AOL & Google Go Head-to-Head with YouTube

CNET has details of Google’s changes to their Google Video service, in an apparent effort to better compete with the popular YouTube.

Now people who want to post their video clips can do so through a Web-based system without having to use special software. They also can view the clips instantly, said Peter Chane, product manager for Google Video.

Meanwhile, InformationWeek reports AOL is offering a beta of it’s YouTube alternative, AOL UnCut.

The site called AOL UnCut, which has thousands of beta users, will officially launch “end of June or beginning of July,” the company said.

New Announcements from Google

The official Google blog has been busy…

1. Google Talk is available in 13 new languages.
2. They’re donating tools to Maine’s public middle schools.
3. A new software development tool for creating AJAX applications.

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Matt Cutts Provides Bigdaddy Timeline

Over at his personal blog, Google engineer, Matt Cutts explains how Google rolled out “Bigdaddy” and why some people may have seen their site drop out of the index.

It looks like Google’s cracking down on crappy inbound and outbound links.

The sites that fit “no pages in Bigdaddy� criteria were sites where our algorithms had very low trust in the inlinks or the outlinks of that site. Examples that might cause that include excessive reciprocal links, linking to spammy neighborhoods on the web, or link buying/selling. The Bigdaddy update is independent of our supplemental results, so when Bigdaddy didn’t select pages from a site, that would expose more supplemental results for a site.

Mike Grehan Grills Google’s Matt Cutts

Mike Grehan stalked Matt Cutts for over two years before finally getting him to stay still long enough for an interview.

Mike’s ClickZ column has a few juicy details from the interview, including some interesting clues on the infamous Sandbox.

If you’ve some extra free time, you can hear part 1 and part 2 of the podcast. Can you tell Mike used to work in radio? (Love ya Mike!).

Yahoo Stealing Clients from Search Marketers?

Barry extracts some disturbing info posted at WebmasterWorld that suggests Yahoo is not afraid to steal clients away from its search marketing partners.

Anyone else seen this? Is this an isolated case, or is Yahoo following in the footsteps of Google? And, will Microsoft hold to its word and realize it can gain a lot of market share by treating marketers with more respect than the others?

Dilbert Does Google

If you’re a follower of Dilbert, you’ve no doubt enjoyed this week’s series as Dilbert endevors to create a search engine.

Today, Dilbert meets Google’s Larry and Sergey.



Via Valleywag.

Sneak Peak at Google Notebook

While Google Desktop hasn’t officially launched yet, you can get a preview of the service via this login screen. (I was able to login, although others report not being able to. Let me know if you get in).

What can you expect from the service?

* Clip useful information.
You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages to your Google Notebook without ever leaving your browser window.

* Organize your notes.
You can create multiple notebooks, divide them into sections, and drag-and-drop your notes to stay organized.

* Get access from anywhere.
You can access your Google Notebooks from any computer by using your Google Accounts login.

* Publish your notebook.
You can share your Google Notebook with the world by making it public.