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.
Warner Todd Huston blames Google for freezing the anti-Obama blogs that were made on the “Blogger” 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.
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:
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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