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.

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Google’s Internet Network

The Google “dark fiber” rumor has been quiet for a few months, so the perfect time for the UK’s Times to resurrect it.

By purchasing the dark fibre, Google would in effect be able to acquire a ready made internet network that they could control.

Late last year, Google purchased a 270,000sq ft telecom interconnection facilities in New York. It is believed that from here, Google plans to link up and power the dark fibre system and turn it into a working internet network of its own

SEO Budgets for Small Business

Mike Grehan’s recent column follows-up on his request for readers’ thoughts on budgeting SEO for small businesses. It seems like he received a lot of different responses, including mine.

Google Bans German BMW Site

Anyone know the Germam translation for “up the creek without a paddle”, cos that is exactly where BMW.de finds itself after being caught using SEO spam byMatt Cutts.

Thanks to Anthony!

UPDATE: Google allows BMW.de back in the index.

ValleyWag Spills Google Beans

Gawker recently launched ValleyWag, a gossip blog for the Silicon Valley area. One of their first stories? They went where other journalists and bloggers feared to tread – lest they have their PageRank removed in the middle of the night.

A Better Google Interface?

Andy Rutledge believes he’s come up with a better looking interface for the Google homepage.

Some of his critiques…

Everything on the page is grouped together, right in the center …all except for the links at the top right. Why should they go there? What sense does it make and why are those links special so as to deserve such different treatment?

His re-design…

The search categories and form interface are wrapped in a friendly looking light colored container and the categories utilize an attractive, subtle yet conspicuous “selected� indication. The search modification links are in close proximity, but outside of the interface box. This properly associates them with the search mechanism without allowing them to interfere visually to any great degree.