Google vs. Microsoft. Microsoft vs. Google. The two giants have been at each other’s throats this week as they battle on various fronts. First, Amazon and A9 (owned by Amazon) are no longer carrying Google search results but rather results from Microsoft’s Live Windows. Secondly, Google is whining over the new Microsoft browser, claiming that users will be forced to use Microsoft’s search results and not have much choice in using others.
Is Google now getting into the beverage business? Not really. However in a new article at the Washington Post, Leslie Walker coins the phrase “Google Juice” which she associates with how high a Web site ranks in Google’s search results.
“Google juice, for the uninitiated, refers to how high a Web site ranks in Google’s search results — the higher the ranking, the more juice. Google juice is all about links.
Google’s has hired Israeli-born Ori Allon and along with it, acquired a text-search algorithm Ori developed called Orion. This search engine tool which is being developed in Sydney, Australia, will supposedly revolutionize the way people retrieve information from the net, making searches much less time-consuming by working with existing search engines and expanding on their function.
Are you obsessive over Google’s PageRank (PR) scores? Then you will be happy to know that there is a new tool called Live Pagerank which will check the PR score of any given URL across 78 different Google data centers. That’s right – 78!
As a follow-up to a story I blogged on Monday regarding Google’s move to Arizona and whether that location would be Scottsdale or Tempe, it has been confirmed that Tempe is the winner.
The Business Journal reports today that Google has confirmed that they will lease temporary office space at Arizona State University. “The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is expanding in the Valley with an engineering, operations and IT support functions office as part of a worldwide effort to build engineering centers in locations where there are great engineers,” according to Google.
In the latest of acquisitions, Google has acquired Writely, a collaborative word processor that runs in a web browser. The acquisition was noted on both Writely’s main Web site and on a blog run by Writely co-founder Claudia Carpenter. Now with a word processor in its arsenal, Google continues to tread on ground that was once sacred to Microsoft.
The Business Journal of Phoenix reports today that Google is planning to move into large, temporary office space in Tempe and is expected to end up permanently in either Tempe or South Scottsdale at a newly constructed facility near Arizona State University. News that Google was coming to Arizona originally broke last October.
An hour long show called “SEO Rockstars” which airs every Tuesday on WebmasterRadio.FM and is hosted by Todd Friesen and Greg Boser interviewed Matt Cutts of Google on January 31st.
In case you are unfamiliar with the show, Todd and Greg discuss a variety of search engine optimization tactics that range from low to high risk methods of online marketing or in other words, white hat, black hat and little gray in between. Both freely admit that they have and will continue to “spam” the search engines if necessary with tactics that many white hat SEOs may stay far away from.
Nick Wilsdon, also known as NickW on many forums, shares with us what information Google might have access to as a domain name registrar in an article entitled, What does Google know about your domain names? When Google became a domain registrar back in February 2005, people began to wonder what they were up to. Were they going to sell and maintain domain names such as GoDaddy, DirectNIC and others do, or was there another motive up their sleeve? Possibly their interest lies in the additional information they have access to as a registrar?