Screen Shots of Google Notebook

Michael Arrington has secured some screen shots of Google’s soon to be launched Google Desktop.

Notebook looks like it is designed to be a flat out del.icio.us competitor, allowing you to gather content from around the web, add metadata like categories and, if you like, publish the information.

9% of Search Ads Lead to Dangerous Sites

Kevin Delaney uncovers a new study, being released today by McAfee, which claims 3% of organic results and 9% of paid search results lead to dangerous web content.

Based on average usage patterns, SiteAdvisor estimates that a consumer will click through to an unsafe site from a search engine once every 15 days. For some popular queries, the results are even more risky: 57% of sites included in results for “free screensavers” across the major search engines expose consumers to risks or nuisances, according to SiteAdvisor. Other seemingly safe searches, such as “birthday cards” and “care bears,” yield Google results with about 15% of the sites qualifying as risky.

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Five Years and Lots of Cash

While Yahoo! is saying there’s no chance of Microsoft buying into their search business, Microsoft says it will take five years to catch them and Google.

With Google’s innovation practices and philosophy, in my opinion, it’s going to take more than time and money to win in their space.

Yahoo Tells Microsoft They Have No Chance

Wow, talk about a smackdown. FT.com is reporting Terry Semel, chairman and chief executive of Yahoo, said Microsoft may as well give-up their quest for search market share.

“My impartial advice to Microsoft is that you have no chance,�? Mr Semel said. “The search business has been formed.�?

And Semel’s not one bit interested in helping Microsoft battle Google either.

“[We discussed] search, and Microsoft co-owning some of our search. I will not sell a piece of search – it is like selling your right arm while keeping your left; it does not make any sense.�?

That crashing sound you hear, is a chair being thrown across an office in Redmond. :-)

Via Barry.

UPDATE: Here’s the video of the interview.

Think Partnership CEO and Chairman Resigning

This was certainly a shock to read.

What does it mean for THK and the host of companies under it? I really don’t know. The release is extremely vague but, as expected from THK, well crafted. I could guess at a whole host of negative responses to this news and an equal number of positive ones. I guess we’ll learn more in the coming days.

In the meantime, Garrett French is about as close to this as you can get, so we’ll let him share his thoughts.

I’ve been with MSI for almost 2 years now and watched with excitement as THK acquired companies with whom MSI had clear synergies. From my position in the MSI rank and file – I’m not privy to THK info – I’ve yet to see lasting and significant relations between our sister companies….

Estimate Traffic & Cost on Google AdWords

Jennifer links to a new standalone keyword tool from Google AdWords, which allows you to get traffic and cost info without having to login to your AdWords account. Cool!

Google’s New Products, Been There Done That

Verne Kopytoff has a recap of yesterday’s press day at Google. I missed the first part of the web cast, but it appears Sergey Brin really doesn’t like Microsoft.

He voiced concerns that Microsoft may use illegal tactics to give its own search engine preferential treatment in an upcoming release of its Windows Vista operating system for computers. He then recalled Microsoft’s past legal battle with the now-defunct Netscape Communications Corp. over Internet browsers in which Microsoft was found by a federal court to have abused its power.

“We certainly see a history with that particular company, Microsoft, behaving anti-competitively, being a convicted monopoly,” Brin said. He then talked about Google taking preemptive action against any future abuse by Microsoft, including lobbying the Justice Department.