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The other thing I learned is that Google CAN identify your computer. So that begs the question as to why they don't use this facility they have to allow you to view your website and not make invalid clicks if you use that computer to log in to your adsense account. I'm sure that it brings up a whole other raft of questions.
It was too generic to have any depth however I felt it did show them in pretty good light although I don't think some of the authors thought so.
They could have made more about Adwords and how easy it is for everyone to use.
I'm sure that was iBill I saw staggering down the road passed those USD 5 million mansions with a bottle of tequila gold in his pocket:-))
This statement was made in the context of a discussion about Google's storage of all of your past searches you have made using Google. This was put to a VP at Google, and she gave a meaningless jumble of words hoping that would suffice. The interviewer said in Typical English style "So that's a yes then?" and the VP was clearly stuck for words and just smiled.
They once did a report on the industry I am in and it was appaling - they were badly advised.
After the Ebay programme I gave up on it. Too dumb down, too much sensationalist reporting on what they want the public to hear.
So google say they can "identify your pc" and the VP just smiled when pushed? So it could be IP then? Maybe they just meant via cookies but the tape was cut when that was mentioned...
MP is not the same as it used to be. I wouldn't read too much into it. Bring back Valerie Singleton!
The problem is that the masses won't have the google toolbar and millions will be using USB modems which don't have mac addresses.
Again, if the reporter pushed on that we may have had the truth.
Methinks google are flexing muscles - trying to think they have full control. It sounds great to marketing types.
Bring back Valerie Singleton!
It was fairly lazy journalisn, and possibly just an excuse for the journalist and crew to get out of dear old Blighty for a free junket to the USA. But I don't think there was any doubt on either side that Google can, and do know where you live.....
The company was originally going to be called "Googol". That is a HUGE number [en.wikipedia.org...] However, they managed to mis-spell it as Google.
We also seem to have Googleplex all wrong! We refer to it as the physical HQ of Google - wrong!
"A googolplex is the number (or 10googol, or 1010,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000), that is, 1 followed by a googol (10100) zeroes."
[edited by: david_uk at 8:42 pm (utc) on Jan. 20, 2006]
In addition to being a play on words, it was a made-up word that could be trademarked
I'm currently making my way through the book 'The Google Story', and according to the author (David Vise), it was indeed a simple spelling mistake rather than any clever play on words. Even back then they were having problems coming up with a name that wasn't taken, so the mistake actually worked for them, as 'Googol' was already taken. Or so the story goes.
It was a PR stunt to get them more coverage, and to massage a few egos. Mind you with the Feds breathing down their necks, it's probably the start of a series of campaigns for 'damage limitation'.
Oh no - I just promoted Google, what am I thinking of
:) bangs head and says DOH!
But google.com it was.
Nothing to do with being clever and trademarks. Just a simple mistake.
Which just goes to show that even those with ideas that change the world are humans like you and me afterall.
the programme said that the founders pinned the new name (Google.com) to the door for employees to see - and one of them pointed out that it had been spelled wrongly.
That's a different story than what was told in the past. But then, any historian is used to reading alleged facts that contradict each other. :-)