Is Your Website Hacked? Check With Google Notifications

Google has introduced a new functionality to their search engine results that will tell visitors if a site has been hacked. Starting now, any search result from a website that Google detects as hacked will display a message that reads, “This site may be compromised“. Clicking on the link will take the visitor to a Help Center article.

So how does Google know if a website has been hacked? According to their blog posting, the search engine makes use of a number of automated tools to check for the common signs of a hacked site. Once this is done, the engine shall automatically add the notification to the search results apart from informing the website owner about it on the Webmaster Tools.

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Of course, since this is automated, there are bound to be occasions when Google might get it wrong that could impact the traffic to any website adversely. Google has noted that affected users could request a review from their website that will ensure speedy rectification of any issue.

Google Nexus S Rooting Instructions Out

It has hardly been a day since the Google Nexus S arrived in the American stores and the device has already been rooted. XDA hacker Koush has announced that the Gingerbread running Google Android phone can now be rooted and put in recovery.

The instructions for this hack are pretty straightforward – that is if you are already well versed in the rooting procedure. Otherwise, there is no reason why you should risk bricking your day old phone that could also void its warranty.

To get started, you will need to download a few files and then run a few commands on the ADB (Android Debug Bridge) command shell. That should complete the process. Get the complete how-to guide here. As always do let us know how it works in the comments below.

Google Adwords Completes Ten Years

Google is the largest search engine on the web. But what makes it a tech giant is its ability to monetize this traffic and that is thanks to Adwords. The company has announced that Google Adwords is ten years today. In an email message sent to advertisers, Google has noted,

“Just ten years ago, a small team added the phrase ‘See your ad here’ alongside our search results. A few minutes later, the first AdWords customer placed an ad for live mail-order lobsters.

Ten years and billions of ads later, we want to mark AdWords’ 10th birthday by thanking you for advertising with us. We hope you enjoy this small token of our appreciation, a personalized video just for you”

Check out the video here.

It’s no doubt a momentous occasion not just for Google, but for the internet as a whole. Given that a lot of web properties, including GoRumors, make significant chunk of their revenues from Google advertisements, it is difficult to imagine how much internet would have grown had Google not nurtured the ecosystem with Adwords.

Best Buy Nexus S Launch – Availability Details Revealed

In case you didn’t know already, Best Buy has not been taking pre-orders for the Google Nexus S Android 3.0 smartphone. Instead, all the interested customers must queue up at one of the retail stores starting 8 AM on December 16. Now, in addition to this, Best Buy has now offered some more details about the launch.

First, the availability, as expected, shall be first-come, first served. Secondly, sale will be restricted to two-per-customer in order to enhance availability. Thirdly, online sales will commence exactly at 8:00 AM Eastern Time (USA).

While the availability of Nexus S is expected to vary from store to store, you can nevertheless expect at least one demo unit to be available on every store so that you can play with one before deciding to part with your money.

Google Latitude iPhone App From App Store Available Now

After a painfully long wait, the Google Latitude app for iPhone has finally been approved and is now available for download from the App Store. Long time users of the service will remember that the application was first announced way back in February 2009. Since then, the war of words between Google and Apple meant the application, along with other services like Google Voice never made it to the App Store. During this period, Google Latitude users had to make do with the alternate web application.

This approval was always on the cards after the application was approved to the Japanese App Store last week. Mysteriously though, the app was pulled soon after. With the service now being approved universally, it is time to rejoice for Google Latitude users.

If you are one of those, you may download the application from the App Store by clicking here.

Pre-Order Nexus S In The UK Now

It was only yesterday that Best Buy had posted a clarification stating that they will not be opening up for Nexus S pre-orders and that all interested customers must line up on December 16th to secure a device. Now if you are in the UK, you have got more luck.

Carphone Warehouse, one of Google’s retail partners in the United Kingdom has announced that their stores are now open for Nexus S pre-orders. As noted already, the device will be available starting December 20 and can be purchased free of contract at a price of £549.99. Those of you looking for a subsidy can get the device free of cost along with a 2 year contract where you will be paying £35 monthly. That’s with any carrier of your choice!

Nexus S can be pre-ordered from the retail stores or from the Carphone Warehouse website link.

Full Desktop Version Of Google Docs For iPad Now Available

Google has announced that their cloud-based productivity suite, Google Docs now work in full desktop mode on the iPad. What this means is that iPad users may now use Google Docs for all sorts of document editing, including font and alignment changes on their iPad.

Of course, the earlier mobile version of Google Docs too is readily accessible as well and can be used if you want to do some basic editing work. However, if you are someone who does a lot of spreadsheet and document processing, the full desktop version is a better choice.

Is this the real deal, then? Google cautions you saying working over a desktop still brings out the best in the software. But this is still good for contingencies. You can check out the updated version of Google Docs for iPad by hitting docs.google.com on your iPad browser

No Pre-Orders For Google Nexus S, Clarifies Best Buy

In case you didn’t know yet, Google is coming up with its new Nexus S Gingerbread phone next week. Starting December 16, customers in the United States will be able to purchase this new Android device from Best Buy stores across the country. Make that December 20 if you are in the UK.

Unfortunately, if you are looking for a way to pre-order a phone, you are out of luck. Best Buy has issued a fresh FAQ that clarifies that the phone will not be available on pre-orders and interested customers may get the phones only on launch day.

Will Best Buy be taking pre-orders for the Nexus S?
There will be no pre-orders on the Nexus S. Units will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis on launch day. We will use a ticketing system much like we do on Black Friday to allocate inventory and keep the process organized.

There are a number of other details that Best Buy has offered on their FAQ. You can read them by clicking here.

Google Nexus S On Verizon Launching Next?

The successor to the Google Nexus One is here and will be available for American customers starting December 16 on Best Buy stores.  But as you had heard already, the current version shall be on T-Mobile which means the Nexus S is only GSM compatible at the moment. However, rumor mongers insist a CDMA version too could be coming soon.

The source is presumably the rules and regulations posted for a Nexus S contest that is up on Google. A line on the rules page reads,

“The currently available Nexus S is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.”

It is being debated that the wording cleverly hides a possible Nexus S variant that could be available on Verizon and Sprint. However, that argument sounds too far fetched and is something I would not buy. Nevertheless, choices are always good and we hope this speculation indeed turns out true.

Google Latitude App For iPhone Launches In Japan – Pulled Later

Google Latitude, the location based service that lets users to check out on friends in the vicinity could soon be launching as an iPhone app on the App Store. In fact, Google only recently went ahead and launched the service in the Japanese app store only to pull it back soon after.

iPhone users are not exactly a new market for Google Latitude. The service has been available as a web application for more than a year. But this was primarily because of the Google Voice fiasco that saw Apple and Google on a virtual warpath. Things seem to have eased since then which means a Google Latitude app for iPhone should be coming soon.

We expect an official launch to happen soon. We will let you know when the app becomes publicly available.