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About Philipp Lenssen

Philipp Lenssen from Germany, author of Google Apps Hacks, shares his views & news on the search industry in the daily Google Blogoscoped.
Techmeme Honors Links?

Gabe Rivera of news aggregator Techmeme says, “if your blog or news article sends a moderate level of traffic to one of my sites, it will be evaluated for inclusion.”

Googles Laws

If you’re using Safari to access Google Docs & Spreadsheets, you’ll end up on the unsupported browsers page, telling you “Sorry, but this browser does not support web word-processing.” However, as John Wiley found out, Google also tells you (my emphasis)…

Blog Search

For a long time now, Google Web Search API result have been flaky – you search, nothing appears, then you refresh the same search, and you get a result.

Upgrading to IE7 or Firefox?

Tony Ruscoe, so far an Internet Explorer user, upgraded to IE7 and wrote a review. Firefox is winning 4 to 0, thanks to issues like these:

Google Showing “Internal IP” Info

Tony Ruscoe stumbled upon a couple of Google Calendar related files that were only supposed to show to Google-internal IPs…

Google Subpoena Report Publicized

Earlier this year, the US gov’t subpoena’d various search companies to get supporting data for a proposed revived Child Online Protection Act.

Polygons on Google Maps and Google Earth

Google Earth was recently updated with the ability to draw polygons in the free version, and Andreas Bovens points out that this feature is now available for Google Maps as well…like for this sample overlaid with a KML/ KMZ file.

Schmidt Talks About Privacy Invasions

Cool – Google CEO Eric Schmidt is standing up against warped gov’t privacy invasion attempts. The Guardian today writes:

Google Trademark vs Blogger

Google cut off Ionut Alex. Chitu’s only current option of making money from his blog, Google Operating System, by disabling his AdSense.

How XHTML 2 Handles Headings

One thing I like about the upcoming XHTML 2 is the way it handles headings. Anyone who ever touched HTML knows a heading is written as <h1>…</h1>, <h2>…</h2> and so on.