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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Google's New Strategy: Spray and Pray  —  I wonder if Google has patented its spray and pray technology?  Froogle, Google Catalogs, Google Base, Google Blog Search and the new Google just feels like Google is throwing everything out there to see what sticks.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Page Creator  —  A new day, a new Google product.  Today, Google releases the Page Creator, a tool for easy website creation.  You can log-in to it using your Google account, and your site URL will then be  —  The editor works very nice.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Google Introduces Web Page Creator  —  Want to create your own web page, but don't know how to begin?  The new Google Page Creator is a simple, free tool that allows you to publish to the web with ease.  —  Google Page Creator is a web based application that uses a basic …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Google Pages Released  —  Although there has been no official announcement yet Google have released the long awaited and long-rumored Google Pages (which has nothing to do with cloning Larry Page).  Pages allows users to create a webpage using an AJAX interface that removes a lot …
Ken Schafer / One Degree:
Big Problem With Google Pages  —  Related to Domains, Google, Privacy Issues, Public Relations, Web Sites  —  There are 0 comments on this entry.  Add your own.  —  Well, this will stir things up a bit.  —  A few hours ago Google launched Google Pages.
Discussion: The Daily Om and Conversion Rater
Rich Miller / Netcraft:   Google Launches Free Hosting Service
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo To Ban Bidding On Competitor Trademarks To Stop Comparison Advertising  —  Yahoo No Longer Allow Bidding On Trademarked Terms on our SEW Forums has news that Yahoo will no longer be allowing companies to purchase ads linked to the trademarks of their competitors.  From what's being sent to advertisers:
Elinor Mills / CNET
EarthLink, Google team in S.F. Wi-Fi bid  —  EarthLink has teamed up with Google on a bid to offer free wireless Internet access throughout the city of San Francisco and premium service for a fee, a Google spokeswoman said on Wednesday.  —  The Google-EarthLink bid was among six presented …
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Will Earthlink Spinoff Muni WiFi Biz?
Discussion: Techdirt and DoRealTime
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Hanging Out With Google Japan  —  Hanging Out With Google Japan  —  As many of the readers of Search Engine Journal may know, I am currently living outside of Tokyo, Japan and have been working on connecting with Japanese search engines and bloggers.  Today I took a trip into Tokyo to meet …
Yahoo! Search blog:
What's been going on with Yahoo! Answers?  —  It's hard for us on the core product team to believe that it's only been 2 months since we launched the beta of Yahoo! Answers.  Since then, we've added many features to the site in a steady stream of improvements.  So it seems like a good time to catch you up!
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:   Yahoo Answers Adds New Features
Alice Hill / Alice Hill's Real Tech News:
Google Admits Porn Turning Out to be the Killer App for Cell Phones  —  When you think of internet porn (and I know you do!) the desktop PC or the laptop in a hotel room far far away springs to mind.  This is why many cell phone providers doubted that cell phone porn would catch on.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Wi-Fi to Go: The Hot Spot in a Box  —  YOU know what would be so cool?  A portable Wi-Fi hot spot.  Whenever you wanted Internet access, you wouldn't have to hunt for a wireless coffee shop or pay $24 a night to your hotel.  —  Instead, you'd travel with a little box.
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:
Why Open Source Analysis Will Grow: Learning from The Sumerians  —  I have been surprised that some of the people I expected to agree with ideas I put forward in a recent blog about open source analysis, On Open Source, Declarative Living and Making Better Platform Decisions, have been fairly dismissive.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Open Gardens
Yahoo! Search blog:
Going deeper into the Wikipedia  —  We've been a big fan of Wikipedia for a while now, and we've been working together with the Wikimedia folks to make the Wikipedia even more accessible and easy to use.  Now, as part of our larger effort to get people more answers in fewer clicks …
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
Gaming's Top Ref Pays Big Bucks For Record-Breaking Scores  —  Brooklyn-based ref has screened more than 1,200 tapes for all-time gaming feats.  —  Robert Mruczek gave up a lot to become a video game referee.  —  He gave up the free time he used to spend playing games literally for days on end …
Discussion: Joystiq
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
An Industry Off Its Game  —  Product Delays and Prices Hurt the Business of Video Play  —  The video game industry ought to be riding high.  Public interest has never been greater, overall sales are up, and blockbuster movies such as "King Kong" and "Star Wars" routinely look to video games to extend their reach into popular culture.
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Kotaku
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Dow Jones Plans to Merge Online and Print Divisions  —  Dow Jones & Company, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, announced yesterday that it would merge its print and online operations, putting them under the control of L. Gordon Crovitz, who had been president of the company's online unit.

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