Google Earth gives users the ability to fly around the earth - so why not allow people to fly through space? That's exactly what Google's trying to do now, and they've joined [URL="http://www.lsst.org/lsst_home.shtml"]the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project[/URL] to make it happen. The telescope is a "proposed ground-based 8.4-meter, 10 square-degree-field" that will capture the heavens every 15 seconds. But the telescope won't be built until 2013, so don't expect a Google Space program to come out anytime soon. I like the idea of doing this, although it wasn't such a suprise that a thing like this was coming. For …

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As I sit here shivering in the North of England cold and fog, it seems kind of appropriate to be writing about a technology that has been developed by [URL="http://www.polarrose.com"]Polar Rose[/URL] who are based in the even colder region of Malmo in Sweden. Using face recognition technology originally researched at the Universities of Lund and Malmo, Polar Rose have combined this with a 3D modeling process that creates the 3D image from a single 2D photograph using 2D to 3D polygon extrusion, to produce a unique visual search application. An open Beta phase will start early in the new year, …

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Well not quite, but the Wikisari search engine could make quite a splash if Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Amazon.com have anything to say in the matter. Using the same basic technology as Wikipedia, and with a provisional launch date planned for the first half of 2007, will be a people-powered, network based search engine. The name, as always, is interesting in that Wiki is Hawaiian for quick and asari is from the Japanese for rummaging search. If Wikisari can live up to being a quick rummaging search that brings in the people-powered concept then it will certainly be worth …

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A UK company has launched what it claims to be the first search engine that lets you not only search for specific moments within a video, but click on and interact with moving objects during online playback. [URL="http://coull.tv"]Coull.tv [/URL] has adopted a community approach, which we thoroughly approve of here at DaniWeb, that brings true user-generated interactivity to video footage. OK, so video search itself is nothing new, the likes of [URL="http://www.blinkx.com/"]Blinkx[/URL] and [URL="http://video.google.co.uk/"]Google Video[/URL] have long since offered video searching, not to mention [URL="http://www.youtube.com"]YouTube[/URL] of course. The difference being that these engines find the complete video clip containing your …

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If you believe the results of a study by those chaps over at the USC-Annenberg School Centre for the Digital Future, the answer to the question posed in this blog posting title is 43% of Americans. That is the number of people who took part in the survey, were already a member of a virtual community and who said that the virtual world is just as important as the real one. The fact that the [URL="http://www.digitalcenter.org/"]2007 Digital Future Project[/URL] reveals that 20.3% of virtual community members take actions offline at least once per year that are related to that online …

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http://answers.google.com/answers/ That URL will soon lose its usefulness for answering your questions. Google is now going to abandon its Google Answers service at the end of this week, which it launched 4 years ago. Google is not entirely clear on [I]why[/I] they are quitting it, other than "[it] was a great experiment which provided us with a lot of material for developing future products to serve our users." People would ask a question, and a real person from the Google team would actually answer, unlike the search engine which uses an algorithm to provide results. There were more than 800 …

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For the longest time, the Children’s Online Protection Act, signed off by President Clinton way back in 1998, has been a contentious issue in the US. It was originally kicked out of town, well Philadelphia anyway, after a federal district court banned the enforcement of the law, and a federal appeals court agreed, as did the Supreme Court in June 2005 when the ban was upheld. However, the Supreme Court did send it back to district court as part of a fact finding mission concentrating on the effectiveness of Internet filtering. Which is where my attention gets grabbed, as someone …

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Google has provided WAP access to email for the longest time, an apt description seeing as that’s how long it takes to read your email via a WAP based mobile device. But all that has changed thanks to the availability of a brand new Java based version of [URL="http://mail.google.com/mail/help/intl/en/about_mobile.html"]Gmail for mobile devices[/URL] which promises less clicks, less scrolling, less keystrokes and much faster access. Importantly, not only is this a lot faster than the, frankly, pretty ancient WAP service (does anyone actually use WAP anymore unless they are forced to at gunpoint?) but also a lot faster than accessing Gmail …

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Google has launched a new search engine, or rather has made the old one available with a few user configurable tweaks. The [URL="http://www.google.com/coop/cse/"]Google Custom Search Engine[/URL] (CSE) is now open for business and provides a brand new and tailored search experience, or at least that is what Google is saying. It still uses the Google core search technology so there are no nasty surprises when it comes to results, only good ones. Because by using Google CSE, the user chooses to prioritize or restrict searches based upon the sources, websites and pages, you specify. In other words you get to …

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Search supremo Google has, as widely rumored, acquired YouTube for a none too shabby $1.65 billion. Where the speculation was wrong, it would seem, is that YouTube will not get gobbled up under the Google brand, and will continue to operate independently for all intents and purposes, retaining the YouTube name and not becoming GoogleTube (thank goodness!) Considering that YouTube has only been in business since February 2005, that deal must go down as one of the most incredible yet in a long line of incredible Internet success stories. Of course, the phenomenal following it has achieved in that time, …

