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Google has Launched its Beta version of the new browser Named “Chrome”. Google stated correctly that earlier when browsers were first invented, watching videos, chatting, and even playing Web-based games didn’t exist. Google wants to focus on the applications and pages users are viewing rather than just the browser. Right now only the Windows version of Chrome is available to download from the site itself and it has been released in 43 languages and in 122 countries.

Chrome is based on the open-source project Webkit, the same rendering engine used by Apple Safari.

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Microsoft is leading Google with a gap of a  decade. It is said that the place at which Google is today was acquired by Microsoft 10 years before. “Google’s a great company, got some great products, but you know in some respects I think Google is where Microsoft was 7 or 10 years ago”, Peter Cullen, Microsoft’s chief privacy strategist.

“Google had not invested enough to build privacy into its products. Microsoft has over 40 full-time people invested in privacy and over 400 part-time people. Google hasn’t–at least from what I read about them–evolved to that.”

“We think about privacy as part of the core design…We have thought about how to design privacy into the product, as opposed to how to react to the negative impressions,” he commented.

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If you’re a Windows user you know full well the tight integration among Microsoft products that has made the operating system a little less than friendly when it comes to tying in various Web apps. E-mail in particular is one of those actions that will usually pop up Outlook or Outlook Express, forcing you to either install a third-party mail app like Mozilla’s Thunderbird or go in and tweak your registry.

If you’re a Gmail user, and looking to get that same level of integration in Office documents and elsewhere on your system check out gAttach. This simple program will append all your mail extensions, getting them to open up in Gmail instead.

One thing that’s nice is that it’ll simply tack onto whatever browser you’ve got open, or simply open your default one if you don’t have it running. It’ll also suck in multiple files at a time (up to Gmail’s 20MB limit of course).

Yahoo mail users can also take advantage of a sister product called yAttach, which will do the same thing, although you can’t have both installed at once.

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A US court has forced Google to disclose the user details of every viewer of its YouTube video site. Google will have to disclose the user log-in names and IP addresses of every viewer who has ever watched content on the YouTube site.

This means even non-members of YouTube could be tracked by Viacom, which says its copyrighted video content has been illegally posted on the YouTube site.

Google says it has no real control over what is posted on YouTube, although it often takes things off the site after complaints.

The mammoth viewing database awarded to Viacom includes the log-in ID of users, user IP addresses, and details of what they have viewed.

To get a positive identification of each user, Viacom would need the details of the ISP used by viewers, but it has not requested these details and has not so far indicated that it is after anyone but Google for allowing the copyrighted content to be posted.

Viacom owns MTV and Paramount Pictures, among other content generators.

The UK Premier League is also seeking class action status with Viacom on the issue. It says YouTube, which was bought by Google in 2006, has been used to watch copyrighted football highlights.

When Viacom initiated its legal action in March 2007, Viacom said it had identified about 160,000 unauthorised clips of its programmes on YouTube, which had been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

The court also ruled that Google must disclose to Viacom the details of all videos that have been removed from the site for any reason.

Viacom says Google is not doing enough to stop copyrighted content appearing in the first place, although Google has recently introduced some filtering controls.

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Microsoft must be ticked.  It didn’t get to buy Yahoo, or even just a slice of it.  Instead, all its efforts only served to drive Yahoo into Google’s waiting arms.
The Google/Yahoo deal, announced yesterday, doesn’t make a Goohoo (or would it be Yagle?) by any means.  According to BusinessWeek, Yahoo will display some Google text ads for Yahoo search results. Yahoo will control when and how the ads show up, and says it stands to make up to $800 million from the deal.
It seems clear Yahoo will need to take further steps to get its house in order, but just what those steps might be is still up in the air.  Also in question is what Carl Icahn will do now that Microsoft appears finished (again) with its attempts to bolster its own lackluster online offerings with a Yahoo purchase. 
Icahn may still try to replace Yahoo’s board come August, but as his primary goal for the proxy battle was to push a Microsoft deal, it’s unclear if there would still be any point to such a move.  The Wall Street Journal has him “studying the situation” but not giving any clues about where he’ll go.
Don’t assume anything is a done deal in this saga, though.  According to the Silicon Alley Insider, there’s an escape clause in the search deal that allows Google to walk away if there’s a ‘change in control’ for Yahoo.  Per the piece, that could mean Microsoft, News Corp., or Time Warner buying 35 percent of Yahoo’s voting stock, Microsoft picking up 5 percent of total equity, or other triggers.  Looks like Google would get a $250 million parting gift from the purchasing company if that happens.
And then there’s the potential for government regulators to put the kibosh on the plan.  BusinessWeek has Eric Schmidt arguing that the deal doesn’t require regulatory approval but guesses that Microsoft will still push for close scrutiny.

