Linky Goodness, March 24

Today is Harry Houdini’s birthday. What does that have to do with Linky Goodness?

I don’t know. But isn’t linky goodness “magically delicious”?

Oh. Right. That’s Lucky Charms. Well, here are your links:

Google Wants to Offer National Wi-Fi for Free

Free, nationwide WiFi. Drooling yet, or do I need to say it again? Free, nationwide WiFi from Google. As we mentioned earlier, Google is lobbying the FCC for some of the wireless spectrum that will be freed next year when television will cease analog transmission. Google’s plan? “Wi-Fi on steroids.” (Without the ‘roid rage, I’m guessing.)

Late Friday, Google submitted a six-page letter to the FCC outlining processes and tests to avoid interference on the frequencies in question. Google also promised to reserve some frequencies not for wireless Internet and provide free tech support for people using their Wi-Fi. Presumably, this would dovetail well with Android-enabled handsets, due out later this year.

Pilgrim’s Picks for March 24

I hope you’re enjoying your Easter Monday holiday. For those of you who are working today, I’ll add to your misery by making you read these news items. ;-)

Google Site Search Controversy a Storm in a Teacup

I really don’t know what to say about the New York Times’ “A New Tool From Google Alarms Sites” article. Has news been that slow this weekend?

So, you’ll recall that Google’s testing a feature that allows you to search within a site, from the normal Google search results. Well, apparently some advertisers are super peeved that the new feature might cause potential visitors to shop elsewhere.

Here’s the gist of it…

Take, for instance, a situation last week, when users of Google searched The Washington Post and were given a secondary search box. Those who typed “jobs” into that second box saw related results for The Post’s employment pages, but the results were bordered by ads for competing employment sites like CareerBuilder or Monster.com.

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Happy Easter

I hope you’re enjoying your Easter weekend. Seeing as I’m in Hawaii, I thought I’d share this photo taken on Maui’s famous road to Hana drive.

Happy Easter!

Cross at Hana
(photo credit Go Visit Hawaii)

Mozilla CEO Takes a Bite Out of Apple’s Reputation

It’s been a few months since Apple has done anything to mark its reputation, so the time is right for a few fireworks. The creator of Safari has (allegedly) decided that it’s perfectly fine to dump its internet browser on Windows users, without their express permission.

When Windows users update their iTunes or QuickTime software, Apple conveniently bundles Safari 3.1 with the download. How jolly nice of them!

Surprisingly, it’s not “Papa Microsoft” that’s griping about the sneaky install, nope. It’s actually Mozilla CEO John Lilly that’s doing the complaining–apparently he feels a threat to Mozilla’s own Firefox browser.

According to Lilly

The problem here is that it lists Safari for getting an update — and has the “Install” box checked by default — even if you haven’t ever installed Safari on your PC.