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Google Chrome OS Preview

In July 2009, Google announced that they will be coming out with their own operating system.

Last week, they publicly made the Google Chromium code available for download at

Note this is the open source version which means means the code is free, accessible to anyone and open for contribution.

The Google Chrome version will be available next year and is proprietary code as is the Google Chrome web browser compared to the Google Chromium open source web browser at  Both projects are sponsored by Google and is akin to Redhat vs Fedora.

It looks like the os is based on web apps.  The entire experience takes place within the browser and there are no conventional desktop applications. This means users do not have to deal with installing, managing and updating programs.

Secondly, all apps will exist within the web browser.  Unlike traditional operating systems, Chrome OS doesn't trust the applications you run. Each app is contained within a security sandbox making it harder for malware and viruses to infect your computer.

Thirdly, it's optimized for speed.  They claim you can be web surfing within several seconds of starting the computer!

If you want to be notified when it's released, you can signup here

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting


Advertise on YouTube

Similar to advertising on Google's search engine, you can now advertise on the 2nd largest search engine, YouTube.

You can now create your own Adwords for YouTube. More information can be found here.

Here's some staggering facts:

400 million plus viewers

420 million unique visitors

20 hours of videos uploaded every minute

3500+ content partners

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting

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Another New Feature in Google Webmaster Tools

Last week, I discussed a new option called Google Malware for webmasters to have Google spider their site for malicious code.

There's also another feature called "Fetch as Googlebot".  As you know, Googlebot is the name of their spider which crawls the majority of the web pages on the internet.  The results of the crawling are then indexed into the search engine.

Googlebot does not see a webpage as a human.  It sees all the html coding or the source code of the page.

So when you use the new feature, you can see in real time what your web page will look like through Googlebot when it's crawling.  It returns the web page HTML exactly how Googlebot pulled it.  The idea is to allow webmasters to check out their sites after a major overhaul, find their trouble spots, diagnose why your page isn't being indexed and so on.  The point is that this is a new way to get instant feedback from Google about your pages!

Here's what Google's people had to say about this new toy...

"...we realized it was important to provide the ability for users to submit pages on their site and get real-time feedback on what Googlebot sees. This feature will help users a great deal when they re-implement their site with a new technology stack, find out that some of their pages have been hacked, or want to understand why they're not ranking for specific keywords.

To get to any of Google's new Webmaster's Labs additions, just login to your webmaster tools account, go to your Dashboard and click the Labs tab on the left.












Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting


Hacked Site? Help from Google

Google recently released another tool in the Webmaster Tools ( under the Labs label.   The tools released here are very new and under construction.   This tool is called Malware Details and its purpose is to crawl websites and report any malicious code on the website that is harmful to web surfers.  This can be useful as Google shows an image to the web surfer when they click on your link on the search results  such as this one:


When your web surfer sees this, most likely they will not visit the site.  As a result, you'll lose valuable clicks from Google.

We see this happening already on sites which have their local computers infected with the Gumblar virus.  This virus searches the local computer for saved ftp login information in ftp clients and overwrites the pages with malicious code.  It's always good to have up to date antivirus and antispyware scanners running the latest definition files.  For more information on this type of infection, do a search on Google for "gumblar virus".

We are  going to be installing malware scanners on our servers during the next several weeks that will look for malicious code uploaded via compromised ftp accounts and automatically quarantine those files.

To get started with Malware Details, login to Google Webmaster Tools (or signup to this free service if you haven't already done so) and go to the dashboard and click Labs on the left and click Malware Details.


Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting