Text is Your URL: Google Acquires/Licenses Exbiblio, B.V. Technology

Use your smartphone camera to take a picture of text in a newspaper, a magazine article, or a book, and if it’s available online you can access it electronically. Take an image of a print advertisement and you may be able to visit an online transaction page to make a secure transaction.

Snap a shot of a phone number and click on it to make the call. Capture an address and you can pull up a map showing you were that address is located. In addition to Web documents, you can use Exbiblio to access your own documents on your computer.

Looking through the USPTO assignment database, I noticed that Google had been assigned a majority of the pending and granted patents assigned to Exbiblio this past February. The video below describes some of the features and functionality that Exbibilio’s technology offers, and notes that their intellectual property is available for licensing.

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Searching Google for Big Panda and Finding Decision Trees

Around the beginning of May, 2010, a number of site owners noticed a change in Google rankings for websites that caused many of them to lose traffic. Since the change took place around May 1st, that Google update was referred to by many as the MayDay update.

Google’s head of Web Spam, Matt Cutts, published a video in response, answering the question Is Google putting more weight on brands in rankings?, where he referred to the Google internal name for the update as the “Vince Update,” named after one of the Google search engineers who worked on the project.

A week ago on February 24th, a post at the Official Google Blog titled Finding more high-quality sites in search, written by Matt Cutts, and Google Fellow Amit Singhal, announced a significant change in Google’s rankings of Web pages in search results. In the post, we were told that the change would “noticeably impact 11.8% of Google’s queries.”

The purpose behind the change was to:

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