Showing posts with label search. Show all posts
Showing posts with label search. Show all posts

Friday, May 23, 2014

Google Is Finally Tackling Connectivity

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Hardware, software, connectivity. That last one has been the biggest hurdle. So it is great that Google is finally tackling it in a big way. Google Fiber has been too slow rolling out. But Google balloons were a good sign. Then it bought that drone company. Now it is going higher up into satellites. And it is going to the ground level with this wifi initiative. I am thankful.

Google is working with Ruckus Wireless to build a Wi-Fi network in the cloud
Google Close To Snapping Up Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $1B+, Say Sources

Google has a beautiful business model. If people can go online, they are going to use their search engine. And that search engine serves ads. And so helping people go online is big money.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Inconvenient Search

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It's interesting to see Google compete with itself.

How Google Plans to Find the UnGoogleable
The company wants to improve its mobile search services by automatically delivering information you wouldn’t think to search for online. .... relatively small pieces of information that I’d never turn to Google for. For example, how long the line currently is in a local grocery store. Some offline activities, such as reading a novel, or cooking a meal, generated questions that I hadn’t turned to Google to answer—mainly due to the inconvenience of having to grab a computer or phone in order to sift through results. ..... mobile devices made it possible for Google to discover unmet needs for information ..... the perfect search engine will provide you with exactly what you need to know at exactly the right moment, potentially without you having to ask for it ....... Google Now offers unsolicited directions, weather forecasts, flight updates ...... the pinnacle of this hands-free experience, an entirely new class of device ....... "In the future you might want to search very new information from the physical environment ..... Your information needs are very localized to that place and event and moment.” ....... Google Now already combines location data with real-time feeds, for example, from U.S. public transit authorities, allowing a user to walk up to a bus stop and pull out his phone to find arrival times already provided. ..... a search engine for mobile devices dubbed Gander, which communicates directly with local sensors. A pilot being installed on the University of Texas campus will, starting early next year, allow students to find out wait times at different caf├ęs and restaurants, or find the nearest person working on the same assignment
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vimeo, Circa, Instapaper All Look Good

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But she does not have the money for Pinterest. She gave it away.

I am not that sure about Quora. It might be too expensive.

Vimeo would be a must in my book, and Circa would be a great foray into mobile.

I don't think Path is for sale.

Flipboard and Circa are both interesting. News is a major consumption item on mobile, just like on the web.
"Search is a core daily habit for all of us and a fundamental user behavior, the top priority for Yahoo," she said. "We'll focus on reshaping Search, driving smart distribution deals and making organic investments to grow our market share. There's a clear upside potential here, and it's time now to execute against it...... Mayer will likely be courting search start-ups that can beef up Yahoo's algorithmic chops in the ad-tech space."
When Mayer takes on Page on search, sparks will fly.

She has a better chance of competing with Google in the ad space than search. A number two position in search is pretty good too.

I am not familiar with Criteo, but if it is like Google AdWords, that would be swell.

A Roadmap of Yahoo's (Potential) Acquisition Targets

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