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Switching from Google to Bing is “on the order of switching from Tide to the supermarket brand. There are some differences between the two, but only obsessives will notice that anything is off.”
Google vs. Bing: I switched to Microsoft’s search engine for a week. Here’s what happened. - Slate Magazine

Switching from Google to Bing is “on the order of switching from Tide to the supermarket brand. There are some differences between the two, but only obsessives will notice that anything is off.”

Google vs. Bing: I switched to Microsoft’s search engine for a week. Here’s what happened. - Slate Magazine

— 2 years ago
#Google  #Bing 
"It’s not Google Plus that’s at risk now, per se, but Google Search itself. By watering down it’s once pristine search results with a number of mistaken notions about what users want, Google’s actually risking undermining the very core business that made it into the tech empire it is today."
Google Search Is Dead (As We Know It) | TPM Idea Lab

"It’s not Google Plus that’s at risk now, per se, but Google Search itself. By watering down it’s once pristine search results with a number of mistaken notions about what users want, Google’s actually risking undermining the very core business that made it into the tech empire it is today."

Google Search Is Dead (As We Know It) | TPM Idea Lab

— 2 years ago
#Google 
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Just when it looked like the Facebook Burson-Marsteller black-ops anti-Google smear scandal couldn’t possible get any more bizarre, because, after all, the principals are PR professionals, new details emerged about the botched campaign Friday as the debacle reverberated from New York to Silicon Valley.

On Friday, both companies remained in respective crisis-mode bunkers. Burson in particular seemed to be scrambling to contain the growing scandal, but its attempt to censor negative posts on its own Facebook page only fueled the spectacle into its third day.

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I know I should have a position or stake in this story, but I can’t come up with one. If anyone can link me to a post on why I should be outraged (as a Facebook and Google user), I would appreciate it. I’m not kidding.

Burson-Marsteller Deletes Critical Facebook Posts, Spares Google-Smear Flacks

— 3 years ago
#Burson-Marsteller  #Facebook  #Google 
Today’s Google doodle is awesome.

Today’s Google doodle is awesome.

— 3 years ago
#space  #Google  #Google doodles 
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Though the plan includes much of what net neutrality advocates have pleaded for, there are two glaring omissions to the proposed rules:

1. “We would not now apply most of the wireline principles to wireless,” says the proposal, “except for the transparency requirement.” Meaning that wireless carriers — including Verizon’s No. 1 ranked mobile subsidary — would be at liberty to provide preferential access to certain services, block others, and charge customers extra if they saw fit.

2. “Our proposal would allow broadband providers to offer additional, differentiated online services” that they could in fact charge extra for, and offer with limited access or with the requirement of specified equipment. The examples provided are vast: “Health care monitoring, the smart grid, advanced educational services, or new entertainment and gaming options.”

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— 3 years ago
#google  #verizon  #net neutrality 
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Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt addressed the American Society of News Editors yesterday in D.C. As part of an apparent strategy of mollifying the media, he insulted the integrity and professionalism of bloggers and the quality of blogs. You know. Like this one.

"There is an art to what you do," he said to the real journalists. "And if you’re ever confused as to the value of newspaper editors, look at the blog world. That’s all you need to see. So we understand how fundamental tradition and the things you care about are."

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What the hell is Eric Schmidt’s problem? (via ReadWriteWeb)
— 4 years ago
#eric schmidt  #google  #google news  #newspapers  #future of news  #journalism  #future of journalism  #bloggers  #blogging  #citizen journalism 
"Journalists become schizophrenic. They become “bi-media” and feel they are bi-working, which for them means “twice”… As a consequence, they keep producing with a print-oriented vision."
Benoit Raphaël, on one of the roadblocks that prevents old school journalists from embracing a new media world.
— 4 years ago
#benoit raphael  #le post  #google  #new media  #future of journalism  #future of news 
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…the Nexus One was arguably the least significant thing that Google announced today. The real news at Google’s event this morning—news that could shake up the mobile industry just as thoroughly as the original iPhone announcement—wasn’t a phone at all, but a URL: http://google.com/phone. An online storefront that, if successful, could knock one of the major pillars out the current, much-reviled US carrier model and result in faster, cheaper, more flexible service for mobile users. […]

In short, what Google announced today wasn’t just the Nexus One, but America’s first carrier-independent smartphone store; the Google store is now the only smartphone store in the US where, for every phone on offer, you first pick which phone you want, and then you pick a network and a plan on that network, choosing from among every network on the platform. So you can comparison shop among networks based purely on plan price and network quality, because you already have your phone picked out.

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— 4 years ago
#google  #nexus one  #smartphone  #smart phone  #mobile  #cell phone