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From: Bennitto1/11/2006 7:38:17 PM
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Google and Yahoo step up mobile ambitions

Original URL: theregister.co.uk
Google and Yahoo step up mobile ambitions
By Wireless Watch
Published Wednesday 11th January 2006 11:19 GMT

Google and Yahoo, for the second time, announced new mobile activities on the same day. Their approaches, while quite different, will increasingly bring the giants into conflict in the emerging market for delivering consistent services and content across home, PC and mobile devices – and will enable them to challenge the handset makers and carriers to be the dominant mobile brands.

But while Yahoo is sticking to its core capabilities, and simply increasing the range of delivery platforms, Google has a wider agenda that will increasingly embrace the wireless network itself, and has even gained patents covering fast cellular data transmission.

The key mobile announcement by Google at last week’s CES consumer electronics show was a deal with Motorola to offer single button access to its search engine from selected Motorola handsets.

The two companies have signed a three year tie-up which will see Motorola phones carrying Google in a bid to boost usage of cellphones for internet access and so pique operator interest.
Google could sign similar deals with other handset makers.

On the surface this appeared to be a simple agreement that would increase the appeal of the phones to end users and drive increased traffic. But dig a little deeper, and the conflict of interest that will become critical in any dealings with Google becomes clear.

The handset majors, once unquestionably the strongest brand owners in the mobile value chain, have in the past few years been fighting to defend that position from the increasingly high profile branding of their operator customers, with activities like Vodafone Live! As handsets evolve beyond being mere voice instruments to carry complex content and services, the situation is only getting more perilous for the phonemakers, as content and applications providers’ brands also vie for attention. The threat to the handset manufacturer’s brand, and therefore some of its competitiveness and value, is particularly clear in the MVNO virtual operator sector, where operator and content brand can be merged, as in the case of Disney or sports broadcaster/MVNO ESPN.

It is also particularly strong as user demand for the open internet experience on the handset rises, bringing internet application brands to the fore. None is more powerful than Google, and by providing a Google button on high value models, Motorola has lost the chance, that phonemakers still had until recently, to create their own internet experience with, for instance, ‘Moto Search’.

The same dilemma was seen in Motorola’s troubled relationship with Apple over putting the iTunes service on the ROKR handset.
It is notable that the newly update ROKR no longer features iTunes, but instead offers the Motorola iRadio music service.

Yahoo Go

Yahoo, for its part, is taking a slightly different approach from Google, as it launches Yahoo Go. It is taking a more applications- centric view, and seeking to offer an integrated parcel of services that could make it the hub of a user’s mobile experience.

Again, this is a role that carriers or even handset makers could have fulfilled in the past, but have failed to do so, with piecemeal offerings that will now be subsumed by offerings transferring from the PC internet world – threatening to make those PC-focused brands dominant over those of the mobile specialists.

Yahoo Go Mobile allows users to access their online content via wireless devices, initially the Nokia Series 60 smartphones, which are heavily geared to open internet access. The service offers a streamlined version of the links available to Yahoo users on a PC, reducing the main menu content into major categories such as search, mail, news and calendar.

This will be an element of a broader Yahoo Go platform to extend the user interface and personalized services across multiple devices, from televisions to handset, with a consistent experience.

Both Yahoo and Google aim to extend their brand, services, environment and advertising revenues across multiple platforms in this way, not only boosting their finances but challenging Microsoft’s position at the heart of the end user online experience. But Google seems prepared to stray further from its core skills in its quest and could enter the wireless network and hardware businesses, also options for Microsoft.

Future Google moves

There is intense speculation that Google will create a Windowsfree, Google branded low cost PC – which could spawn other devices, even cellphones, or a home entertainment center, similar to a Windows Media Center or Mac Mini, integrating televisions, phones and computers. The key would be to provide the fundamental software functions itself, and Google is already after patents in key areas. In November, research firm Classified Intelligence revealed a patent application for Google Automat, which would support a payment mechanism for consumer-to-business online transactions. The search giant also hopes to patent its own digital rights management system. This combination could provide a compelling platform and revenue stream for sharing with content providers on cellphones and other devices.

Another interesting patent awarded recently to Google was one accelerating data transmission on a CDMA network using a “short, mismatched antenna”. Although the company has been moving towards owning networks to expand access to its services – with bids to build municipal Wi-Fi metrozones in some US cities, and the acquisition of fiber backhaul assets – this new patent is the first clear indication of Google seeking to influence the development of wireless technologies themselves, in order to support its key applications, such as fast search, more effectively and continue to drive advertising revenues.

Copyright © 2006, Wireless Watch

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From: Bennitto1/12/2006 4:40:39 PM
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Google Inc US patents granted

PAT. NO. Title
1 6,982,945 Baseband direct sequence spread spectrum transceiver
2 6,941,293 Methods and apparatus for determining equivalent descriptions for an information need
3 6,934,634 Address geocoding
4 6,906,920 Drive cooling baffle
5 6,870,095 Cable management for rack mounted computing system
6 6,865,575 Methods and apparatus for using a modified index to provide search results in response to an ambiguous search query
7 6,845,009 Cooling baffle and fan mount apparatus
8 6,839,702 Systems and methods for highlighting search results
9 6,754,873 Techniques for finding related hyperlinked documents using link-based analysis
10 6,725,259 Ranking search results by reranking the results based on local inter-connectivity
11 6,678,681 Information extraction from a database
12 6,658,423 Detecting duplicate and near-duplicate files
13 6,615,209 Detecting query-specific duplicate documents
14 6,529,903 Methods and apparatus for using a modified index to provide search results in response to an ambiguous search query
15 6,526,440 Ranking search results by reranking the results based on local inter-connectivity

