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Gmail downtime takes hours, and it’s not the last time

Posted in Problems, Web by whuup on February 24, 2009

On several websites people discuss at the moment about problems with Gmail.

Has anyone else been experiencing this? I’ve never seen it down for this long before.
– yep, its been down for the last 12 hrs…couldn’t read and send mails. Now it’s completely down, won’t even login.
– I hope they have a VERY GOOD explanation…
– ok this is now beyond a joke…I am losing faith in Google…how can I trust Google again with my email with downtime now exceeding 15 hrs…and no sign or message as to when it’s ever going to come back up.

google404errorYou see, as people are starting to count on Google and it’s mail service, it is going to be very ugly when it’s down for more than a day. People are far too dependent on Gmail, and now they experience that Google is far from perfect. Tuesday’s Gmail outage left users seeing only a “502 server error” page when trying to login to the Web-based system. Word of the problem spread very fast via Twitter.

Enough said, I’m gonny read my mails with Outlook.

Google + typo = virus

Posted in Web by whuup on February 19, 2009

typogoogle1Internet REIT, a giant investor in domain names backed by leading private-equity investors, owns more than 30 addresses that are misspellings of Google or its product names, including googledearth.com, googleeardh.com and googleearthc.com. Those adresses can be used to spread malware, spyware and virusses. Since the virusmakers became really online-agressive and smart people, you can visit a malware website but think that you typed the address correctly. It’s another bad thing Google’s popularity is taken care of.

Internet REIT, a giant investor in domain names backed by leading private-equity investors, owns more than 30 addresses that are misspellings of Google or its product names, including Google Earth.

Boring couple loses case against Google – Evil is as evil does

Posted in Web by astromanic on February 18, 2009

THE COUPLE THAT sued Google claiming that the firm’s Street View represents an invasion of their privacy have lost their case.

Aaron and Christine Boring said that Google had “significantly disregarded privacy interests” when it photographed their house.They said having their home visible on Google’s Street View caused them “mental suffering” and asked for $25,000 in damagesBut a judge in the US District Court for Western Pennsylvania dismissed the case, saying the Borings “failed to state a claim under any count.”

Google said privacy no longer exists, what with all these new-fangled satellites in the sky and CCTV and what have you. And there’s nothing wrong with cars cruising the streets taking shots of people in their underwear, it said.

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Everyone Wants to Buy Yahoo, Nobody Wants to Buy AOL

Posted in Publications, Secret, Web by henrydewaag on February 12, 2009

And is there any wonder? Time Warner has been in talks with both Microsoft and Yahoo about selling off its AOL unit through out this year, but both companies have been much more interested in each other than the crumbled remains of AOL. Time Warner has showed a renewed interest in a deal and Microsoft and Yahoo continue to listen, but neither company appeared to be especially interested.

The NYTimes.com quotes Richard Greenfield, an analyst who covers Time Warner for Pali Capital, “I don’t see why anyone would make a move now with all the pieces on the chess board where they are,” he said. He adds that Time Warner was in a bad spot because the value of AOL was declining. (Doesn’t everyone want dialup?) Its main business is now selling graphical display ads and that is under pricing pressure. Greenfield also says its brand has a “toxic” connotation with consumers. The company does not even use the AOL name when it starts new web sites.

From its days as the evil empire of dialup companies, they earned the nickname ‘AOHell’. The company seemed to lack firm direction, buying various companies with no obvious connection to their business and often ruining them in the process. Perhaps the most famous of these is ICQ. The most popular IM program of the time was turned into bloatware, which quickly sank out of sight. Don’t even get me started on Netscape. AOL entered the portal ring way late and had already bled dialup users seeking the freedom of the internet compared to AOL’s own internal version of it. The company has been aimless and with its almost necrotic touch, is it any wonder consumers find the brand toxic?

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Google ex-employees launch search engine rival Cuil

Posted in Innovation, Technics by henrydewaag on February 7, 2009

A new search engine has been launched by some of Google’s former engineers, to rival their ex-employer’s market leading product. The engineers claim that Cuil can index, faster and more cheaply, a far larger portion of the web than Google can.

The new search engine says its service goes beyond prevailing search techniques that focus on web links and traffic patterns, instead analysing the context of each page and the concepts behind each user search request.

“Our significant breakthroughs in search technology have enabled us to index much more of the internet,
placing nearly the entire web at the fingertips of every user,” said Tom Costello, Cuil co-founder and chief executive.

According to Danny Sullivan, web search analyst and editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, Cuil could exploit complaints that consumers may have with Google, such as the fact it tries to do too much, its results favour already popular sites, and that it leans heavily on certain authoritative sites, such as Wikipedia.

“The time may be right for a challenger,” Sullivan said. “Competing with Google is still a very daunting task, as Microsoft will tell you,” he added.

According to Anna Patterson, founder of Cuil and former architect of Google’s TeraGoogle index of web pages, Cuil has indexed a 120 billion web pages, three times more than what they say Google currently indexes. She also claims that the company has spent just £2.5 million developing the search engine.

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Hi all!

Posted in General by igortinbergen on February 1, 2009

The first post in history of this weblog. We’ll update you as soon as possible with all the information regarding Google and the truth about it… sounds a little spooky? Well, we’ll see. Please comment and visit us again!

We’ll found out where this ends!

John ‘Whuup’ Nijenroode
Henry de Waag
Igor Tinbergen
William ‘Astromaniac’ van Urken