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October 9, 2006

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That Other Google Story

Today’s other hot Google story was spurred by an odd sounding post that appeared on the official Google blog Friday night. The post, laden in spelling and grammar errors, suggested that Google was canceling its call-to-click service, which had recently been expanded into the UK. Though the post was taken down shortly after it was posted, those who did see it were very confused. Was Google really canceling its CTC service?

No, no. The blog was hacked. Again.
Google responded saying that a bug in Blogger enabled someone to hack in and make a fake post, but it had been fixed. While that’s all well and good, what does that mean to all of Blogger’s other users? Should they be worried about the security of their blogs? I really think Google needs to issue a better statement about this. Especially when the post that preceded the hacked post was one regarding their security stance. It could have been worse; they could have deleted the whole blog again.

Britons Most Afraid of Net Crime

The BBC reports on a Get Safe Online study that found Britons are more worried about being a victim of net crime than they are about being burglarized. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they were worried about malicious computer attacks. Who would have thought it’d be safer to be outside than in?

Happy Columbus Day!

If you haven’t been over to the Ask site today, you absolutely have to. Each holiday that passes Ask is taking over Google’s former claim to fame – awesome holiday themes (and Smart Answers, of course).

Meanwhile, Seth Godin calls recounts the lessons marketers can learn from Columbus. That Godin is so wise.

Fun Find

Michael Arrington’s I’ve Had a Long Weekend. Will bloggers and traditional media ever get along?

Jeremy Zawodny ponders the long-term prospects of the human race. Poor, Jeremy.

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