Seems Brazilians love Google's group chat program - Orkut. According to a story at Reuters,the Brazilian government has requested Google stop the illegal activities. Apparently 73% of the 14 million users are from the South American country.
Sitepoint are currently seeing an exodus of volunteer staff moderators.
It was sparked when Chris Beaseley aka. Aspen, the moderator for the SEO and Google forums - and voted most popular SitePoint member 2005 - had his SitePoint blog removed along with his moderator status.
JamesLittle recently notified TW that Bigmouthmedia has been removed from Google.
It appears as though Bigmouthmedia, arguably the most well known SEO agency in the UK, has been banned from Google. They have no PageRank, and their site can't be found in Google anymore, even when you search for their brand name!
Anyone know what happened to the boys at Bigmouthmedia? Hand removal? Just a glitch?
PHP coder Ophir Prusak of the New York PHP user group installed a mod that promised to convert his standard Invision Power Board URLs to "search engine friendly" ones. It appears to do a nice job of adding post titles/keywords to the URLs. Unfortunately, he also discovered it added user-agent cloaking to insert backlinks on his pages, as revealed by his manual inspection of the Google cache.
John says multiple sources told him Lycos laid off their search staff. Apparently it looks as though they thought another layer of paid ads underneath the AdWords ads did a good enough job on the relevancy front.
In the supporters forum over at webmaster world is a thread about stolen content appearing on a site. Upon further investigation content listed from many of the well know search engine forums including [another forum]. In fact they are doing quite well ranking at number 2 for that forum. Many more are listed in the drop down menu at the top of the page.
If you're even the least bit internet savvy, chances are you realized the more you live, work, and play online the less real privacy you actually have. However if their is a silver lining to the DOJ taking interest in search data it's that John Q. Public is finally starting to get it too. CNet today published a series of interviews comparing the policies of different search engines.
Someone is the blogosphere is hopping mad about something Google did recently (no surprise there, eh). Seems that Google's decision to accomodate the Chinese Government's request to remove some material has the Blogger News Network so mad they are taking Google AdSense off their site until Google changes their policy on censorship.
After the recent brouhaha over the MSN/Yahoo/Google Department of Justice Search Inquiry, Danny Sullivan gives us a sobering look at how hard it really is to keep what you search for and do online truly private, Protecting Your Search Privacy: A Flowchart To Tracks You Leave Behind
According to this report the controversial domain Sex.com has officially been sold to Boston-based Escom LLC for a reported $14 million.
Sex.com was originally registered in 1994 by Gary Kremen. It was stolen the following year by Internet crook Stephen Cohen. It took Kremen five years to get his domain name back. Cohen fled the USA when a court ordered him to pay $65 million in damages to Kremen. Police tracked Cohen to Mexico and brought him back to the US. The whole saga is here