Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Google’s Trying to Get Its Employees Laid

Google may seem like the perfect place to work if you’re a nerdy computer genius. You can be among lots of other nerdy computer geniuses. They have free gourmet food on site. Free massages. Dry-cleaning. Stock options. None of which is really doing a lot to help you get laid. But now Google’s taking steps to change all that, according to Page Six:

GOOGLE’S “media” soiree at its new Chelsea office on Oct. 3 is looking more like a singles mixer than a meet-and-greet with reporters. The invitation reads, “Please join us for a media cocktail party” to “meet Googlers in the know.” But many veteran media reporters for business and tech publications weren’t invited, while the fashionable, mostly female staffers at W and Women’s Wear Daily were. “It’s not a ‘media party,’ ” one invitee snickered. “It’s a party for horny tech nerds who want cute girls to show up.” Party organizer Anne Espiritu told us, “We are hosting an event for consumer and broadcast media.”

Sounds like fun!

Google’s Buying DoubleClick


Sigh. Remember when we were just really excited to have such a good search engine? Via the AP:

Seeking to expand its already well-honed ability to sell targeted Internet advertisements, online search leader Google Inc. said it has agreed to pay $3.1 billion in cash to acquire ad-management technology company DoubleClick Inc.

The two companies announced the deal after the markets closed Friday. The boards of both companies have approved the takeover, which is expected to close by the end of the year.

New York-based DoubleClick helps its customers place and track online advertising, including search ads, which Google — more than its nearest search competitors Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. — has turned into an extremely lucrative business.

Viacom Hates Free Publicity

Media giant Viacom is suing YouTube, and its new parent company, Google, for copyright infringement, to the tune of $1 billion-with-a-B, after negotiations toward creating a partnership between the two groups fell apart. Viacom wants the courts to issue an injunction preventing YouTube from further copyright infringement while the case is pending.

For their part, the Google folks are “confident that YouTube has respected the legal rights of copyright holders and believe the courts will agree.”

I, for one, don’t see how that’s possible, but what do I know? Man, this sort of thing never would have happened when YouTube was an independent company with zilch on the balance sheet. Damn you, Google.

Did Britney’s Vagina Break Google?

From Blogger’s status blog:

Thursday, November 30, 2006
We are currently investigating the intermittent 502 error pages on the new version of Blogger in beta and its Blog*Spot blogs. If you experience one of these errors, waiting a minute or so and refreshing may help.

I’ve talked to a few other gossip bloggers, all of whom are experiencing insane levels of traffic from people searching for Britney’s vagina. At Evil Beet yesterday we experienced traffic at more than ten times our normal level. Today we’re on track for that to be twenty times. I wonder if this sudden traffic surge is impacting Google’s Blogger servers. Man, I hope so. I hope Britney’s vagina broke Google.

Related: sorry for the 502 errors. It’s not my fault! If you try to load the site and it won’t come up, try again in a few minutes. Thanks for reading! (Or, um, looking, as is the case for most of you.)