Google Wants You to Rip Out Old Enterprise Search System

Talk about a day for shaking up the status quo…Google is on a tear, this time offering its Google Search Appliance for free to anyone who rips out their old system.

Organizations that rip out their enterprise search systems and replace them with a Search Appliance by the end of the year will receive a free Google Mini, a simpler and less expensive version of the Search Appliance, Google said yesterday.

More at ComputerWorld.

Yahoo Not Interested in AOL, are Google and Microsoft?

So Yahoo dropped their interest in buying AOL, according to Reuters. Google and Microsoft may still be interested in a smaller-scale partnership.

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Recommend Firefox and Google will pay you $1

InternetWeek reports on an interesting plot by Google to get its AdSense partners to recommend Firefox downloads.

The Mountain View, Calif., search-engine giant is providing its ad publishers with a set of buttons that Web site visitors can use to download Firefox with the Google Toolbar, which is a browser add-in that takes a user directly to Google services, Mozilla said this week. Site operators using the buttons will be paid $1 each time someone installs the browser and toolbar.

Now we know what they had planned for that recently raised capital. ;-)

Back from AD:TECH

As you may have noticed, I’m back from AD:TECH New York.

A great, albeit tiring, conference for us with many people stopping by our booth. After initially interesting attendees with our performance-based pricing and quality customer service, it became very clear that marketers were blown-away by our SEMLogic technology. Tooting our own horn, I know, but we really feel like we have something big with SEMLogic.

Congrats to blogging luminary Cameron Barrett of BlogCorp.com who was the lucky winner of our free cruise contest – I believe his fiancee was ecstatic to hear he had won.

A big “thanks” to all of you who stopped by our booth to wish us luck with Fortune Interactive.

Next-up, Pubcon.

Google Automat to Spew Classifieds?

Susan Kuchinskas has details of Google’s rumored classifieds service, which will be called Google Automat (which will use the reported Google Base technology).

Google Automat, is a system for letting novice sellers develop and post classified ads that can be accessed through search and also placed on other Web sites as Google AdSense ads.

The report also includes details of Google’s answer to Paypal.

Automat also includes a mechanism for a variety of ways of paying for the ad. “We see advertisers — consumers and businesses — opening Google Purchase accounts, which can automatically debit regular banking accounts as the advertising campaign progresses,” Zappe wrote.

An image of the Google Purchases sign-up form includes spaces for users to enter their credit card and phone numbers. Classified Intelligence speculates that Google Purchases also could be used as the payment mechanism for consumer-to-business online transactions.

Don’t Forget – SEMLogic Demo and Free Cruise Giveaway at AD:TECH Next Week

Just a reminder to stop by booth 1804 either Monday or Tuesday, for your chance to win a free cruise for two (courtesy of Cruise Network).

We’ll also be providing demos of the LSI and AI technology that power our proprietary SEMLogic. Here’s a sneak peak…

See you at the show!

Sara Holoubek Departs iCrossing

Just heard word that Sara has left iCrossing. I wish her the best of luck!