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GoogleYou could call it the revenge of Google.

The search engine has removed all links to the belgian mewspapers: “Le Soir”, “La Libre” and “la DH”, three major belgian newspapers which have sued Google before.

This was ofcourse not what the court asked for, they only asked to remove the articles from Googles Newspage.

Try searching for one of the three newspapers on Google Belgium and on any other Google. You’ll find links to the newspapers pages on any of the pages except belgium.

Google wants to make clear that they have alot of power, as they are the N°1 search engine worldwide.

This fight is followed by the entire world, as it could encourage other editors to do the same thing as the 3 Newspapers from belgium.

I’ll keep you posted!

(Source: RTBF Belgium)
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GoogleOn Friday, a Belgian court ruled that Google may not publish any news content of any german, french or belgian newspapers without paying or asking them.
So google shutdown Google Belgium, Google France and Google Germany.
If you try to visit google.be / google.de / google.fr you will get an timeout.

I also had problems accessing GMail or it was really slow. Will that be offline too for the three countries?

Here are some links on the topic:
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I had the chance of being early this morning and still got a last screenshot of Googles Page.
But while writing this article, I seem to have lost the tab… I know … really dumb of me.

Lets see when it will be back.

UPDATE (19:20 CEST – 2006-09-23):
The 3 local pages are back online.

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Hey there.

As some of you may kniow, I am on holidays in Mahdia (Tunisia) for 3 weeks. I have to say, the weather is perfect, the sea is nice, and there is a big swimmingpool. If you want to see pictures of the hotel: MahdiaPalace.com .

As there is nearly no Internet connection here, I have started to play around with PHP, and I have to say: IT RULEZZ!!!
I have finally made the Photo Gallery dynamic as I wanted, and I also made some cool PHP stuff for other pages. I will upload the gallery as soon as I am back home (29.08.06).

I’ll try to post some other posts here while I am on holidays. The pictures will come as soon as I am back home, along with the new Photo Gallery.

 Have a nice time!

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Hey there people. As you might have noticed, I’m back from my holidays in Denmark. It was quite nice. I have got some pictures ready to be commented … hehe.

To view the pictures simply go to the Photo Gallery

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A few years ago, ICQ and AIM joined forces and opened their network to communicate to eachother.

A few days ago, MSN opened their Network to the Yahoo Network.

“This first-of-its-kind interoperability between consumer IM leadersMicrosoft and Yahoo! gives our customers tremendous control,convenience and freedom in their Web communication experiences withWindows Live,” said Blake Irving, corporate vice president, WindowsLive Platform at Microsoft. “We’re proud to deliver this latestadvancement in IM services that empower people to communicate withvirtually whomever they want, wherever they want and whenever theywant.”

Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice users in theU.S. and more than 15 international markets can register to participatein the IM interoperability beta by visiting Yahoo!.The new beta program will be available in Argentina, Australia, Brazil,Canada (English and French), China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India,Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey,the United Kingdom and the United States (English and Spanish).

Personally I am not a fan of Microsoft nor Yahoo Messenger. The solution is Jabber! OpenSource and free! There are alot of Transports which give the user the possibility to connect to other Messenger Networks.

Flosoft Messenger, a Jabber Service, can be found at: http://im.flosoft.biz

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Yahoo!I can’t believe it! Another new Website! It seems like everyone is publishing their new Web 2.0 Website!

This time it is Yahoo.com which gets a new look. Personally, I have to say, I don’t really like it. I still prefer Google’s light search interface.

Now the question of the day: Who is next to launch their new Website? BBC.co.uk? Google.com? We will have to wait and see.

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Last.fm has a new look!Last.fm Logo

I have to say, Last.fm have done a great job redesigning their website. It is even nicer, and has even more cool features.

Another nice thing is the new piece of software they have released called … who would of have guessed … Last.fm .

For those who don’t know what Last.fm is:
Last.fm is a Website where you can rate your music which you listen to. It also gives you tips of music which you might like. And the best thing of all: amaroK, my favourite Music Player supports it !

Here is a small feature of Last.fm, you can post your recently played info on your Website.

Tell me what you think of Last.fm. And if you want, you can add me to your friend list.

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