Google extends personalization options

  Google users will soon be able to display news, photos, lists and tools on their personal iGoogle home page, meaning  the famously minimalist search page could evolve into something like that pictured above. It’s sort of like NetVibes, but with an abundance of widgets to help users add Google products including YouTube, GMail, Maps, and […]

Ganging up against YouTube

NBC and News Corp say they’ll supply video content, with commercials, to be distributed by MySpace, Yahoo, MSN and AOL. The new service is to be launched in a few months. Apparently people will prefer this to watching the same content, without commercials, on YouTube. Or, if Viacom succeeds in its lawsuit, YouTube will be prevented from carrying the […]

Viral video creator unrepentant

The creator of the “1984” mash-up video, which promotes US presidential hopeful Sen Barack Obama by attacking his rival Sen Hillary Clinton, was an employee of the firm that designed the Obama website. Philip de Vellis, a strategist with Blue State Digital had his employment “terminated” after learning he was about to be unmasked by the Huffington Post. […]

Privacy or PR in Google announcement?

Is Google serious about protecting your privacy? Mark Simon at Search Insider points out that Google’s announcement last week – that it will edit user records within two years of each search to remove the last eight bits of each user’s IP address – isn’t quite the same as full anonymity. It just narrows down […]