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1 Baseband direct sequence spread spectrum transceiver in my patents list
Inventor: GOSSETT CARROLL PHILIP (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: H04B1/707 IPC: H04B1/707; H04J11/00; H03C1/52 (+7)
Publication info: US6982945 - 2006-01-03

2 Systems and methods for spell correction of non-roman characters and words in my patents list
Inventor: WU JUN (US); ZHU HONGJUN (US); (+3) Applicant: GOOGLE INC A DELAWARE CORP (US)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/20; G06F15/00
Publication info: US2005289463 - 2005-12-29

3 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INFORMATION CAPTURE AND RETRIEVAL in my patents list
Inventor: LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US); MARMAROS DAVID (US); (+3) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US); (+4)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F7/00
Publication info: WO2005098594 - 2005-10-20

4 Profile based capture component in my patents list
Inventor: DENG JIAN G (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN (US); (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: IPC: G06F11/30; G06F17/30; G06F11/30 (+2)
Publication info: US2005246588 - 2005-11-03

5 LOCATION-BASED SOCIAL SOFTWARE FOR MOBILE DEVICES in my patents list
Inventor: CROWLEY DENNIS P (US); RAINERT ALEXANDER M (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); CROWLEY DENNIS P (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): H04M3/00
Publication info: WO2005114970 - 2005-12-01

6 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING PUBLISHERS TO SELECT PREFERRED TYPES OF ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS in my patents list
Inventor: CHAN WESLEY; RAJARAM GOKUL; (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60; G06F15/00; G06F15/16 (+2)
Publication info: WO2005111897 - 2005-11-24

7 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RATING DOCUMENTS COMPRISING AN IMAGE in my patents list
Inventor: CHAN WESLEY; AGARWAL SUMIT; (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005111896 - 2005-11-24

8 AUTOMATED GRAPHICAL ADVERTISEMENT SIZE COMPATIBILITY AND LINK INSERTION in my patents list
Inventor: CHAN WESLEY; AGARWAL SUMIT; (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60; G06F17/21
Publication info: WO2005111895 - 2005-11-24

9 FACILITATING THE SERVING OF ADS HAVING DIFFERENT TREATMENTS AND/OR CHARACTERISTICS, SUCH AS TEXT ADS AND IMAGE ADS in my patents list
Inventor: VARIAN HAL (US); CHAN WESLEY (US); (+3) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); VARIAN HAL (US); (+4)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005111894 - 2005-11-24

10 GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR FACILITATING ACCESS TO ONLINE GROUPS in my patents list
Inventor: JESKE DAVID (US); UEDA GAKU (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); JESKE DAVID (US); (+1)
EC: H04L29/08A7 IPC: H04L12/18; H04L29/08; H04L12/18 (+2)
Publication info: WO2005114942 - 2005-12-01

11 IDENTIFYING RELATED INFORMATION GIVEN CONTENT AND/OR PRESENTING RELATED INFORMATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH CONTENT-RELATED ADVERTISEMENTS in my patents list
Inventor: DEAN JEFFREY A (US); BHARAT KRISHNA (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: EP1604302 - 2005-12-14

12 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PREFERRED LANGUAGE ORDERING OF SEARCH RESULTS in my patents list
Inventor: SINGHAL AMIT (US); MCGRATH MIZUKI (US); (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: G06F17/30W1F IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: CA2520954 - 2004-10-21

13 Serving advertisements based on content in my patents list
Inventor: ANDERSON DARRELL; BUCHEIT PAUL; (+6) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30 (+1)
Publication info: BR0314717 - 2005-11-29

14 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INTERFACING APPLICATIONS WITH A SEARCH ENGINE in my patents list
Inventor: IONESCU MIHAI FLORIN (US); KHAN OMAR HABIB (CA) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); IONESCU MIHAI FLORIN (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F7/00; (IPC1-7): G06F7/00
Publication info: WO2005098595 - 2005-10-20

15 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING USER ACTIONS in my patents list
Inventor: ROETTER ALEX (US); JINDAL DEEPAK (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); ROETTER ALEX (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005098714 - 2005-10-20

16 DETERMINING AD TARGETING INFORMATION AND/OR AD CREATIVE INFORMATION USING PAST SEARCH QUERIES in my patents list
Inventor: AGARWAL SUMIT (US); RENAKER PEARL (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); AGARWAL SUMIT (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005098713 - 2005-10-20

17 RENDERING CONTENT-TARGETED ADS WITH E-MAIL in my patents list
Inventor: BUCHHEIT PAUL (US); CUI YINGWEI CLAIRE (US); (+4) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BUCHHEIT PAUL (US); (+5)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005098712 - 2005-10-20

18 IMPROVING ADVERTISEMENT APPROVAL in my patents list
Inventor: COIT KRISTIN (US); CROW KAREN (US); (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); COIT KRISTIN (US); (+3)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005098711 - 2005-10-20

19 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WEIGHTING A SEARCH QUERY RESULT in my patents list
Inventor: LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US); WANG NINIANE (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F7/00; (IPC1-7): G06F7/00
Publication info: WO2005098592 - 2005-10-20

