EFF Urges Caution When Using New Google Desktop

eWeek reports the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning users of Google’s new desktop update to not enable the “share across computers” feature.

“[We urge] consumers not to use this feature, because it will make their personal data more vulnerable to subpoenas from the government and possibly private litigants, while providing a convenient one-stop-shop for hackers who’ve obtained a user’s Google password,” the EFF said in a statement.

Google Offers Corporate Gmail

Google has announced a corporate Gmail service that allows you to link your own domain name with Gmail’s interface.

This special beta test lets you give Gmail, Google’s webmail service, to every user at your domain. Gmail for your domain is hosted by Google, so there’s no hardware or software for you to install or maintain.

It’s a limited beta and they’re already testing with San Jose City College.


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Coca-Cola Sending Bloggers to Torino Olympics

MediaPost has details of Coca-Cola’s initiative to send half-dozen bloggers to the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Adding to its usual marketing efforts during the games, Coke is paying to fly and accommodate young representatives from China, Germany, Italy, Canada, Austria, and the United States–each of whom has agreed to keep their posts positive, according to Coca-Cola spokesman Philipp Bodzenta.

“They understand they we’re looking for the positive side of the Olympics,” said Bodzenta, adding: “They are part of the PR team, but they are not Coke employees.”

The blog is called Torino Conversations.

Thanks to BN ;-)

UpSNAP Offers Cash for Mobile Browsing

If you’re going to use your cell phone to search for entertainment, news and weather, you may as well use a service that gives you a chance to win ten big ones.

North Carolina-based UpSNAP just launched a sweepstakes…

People can enter to win the grand prize drawing once per day by signing up for free online at www.upsnap.com/sweepstakes.htm. Sweepstakes entrants can also receive a free horoscope sent to their mobile phone and explore all of UpSNAP¹s free and premium SMS services. When participants sign up with UpSNAP, each day they use UpSNAP¹s services they automatically get an additional entry submitted.

Where did I put my cell phone. ;-)

Microsoft Live the Death of MSN?

AP looks at whether Microsoft’s push to rebrand certain MSN products as “Live” could be interpreted as a sign that MSN is on its last legs.

Edgeio Brings Tagging to Classified Ads

Rob Hof succinctly describes a new service priming for launch called Edgeio.

The way Edgeio works is that bloggers would post items they want to sell right on their blogs, tagging them with the word “listing” (and eventually other descriptive tags). Then, Edgeio will pluck them as it constantly crawls millions of blogs looking for the “listing” tag and index them on Edgeio.com.

It would be interesting to see if this could be a threat to eBay. Instead of going to one central site (eBay) to list your useless junk, just post it on your own site and let Edgeio come to you.

So how will Edgeio make money?

Searches Up 55 Percent in One Year

Via MarketingVox

U.S.-based searches conducted across approximately 60 search engines in December reached nearly 5.1 billion – or an increase of 55 percent from the 3.3 billion searches conducted in Dec. 2004.

That either means the population is using the search engines more, or we’re simply not finding the information we need fast enough. ;-)