Google’s Picasa Web Albums Now Available to All

If you weren’t luck enough to get in on the limited launch of Picasa Web Albums back in June, you’ll be pleased to know that Google has now made the feature available to everyone.

Download here.

Google Changes URL Queries

Matt Cutts is nice enough to let webmasters and SEOs know that Google has changed the way it handles searches for a domain name.

Previously we treated the query [] like the query [], and now we treat it like [��].

The change was made to better assist the average Google user, looking for a web site. Us uber geeks will just have to switch to “info:”.

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Google Sticks-it to Belgian Courts – Round 2

We reported Sunday that Belgian courts had ordered Google to remove all news stories by Belgian publishers. Google, just fired back.

According to Nathan, Google has decided to teach the Belgian publishers a lesson, by removing their sites from the Google index completely!

Here’s an example of the removed listings.

As Nathan puts it…

Old, dying media, here’s your lesson for the day: Google doesn’t steal your content, it just points its millions of users at you. That is to your benefit. Don’t blow it next time.

Microsoft Jumps on YouTube Bandwagon

YouTube has made online video so cool, that Google, Yahoo and now Microsoft wants in on the act.

CNET has full details of Microsoft’s plans to let people upload videos via its new service Soapbox.

Soapbox users will be able to rate, comment on and tag the videos, create RSS feeds and share links with others via e-mail. They will also be able to embed the Soapbox player directly on to their Web site or blog.

Microsoft has plans to eventually let people embed video links in messages sent via Windows Live Messenger.

The service launches later today, but Microsoft obviously believes it can win audience share without Firefox users, as the site is only available in IE. :-(

Google Gets Political

The Chronicle has details of Google’s efforts to raise its political profile on Capitol Hill.

Google filed paperwork Thursday to register its political action committee, Google NetPAC, with the Federal Election Commission. The company intends to use the committee “to support candidates who promote an open and free Internet for our users,” according to Alan Davidson, Google’s Washington policy counsel.

Yahoo Plans TV & Radio Blitz – FREE COFFEE!

Yahoo is planning a new media blitz – complete with a new television and radio campaign.

Ok, that’s the boring stuff. Here’s what you really need to know…

As an added promotional gift, Yahoo will offer coupons for a free cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts to anyone who sets as their home page this Friday.

That’s free coffee people…F.R.E.E! Google has denied that it is planning a similar offering but did say it was “engaged in talks” with Krispy Kreme. ;-)

Google Video Coming to Apple’s iTV?

Newsweeks’ Steven Levy speculates that we might see Apple’s forthcoming iTV ship with built-in access to Google Video.

“Is it possible that when iTV ships next year, you may also be able to choose a menu item called Google Video, and then zip through the best of the thousands of user-submitted videos on the search giant’s service? Google’s consumer product chief, Marissa Mayer, tells me that indeed, the two companies are engaged in talks,” Levy reports.

Of course, “engaged in talks” means little more than, “go ahead and speculate”.

Via MacDailyNews.