Before the announcement, Apple's intentions to utilize a new map application for iOS were somewhat obvious. In fact, the company recently began using OpenStreetMap for iPhoto, which replaced Google Maps within that application. Apple's proclivity for proprietary software is a hallmark of the brand and an in-house alternative to Google's mapping program was anticipated by many for some time. However, the WWDC demonstration of Apple's new product indicates a serious threat to Google Maps' market share on mobile devices. Currently, Google Maps is utilized by Apple for their popular iOS operating system. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Faces a Formidable New Competitor in OpenStreetMap
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Privacy – At the end, Consumer Watchdog raises this as an issue that’s not mentioned in Google’s slides, citing the absurd Privacy International report. For them to cite this report really undermines a lot of the other valid statements they made. I’d encourage them to find better stats. Google Bad On Privacy? Maybe It’s Privacy International’s Report That Sucks explains more that’s wrong with that report. … [Read more...] about Fights In The Google Monopoly Debate Miss Key Points
However the cynic in me and the coincidental timing of the new Four Adwords listings for commercial queries makes me believe that Google will financially be better off whilst at the same time keeping those large financial and travel Adwords spenders happy. … [Read more...] about Google to close its financial comparison service
Take-down requests could be sent to a single location, evaluated, and then acted upon by the major players in concert with one another. This would potentially save on costs for all of those companies and also reduce some costs for reputation attack victims. Sure, this requires a level of cooperation among big tech companies, but the rewards could be significant. Costs of evaluations of removal requests are not going away. … [Read more...] about Has Google suspended defamation removals?
NOTE: Google’s documentation seems to indicate that Activities are only used for private indexing, but Google may also use them as a measurement of engagement for more global evaluations of an app (as Apple does with NSUserActivities in Apple Search). Google has not highlighted their private indexing feature as vocally as Apple, and a user’s private index can be accessed from the Phone icon in the bottom navigation of the Google Now app on Android and iOS. Currently, only Google’s apps (like Gmail) are able to surface privately indexed content in organic Google search results, but we suspect this will be opened up to third-party apps in the future. … [Read more...] about Google Search + Deep Linking