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Google Labs has launched a new search engine just for you, software developers that is. [URL="http://google.com/codesearch"]Google Code Search [/URL] can help all programmers by quickly filtering billions of lines of source code, all from the default and familiar search interface, to reveal reusable code-snippets. Be it a specific programming term or language, or diving headlong into some compressed code on a hunt for very specific features, Google Code Search would seem to have it all. Including the ability to focus a search on code based upon specific licensing requirements, which could mean that it is just as much a friend …

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According to reports from both the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 2006 is proving to be a bumper year as far as online advertising spend is concerned. Showing a 37% increase over the same period last year, US Internet advertising revenues were up to $7.9 billion. In itself this is a new record, but the fact that the second quarter figure alone was $4.1 billion, a 5.5% increase over the first quarter and representing the seventh consecutive quarter of growth, is pleasing news for anyone in the advertising revenue driven web business. Moreover, that includes Microsoft. Not only …

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The impossible has been achieved; in as far as [URL="http://earth.google.com"]Google Earth[/URL] has just got even better. The Beta 4 release seems pretty stable here, certainly no mishaps since I’ve been using it and using it I have been: a lot. Not only has the map rendering become much speedier than before, but additional little things such as the time-stamped image support for KML files making it possible to see the same map image but at different times really do make all the difference. Well, not all the difference, if you are in Japan I’m pretty sure you would reserve that …

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If you are a user of the popular social networking site Facebook you might have noticed the recent redesign along with the new features that they added. You also might have noticed the response from the users of Facebook whom find the new site creepy. The new home page lists every little action that your friends have done on the site including things like who they added, comments they have written, changes on their profile, pictures they have added, and so on. In my experience the whole appeal of facebook was that it wasnt as open as myspace and not …

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I admit it; there are times when I have gone to Google (and Yahoo, MSN, Ask and even occasionally a decent Meta-Search such as Dogpile) for no other reason than to see what people are saying about me online. I like to think that I have an excuse, what with being a professional journalist and all, in that I am looking for illegally copied versions of my work, potentially libelous comments and even the odd bit of praise here and there. Of course, the truth is I am doing what huge swathes of us do even if we do not, …

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I have long been a fan of [URL="http://www.blinkx.tv"]Blinkx[/URL] the video search engine that, as far as I am concerned, pretty much prompted the whole genre and introduced the idea of live video search and stream done properly. So I was interested to receive word from Blinkx founder and CTO Suranga Chandratillake today that they have entered a partnership deal with Lycos. Now usually, I admit, such news bores me senseless. But this is different, because it doesn’t involve coughing up millions to serve up web search and listings to Face Party, as Microsoft have done, or $900,000 to do the …

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Please forgive me if I am a little slow in flagging this up, but it has only just floated across my radar: you can now implement Google AdSense for search results on your own page, displaying the all important revenue generating adverts alongside the search results without directing readers off-site. There are two distinct pieces of code involved, one for the search box and the other for the results, and by doubling up like this you get full control not only over where the search is conducted but also where the results appear. Am I alone in finding this a …

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The race is on to find the best online coder, as registration for the 2006 [URL="http://www.google.com/codejam/"]Google Code Jam [/URL] US heat starts. You have until September 5th to sign up if you want to prove you are king of the American coders by solving a series of problems to test both your programming skill and creativity. Last year more than 14,500 coders took part in the global event, covering 32 countries, and the results are already in for both the European and Indian heats. The top 100 contestants will be transported, all expenses paid, to the New York offices of …

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I am a writer by profession. Over the last two decades, I have been fortunate enough to have seen more than twenty of my books make it into print. Some have even sold enough copies for me to earn royalties over and above my advance. With publishing house marketing budgets ever increasingly being squeezed, and us little authors in niche markets such as IT being most squished as a result, it can be difficult to sell enough copies to earn a living. Which is why, outside of the big name bestselling authors, the rest of us do other things to …

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I've heard rumors of this coming for awhile, but I finally saw it while browsing DaniWeb just a couple of minutes ago. A box ad that I run with a white background, which usually displays four ads, now displays three. The extra room is reserved for some text links with a bunch of keywords, similar to the link units. However, instead of opening a new window, clicking on one of the keywords dynamically refreshes the IFRAME to present the user with new ads, in addition to making room for a search field built into part of the ad box (Many …

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While working on the new DaniWeb Event Calendar feature, I did a Google search regarding the vBulletin built-in calendar feature. Built right into the search engine results pages was the statement: In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may [URL="http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=898"]read the DMCA complaint[/URL] that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org. I've never seen this before. The ChillingEffects website doesn't seem to be affiliated with Google but a browse around the site shows that the organization is, indeed, affiliated with a couple universities …

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For those of you webmasters out there who are running Google Analytics ([URL]http://www.google.com/analytics[/URL]) then you can welcome a new feature ... site overlay. It's a feature that so far I have only seen in paid analytics software, so it's definitely a more than welcome addition. Google Analytics logs pageviews to keep track of user click paths and defines sessions. This takes it to a whole new level by visually representing data for each link on a page. Check it out! :) I've been using it for just a couple of minutes now and am finding it very helpful and useful …

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