Google Launches Free WiFi in Mountain View

For all homeowners and renters in Mountain View comes good news from uncle Google. To offset the high cost of living, the company is donating free WiFi access to the entire city!

Radios hanging on lampposts throughout the city are now broadcasting a “GoogleWiFi” wireless (802.11b/g) signal that brings wireless Internet access to the city’s residents, businesses, and visitors. All anyone needs is a laptop or other wireless-enabled device and a web browser to get online. Then Mountain View users can select the “GoogleWiFi” signal, open their web browser and sign in with a free Google Account.

Adwords Optimizer Offers Automated Tinkering

ClickMuse has an interesting new offering – Adwords Optimizer. The service claims to scan your AdWords data and makes recommendations on what ads to update. ClickMuse says that those who have used it find it cuts down their “tweaking” time by 75%.

So how does it work?

The AdWords Optimizer will send you an alert as soon as one of your Ad Groups is ready to be optimized. So now you know exactly when it is time to take action and keep boosting the CTR of your Ad Groups.

You will no longer have to go through all of your Ad Groups to manually check and calculate if one ad is outperforming another. All of this will be done automatically by the AdWords Optimzer saving you hours per day.

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No More Waiting for Google Analytics Accounts

Hot off the Google press, news that Google has removed the wait period for Google Analytics accounts. You can now sign-up and enjoy, instantly!

Could Acquisition of Neven Vision Help Google Monetize Video and Images?

Over at the official Google Blog come news that the company has acquired Neven Vision to help it improve Picasa, its image organizer offering.

Neven Vision comes to Google with deep technology and expertise around automatically extracting information from a photo. It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo contains a person, or, one day, as complex as recognizing people, places, and objects. This technology just may make it a lot easier for you to organize and find the photos you care about.

It could also be used to help Google understand the content of images and video so that it can sell relevant ads. But I’m sure if asked, they have “no plans” for that at this stage. ;-)

WordPress Adds New Features

Robert Scoble’s noticed that, hot on the heels of Blogger’s new features, WordPress has added some new bells and whistles too.

Since I went off the grid I noticed a new “Tag Surferâ€? and “My Commentsâ€? features. Tag surfer is cool — it shows me posts other people have made using the same tags I use…next to that is “My Comments.â€? It lists comment threads I’ve participated in.

Your Favorite Search Blog?

Rand Fishkin has done it again! He’s created yet another link-tractor-beam, designed to get us search bloggers linking to him.

This time, Rand has listed out his Top 50 search bloggers, in order of who he reads and admires the most.

I’m on the list at #11 – in a scary sandwich of Robert Scoble and Jeremy Zawodny (I know, not a pretty picture)- so I thought I’d give him a link. I’m sure that the fact I happened to sit across from Rand during dinner recently, has nothing to do with my ranking. ;-)

BTW, Rand? Do you ever stop thinking about linkbait? Rumor has it that at the SES bar, someone asked “Who wants a drink?” and you thought they said “Who wants a link?” and ordered a PageRank 9! ;-)

Is Google’s Stock Still a Winner?

CNN Money looks at whether Google’s stock has lost some of its sizzle during its second year.

While some analysts point out that Google has fallen 11% this year and is, for the time being, still receiving its revenue from search; others point to the strength of the “one trick pony” and the future prospects.

I think the biggest factor favoring Google is not what it’s doing, it’s what its competitors are not doing – they’re not exactly offering services that blow the doors off the big “G”.