Recognizing text in images, patent by Google
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Time for patents. After Microsoft with the “Wish list”, now it’s time for Google to have published its patent, “Recognizing text in images”. The patent was filed by Google with the World Intellectual Property Organization in June 2007 and published … Read More

Yahoo! and online gambling search
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It seems that Yahoo! already started the campaign against online gambling. For a search with the keywords “online gambling”, the first two positions belong to a same site that was shuted down by the web hosting company for the violation … Read More

Wikia Search, the new search engine powered by MediaWiki
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Next week will be officially launched Wikia Search, powered by the free software MediaWiki and managed by Wikia Inc., with about 50 million to 100 million Web pages indexed. Wikia Search will have open-source search algorithms and application program interfaces, … Read More

Outsourcing predictions for the new year 2008
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A high importance is given to the IT outsourcing industry. From this point of view, there are two special “destinations” for the corporations: India, and Eastern Europe. Phil Fersht suggests some trends for the new year: Offshoring panic will continue, … Read More

My predictions for the new year 2008
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Due to the global warming with increased effects for this year, the developed states will change their national strategies by taking into account these aspects, and we will see important geopolitical changes. United States will try to overcome the economical … Read More

US FTC new rules on online behavioral advertising
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After European Union set new rules on online advertising, U.S. Federal Trade Commissions published these days a proposed set of privacy principles governing online behavioral advertising. The FTC’s privacy program seeks to balance support for such innovation in consumer services … Read More

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft settle online gambling charges
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All the three companies have agreed to pay a total of $31.5m (£15.7m) to settle claims that they accepted online ads promoting illegal gambling, during the last ten years. Microsoft has to pay $21m, part of it as a charitable … Read More

Webmasters, take care, a trojan steals your money!
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BitDefender has detected a new trojan, which hijacks Google text advertisements, replacing them with ads from a different provider. The threat, which is identified by BitDefender as Trojan.Qhost.WU, modifies the infected computers’ Hosts file (a local storage for domain name … Read More

New Google tools for webmasters: Video Sitemaps
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Google Video team joined the Sitemaps to introduce Video Sitemaps, allowing an XML submission of video assets for your site. This new tool will ease your self-hosted videos to compete with the big sites, like YouTube, when someone use Google … Read More

New features in Google Webmaster Tools for SEO
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Google helps the webmasters by introducing two new features in Google Webmaster Tools: Content analysis and Sitemap details. Some errors reported by Google are due, in fact, to problems in their crawling, but these are minor errors of the new … Read More

Yahoo! in Romania
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In accordance with the information published by the Romanian newspaper România Liberă, Yahoo! intends to open a center for software research and development in Romania, and a specific 100% Romanian portal. Zoltan Somodi, a state secretary at the Communication Minister, … Read More

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