20 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR STRUCTURING EVENT DATA IN A DATABASE FOR LOCATION AND RETRIEVAL in my patents list
Inventor: LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US); KHAN OMAR HABIB (CA) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F7/00; (IPC1-7): G06F7/00
Publication info: WO2005098591 - 2005-10-20

21 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING MEDIA FILES in my patents list
Inventor: AUERBACH DAVID BENJAMIN (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); AUERBACH DAVID BENJAMIN (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F7/00; (IPC1-7): G06F7/00
Publication info: WO2005098590 - 2005-10-20

22 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING EMAIL MESSAGES in my patents list
Inventor: AUERBACH DAVID BENJAMIN (US); KHAN OMAR HABIB (CA); (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); AUERBACH DAVID BENJAMIN (US); (+3)
EC: IPC: G06F15/16; G06F15/173; G06F15/16 (+2)
Publication info: WO2005098642 - 2005-10-20

23 QUERY REWRITING WITH ENTITY DETECTION in my patents list
Inventor: PFLEGER KARL (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); PFLEGER KARL (US)
EC: IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005098680 - 2005-10-20

24 QUERY REWRITING WITH ENTITY DETECTION in my patents list
Inventor: ZHOU HONG (US); BHARAT KRISHNA (US); (+3) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); ZHOU HONG (US); (+4)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005098679 - 2005-10-20

25 DISPLAYING CONVERSATIONS IN A CONVERSATION-BASED EMAIL SYSTEM in my patents list
Inventor: BUCHHEIT PAUL T (US); CHANG BAY-WEI (US); (+4) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BUCHHEIT PAUL T (US); (+5)
EC: G06Q10/00F2 IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005098701 - 2005-10-20

26 GENERATING AND SERVING TILES IN A DIGITAL MAPPING SYSTEM in my patents list
Inventor: RASMUSSEN JENS EILSTRUP (US); RASMUSSEN LARS EILSTRUP (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); RASMUSSEN JENS EILSTRUP (US); (+2)
EC: IPC:
Publication info: WO2005094466 - 2005-10-13

27 GENERATING, STORING, AND DISPLAYING GRAPHICS USING SUB-PIXEL BITMAPS in my patents list
Inventor: RASMUSSEN JENS EILSTRUP (US); RASMUSSEN LARS EILSTRUP (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); RASMUSSEN JENS EILSTRUP (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: G06T11/40; G06T11/40
Publication info: WO2005094462 - 2005-10-13

28 VARIABLE PERSONALIZATION OF SEARCH RESULTS IN A SEARCH ENGINE in my patents list
Inventor: HAVELIWALA TAHER H (US); JEH GLEN M (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); HAVELIWALA TAHER H (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F7/00; (IPC1-7): G06F7/00
Publication info: WO2005098611 - 2005-10-20

29 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ON-LINE USER-ASSISTED WEB-BASED ADVERTISING in my patents list
Inventor: FIKES ANDREW (US); PREDESCU OVIDIU (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); FIKES ANDREW (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005098721 - 2005-10-20

30 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSLATING CHINESE PINYIN TO CHINESE CHARACTERS in my patents list
Inventor: WU JUN (US); ZHU HUICAN (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); WU JUN (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F17/28; G06F17/28; (IPC1-7): G06F17/28
Publication info: WO2005091167 - 2005-09-29

31 QUICK REPLY FORM in my patents list
Inventor: CHANG BAY-WEI (US); LIM JING YEE (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); CHANG BAY-WEI (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F15/16; G06F17/21; G06F17/24 (+6)
Publication info: WO2005103931 - 2005-11-03

32 A FRAME ENVIRONMENT THAT SUPPORTS THE NAVIGATION BUTTONS OF A WEB BROWSER in my patents list
Inventor: LIM JING YEE (US); BUCHHEIT PAUL (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); LIM JING YEE (US); (+1)
EC: G06F17/30W9V IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005078607 - 2005-08-25

33 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR THE DISPLAY AND NAVIGATION OF A SOCIAL NETWORK in my patents list
Inventor: BUYUKKOKTEN ORKUT (US); SMITH ADAM DOUGLAS (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BUYUKKOKTEN ORKUT (US); (+1)
EC: G06Q10/00 IPC:
Publication info: WO2005072315 - 2005-08-11

34 METHODS AND SYSTEMS RATING ASSOCIATED MEMBERS IN A SOCIAL NETWORK in my patents list
Inventor: BUYUKKOKTEN ORKUT (US); SMITH ADAM DOUGLAS (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BUYUKKOKTEN ORKUT (US); (+1)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005071588 - 2005-08-04

35 SUGGESTING AND/OR PROVIDING TARGETING CRITERIA FOR ADVERTISEMENTS in my patents list
Inventor: KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US); SPITKOVSKY VALENTIN (US); (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US); (+3)
EC: IPC: G06F17/00; G06F17/00
Publication info: WO2005065401 - 2005-07-21

36 GENERATING HYPERLINKS AND ANCHOR TEXT IN HTML AND NON-HTML DOCUMENTS in my patents list
Inventor: MITTAL VIBHU (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); MITTAL VIBHU (US)
EC: G06F17/30G4; G06F17/30W7 IPC: G06F17/27; G06F17/30; G06F17/27 (+3)
Publication info: WO2005066834 - 2005-07-21

37 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING SEARCH QUALITY in my patents list
Inventor: FRANZ ALEXANDER M (US); HENZINGER MONIKA (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); FRANZ ALEXANDER M (US); (+1)
EC: G06F17/30H IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005066847 - 2005-07-21

