Updates from the Plex
Some noteworthy updates from the Googleplex. The rumored GPhone ain’t real, some Western Union problems for Google AdSense, the Google OpenSocial goes live and a little disappointing plus more news from Mountain View.
The rumored Google Phone (GPhone) is not really a phone. Google likes software, particularly the kind that puts ads on Web pages, making Google rich. So, it’s not really a surprise that what Google did was to launch Android, a mobile phone platform. That way, Google will be more prepared and ready for the mobile web of the future.
Saturday’s Feedburner Subscriber count drop was actually caused by Google Feedfetcher not reporting any numbers (went offline). This blog’s RSS count dropped by almost 300 over the week-end. It has been resolved now and the numbers are back up.
Google bought the shortest possible domain name in the Chinese namespace – g.cn. This should help Chinese people get into Google search faster than they can type Baidu. Hat tip to Ernesto Pacheco.
Since November 1, 2007, Indonesian Publishers have noticed that the Western Union option in their Google AdSense account just disappeared. Indonesian AdSense Publisher Heru emailed me asking if this also happened to Philippine Publishers. Anybody heard of the same incident here?
On a related note, I realized yesterday that my AdSense payout was approved last October 25 for Western Union. Went to one of their branch but wasn’t able to get my payout due to lack of funds on their part. Overheard that branches only get Php100,000 and $1,000 of cash reserves a week. Need to find me a bigger WU branch.
And lastly, due to the crackdown on paid link ads by Google, some webmasters have reported higher income from link brokers like TLA and TLB, including direct ad sales. This could be attributed to the “supply and demand” — as less publishers join the link selling market, the demand for ad placements goes higher. Good for the ones who stick to their revenue sources, better luck next time to those who caved in and bowed down to Google’s wishes.