Archive for January, 2011

Google v Scroogle

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Google in Australia has already taken proceedings against other companies allegedly infringing its trademark, such as Groggle (Groggle is now named Drinkle and the proceedings have settled).

Now Google has a new ‘infringer’ in its sites, a family owned company called Scoogle.  The name Scoogle comes from a modification to the family name of Scougal, and sells eyewear ie: nothing to do with Google’s own business.

A source close to Scoogle says that Google is “…just bullying the modified version of the Scoogle family name”.

Google itself hasn’t yet commented – watch this space!

The full Sydney Morning Herald article is here.

Facebook and Twitter help with disaster relief

Friday, January 14th, 2011

In a different post from the usual involving Facebook and Twitter, the social media sites have been useful in allowing people who are stranded in flood-stricken areas to connect with relatives and friends.

Facebook was used to post Queensland Premiere Anna Bligh’s updates and messages of hope throughout the crisis.

Twitter is also credited with helping to sort out emergency housing locations and information, and provide updates on police information.

View the full article here.