A Very Merry Christmas!

I’ll be heading to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina tomorrow, spending Christmas with the best group of in-laws a guy can ask for.

There’s a lot of “happy holidays” going around, but I wish you all a very merry Christmas.

I hope you’ve all been good and get everything you asked Santa for. ;-)

See you next week sometime.

Latest Google Trademark Suit Against Blogger

Reuters has an interesting report that Google is being sued for trademark infringement – nothing new there – but this time its for allowing a Blogger to use a trademark on a blog hosted by Google’s Blogspot service.

Christian evangelical group Jews for Jesus is suing…to force Google to give Jews for Jesus control of the site as well as unspecified monetary damages.

“We have a right to our own name and Google has allowed the use of our name on Blogspot without our permission,” said Susan Perlman, associate executive director with Jews for Jesus.

I don’t think they stand a chance, but it will be interesting to see the outcome.

Note to Google…

…just letting you know that I still love ya! Honestly! I use Gmail, maps, mobile, the toolbar and 80%+ of my searches are on the Google network.

We’ve posted a lot of stories recently that might make you think we stopped loving – it’s not true, we’re just reporting what we read. ;-)

There. I feel better now.

Fortune Magazine Offers Google, Yahoo & Amazon 2006 Predictions

David Kirkpatrick offers his predictions for 2006.

Bottom line? Google will stumble, Yahoo will capitilize on community-powered search and Amazon will have a break-out year.

Forum Discssion on Google’s “Sandbox”

I don’t often point to (or even have the time to participate in) forum threads, but Barry caught my attention with a post on a Google “sandbox” thread going on at SEW forums.

Everyone is weighing in on whether a sandbox exists on or not. My thoughts? You’ll just have to head over to the forum. ;-)

Maybe The Guardian Should Stick to Newspaper Publishing

I’ll make a deal with the Guardian newspaper of England. I’ll never write an article about publishing a newspaper, if they promise never to write another SEO article as crappy as this one.

Wink Offers Search Engine for Tags

SiliconBeat points to Wink, a new search engine that allows you to search for “tagged” content.

Wink lets you…

develop your favorite sites from within Wink and outside of it. Within Wink, you mark favorite pages by clicking on a star beside a search result, and then adding a subject “tag” of your choice.

Or, if you are a del.icio.us user, you can sync your del.icio.us bookmarks into Wink, which will also help guide your searches. Likewise, you can choose to make sure any favorites you mark at Wink are stored to your del.icio.us bookmarks.