Fortune Interactive Supports Special Olympics North Carolina

We’ve just announced our support for the Special Olympics North Carolina. You can read more here or view our press release.

Verizon Wants Its Share of Google’s Success

Wow, Verizon is griping that Google is getting a “free lunch” by using the infrastructure built and paid for by the phone companies.

“The network builders are spending a fortune constructing and maintaining the networks that Google intends to ride on with nothing but cheap servers,” Thorne told a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. “It is enjoying a free lunch that should, by any rational account, be the lunch of the facilities providers.”

Reminds me of when BT claimed they owned the “hyperlink” and everyone should pay them a royalty.

Still, Google is not taking Verizon’s threat lightly…

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Google Adds Sitemaps Features

Nathan has details of new features added to Google Sitemaps.

Blogging Continues to Grow

Technorati’s David Sifry updates the latest state of the blogosphere and things look good.

What’s particularly interesting is that the new bloggers are actually sticking with it.

New blog creation continues to grow. We currently track over 75,000 new weblogs created every day, which means that on average, a new weblog is created every second of every day – and 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created. In other words, even though there’s a reasonable amount of tire-kicking going on, blogging is growing as a habitual activity. In October of 2005, when Technorati was only tracking 19 million blogs, about 10.4 million bloggers were still posting 3 months after the creation of their blogs.

Google Merges Gmail with Talk

Cnet reports that Google is merging its Google Talk with Gmail to form Gmail Chat.

The application’s Quick Contacts list is synchronized with a user’s Google Talk friends list and automatically displays the people a user communicates with most frequently and shows their online status. Clicking on a contact listed as being online opens a chat window in the browsers.

The application lets users save their chat history for easy searching later and click an “off the record” option so that no conversation with that person going forward is saved by either party until they choose to go back on the record.

That’s great, but when will I get an option that allows me to view my Gmail the same way every other email client does? Until then, I’ll only ever see Gmail through Outlook.

Skype and Google Invest in National WiFi Network

SiliconBeat reports that Google and Skype are among investors of FON a start-up that hopes to make WiFi more readily available across the country.

FON will enable its users to synchronize their home WiFi hotspots so that, if they have paid for a broadband connection at home, they will enjoy instant access to all the other hotspots on the FON network.

Not a bad move for Google and Skype as FON will likely encourage the use of Google’s search products and Skype’s phone service.

Amazon Planning Google Adsense Rival?

Chris Beasley reports Amazon is planning a contextual ad network that sounds very similar to Google’s Adsense.

On the phone last night it was explained to me that this is more or less an Adsense clone, meaning third party sponsored links, not Amazon links. It is known that Amazon currently get’s sponsored links for their own sites from Google, but apparently they wish to take out the middleman and break out on their own.

Looks like they’re having trouble convincing publishers to drop their Adsense ads and switch to Amazon.

Via BusinessWeek.