38 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIRECT NAVIGATION TO SPECIFIC PORTION OF TARGET DOCUMENT in my patents list
Inventor: MARMAROS DAVID P (US); GOMES BENJAMIN (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); MARMAROS DAVID P (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005066846 - 2005-07-21

39 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TARGETED GRAPHICAL ADVERTISEMENTS in my patents list
Inventor: WISEMAN LEORA RUTH (IS); AGARWAL SUMIT (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); WISEMAN LEORA RUTH (IS); (+1)
EC: IPC:
Publication info: WO2005062863 - 2005-07-14

40 EMBEDDING ADVERTISEMENTSIN SYNDICATED CONTENT in my patents list
Inventor: MINAR NELSON (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); MINAR NELSON (US)
EC: IPC:
Publication info: WO2005065237 - 2005-07-21

41 GENERATING USER INFORMATION FOR USE IN TARGETED ADVERTISING in my patents list
Inventor: BHARAT KRISHNA (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BHARAT KRISHNA (US); (+2)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00
Publication info: WO2005065229 - 2005-07-21

42 INTERFACE FOR A UNIVERSAL SEARCH ENGINE in my patents list
Inventor: TAYLOR BRET C (US); MAYER MARISSA (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); TAYLOR BRET C (US); (+2)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005066844 - 2005-07-21

43 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERSONALIZING AGGREGATED NEWS CONTENT in my patents list
Inventor: BHARAT KRISHNA (US); SCHMITT MICHAEL (CH); (+5) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BHARAT KRISHNA (US); (+6)
EC: G06F17/30W1F IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005066843 - 2005-07-21

44 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CUSTOMIZING TRAVEL DIRECTIONS in my patents list
Inventor: RASMUSSEN LARS EILSTRUP (US); RASMUSSEN JENS EILSTRUP (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); RASMUSSEN LARS EILSTRUP (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: G06F; (IPC1-7): G06F
Publication info: WO2005057380 - 2005-06-23

45 USING CONCEPTS FOR AD TARGETING in my patents list
Inventor: KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US); SPITKOVSKY VALENTIN (US); (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US); (+3)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F
Publication info: WO2005052753 - 2005-06-09

46 SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY INTEGRATING A DIGITAL MAP SYSTEM in my patents list
Inventor: RASMUSSEN LARS EILSTRUP (US); RASMUSSEN JENS EILSTRUP (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); RASMUSSEN LARS EILSTRUP (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: G01C21/30; G01C21/28; G06F (+1)
Publication info: WO2005052763 - 2005-06-09

47 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UNIFICATION OF SEARCH RESULTS in my patents list
Inventor: MARMAROS DAVID (US); BHATLA NIKHIL (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); MARMAROS DAVID (US); (+2)
EC: G06F17/30H; G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005066842 - 2005-07-21

48 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERSONALIZED NETWORK SEARCHING in my patents list
Inventor: BADROS GREGORY J (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BADROS GREGORY J (US); (+1)
EC: G06F17/30H; G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005062210 - 2005-07-07

49 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING A SEARCH RANKING USING ARTICLE INFORMATION in my patents list
Inventor: LAWRENCE STEPHEN (US); KAHN OMAR (CA); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005066841 - 2005-07-21

50 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INFORMATION EXTRACTION in my patents list
Inventor: PEARSON MARK (US); NEVILL-MANNING CRAIG (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); PEARSON MARK (US); (+2)
EC: G06Q30/00C IPC: G06F17/30; G06Q30/00; G06F17/30 (+2)
Publication info: WO2005062192 - 2005-07-07

51 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING ADVERTISEMENTS IN A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK in my patents list
Inventor: DESIKAN PAVAN KUMAR (US); PATEL AMIT J (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); DESIKAN PAVAN KUMAR (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005062229 - 2005-07-07

52 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING INTERNET ADVERTISEMENTS THAT CHANGE BETWEEN TEXTUAL AND GRAPHICAL ADS ON DEMAND BY A USER in my patents list
Inventor: KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US)
EC: IPC: G06F; (IPC1-7): G06F
Publication info: WO2005043345 - 2005-05-12

53 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING AN ADVERTISEMENT TO FOLLOW THE USER TO ADDITIONAL WEB PAGES in my patents list
Inventor: KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US)
EC: IPC: G06F; (IPC1-7): G06F
Publication info: WO2005043344 - 2005-05-12

54 SERVING CONTENT-TARGETED ADS IN E-MAIL, SUCH AS E-MAIL NEWSLETTERS in my patents list
Inventor: CAROBUS ALEXANDER PAUL (US); ROETTER ALEX (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); CAROBUS ALEXANDER PAUL (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F17/00; G06F; G06F17/00 (+1)
Publication info: WO2005038575 - 2005-04-28

55 USING MATCH CONFIDENCE TO ADJUST A PERFORMANCE THRESHOLD in my patents list
Inventor: BEM JEREMY (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BEM JEREMY (US)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F7/00; G09F (+1)
Publication info: WO2005038753 - 2005-04-28

56 AUTOMATICALLY TARGETING WEB-BASED ADVERTISEMENTS in my patents list
Inventor: FIKES ANDREW (US); KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); FIKES ANDREW (US); (+2)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F
Publication info: WO2005033879 - 2005-04-14

