Google Undermining Christians?

Would you expect Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” mantra to include not attacking a major religious group?

Well the company has done a deal with Sony Pictures to promote the Da Vinci Code movie – based on the book that many claim undermines the Christian church.

It will be interesting to see if any group calls for a boycott of Google, based on this.

Via Philipp.

Google Calendar Finally Arrives

Waiting for Google Calendar has created more anticipation than an episode of “Lost”. Today Google finally launches Google Calendar and Chris Sherman has a review of what looks to be an Outlook challenger.

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Google Acquires Shopping Search Engine Dulance

Google has acquired Dulance, a shopping search engine that relies on crawling rather than data feeds, and in the process has hired Dulance’s CEO, Sergei Burkov, to head up a new Russian office.

So says Nathan.

Microsoft Launches Windows Academic Search

News that Microsoft has launched their answer to Google Scholar.

WebmasterRadio.FM Perfect for Lazy Eyes

Do you ever get to the point where you can’t read another news story? Could your marketing blogroll extend from here to the moon? Maybe you need to give your eyes a rest and work the ears instead.

David Wallace has a great review of WebmasterRadio.FM‘s regular marketing podcasts/streams and offers links to all the best content.

So Daron, when do we finally get a show for blogging? We could call it “The Marketing Pilgrim – one man’s quest to understand how the heck we can use blogs in marketing.” :-)

Oodle Secures Deal with The Washington Post

UPDATE: Official launch has been pushed back to later this week.

Expect to see an announcement tomorrow from classified search engine Oodle. We have advance word they’re announcing a new venture with the free newspaper Express (which is owned by the Washington Post) to launch ReadExpress.com (not live yet).

The new site will include a classifieds marketplace which will be powered by Oodle’s technology.

“The Washington Post Company is an acknowledged innovator in the newspaper industry,� said Craig Donato, CEO of Oodle. “By integrating Oodle’s search experience into the new Express Web site, they are creating a unique service that meets the needs of their young and sophisticated audience as well as tapping into a rapidly evolving opportunity with online classifieds.�

Google Offers New Chinese Brand Name

The USA Today has details of Google’s launch of a Chinese-language brand name – “Gu Ge,” or “Valley Song,” – which is designed to give China’s users the warm and fuzzies.

CEO Eric Schmidt also answered critics who gave the company a hard time for agreeing to Chinese censorship laws.

“I think it’s arrogant for us to walk into a country where we are just beginning to operate and tell that country how to operate,” he said.

Asked whether Google might try to persuade Beijing to change its restrictions, Schmidt said he didn’t rule anything out, but said it hasn’t tried to change such limits elsewhere. He noted that Google’s site in Germany is barred from linking to Nazi-oriented material.

Thanks to Cindy!