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There are two big news about Google available on the web:

Google Knol – Wikipedia’s rival

Google launched today the publishing platform named Knol, a platform that is very similar to Wikipedia. Its name comes from “knowledge”.

Knol uses the same publishing instruments like a blog page and the authors can create topics. People will be able to add comments, questions, and even edit content. The article may include an advertisement too if the author wants to. Beside Wikipedia where are only anonymous authors, Knol will present the signature of the them too.

All in all, why not? I am completely sure that this might become a success as other Google projects but I am not that sure it will take Wikipedia’s place.

Google to buy Digg for $200m?

As I came across on TechCrunch, I saw that there are some negotiations between Google and Digg. We are talking about $200m. Kevin Rose, what’s your opinion?

Yeah, Microsoft would like to buy Digg too but they have a smaller bid. Personally, I think that it’s ok Google to buy Digg. I don’t know what different company would be better to do this.

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Google and web 2.0 democracy

Warner Todd Huston blames Google for freezing the anti-Obama blogs that were made on the “Bloggbarack-obama.jpger” platform.

It’s official, Google decided to be for Barack Obama, so the guys from this company thought that their best contribution would be to close all the anti-Obama blogs that contain different rude posts, blogs that were made on the Google’s blogging platform called “Blogger“.

What do I think about this? To be sincere with you, I don’t really agree with the Google’s decision of taking down the anti-Obama blogs because we live in a free world and I am sure that there will always appear pros and cons, no matter what subject would be.

If you ask me, I would recommend Google to start a nice, friendly campaign on AdWords for Obama’s official site.

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How to change Google’s favicon to the old one

Google changed its favicon with a new and stupid one, personally I don’t like it at all and I would like to change it back to the old, classical one. I found a great way to do that.

There is a Greasmonkey script that runs with Firefox and Safari, sorry for the Internet Explorer or Opera users. Ok, so to do that you first need to install the Greasemonkey script like an add-on for the browser, and after restarting the browser, you’ll see the link for installing it. After doing that, here is what I got:

Before and after:

google-favicons.png

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Google penalizes blogspot & info domains

There was a big fuss today. Amazingly, blogspot and .info domains were temporarily penalized by Google, they were removed from the search engine. Imagine how big was the impact for blogspot and .info bloggers that had their blogs optimized for search engines!

There were many discussions on forums too, you can check Digital Point forums for the reactions. But there is a happy ending, after a while everyone realized that there’s a big BUG at Google.

This problem lasted from about 2:49pm (EST) to 4:33pm (EST).

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Make a privacy policy page – this is the last day!

This is the last day until the new Adsense TOS will come into effect so if you use Adsense to monetize your blog, you should make a privacy policy page. Here is the model:

Privacy Policy for ____.com

The privacy of our visitors to ____.com is important to us.

At _____.com, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use visit _____.com, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files
As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

Cookies and Web Beacons
We do use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums.

We also use third party advertisements on ____.com to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

Don’t forget that this isn’t something optional. I don’t know what will happen if you won’t do this but who knows, personally I don’t want to lose my adsense account.

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