French Government Using Google AdWords for Propaganda

MarketingVox points to an interesting story about the French government’s use of Google Adwords.

As riots flare in Paris suburbs and elsewhere, France’s ruling party has been running a marketing campaign using Google AdWords sponsored links, writes CNET. Searches for “violence,” “riots,” “suburbs,” “burned cars” or “scum” point to a petition in support of French Interior Minister and party president Nicolas Sarkozy’s “zero tolerance policy” in response to the fiery confrontations between Muslim youths, mostly of North African extraction, and the French police.

Best of the Web Blog Directory

Looking for a directory of blogs? Best of the Web Blogs offers a directory view of different blog categories.

One suggestion for them. How about an RSS feed for each category so I can see when a new resource has been added?

Former Alta Vista Scientist Andrei Broder Joins Yahoo

After talking with Yahoo, Microsoft and Google, former Alta Vista chief scientist, Andrei Broder, has decided to throw his hat in the ring with Yahoo.

He acknowledged talking with Google and Microsoft before accepting the Yahoo! position, but that he liked Yahoo’s ability to utilize both content and user information in improving search.

“I knew that whatever I would do would disappoint two-thirds of my friends,” Broder says.

Broder pioneered Alta Vista’s search efforts between 1999 and 2002 before joining IBM.

Hat-tip threadwatch.

Google Print Renamed Google Book Search

For those of you who thought “Google Print” was some kind of Kinko’s rival, Google has cleared up any confusion by renaming the service “Google Book Search”.

Google Stock Price Breaks $400

The Washington Post’s David Vise reports on Google’s stock topping the $400 mark.

David also has a new book out that looks at the rise of Google.

Google Not Taking Over the World, Just Mountain View

Google gets approval to provide Mountain View, CA with free wi-fi.

Google Interested in Riya Photo Search Engine

According to eWeek, Google is said to be interested in buying Riya/Ojos Inc., a maker of photo searching technology.

The rumored deal spotlights how search engines are focusing more on the caliber of their services, rather than just building the most extensive possible catalog of Internet locales.

Riya’s products can supposedly identify faces and read the text captured in photos. That level of recognition is a quantum leap for Internet search engines, now organizing photos and videos mainly based on written descriptions.

Let’s see how this pans out, shall we. Is this another un-founded rumor, or are we starting to see a news leak problem at Google (or a deliberate effort).