has provided the ability to add user reviews and rating to any business listed on Google Maps.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Jotspot phoenix to rise?

Things are stirring in the Jotspot team at Google. The collaborative wiki platform bought by Google has been porting to the Google platform and it seems an announcement about what will emerge is imminent.

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Google News goes graphical

Google has launched a new graphical view of its Google News service which shows all the topical news pictures at a particular moment in time.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Surface arrives?

Microsoft has put together a demo site to show off its latest computing advance - surface computing.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Climate Savers

Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel and many other computer companies have joined together to form the Climate Savers Computing Iniative which aims to save 54 million tons of carbon dioxide a year - equivalent by 2010 to taking 11 million cars off the road.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Reddit mashed up

Oregonlive, the website of the Oregonian newspaper, has added a mash-up with Reddit to allow users to share stories from around the web about Oregon and to vote and comment on them.

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Google's acquisition spree

Google has acquired five more internet start-ups, reports PaidContent. They are: Peakstream, a company which makes software for running powerful computers; Feedburner, the RSS metrics firm; Greenborder, an anti-malware firm; Marratech, which makes web video conferencing software; and Adscape Media, an in-game advertising firm. Maybe some clues as to what's coming next?

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OpenAds - the way to beat Google?

OpenAds is a small UK startup which is offering free ad serving technology which is says is already in use with 20,000 publishers. Jeff Jarvis is excited about it as he sees this as the potential standard, free, standards-based system which could be used as the backbone to ad serving everywhere. The platform connects easily with existing platforms, says the company. Jeff says this is what is needed as a hedge against one of the big players dominating the space - see Google's acquisition of Doubleclick; Yahoo's investment in Rightmedia; and Microsoft's acquisition of aQuantive.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Another US newspaper bites the digital bullet

The Greenboro News & Record has restructured, with the loss of some jobs, in the face of the move to digitising news. This piece sets out the landscape perfectly.

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Facebook as the social operating system of the web

Jeff Jarvis again, this time on Facebook, the social networking phenomenon. After opening up to more than college students the site has been growing strongly and the latest innovation has been to allow others to create application to run on the platform. It's worth reading his account of why he thinks Facebook is going to be so important.

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Advice for media companies

Jeff Javis has an interesting perspective for media companies who he says should look to cultivate talent outside of the organisation. The flip side is his advice to budding journalists - get a beat, blog and you'll be sought after.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Surface computing

Microsoft's R&D organisation have been working on "surface computing' for some years, but this year, apparently, the first product should start to ship. Techcrunch has the details - and an instructive video from Popular Mechanics.

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Geo tagged photos for Google

I missed this one: Google has bought (for an undisclosed sum) a Spanish company which offers technology which can tie geo-co-ordinates to pictures.

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Is blogging evolving into a CMS?

Eweek repots that the latest version of Six Apart's blogging platform offers blogs which look more like websites,

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Experimental views

Google is experimenting with different ways of viewing results. In addition to the usual list view, there are now also timeline and map views which respectively place results on a timeline (using the dates in the text) or a map (using the location information in the text).

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

A glimpse of the future?

Steve Rubel discusses the "World Beam", a vision of the future where information is amalgamated into a chronological stream of information which can be consumed at will.

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Google OS?

Google moves a little closer to the OS with Google Gears, a downloadable browser plug-in which allows people to run applications offline.

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