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French Version of Google Toolbar 3
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Today, Google released a new version of the Google Toolbar. This free browser tool now checks spelling, enables users to translate English text into 8 other languages.

Dear Oprah, Invite Bloggers on Your Program

Many people say that you’re not really an influencer until you’ve been on the Oprah Winfrey show.

What the Heck is Google Print?

Here’s another Google service with which many people are not familiar: Google Print. Huh? What is that?

Microsoft’s Key Windows Architect Defects To Google

According to Microsoft Watch, Mark Lucovsky, one of Microsoft’s key Windows architects, has defected to Google.

Visiting Yahoo! Japan

In about 5 hours I hop on a flight from San Jose to Japan. I’m visiting Yahoo! Japan for a few days.

The SEO Game is Getting Harder

Aaron Wall has an interesting article detailing how his SEOBook and SEOGuy websites have been dumped in the recent Google update.

A JavaScript That Kills Google AutoLink Links

Chris and Gurtie at Search Guild have published a working script that webmasters can insert into their webpages that kills Google AutoLink links.

Yahoo! Image Database Increases to 1.5 Billion Images

Yahoo! has just indicated that they now index more than 1.5 billion images in their Images Search Engine.

Blogger Jason Kotkke Turns Pro

Congrats to Jason Kottke, a popular blogger who today decided to make blogging his full-time gig.

French Not Happy with Google Book Plans

According to Reuters, France’s national library has raised a “war cry” over plans by Google to put books from some of the world’s great libraries on the Internet and wants to ensure the project does not lead to a domination of American ideas.

Paris Hilton’s Address Book Exposed
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Someone has figured out the password to Paris Hilton’s Sidekick phone and posted her number and those from her address book on the internet.

Google Buying 30 Acres In Oregon … Hmm

According to the Business Journal, Google is planning to pay $1.87 million for 30 acres of industrial land within the Port of The Dalles’ Chenoweth Creek Industrial Subdivision.

End of the Yahoo Directory?

Few hours ago, Agent Web Ranking Search Engine Research Center received an alert about Yahoo IT.

Google Backlinks Update (Not Really a Google Dance)
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Google is updating the backlinks reported by the link URL command. This is not really a Google Dance …

Yahoo YQ Contextual Search Rocks

The new Yahoo contextual search feature [dubbed Y!Q] rocks! It’s like vivisimo without all the annoying crap getting in the way of your search and there’s no flash to bog down your pc. Clean and simple interface that doesn’t require any downloads and allows you to drill down into search results in an easy to use manner.

Coffee Table Blogs

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, here’s a new service called BlogBinders that turns your blog into a bound printed book.

Hewitt’s Blog Book: A Helpful Resource For Business

While I was away at the New Communications Forum 2005 last week, a package arrived from Amazon with my copy of Hugh Hewitt’s new book on blogging, published on 13 January.

Definitive Blog Book Gains Traction

Things are beginning to move with The Red Couch, the collaborative work on producing what could be the definitive business book …

AOL Launches Online Comic Book for Kids

AOL’s KOL service, in partnership with Animation Collective, launched an original online comic book series and game based on its “Princess Natasha” animated webisode series.

Google To Scan Millions of Library Books

Google announced yesterday that they have agreements with several large libraries to scan books whose copyrights have expired.

Dan Gillmor Leaves Mercury News to Start Citizen Journalism Project

Dan Gillmor announced last night that he is leaving the San Jose Mercury News next month to work on a citizen-journalism project.