Catholic Google has a catchy name, a funny logo and a location near one of the most Catholic places on Earth, the pilgrimage town of Lourdes in southwestern France. After only three weeks on the web, it has seen its user stats grow to about 16,000 visits a day. But the site that describes itself as“the best way for good Catholics to surf the web” may be in for a rebaptism. Its webmaster has asked Google if it has any objections to the name and is waiting for a reply.
So now there's Catholic Google*, a search engine that calls itself "the best way for good Catholics to surf the web", It claims that "it produces results from all over the internet with more weighting given to Catholic websites and eliminates the vast majority of unsavoury content, such as pornography".
Shane Kim, VP of Strategy and Business Development at Microsoft Corp’s Interactive Entertainment Business, said it’s too soon to write off the Xbox.
What’s the first thing many companies cut when times get tough? The marketing budget, of course. And, according to industry researcher eMarketer, spending on Internet advertising is not spared the knife. The firm now pegs 2008 U.S. online ad spending at $23.6 billion, down from its August projection of $24.9 billion. The new forecast would still represent an 11.3 percent bump from 2007.
Internet regulators just voted to relax the rules that govern top level domain names — you know, the .edu or .com or .org that you type into your Web browser. Basically, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, decided it would allow all sorts of new top level domain names to come into existence.
We weren’t expecting huge surprises during Yahoo’s earnings conference call, but CEO Jerry Yang was spectacularly vague about the Internet company’s plans vis-a-vis Microsoft or any other potential tie-ups — with Google, Time Warner’s AOL or News Corp — that Yahoo has been working on.