Japan Wants Its Own Search Engine

Japan’s government is a little jealous of the money being made by Google and plans to meet with 20 companies to discuss creating a rival search engine.

The companies will include leading electronics firms Matsushita Electric Industrial, Hitachi, NEC and Fujitsu as well as telecom carrier Nippon Telegraph and Telephone and public broadcaster NHK.

Who Needs a Brain When You Have Google?

USA Today takes a light-hearted look at how Google is fast replacing our need to memorize facts or even learn how to correctly spell words.

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Googlezon Video Becoming Reality for Google?

Gregory Lamb of The Christian Science Monitor takes a look back at the “EPIC 2014” video – a mock documentary looking back from 2014 at the merger of Google and Amazon and the death of traditional news – and wonders if it might come true after all.

He chats with the creators Matt Thompson and Robin Sloan about the video. Some interesting thoughts, including…

One reason EPIC 2014 continues to resonate may have to do with the darkening image of Google, Thompson says. The December issue of Wired magazine asks “Who’s Afraid of Google? Everyone.” And Charlene Li, a principal analyst at Forrester Research, which closely tracks Google, told Investor’s Business Daily that the company is evolving: “They are becoming a model for what a media company needs to be in order to be competitive in the future.”

SEMLogic Explained

Over at SEOmoz, Rand sat down with our own Mike Marshall and got the “lowdown” on the concepts behind SEMLogic.

Mike shared with Rand our “super (not so anymore) secret” SEMLogic demo, which Rand has shared with the world. Oh well, better out than in. ;-)

Many thanks to Rand for his glowing endorsement.

And the AOL Winner is….Google

Rumor surfacing that AOL is shunning Microsoft and instead deciding to stay put with Google as its search partner.

Time Warner Inc. has entered exclusive talks with Google Inc. over a partnership with AOL, apparently shutting out Microsoft Corp. and other suitors, according to people familiar with the situation.

Update: Not only a partnership, but Google is set to buy a 5% stake in AOL for $1 billion. One step closer to GoogAOL.

Search Engines to Clash with Phone Companies

BusinessWeek looks at pending law reform that could give telephone and cable companies a lot of control over internet sites such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay and more.

That prospect is the worst nightmare of Internet stars such as Google (GOOG) , Amazon (AMZN), and eBay (EBAY). They’re gearing up for a clash with the phone and cable giants early next year as Congress begins to redraft the telecom laws for the broadband era. The Internet gang fears that unless they get lawmakers to intervene, the network operators will soon be able to put a chokehold on the Web. “The issue is about the future of the Internet,” says Alan Davidson, Google’s Washington policy counsel.

How bad could it get?

Gmail for your Mobile

Google is now offering Gmail for your cell phone.

From the website

Gmail Mobile lets you access your Gmail account from your mobile phone. Just enter http://m.gmail.com in your phone’s web browser to log in to your account.

Gmail Mobile offers a number of cool features:

* The interface is automatically optimized for the phone you’re using
* You can access attachments, including photos, Microsoft Word documents, and .pdf files
* If you enter phone numbers in your Gmail Contacts list, you can reply to messages by call
oogle doesn’t charge you to access your Gmail account from a mobile phone, but depending on your service plan, you may be charged by your wireless provider. Check with your provider for more information about fees associated with accessing the Internet from your mobile phone.