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2:55 PM ET, October 24, 2007


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Andy Beard / Niche Marketing:
Digg Favorites Slapped By Google  —  For a company such as Google with a stock price based extensively on anticipated growth and public sentiment, it doesn't take a huge swing in goodwill to have a dramatic effect on valuation.  Google has just slapped their biggest fans.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Declares Jihad On Blog Link Farms  —  A major Google page rank update has punished large scale blog link farms and similar sites indulging in heavy cross linking by dramatically cutting their Google page rank scores.  —  There is some suggestion that the changes may be related …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's PageRank Update Goes After Paid Links?  —  Seems like there is a PageRank update taking place now that seems to be impacting sites that sell links.  Can't say that we were not warned about this?  Danny Sullivan wrote Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings …
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
ProBlogger - PageRank 4  —  Wow - this is an interesting one.  —  ProBlogger's page rank is currently at a 4 - and so is Digital Photography School.  —  I'd heard blogs had been penalized in their page rank recently for selling text links - bizarre thing is that neither of these two blogs sell links.
Mathew /
Google uses the PageRank hammer  —  It's Google's Web — we're just living in it.  That seems to be the message coming from the latest update to its PageRank algorithm, which has pushed some websites several rungs down the ladder due to the use of paid links.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Drops PageRank For Many Sites : Paid Links or New Algorithm?
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Sync your inbox across devices with free IMAP  —  There are two online petitions I've signed in my life.  One was for a "Xena: Warrior Princess" movie.  The other, which I signed a few months before starting at Google, was for Gmail IMAP.  As some of you know, IMAP is the best way to access …
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Gmail gets IMAP  —  It appears that Google is working on integrating IMAP into Gmail.  Download Squad reader eD!  Thomas sent in a tip letting us know he came across the new IMAP setting while snooping around Gmail.  However, it is only appearing in select few Gmail and Google Apps for domains accounts at the moment.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Supports IMAP  —  One of the most requested Gmail features was the addition of IMAP support.  POP is nice, but IMAP is a much better option.  Among the advantages, you're always connected to the server, more clients can connect to the same account, you can obtain the text …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gadgetell and Zoli's Blog
Germano Caronni / Official Google Blog:
Free IMAP for Gmail
Discussion: WebProNews and InsideGoogle
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Interop: Citrix XenSource Flys as Google Crashes
Discussion: Mashable!
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Gmail Now Supporting IMAP Protocol
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
ONLINE FACEOFF  —  M'SOFT AND GOOGLE DUKE IT OUT OVER HOT SITE  —  Google is threatening to once again beat rival Microsoft to the deal punch, this time in the white-hot Facebook investment sweepstakes.  —  Microsoft and Google are each vying to take a stake of between 5 percent and 10 percent …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, Microsoft, Google Has Already Won Facebook War  —  The Post suggests that our prediction of a month ago is coming true: Either Google will run off with Facebook, leaving a jilted Microsoft (MSFT) fuming at the altar, or Microsoft will have to pay a king's ransom to win the bidding war—just as it did with aQuantive:
Discussion: Joe Duck
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is Facebook about to be bought?
Discussion: broadstuff
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In Foray Into TV, Google Is to Track Ad Audiences  —  Google, which dominates the market for advertising on the Internet, seems to be hoping to do the same thing on television.  —  The company is set to announce a partnership today with the Nielsen Company, the voice of authority …
The Nielsen Company and Google Establish Strategic Relationship  —  Nielsen to Provide Demographic Data for Google TV Ads  —  Gary Holmes at The Nielsen Company: +1 646 654 8975  —  The Nielsen Company and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that the companies have established a multi-year, strategic relationship.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Nielsen to Provide Demographics for Google TV Ads
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Analyst Day: Jonathan Rosenberg On Search, Apps; New Versions Of iGoogle, Gmail And More  —  The first session at Google (GOOG) analyst day is focus on search and apps.  CFO George Reyes is giving the introduction.  He'll be followed by Jonathan Rosenberg on search and apps …
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Why Enterprise Software Sucks  —  Khoi, who's consistently one of the best writers on the web, recently took a swipe at enterprise software.  Who can blame him?  We agree. … Then he opines: … The people who buy enterprise software aren't the people who use enterprise software.
Discussion: and Micro Persuasion
Oracle buys operations planning vendor Interlace  —  Oracle continues to snap up smaller software companies even while it battles to acquire middleware vendor BEA.  On Wednesday Oracle said it had agreed to buy Interlace Systems, which makes operations planning software, for an undisclosed price.
Discussion: and Computerworld
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Google, Verizon & Microsoft on 700MHz wireless spectrum auction
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
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Elcomsoft turns your PC into a password cracking supercomputer (gulp)
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