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Archive for February 8th, 2006

Google is in the news for launching 2 new products and banning BMW.de for breaching it’s guidelines.

GBuy
Gbuy, a new online payment system would be launched which would be in direct competion with PayPal. Google chief executive Eric Schmidt says Google’s pending online payments service GBuy won’t compete directly with eBay’s PayPal, but eBay doesn’t believe him, according to this WSJ story.

Gmail Chat
Google has integrated Gtalk into it’s Gmail and now users can directly chat while writing/reading emails from Gmail. This concept is similar to Meebo which provides a web based interface to IM clients. Meebo can connect to YIM, AOL, MSN clients. Screenshot of the new Gmail-Gtalk can be see on TechCrunch here

BMW Banned
[BBC] Search giant Google has “blacklisted” German car manufacturer BMW for breaching its guidelines.  —  Investigations by Google found that BMW’s German website influenced search results to ensure top ranking when users searched for “used car”. More info on the BBC website here

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Palo Alto start-up Sharpcast featured at DEMO 06 is a service which allows users to synch data between PC, mobile phones and other devices.

From the company’s website:

Sharpcast is developing a connected applications platform that will set new standards for consumer media and information management. The platform allows applications running on multiple computers, mobile devices and the web to work together seamlessly to dramatically simplify the way people access, share and back up digital content. It combines the richness and flexibility of software customized for desktop PCs and mobile devices with the benefits of web-based applications. The result is a best-in-class user experience for digital content management that takes full advantage of broadband wired and wireless networks.

More info on the company can be found here

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