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About Nathan Weinberg

Nathan Weinberg writes the popular InsideGoogle blog, offering the latest news and insights about Google and search engines.

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Why Isn’t Windows In The Movies?
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From Idigit Design’s list of 50 things that only ever happen in the movies:

Powerful Mobile Application from Windows Live

The Windows Live folks have released a really cool application for mobile phones, one that makes it easier to check out maps and find driving directions and traffic conditions.

Google Answers Is Closing

Google has announced that Google Answers, the very first non-search project from Google, is closing down forever. Come the end of the year, Answers will stop accepting new questions, although the old pages will remain up as archives.

Take Advantage Of Vistas Powerful Search

The Windows Sidebar team blog has a tip for getting the Vista Sidebar Slideshow Gadget to use images based on a search, rather than all the images in a specified location. The trick is to take advantage of Vista’s powerful search functionality (which regrettably, is hidden and handicapped in the Vista Explorer UI) to get the Gadget to use a virtual folder (known as a saved search) as its picture source.

Which Is The Top Embedded Video Player?

If you liked the dueling video services, then here’s something real interesting: Eight different embedded players on a single page, served up as a comparison. While I can’t tell who has the best video quality, there are a few things I can say:

Google Checkout Up 30%

Hitwise reports that downstream traffic to Google Checkout is up 30% in the past four weeks, with the number one store, by far, being Buy.com. Buy delivered 18.3% of Checkout’s traffic, with number 2 Dick’s Sporting Goods way behind at 4.8%. Of course, Google’s major “Free Money” promotion is the biggest thing driving people to use the service, and with it running until the end of December, we’ll have to wait for January numbers to see if there is a big drop-off.

Google’s Digital Frame Gift

As it does this time every year, Google has sent out its holiday gifts for top earning AdSense publishers.

Microsoft Releases XML Notepad 2007

Microsoft has released the latest version of XML Notepad, a pretty cool app for working with XML files in a manner far more capable than your usual Windows Notepad.

YouTube Is Good For CBS

CBS issued a press release, boasting how the content it uploaded to YouTube has been very popular.

GOOG Tops $500

Google stock closed above $500 for the first time ever, a new record that puts it at a market capitalization of $150 billion.

Microsoft Licenses Office 2007 UI

Microsoft has done a cool and smart thing, and decided to let (almost) everyone use the Office 2007 UI.

Google To Be Number One In 2007

Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney says that, based on Comscore Data, Google will be the number one trafficked website by late next year. Comscore’s top 4 currently (September numbers) stand at:

HD Photo From Microsoft

Responding to feedback from partners and customers, Microsoft has rechristened the Microsoft-friendly Windows Media Photo as the market-friendly HD Photo.

Google’s Weight Gain/Loss Tracker

There’s a useful li’l weight tracker you can add to your Google personalized homepage, created by Brian W. Fitzpatrick, a Google software engineer. Brian calls the Gadget the Google 15, after the weight geeks usually gain after starting their Google jobs and being introduced to all the free food.

New Vista Sidebar Gadgets

I’m always on the lookout for Windows Vista Sidebar Gadgets (since the number is low, and the Gadgets hard to find), so here are a few more from Tom at Cener:

Which List Are You On?

Frank Arrigo links to Kineda, which now has a widget which queries Technorati to determine where you go in the blogging hierarchy, from the A-List to the D-List. Frank’s happy to be on the B-List, but I’m shocked that I am apparently an A-Lister.

MSN Serving Coffee

Thank god for Microsoft

Yahoo Facing A Crossroads

For a weekend, Yahoo sure has been busy.

Hotmail Increases Storage

Microsoft has increased the storage space in Hotmail to one gigabyte, bringing it in line with what Yahoo Mail offers.

How Did Zune Get Its Name?

The SF Gate has an article where David Placek, founder and CEO of Lexicon, disusses how his company came up with the name Zune. Some bullets:

Yahoo Beats Google

Yahoo and Google met up Sunday to settle their differences once and for all, in a war of tennis.

Zune Released, PS3 Failure, Vista and more

The Zune came out today, as well as news that Microsoft is paying Universal Music $1 per Zune sold, in order to get Universal’s music in its Zune music store. Looks like the music industry and the mafia aren’t so different after all

Office Live Coming Nov. 15 (With Increased Storage)

Microsoft has announced the final release of Office Live will be on November 15, bringing a great set of web services to small businesses at low (or no) cost.

New Google Custom Search Blog

Google has a new blog for the Google Custom Search Engine program. Always good to have more Google blogs. Get the feed.