57 DETERMINING AND/OR USING END USER LOCAL TIME INFORMATION IN AN AD SYSTEM in my patents list
Inventor: AGARWAL SUMIT (US); KONINGSTEIN ROSS (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); AGARWAL SUMIT (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F7/00; G09F (+1)
Publication info: WO2005034064 - 2005-04-14

58 GENERATING INFORMATION FOR ONLINE ADVERTISEMENTS FROM INTERNET DATA AND TRADITIONAL MEDIA DATA in my patents list
Inventor: HARIK GEORGES R (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); HARIK GEORGES R (US)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F
Publication info: WO2005033861 - 2005-04-14

59 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CLUSTERING SEARCH RESULTS in my patents list
Inventor: SMITH ADAM (US); GE XIANPING (US); (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); SMITH ADAM (US); (+3)
EC: G06F17/30W1S IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005031614 - 2005-04-07

60 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING A SEARCH RANKING USING LOCATION AWARENESS in my patents list
Inventor: GE XIANPING (US); PARMAR ABHISHEK (US); (+4) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); GE XIANPING (US); (+5)
EC: G06F17/30W1S IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005031613 - 2005-04-07

61 PERSISTENT USER INTERFACE FOR PROVIDING NAVIGATIONAL FUNCTIONALITY in my patents list
Inventor: NIELSEN TOM (US); SINGH SANJEEV (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); NIELSEN TOM (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F17/30; G06F; G06F17/30 (+1)
Publication info: WO2005048021 - 2005-05-26

62 INCREASING A NUMBER OF RELEVANT ADVERTISEMENTS USING A RELAXED MATCH in my patents list
Inventor: BEM JEREMY (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BEM JEREMY (US)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F7/00
Publication info: WO2005032235 - 2005-04-14

63 INFORMATION RETRIEVAL BASED ON HISTORICAL DATA in my patents list
Inventor: ACHARYA ANURAG (US); CUTTS MATT (US); (+8) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); ACHARYA ANURAG (US); (+9)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005033978 - 2005-04-14

64 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING DOCUMENT FRESHNESS in my patents list
Inventor: HENZINGER MONIKA (CH) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); HENZINGER MONIKA (CH)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30 (+1)
Publication info: WO2005033977 - 2005-04-14

65 PERSONALIZATION OF WEB SEARCH in my patents list
Inventor: LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); LAWRENCE STEPHEN R (US)
EC: G06F17/30W1F IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005033979 - 2005-04-14

66 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING THE RANKING OF NEWS ARTICLES in my patents list
Inventor: CURTISS MICHAEL (US); BHARAT KRISHNA (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); CURTISS MICHAEL (US); (+2)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005029368 - 2005-03-31

67 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEARCHING USING QUERIES WRITTEN IN A DIFFERENT CHARACTER-SET AND/OR LANGUAGE FROM THE TARGET PAGES in my patents list
Inventor: MITTAL VIBHU (US); PONTE JAY M (US); (+3) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); MITTAL VIBHU (US); (+4)
EC: G06F17/27; G06F17/22 IPC: G06F17/22; G06F17/27; G06F17/22 (+2)
Publication info: WO2005033967 - 2005-04-14

68 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING A SEARCH RANKING USING POPULATION INFORMATION in my patents list
Inventor: TONG SIMON (US); PEARSON MARK (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); TONG SIMON (US); (+1)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005029367 - 2005-03-31

69 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING A SEARCH RANKING USING RELATED QUERIES in my patents list
Inventor: TONG SIMON (US); PEARSON MARK (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); TONG SIMON (US); (+2)
EC: G06F17/30H; G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005029366 - 2005-03-31

70 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING USER ACTIONS in my patents list
Inventor: ROETTER ALEX (US); JINDAL DEEPAK (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); ROETTER ALEX (US); (+1)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F17/60
Publication info: WO2005024693 - 2005-03-17

71 PROVIDING SEARCH QUERY REFINEMENTS in my patents list
Inventor: HAAHR PAUL (US); BAKER STEVEN (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); HAAHR PAUL (US); (+1)
EC: G06F17/30H IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005026989 - 2005-03-24

72 IDENTIFYING AND/OR BLOCKING ADS SUCH AS DOCUMENT-SPECIFIC COMPETITIVE ADS in my patents list
Inventor: AXE BRIAN (US); RANGANATH RAMA (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); AXE BRIAN (US); (+2)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00
Publication info: WO2005025291 - 2005-03-24

73 DETERMINING AND/OR USING LOCATION INFORMATION IN AN AD SYSTEM in my patents list
Inventor: YEH LESLIE (US); RAMASWAMY SRIDHAR (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); YEH LESLIE (US); (+2)
EC: IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005024667 - 2005-03-17

74 A SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR PRESENTING MULTIPLE SETS OF SEARCH RESULTS FOR A SINGLE QUERY in my patents list
Inventor: HAVELIWALA TAHER (US); JEH GLEN (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); HAVELIWALA TAHER (US); (+2)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005017784 - 2005-02-24

75 PROVIDING A USER INTERFACE WITH SEARCH QUERY BROADENING in my patents list
Inventor: BRIN SERGEY (US); GOMES BENEDICT (US); (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); BRIN SERGEY (US); (+2)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005013153 - 2005-02-10

76 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EDITING A NETWORK OF INTERCONNECTED CONCEPTS in my patents list
Inventor: WEISSMAN ADAM J (US); ELBAZ GILAD ISRAEL (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); WEISSMAN ADAM J (US); (+1)
EC: G06F17/30H2; G06F17/30T1E; (+1) IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005013151 - 2005-02-10

