After the poor show by Google’s Android designers by copying Windows Phone, iOS and other OSs out there, its now time for Google Chrome OS designers. When Chrome OS was released more than an year ago, Google highlighted its simplicity and basically said that your browser is the OS. They even said Chrome OS is “re-think what operating systems should be.” Today Google contradicted their own words and copied Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X design elements. They announced a new Windows Manager for Chrome OS called Aura. It will combine Windows 7 like Task bar and Mac OS X style Launchpad. You can now pin apps to shelf (taskbar) similar to Microsoft Windows ! They even added support for wallpapers and overlapping windows. So basically they are turning Chrome OS into a regular desktop OS like Windows and Mac OS X with an only exception being the apps. Chrome OS ...

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In a reply to Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Google chairman Eric Schmidt cited many reasons to argue that Google is under pressure of competition and whatever Google does is right, which I found lame. You can read the full reply in the above document. Some of them I want to highlight are, 1) “Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S”. OMG.. Seriously? He is saying Siri is a threat to Google. Someone should tell him that Siri can’t answer anything other than the pre-defined 10 questions in various use cases like weather, appointment setup, etc. Also Siri uses Google when it doesn’t find answers which happens most of the time. 2) On Yelp issue where Google is promoting its local search results over Yelp’s local results in the SERP, ...

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With more than 90% of the worldwide search market, it should be obvious that Google has a monopoly in the area. While some continue to argue it is certainly obvious to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt who responded in the affirmative to the question in front of the US Senate. Senator Herb Kohl asked Schmidt  whether Google had obtained monopoly status. "Do you recognize that in the words that are used and antitrust kind of oversight, your market share constitutes monopoly, dominant … special power dominant for a monopoly firm?" Kohl asked. "You recognize you’re in that area?" "I would agree, sir, that we’re in that area," Schmidt replied. "I’m not a lawyer, but my understanding of monopoly findings is this is a judicial process." Claiming they would not abuse their status like Microsoft supposedly did he said: "We get the lessons of our corporate predecessors,"  "We also get that it’s ...

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Google is defending themselves in front of the US Senate, and of course is trying to diffuse accusations that they are a monopoly by claiming their competitors are a bit more competitive than they really are. Google’s Eric Schmidt’s opening comments should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt when he said: Among major search engines, Microsoft’s Bing has continued to gain in popularity, perhaps because it comes pre-installed as the search default on over 70 percent of new computers sold. Microsoft’s Bing is the exclusive search provider for Yahoo! and Facebook. Microsoft recently signed a deal for Bing to power English language search on the fast-rising Chinese search engine Baidu, which Baidu has acknowledged will help it become more competitive in markets outside of China. In addition to Internet Explorer, Microsoft has integrated Bing into its popular gaming console, the Xbox 360, which it is in talks with ...

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According to reports from Businessweek, Microsoft has filed a complaint against Google to FTC regarding unfair advertising rates. Google is already under scanner by senate regarding unfair business practices and adding Microsoft’s complaint will further make the case stronger against Google. Microsoft’s complaint as follows, Microsoft first complained in September 2007 that Google drastically raised the rate for an ad for Windows Live, a predecessor to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, one of the main rivals to Google’s Internet search, according to the person familiar with the matter. The cost increased to $5 per mouse click from 10 cents a click for placing a Windows Live ad next to search results for the word “hotmail,” Microsoft’s e-mail product, according to the person. Google told Microsoft at the time that the rate increased because users who clicked on the ad were directed to a low- quality website, according to the person. The ...

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At a Analyst Meeting currently ongoing Microsoft has illustrated its increasing reach in the US Search market with the above slide, which I think illustrates the accelerating gains there pretty well. As Microsoft’s market share grows there develops a virtuous circle where their search results improve due to more data and their income grows as advertisers are more likely to look beyond Google, drawing in more users and making the venture more sustainable. It is I am sure a circle Google would do anything to kill, but it has not been able to succeed so far in the last 2 years, and seems increasingly incapable of doing so. AllthingsD is coving the analyst conference (poorly) here. ...

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Experian Hitwise have released their monthly stats for search market share in the USA, and the data continues to show an erosion of Google’s market share and growth in Bing-powered searches. In the 30 days July to August 2011 Bing and Yahoo search combined added nearly 1%, from 28.05 to 28.99, while Google dived around the same amount, from 66.05 to 65.09% of the market. Year on year the numbers are even more stark, with Google dropping from 71.59 to 65.09 percent, down 6.5%, while Bing-powered search increased 4.4% to 28.99 over the same period. While Google still has an overwhelming market share in the high 90% overseas, they make around 45% of their $30 billion plus revenue in USA, making each percentage lost by Google worth around $250 million. With Google still earning 97% of their revenue from the search business, the very unfocussed company, who makes a range ...

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Few weeks before reported about Amazon Product Reviews Integrated Into Bing Search Results. Now its Yahoo Answers being integrated into Bing search results page. When your search term is similar to a question in yahoo answers, then you will be provided with best answer, other answers and full question option at the side of the Yahoo Answer search result. When you hover over any of there options, you will be shown with the answers.. Really cool ! ! Also Google is holding an event tomorrow to shows its latest innovations similar to the one it held last year to show Google Instant search feature. Lets see what Google has in their sleeves.. ...

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comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report* April 2011 vs. March 2011  Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations Source: comScore qSearch Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Share (%) Mar-11 Apr-11 Point Change Total Explicit Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A Google Sites 65.7% 65.4% -0.3 Yahoo! Sites 15.7% 15.9% 0.2 Microsoft Sites 13.9% 14.1% 0.2 Ask Network 3.1% 3.0% -0.1 AOL, Inc. 1.6% 1.5% -0.1 *“Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not  reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results. In March Experian Hitwise announced that Bing +Yahoo’s combined search market had hit the 30% mark, and now Comscore agrees that in April the two search contenders have also hit the mark. Both Bing and Yahoo, who’s search is powered by Bing, have gained market share, adding a combined 0.4%, while Google was down 0.3%. It seems while Google is attempting to attack Microsoft’s cash cows with ...

