Thursday, May 25, 2006

Be Afraid. Be Very, Very F*cking Afraid.

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'Dell, Google in partnership'

AUSTIN, Texas, May 25 (UPI) -- Dell Inc. has agreed to load Google Inc. software on personal computers made by (Dell). California's Google (agrees) to pay Dell to install its desktop software for searching the content of a user's hard drive and emails, as well as to install a Web browser search toolbar. Dell would also set the default search engine for its PCs to Google's offering.

Friday, 5:00 a.m.

Oh what a tangled web we weave. Some very interesting posters in comments over at F* It's always a treat for me to come across knowledgeable individuals, sharing pointed insight regarding the bouillabaisse du jour (or of course, individuals who like Google even less than yours truly ...... and aren't afraid to show it).

'An even more massive Adsense clickfraud bot-net discovered:'

Evidence is continuing to appear that nearly all major worldwide bot-nets are being reprogrammed to steal money from Google's advertisers via automated clickfraud. Using those bot-nets to send out spam only had a .001% profit margin or less, but when they target Google's ads instead they can make several dollars per click.

The latest news is that a worldwide bot-net with 34,000 computers infected with "Clickbot.A" has been discovered- entirely dedicted to scamming Google's advertisers. The amount of money this net can generate is staggering. But of course, as usual, Google could care less. They get paid whether the clicks are fraudulent or not.

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And we know I'm no lawyer (we can all be thankful for that), but I can't help but feel that paying money upfront, to lock out a competitor. Would fall under anti-competiton business law? 'Dell and Google Team Up'

Under (the) proposed deal, Dell would preinstall the Google search engine on 100 million computers over the next three years. The expectation (is) Google (will) be paying Dell about $1 for each machine going out the door with the preinstall and Google search bar and another 75 cents when search (is) activated. Additional agreements and add-ons might actually range between $5 and $10 (per unit), according to the speculation.

Hi, my name is Google. We here at Google want to be history's all time finest example of: do as we say, not as we do. In fact, we want you to take it for granted. Never even have to give it a second thought. Not bother your tired worn out little brains with the effort. How are we doing?

'Microsoft-Google Browser War Doubles Down'

Google's reported complaints about the new Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, version 7, which comes with an embedded Microsoft search engine. The problem, Google says, is that Microsoft makes it very difficult to swap out this search engine for one from a rival. Especially for inexperienced Internet users, that's tantamount to unfairly locking a search engine to the browser.

"We don't think it's right for Microsoft to just set the default," Marissa Meyer, Google vice president for search products, told The New York Times. "We believe users should choose."

And ..... speaking of joykeeng off (since we are of course already on the subject), we bring you this woeful tale. Sad, pathetic. On a myriad of levels. And scary (on near the same number of levels). Me .... what I take from the story? One can be a little down, a little blue. Then they can take a gander at this poor unfortunate victim of Warhol's fifteen minutes. Though I'm not saying he's a victim per se (just saying). We bring you with trepidation:

'The Most Brilliant Thing You'll See All Day'


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