77 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A MEANING OF A DOCUMENT TO MATCH THE DOCUMENT TO CONTENT in my patents list
Inventor: WEISSMAN ADAM J (US); ELBAZ GILAD ISRAEL (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); WEISSMAN ADAM J (US); (+1)
EC: G06F17/30T1E; G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005013150 - 2005-02-10

78 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR UNDERSTANDING A MEANING OF A KNOWLEDGE ITEM USING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE ITEM in my patents list
Inventor: ELBAZ GILAD ISRAEL (US); WEISSMAN ADAM J (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); ELBAZ GILAD ISRAEL (US); (+1)
EC: G06F17/30H2; G06F17/30T1E; (+1) IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005013149 - 2005-02-10

79 IMPROVING CONTENT-TARGETED ADVERTISING USING COLLECTED USER BEHAVIOR DATA in my patents list
Inventor: CUI YINGWEI CLAIRE; CAROBUS ALEXANDER PAUL; (+3) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: G06Q30/00C IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F
Publication info: WO2005010702 - 2005-02-03

80 SERVING ADVERTISEMENTS USING A SEARCH OF ADVERTISER WEB INFORMATION in my patents list
Inventor: HARIK GEORGES R Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: IPC: G06F7/00; G06F17/30; G06F (+3)
Publication info: WO2005006143 - 2005-01-20
81 RENDERING ADVERTISEMENTS WITH DOCUMENTS HAVING ONE OR MORE TOPICS USING USER TOPIC INTEREST INFORMATION in my patents list
Inventor: BHARAT KRISHNA BHARAT Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G09F
Publication info: WO2005006283 - 2005-01-20

82 PROMOTING AND/OR DEMOTING AN ADVERTISEMENT FROM AN ADVERTISING SPOT OF ONE TYPE TO AN ADVERTISING SPOT OF ANOTHER TYPE in my patents list
Inventor: LESTER CHAD Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G09F
Publication info: WO2005006282 - 2005-01-20

83 USING ENHANCED AD FEATURES TO INCREASE COMPETITION IN ONLINE ADVERTISING in my patents list
Inventor: VEACH ERIC Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: G06Q30/00A IPC: G06Q30/00; G06Q30/00; (IPC1-7): G06F
Publication info: WO2005006141 - 2005-01-20

84 SEARCH QUERY CATEGORIZATION FOR BUSINESS LISTINGS SEARCH in my patents list
Inventor: MALPANI RADHIKA (US); MITTAL VIBHU (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); MALPANI RADHIKA (US); (+1)
EC: IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2004114162 - 2004-12-29

85 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PREFERRED COUNTRY BIASING OF SEARCH RESULTS in my patents list
Inventor: GUPTA VINEET (US); GOMES BEN (US); (+4) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); GUPTA VINEET (US); (+5)
EC: G06F17/30W1S IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2004114161 - 2004-12-29

86 DOCUMENT SEARCH ENGINE INCLUDING HIGHLIGHTING OF CONFIDENT RESULTS in my patents list
Inventor: TONG SIMON (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); TONG SIMON (US)
EC: G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/30; G06F17/30; (IPC1-7): G06F17/30
Publication info: WO2005001719 - 2005-01-06

87 SERVING ADVERTISEMENTS USING USER REQUEST INFORMATION AND USER INFORMATION in my patents list
Inventor: BHARAT KRISHNA; LAWRENCE STEPHEN; (+2) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: IPC: G06F17/30; G06F; G06F17/30 (+1)
Publication info: WO2004111771 - 2004-12-23

88 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DEFINITIONS in my patents list
Inventor: NEVILL-MANNING CRAIG (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); NEVILL-MANNING CRAIG (US)
EC: G06F17/27D; G06F17/30W1 IPC: G06F17/27; G06F17/30; G06F17/27 (+2)
Publication info: WO2004114158 - 2004-12-29

89 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TEXT SEGMENTATION in my patents list
Inventor: WEISSMAN ADAM J (US) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US); WEISSMAN ADAM J (US)
EC: IPC: G06K9/72; G06K9/72; (IPC1-7): G06K9/72
Publication info: WO2005069199 - 2005-07-28

90 METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AND REPLYING TO ELECTRONIC MESSAGES in my patents list
Inventor: BAY-WEI CHANG; BUCHHEIT PAUL; (+1) Applicant: GOOGLE INC (US)
EC: IPC: G09G5/00; G09G5/00; (IPC1-7): G09G5/00
Publication info: WO2004059612 - 2004-07-15

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From: Bennitto1/12/2006 7:53:00 PM
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Court Dismisses Yahoo Free Speech Suit
Thursday January 12, 5:58 pm ET
By David Kravets, Associated Press Writer
Court Tosses Yahoo Suit That Questioned Liability for Selling Items Illegal in Other Countries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday skirted answering whether Yahoo Inc. must pay a fine of about $15 million to a Paris court for displaying Nazi memorabilia for sale in violation of French law.



The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by Yahoo in California challenging the fine levied five years ago for running an auction site in which French users could buy and sell the memorabilia banned in France.

Yahoo asked the U.S. court to rule that the judgment could not be collected in the United States because it violated the company's free speech rights.

In a 99-page decision, the court left open the central question of whether U.S.-based Internet service providers are liable for damages in foreign courts for displaying content that is unlawful overseas but protected in the United States.