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California (AP) — It’s hard to believe Google Inc. actually looked vulnerable just two months ago. The Internet search leader’s stock had plummeted 45 percent from its peak. And its two biggest rivals, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., appeared poised to combine forces and launch a double-barreled attack.

But as Google holds its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, the company looks stronger than ever. Its stock is hot again and Microsoft has scrapped its plans to buy Yahoo, with Google playing the spoiler’s role.

Google is winning again. What a surprise,” said Canaccord Adams analyst Colin Gillis. “If you want to invest in the Internet space, where else do you want to be but Google?”

More investors have been coming to that conclusion since last month, when Google’s stellar first-quarter results cast aside concerns that the drooping U.S. economy would depress the online advertising spending that generates most of the company’s profit.

Google shares have surged 29 percent since the first-quarter report, regaining a little more than half of the $100 billion in shareholder wealth that evaporated as the stock plunged from an all-time high of $747 last November to a 52-week low of $412 in mid-March.

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Yahoo are again trying to figure out how to lessen Google’s dominance of Internet search and advertising.

Microsoft hoped to throw Google for a loop by buying Yahoo for $47.5 billion. Unnerved by the threat, Google worked behind the scenes with Yahoo to thwart Microsoft’s unsolicited takeover attempt.

The counterattack now has Yahoo considering a deal that would allow Google to sell some of the ads displayed alongside the search results on Yahoo’s Web site. The alliance, which has already been tested in a two-week trial, will likely hinge on whether the two companies can persuade antitrust regulators the partnership wouldn’t undermine competition in the ad market.

Even if a Google-Yahoo pact isn’t consummated, the threat of it helped drive Microsoft away from Yahoo for now. Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer cited Yahoo’s negotiations with Google as one of the major reasons the Redmond, Washington-based company decided to abandon its takeover attempt.

Yahoo is considering the Google deal because it believes its rival’s superior ad-serving technology will boost its profits. But by acknowledging the shortcomings of its own ad system, Yahoo could end up driving even more business to Google even if their partnership doesn’t pan out.

Google is still in the driver’s seat either way,” said analyst Martin Pyykkonen of Global Crown Capital.

Perhaps Google’s only glaring weakness is its dependence on those ubiquitous ad links that appear alongside search results and other content on thousands of Web sites. They have generated virtually all of the $42 billion in revenue that has poured into the company’s coffers since 2003, even though Google has invested billions to build software applications for businesses and an array of other products.

Google wants to sell more visual advertising through its two biggest acquisitions — video-sharing site YouTube and DoubleClick, which specializes in the Internet’s equivalent of billboards.

The DoubleClick deal, completed for $3.2 billion in March, represents the first time that Google will have to absorb hundreds of new employees into its work force. The acquisition also prompted Google to make the first mass layoffs in its nearly 10-year history. At least 300 of DoubleClick‘s 1,500 workers are expected to lose their jobs, and the number could rise in the months ahead.

Google also has been losing some of its top talent to rising Internet star Facebook Inc., which runs an online hangout with about 70 million users worldwide.

Sheryl Sandberg, formerly Google’s vice president of global online sales, became Facebook’s chief operating officer in March. This week Elliot Schrage, Google’s head of communications, announced he is taking a similar job at Facebook. Google also has seen a couple of top engineers move to Facebook.

But Google’s challenges are outweighed by its opportunities.

Besides developing more ad avenues on the Internet, Google is extending its reach into television, radio and mobile phones. In its latest push into the mobile market, Google on Wednesday disclosed a $400 million investment into a new high-speed network being developed by Clearwire and Sprint Nextel.

Google’s success and bold ambitions figure to make its shareholder event a congenial affair, much like the three previous meetings that the Mountain View-based company has held since going public in August 2004.

Meanwhile, Yahoo is girding for what’s likely to be the most contentious meeting in its 12-year history as public company. The meeting, scheduled for July 3, will provide a forum for Yahoo’s angry shareholders to excoriate — and possibly oust — the company’s board for its handling of the Microsoft bid.

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