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Did You Google Me?

Filed under: Computers and Technology — Tags: , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 1:14 am 2008 February 23

Earlier this year, Google reported that at least half of all users have googled themselves. If they googled themselves, how many do you think googled other people? Probably every one of them. This report says 50 million names are googled each day! Don’t you want to know who’s googling you? You can nearly pinpoint the location, and with a little more effort, soon you’ll be able to identify users by name -then privacy becomes an issue. Who’s googling me? Here’s a way you can find out with Ziggs.com, and a short news story about Ziggs.

We’ll keep you informed of this and other entertaining news.

Google Health Records

Filed under: Computers and Technology,Health — Tags: , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 9:55 am 2008 February 21

Google is going into the health record keeping business. They’re testing a system with the Cleveland Clinic where patients can look up their information online. The patient can control who gets to see their online records.

Anyone who’s visited the doctor in the last few years is aware about privacy requirements on the part of the provider. The United States enacted legislation called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. (HIPAA) This legislation protects the individual by making sure the patient gives clear consent to parties requesting information. The problem is, it has (more…)

Microsoft + Yahoo = 2 Google?

Filed under: Business,Computers and Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 12:14 pm 2008 February 4

Google is upset that Microsoft wants to take over Yahoo. Yahoo with Microsoft and their search website –www.live.com together do not surpass Google’s search volume, but it would allow the two together to get a significant amount of search traffic and perhaps overtake Google at sometime in the future. The takeover bid could set the stage for increased competition.

Currently Google is the expensive options of the three in terms of advertising, as demonstrated by the cost of Google Adwords against MSN’s network. That is good for Google and advertising firms, since most ad firms work on a percentage of their costs; but not so good for businesses who need to advertise. Could the merger of MSN and Yahoo raise the price closer to what Google commands –or will it increase pressure on competition and drive internet advertising costs down?

If the later is the case, it is good for the rest of us, but not so good if you hold Google, since they don’t have an operating system (XP, Vista) or leading business software (Microsoft Office) to fall back on.

We’ll keep you informed of this and other technology news.