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Search Engine Thanksgiving Roundup

First, the Google logo and Gmail logo has some changes.

This is last year's Thanksgiving Gmail logo.

This is the '05 one.

7 things the Gmail Team is thankful for this year

Countering Google Analytics Boycott

Some guy on the net thought of a clever way to make Google Analytics unable to collect data under Firefox browsers. First of all, he spelled Firefox wrong. It's "Firefox", not "FireFox". He achieved this by using the adblock extension (not "plug-in", as he said) to block *.google-analytics.com.

After using this "counter-anti-block" method, the only way to avoid is to turn off JavaScript.

Happy Birthday Google


Happy Birthday Google!
Google is now 7 years old.

Google Zeitgeist 05: It's All Gonna Change

Lame VoIP Fusses

All the VoIP fuss is lame. How so?
First of all, Microsoft is acquiring Teleo. Tell you what, Teleo uses the GlobalIP codec. Actually, both Skype and Google Talk uses the GlobalIP codec too.
The competetive tension is rising and guess what? They're all using GlobalIP!
Speex is better. Hope Google implements Speex.

Google Color Swap


Normally, Google's logo has fixed colors:

  • G is blue.
  • First O is red.
  • Second O is yellow.
  • Second G is blue
  • L is green.
  • E is red.

Now imagine swapping these colors of the letters over and over again.
Wouldn't that be amusing?
Go to this generated logo on Logogle.com and keep reloading the page. Ah, the pleasure of swapping.

Google Talk

Here's the logo...

BTW, it's out. Get it at talk.google.com

Google Is Doing IM?

There are rumors that Google will launch a Jabber-based IM service on Wednesday.
Neowin.net member Tom Servo confirmed that talk.google.com is an active Jabber server.
Last of all, you can login to the server using your Google account name and password with any Jabber client.
Several un-named Google Executives have confirmed that Google will be announcing "Google Talk" on Wednesday.
BTW, someone telnetted the server and sent an XML stream, and got an XML response, which confirms that talk.google.com is a Jabber Server.

Google's Buying Meetro for IM?

No. Seriously.
Google's buying Meetro, but not for IM. It's more like Orkut, based on community concepts. Although Google has Hello, it's not gonna be an ideal IM protocol/client. Hello is for sharing photos, not chatting.

If Google is really gonna do IM, they should write a Jabber client (or buy one).
Transports are terrific, Jabber/XMPP is XML-based and is superior because the protocol itself is extendable.

Gmail's Phishing Alert

Most of us know that Gmail has a phishing alert feature, it alerts you when it thinks a mail is a phishing attack, but not much people have actually seen the alert.

Today, I received a mail claiming "Gmail account validation", and Gmail displayed a red alert on the top of the mail. Screenshots below.
By the way, it was a pretty strange phishing mail, because the fake URL in the mail isn't a clickable link, and going to the URL doesn't work. The whole mail is text, not the common image trick that most phishing mails use.

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