Amy Van Dyken Rouen Severs Spine in ATV Accident

Amy Van Dyken Rouen Severs Spine in ATV Accident

By Shana Norris June 10, 2014

Amy Van Dyken Rouen, six-time Olympic gold medalist, severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident near her Scottsdale, AZ home on Friday. Van Dyken, 41, and husband Tom Rouen were coming home from dinner Friday night when the …

“Freaky Outty” Microsoft Working On Bug Fix

New Zealand hacker Beau Butler pointed out an ancient (1999) computer bug still posed problems for web browsers all the way up to modern versions.

SEM in Australia Dominated by a Silent Google

Internet companies down under are in a sticky situation. They’re handing Google about 80% of their search marketing spend, using Google for 82% of all online searches, and spending around AU$399 million a year. They’re playing nicely with Google, but Google refuses to play nicely back.

Aussies Have No Worries About Google, DoubleClick

Google received the stamp of approval from regulators with the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission for its bid for ad serving network DoubleClick.

Aussie Watchdog Growls At Google US

A case against Google’s subsidiaries in Australia and Ireland will be refiled against Google’s US operations instead.

MySpace Turns Away Australian Mobile Users

Under the right circumstances, an air of exclusivity can create a lot of interest.  Under the wrong circumstances, it can generate a lot of shrugs.  And by blocking some Australian mobile users, MySpace seems to have earned an unhealthy mix of the two.

Google Tries To Protect APEC?
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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation will meet in Australia’s largest city in about three weeks’ time, but if you seek Google’s help to look at Sydney, you may be out of luck – Google Maps images of the area have become rather fuzzy.

Sydney Gets Fuzzy Under Google Maps

Views of Australia’s well-known metropolis on Google Maps have diminished in their clarity, resulting in conspiracy theories and denials from the search company.

Doodle 4 Google Contest Creates Huge Response
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When I first wrote about Google Australia’s Doodle 4 Google contest, I thought it was a nice idea – “nice idea” meaning a warm-fuzzies PR initiative that not a lot of people would notice.  But people are noticing, and a new post on the Official Google Australia Blog quantifies the matter.

Google Australia Asks For Doodles

If you want to win a Macbook Pro, or get some artwork on the front page of Google Australia, a new contest will give you that chance.  There’s only one catch: to qualify, you must be an Australian child.

Show Uses YouTube To Earn International Success

As Google develops video ID tools for YouTube, its main motivation is likely a desire to avoid lawsuits – some companies just don’t approve of the whole free-video arrangement.  But some companies do, and one Australian show even owes much of its success to YouTube.

mobilise Moves Closer To Launching
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“ninemsn is set to launch mobilise.”  Now, look closely at that sentence (or not closely at all, really), and you can guess three things – this development relates to mobile phones, Microsoft, and either Britain or Australia.

Google Goofs Accumulate

Earlier today, a feature on Google’s new Experimental Search site drew a comparison between Australian politician Kevin Rudd and Hitler.  The primary engine also caught Wikipedia at a bad time – a search for “George Washington” showed a result claiming our first president had, um, “defecated” on a stick.

Google Earth To Showcase Beautiful Buildings

Architecture is one of those subjects that appeals, on some level, to just about everybody; from your basic suburban house to St. Basil’s Cathedral, it’s just too entwined in our lives to go unnoticed.  Now architecture is being noticed by Google Earth – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has helped design two new 3D layers for the software.

Cerf Disconnects Google Phone Rumors

Last week, a high-ranking Google executive confirmed that the search engine company is developing a mobile phone.  Now another exec – one with even more influence – has denied the rumors.  “[B]ecoming an equipment manufacturer is pretty far from our business model,” said Vinton Cerf.

Google Says

Google has gone to great lengths to defend free speech, and has protected a lot of questionable material (posted by users) on both Orkut and Blogger. It appears that Google draws the line at death threats, however, as a blog containing threats against a New Zealand politician was shut down this morning.

Sydney Shot Down By Google Flyover
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Disappointment reigned through the Sydney area, as Google’s scheduled flyover for photographing the Australian city had to be altered to suit aviation requirements.