The court said it was unlikely the French would ever enforce the judgment and doubted Yahoo's free speech rights under U.S. law were violated.

Yahoo's French subsidiary, yahoo.fr, complies with French law, but a judge there nonetheless ordered the Sunnyvale-based company to strip Nazi paraphernalia from the portal's main site, Yahoo.com.

Yahoo eventually banned Nazi material as it began charging users to make auction listings, saying it did not want to profit from such material. But it continued to challenge the ruling, not in France but by filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Jose over the First Amendment issue.

A district judge in 2002 ruled in favor of Yahoo, saying the American company was not liable for the judgment. That decision was set aside Thursday.

The appeals court did agree that U.S. companies, including Yahoo, could turn to federal courts when overseas judgments inhibit speech protected in the United States.

But the court came to no conclusion about what type of speech it would consider shielding, doubting the presence of any First Amendment controversy to decide in this particular case.

"We have no ruling on the underlying First Amendment issue, which made this case so interesting in the first place," said Paul Schiff Berman, who teaches cyberlaw at the University of Connecticut.

Yahoo did not immediately return calls for comment.

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From: Bennitto1/16/2006 5:38:35 PM
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AT&T renames high-speed Internet service, slashes monthly price
Monday January 16, 5:05 pm ET

AT&T Inc. announced a new name for its high-speed Digital Subscriber Line service and cut the monthly price to boost its Internet customer base.
San Antonio-based AT&T (NYSE: T - News), already the nation's largest provider of DSL with 6.5 million subscribers, is offering new residential customers the ability to order the new AT&T Yahoo! High-Speed Internet for $14.99 a month. It was formerly called SBC Yahoo! DSL. SBC Communications Inc. and Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO - News) first launched SBC Yahoo! DSL in September 2002.

This is one of the lowest prices the company has ever offered for new customers. AT&T first introduced the service at $14.95 on June 1, 2005, when it was still SBC.

It is reintroducing the new promotional price in order to transition customers to the new AT&T brand, AT&T spokeswoman April Borlinghaus says. SBC and AT&T merged on Nov. 18, 2005, creating the nation's largest telecommunications firm.

The offer is only available to customers in AT&T's 13-state area who order through the company's Web site (www.TheNewATT.com). The price is good for six months.

AT&T is one of the world's leading providers of global networking, high-speed Internet, local- and long-distance, directory publishing and advertising services. It owns 60 percent of Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 wireless carrier in the United States.

Published January 16, 2006 by the San Antonio Business Journal

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From: Bennitto2/7/2006 9:19:41 PM
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Google, Skype in Startup to Link Hotspots
Sunday February 5, 10:07 pm ET
By Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer
Google and Skype Invest in Startup to Link Hotspots and Help Owners Charge for Wi-Fi Access

NEW YORK (AP) -- Google Inc. and eBay Inc.'s Skype are investing in a startup that plans to help hotspot owners charge for Wi-Fi access, a plan that could face significant opposition from Internet service providers.

The Internet heavyweights were joined by venture capital firms Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital in making a $22 million investment in FON, the Spanish startup. In its announcement Sunday, FON did not say how much each investor was contributing.

FON's idea, floated just three months ago in a Web posting by founder Martin Varsavsky, is to sign up people who have Wi-Fi hotspots in one of two ways.

"Linus" members, named after Linus Torvalds, who created the freely distributed Linux software, will share their hotspot with other Linus members for free.

"Bill" members, named after Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, will charge for access to their hotspot. FON will get some of that revenue, and share it with Internet service providers, or ISPs.

The network has gained 3,000 Linus members since going live in November. There is no software yet for Bill members, but Varsavsky expects it to be ready within four months. Linus software is so far only available for Wi-Fi routers from Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems Inc.

FON faces a hurdle in that most ISPs prohibit subscribers from sharing internet access with people outside their household. Many broadband subscribers share their access now for free, though, and it's hard for Internet service providers to stop them.

Traffic from a FON-connected hotspot would be easy for an ISP to identify, said Glen Fleishman, editor of the Wi-Fi Networking News site, because users have to authenticate themselves at a FON server.

Varsavsky wants to partner with ISPs to get them to allow their subscribers to set up FON hotspots. It has signed up a Swedish ISP, Glocalnet, and is in discussions with U.S. companies.

To win over the ISPs, Varsavsky points out that Linus members need Internet service to be Linus members.

"So in fact, FON is an incentive to become a customer of an ISP," he said.

Mark Harrad, a spokesman at Time Warner Cable, said the company was not aware of FON's plans. Its terms of service prohibit its 4.8 million residential broadband subscribers from sharing their connection outside the household.

Representatives at Google did not return messages seeking comment on the search engine's investment in FON.

Skype's Internet telephone service works over wireless connections, and a cell-phone-like device is in the works to take advantage of that fact.

"FON has a great idea to help people share Wi-Fi with one another to build a global unified broadband network, and were happy to lend support," Skype Chief Executive Niklas Zennstrom said in a statement.

FON's idea is not entirely novel -- in fact, several companies and associations have tried to tie together free Wi-Fi hotspots into networks, but none has succeeded on a large scale.

"The problem with all these free projects is that they fail because everybody wants to be a freeloader and nobody wants to provide Wi-Fi," said Varsavsky. FON, on the other hand, demands reciprocal sharing from its Linus users.

There are also commercial Wi-Fi networks built by T-Mobile USA and Boingo Wireless Inc. with hotspots in more than 50,000 locations. Varsavsky hopes to have a much larger network by the end of the year because FON doesn't have to create the hotspots by itself.

