Google Launching New Blogger Features

Google has announced they are rolling out new features for Blogger. Some of the cool new tools include:

* Permissions: Decide who gets to read your blog.
* Labels: Categories for Blogger, yay!
* Extra feeds: let readers subscribe to comments etc

Existing Blogger users will have to wait for a magic link to appear. In the meantime, everyone can check out the new features by simply starting a new blog.

I met with Jason Goldman, on the Blogger team, last week and he alluded to the fact that new features were coming. I practically begged them to add some type of categories, so I’m tickled to see the new features – now perhaps the WordPress kids will stop teasing me! ;-)

AOL Acquires Userplane

Quick news, via MarketingVOX

AOL has acquired Userplane of Los Angeles, a community-networking software developer of web-based chat and instant messaging tools used by social networking and dating websites, blogs, and niche communities.

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Even Google Employees Enjoy Free Pizza

Who would have thought that Google employees would be tempted by free pizza? After enjoying lunch at the Googleplex just last week, I can vouch for all the great food that is readily available, without charge.

So it’s amazing to see them going gaga over the delivery of 1,000 free pizzas. You have to give credit (and a link) to CambrianHouse for the bold stunt.

Google Checkout Faces Glitches

According to TheStreet.com, Google is experiencing some glitches with its PayPal rival, Checkout. Most of the problems seem to stem from Google Checkout’s fraud protection features.

“Occasionally, these procedures result in brief delays for a small percentage of users,” the Mountain View, Calif.-based company says in a statement. “We are continually working to make the process as efficient as possible to ensure that Google Checkout is secure and convenient for both merchants and buyers.”

We know Google prefers to quickly launch products and then let users point out areas of improvement, but when you’re trying to take business away from a proven competitor such as PayPal, you need to have the creases ironed-out, if you want to gain market share.

Matt Cutts Warns About SEO Friendship Claims

Matt Cutts wants readers to be aware of some SEO firms claiming to be his best friend. He’s always cautious when an SEO asks to have his photo taken with him.

I’m delighted when someone asks to have a photo taken with them, but that doesn’t mean that I know them or can vouch for them as an SEO. So if someone sends you a photo like this and tells that they’re good friends with me, take it with a grain of salt.

Well, I would never play those type of games, besides, I don’t think my best pal in the world, Sergey Brin, would be too happy with me. ;-)

Sergey Brin

eBay Users Petition Google to Start Auction Site

Fed-up with recent rate hikes, a group of eBay users have gotten together to ask Google to end thier misery by launching a rival auction site.

We are ebay store owners who have been “dismissed” by ebay through extreme rate hikes. We are searching everywhere for a new “home” and google is the ONLY name on the internet which we feel would be totally trustworthy and woud actually get auction traffic and get it quickly. Let google know!!

AuctionBytes has more.

Leaked AOL Data Reveals One Man’s Embarrassing Problem

While the majority of you are trying to figure out how to collect useful data from AOL’s unfortunate data-dump, Niniane Wang is focusing on the really interesting stuff. :-)

Here’s the search string for one AOL user…

sexual positions 05-22 21:57:18 www.sexualpositionsfree.com/
sexual positions 05-22 21:57:18 www.askmen.com/
sexual positions 05-22 21:57:18 www.condoms.au.com/
premature ejaculation 05-22 22:20:23 www.webmd.com/

Poor guy, from “research” to “rapid end” in just 23 minutes!