I didn’t touch a computer once in four days of Thanksgiving-inspired gluttony. But the news doesn’t stop when you’re on holiday. Here’s a quick wrap-up of Google News from the last few days.
- Google Settles with Belgian Publishers
Agreement with photogs and journalists allows Google to make “extensive use of their content.”
Google Video Sued in France
“The World According to Bush” has been viewed over 50,000 times.
Blog Results More Frequent in Google Search
I imagine this is what Google was thinking (beyond advertising) when they bought Blogger back in 2002. Integrating blog results into the main search is a nod to blogs’ increasing authroty and reliability. But it’s also a way for Google to surface more ads.
Google Book Search Catches Victorian Plagiarists
“To his surprise, he got more back than just Howlett: The search also revealed a suspiciously similar passage in Sabine Baring-Gould’s 1892 book Strange Survivals. A lot of suspiciously similar passages.”
- Google Shares Climb Above $500
Some analysts predict $600
- Google Offers Checkout Incentives
Through Tuesday, December 26, Google Checkout users will receive $10 off purchases of $30 or more, or $20 off purchases of $50 or more, depending on the merchant.
More Conjecture About a Google Operating System
Emre Sokullu says the OS will manifest as either a web-based desktop, a full-featured Linux distro, or a lightweight Linux distro and/or BIOS
Analysis of the Google-Microsoft Competitive Landscape
The Vista release will put pressure on Google’s product lines in 2007, and Google will attack on several office-related fronts.
- Google Earth Improves Height Mesh