Google Makes Money, Whether the Site is Real or Fake
Spotted a pretty cool story
from the Seattle Times
, which does a fine job covering Microsoft and is
now moving onto Redmond’s competitors. This one was about Google and a
neat trick where owners of Web sites that are a letter or two away from a major
URL are making gobs of the green stuff with Google ads. The problem is these
sites mimic well-established copyrights, which Google has sworn to protect.
For my part, I’m impressed that some are making millions buying up URLs
that bad spellers and those with fat fingers are sure to hit by accident.
Google Questions IE7 Tactics
While Google’s feet are being put to the fire over China and now these
quasi-trademark infringing sites, it’s lashing
out at Microsoft for too carefully intertwining the IE7 browser with MSN
Search. This is good old-fashioned bundling -- the sort the FTC tried to do
away with, Google says. Maybe it’s time for Google to finally build that
long-rumored browser. What would you want to see in a Google browser? Let me
know at [email protected].
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Last week I told you about all the money VMware is raking in and how impressed
I am with their aggressive strategy. You responded with over a dozen letters
telling me how virtualization is such an important part of your IT life.
Well, things will only get better now that VMware has built a new
alliance to make desktop virtualization ubiquitous and interoperable. Some
cool companies have joined up, including Softricity, Altiris (which is moving
aggressively into this space), Citrix and a few firms you may have heard of:
Sun, HP and IBM.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.