Angstro Buy, Shopping, Gaming Investments Point To Multi-Pronged Google Social Strategy

Last week Google acquired Angstro. The site has been described as a way to discover and organize information about individuals across various professional networks. Here's how Angstro describes itself: Ångströ represents the ability to hone in on highly focused, relevant news across professional networks. Where search engines such as Google and other news aggregator services have immense infrastructures that return a huge array of random results, Ångströ analyses a wide breadth of information from multiple data sources to deliver very few, yet very intelligent results. The pundit consens [...]

Google Relaunching Google Answers As Google Guru?

Google Blogoscoped reports that one of his readers noticed a "Google Guru" link in his Google Account page. Google Guru was launched in January 2007 in Russia as a social question and answer site. You can access it at and here is a picture: What is interesting is that Google closed down their Google Answers site back in November 2006, yes over three years ago. Is Google Guru their way of getting back into the social Q&A space? Yahoo is dominate right now with Yahoo Answers, maybe Google feels they can make a run at that as well? Postscript from Greg: G [...]

Google Unlocks 700 Million Posts In Search Bug Fix

Wired reports Google has fixed a year old bug where 700 million posts within a Usenet group were unsearchable via Google Groups. Google fixed this bug after Wired called them out for the blunder. Google sent Wired a response that read: It turns out there was a bug, a specific bug, that affected search within a specific group. That bug is something we’re working on fixing, and I think that will be fixed by tomorrow. Thanks for writing this, because that’s how we discovered this specific bug. Wired confirmed the fix is actually working, but there are still some issues with searchin [...]

Google Promotes New “Small Business Network”

Although it's been around for a little while, Google is doing some promotion of its new "Small Business Network." Believe it or not it's a lobbying effort to represent small business interests in Washington DC and at the state level. It's also a clever way to open a new direct communication channel with SMBs: Google's Small Business Network was created to give small business owners the information and tools to promote business-friendly policies in Washington, D.C. and state capitols. The Internet provides an unparalleled opportunity for small businesses to start up, gr [...]

Google Groups Beta Design Comes Out Of Beta

Google Groups launched their beta design to the public last night. The new design change switched from an orange/yellow/white color scheme to a light blue and white color scheme. The new design also comes with some feature additions including: Pages. Create and contribute to shared web pages with simple drag, drops, cuts, pastes, and clicks (i.e., no coding). Customized look and feel. Select pictures, colors, and styles to express your group's style. Member profiles. See who else is in the group and read their profiles. Personalize your own profile with a photo and other details. File shari [...]

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