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If you think of a virus as being something that replicates itself, spreading from computer to computer, until seemingly everyone has it installed, then maybe you could classify Google’s [URL="http://www gmail.com"]Gmail[/URL] service as being one. If you happened to be using Microsoft [URL="http://www.windowsonecare.com"]Windows Live OneCare[/URL] security over the weekend then it would have done the classification for you. Yep, OneCare users who visited their Gmail account were being warned that their computers had been infected with the BAT/BWG.A virus. How do I know this? Well although as a UK based user I should not be able to install OneCare courtesy …

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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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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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I was reading the [URL="http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com"]Google Code Blog [/URL]and noticed that Google software engineer Matthias Zenger happened to announce the availability of the updated Google Base Data API last week. This lets you develop applications that can dynamically interact with Google Base, obviously. Perhaps a little less obviously it also allows you to query other users' published content, making domain-specific search mashups a possibility. The API is ReST-full and based on the GData protocol, which combines XML-based syndication formats with feed-publishing, using a mix of Atom and RSS. What excites me even more, although I admit to being fairly easily pleased, …

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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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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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More bad news from the Las Vegas Black Hat Convention, this time for the blogging community. Most RSS reader software is vulnerable to malicious JavaScript insertion attacks, and web based readers are not immune either. With typical JavaScript based attacks targeting passwords and personal data, it is something that should be taken seriously, Yet when I did a quick pop quiz amongst family and friends, not a single one (those in the IT security business apart) was aware that such software was a potential risk. The fact that this kind of attack can be easily launched from even a trusted …

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How can so many people be so wrong all at the same time? That is the question I am left asking myself following the 410 to 15 vote in favor of the Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006 (also known as HR5319 or DOPA.) The answer is, of course, that they are politicians so cannot be expected to think rationally, nor at all, when it comes to matters of the Internet. Well done to the 15 that managed to find their grey matter, and a big yah boo sucks to the remainder. The very idea that you can delete online …

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File Sharing site Kazza is now to become a legal downloading service after a lot of legal battles. The company will also be paying $100mill to the record industry. Over the past year 20 million music songs have been downloaded illegally and many company's are losing a lot of money selling music disks because people just download them for free. Napster another music sharing company has become legal to. Mark Mulligan, an analyst with Jupiter Research said the amount of damages that Kazaa are willing to pay demonstrates how big the service had become. "$100m is half of the legitimate …

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This last month Google released their [URL="http://checkout.google.com/"]Google Checkout[/URL] service. Recently there was a lot of speculation over what this service actually was, several people were saying that this was going to be similar to Paypal, but now we know for sure. I had my first experience with this new Google site yesterday when I was looking for a replacement Omni-directional antenna for my wireless router. I ended up going with a D-Link antenna since that was the make of my router, and I didn't want any issues with connecting it, but I noticed it on [URL="http://www.buy.com/"]Buy.com.[/URL] When I went to …

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The latest Merriam-Webster's dictionary update has ruffled a few feathers online. Not for the inclusion of Manga (noun: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel) nor ringtone (noun: the sound made by a cell phone to signal an incoming call) or even supersize (transitive verb: to increase considerably the size, amount, or extent of.) Could it possibly be mouse potato (noun: a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer) or himbo (noun: and attractive but vacuous man?). Nope, then surely unibrow (noun: a single continuous brow resulting from the growing together of eyebrows) or even soul …

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Last month it was revealed that the [URL="http://www.nsa.gov"]National Security Agency[/URL] had been logging telephone calls since 9/11. This month, the right to privacy debate is set to ignite even further after a report in the [URL="http://www.newscientisttech.com"]New Scientist[/URL] claims that the NSA is funding research into the harvesting of personal information from social networks such as [URL="http://www.myspace.com"]MySpace[/URL]. This might not sound like such a big deal, until you step back and realize quite how much personal information gets posted on social networking services: who you know, what blogs you read, your political allegiances, sexual preferences and more. Things heat up when …

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Network design can certainly be innovative, and to those of a technical persuasion even considered a thing of beauty. But is it art? That was the question posed by a handful of senior Microsoft folk, the editor of an IT magazine and an Emeritus Professor at an art gallery in London last night. I was there with the champagne and sushi set, listening to the great and good debate the create genius of IT professionals and the artistic value of their work. Wondering exactly how this Microsoft sponsored [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/uk/technet/designit/default.mspx"]DesignIT [/URL]event could actually achieve its aim of encouraging creativity and innovation …

