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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published three wireless-related patents filed by Google employees as the search giant seeks to delve deeper into the wireless market. The patent applications, filed by Google employees Wesley Chan, Shioupyn Shen and former Google product management director Georges Harik, propose lowering the cost of wireless access by offsetting the costs via advertisements on the service. Google, which receives the bulk of its revenue from advertisers, is seeking to expand its potential advertising base by moving further into the wireless market. The patent applications, filed in 2004 and published earlier this month, address three issues related to the wireless and advertising market. Patent application No. 20060058019 seeks to develop a system for dynamically modifying the appearance of browser screens on a client device when connecting to... (more)

Jesus Phone Requires iTunes and Apple Requires Your Credit Card Number

Apple put its Safari browser on Windows, a browser that isn't even supposed to be the best browser for the Mac. Immediately the move was cast as a reprise of the browser wars and by jingo within 48 hours Apple was reporting more than a million downloads. Safari has previously had 5% market share. Apple claims the Safari 3 rev can render web pages twice as fast as IE7 and 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. It has bookmarks, tabs, a built-in RSS reader and private browsing to ensure information about the user's browsing history isn't stored. The free public beta is at www.apple.com/saf... (more)

Verizon Foundation & Katrina: More Than $1.2M Raised in First Day

"Verizon employees are always quick to provide humanitarian aid in the wake of tragic events. Matching disaster relief funding encourages employees' instinctive kindness, but it also triples the net amount going to some of the most needy areas," said Patrick Gaston (pictured), president of the Verizon Foundation, as he announced that the Foundation has started a 2-to-1 match for every dollar donated by Verizon employees to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts in New Orleans and sections of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. More t... (more)

Mobile Advertising Breakthrough: Google AdSense for Mobile Is Unleashed

"With this program, advertisers can connect with the growing number of mobile publishers, ultimately providing users with an enhanced mobile experience that helps them find what they are looking for more quickly and efficiently on the go," said Google, as it yesterday announced AdSense for Mobile, a program that contextually targets ads to mobile website content. "As part of our ongoing efforts to develop new ways for users to find the information they need anytime and anywhere," the company announced, "AdSense for Mobile... allows AdSense publishing partners the ability to earn re... (more)

Google Snaps Up Microblogging Service Jaiku

"Your Jaiku phone, the Web site, IM, SMS, and API will continue to work normally," wrote Jaiku's Finnish co-founder Jyri Engeström as he revealed yesterday that Jaiku had been acquired by Google. Jaiku's technology can hopefully help Google develop new ways to use mobile. The terms of the acquisition are confidential and the deal is officially closed. According to the Jaiku homepage, maintained by Engeström and his co-founder Petteri Koponen: “While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming mo... (more)