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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Its Google Checkout not GBUY

So its not GBUY that most of us heard in the past. Its called Google Checkout which was planned to be released on June 29th, 2006. Unlike many of it's (Google's) services which used to be launched as Beta version; Google Checkout will be launched with its final version.

It was also speculated that Google was trying to compete with and Paypal, but that's not true according to the Gartner analyst Weiner. As a matter of fact, Google Checkout will offer more than Paypal. Google is also taking advantage of its advertising platform. Google has even considered including Paypal as a payment option, which I think can be a good move, since Paypal has more users and Google can take advantage by reaching even wider audience with its advertising scheme.

I guess we will know more when it will finally shows up. Do you think this will be a big hit for Google unlike their news service?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Google File System - how Google does it

While many IT shops deal with the issues related to hundreds or thousands of users, Google regularly manages, administers and upgrades software and systems for millions of users. How do they do it? This article presents an excellent overview of the Google file system and its unique capabilities.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

DSL to Overtake Cable Internet by 2010

The number of households using broadband is expected to double within the next three years as DSL surges past cable Internet as the high-speed service of choice for consumers, analyst firm JupiterResearch said Monday.

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

How One Spammer Got BILLIONS of Pages into Google in 3 Weeks

One Romanian company has taken spamming Google to new heights. Learn how they got over 7 billion spam-filled pages into Google in under 1 month.

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Almost Every South Park Episode Online

Almost every episode from seasons 1 through 10 with no commercials. Amazing.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Google's Not-So-Very-Secret Weapon: Googleplex

"Google is working on a secret weapon in its quest to dominate the next generation of Internet computing. But it is hard to keep a secret when it is a computing center as big as two football fields, with twin cooling plants protruding four stories into the sky."

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EBay now has 200 million registered users

EBay can be the 5th largest country in the world behind China, India, USA, and Indonesia if its 200 million registered users can form a country. This is very impressive and this number doesn't include the users from its other properties such as,, etc. Who knew that an auction site would come this far within a decade?

eBay is mostly popular in US, UK, Germany and South Korea, and has about 75 million active users world wide.

Adidas VS Nike, Yahoo VS Google

Would you compare the rivalry between Adidas and Nike with Google and Yahoo? I m trying to explain about the rivalry between Adidas and Nike over the world cup soccer. No doubt that Nike is the number one shoemaker in the world, but its Adidas that has the exclusive rights to advertise during World cup Soccer 2006. How did they get that deal? is it because Adidas is from Germany...Anyways..

Adidas has been pouring in millions of dollars into soccer, which is the number one sport in the world. More people around the globe watches World Cup soccer than Olympics, and Superbowl. Adidas has even rights to advertise in all the TV ads in US for all the 64 matches. They even lead in Japan over Nike specially when Adidas sponsored the Japanese National team for World Cup 2002.

However, Nike took a different approach, i.e. a virtual approach. Nike along with Google started a soccer community online called Its a community like except that Joga serves as a platform for all the soccer fans where one soccer player can meet other soccer players and share their experiences including pictures and videos. Nike even has an online ad featuring Ronaldhino, a Brazilian player who is considered to be the best in the world. Nike says that the ad has been downloaded over 30 million times. Ronaldhino is amazing in this ad where he tries on the golden soccer/football shoes and shows his magic with the ball. Nike became serious about the soccer since 1994 and they have spent almost 1.5 billion dollars.

Adidas has even secured to be the exclusive sneaker sponsor for 2008 summer Olympics that is going to be held in China. That is a big step entering a huge market. Nike of the other side sponsored the Indian cricket team with around $44 million. Adidas has been gaining markets in other sports besides soccer. Adidas is not that behind when it comes to the overall share outside of US. Adidas has 28% whereas Nike has 31%.

Adidas is supporting for Germany and guess who has the support

Monday, June 12, 2006

Get updated with World Cup scores

Google lets to you add scores and schedules on their page. Its pretty good. You can get the results live, schedules, and also the rankings.

I do also check yahoo's section as well. Since they are the official website for FIFA world cup, they have more coverage, but google is for quick stats/info.

By the way Czech indeed outplayed US with 3-0 score.

Friday, June 09, 2006

How far can a user go? far can a user go?
Well, one teenager did go as far as Jordan. Actually 16 years old Katherine R. Lester from Michigan met a man from West Bank on, and went to meet the guy and was stopped by the officials in Jordan.

Straight A student lied to her parents saying that she was going to CANADA, and the officials tracked her in the outbound flight from NY to Israel.

So why do you think the teenager was thinking of? One has to be very careful with sites like where 100s of possible sex predators resides...

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