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Now that Microsoft has released Office 365 to the public, they need to offer a reason why it is worth small businesses to pay $6 every month instead of using the free Google Docs. One of the reasons, offered up on Microsoft’s Sharepoint business site, is that Google Docs do a very poor job of preserving the look and feel of a document, including removing important information such as a Confidential watermark for example. They write: People expect existing documents from their desktops to look exactly the same when shared in the cloud. In this demo, you will see completely different results when the same document is viewed using Word Web App vs. Google Documents. The demo can be seen at Microsoft’s website here, where it complains of missing graphics, watermarks and poor formatting. We have included the comparison above as an animated GIF which makes it clear how much ...

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  March 2011 Monthly Unique Visitors YoY change Google.com 150,571,274 -2.49 Facebook.com 140,739,084 +14.49 Yahoo.com 137,436,891 -1.07 YouTube.com 123,406,835 +19.92 Bing.com 89,992,028 +44.19 Wikipedia.org 83,076,477 +7.61 Live.com 75,929,602 +4.13 Amazon.com 75,960,479 +13.63 MSN.com 75,875,255 +3.19 ebay.com 68,501,779 -1.20 Microsoft.com 62,750,035 +4.94 Data from Compete.com Bing continues its rapid growth compared, according to Comscore growing to 13.9% of the US search market in March 2011 and with Yahoo’s share now has 29.6% of the US market, confirming Experian Hitlinks’s recent claim. In terms of the popularity of the site itself, Compete.com shows the site is now the 5th most visited destination on the internet, passing Wikipedia recently and well ahead of Amazon.com which hold’s sixth place. Its growth was also a stunning 44% year on year, compared to Google, which saw its visits drop by 2.5% over the same period. Google has been facing challenges recently, with Facebook ready to bump ...

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Bing has continues to gain search share in the USA, according to Experian Hitwise.  Crucially both Bing itself and Yahoo, with its Bing-powered search have increased in market share, combined rising 5%, and resulting in a 3% drop in the previously seemingly unassailable search giant. Google earns close to half of its revenue from the US market, amplifying immensely the effect of market share loss in the domestic market.  The cumulative effect is also of advertisers needing to advertise on Bing to make sure they do not miss a significant share of the market, weakening Google’s negotiating power and leading to lower prices and revenue. With Google increasingly intimidated by Facebook, with whom Microsoft also has a search deal, and Google announcing bonuses may be cut by 25% of Google does not perform in social media, it may be the company has already seen its peak. Via The Next Web.com ...

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Tomorrow at SXSW,Internet Explorer is going to hit the version 9. One of the main features of this version is the full hardware acceleration. So I decided to compare hardware acceleration and Javascript 3D performance of both IE9 and Chrome 11. The IE9 scores over Chrome both in frame rate and no.of polygons by huge margin consistently. The site runs super smooth and fast in IE9 whereas its choppy in Chrome. Another main factor according to me is the CPU resource usage. Though the CPU usage seems to be same in the above video, the CPU usage by IE9 is much more less, I mean by almost half of the Google Chrome usage. You can try it out by yourself to see how both both browsers perform. The site I used for testing is http://www.visitnmc.com/. ...

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If I were Google I would be very very afraid.  Experian Hitwise reports that Bing has has increased its total market share, including searches delivered by Yahoo by 1.04% to 28.48% of the market, up 4% month on month. Bing itself grew market share by 0.68%, a growth of 5% month. It is not hard to see why.  Further research by Hitwise shows more than 80% of searches resulted in a website visit using Bing and Yahoo, while only 65% of Google searches resulted in a website visit, likely due to Google’s increasingly polluted results. 1% search market share has been valued at around $1 billion worth in value, so it is appropriate that Google, who lost nearly 1.26% market share, saw its market cap drop from $200 billion on the 11th February to $185 billion on the 11th March with the release of the numbers. Of course Microsoft is ...

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Unusual bedfellows Microsoft and Google have joined forces and have jointly asked the Delaware circuit court to invalidate a 1999 patent held by GeoTag, a shady company who’s main asset is a $119 million patent for "Internet organizer for accessing geographically and topically based information". Microsoft and Google asked for declaration of invalidity of the patent asserted, judgment that Google’s and Microsoft’s customers do not infringe any valid claim of the patent, and "a preliminary and permanent injunction precluding GeoTag [and affiliated persons and entities] from suing for infringement or otherwise asserting infringement of the [patent in question] against customers of [Microsoft's and Google's] Mapping Services for store locators or other locators on websites." GeoTag has been using this patent to sue up to 397 different companies, many of them clients of Microsoft’s and Google’s Bing service, and if Microsoft and Google fail, they are likely to be next in ...

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Bing, the decision engine from Microsoft is making smart moves to one up the current market leader Google. 1) Bing which has very deep relationship with Facebook has extended “Liked Results” to annotate any of the URLs returned by our algorithmic search results to all users in the US. So whenever you search for an item, you will find the social impact on the query. 2) Bing’s travel vertical gets a small  update which might be handy if you are a frequent traveller. “With Autosuggest Flight Prices natural language capabilities, you can simply type “Fly to Chicago” or “Chicago Flights” and Bing will immediately recognize where you are, in this case Seattle, and instantaneously display the Price Predictor based on your location.” 3) Bing hasn’t made this feature official, but this feature is realised by users across the world. When you search for items like movie name for example, Bing ...

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