Posted April 9, 2007 10:46 am by with 1 comment

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It’s somewhat of a slow news day, at least when it comes to the search engines – they’re all in NYC for Search Engine Strategies. While we may hear some announcements later in the week, here are three Google items worth a quick look.

  1. Techdirt is spot on with their attack on the publishing industry’s claims that Google “stealing” their content. If publishers are so worried about this, go ahead and ban Google’s spiders from indexing your content. You’ll no longer have to worry about those pesky critters and the hundreds of millions of people that use Google each day! Let me know how that works out for ya!
  2. Google’s YouTube execs are working on a compromise with Thai authorities. “While we will not take down videos that do not violate our policies and will not assist in implementing censorship, we have offered to educate the Thai ministry about YouTube and how it works. It’s up to the country’s government to decide whether to block specific videos, but we would rather that than have it block the entire site,” YouTube spokeswoman Julie Supan said.
  3. Google was caught using the technology of another company, in their rollout of new Chinese character technology in China.
  • Google steals publisher’s content by proxy. By allowing anyone to pub Adsense on any site, they are responsible. Banning the Googlebot isn’t going to help.