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Google Did It – No More Censorship in Chinese Google

March 22, 2010
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I’ve been writing about this several times already and last week Google was 99.9% certain to shut down in China – now it seems they finally made the decision to go ahead and stop the censorship of search results on Chinese Google.cn. For now, Google.cn is being redirected to the Google based in Hong Kong, […]

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Google 99.9% Certain To Shut Down In China

March 16, 2010
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Recently I wrote that Google apparently didn’t mean business when they threatened to pull out of China and close down their activities in the country. It seems I was wrong, well, 99.9% wrong, according to Financial Times. Due to a hardening in positions from both the Google side and the Chinese government, it now seems […]

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Google In Talks With China After Hacking Attempts

March 11, 2010
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Google recently threatened to close down its activities in China, including their office, and pull out of the country, after they learned about the hacking that came from China. Apparently, it now seems that Google only mean business when they decide to stop supporting Internet Explorer 6 on YouTube and not when it comes to […]

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Google To Be Investigated By The European Union

February 24, 2010
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The European Commission has received three complaints over Google and now intend to start an investigation. The three complaints are from Foundem, a UK-based “price compare”-portal, French legaladvice search engine ejustice.fr and german Ciao, a company below Microsoft. Foundem believes that Google’s search algorithms place Foundem’s pages worse in Google, because Foundem is a competing […]

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Chinese Military School Behind Google Hacking

February 22, 2010
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About a month ago, Google was about to pull out of China because they no longer wanted to continue censoring results on Google.cn as instructed by the Chinese Government. Long story short, Google got mad because somebody within China hacked some Gmail accounts and other major IT companies within the US. Now, New York Times […]

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Google May Earn $500,000,000 On Typosquatting – Yearly!

February 18, 2010
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A new report done by two Harvard scientists reveals that Google may earn up to 500 million dollars a year because of typosquatting. Typosquatting is what they call it when somebody on purpose registers a domain that looks a lot like something else, like Googel.com (notice the misspelling). So if you go to googel.com because […]

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Google Giving Up on Censorship-China?

January 13, 2010
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Google will no longer be cooperating with the Chinese censorship authorities, they said in a recent press release: We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate […]

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66% Of Google Users Would Use Bing – Survey Paid For By Microsoft

December 7, 2009
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A survey, paid for by Microsoft, shows that if you’re a Google user and tries out Bing, there’s a 66% chance you will stick with Bing for your future Internet searching needs. How was the study conducted? Well, 15 Google users were told not to use any other search engine than Bing, for a whole […]

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New And Cleaner Google With ‘Fade In’ Awesomness

December 3, 2009
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Google announced on their blog how they just launched a cleaner look of Google.com, showing only the search field, two buttons and the option to change language. Once you move your mouse, the options you’re used to see, will once again appear. If you’re using iGoogle, this change will not affect you. The result is […]

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Google To Rank Sites Based On Speed? Matt Cutts Explains

November 17, 2009
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Over the past week I’ve answered a few questions in the comments here at TechPatio, asking if the speed of a website has anything to do with how it will rank in Google. My responses were, basically, “no, I don’t believe that is the case”. With the recent comments from Matt Cutts, “the face of […]

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Switzerland Says “No Thanks, We’ll Sue You” To Google Street View

November 16, 2009
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Google started shooting pictures of the streets in Switzerland this summer for their Google Street View service. The local authorities didn’t like that one bit (no pun intended) and the Swiss commissioner for federal data protection, Hanspeter Thür, told Google to stop whatever they were doing! Google didn’t obey the request and continued their drive-by-shooting. […]

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TechPatio Received First PageRank – Now PR2

October 30, 2009
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PR2, it ain’t much, but it sure is better than what I had before: PR0. TechPatio is almost 4 months old so I kinda expected at least PR2 for the next PageRank update, which apparently happened within the last few days. Now I probably have another 2-4 months until the next PageRank update, to build […]

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Google Similar Image Search Fresh Out of Google Labs

October 29, 2009
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A new feature from Google Labs was just released and is now available to the public, it’s called Similar Images. At first it works just like regular Google image search, but when you click “similar images” on an image, you will see..… *drum roll*… similar images! For instance, an initial image search for “apple” will […]

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Google & Bing In Twitter Search Battle

October 22, 2009
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Microsoft announced having agreed a deal with Twitter on providing real-time searches in Bing from Twitter. A few hours later, Google announced pretty much the same deal. Using Bing or Google, users should be able to search in Twitter messages, even just a few moments after they have been “tweeted”. Microsoft already has a test […]

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Google’s Market Share Increases More Than Bing’s

October 19, 2009
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The latest study from ComCast into the US search engine market shows that Bing only saw a 0.1% increase from 9.3% to 9.4% from August to September, while Google increased by 0.3% to 69.9%. It’s mostly Yahoo taking the biggest hit on the risings from Bing and Google as they saw a decrease of 0.5% […]

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Google Removes The Pirate Bay From Search Results (Never Mind, They’re Back!)

October 2, 2009
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Google does the China move and removes The Pirate Bay’s homepage and seven other pages related to the Bay’s BitTorrent tracker, because of a DMCA complaint, writes The Register. At this time Google has not responded to The Register’s query for more information about the removal. Peter Sunde, former spokesperson for The Pirate Bay, asks […]

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Meta Keywords For SEO – Don’t Bother, Says Google

September 29, 2009
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I guess we all knew it already, meta keywords didn’t really have any effects with regards to SEO, within Google at least. But most of us still use meta keywords from time to time and maybe even recommended others to do it. The reasons for still using meta keywords are simple: While Google might not […]

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Bing Rings In At 10% Market Share – Google At 64%

September 16, 2009
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Microsoft has bet big on their new search engine, Bing, and it seems to be the right move, according to a study into the U.S. search market. Bing had 1.1 billion searches in August, an increase of 22.1% compared to July. This gives Microsoft a market share of 10.7% of all searches. There is still […]

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Google’s Crop Circle Logo – What’s Up With All The UFO Stuff?

September 15, 2009
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Last week, Google had a whole “All your O are belong to us” thing going on, with a UFO abducting one of the O’s within the Google logo. Today they have yet another UFO-related logo, this time it shows “Google” spelled out in crop circles, well, almost, because the “L” is missing. By looking at […]

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Matt Cutts: “Google Crawls According To PageRank”. A Must See Video For Bloggers

September 12, 2009
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Matt Cutts is often looked at as the “face of Google” among bloggers and search engine optimization people. Matt often posts information, tips, videos etc. with information about Google and other related stuff that can help bloggers and webmasters optimize their site for better ranking and readership. He joined Google as a software engineer in […]

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Google Search Becomes Bigger – Almost Super Sized!

September 11, 2009

Did you also reset your font-size in your browser yesterday when you noticed how the Google Search had grown in size? There’s nothing wrong with you, or me, it’s just Google changing things around. Google writes on their official blog: For us, search has always been our focus. And, starting today, you’ll notice on our […]

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What Secret Game Are Apple And Google Playing?

August 10, 2009

U.S. Federal Trade Commission has already started to look at the complex relationship of Apple and Google. Last week Google chief Eric E. Schmidt left Apple’s board of directors as both parties agreed that they actually compete in the mobile business with Android and iPhone. Yet, there is much talk in the corners and some […]

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Have You Gone Google, yet?

August 4, 2009

Despite being one of the most known companies in the world, Google just launched an ad campaign with 4 massive billboards along freeways around San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and New York. The ad claims that 1.75 million companies already made the switch to Google Apps which allows them to avoid software upgrade costs and other […]

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