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Have you heard the one about the book publishing company with a reputation built upon the back of the Open Source movement, which set its lawyers on a rival for using the term Web 2.0? Apparently [URL="http://www.oreilly.com"]O’Reilly[/URL] has applied for a ‘service mark’ to cover Web 2.0 when applied to business and educational conferences within various fields of computers and IT use. Oh, and the person defending both the service mark application and the cease-and-desist letter sent to reinforce it, is called Winge. But this is no joke, it’s actually deadly serious. The letter sent to Irish non-profit organization [URL="http://www.itcork.ie"]IT@Cork[/URL], …

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Having built an online empire around keeping the advertising simple and unobtrusive, [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google [/URL]is about to enter the video advert business. The announcement follows the [URL="http://www.aol.com"]AOL[/URL] acquisition of video search engine [URL="http://www.truveo.com"]Truveo [/URL]in January and video ad sales specialist [URL="http://www.lightningcast.com"]Lightningcast [/URL] last week, which will merge with [URL="http://www.advertising.com"]Advertising.com[/URL] which AOL bought for $435 million two years ago. However, while the AOL strategy appears to be a straightforward matter of selling commercials into online video programming, Google is taking a much more ‘in your face’ approach. If the information that is coming back to me through usually reliable sources is accurate, …

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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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This week [URL="http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/spry/"]Adobe [/URL]released the Spry toolkit that finally allows web designers to join the, until now, programmer led world of Ajax development. At the same time, [URL="http://www.backbase.com/"]Backbase [/URL]introduced an Ajax development tool for Java applications. But what use is an Ajax powered website when search engines such as Google can’t see it? Ajax is the future of the web, declare the usual suspects, and with good cause. It is, undoubtedly an exciting technology that is already driving forward the idea of Rich Internet Applications. Yet dynamic client-server interaction and the display associated client-side trickery that accompanies it, cannot and …

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted against giving a green light for a proposed Internet red light domain. After a 5 year struggle to segregate online porn, the ICM Registry .xxx domain proposal was finally outvoted 9 to 5. This could be regarded as just another non-event in the dull as dishwater world of ICANN, were it not for the extraordinary comments from the office of the EU Information Society Commissioner. Reuters has reported that a spokesman for Commissioner Viviane Reding claimed the decision was “a clear case of political interference in ICANN

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The news that Jeffrey Toback, a representative in the Nassau County Legislature, has filed a 16 page complaint alleging Google profits from child pornography has ignited discussion of censorship, responsibility and technology. Yet I can’t help thinking that everyone is missing the real point: why are allegations covered by 10 year old legislation being made at all? Is the Government using child porn allegations to punish Google for earlier non-compliance perhaps? You need to cast your minds back to January when Google didn’t play ball with the FBI. The Bush administration would like to revive the proposed Child Online Protection …

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In an astonishing display of pique, Google (the new Microsoft) has complained bitterly to both the US DoJ and the European Commission about Microsoft (the old Google). What exactly has the Boy God Gates done to annoy billionaire double act Brin and Page so? At the risk of reading like a Monty Python sketch script, it would appear that having the audacity to use MSN as the default search engine in the latest IE7 web browser client Beta was enough to get Google running to tell teacher they were being picked on. Google complains that it’s unfair for IE7 to …

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Recently I've been selected to participate on quite a few of the google 'beta' projects, such as analytics, Company based e-mail, and their google page maker. First off, let me just say that all of the google projects are wonderful. I've been playing with the google analystics recently and the improvements over it's predecesor (urchin) are just outstanding. (Note: I never got to try Urchin 6 'On-Demand', so I may be overstating this comment). To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from the google page maker, but once again, google has overshot my expectations. Personally after using this product though …

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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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If you're in the SEO industry, most likely you're familiar with the Search Engine Roundtable at [url]www.seroundtable.com[/url], a blog / feed of all of the webmaster forums around. However, I just clicked on the "Forums" tab tonight to find my familiar list of other webmaster forums gone. In its place is what seems to be a new vBulletin forum of less than 200 threads. I'm curious to see if this new seo forum will ever take off.

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Files, emails, and folders. Even the best of us sometimes misfile or loose things. Then, we need to locate that document in a hurry. Where did it go? Does this sound familiar? Microsoft launched this week a new tool called Windows Desktop Search ([url]http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/web/desktop_search.mspx[/url]) and it works to help you locate your documents in a quick and easy fashion. Similar to Apple's Sherlock, the Windows Desktop Search will make an internal database of the collected files, and provide an interface to it. Using simple boolean operators (OR, AND, NOT), you can customize the results of the search, and narrow the …

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