Microsoft is rolling out services to challenge Google. I’m underwhelmed by every single bit of it so far.
Yesterday’s presentation, described in this article, summarizes some of the initiatives. MSN is going to sponsor a toolbar – presumably integrated into Outlook and Internet Explorer – that will allow lightning-fast searches through Outlook folders, local and network files, and the Internet. […] continuedRead more
Google has begun testing a free webmail service named GMail. Here’s a press release from Google about the new service. Google intends to offer each user essentially unlimited storage of e-mail – 1 gigabyte per user, miles ahead of the paltry 2Mb or 4Mb offered by Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has begun testing a news service to aggregate headlines from a variety of publications. The new service, MSN Newsbot, is currently targeted at the UK and three European countries during beta testing.Read more
You know how valuable Google is for web searches, but take a look at this page for other equally valuable Google services – among others, a price comparison service, an index of online shopping catalogs, indices of Usenet discussion forums, and a Yahoo-style Web directory. My favorite is Google News – headlines from hundreds of news services. […] continuedRead more
Bored? Go to the Google home page, type in “weapons of mass destruction” and click on “I’m Feeling Lucky.”
(The page you’ll see has risen to be the number one search result on Google for that phrase, which is why it comes up when you click on “I’m Feeling Lucky.” If you get something boring instead of an amusing joke, click here to go to the humorous page I intended.)Read more
The Google toolbar is one of the only utilities I allow on my computers. It’s so handy that I’m willing to let it take up a bit of valuable screen real estate.
Google will be announcing a new version of the toolbar, with one extraordinary feature: a built-in free popup blocker. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft is taking the first steps towards its own search engine, currently using the name MSNBot. It will appear first as a competitor to Google, but Microsoft’s vision actually goes far beyond that – and in typical Microsoft fashion, they stand a chance of dethroning Google by extending its capabilities in new directions, making their copycat tool into a dominating force. […] continuedRead more
Google has added a new service that will make you go, hmm.
Do a Google search for your home phone number. Type in the number like this: 707-xxx-xxxx.
If the number is listed in the phone book, you’ll instantly get back your name, your address, and links to maps that will helpfully display exactly where your house is. […] continuedRead more
Google is very powerful, but it has been cautious about expanding its reach. It bought Deja.com, a service that collects and indexes Usenet newsgroup postings, and it recently started Google News, which is a fascinating alternative to CNN and MSNBC.
Yesterday Google announced that it has acquired Pyra Labs, owner of blogger.com, the company that invented much of the technology for creating the online journals known as “blogs.” (bruceb news is hosted by blogger.com.)
This article has a good description of what blogs are all about, as well as details about the deal announced yesterdayRead more
Google has a division named “Google Labs” that occasionally offers a look at its work in progress. Two new toys are online today.
Google Viewer turns your search results into a slideshow, displaying each search result in a customized viewer for a few seconds. Well worth a look!Read more
Google is bringing its remarkable technology to harvesting the news. Here’s a link to Google News, presenting the top news stories of the moment without any human intervention. Google News software continuously crawls more than 4,000 Web news sources, looking for the most relevant articles from the most reputable sources. […] continuedRead more
Google has posted a fascinated look at the technology that produces its search results. Google relies on PigeonRank, a system for ranking web pages using low cost pigeon clusters. Trained pigeons select relevant web sites from among thousands of similar pages. “By collecting flocks of pigeons in dense clusters, Google is able to process search queries at speeds superior to traditional search engines, which typically rely on birds of prey, brooding hens or slow-moving waterfowl to do their relevance rankings.”
The article discusses the issues that arise when pigeons are packed in dense clusters. […] continuedRead more
This article starts out by explaining the different approaches chosen by Google, Yahoo, and AltaVista for indexing the Internet – and makes it easier to understand why Google is so scarily accurate. It drifts a bit at the end, but the first half is interesting reading.Read more