Each month, I compile Search Month— a recap of all the stories that have happened relating to search, categorizedby topic. I thought it would be fun to take all the Search Months over the pastyear and produce this edition of Search Year 2007. It was far more work than Iimagined, but I hope you’ll find this at-a-glance guide to what happened insearch during 2007 to be helpful. At-a-glance might be a stretch. This is a massive post, and I’m sure somepeople might feel a bit of overload. So, here’s some guidance as to how thingsare organized. In many categories, I tried to pick the biggest news story for that topic.This isn’t always the case. With some categories such as SEO, there where manygood, compelling stories. In some of those cases, I went with a catchy headlineor a recent, broadly applicable article. I wish I’d had the time to more closelygo through and pick out the very best in each section, but it was too mucheffort. Below each main story are … [Read more...] about Search Year 2007: Search News, In Review
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For a non-European traveling to Europe Google Street View is a great resource. This weekend, for example, the NY Times ran a piece on the Italian region of Tuscany. I then went to Google Maps to investigate how much of the region was available via Street View — a fair amount. That enabled me to then “drive” some of the roads and see more images of towns and the scenery in general. While Tuscany doesn’t need any promotion, the availability of Street View images is very useful to travelers and would-be tourists from abroad. But Street View is also useful to locals as well. Street View has been controversial and unpopular with residents in some countries but mostly with the EU and European governments, which want Google to reduce the amount of time it retains Street View images (and other data). According to Bloomberg: The EU’s privacy watchdog said in a Feb. 11 letter to Google obtained by Bloomberg News that “it is disproportionate to retain unblurred … [Read more...] about EU Privacy Push May Drive Google To Stop Updating Street View In Europe
FairSearch, a group of search companies including Microsoft which lobbies that Google is too dominant, has sent a white paper outlining its anti-trust concerns about Google to the 50 state attorneys general in the US. Below, a review and some fact checking of the paper. You'll find the paper here, if you wish to read it directly. I've had a run through today (it's long, 44 pages) and some email exchanges with FairSearch spokespeson Ben Hammer. Here's my take so far. Google & The Monopoly Question The first 10 pages are generally devoted to saying that search is important and that Google has either monopoly power or is dominant in the area. Google would disagree with neither of these conclusions. In the US Senate hearings, even Google chairman Eric Schmidt agreed that Google had such dominance as to be deemed having monopoly power, which means it it has to exercise special care not to be seen as abusive, a limitation its competitors don't have to worry about. For example, much of of … [Read more...] about Does The FairSearch White Paper On Google Being Anticompetitive Hold Up?
I keep hearing people talking about Apple finally going “thermonuclear” on Google with the forthcoming iOS 6 mobile operating system. No, it hasn’t. In fact, there are good reasons why it can’t, though Apple is certainly exercising a much more subtle and smart containment strategy. Themonuclearly Renewing With Google The thermonuclear reference comes from the Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson, where Jobs was so upset about Google’s Android operating system — and the theft from Apple that he viewed it to be — that he said to Issacson in early 2010: I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this. Maybe Jobs was willing to go thermonuclear on Android, but that didn’t translate into going thermonuclear on Google’s search products. As I explained last year, Jobs renewed search deals with Google even after making that statement, keeping Google as the … [Read more...] about Why Apple Is Going “Containment” Not “Thermonuclear” Against Google In iOS 6
Google has decided to take on the decades-old Santa tracking service that NORAD offers with its own “Google Santa Tracker.” It comes in the wake NORAD booting Google out as a partner in favor of Microsoft. NOTE: If you’re looking for the latest information on Santa tracking for the current year, see our Your Guide To Santa Trackers page. How NORAD Began Tracking Santa Since 1955 First some history, then what Google has in store. When I was a kid (I said history, right?) back in the 1970s, I remember listening to the radio to get NORAD updates about where Santa’s location was. NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint US-Canadian organization that tracks missile launches and objects in space. NORAD also tracks Santa. It’s been doing so since 1955, when the wrong number was printed in a Sears newspaper ad inviting people to call for St. Nick’s location. NORAD’s number was printed by mistake, and NORAD stepped up to the … [Read more...] about Google Challenges NORAD In Tracking Santa, Launches Google Santa Tracker