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Saturday, 24 August 2013 06:07

Yahoo surpasses Google as most visited website


According to recently published figures from comScore, Google for the first time in five years (ie, since April 2008.) has not finished in the first place as most visited U.S. website. They were beaten by  Yahoo, which in July had 196.5 million unique visitors, while Google in the second place came with more than 192 million.

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In the report to U.S. regulators Google revealed that since the beginning of 2013 theytook over 16 other companies, for which they spent 1.31 billion U.S. dollars.

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In something of an unprecedented move NBC Universal and Warner Bothers Music have asked that Google delist the entire Mega website over copyright concerns. Now requesting that a link that points to copyrighted material be removed from Google, Bing, or any other search engine is nothing new and not, in itself, a big deal. However this is not a simple request to remove a single copy of a movie or song, it is asking for the WHOLE site to be delisted. This type of wholesale delisting ignores the fact that while there might indeed be copyrighted files on Mega’s servers there are others that are completely legal including movies and music from independent artists that use Mega as a sharing platform. It highlights the claims by some that the argument against Mega and Megaupload before that is not about actual copyright, but about the service and the threat is could pose to the copyright industry.

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Apple is continuing their divorce of Google as they are now rumored to be in talks to bring in another search partner. The parent in question is none other than Google rival Yahoo!. We are not sure what Apple hopes to accomplish by partnering up with a search company that has fallen as far as Yahoo has, but we are betting that some of it has to do with removing as much Google as possible. In the past year Apple has moved away from Google Maps and pulled YouTube as a pre-installed App.

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Saturday, 19 January 2013 20:55

Larry Page on the competition


Google’s CEO Larry Page told Wired that Facebook is strong in its main area, but bad at releasing new products. This statement came shortly after the launch of Facebook’s service called Graph Search, for searching and linking information within a user's group of friends. Although Page did not directly commented on the Graph Search (the interview took place in December), it is certainly a service with which Facebook is breaking into Google's territory of internet search.

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Monday, 22 October 2012 21:37

Yahoo above expectation in third quarter

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This was the first full quarter for Yahoo's new CEO, Marissa Mayer and she has already achieved great results.  The company made $1.2 billion GAAP (Generally accepted accounting principles), which is just one percent lower than the third quarter in 2012 when they made $1.217 billion. Now you are wondering how that is good; the thing is in Yahoo they like to look at non-GAAP revenues, in which they improved from $1.081 billion in the second quarter to $1.089 billion in the third. This number is excluding traffic acquisition costs and they are the main reason why they are satisfied.

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One byproduct of the ongoing legal battle between Apple and anyone that makes a competing phone is that software developers are going to work out ways to do things better. This does not take away the fact that Apple’s insistence that they invented everything is not hurting consumers, but there will come a time when their pattern will only hurt them. One very cool thing that has popped up because of some of the search issues is a brand new search feature from Google. It is capable of taking your handwriting and converting it to a text based search string.

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GoogleWe already knew that Google was on the RADAR in the EU for possible AntiTurst issues (they were reported by both Microsoft AND Apple). The complaints seem to stem from a couple of items and while valid complaints are interesting in their timing. When the complaints were filed Google was still waiting to get the green light to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion (yes with a B). Motorola was also embroiled in a patent dispute with Microsoft and Apple over a few devices (Microsoft just won a ban on imports of all Motorola devices that infringe on this patent). With Google coming in as the new owners it seems that both Apple and Microsoft wanted to put something into the EU Commission’s mind about the Google.

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English_langSo yesterday (Friday May 18th) we heard that Apple was censoring the word “jailbreak” in iTunes and the App Store. This was reported by a few sites and seemed to be rather odd after the backlash from the obvious censoring of a single search string when using Apple’s Siri Voice Assistant. When we ran the story on Siri we had a rather large and enthusiastic response to the article. The one thing that many people kept trying to say was that Apple did not alter the results, but more on that after we talk about the jailbreak issue.

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14621rotten_appleWell, well, well; it looks like Apple has been caught altering the data that Siri returns to their users when asked specific questions. Last week it was reported that when users asked Siri “What is the best smartphone” it replied with the answer The Nokia Lumia 900. Now Apple has previously stated that the information from Siri all comes from WolframAlpha “computational knowledge engine” (pronounce that search engine) and they have no power to alter the data that Siri sends.

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