Archive for the 'Search' Category

Google getting into trouble

Jeff Jarvis expresses again his concerns about Google becoming "big, closed, arrogant" and quote a recent NYT article on the subject:
But instead of embracing Google as one of their own, many in Silicon Valley are skittish about its size and power. They fret that the very strengths that made Google a search-engine phenomenon […]

Baidu !

Baidu (BIDU) stock takes 350% on his first day. The Telegraph notes that "If Google were valued on the same basis it would have a market capitalisation of $3.1 trillion rather than its current worth of $82.3bn.". The Chinese bubble is on… (well at least from America). Also, worth a read: a link to […]

Google Earth

Google this morning released Google Earth, the result of their purchase of Keyhole software late last year. It allows flyovers of the whole earth, as well as 3D buildings in 38 US cities. And it’s free. Below is Rome.

Personalized Google home page

Google announced its personalized home page option on Thursday and outlined plans to build aggregation of RSS feeds into it over the next two months. The service, which is called Fusion and available as a beta from the Google Labs site, allows users to create their own Google home pages featuring Google’s expanding set of […]


Old news, quite a useful site. It’s called YaGooHooGle, and is a simple script to search both on Google and Yahoo! Search at the same time.

Yahoo testing its contextual advertising

Ken Rudman is a product manager at Yahoo-owned Overture, and his blog features contextual Overture ads throughout. His homepage shows the vertical two-ad format, monthly archives show a three-ad horizontal format, and individual entries show another variation of the horizontal format.

Google VoIP ?

The rumour is all over the place including in the Times: Google gears up for a free-phone challenge to BT. This would be a good mix with their local product: yellow pages with the ability to call the company.

AdWords API

Google is opening up API support for AdWords. From the coverage: "The release of the API marks a transition for Google, from an online services company towards that of an IT platform for global ad delivery. The types of sophisticated management tools that will be available from Google and third parties should also help tie […]

Search war

Featured as one of the best of 2004 article on Always On.
At the Wall Street Journal’s second annual D Conference in June, Bill Gates defended his company’s plans to enter the search arena. In an interview conducted by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Mr. Gates explained why Microsoft will someday be a better alternative […]

Google under fire for Open Source greed

The accusation comes from Microsoft staff though… Article.
Update - John Battelle has a good point: "As I understand it, when it comes to giving back to the Open Source community, the Microsofties may have a point, at least strictly speaking. But then again, Google took open source and, well, built Google, and it’s free for […]

2005 …

Some articles on 2005 and what to expect.
John Battelle’s look head, which is really worth it.
"5. Google will do something major with Blogger. I really have no idea what, but it’s overdue.7. Yahoo and Google will both test systems that combine local merchant inventory information with search, so that merchants can use search as a […]

Another Google move

A new patent filed by Google offers a tantalizing glimpse of one way the company could find to finally make money off frozen-in-beta Google News and the new Google Print: "U.S. Patent Application No. 20040122811, filed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has a deceptively simple name: ‘Method for searching media.’ But the application illuminates possible […]

Vertical search -

Vertical search engines are going to be a big topic for 2005, with plenty of players launching services to address specialised areas which Yahoo/Google do not address yet.
indeed plays in that field: it is a new service which agregate job offers from plenty of sources on the web (job boards, newspaper sites, and niche […]

Yahoo Video Search

To follow up on past posts on that topic, Yahoo just launched their video search service. Very good, but somewhat basic at this point. Funny to see the search outcome for dancing monkey featuring Steve Balmer. More details are on the Yahoo Search Blog.

What’s next for Google

Good article on technology review.