Fleishman said FON has a chance to reach a critical mass of users, but it will be competing with free or low-cost municipal Wi-Fi networks in several cities. Google has itself offered to build a free Wi-Fi network to cover San Francisco.

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To: Bennitto who wrote (14)4/5/2006 12:04:02 PM
From: Joe Wagner
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High Speed Internet is really coming down in price. This could be very positive for the Internet Equipment Manufacturers & Google.

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To: Joe Wagner who wrote (16)4/5/2006 3:16:21 PM
From: Bennitto
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And Yahoo!

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From: Lerandia5/30/2006 10:20:02 AM
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Just as a note of interest; in the earnings conference call the company was far more bullish than the media expected and discussed some new issues as well.

If anyone is interested, let me know & I will send you the link.

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To: Bennitto who wrote (15)6/1/2006 5:36:41 PM
From: joseffy
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BBC to take on Google and AOL
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dailymail.co.uk

31st May 2006

The BBC has outlined the scale of its global ambitions after the director-general said its aim was to rival internet giants Google and AOL.

Mark Thompson said the BBC was the only European brand with the clout to take on the American media giants.

Although he insisted that any international expansion would not be funded by the licence fee, critics claim it will inevitably rely indirectly on the tax on television sets.

His announcement will further alarm the BBC's domestic competitors such as Sky, BT and ITV who are already unhappy by what they say are the Corporation's expansionist tendencies.

The BBC has long had a strong global presence thanks to the BBC World Service, the radio service which is funded by the Foreign Office and broadcasts in 33 languages.

The authoritative reputation of the Corporation's TV and radio news has also helped with the growth of BBC News online - which is now the sixth most popular website in the world - while BBC America, its US television channel, reaches 45m homes via cable.

In a bid to beef up the BBC's international presence its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is set to launch a new advertising-funded website BBC.com - which will be accessible only outside the UK - later this year.

It is also looking to buy up existing businesses including video-on-demand services while the Corporation's technicians are currently working on their own internet search engine which would be a direct rival to Google.

Other avenues being explored include buying up foreign magazine publishers in a bid to replicate the success of the BBC's own UK titles such as Top Gear and the Radio Times, and increasing the number of overseas BBC channels - such as BBC America - so that the Corporation is better able to make money out of hit shows such as The Office and Strictly Come Dancing.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Thompson said: 'The BBC is the only European brand that could take on Google and AOL.'

But he insisted that the Corporation's plans was no different from any other media organisation in looking to explore new ways to growth.

'You won't find a single commercial organisation on the planet which is ruling out any distribution technology and the BBC's thinking in the same way that everyone else is really.

'There are some areas where we are quite cutting edge, such as on-demand over the web. Other areas, like mobile, we are in the pack.

'But we're doing no more than any other media organisation in the world is doing.'

But critics and competitors claim the BBC's global growth is founded on its guaranteed licence fee revenue - around £2.9bn last year.

The BBC is currently waiting to hear what its next licence fee settlement will be.

It has asked for the licence fee to grow at twice the rate of inflation over the next seven years - to £180 by 2013 - although rivals such as ITV claim its bid is based on 'back-of-a-fag packet' calculations.

Other British media companies have been frantically trying to adapt to sweeping technological changes such as the internet and digital television.

BT, for example, is moving away from being just a traditional telephone company and has started offering its customers TV and video-on-demand services too, while Sky has bought a broadband company to add to its main business as a satellite television broadcaster.

Google and AOL, part of Time Warner, are two of the biggest media companies in the world with stock market values of £60bn and £39bn respectively.

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To: Bennitto who wrote (17)6/2/2006 4:36:25 PM
From: joseffy
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Journalists union calls for Yahoo boycott

Technology News
Fri Jun 2, 2006
By Jeffrey Goldfarb

LONDON (Reuters) - The union representing journalists in the UK and Ireland called on its 40,000 members to boycott all Yahoo Inc. products and services to protest the Internet company's reported actions in China.

The National Union of Journalists said it sent a letter on Friday to Dominique Vidal, Yahoo Europe's vice president, denouncing the company for allegedly providing information to Chinese authorities about journalists. The union also said it would stop using all Yahoo-operated services.

Yahoo has been cited in court decisions as supplying China's government with information to help them identify, prosecute and jail writers advocating democracy.

"The NUJ regards Yahoo!'s actions as a completely unacceptable endorsement of the Chinese authorities," wrote Jemima Kiss, chairman of the NUJ new media council in the letter to Vidal.

A Yahoo spokeswoman in San Francisco could not immediately be reached.

Yahoo Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Semel said last month the company had no choice but to comply with local laws and did not have the power to change Chinese policy. He added that he was seeking help from the U.S. government to urge China to allow more media freedom.

The company has been accused by the NUJ and other journalism groups of providing records that led to an eight-year prison term for Li Zhi for discussing pro-democracy issues in a Web forum and of helping identify Shi Tao, who was sentenced to prison for 10 years for forwarding a government email to the foreign press.

Kiss said the NUJ was advising all members, who include reporters, editors, photographers and illustrators, to boycott Yahoo until the company "changes its irresponsible and unethical policy".

Other Internet companies also have come under fire lately for some actions in China, including Google Inc. for saying it would block politically sensitive terms on its Web site in the country and Microsoft's MSN for shutting down a blog under Chinese government orders.

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