Friday Morning Fact Fest

All the news that's fit to rant aboutTime for tech news.

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  1. Make sure not to have the words "sex," "porn," or "girls" in your URL if you want Google to show your site. According to Cnet, Google's optional SafeSearch feature blocks any site with those words and others in the URLs, even if they're not adult sites. Sites like and won't show up in search results if SafeSearch is enabled. Google says it's best to be conservative. Others say Google should refine its techniques a bit.

  2. Meanwhile, the San Jose Mercury News speculates that the Google IPO may be imminent. The company my be forced to file this week due to SEC rules requiring companies of a certain size to go public.
  3. More quarterly P&Ls are coming in. Amazon posted a hefty profit of $111 million on sales of $1.53 billion - that's the company's third consecutive profitable quarter. Sales were up 41% over this time last year. Microsoft also beat expectations, consider the cost of settling all those lawsuits lately.
  4. Dealers picketed Apple yesterday, claiming the company discriminated against independents in favor of its own company stores.
  5. Network Associates is changing its name back to McAfee.

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