UPDATED: Google may be officially launching Rater Hub

Back in 2005, Henk van Ess wrote about the Google Rater Hub, a somewhat secretive program at the time that had people review and rate the quality of Google's search results. Well, now it looks like the Rater Hub program will soon have a more public home on the web with the registration of the … [Read more...]

Microsoft files trademark for “People Powered Stories”, more Google bashing?

Since Google announced changes to its privacy policies, it has come under an onslaught of criticism from all directions including rivals.  Microsoft has already taken aim at Google with its "Putting People First" advertising campaign and a YouTube video called "Gmail Man". Now it looks like … [Read more...]

Google quietly launches Women Entrepreneurs on the Web initiative

Google employee Pooja Srinivas appears to be one of the people behind Google's latest web initiative called "Women Entrepreneurs on the Web" (or WeOW, for short). Srinivas, a resident of India, registered several domains earlier this month like Womenentrepreneursontheweb.com (Whois), which … [Read more...]

Google wins dispute over YouTube typo domains, names ordered transferred

In a no-brainer, a single-member Panel with the National Arbitration Forum has ordered several YouTube typo domain names be transferred to Google. The domain names disputed in the case were: youtbe.com, youtub.com, youtue.com, youube.com, and yutube.com. The respondent, who filed no response … [Read more...]

Google apparently registers Googan domains, slang for lowlife webmaster

If you're not familiar with the term Googan, according to Urban Dictionary, "Googan" can be used to describe a lowlife webmaster who "posts ads and web pages typically with no meaningful content, no regard for adwords copywriting, or consideration for other people, especially those who click on … [Read more...]

Google registers ‘Value of the Web’

It looks like Google is getting ready to market another one of its products or services. On December 14, the search engine giant registered the domain name valueoftheweb.com through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor.  Google also picked up the dot-net and dot-org. As with many … [Read more...]

Is Google planning to be more than just a client of RightsFlow? [UPDATED]

Updated at 2:38pm EST:  Just as I speculated early this morning, RightsFlow has been acquired by Google.  The news was announced only news minutes ago. *** Original post 4:11am EST: Google has made some interesting domain name registrations this week, revolving around the phrase "Rights … [Read more...]

Google going after YouTube typo domains that lead to survey scams

Google is going after several popular typos of the web address YouTube.com, all owned by the same person.  Each typo domain leads unsuspecting users to a site that looks confusingly similar to the official YouTube site (as shown in the picture above of YouTub.com - minus the 'e').  Instead of … [Read more...]

Why? Google registers GoogleGoro.com

Update 1 at 6:42am EST:  Google Goro appears to be a web application that uses the Google App Engine.  According to Google, there a number of URLs like, 'https://wow.goro.appspot.com/worldwondersproject/cuenca/index.html, however when you try signing into Google Goro using Google Accounts an error … [Read more...]

Google registers 1HourPerSecond.com

This week Google registered the domain name 1hourpersecond.com and the same name with the number spelled out: Onehourpersecond.com.  At the time of this story, neither domain name resolves to a web page. "One hour per second" may be a reference to time-lapse photography.  Wikipedia describes … [Read more...]